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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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HOW TO BE A VICTIM AND NOT A SUSPECT In the past section we discussed the value in being categorized as a victim rather than a suspect. You don't have complete control over this, but you have a far greater degree of control over it than the "CCW Lawyers" would have you think. In order to show you how to become a victim, I will first show you how to become a suspect. Silly? No...just read. This is how you become a suspect, get listed as the primary suspect in the report, get arrested, booked and charged. Don't call 911. That should do it immediately. But lets say you did call 911 for the sake of the article. You were short and evasive with the 911 operator, creating an adversarial position from the start. Then when the officers arrived, you gave a ridiculously short, artificial, and dismissive statement, after which you demanded your lawyer. Congratulations Gary Goodguy, you are now the suspect in a homicide investigation. You will not be able to change that ever. The next steps of course... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
OK...first, lets call them NP3 not NPE. NPE refers to a non-permissive-environment where nothing is legal or permitted...like California. NP3 is the nickel teflon process we use on our steel parts. I use all NP3 internals and a Glock 3.5# connector also in NP3. My springs are our improved springs but all factory weight. So my firing pin spring is 4.5 to 5.0 pounds.
Was asked what "thick skinned" means.😎 Thick Skinned: Knowing you could literally rip the living soul out of their chest and throw their lifeless corpse off the roof...but realizing that doing so, albeit easy, would cost much more than you want to pay...thus you let the lower form of life's offense slide off your back. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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This will likely become a series of articles rather than just one, but I wanted to begin here with this discussion. There are two things that you must realize. Opinions that have not been tempered with personal experience are not as valid as those that have. For example...the opinion of an emergency room doctor on treatment of an injury is vastly more valid than that of the Red Cross First Aid graduate. Personal experience on a topic creates valid opinions. Lack of that invalidates the same. The second point is that nothing is easy. There are no magic words, magic techniques, or magic invocations where everything stops. Someone may have told you that at some point but is simply not true. What there are are lazy people and lazy instructors. The lazy people want a cheap and easy "magic technique" (such as a special stance or a special sight picture) and a "magic word" (I want my attorney), rather than engage their brain, educate their mind and be more than the couch surfing underachiever class wants from life. Before the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Reactive Work With The 12 Gauge from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Episode 455 – Gabe Suarez, Tactical Articulation Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Suarez 12 Ga Stakeout Versus Level IIIA Armor from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the systems I studied was JKD, or Jeet Kune Do. If we are to use western terminology, you would call it the Intercepting Fist System. What was notable about JKD was that it sought to develop the individual’s personal attributes for fighting. Today, in our concept integration program, this attribute development is essential to the modern gunfighter. Let’s see how these apply. 1). Awareness and Sensitivity - To see the opponent's intentions. This requires an attentive and receptive mind that is outwardly focused. It requires the ability to profile people that may be adversaries, but also to profile events, locations and times of day…and perhaps even of the year. The gun people might be tempted to call this “mind set” but it goes way beyond this. 2). Line Familiarization - To be familiar with the angle of attack that an opponent launches. Most of the gun world ignores this, but we focus on it deeply during the reactive area of training. And not only the line and angle of an opponent’s attack, or line of fire, but also... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I was working drills again with the Amphibian (an NP3 Stakeout with rifle sights) this afternoon before my lifting session. In my opinion, this weapon surpasses all other available platforms for the private citizen proactive weapon application. What do I mean by that? Well, there are proactive weapons, such as Shotguns, Rifles, SMGs and SBRs. These are not in any way defensive weapons nor reactive weapons. One must go and get them in anticipation of the fight. Or transition to them once he has regained some control over the events at hand...if they are available and the fight threat continues. So few people understand this and so they classify all firearms as firearms, never knowing their true specific and special roles outside of the artificial training range. To choose a weapon one must first identify the mission. A man carrying a weapon in spite of the various signs in New York City would be foolish to select any weapon larger than a small concealable pistol as circumstances preclude it. Same for a man walking alone in bear country would be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I had responded to the call of suspicious circumstances. It was dark and cold and the sort of night that you wanted to spend in your cruiser writing reports with a cup of Starbucks on top of some parking structure and not walking around somebody’s backyard. The call had been of a fight in progress by the I-10 freeway. This was an area frequented by the Santa Monica subculture of stree people. Unlike the images of the media, we did not find many widows and orphans in their ranks, but rather dopers, parolees at large, and thugs on the run. In that part of town it may have been anything from a common domestic to gang fight in progress…or both. On arrival I was greeted by the victim with a huge gash across his face. The paramedics had arrived before me (something I had never seen before nor since…probably a mistake in dispatching). I recall the bloodied victim’s response when I asked him “Que paso hombre?”. “Machete!” I moved through the freeway underbrush quietly without even a flashlight hunting the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Another aspect of the excellent Combat Instructor is focus. Focus is an interesting word, but in our context it refers to a startling clarity of understanding, and a intense attention to mission. It is not simply "being in the moment" as we so often hear from the Zen crowd...it is Owning that moment. There are degrees of focus of course and 100% focus cannot be maintained indefinitely. And you will find that when at that level of focus, or perhaps an equally useful word - intensity - others become intimidated and uncomfortable. When the instructor is demonstrating an action or a tactic, he must turn on that 100% focus on demand. When he is running a class, he must maintain his focus so that he controls the direction and tempo of the class. A lazy instructor will lead to a boring class. Controlling the direction and tempo involves having a schedule of events...an order of things so to speak. Somethings must be taught before others, and if we are to arrive at a complete and cohesive conclusion at the end... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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NP3 Trigger Linkage from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This one is called “Watch Your Back” and was developed by SI Staff Instructor Brent Yamamoto. It deals with recognizing a threat behind you and quickly moving off the X. Footwork is slightly different from “Diagonal Lines”. From Brent: "I would normally put the magazine in a pocket, not back into a magazine pouch. But it’s necessary smoothly transition from one section to the next. I don’t normally carry the magazine pouch featured in the video." Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
So Barnetmill asked about this on Warriortalk. The concept of Kata is universal. You see it in many martial disciplines (I hate the word "art"). Here is the concept applied in a very simple and basic manner...by US Soldiers... Its a way to codify, memorize, and repeat movement patterns extensively in a memorable and dynamic manner. Doing five kicks, while moving in a kata has more application and is more interesting than simply standing there and doing five kicks. Moving on. As I said in the video...just as dry practice is not an end to itself and is training for live fire, kata are for fighting. The modern understanding of kata by the martial gymnasts is that kata is an end onto itself and exists as a gymnastic demonstration of artistic and athletic prowess. Nope...wrong. The kata as we know them today all originated in Okinawa. Anything originally taught in Okinawa, then to Japan, and then to Korea, has roots in Chinese fighting systems. I studied Kyokushin Karate, and then a couple of other systems...then a non-Taekwondo Korean system...and with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Every so often there is a break-through in every industry. I think this concept may be that for the martially-focused gun student. We present the first in a series - Suarez Pistol Kata "Diagonal Lines". Most people have an incorrect perspective of "kata". A kata is not a gymnastics exercise to impress others or to win prizes, although one might think so watching the modern martial clowns acting it up for the crowd. Their performances have nothing at all to do with anything martial. A kata is not the ridiculous and meaningless dance routines you see at the kid's McDojo. A Kata is born in battle when a successful teacher arranges a collection of concepts that he has used against other men in a way that his students can practice them alone. A kata is a catalog of combat proven information, techniques and movement patterns distilled into its purest from in a repeatable and established pattern. Practicing them leads to internalized understanding of movement and a mindless execution of technique. This is the first kata in a series. Named Diagonal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I'd been waiting in the hallway, squatting, for about a half hour now. My quads and knees were burning from the effort. My t-shirt and ballistic vest were soaked in sweat. I used my left hand to wipe the perspiration running down into my eyes. My right hand held my sawed-off 870 shotgun like it was made of gold. I looked around at my team. Guys I'd risked my life with on many occasions. What would happen in the next few moments, I did not know, but I could not have picked a more dependable and solid group. The original call was of a despondent man walking around the apartment building brandishing a rifle. I had just cleared briefing when the call was broadcast on the air. That's for me! I thought as I ran smiling to my police car. As I got into my Crown-Victoria, I looked over at Al. He was thinking the same thing. We lived for incidents like this. We rolled Code 3 to the location, lights and sirens, which was a short five blocks away.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
