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Gabe Suarez
Pirates Have No Borders
Warrior Capitalist, Maker Of Evil Plans, And Part Time Bon Vivant
Interests: Black Guns, Shiny Gold, Good Wines, Expensive Watches, Fast Cars, and Dangerous Pursuits
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Team Tactics. Recently I was discussing this with another gent. Here is my POV. I learned this stuff back in the age of ignorance (pre-google..pre-youtube). I was blessed to train with the Recon guys at Camp Pendleton, with LAPD D-Platoon, and with LA Sheriff’s SEB. I attended every SWAT school available from HK’s to the FBI SWAT school, and with notables such as LASD's Gary Rovarino, SAS' Phil Singleton, FBI's Ron Frigulti, and multiple HK International courses. To say I conducted a few High Risk Entries with my team would be like suggesting Antarctica is chilly. This was back in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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As some of you know, Suarez International is no longer doing grip reductions. Why not? Simple. It has become such a subjective thing - everyone wanting something different, and with our availability of frames, the DIY guy has had the opportunity to custom grind his own frame, at home, with a new frame from us, for less than the cost of a grip job. As frames become more available, and affordable, and companies like Brownells supporting the hobbyist, the need to send your frame out to be done will decrease. Additionally, the service is resource and time intensive, both which... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Communist: One who thinks those who are smarter, more clever and work harder, should support the lazy and the stupid with their hard work. And they are willing to do so by force. They often co-opt racial, political and religious extremes to their needs. Examples can be seen in Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, and the Black Panther Party. Fascist: A snobby communist in a flashy uniform or suit waving a flag - and a fist - while dramatic music plays in the background. Examples are Hitler - of course - Saddam Hussein, and Jesse Jackson. Socialist: An American who... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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No...this is not about suppressors, or ninja tactics. Rather it is the art of OPSEC/PERSEC. (Operational and Personal Security). An additional topic might be The Art Of Misinformation. Today it seems everyone wants to share all the intimate issues of their lives with anyone who will listen. Then they are surprised when someone takes advantage of that information. Secrets are just that - secrets. There is an old pirate saying, "A bag of silver will buy a man's silence for a day, but a lead ball in the heart will buy it forever". They took secrecy seriously. And today, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The use of co-witnessed iron sights is a crucial factor in the usability of the red dot on a pistol (sighted at the same point as the red dot). With the traditional placement of the iron sights, sights that the eye has been trained to seek through countless draws in the past, the eye will go to the irons initially as they have always done in the past. The instant the iron sights are picked up, BAM, there is the red dot, and the eye can let go of the irons and use the red dot...ignoring the irons for any... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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These sights are specifically designed for integrated use with the Trijicon RMR red dot system. They are the correct height for use with a properly installed Trijicon RMR. They are made from US Bar Stock steel, precision machined and then finished in Black Oxide. The front sight is of the correct height for use with the red dot system, and contoured in a way to facilitate covert daily carry without snagging on the draw. It is finished in the same manner as the rear sight. It contains one green vial of tritium, no white outline to distract the eye. Installed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I think the gulf between the pure sportsman with his Glock 24, all drilled out, and the minimalist self defender with a "shield" has been filled by the self-selected warrior. He is a different animal. The threat of deadly force doesn't frighten him...it makes him smile at the prospect. Just the fact that he exists makes the liability-fearing crowd cringe, and the barely-adequate crowd shrink in horror. He is unconcerned about...and rightly would feel offended if targeted by...a mere meth mugger. He would wonder if he is giving the wrong message...or not training hard enough. He thinks that those who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor saw themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” ― John Steinbeck Now, I may be wrong…but I think Steinbeck may have been a commie. Nonetheless, it is a great quote. The point is that one’s actions…what one supports, has more to do with one’s self image than anything else. Who are you? Are you a poor person held down by the evil corporate greed, exploited, disenfranchised, and without hope? Or are you a Robber Baron taking his first steps? The goal of the communist movement is to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I recall the days teaching with Chuck Taylor at Front Sight. The malfunction clearing drills were taught in a very diagnostic way. First, the shooter set them up artificially so there was no unexpected surprise element when they occurred. Secondly the shooter was taught that upon anything unexpected happening with the pistol (the expectation being a shot when he pressed the trigger), he was to look at the ejection port area and discern the problem. They were then given time limits to clear each problem with the correct solution. Never mind that in a real gunfight one’s attention would be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The constant quest for excellence. I learned that from my father, who identified one of the manly traits as the desire to always better yourself. The antithesis of that is to leave well-enough alone. We don't do that. If what is already "good enough" can be made better, we will do it. And that is what we did with the iron sights that are used for back up to the red dot pistol system. The use of co-witnessed iron sights is a crucial factor in the usability of the red dot on a pistol (sighted at the same point as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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We all recall the children’s story, and the little boy’s shocking announcement of the plain truth. Why bring that up? Well, its time for Gabe to be harsh again. Harsh because it seems America is so hungry for heroes that they assign the title to those that in my opinion do not deserve it. Look, if I jumped off a cliff and fell to my death, or decided to go into the tiger cage in the zoo and kick the main tiger in the face, would anyone be surprised at the outcome? Would anyone hail such foolishness as heroic? I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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In the movie El Diablo, Thomas Van Leek, played by Louis Gossett, Jr. is a no-nonsense gunslinger who shot a number of antagonists in the back because ... wait for it - "his back was to me." That is supposed to be a comedy line of course as we know no western hero worth his salt would ever deny his opponent the opportunity to draw first, much less shoot him in the back...like, well...a coward. You see, much like the Hall Monitor Mentality, the Lone Ranger Mentality has been deeply imbued in the American male psyche. The Lone Ranger never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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We all recall those days in grammar school when “getting in trouble” was as fearful a thing as a life sentence at the Château d'If. Little kids in neat lines learning to obey and fall into line for the rest of their lives. The worst thing was to get a “U” in Citizenship (that meant unsatisfactory by the way). I was reminded of those times when reading about, and then listening about, the Mall of America’s prohibition of firearms. As I recall, the mall in Nairobi had a similar rule in effect, but back to the point. The concern of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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1). Fight focused not gun focused: I spoke those words in the early 2000s. Like many contributions, others grab on to them and pretend to have invented them. The point was to illustrate the objective in the fight – kill the adversary. This was a counter point to the desire to fix the weapon when the bad guy (target) was within reach. You see the concept illustrated in the 2005 video (and it was in VHS) Close Range Gunfighting. I run out of ammo in my Glock 17 and immediately drew a J-frame and continued firing. When the 38 was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Knowing ones enemy is a military concept that dates back to the beginning of time. It is still used to this day in the military, business and many aspects of the civilian world. Today, the global enemies we face are Islamists who are determined to destroy our way of life, and all who stand in their way. They are dedicated to an ideal which is contrary to all that is good. On a more personal level, we are faced with criminals in our cities, drug dealers in our neighborhoods, and various and sundry individuals who are more than willing to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Tom, My thoughts on the AR 7.62x39 mutant rifles? If I am going to use an M4 system, why on earth would i ever bother with 7.62x39 and AK magazines? A far better answer would be simply going with a regular M4 with M4 magazines and in 300 AAC. I will pass on all the weird "new" rifles like that. And that includes the PWS, CMMG, and the SIGs. IMHO, go AK, or go M4, but neither AKs in 5.56, nor ARs in 7.62x39 seem to do well.
Force, The top cover system is the most robust I have seen. My friends in Russia are using it operationally and report good results. I haven't used it enough to comment conclusively but it is far better than I have seen from ANY US-based company.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2015 on I HATE THE COLD at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Andy, Actually its an IOR Valdada Red Dot. Its OK, but would not be my first choice. All my Aimpoint Micros are already on various rifles.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2015 on I HATE THE COLD at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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It has been said the pen is mightier than the sword. That is false. A warrior instead, would say, pen and sword are equal. Much the same can be said about gear and skills. Gear by itself is worthless just as skill without the gear to support it is ineffective. Thus, we say "Gear and Skill in accord and balance". One is not more important than the other, nor is one less worthy than the other. Equipment must match the skill you have now, or wish to one day possess. A high end piece of kit will allow the expression... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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In 2005, my company was the first to teach a Kalashnikov-centric class in Prescott, Arizona. We were followed soon thereafter by those who saw that as a good business idea (and no one is blaming them). We trained and taught Kalashnikov in all manner of places on the four corners of the world until 2012. That was the era when I tried, quite unsuccessfully I admit, to update the AK system to stretch it from the surplus bumpfire brigade rifle to a hopefully accurate and well made modern weapon. I had seen Sako 95s in Finland and thought that we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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But I know it is important to train in the cold...even for the warm-blooded Cuban. So today was a good day to test this...and a few other things. I received the hand guard and top cover pictured recently - fresh from the Alfa's Armory in Moscow (we are Suarez "International" are we not?). Installed in a common American Kalashnikov, I took it through its paces under what I consider harsh conditions. I will write more on this accessory soon. In my opinion, it is the best AK accessory that I have seen in a very long time, and outshines the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The terror events of the past year - in the western world - have showcased several points. Among them are these: 1). The fact that while the authorities are very good (for the most part) at thwarting organized, foreign-sponsored groups of terrorists, their ability to prevent a self-motivated jihadist is severely lacking. It is severely lacking and shall continue to be thus while we enjoy a relatively free society. Moreover, I doubt any readers would want to trade freedom for complete safety...or actually, the illusion of safety. 2). The fact that legislation and referendums and executive actions have no effect... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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GLOCK OEM SLIDE - CUT FOR LEUPOLD DELTAPOINT RED DOT READY TO INSTALL ON YOUR LOWER. YOU CHOOSE GEN 3 OR 4, AND MODEL OF WEAPON YOU CHOOSE LEUPOLD DELTAPOINT MODEL YOU CHOOSE SIGHTS YOU CHOOSE ION BOND FINISH INCLUDES: ALL SLIDE INTERNALS MILLED DOVETAIL FOR TRIJICON RMR INSULATING PLATE AND RMR SCREWS INCLUDED REQUESTING THE ION BOND REFINISHING WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL THREE WEEKS BEFORE SHIPPING BARREL NOT INCLUDED MORE INFO HERE Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG