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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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Actually, the notion of Columbus being Genoese is in itself revisionist if you simply accept what you are told in school. I suggest a reading of "Jewish Pirates Of The Caribbean" as a good place to start. Columbus, like Washington, was an opportunist that profited from the possibilities of the day. That doesn't make them bad people...it simply makes them just like us.
Toggle Commented yesterday on COLUMBUS DAY at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
The Ebola thing is foremost on the minds of everyone. Why? It is true that more people will die from the flu than Ebola. But the issue is simply one of the horrific nature of the disease, and the fact that it has crystalized the ineptitude of the government beurocracy to handle anything more complex than a stop light. So here is what the possibilities are. Either there will be more people diagnosed with it, and traced back to the nurse on the CDC-approved/CDC-disapproved flight…or not. I will discuss the “not” first. If there is no more diagnosis of Ebola,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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In my daily news feeds I get all manner of information and articles. One that came to my attention Monday was of a guy maligning Columbus and taking the position that there should not be a holiday to celebrate such a dastardly man. The main thrust of the argument was that the Indians, or indigenous tribes, were peaceful and kind, sort of like a Disney movie, and the evil Europeans were thieves and murderers. To anyone who has actually studied history with an open mind and detached point of view appropriate to the social norms of the era, that argument... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The issue of sighting with with one eye or two eyes while shooting has been around for a long time. As in much of what we are doing, it is a matter of context and distance. If you are fighting a bad guy at five feet as you explode off the x and shoot him to the ground, both eyes open works fine. Try the same thing at 50 yards and your results will not be as good. As most things, it depends on the problem at hand. Like degrees of movement (from stationary to sprinting), the use of the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I got these photos from our man in Moscow. He has handled the "rifle" and has good things to say about it. With all of the geo-political nonsense going on, and the new demonizing of the Russians, it is unlikely we will see this in the USA. A few years ago I had a similar animal built that used magazines from a PPHS-43. Due to parts logistics, I had it made in 7.62x25. It was based on the Vityaz-SN being used by Russian SF guys in the urban theatres. I ran it in a few classes but sold it, as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The Glock pistol is the easiest handgun to use in a fight. It is also the easiest pistol with which to clear a malfunction, should one occur in extreme environments. The malfunction clearances we teach involve a non-diagnostic linear progression free of any analytical decisions or evaluations. At the crux of the process is the ability to positively extract the on-board magazine. Sometimes because of the nature of the malfunction, this is not an easy task. As well, if the operational environment requires the use of gloves, the problem is exacerbated. The OEM base pad does not address any of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL SLIDE SADDLE RMR CUT COVER PLATE Our customers have asked for a slide insert that would cover the slot cut into the slide in the event they wanted to run their Red Dot Glock pistols with the Trijicon RMR unit removed, either for travel, or for certain competitions restricting the use of the Red Dot Sighting systems. Our answer is the Slide Saddle RMR Cut Cover Plate.This steel plate comes with (2) 6-32 thread pitch screws, contoured specially to fit the pistol slides, it looks like it was hand cut right off slide. It is available in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
SLF Wrote: Have any of you found particular red dots to be superior for shotgun use? My Reply: We have run both the Trijicon RMRs and the Aimpoint Micros with good results. Which is better? Both about the same IMHO. I'd stay away from cheap sights which we found insufficiently robust for pistol use. I imagine its even worse with a shotgun. I refer to the Fast Fires, C-Mores, and J-Points.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2014 on RED DOTS ON SHOTGUNS? at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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In the dim past, when the first functional self-loading pistols became available, it was examined as what we would today call a PDW (personal defense weapon). Unlike the infantry rifle, or other long gun, this was meant to defend the user and extend the capabilities of the "one-handed pistol". The first stocked self-loading pistol was the Borchardt, a clumsy but functional for the day, pistol. It incorportaed a flat detachable stock. Eventually Mauser and Luger expanded on the idea as well as Mr. Browning and Mr. Webley. In fact, it was a common accessory for military pistols of the pre-WW2... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I have been busy writing the shotgun book as part of the rewrite and update of all existing books. A great deal has changed since the 1990s. On the discussion of sights, back then the disruptive technology was ghost ring sights. Today, we are putting red dot sights on handguns at a dramatic rate. Do they belong on shotguns? Lets see. The first time I saw a red dot on a shotgun was on the cover of one of the last HK International Training Division catalogs. They’d just done a switch to the FABARM shotgun from the venerable Benelli and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Its funny that in this day and age, there are guys that still assume the knife guy or guys are unskilled buffoons that are too poor or too stupid to use guns. And it is astounding how many gun guys snicker at the soccer mom that fears the gun, but they themselves will turn into a pile of fecal fear when a knife is flashed. As well the myth, and it is just that, that a firearm will always trump the blade. All weapons are special niche weapons. Some of those niches are larger than others, but in its own... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Serge, I don't know what to tell you. I looked at the article on several different browsers, albeit not an Ipad, and they all work and are visible.
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This is Alton Nolen, a.k.a Jah'Keem Yisrael. He is the man that killed and beheaded a woman in Moore, OK. He then turned his wrath on another female, stabbing her before being stopped by a reserve police officer. Whether this was a private jihad or was just doing it as a criminal has yet to be proven. No matter, the writing is on the wall. This is our enemy! Though the skinny crackhead hanging out at the corner or at the front of 7-11 panhandling or trying to mug you for your wallet. Yes, he may be a nuisance, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
The word excellence will instantly divide people. That is fine since it is in the fringes, in the periphery where you will find those who seek it. Excellence has never been the quest of the common man. There is a certain elitism to it. Just as you see Fortune 500 CEOs, and Green Berets, and High End Athletes move through their lives differently than the pack, so do those whose objectives involve the "E" word. And in the current shabby world where standing above the crowd will have all manner of hammers moving your way to make you like everyone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
I want to give a brief discussion of the history of CQC, or close quarters combat. I am hardly an historian so if I have missed something, please let me know here. The first thing I will say is that you will never see more animosity, petty bickering, or jealousy outside of a teenage cheerleader locker room than you will see in the martial arts community or firearms training community. Everyone steals from everyone and everyone reinvents things for their own benefit. Recently I read an article about a trainer's discovery of "P.A.D.E. or Perceive, Analyze, Decide, Execute". No mention... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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RED DOT COMBAT PISTOLS A Book By Gabe Suarez Suarez International began the red dot movement on handguns and pioneered the milled-installation of the red dot with corresponding, co witnessed iron sights. This book chronicles the history and development and reveals all the advantages of the red dot equipped handgun. It illustrates the best practices for installation, training and use, as well as maintenance and all the tips and tricks learned from several years in developing and proving the concept. If you have a red dot equipped pistol, this will not only validate your choice, but show you how to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
This week in Colorado we are starting to feel a little fall in the air a little earlier than usual foreshadowing the onset of winter and with it unique challenges in terms of concealed carry and gun fighting tactics. First of all we are likely to be wearing more and heavier clothing making it potentially more difficult to bring our firearm into play depending on how we carry. If you have trained all summer in shorts and Hawaiian shirt it’s time to start working on digging your tools out from under a heavy coat and sweater. The key is consistency,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Fighting is really simple. You need to be better prepared physically, tactically, or technically than the opposition. If you are none of those, you are screwed with a capital "F". I am not the only one to say that either. Here is Musashi in the Book of Five Rings. “The true Way of sword fencing is the craft of defeating the enemy in a fight, and nothing other than this.” Today we hear a great deal about “concepts”. I recall Cooper telling me about the International Combat Shooting Association, and how the word “Combat” had to be replaced with “practical”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
FREEDOM FROM FREEDOM I wrote a while back that what many people...most in fact, specially here in the USA wanted, was freedom from responsibility and from duty. Freedom means that nobody will tell you or compell you to do anything, but at the same time, if you fail, nobody will come to help you. That is the last thing most Americans want...regardless of how often they use the word. In other words when they speak of "freedom" they were not referring to the same thing many of us would think. What they meant, and what they want is "freedom from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Frank asked: I'm curious to know what you mean by "organize laws ... to achieve distance from disorder" My Reply: Simple. Anyone from a nation that harbors, promotes, protects, or sympathizes with Islamic terror is deported. The whole "send me your poor and oppressed" thing was great in the 1880s, but not so much today. Have nothing at all to do with any of them and the problem will be far smaller. No, its not "fair", but that is not my or your problem.
SCfromNY wrote: We talk and talk about this on every website and forum but what does it mean? NOTHING! My Reply: I don't think it means nothing. There are all manner of things we discuss here that will not be discussed anywhere else. If you think it means nothing please don't let me waste your time. SCfromNY wrote: Those of us that are prepared will do OK however, we will be vastly outnumbered by the sheep standing around after the first major terrorist attack on our soil. My Reply: Sheep? Yes. I am not here for them. The sheep are on their own. SCfromNY wrote: Food and water unavailable, a run on gun stores too late, no ammo, completer disarray with no rules and no authority as the few can bunker down and wait it out because while many of us suspect it is coming the vast majority have no idea and no preparation. My Reply: Nope...not going to happen that way...no end of world. What do they call it? TEOTWAKI or something? I was working the LA riots. It was crazy, but after a week...back to normal. I was at ground zero in '94 during the Northridge Quake. Same thing...craziness for a few days then everything back to normal somewhat. Even 9/11. So, regardless of what happens, you need enough ON YOU to prevail against the shooters. High intensity short duration. Then champagne. SCfromNY wrote: I wish we had an actual leader. My Reply: Its 2014. I am not a part of the "WE". I don't need a leader...I am fine by myself. Perhaps if more Americans made that leader thing irrelevant, they would not only have better lives but they would know what to do in just about every situation.
Anon wrote: So if you guys have all these great opinions, why don't you do something about it? All I'm saying- I serve with our Nation's military. My hands are tied to express my opinions as I please, so I refrain from doing so. But you- the civilian - were by design given the power to change our country, our government, and choose what is right. My Reply: Well...its nice to believe that. I don't so much. Democracy is an illusion. It is mob-rule in better clothes. Who wins elections today? Whoever gives the mob more stuff. No...that anything can change is a false path IMHO. Anon Wrote: Exercise your freedoms for the good of all men. I chose to preserve the freedom of our people by serving my country. You can best serve your country by preserving the legitimacy of the system set by our forefathers, however the people truly see fit. My Reply: Not to sound dissenting, but the "people" saw fit to elect Obama not once but twice. That is what they saw fit to do. Playing that game is a losing proposition so many of us have opted out. Reality sucks sometimes.
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I wrote some time ago that people do not fight the same today. I recall my youth, and my quest for martial excellence. There was no internet, no youtube, and the few sources of information were on the newsstand. You had Black Belt magazine…and Muscle and Fitness. And unlike today, where in an urban area there will be as many 24 Hour Gyms as there are Starbucks Coffee houses, a real gym…or a real dojo was not so easy to find. Some years ago I was privileged to visit several museums. One was the Cody Museum in the USA and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Recently in the New York Times, author Roger Cohen wrote "The Great Unraveling". In the article (linked for you guys to enjoy), Cohen wrings his hands about the same goings on that have taken place among men since the days of Hamurabi. Nothing new here folks...same old problem. The only thing that has changed is that modern industrialized nations like to meddle and fix other people's problems. They like to meddle because its good for business. But that is for another discussion. Cohen writes, "The most powerful nation on earth was tired of far-flung wars......An ungrateful world could damn well... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Don't get concerned about "shooting targets". Don't become overly fixated on the target...or on shooting the target. The target is simply a stand in for a living adversary. Its not about hitting the target...its about killing. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG