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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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PRESS RELEASE: SUAREZ SLIDES FOR LEUPOLD DELTA POINT PRO When we began the red dot odyssey, there were few choices. The Trijicon RMR was a top choice, but the Deltapoint and Docter showed promise. The latter was dropped because of difficulties importing them, and the former was discontinued by Leupold. This left the Trijicon RMR as the only viable option. And while Trijicon has had a monopoly on the market for pistol-mounted red dots, we have always been on the look out for other suitable red dots. When the Deltapoint Pro was released, we began looking at it and found... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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One very important visual skill the red dot pistol shooter needs is to learn the "Visual Hand Off". This is a term we use to describe what happens with the eyes as a shooter new to the red dot system is learning to use it. On a rifle, the head and eye is automatically positioned to pick up that red dot as the rifle is brought into the shoulder. A pistol however, floats in space, held there by the two hands. There is no third and fourth point of contact to place the eye correctly. Regardless of the uniformity of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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We recall the era of David Carradine’s Kung Fu show. Carradine’s character Kwai Chang was an expert in all things by virtue of his time in the Shaolin Temple. Today Kwai Chang might be an expert in IT, and geo-politics, and if course killing people as well as bringing dead corpses back from the dead…by virtue of nothing else than his time with the monks. We see that same phenomena today with celebrities spouting off about things they have no knowledge about. And should you ever call them on the carpet on it, not only will the other celebrities accuse... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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With the advent of the Glock PDW the old questions come up. I will try to address these individually. At the end of the day, this is just another tool that gives you additional options. First a history: A personal defense weapon (PDW) was originally a class of compact magazine-fed, self-loading, often select-fire firearm - essentially a hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine. The name describes the type's original role: as a compact but powerful defensive weapon that can be carried by troops behind the front line such as military engineers, drivers, artillery crews or other non-combat assignments.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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PDW MAGAZINE "L" CLAMP The magazine clamp is a tried and true method for speeding a reload either proactively or reactively. Most of the magazine clamps on the market set the magazines side by side. This is fine for a carbine, but impossible to use effectively with a magazine contained in the weapon's pistol grip. The Israelis solved this years ago with a clamp designed to carry an extra magazine at "L-shaped" configuration for the UZI SMG. We took the concept and applied it to the Glock PDW. This worked great with the 31 round ETS Magazines, and less so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The problem with the MOS pistols, and the CORE, and all other imminent introductions of the same concept by other major manufacturers is this. Their main objective is not to present the most efficient method of mounting a red dot sight to a handgun. To the contrary, it is to offer a platform that will appeal to everyone that wants to do so. So rather than design the system to accept a Trijicon RMR, or A Leupold Deltapoint Pro, exclusively, they all compromised in the mounting system to be all things to all shooters. The reason for that is certainly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 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 Jan 22, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Any gun will hit COM at ten yards...but our goal is retinal shots at that distance. Nuances in grip, how you sights, what portion of the eye you use to see the sights/dot, visual acuity, all contribute in the same way that a rifle zeroed for one man will not be perfectly zeroed for the next man. The iron sights do in fact have to be zeroed if you want something more than point shooting at an auto shop restroom. In class I have seen new pistols with the sights off for anything more than 10 yard COM shooting. Zeroing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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On the face of it, the title seems obvious. Sort of like saying water is wet. But it is something that must be discussed in the realm of combat shooting as there seems to be a great deal of the "complacent quest for adequacy" creeping into the study. "Its good enough for gunfighting", one man may say as he views his pizza sized group on the cardboard, not taking into consideration that what he is viewing was not the result of an hour of busting off the x in reactive drills...but rather his best in non-pressured proactive group shooting. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Back in the 1980s the triggers on SIGs and Berettas and S&Ws were heavier than today...or maybe we are stronger today. I don't know. I came to the DA Semi Auto from the DA Revolver so the first shot was not a big deal to me. One rolled through the trigger in one continual and constant motion on the way out and the shot broke just as the last sight verification was made. But we did work on those DA triggers quite a bit both in dry work and in the gunsmith shop. I tracked down a relatively unknown 'smith... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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1) Human beings are bigger and stronger today than at any other time in history due to advanced nutrition, the social prevalence of weight lifting and the popularity of contact and martial sports. Any casual perusal of military museums will reveal that the average male was much smaller as close as a couple of generations ago. 2) The prevalence of tactical pharmacology, both legal and illegal is far more common and refined today than in the past. Substances from methamphetamines and cocaine to excessive HGH and similar substances give rise to mental attitudes of invincibility. 3) Proliferation of body armor.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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You can't swing a dead cat these days without running into somebody's "value priced" match barrel for Glock. Well, it takes much more than a shiny finish and a bunch of CNC cosmetics to make a match barrel. Others are vague about the source of their barrel blanks and steel. We are not. Ours start with the best - Lothar Walther blanks. They are then precision machined to function as drop in match mated to our slides. The hand is made to fit the glove - as it were. Here is a five shot group, fired yesterday from one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The dot does not work WITH the sights. It works independently of the sights. Think of them like two distinct sighting systems. As long as the dot is on the desired area of the target you wish to hit, you will in fact hit that target area - regardless of where the dot is in relation to the iron sights. This is best used when shooting at speed, from awkward shooting positions, or on the move. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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We have been working with these for a few weeks now. I have been carrying one daily on my Glock 17 to get a first hand idea of the advantages and liabilities of the units. Specifically I am referring to the Trijicon Dual Illuminated RMRs: The RM03, 04, 05, and 08. These have 13 MOA, 7 MOA, 9 MOA and 12.9 Triangle respectively. I am referring as well to the Amber Dot units and not to the Green Dot units. The green do units require a pinkish hue to the glass and we will discuss those later. The Dual Illuminated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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First the plan. 1). THE LIABILITY-FOCUSED PLAN: If you like alone, the threat level is low (a couple of urban thugs vs. an ISIS hit team), your skill dedication is low, and your plan is to hunker down and call 911 - then get a shotgun with at least a 4 round magazine shoot it once a year and hope for the best. If its been a really long time since you have lifted anything but a chicken leg on the way to your mouth and have to use those velcro shoes...get a 20 gauge. 2). THE TACTICAL GUY PLAN: Regardless of where you live, keep a full set of armor plates in a chest rig carrier, festooned with magazines, and a bump helmet with a PVS14 attached right next to your slidefire equipped famous maker PDW with the drum magazine. If they get past the concertina wire and the attack dogs, you go SEAL6 all over their ass. 3). THE MORE LIKELY PLAN: You do not want to be an "average guy" so you have some degree of skills. And whether your family is made up of combatants or bystanders, you take them into consideration. If they are combatants, they have their own weapons...if they are not, you are not going to rely on them...but still have to deal with their presence in the AO. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I had a long discourse today with a friend from high school. She was concerned about all the terrorism today and wanted advice. She had been living in the "before". What is the before? Last year I was in California for my mom's 75th birthday. I was manning the BBQ and took off my outer cover, to a tank top. I had a small Glock tucked into the belt line and one of my small nieces walked up and asked me what that was...pointing at my Glock. Much to the horror of her mother, I said it was in case... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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From a good friend who has been there done that...on the dark side *** Being prepared in a dangerous world. PLEASE take time to read & digest. Please share with others. As we have become complacent in our lives, others want to and will do their best to disrupt that complacency. This is extremely long, but, quite thorough. And, in the big picture, good advice. This is good advice. And if there is something about the advice you don’t necessarily agree with, just insert your own alternative. Simply put, don’t be a sheep! Never sit with your back to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG