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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 have been running a Beretta 1301 for our shotgun work for about a year now. Yes, I know...the shotgun's day is waning in lieu of the rifle. That notwithstanding, the shotgun still has a viable role, albeit a more specialized one than some shotgun advocates would suggest. Rather than resuscitate those older articles on the shotgun, I will simply link them here. Suffice to say that in my opinion, a semi auto shotgun exceeds the capability and efficiency of a pump, and of the semi autos available today, the Beretta 1301 is one of the top choices and the best value for the money. Semi Auto VS Pump Action On Shotguns & Their Role Original 1301 Article Often compared to the "other Italian shotgun", the 1301 weighs about two pounds less, is more reliable with a range of loads, is faster cycling, and costs much less. What is not to like? The Beretta 1301 does have one issue and that was discovered after it was in use for a while. If you press the rear portion of the bolt... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We know the story line by now don't we? In case you still cannot grasp the situation, or the events, let me lay it out in a way that anyone who has ears and eyes and a brain can understand. 1). Gun free zones are established so weak and powerless people can feel safer. 2). The same people who institute such things, refuse to believe that evil people exist, and that their motivations in life are far different than a normal person. Moreover, that certain factions of certain cultures cultivate evil, and the adherents of those factions embody that evil. 3). Being naive enough to support the views enumerated in points one and two, these people invite the evil into their nations, their cities, their schools and their homes, embracing the evil's devotees in some convoluted "coexist" methodology. What results are events like this. Events like Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando (now seemingly long forgotten), Minnesota, the Bataclan, Nice, and now Ohio. Here is a simple truth. There is no "co-exist". Freedom and Oppression, Modernity and Savagery, Evil and Good... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Yes, I am happy about it just as a Jew would be happy at the demise of Hitler or Arafat. Some history... Fulgencio Batista, Castro's predecessor, was a dictator. A brutal one just as bad as any in Latin America...a region renowned for its lack of democracy. Batista was a smart man and allied himself with US business interests. And he used his position to enrich himself and oppress any opposition. Castro's revolution was not always billed as a Communist one and there were several other actions fighting Batista that were not aligned with Castro. But in the chaos of the final days of the revolution, Castro came out on top. The USA had plenty of opportunity to intervene, and Eisenhower had developed a sound plan. A puppet installed by the USA was far better than Castro. But as is so common, even today, with US foreign policy, when Kennedy inherited the presidency, he allowed the anti-Castro operation to fail and solidified Castro's hold on Cuba. JFK, IMHO, was as much responsible for Castro's lengthy rule as anything else. Think... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL'S KNUCKLE DUSTER SERIES One of the common threads in any group of men that goes into harm's way is a decompression and debriefing session. This is where everyone chills out, the cold beers come out, and there is a heart to heart discussion on what happened and how to do it better the next time. Jokingly referred to as "choir practice", these were hardly spiritual group hug singing sessions, but instead, think of it as a group "high five" with an emphasis on how to kill the bad guys better the next time. Sometimes, depending on the events of the night, we drank our cold beers in silence...nothing else to be said. There was no rank at these events, often handled after hours in the parking lot of the station. The name of these "killer encounter sessions" came from a book by Joseph Wambaugh titled The Choirboys. In honor of those long ago days we first developed the Choirboy. It is, a bottle opener intended to crack a beer in style. As a bottle opener it can go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Following on the discussion of "look before you holster", here is an interesting video of real swordsmanship. There are striking parallels between Iaijutsu (the skill set of drawing and cutting reactively with the sword)...and gunfighting. The blade has different characteristics than the pistol. The firearm is dangerous because it can project force at a distance via the muzzle...but along with controlling the muzzle, one controls the trigger area. In fact, if one controls the trigger area...the control of the muzzle is really superfluous. The sword is dangerous at the point and the edge. Now...watch how the old master sheathes the sword. He controls the ridge...or the unsharpened edge. Once he has the point in the sheath, he sheathes...s-l-o-w-l-y. So we can say that the spirit of sheathing the sword is the same as the spirit of holstering the pistol, but because of the dynamics of the platforms are different, that "spirit" is executed differently. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
The Season Begins...Let It Be Strong This Year Sitting here after a hard leg workout (dizzy and saw a different galaxy than usual afterwards)...a nice Paleo dinner and enjoying a second glass of Carnivore Merlot. All is good. The dog at my feet and the M4 SBR against the corner. The junior staffer (Snakedoc) plays a song from Pentatonix. Well done!! As we close in on the season, let it be understood - Our Lord, the King of Kings and Warrior of Christian Warriors was...IS...not a soft sissy boy with a welcoming smile, a man bun, and man tits looking for a safe space. He is a man's man, a powerful example of what a man ought to be. Hardly what you will see on Christian Media or at the pulpit of the many Commie Pseudo Churches, And certainly not what you see with the ridiculous western Pope. He is the man who surrounded Himself with ruffians, and scoundrels...who beat the crap out of a gang of men and who (in context of the day) flipped the bird to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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SUAREZ ONE PIECE CCW MAGAZINE GUIDE For Glock 17 and 19 - Fits Both Gen 3 and Gen 4 The Suarez CCW One Piece Magazine Guide was designed as a super simple, easy to install, addition to the combat handgun. Intended for the professional gun man that carries his pistol all day-everyday, in direct anticipation of an armed confrontation, who wants that extra 3% edge necessary to win the fight. The One Piece design maintains all the benefits of the two piece systems, and remains low profile enough to be carried concealed everyday by the gunfight-focused end user. The beveled insertion-edges extend minimally off of the weapon’s frame and do not "print", yet drive the shooting hand higher up onto the frame for a proper and consistent grip. Moreover, a stuck magazine can still be manually “ripped out” during an "under duress" malfunction clearing maneuver. The design also supports one-handed clearing manipulations. Our CCW One Piece Magazine Guide is made in the US from Aircraft Grade Aluminum then Type 3 Hard Coat Anodized. Gen 4 back straps may need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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There is a common theme in the “Concealed carry/self-defense world” that you cannot make up for lack of training with better equipment. While that may be true, those are not the only options. If you have skill, better equipment will make the expression of that skill easier. A skilled driver can express his driving skills much better in an Audi S6 than in a used VW Bug. To suggest the contrary is the epitome of foolishness. And the truth is as well that a new driver will do better in the better car, even if at his current level of skill he cannot drive the car to its limits. Pistols are the same. A finely tuned and surgically accurate pistol will not turn a novice into a master, but not only will it help the novice attain skill faster, but it will help the master shooter express his skills without getting in the way. Denying this is a failed argument. When we discuss how to make the pistol better, there are several factors that come into play. One of them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I normally separate my articles from politics but my industry is heavily tied to and affected by national politics. And for the past eight years the push from the government against the firearms industry in all its versions has been hard. I must also say that many in this industry expected a Clinton win and another four (likely eight) years of pressure vis-a-vis executive orders and political skullduggery designed to make our lives more difficult. Imagine the surprise and exuberance this Wednesday morning to see Trump as the winner. I confess to not having had much faith in America these last few years - having had the weakest and most ridiculous president since Carter, and moving headlong into its own brand of communism. Obama allowed this nation to be bullied and extorted, and his policies began to cripple the very fabric of freedom. But today is a new day and one wonders if with Trump in office, and with control of both houses, courtesy of the American voter, we can in fact make America great again. I know it may... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL'S THE CONFESSOR In 1 Corinthians 12:12, Paul describes the various members of the Church as like the various parts of the body. We like that analogy and in line with the turbulent ages we live in, gravitate toward one particular aspect. We are the fists. To meet that calling we developed the knuckle series. First came the Choir Boy...then the Altar Boy. Now comes THE CONFESSOR. All dual-use items that can be bottle openers, as well as religious symbols, but with the right spiritual perspective, bring a type of security that prayer alone may not provide. "You can feel it in the distance the deeper down you stare. From up above it's hard to see, but you know when you're there. On the bottom words are shallow. On the surface talk is cheap. You can only judge the distance by the company you keep. In the eyes of the Confessor." The Confessor - to whom the many enemies of what is good and what is right will confess all their evil misdeeds and ask for mercy...right before judgement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Here is the reality. Technology magnifies our ability. Technology does not invalidate the "old ways", but it simplifies the process of accomplishing the mission.While we still develop the skill at map and compass, nobody can deny the advent of GPS makes navigation faster and easier. We maintain the old ways and skill for the event where technology fails, but that seldom happens. The "indian" without a proper arrow is as irrelevant as a great arrow being shot by an indian with shitty marksmanship skills. The notion that it is all about skill is wrong and the haven of the cheapskate. A great shooter will not do as well with a Lorcin 25 auto as with a red dot equipped pistol anymore than a NASCAR driver will do as well in a used AMC Pacer as with a finely appointed and tuned Saleen Mustang. And even if one's skill is still developing, it is far less costly to obtain a great piece of gear and then train to its level than to outgrow various marginal weapons. Some people will attain a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In no particular order, here are my observations. 1). Carry a weapon everywhere, all the time, period. Always...always...always. Ignore the sign...break the rules...be the outlaw. No guns signs are for sheep, and for fools. And if you are caught unarmed, nobody will come to help you. Get it in your mind that the sign does not apply to you. 2). Do Not Announce Yourself. Once the bad guy has shown what he is and has eliminated all doubt, keep your mouth shut and shoot him. A habituated shouted command, at a time like this is borne of hesitation to kill. In clearer words, sneak up to him and ambush him. Shoot the terrorist in the back of the head without so much as a "how do you do". In fact, I would say the back of the head has greater respect points than the face. 3). Hiding Leads To Being Killed There is hiding in hopes of being undiscovered and hiding waiting to trip an ambush. Hiding unarmed should not be in anyone's programming. If wondering what to do instead,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The Beretta 92 burst onto the scene in the mid 1980s. It was the gun the 1911 crowd loved to hate. Cats and dogs were predicted to move in together when this was adopted by the US Military as the M9. The "crunchenticker", is what it was called by the Colt 45 devotees, and anyone that brought it to class was met with derision and ridicule by the staff at the prominent gun schools of the day. But nearly 30 years later it is still around. I prefer Glocks, and SIGs if working DA pistols, but a professional man-at-arms can do well with anything that is put in his hands. I never seriously carried the Beretta, but I bought one from the now defunct B&B sales in North Hollywood in direct preparation for a contract in Italy with Benelli.Along with learning Italian it seemed like the professional thing to do. I had carried a S&W 5906 for years so I was not unfamiliar with the system. I trained up with it and carried one just like it in 9x21 on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Continuing with our study of the trigger and how to best operate for quick and surgical shooting, we will take a few words to understand the mechanism of how a trigger works. We will look at its phases and what constitutes the better trigger systems available to you on a combat pistol today. Trigger Take-Up (also referred to as Pre-Travel) Take-Up is any movement of the trigger toward you that does not cause the sear to move and does not engage the mainspring. Take-up is most evident in a two stage trigger. The initial movement from the resting position up to the point where you feel resistance is Take-Up. The point where resistance is felt is often called "The Wall". Shooters are often adamant about exorcising any take-up, but take-up is actually irrelevant to good shooting. As long as that take up is relatively "weight free", it will lead up to the "wall" and never be felt again until you remove contact with finger on the trigger, and then decide to reestablish it. The Wall The Wall is the point... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Fitness, in OUR context is not just about lifting big heavy weights and having strange women send you "friend requests". It is a complete level of existence where the fit and dangerous man or woman can not only execute daring physical feats, but can carry on an intelligent conversation or speak contemporaneously with authority and eloquence on a given subject. And in the context of the "Combat Instructor", the man must be an expert at communication ("shooting instructor" has connotations that I don't want). The man that shows up to a class populated by a squad of CEOs, Doctors, Diplomats and Lawyers wearing a shirt that has been on his body for the last 30 days, looking like Ragnar Lothbrock and announces, "Yo motherf******! Load your blasters and lets **** some targets!!!" is sending the message that he is uneducated, borderline illiterate, and raises the question of the value of anything he has to offer. Similarly, the man that has not paid attention to his development in speaking and attempts to bluff his way through using words he himself does... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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As the hands come together in what the modern technique guys call "position 3" of the draw, the thumb hits the hammer spur. The pistol continues forward movement, and as they arms extend, the sights 9or dot) are found and the weapon is at SA with a nice crisp sub 3.5 pound trigger. Here is an interesting historical tidbit: BILL JORDAN ON DA PISTOL WORK - THUMB COCKING From 15 to 25 yards the gun should be brought up fully into the line of sight. A thing to remember here is that in bringing the gun up you should consciously bring it up barrel high. This allows you to get your sights or the barrel aligned more quickly than if the barrel was low so that the front sight is obscured ... in which case it will have to be tilted into view, the front sight "picked up" and then lowered into the rear notch. A needless waste of time. Firing can be single or double action. At these distances speed and accuracy are not likely. At the forward edge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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There is something called "a fighter's understanding". The many variables, tempos, intervals of time and distance, and nuances of the fight can take a lifetime to understand fully. Those who have been involved in combative disciplines for a lifetime know all about these. But as a teacher, I have to spend time putting these understandings and these nuances into words so to pass along the knowledge. And as I was working with the Junior Staff on his epee work recently I found myself having to verbalize these, as Sir Richard Burton called them, "sentiments of the sword". The fencing school we attend has not come to terms with the differences of classical execution, and fighting, or in this case, competitive applications. The footwork is different, the parries are different and many of the methods of setting up the attack are different as well. I have seen it all before, in Karate, and in the world of the gun. To see this dynamic again, in a totally different world, makes me think that there is some sort of developmental gap that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In America we have something called "freedom of speech". Anyone can speak their mind...at least in theory. This is a good thing of course because in other places around the world one cannot. In matters of politics and of faith and even in esoteric matters such as how to cook chili, everyone's opinions may have equal value. However, that does not extend to everything, even if we think it does. Of course, what we are discussing here is the issue of techniques and methods for use in personal combat. Today, anyone with a computer can pen their deep thoughts and most advanced techniques almost as fast as they occur to them. Much of it extremely theoretical and untested. What is a true seeker of truth to do? How does such a student separate the good techniques from the bad...the useful from the unworkable? Here is a simple way to do that. First one must consider what their physical and mental state is likely to be in a true life and death gunfight. Unless you have been in multiple life and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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So....what is supposed to look like? The irons and the red dot are supposed to work INDEPENDENTLY of one another and NOT together. Where most people get it wrong is they try to use both concurrently as if the dot was an addition to the sight picture. If the irons fell off you would still be able to shoot and hit, and if the dot fell off you would still be able to shoot and hit. Some people have the irons so low that there is no way on earth they could possibly use them when the dot is attached. The irons, properly installed are tall enough to be used independently of the red dot. How you see it in the images is how they are best used. Those who disagree with the concept simply do not know what they do not know. The irons are used to - 1). Train the eye to find the dot faster. It helps if they are both - dot and irons zeroed to the same POI 2). Help verify that the dot has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Barry, Its not a choice,...it really is how we are programmed. Your choice of words - "Observing a life threatening problem" is ignoring the "Orientation Phase". You are observing all manner of things from hot girls to news on the radio. And all of that is being processed by the brain. Orientation is where you pick one out as having a greater importance. You had to orient...or analyze is perhaps a better word, in order to know it was in fact...a life threatening problem