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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 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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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Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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French forces kill newspaper attack Terrorists So we hear that our friends at the GIGN took care of business in France. Nice job. Tres bien mon frere!! Second hostage situation – a Jewish market. I wonder if THAT was a coincidence? I hear that one of the terrorists said before his death that he was funded by al Qaeda. Is that a surprise? But then, the French Obama, Francois Hollande warned that the danger to France was not over yet. "These madmen, fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion," Hollande said in a televised address. "France has not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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So I have had a chance to view the videos and even do a Skype session with a few colleagues in France. My prior post discussed all of the socio-ethnic, and political matters. Now my focus is on the tactical matters. I will view this from the perspective of a happenstance civilian, or off-duty police officer…or if you wish, a better term would be an unannounced fighter. From the police point of view: Generally speaking, police administrators do not like their people shooting anyone. I was chastised several times for this in the old days and the pressure on “shooters”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
EVERY MAN A COUNTER TERRORIST!! Say it loud Live it Train it Be it And pray passionately to the Lord God of Hosts that He put YOU there right freaking there...the next time armed, hungry, angry and ready to kill every damned motherf*cker there. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" IS 6:8
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This morning when checking my newsfeed, I read of the mass slaughter in France...once again by - wait for it - "radicalized muslims". I know many French Military and Police and I am sad for them. I hope they bring swift revenge to those responsible and I hope their nation, and the rest of Europe, wakes up to the threat they are facing, and takes steps to squash it. I suspect there will be many comments about the French from those who've never been there. I have trained with members of the French Police as well as La Legion, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Brian Wilson Sorry to take so long to reply...business calls. In any case, you took a very long post to disagree...OK, no issues. But if you will re-read, I am not advocating the loping over hill and dale with finger on the trigger. Rather, more specifically, the placement on the trigger and likely taking out the slack when facing a distinct and direct threat. Siddle and his clan notwithstanding, that is how people really do it in real life, and denying that will not change it. Rather, we should simple accept it and train accordingly. The next time I have to point in on somebody, I will in fact have my finger on the trigger. And I shall continue to teach that way.
Gary Here is a link to all my Blog articles - http://blog.suarezinternational.com/gabe-suarez/#.VK2CDnsYG8A
I have five Recce rifles. My son has one..thusfar. All based on the M4/AR system. Not an excess when you are in the business. They sport a variety of optics, again, because our access is quite good with regard to these things. So I have worked with many of the combinations discussed in this thread. I will also say that I don't focus on selling optics as I don't care to get on a race to the bottom with amazonized-optics of any sort. But to continue. With the Recce, one has to ask what its for. The answer is usually... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Every year during this season I examine what happened during the year, how the industry and gun community have changed, and what I as a business man, leader, and thinker, should do as a result. After a careful study of the industry and our position therein, 2015 will see us narrow our focus. Our company focus will shift from an online retailer to a manufacturer. Most of what we will offer for sale we will be the ones making it. We will be eliminating many products that are available "everywhere". The Amazon factor is not something we want anything to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Understand Bill, that we are discussing a video done during a competition. Just as one does not fist fight just like in the UFC, competitive shooting is not exactly like "the real world" But having played in the "real world" for many years, the one constant is being flexible and adaptable as the "real world" is so freaking unpredictable. An example....it being 19 degrees right now...if you NEVER shoot with gloves it would suck to be you in a gunfight on a cold day. Gloves or no gloves, your shooting should be the same. If you require gloves...or require not having them, something has been trained improperly.
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Posted Dec 28, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG