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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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We are quickly devolving into a society of images, where the flashy hold more importance than anything else. This isn't new, but the prevalence of media has made it more pronounced. It has always had a society where the juggler held people's attention far more than the scholar, and the jester was more popular than the knight. I recall in my days as a Karate instructor (real karate not what we see today passed off as karate). A new student would come in an ask when he could learn the flying side kick. "Listen grasshopper", I would tell him, "you can't even keep your balance yet". But the flying side kick that hit nothing at all, was never seen in a real fight, and was easily evaded even by a blind man, got more attention than the low round kick to the leg. The low roundhouse kick was seen in many real fights and often broke the recipient's leg, but was not flashy and was all but ignored. So today we see the two "flying side kicks" of the gun... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The liability freaks online are already giving birth to multiple calves about this. So here is my educated and experienced perspective on the case. Synopsis: Couple of drunks point a BB gun out a hotel window. Someone sees it and calls the police. Police get a man with a rifle call and respond. Drunks don't cooperate and one of them gets shot. That is it in a nutshell. Now to the fine points. 1). About 9 p.m., Shaver, the 26-year-old suspect, took the rifle out and adjusted its scope like a “Pictionary toy from the ’80s” with Nunez. The men were standing at the window, facing south, and began pointing the rifle out of the window, Portillo told police. 2). Outside, in the ground-floor pool area, a husband and wife in the hot tub noticed someone holding a gun from a fifth-floor window, the records said. Startled, they rushed into the lobby to tell a clerk about what they’d seen. 3). "We've got some scared people," he said. "A couple of the guests – I’m an employee – they’ve come... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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It was only a matter of time. The "gun media mafia" is now anti-stakeout. The astounding thing is that they don't seem to be anti-Mossberg Shockwave, when our Stakeout 870 is used in the same way. I suspect if Larry Vickers had come out with the concept, these same detractors of the Stakeout would be rubbing their man-parts all over it and then wiping it down with canola oil...but there I go on a tangent. So the arguments...lets discuss them one by one shall we. 1). They say that these weapons are difficult to shoot well. Truth: We all recall the anti-red dot rhetoric where the same guys would claim that the red dot slowed them down, that they had to hunt for the dot, and the dot would disappear when they shot. We showed that all of these issues are training issues and that any new technology has a learning curve. The problem is that the lazy do not care for learning curves. Truth: Many of the pundits come from the police world where two trends have been insinuating... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the new discussion at warriortalk involved this incident. How Two Wisconsin police officers thwarted an ambush attack The article is a good read of the dynamics of the event. Basically, in a nutshell, a bad guy set up an ambush as a robbery attempt. I have investigated lots of robberies and this was not a robbery in the classic sense. Again, this is my opinion..the bad guy is dead and cannot give us his motive. Of note is the following passage: "The officers moved to the side (east) door just as a man dressed in camouflage began to exit, armed with an M4 carbine with an optical sight and suppressor. As the armed robber started to raise his slung carbine, fully loaded with a 90-round drum magazine, the officers fired a total of 13 rounds from their sidearms in 2.6 seconds, landing seven hits on their adversary and more on his weapon." That reads like a police report, but here is what I think the reality of the event really was - The good guys made up their... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
AQUA TERRA PLUS Our Aqua Terra finish was discovered and implemented in the final production and finish of our slides in 2012. And it has been a fantastic finish. Its durability and corrosion resistance, coupled with its durability was key in our naming it "Aqua-Terra" descriptive of its equal facility on land and in the sea. And although we have been at the very bleeding edge of development for the enhancement of the Glock platform, we are never content to rest on past accomplishments, even after they have been emulated by others. Now our Aqua Terra finish is enhanced even further by adding a Teflon (PTFE) composite directly to the nickel matrix. This enhancement is analogous to the old NP3, but harder and more lubrious. A pistol or slide treated with Aqua Terra Plus will likely never need lubrication, making it excellent for those environments where sand and other environmental factors contraindicate running a "wet" weapon. As wear occurs, new PTFE particles are exposed and self lubrication continues. Even when the inevitable holster wear occurs, it results in only burnishing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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A STUDY OF TEMPO AND TIMING The shooting range can only measure two things: speed and accuracy. But there are many more elements that cannot be measured there that are imperative to success in a gunfight. Timing and tempo being two others. When to strike is more important than how fast to strike. And how quickly to strike in relation to the enemy's actions is just as crucial. Unimportant issues on the sporting fields, with its start signals, and rules, but intensely important if the goal is to win by design, not merely survive by default. One important consideration is the timing of starting the fight. Not allowing the other man the opportunity to fully launch once you recognize the sequence of events. Musashi called this "Holding Down A Pillow" like smothering the attack. The other is how fast and how often do you need to hit him to end the fight. Once the initiative is seized, it cannot ever be relinquished or he will turn the table and kill you. The "limited violence" crowd doesn't understand this. The timing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I worked for fifteen years in Southern California Law Enforcement. During those years I worked Night Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics (Raids as well as UC work), Gang Unit, and any dangerous detail I could find. I was in alot of shootings. But I pointed guns and yelled at many more bad guys than I ever shot. So in this thread I will discuss the gunpoint dialog...or what to say. If he has a weapon in his hands, skip all of this and just shoot him. You will thank me when you are 80. So will your yet-to-be-born kids and grandkids. And so will the supermodel –wife you have not yet met. First, I want to point out that unless your adversary is some criminal incarnation of Mister Rogers, he is not afraid of you. He has contempt for you and everything you hold important. And more...your life and that of your family means absolutely nothing to him. That is the guy I want you to prepare for, and not the wishy washy pseudo thug with the saggy pants halfway down his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Invariably, every time I post something about the Stakeout I will get emails from guys who simply do not know. Its like the pudgy doctor that has not kept up with modern science telling to eat grains and go jogging. So here is the long and short of it. The ATF has made rulings that a “shotgun” originally sold with a pistol grip only, and that has never had a buttstock attached, is not actually a “shotgun”, but a “firearm”. It can be listed as “firearm” or “other” on the 4473 and any other FFL documentation. In essence it is exactly like an AR-15receiver. There is no minimum barrel length for such a firearm. The only important point is that it not be short enough to be “concealable”. If it was concealable it would be classified as an AOW (“Any Other Weapon”) and be an NFA weapon. The ATF Tech Branch has stated the weapon must be over 26” to be considered not concealable. Multiple people have submitted inquiries about this to the ATF and they have received the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Time for a perspective check. Every so often, the temptation returns to us all. It could be the video we saw on social media with the "youtube hero" doing something really fast. It could be the competitive shooter running a stage. But the bug nibbles on your earlobe. "Gooooooo fassssssterrrrr". I have my opinions on this. I have read all the old time killers.And understand...all of this is in fact about killing, and only coincidentally about hitting a steel or perforating a cardboard. Killing an armed and threatening adversary is the point of the exercise and regardless of all the flash and fanfare of the day, we should not forget that. Charles Askins was the quintessential killer. I read everything about him. I think we would have been the best of friends actually. I have also read Bill Jordan. He is reported to have done some killing but nothing of record that I can find. And Bryce...he was quite the killer. What all the killers shared was not speed. Oh gasp...was that another cow on his way to the fire?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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These are being built as we speak and we expect to ship the first dozen in about a week. In the interim I have been shooting the first one almost daily on the way to the shop in the morning. I have some observations after approximately 500 rounds through the weapon. Conditions have not lent themselves for any video lately, but I am hoping to do a few sessions in the coming weeks as the training area dries up. 1). The Stakeout Strap is not essential, but after all of this shooting I have found it does help. The front hand is crucial with this weapon...both pre and post shooting. It does all the work. Before the shot it drives the weapon forward and after the shot, the front hand works the action and drives back into battery and toward the target. There is a timing involved and the strap helps keep the hand in place. 2). Recoil mitigation. This is a heavy recoiling weapon and anything that can be done to mitigate the recoil should be done. The porting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the things the detractors of the Red Dot Pistol often bring up is the possibility of the optic being occluded in one way or another such as rain or other environmental factor (mud, fog, etc.). The reality is that in a close range gun fight, inside 7 yards for example, you do not need any sort of a sight picture to shoot your adversary in the chest. So if the reactive need for the handgun arose, and even if whatever sighting system was there, suddenly disappeared, you would still be able to hit the other man in the chest. I can prove this to anyone in about 30 minutes on the range if they have an open mind and come without an agenda. So the requirement to fire a reactive shot at close range with occluded or missing sites is not a problem. Suggesting that a pistol cannot be used unless the sighting system is 100% functional smacks of a total misunderstanding of the nature of gunfight. Not surprising since the expertise of so many “authorities” begins and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In this day and age, we need to know who we are dealing with, and unlike the two past presidents, we will not fall into the trap of failing to name them. 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 force their ideas by, well, 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 while dramatic music plays in the background. Examples are Hitler - of course - Saddam Hussein, and Jesse Jackson. Socialist: An American who is a communist. His tool is more the legislative process rather than the Guerilla band with rifles. He wants to change America by the force of law, using them to rob from those who "have too much" to feed those who do nothing. Examples are FDR, Jimmy Carter, and of course... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Posted Feb 28, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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First of all, I am not putting down the officer. Those of us that served in that job in a thankless and hostile environment know the thought process I will describe here. But as a trainer and, what some have called, a thought leader, I must point out mistakes like this, lest some of my guys repeat them. Lots of faults here not the least of which is a socially protected Southern California thug culture that alienates itself from mainstream society, and revels in disrespect for all authority. Next place to lay responsibility is an Agency Culture that fails to hire capable (meaning fit, strong, and fight-experienced) officers with enough physical confidence to not "go to guns" as the only resort. And finally responsibility lays on the officer himself. He acted out of emotion, and fear-aggression. And in this day and age of so many resources and self-provided training available, failed to prepare himself for the reality that exists every single day on the street. So here we go. 1). Off duty, one should not give a "flying feline fornication"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Continuing on the pivotal discussion a few days ago, on counter protest driving, I want to further elaborate some points and add a few new ones. Look at the lead image here. This was a vehicle that was not interested in the plight of the modern snowflake, did not care about some urban thug shot by the police, nor any of the nonsense that permeates the "protest culture". They edged forward moving, not ramming, and at some point, simply drove away. That is the simplest solution to this. One comment asked what would happen if one of these people decided to throw themselves under your tires. The answer is simple...you cannot see down there so how would you know? But moving on. So avoiding these is still the wisest course. Not because we care for the right of the militant liberals to interfere with your day (us caring about their rights at this point is laughable), but simply because it is a hassle and potentially a life threatening event. So not being there is the best option. How do we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Let us discuss the relative positioning of the red dot sight in relation to the iron sights. Sometimes I think if I came out with a verifiable supplement that would double the size of your penis and at the same time make every young woman within a half mile want you, there are men in the gun community that would say that a small penis actually was better and that real men did not desire young women. Why would they say that? Because it was my idea, and not theirs - pure and simple. It is, after all is said and done....about money. When everyone is broke, everyone is friendly. But when they are competing for market share, well...business is war. And right now the focus is either to develop a different system than ours and claim superiority, or to copy what we are already doing. Like everything else, we need to know the source and reasoning...and history of each development to understand its motivations and validity. The first installations of red dot sights did not make use of back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We see them all the time now. Americans kicked out the communist government last November and began taking steps to make America great again, and the left is catatonic. It is like an unending Rodney King Riot in some places. And everyday we are informed of militant leftist terrorists or militant race terrorists acting out with violence against those whom they perceive as the enemy. Some well respected authorities have even suggested that while we have been in a sort of "cold civil war" for some time, this is the beginning of a shift to a "warmer" version. One of the left's tactics is the blocking of roadways in some hope of somehow causing those who voted out communism to recant in order to shorten their commute. In reality it is creating more and more antipathy for the left by true Americans. But let us discuss some points of Counter Protest Driving. I can't wait to get hate mail from the snowflakes. First is the vehicle. If you have a choice, avoid the little ecologically-responsible roller skate cars that are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I get questions about this quite often. So at the risk of offending somebody, here is why I think the MOS system is a poorly thought out Compromise and should not be a top choice for those wanting to get into the red dot world of pistols. The MOS was developed for a single purpose, and excellence for the end-user was not the reason. It was developed so Gaston Glock could sell red dot capable slides to all the cheap bastards that are too cheap to buy a Trijicon RMR or a Leupold Deltapoint Pro. They will glom on to trash like Burris Fastfire and want to install it on their slide. The MOS was designed to accept any and all red dots and thus it is an exercise in compromise...period. This may not be a concern for GSSF or other pistol games, but those wishing to carry for more serious reasons, here are the problems I have seen with the system. Problems with the MOS - 1). The Compromise requires a taller mount of the red dot than is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Any field of study is based upon the traditions of its founders. The world of the gun is no different. And the generation of men who founded the art of American Gunfighting, did not hold physical fitness in high esteem. It is not to castigate them, but simply to point out that we are a product of our parents and they of their grandparents. Nobody gives birth to themselves. All that said, we certainly do not live in the world of our parents and grandparents. And we are also not limited to the information of their day. We have far more data than they did, and thus after the head start we received, we can now drive the art forward into the future. And that is true as we are making far better technical shooters today than was possible in the 1930s, or 1960s. And while men like Jordan and Bryce may have had much more experience at killing, I doubt they were better shots than the students we produce today. As well, I suspect, if Fairbairn and Applegate, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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"STAKEOUT" The term has been in use for ages. Today it means waiting for bad guys so that when they arrive, or conclude their activities, you can arrest them...but in a time not so long ago it was interchangeable with the term "ambush". Today many guys on the job are true peace officers that can meet with high school teachers and give presentations to church group without uttering a single "fuck you". But in times past some were much more "primitive"...not Phds in Criminal Justice and Global Security...but rather "good" thugs, polished and presentable, with guns...and badges. Argue if you wish, but that was a perfect description. The stakeout was a time honored tactic. And it yielded great results. One would arrest a petty hoodlum...a thief or doper...or dope dealer. Then we would turn him like spies are turned into double agents. In essence make him and informant. And nothing was out of bounds for us. If the guy was married we would dangle him seeing his kids grow up from prison in front of his eyes. If he had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG