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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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McGyver said: "Then do as you are told" No one remembers the name of Rodney Kings' passenger that complied with the police orders and was taken into custody without incident. My Reply: That does seem to be the ticket for getting past the first contact doesn't it.
Debee, 1 in 5? I don't know...maybe. On the shaven headed, muscular, thing...are you asking how many are fighters and not administrators? Again, I can't say. When I was on the job, I did not see my reason to be there to counsel people and change lightbulbs, but rather to go confront the active shooters, and robbers, and such. At the time, I not only had quite the moustache, but a full head of hair. I don't think you are "screwed" if you shoot a bad guy...but if you think so, you should refrain from even carrying a weapon.
Sam, You Wrote: "It is we who tolerate the behavior who are at fault. That we tolerate the behavior of barbarians is testimony to the fact that we Americans have become too cowardly to deal with it effectively." My Reply: I don't count myself in that "WE" any longer and have not for a long time. Its not MY job to make America right. Feel free to devote your life to that if you please, but I played that game for a long time. my focus now is for me and mine...not the ungrateful that don't care. You Wrote: "The testosterone is gone. The ones who stormed the beaches at Normandy are mostly with the Father - and we who remain are a sad sad echo of what they were. We who are too timid to defend our culture from the barbarians deserve to have it supplanted by the culture of those who are willing to fight." My Reply: Again, I disagree. There is plenty of Testosterone in the circles that I move in. The only thing that has changed is that WITH the High T are high levels of selfish intellect, that preclude any smart and strong man from storming anything. As well, when society wants to go a certain way, you either go along, stand against it and get crushed, or simply raise the middle finger and go YOUR OWN way. Only one has a true future.
Jeff, You Wrote:"The focus of this investigation should be centered at the moment when the officer was facing Brown in the street. My Reply: "Actually no, since what happened before...assuming the officer had the information, is pivotal in what his state of mind was when he faced Brown. What info did the officer get over the radio? Stopping a 6'4 300 pound Jaywalker is not the same as a 6'4 300 pound Robber. You wrote: "There were many options that he could have taken such as a baton, pepper spray, or good old fashion fists. You disagree, well being a cop is not for everyone." My Reply: You are 1000% correct that being a cop is not for everyone. Guys like me would never get hired anywhere today because they generally do not want "fighters", but rather negotiators. If I had information via dispatch that Brown was armed with a firearm during the robbery, I likely would have shot him the moment I saw him. If I was told he was armed with a contact weapon, or physical force, I think I would have had a few options given my background...but I am not sure if Ferguson PD requires extreme physical fitness, or a full contact karate background. Failing in those, a 5'9 180 pound guy (badge or not) has few options in a contest of strength with a 6'4, 300 pound guy.
BARRY, You wrote: “ I don't know where Gabe or some of the rest of you are getting your facts because most of the evidence you would need to come with most of the conclusions being made here haven't even been released. Perhaps this would be a better read if you had just thrown out the disclaimer. " I support the cop even if the facts say I shouldn't and the black guy is always guilty". My Reply: No Barry, I don’t support the cop no matter what, but there are plenty of people, it seems, that support the thug, no matter what. I have seen enough in my life to know, without being shown any additional facts, that OJ probably did kill his wife, Hillary did lie about Lybia, and that only you have your best interest in mind. You wrote: “Ok now I can read your prediction because I already know where your coming from.” My Reply: See, you do it too. You wrote: “First off there are three witnesses that we know about that state that Mike Brown got into a struggle with the cop and his hands were outside the vehicle pushing away. Witnesses said Mike Brown broke free from the cop and ran. My Reply: All witnesses tell the truth…of course. Barry, do you really believe that? And shot on top of the head is easy. Have you ever been in a gunfight Barry? If you had, you’d know that things don’t stand still and things don’t freeze once the shot is fired. Brown’s injuries seem consistent with an attempt to tackle. You Wrote: “Now you don't like poor people? Fine. You don't like poor black people? Fine. But lets not get stupid here. My Reply: Indeed, let’s not get stupid Barry. I have nothing against the poor nor blacks. What I have against anyone is the belief that I owe them something. I have a great many black students and a couple of black instructors. And I went in harm’s way many times with black officers. A poor black man that works and prospers and succeeds is an example of what America really is. But the same man not striving and thinking that the rest of us owe him something is an example of communism. You Wrote: “Lets not wanna side with a cop (who obviously was in need of more training) so bad were gonna consider absolute stupidity to do so. My Reply: Barry….spelling. Did the cop need more training? Probably. But Mr. Brown and those who raised him were remiss in what manners and politeness, not to mention a distinction between right and wrong are all about. You Wrote: “What happened when this cop stopped and had this confrontation with this kid has got nothing to do with what happened in that store. Maybe this kid was hyped up and mouthed off or even assaulted the cop. None of us where there and the witness can't tell us that. What this cop did was murder nobody should be put down like that over cigars. He deserved jail not a body bag. “ My Reply: Well, I suspect had Mr. Brown put his hands up, turned around, gotten on the ground and allowed himself to be handcuffed over the suspected crime, he’d still be alive. You concede that he may have assaulted the officer. Do you know Wilson’s height and weight compared to Brown? You Wrote: “As concealed weapons holders we are told to de-escalate and use restraint. If we can do it cops had damn sure be able to do it or they shouldn't be cops” My Reply: I don’t know who taught you, but what I teach is to mind your own business until its is unavoidable, then to unleash all the ferocity of hell upon your attackers.
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Fred was temporarily incarcerated in county jail until he caught the chain for a nickel at CDC...probably Soledad. He was a convict, and the ink on his arms was a resume of murders and other miscellaneous acts detailing a life of violence. I will say Fred worked for me, and we will leave it at that. His main goal in life at that time was to be able to write to his wife and kids while he was inside. Funny what a pad of paper and a few pencils and envelops can get you. I asked him once when we... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Fitness, in OUR context is not just about lifting big heavy weights and having women send you "friend requests". It is a complete level of existence where the fit 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 looking... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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First, you have a "community" that wants to separate itself from the rest of the nation, yet considers anyone separating them from anything as racist. Their leaders promote the attitude that they are all owed something and that the successful of any race have been keeping them from being successful as well. Without Sharpton and Jackson and the rest of the "You Owe Me Something" peddlers, Michael Brown would have had just as many opportunities for success as anyone else, and may have been a Med Student or a CEO. But the "mentality" made him a thug. Disagree, but do... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL'S - THE GRAB N' STAB Its back, and this time better than ever!! As the name implies, The Grab N Stab is made for proactive/aggressive knife fighting. It is the quintessential small combat knife. Its use is paleolithic - intuitive. No art or clever knife drills are needed, just aggression, violence, and a point. The blade, a modified Wharncliffe is designed to puncture well. But more, it is designed to cut as it penetrates. The carefully designed handle facilitates saber grip, ice pick grip, edge in, edge out, any edge any place, any time, any grip.....and for stabbing...it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL'S GANG UNIT When I worked the Gang Unit, I carried several different blades hidden on my person. A Gang Cop carrying blades? Yes. Think of going into a room with twenty thugs that want to kill you...you'd carry things too. Even in the jail. You were supposed to check all the weapons before coming in, but you didn't. You always kept something. Getting home took precedence. All my guys carried blades, and most were ex-gang members themselves. We operated with some autonomy, but always got the job done...one way or the other. Think of the movie "Training Day",... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL 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... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2014/08/afteraction-discourse-what-to-say-to-the-cops.html#.U-0LGmMmWk8
Tony, You Wrote: I'd still advise anyone to keep there mouth shut after engaging a target. I don't know the fact of the situation where a guy spent a year in jail for clamming up. More to the point, I don't know what would have happened had he talked - and neither do you. All it takes is a slight mis-speak and that WILL be used against you in court. Period. My Reply: A "slight mis-speak" yes...quite right. So my advice is for people to have a rehearsed canned response so that - a). The perception of you as a victim is established. b). YOUR STORY is the one they not down, specifically what the bad guy was doing...his actions. c). Important witnesses are not forgotten nor ignored, but interviewed. d). Important evidence...such as the second and third bad guys that drove off...the gun that slid under the parked car, etc. is documented and collected. None of those things will happen with a "Clam Up". You Wrote: Immediately after a shooting you are not in your right mind. Read some of the Force Science Institute studies and you will see they strongly recommend LEOs keep their mouths shut after OIS for this very reason. They recommend Departments delay interviews until later, preferably the next day, as they've found recall actually becomes better after the stress of the shooting dissipates. And that's advice to trained professionals, not your average CCW carrier. My Reply: Anyone that carries a gun, average or not, needs to think about this and take care of it before the fact so they have a plan and know what to do. I doubt you have read everything I have written on the matter, but for sake of thoroughness I will bring back those articles and repost them for the education of the readers who would otherwise say nothing and leave their fate in the hands of those with only half the picture. If you can focus well enough to say "I'd be happy to talk to you as soon as my attorney is here" then you've done good. Talking with the stress of the shooting still in your system is just not a good idea.
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Pistol In Quartata is a term we use to define a movement matrix for extremely close range restricted movement combat. The term "In Quartata" means "out of line" and refers to a swordsman's move out of line with his adversary's attack. Moving off the line of attack is not new and has been a part of the fighting man's repertoire for ages. We've proved it, both on the street and in force on force training, that it is possible to create a situation where the adversary may miss you with his first shot, while you will likely hit with yours.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Dave, Excellent article that brought back many memories. I never was able to shoot a "300", but I did manage a 297 and a 298 at different times. Patty Fant was the lady that shot the slug I was telling you about. I had the honor of shooting with the Pistol Team for a few months before my shift and days off changed. Good times.
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Our department had a scored pistol qualification course that determined one’s proficiency ranking and corresponding monthly shooting bonus. The course was shot from 25 yards and consisted of three stages: Six rounds in sixty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in forty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in thirty seconds. This was shot on the standard B-27 silhouette target, scored at point value. Thirty shots, each worth a maximum of ten points. To qualify at all, one must score a minimum of 210 points. A score of 275 to 289 earned one the Expert pin, a score of 290-299... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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I suspect this will turn into one of those articles where I get all manner of hate mail telling me that the emperor is in fact not naked at all. Well, no matter. Here goes. Development comes from many areas, but from automobile racing, to physical conditioning, and from mountain climbing to shooting - innovation happens most often in the competition realms. Some of these developments may have application in the combat realms as well, although admittedly not all of them. But if we fail to look at these and consider possible real-world advantages, we become like the techno-averse "purist"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Posted Aug 12, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Jesse, You Wrote: I can't imagine the headaches, financial trouble, retaliation from family & friends (especially if they are financially sound) & overall destruction of ones everyday value of life after having to kill in the real world at home. Especially if there are any grey areas. I feel I have very good, sound judgment when it comes to this possibility, & this blog is something I needed to read. Thanks for the great write up. My Reply: Thanks bro. I was never in the military but have many brothers who have been, still are, and some that never left. I am flabbergasted at the notion of a soldier being prosecuted for killing the enemy in war...but perhaps it should not be a surprise. I think, and will follow up with an article, that a great deal of your ability to prevail in such an event...Civilian CONUS engagement, has to do with your preparation before the fact. More to follow.
Emkay, You Wrote: 1.Do you think there's gonne be an issue with "contradicting muscle memory" if I start carrying my sidearm in two different positions, one being appendix for concealed carry and the other still being strong side hip for the full battle-rattle?" My Reply: Good question. I think it depends. When I was kicking doors, and at the same time also working UC assignments, I ran the 1990s version of a battle belt in my "bitchin guy blacks", but often operated totally w/o a holster if UC. It wasn't an issue for me, but at the time I also spend a couple of hours a day training my shooting. I think you have to do an honest eval on yourself and your abilities and then decide. You Wrote: 2. I'm a tall, slim dude and it seems I can't pull off carrying IWB appendix with just a t-shirt over it without it being very obvious in terms of 'printing' (yet carrying IWB, strong side hip works great for me as far as concealment goes). So I find an added concealment garment (hoodie, jacket, etc.) is mandatory for me in order to pull off appendix carry. What is your experience on this issue from working with students of various heights/builds? My Reply: Again it depends. For me, 180# 5'10", Appendix is easy and I can go around with a Glock 17 that way with no issues. Yet, a Glock 19 is easier to hide. My wife likes it when I wear a size "L", but the guns hide easier under an "XL". In summer, I tend to use one of those NPE holsters we had made for us and I can wear a t-shirt whereas a more "proper holster" would not have allowed such.
Eric, You Wrote: "...when they can blade themselves and surreptitiously draw from the behind waist position for a surprise counter attack." My Reply: The draw I am talking about does not require any blading or positional changes. It is also not for when the bad guy is pointed in on you and focused on your actions. Speed and explosive movement is the answer there. And yes, you can in fact outdraw the drawn gun...we do it in FOF simulations all the time. You Wrote: "Surreptitious draw with AIWB requires one to turn their backs on the threat to achieve that all important sneaky draw." My Reply: With my hands hanging in front of me, I can slowly access the grip of my Glock 19 at anytime without any "tells" from shoulder or upper body displacement. Go stand in front of a mirror, and look at your head and shoulder area...draw from all the various places and see which one produces the least amount of shoulder/upper body movement.
Little Bill Crossdraw was quite popular before the "modernization of pistol shooting". It has one disadvantage that is addressed by Appendix Carry - if the adversary is on your right side, and can get to the back of your gunhand as you reach to draw, he can nullify the draw easily. This does not happen with the more directional draw seen in appendix carry.
CCK, No, this has nothing to do with that. You are upset that your choice was not validated by everyone, and for the points you described. As you recall, the IHOP shooting (a chapter in the book Killing The Active Shooter) is in fact one of those events that even the village idiot can see unfolding. The bad guy killed one or two people in the lot and then went inside. It wasn't like he was some open carry clown with his SKS standing around...he was an active killer right now with bodies dropping as we speak. The article you are commenting on has a default to stay out of other people's business, unless the evidence is so overwhelming that, as I said, it shocks the human mind. You were upset that the rest of the group agreed with my premise, but disagreed with yours to "never act unless you yourself, or your family were being set upon by ruffians". So rather than "Don't get involved" with certain caveats, yours was "Never get involved - no matter what". That "No matter what" is what everyone had issues with. That is your choice, but I would not do as you would, and it seems, nobody else would either. You seem to have taken offense and then never posted again since. I don't see that you CCK, have a mandate to act. After all, a man must know his limitations. I have no idea about your skill, or lack thereof, nor your moral views...nor do I care. That said, there are plenty of men who do not have such limitations or trepidations, and faced with that event, would kill the bad guy without a second's hesitation. And that would be quite correct.
CCK, How so? What I am saying, and what I think must be the case is that the default is to mind your own business. That default is only interrupted by events that are potentially, or currently so horrific as to cause you to risk everything you have as living without having acted would be unacceptable. In the list of such events would be the obvious. Things like an active shooter actively shooting innocents in a public place. Events where someone is going to be killed right now, or where the bodies have already begun dropping. Absent that, the default remains. I do not think that anyone in MY forum would disagree with that. Now the wannabe, emotion-driven forums out there are another matter. I suggest Distance from Disorder with those.
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Lessons learned from 15 years in Law Enforcement and from analysing many private citizen gunfights. Feel free to disagree, but do so not from the emotional desire to be Captain America, but from a practically driven, thought out position. RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT (OR NOT) 1). Mind your own business. And that includes the "be a good witness" thing too. Unless it shocks the consciousness of humanity, it has nothing to do with you...stay out of it. Feel free to make the anonymous call if you wish, but that is the extent. And "shocks humanity" will be quite clear and obvious,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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