From the Killing Within The Law Course – “You can be totally wrong in your perception, but still be completely legal in your deadly force actions”. The important point is that those “perceptions” – your reality of the moment based on the information available to you at the time - must be conveyed to the investigating officers after a shooting, or the only thing the have to operate on is the reality of hindsight. Example: Officer receives a radio call of an armed robbery in progress. He responds to the scene but the suspect is gone. He proceeds to search for the suspect in the area. He sees a man that matches the description of the suspect and challenges him. The suspect turns toward the officer and reaches behind his back. The officer shoots him. The suspect was not armed, and the victims never saw a firearm, relying on the statement made by the suspect that he was armed. Reality shows the suspect is unarmed, but the officer’s perception at that moment, based on the information he had access to,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This article discusses some of the material from our Killing Within The Law Series of Lectures. It is provided by one of our professional staff – Detective Wendell White On-line critics of the Killing Within the Law course have named it reckless, controversial and provocative; however, evidentiary value exists to prove it is timely, needed and unprecedented. While modular in nature, there is a darker element – a dark art so to say – of the KWTL course never before discussed or revealed. The purpose of this post is to briefly reveal a portion of the darker nature, a never-before-discussed thematic discourse, of an introductory module on Interview and Interrogation; the acceptance or declination of this topic here on Warrior Talk will help gauge interest and applicability to the course as a whole. Interview and Interrogation – the topic simply sounds foreign and intimidating to the unassociated and general populace. While not revealing all, one simple aspect of interview and interrogation potentially necessary for the one undergoing the process is to learn to manipulate the interviewer and interrogator. Manipulation you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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An interesting question with a simple answer. Perhaps an answer few want to hear in an era where everyone seems enamored with excessively complicated weapon systems. The shotgun is for deploying the maximum amount of force possible to destroy as much of the adversary as possible in the shortest time frame possible. It is, compared to the rifle, a close range weapon. Some will begin to raise a finger in objection, but what they intend to show as a weakness is actually an asset in the sorts of fights a weapon like this is best for. Use a shotgun against a rifle in a rifle problem the rifle will always win. But put a rifle against a shotgun in a fight that utilizes the shotgun's attributes and the rifle will lose. The shotgun is not good for shooting people at long distances, nor is it a high sustained fire weapon. Close range, high likelihood of hitting even when the speed of the fight exceeds the users ability to deploy traditional marksmanship principles, high likelihood of destroying/killing the intended target with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In my educated and extremely experienced opinion, a braced Stakeout/Tac-14 is the epitome of the 12 ga weapon system. There is very little an 18" barrelled and stocked 870 will do, if anything, that this weapon concept will not do just as well. And I will put up a "braced" Tac-14 up against any SBS as well. We offer three levels of Stabilizing Brace from a basic and "affordable" kit, to the best of the best, the Folding Brace. Lets look at all of them. SUAREZ TAC-14 BASIC BRACE KIT - $124.99 This is a value-priced, entry level kit. It is an arm brace and not a stock and therefore legal anywhere a Tac-14 is legal (verify local laws). Kit includes an Ergo Grip Adapter, a pistol receiver extension, an AR-15 Pistol Grip, and a Shockwave Blade Arm Brace. A castle nut is not included since the receiver extension tubes is not required to be timed. Easily installed on a Tac-14 by the end user. Check all local laws before installing. Pistol Receiver Extension Ergo Polymer Grip Adapter AR-15 Pistol... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I submit that is time that we stop using the words "anti-Gun" and instead use "ANTI-FREEDOM". And anytime the adjective of social, progressive, or liberal, the we use the adjective "COMMUNIST" instead. Words mean things and invoke sentiments and the communists are great at doing this while the right seems stuck on being accurate. Let us stop trying to be accurate, trying to proselytize. trying to educate or convert anyone...and specially stop apologizing for our views...for God's sake. The ANTI FREEDOM AMERICAN COMMUNISTS and their mindless myrmidons do not care. The least we can do is call a spade a f*cking shovel. And while we are at it, it is quite clear that we normal men are not in the same species as those pussy-hat wearing, weapon-fearing, aggression-averse beings we see parading around these days with signs demanding someone take care of them. Their species will henceforth be called HOMO PACIFICUS as a quite different species from normal Homo Sapiens. Offensive? I surely hope so. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG