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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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I first wrote about the “Fighting Shotgun” back in 2005 as an answer to a student’s question on my forum. I always hesitate to make definitive answers because things do evolve and a valid solution to a problem in 2005 is changed with the development of a new technology or product, nearly a decade later in 2014. Think of a man writing about the best methods of transcontinental travel in 1896. His world view will not be valid today because things have changed. And thus it is with the shotgun. First I will limit the discussion to pump action and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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SKIPPING BUCKSHOT…AND OTHER PROJECTILES I learned to do this back in 1986. It had been used in gunfights by the L.A. Sheriff's Deputies several times and a viable tactic. This was the age before lawyers wrote qualification courses and Internal Affairs guys were in charge of tactical training. Before the silly statement was spoken in fear, "every bullet has a lawyer attached to it", and the death before litigation culture became the norm. Today, I don’t know of any private or public sector schools teaching this actively. I know that we teach it and make it a common activity in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I often get questions about which RMR a buyer should add to their pistol. There is no easy answer. It depends on what the end user wants as each has advantages and liabilities. We can divide existing Trijicon RMRs into three groups. First is the Dual Illuminated units. These are comprised of the RM03 (13 MOA Amber Dot), RM04 (7 MOA Amber Dot), RM05 (9 MOA Amber Dot), RM05G (9 MOA Green Dot), RM08 (13 MOA Amber Triangle), and RM08G (13 MOA Green Triangle). They are all within a few dollars of each other, but the Dual Illuminated are the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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There are two parts to this discussion. One is identifying a tail, the second is eluding them. A big part of this is daily preparation to make yourself difficult to track and to facilitate eluding any tracker. First consider equipping yourself in a way that you do not stand out in a crowd. There is a great scene in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" where every "suspect" is dressed the same way, facilitating Pierce Brosnan's character to elude the police. Obviously you can't cause 1000 guys to dress just like you, but you can dress in a way that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 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. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
MORE INFO STEYR AUG CASE DEFLECTOR Related articles Bullpup Wars - FN FS2000 vs AUG Working With The Steyr AUG - Part 1 NZDF To Replace Steyr AUG Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
BR Kurtz: Q). A question about being sure the BG is in the room alone-FIRST can you really be sure and SECOND does that rally make a difference? A). No, you can't. Now...in a home defense thing, unless you have twenty kids, all "friendlies" will probably be secured. If not, then either don't use this tactic, or shoot high. If all the friendlies are secure, anyone else the bad guy has with him is another bad guy. Guys seem to want a guarantee that everything will be OK in a gunfight. It doesn't work that way. Wait til the liability-freaks get hold of this article ;) Q). Consider any non sterile shooting, of course you don't want of mean to hit a by stander but if the Bad Guy Shooter is firing at innocents (including YOU), don't you have a priority to stop him? If hes shooting through walls to get YOU, isn't he also a danger to those around him? A). Yes and yes. At the end of the day...YOU win, the bad guy does not. Q). Picture a Mall shooter that just so happens to have targeted you; but there are innocents behind him. Do you really choose NOT to shoot because you might miss and hit the innocents? What about YOU and the other innocents behind you? A). Slightly different situation, but I am still going to shoot. The guys that get all nervous about this are those with cheap guns, and very low skill levels because they never practice. You can find guys like that carrying Walther P-38s in Uncle Mike holsters at Walmart.
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All new and disruptive technologies are resisted at first, and the red dot pistol is no different. But the innovators who lead at the bleeding edge of things are always looking for an advantage and it is from them that a new technology will either make it or be discarded as a bad idea. The mass market will not make those decisions, since they are always behind the lead, and will not adopt something new. In the last part of the discussion we highlighted many of the objections put forth against this new technology and answered all of them except for one, that being cost. Yes...this is costly and that will not change. When running the dot-equipped pistols, some shooters seem to be confused by the dot. A Dot is different than iron sights. Recall that we have the iron sights in place, in part, as visual training wheels to get the eye accustomed to seeing and picking up the dot. But once you are there, you do not need to use the same methodology of visual actions. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Anywhere I have traveled on earth I have seen that Americans have, more than any other people on earth, a reputation as "gunfighters". The advancement of the anti-personnel use of the handgun is a particularly American invention and that fact is not lost on us, or those who wish to learn from us. The Outside The Waist Band Carry, concealed under a shirt or jacket has become symbolic of the American way of gunfighting. Although I personally favor Appendix carry, many of our clients and students choose to, or are required to carry elsewhere. This could be due to body... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Well...do you want to fight like Dudley Do Right, or like Snidely Whiplash? You need to learn what the criminals know don't you? And if all your protectees (tactical-speak for family and loved ones) are secure, should YOU care? And at that point are there any bystanders? Best thing to do in a home invasion, BTW, is to kill them dead on the front lawn.
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I have decided to eschew sleep. "Eschew", for those who frequent Obama Rallies means to forego. Oh, sorry...it means to "give up" or do without. Why? Simple. I have decided to do an intense amount of writing. This is evidenced by two books in two months...a feat of wordsmithery even for me. Nonetheless I have been hard at work with the Blog and populating it with witty, informative, and for some, offensive writings. Some of the things I have in the "bubble-bubble-toil-and-trouble" cauldron are - How To Use The Red Dot Pistol - Part 2 The Pistol Gripped Shotgun The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
My dear AR - I will answer you this. I apologize for nothing and do not need anyone's approval, nor forgiveness. And those who don't like me have plenty of other places to go and read. As you said, and demonstrated anonymously - "The internet is just full of stupid". As I said in my post - “Yes, I am a fecking pirate…now hand over the dubloons”.
Well White Falcon, what I will tell you is this - There is no First Amendment on my ship and I will not tolerate any anti-police rhetoric.
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I was asked recently about my “notoriousness” when someone (anonymously of course) tried to make it an issue. I laughed, waved my hand around our surroundings and asked the speaker, “Does it look like we are worried about the opinions of others?” I do not shrink from, but embrace my brigand, outcast reputation. I was the guy that paid no heed to the hall monitor at school and shot spitballs at the teacher. I rooted for Snidely Whiplash and not Dudley Do-Right as a kid. When I came across the word “Pirate” I thought it was perfect. Americans love their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
"Think of slugs like a screwdriver with reversible tips from flat edge to phillips." Excellent analogy!!!
I tend to not use that mode of carry as its not useful for me unless we are standing around in class teaching. It makes movement difficult (the kind of movement WE do which makes the movement taught in most shooting classes appear snail-like), is constantly in the way of your feet, and does not make assuming shooting positions easy. Again...that is just my opinion on the matter.
Larry T and SLF: On the Benelli. I think it is the best self-loading shotgun available today. Even shooters sponsored by "Big Name Shotgun Companies" use the Benelli in competition. They are built like Italian sports cars, and when I was there in 2000, I saw that the Italians have as much passion for their shotguns as their cars. On Benelli accessories, I confess to not be up on what is available for them. GG&G has always made good Benelli stuff so I would look there first. On 922(r) stuff...for Benellis...I don't think that applies to shotguns. Before I took a gunsmith's "bro-science" advice, I would check with an attorney.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2014 on ON SHOTGUNS at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
JHarry3 - On the 20 Gauge. Few talk about it because there is not the variety of anti-personnel ammo for it that there is for the 12 GA. As well, few companies offer them in "fighting" packages rather than in sporting configuration. That said, I agree that for the slightly built, a hit with a 20 is better than a miss with a 12.
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Continuing with our discussions on optimizing the shotgun, let us discuss ammo. While any and all firearms can be used for hunting that is irrelevant insofar as this discussion goes. That the shotgun can be used for shooting bunnies and birds has nothing to do with its anti-personnel use. One of the prevailing myths with this weapon is that it is versatile due to the variety in ammunition. With respect to the nature of the discussion, that is false. It is not versatile at all and quite specialized…because of the ammunition and its limits. With regards to the operator and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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True...but a shotgun for sports "hunting" as one example, is not the same as a shotgun for killing men. Moreover, "Crap" usually refers to whatever the speaker either doesn't like or cannot justify buying. There are many good accessories to enhance the use of the 870 for killing men.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2014 on ON SHOTGUNS at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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In discussing shotguns - 1) All weapons are "special niche weapons". Some niches simply cover more things. And some of these weapons, ridiculous as it seems, are acceptable in areas where others are not. For example...an M4 Pistol is untenable in California unless it has that silly bullet button, a muzzle break, and a ten round magazine. But an 18" pistol gripped shotgun is perfectly legal. 2). Attempting to compare weapons against each other (ie. what is better...a shotgun or a rifle) is silly as each has its virtues and shines in it's special niche. Doing so is like comparing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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All anti-personnel weapons are for a special niche application. The niche is broader for some weapons than for others. The weapon that covers more applications and purposes than any other is the assault rifle, Yet the often-seen attempt to compare a shotgun...or a J-frame revolver, to an M4 is not only foolish...but also pointless. The best choice of weapon depends on the expected use. It is very much a rock-paper-scissors thing...and a good tactician will make certain the fight takes place where his weapon in hand has the best advantage. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I got back to the station and my uniform was in shreds. My knees and elbows looked like I was some little kid that fell off his bike. In short, I looked like crap. I had just concluded a nice little ground fight with an MS-13 gang member. In retrospect, I should have simply stabbed him in the neck...but we learn and live…thankfully. He was brought in beaten up bad, and choked out...but very much alive. In my experience, fights do not always go to the ground. They do if you lose your balance, or if you go to a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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One question we often get is the proper position of the front hand in rifle shooting. We always answer that it depends. Not the answer the student is looking for, but the right answer since the placement of that front hand depends on what you are trying to do. In this post I will discuss those macros of application and where the front hand will need to go for the best physical advantage. First we must understand that the rifle is a very tactically flexible weapon that can be pressed into a myriad of roles from close range CQB to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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First of all, nothing in this article is to be construed as an advocating of violating any US laws. This is presented for those who may be interested in the academic nature of such studies and for education purposes only. There, now that we got that clove of garlic out in the air, let’s get into the meat of the material. This will be controversial, but I think it needs to be written. I have students all over the world, in some very dangerous areas. In many of those places, there is no NRA, CCW Laws, Second Amendment, or even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG