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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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Jeff Cooper once said, "The Rifle is the Queen of Weapons". This was of course in reference to the chess piece that can do anything well, and to the surpassing of all other pieces. And it is in that vein that I try and make my rifle program a complete presentation of the rifle and not simply a "long range" school, or a "CQB" school. Rather we wish to address everything that a rifle can do. And incidentally, I do not go along with the notion that a 308 is a rifle and a 223 is a carbine. All my rifles are rifles...regardless of caliber. And since my focus in studying the rifle is from an anti-personnel point of view, all my rifles are assault much as that may annoy the liberals and frustrate the gun apologists. Unlike the pistol or the shotgun (sort of), the rifle is not a defensive weapon. The rifle is for attack and assault. It exists to allow the user to project force and enforce his will on his adversaries. Hardly the "sporting artifact"... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We run more students through our training courses than most other private sector training organizations in the USA. As such we see a very good cross-section of what the level of skill is across the nation. And by skill, I am referring to the ability to hit a target on demand at various distances, and from various situationally adapted positions. On point we constantly have to fix in our students is the management of the trigger. They stay off the trigger until the last possible moment and then they jump onto that trigger and slap it for a brief instant only to quickly move off trigger again. It is as if an instructor at some point along their formative development convinced them that the trigger was like a hot stove and that it would burn them to the bone if they lingered upon its surface. An analogy that some readers may understand is the novice driver that is afraid of the gas pedal and that stays off it for as long as possible and then is either flooring it or... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
MASTERING THE DOUBLE ACTION TRIGGER 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 named Steve Deladio who ran the Armory at Long Beach Uniforms. He tuned my S&W 686 to ridiculous smoothness and when I used the S&W 5906 I did the same. Steve gave it a fantastic double action pull that could be rolled through like the best revolvers. I never knew that the first shot was so "difficult", or that the transition from double action to single action was such a "problem" until I attended Gunsite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Continuing with the discussions on pistol marksmanship, an important pair of aspects that work together are breathing and trigger press. Having already discussed trigger work in Triggernometry, I want to focus this more specifically on breathing, and how it affects the shot. Again, for those who came in late, I am discussing the Proactive and Preemptive shot as would be applied against an Active Shooter or Terrorist. This is for the over-achiever that will run to the sounds of the guns with a huge smile. If all you are worried about is a gunfight in a parking lot with your Ruger LCP against a meth-head named "Skinny", this may be a waste of your time. But if pistol excellence is your goal, this will help you attain it. Breathing is a muscular action, whether voluntary or involuntary. The muscular action of breathing, or of holding the breath in creates movement, which is the bane of a stable shooting platform.Breathing is controlled in the same way whether you are shooting a body shot with a 338 Lapua rifle at 1000 yards,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We live in a time of war. The Islamic Terror Theater in the USA has already made themselves known and has promised to bring the fight to the most innocent and unsuspecting places. And they favor, but are not limited to, knives. (There are at least two other theaters...but I digress). I recall when I was in LE, we would debrief events in order to learn from them...both to repeat the right things done, and to avoid the mistakes that we all invariably make. When looking at these events, we must all set aside our tender egos. If we are not able to debrief ourselves and our brothers, we will simply keep making the same mistakes over and over and for the spurious reasons as to not hurt someone's tender feelings. I would hope we are above that and that we can learn. We can learn to be more dangerous to our enemies so that the very hint that one of us might be at his selected target will send shivers of doubt deep into his soul. I have two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
I think many readers will be old enough to remember video rental stores...and of course - travel agencies. In those days one rented a VHS tape and watched it and returned it a few days later. It was a great business model, as was the idea of having a knowledgeable third party arrange your vacation. Today we see very few travel agents and no video rental stores remain. The disruptive entry into the market of Netflix and Hulu destroyed the video rental market completely. And Expedia closed the door to travel agencies. What does that have to do with Magpul magazines for Glocks? Well, a great deal. The most prolific pistol on earth is a Glock 9mm. And to meet the demand for truly making it perfect...something Mr. Glock doesn't actually do...a burgeoning aftermarket has evolved around the platform. One of those aftermarket products has been a magazine extension to allow more rounds to be carried. For a whopping $40 (in addition to the $30 magazine) companies like Taran Tactical or Zev Technologies will sell you a magazine extension to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, is a stupid mantra of the underachiever and the slothful. If we listened to those people we would all still be traveling in Conestoga Wagons and using black powder weapons. That may appeal to some, but hardly to those who would fit at the pinnacle of any endeavor. And that includes the art of the pistol. Guys will spend hours discussing how to make the grip feel "natural" on a handgun. Often they will buy more complicated systems simply because of some intangible feel to the grip. Or, they will spend hours grinding on a perfectly good handgun to ostensibly make it fit better. Even better is when they, being poor shots, blame it on the ill-conceived grip angle of the weapon they shot poorly with, and with an extremely poor grip themselves. Fact: Shooting well has to do with aligning the pistol on target and not derailing that alignment with poor trigger control. A modified grip angle will not help you do this if you do not understand how to hold the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We have been promoting the concept of surgical marksmanship and face shooting as a remedy for the prolific active shooters of our modern age. But the biggest impediment to that seems to be a lack of marksmanship skill on the part of many American shooters. So in the spirit of making “US” deadlier against “THEM” I plan a series on the various aspects of firing the accurate shot. We have already discussed the issue of sights, iron or red dots, and how to use them best. Now to the trigger. American shooters are afraid of their triggers, or at best, do not understand how to use them properly. Since their first day as fledgling pistoleros they have been beaten over brow by R. Lee Ermey imitators to not touch the trigger. That is of course an important thing, but only as important as not stomping on the gas pedal when parking. Just as one must in fact give the race car gas to make it run, so must we work the trigger to make the pistol fire. Sadly, few instructors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
How important is accuracy, and a secondary question, how do we build it? 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 combat crowd might scoff at our standards of all shots touching as an indicator of accuracy (both of man and gun and ammo). But the more accurate the shooter is, and the more accurate his weapon is, the greater a margin for error he has if things are less than optimal when he has to shoot. Think of a custom pistol that is capable of all shots... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
I have been away from the desk doing training. It seems the demand for aggressive shooting skills has multiplied in the last few months and the tempo of training has grown with the tempo of terror events. Just last weekend we had a Turkish immigrant entered a shopping mall and killed over a half dozen people with a rifle. (Misidentified once again by the media…and reluctantly confirmed later as a Jihadist). And a few days before that a Somali security guard stabbed any non-Muslim he could find at another shopping mall in Minnesota. The rapid tempo of these events has increased, and we recall that it has not even been one year since the San Bernardino Jihad Killings. We can only speculate about how many more before the end of the year…and how many next year (specially if the Jihad-apologist Hillary is elected). But I think we can predict with some certainty how the events will unfold based on past experience. We know from our LE sources in Southern AZ that: 1). Potential jihadists are making it into the USA... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This last weekend we taught a three day Red Dot Pistol School. It was attended by over 20 students with various weapons and red dot systems. We took them through a great deal of work, and met standards of face shots at 25 yards, and body shots at 100 yards. We broke up the training between proactive work, as may be conducted during the various Active Shooter/Jihad Killings that have become so much a part of modern life - and reactive work as typified by common self defense shootings at close range. I expect we will have an after action from the students to publish shortly but we fired approximately 1,000 well directed and accurate rounds in three days. During one of the days, during a break, I had staffer Greg Nichols video a few shooting drills with our NFA Glock PDW. This weapon has very serious capabilities and is already being examined by some police units as a special applications weapon. Have a look. Related articles The Stocked Pistol Revisited for 2014 SUAREZ VIDEO: THE PISTOL PDW/SBR CONCEPT -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
The world has always been in struggle. Those that think one day we will have “world peace” are fools because that is not human nature. And many of us would despise that existence. The fundamental struggle of course is between good and evil. That should be clear, as far as the nature of the sides, but some people who serve evil think they serve good. Ask a jihadist about it and he will tell you that us infidels are the evil ones. We see this differently of course, but you will not convince the other side. And what evil does...its tactics... is that it demands tolerance when it is weak, in order to weaken the strong good. “We are all children of the same God”, or “We are all Americans”, and so forth. And the problem is that the only way that you can define and identify evil is by some sort of faith system. But in the modern age, that perspective is, for many unacceptable. Although it is hard to define and pin point in the academic way demanded... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In a scene from what the current administration would want us to think is the "new normal", we have this: "A man dressed in a private security uniform and making reference to Allah, entered a St. Cloud Minnesota mall Saturday night and stabbed eight people before being shot dead by an off duty police officer." ...and this. "A man who was killed after stabbing eight people Saturday night inside a Minnesota mall was “a soldier of the Islamic State,” an ISIS-linked news agency said Sunday morning." And this happens almost simultaneously with bombs in New York that are reminiscent of the Boston Marathon bombings that so many Americans seem to have already forgotten about. We live in a time of war and it would be foolish of us to forget that for a moment, or to forget who the unannounced enemy happens to be. The terrorists all have a common thread, a cultural, political, and religious ideology that connects them regardless of where they were born, what passport they hold or what language they speak. I am still astounded at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In a recent discussion at warriortalk a point was brought up that one did not need to have a "physique" in order to be able to fight. I countered that fitness and fighting were two separate matters and showed images of the UFC fighter Tank Abbott. Abbott is a huge man and can fight, nobody can deny that. But he is fat and not "fit" in the sense of what we want fitness to be. I then showed an image of Clarence Bass, a 75 year old bodybuilder who looks better and is probably healthier at 75 than most men at 25. If all we wanted to do was to "be able to hit hard and fight", we would be emulating the Sumo wrestler...getting as big and fat as we could, so we could bowl over lighter men. A sumotori would able to break a smaller man's wrist by simply taking his punch. But I will bet a health profile for a Sumo is hardly one promising of a long life. I will also bet a sumotori could not run... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We have all felt it at some point, as we turn to see what it is we have felt. It is difficult to explain as it tends to drift into areas that western science cannot fully explain. The eyes of another upon us. Surveillance guys know the phenomena and try to not look at their subject directly, using glass reflections or some other manner of indirect observation rather than a direct gaze at close range. A direct gaze is not usual in western society so when someone is looking “right at you”, you take note. Why is that person focused on me, you ask. To look at a stranger intently causes alarm and concern. Not a problem most of the time, but there are times when doing that may not be wise. The African White Hunter Capstick wrote about the phenomena in his books and tried to cultivate an indirect observation method so as not to spook large animals. I bring this up for discussion as one of those specialized points that has nothing at all to apply in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In a visionary article in 2004, William S. Lind wrote Distance from Disorder, an article about Fourth Generation Warfare. He noted about the modern war against "terrorism", and about the rise of world tribalism - The loss of the state’s monopoly on war and on the first loyalty of its citizens and the rise of non-state entities that command people’s primary loyalty and that wage war. These entities may be gangs, religions, races and ethnic groups within races, localities, tribes, business enterprises, ideologies—the variety is almost limitless; A return to a world of cultures, not merely states, in conflict; and The manifestation of both developments—the decline of the state and the rise of alternate, often cultural, primary loyalties—not only “over there,” but in America itself. I think that twelve years later, we see that rather than limiting the scope to "warfare", the things Lind noted are applied to life itself in what may be called the post-nationalist world. The concept of "tribe" is human nature. Most people want to be a part of a like minded larger group. That has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In 1941 the USA was attacked by the Japanese navy at Pearl Harbor, an event that the Islamic Terror of September 11, 2001 has been compared to. But fifteen years later, in 1956, not only was Japan and its global ideology soundly trashed, but so were its allies Germany and Italy…and by 1956 there was little worry about the Nazis or about Japanese Imperialism. It seems the west has forgotten those lessons about how to defeat its enemies. Fifteen years ago we all woke up to the most brazen and murderous attack on the west since Pearl Harbor. But America has become a country of Alzheimer’s patients and has an extremely short memory. Just six months ago we had people sharing the same ideology with the Islamic Terrorists from fifteen years ago kill a number of their co-workers in San Bernardino, and then again in Orlando, in Paris, in Brussels, in Munich and in Dallas. All with the same ideology. And unlike the Nazi and the Japanese Imperialist, we as a culture do not seem inclined to even name, much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Lets Not Forget Fabrizio Quattrocchi Fabrizio Quattrocchi (9 May 1968 – 14 April 2004) was an Italian security officer taken hostage by Islamist terrorists in Iraq. He was taken hostage together with Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio. They worked in Iraq as security contractors. Quattrocchi's kidnappers forced him to dig his own grave and kneel beside it wearing a hood as they prepared to film his death, knowing he was about to die, he refused to submit. He screamed "Vi faccio vedere come muore un Italiano!" - "I'll show you how an Italian dies!" He attacked them, but was then shot in the back of the neck. On 20 March 2006, Quattrocchi was posthumously honored by the Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi with the Gold Medal for Civil Valor, after a proposal by the Home Secretary Giuseppe Pisanu. For the Gold Medal for Civil Valor to be awarded, one act of specific Valor is necessary, and that phrase, "vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano!" — "I'll show you how an Italian dies!" was considered to be of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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 certain shopping center'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 course is that ISIS (or ISIL if you voted for Obama) has shown every intention of carrying out attacks on US soil, aided passively by the ridiculous presidential policies in place today. Wary shoppers, unwilling to amend their purchases, want to carry weapons while conducting our great American pastime…and following the hall monitor mind set, feel they need permission or some sort of official sanction to do so. I suspect that when the Islamic Terrorists arrive at the Mall doors, and are greeted with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This month we are proclaiming September as Crusader History Month. And in this piece we want to feature Jan Sobieski and his Hussars, and their role in breaking the siege of Vienna. Very few Americans study any history at all. It is as if they think that the only history of any importance is their own short history. But that is a shame because much of what we are seeing today was born hundreds of years ago, and the motivations of the players back then very much motivate the players today...even if the politicians fail to see it. Islam has been attempting to overthrow the western world since the 7th century. Nothing has changed. They want the entire world under their thumb. Their world is the world which is submissive to Islam. Anything outside their world is the world of the Infidel...that is us. It is nothing new. One may even say it is "history". This month of course, marks the anniversary of September the 11th, 2001. I think we could say without doubt that this date has had the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG