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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'd been waiting in the hallway, squatting, for about a half hour now. My quads and knees were burning from the effort. My t-shirt and ballistic vest were soaked in sweat. I used my left hand to wipe the perspiration running down into my eyes. My right hand held my sawed-off 870 shotgun like it was made of gold. I looked around at my team. Guys I'd risked my life with on many occasions. What would happen in the next few moments, I did not know, but I could not have picked a more dependable and solid group. The original call was of a despondent man walking around the apartment building brandishing a rifle. I had just cleared briefing when the call was broadcast on the air. That's for me! I thought as I ran smiling to my police car. As I got into my Crown-Victoria, I looked over at Al. He was thinking the same thing. We lived for incidents like this. We rolled Code 3 to the location, lights and sirens, which was a short five blocks away.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
From the Killing Within The Law Course – “You can be totally wrong in your perception, but still be completely legal in your deadly force actions”. The important point is that those “perceptions” – your reality of the moment based on the information available to you at the time - must be conveyed to the investigating officers after a shooting, or the only thing the have to operate on is the reality of hindsight. Example: Officer receives a radio call of an armed robbery in progress. He responds to the scene but the suspect is gone. He proceeds to search for the suspect in the area. He sees a man that matches the description of the suspect and challenges him. The suspect turns toward the officer and reaches behind his back. The officer shoots him. The suspect was not armed, and the victims never saw a firearm, relying on the statement made by the suspect that he was armed. Reality shows the suspect is unarmed, but the officer’s perception at that moment, based on the information he had access to,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This article discusses some of the material from our Killing Within The Law Series of Lectures. It is provided by one of our professional staff – Detective Wendell White On-line critics of the Killing Within the Law course have named it reckless, controversial and provocative; however, evidentiary value exists to prove it is timely, needed and unprecedented. While modular in nature, there is a darker element – a dark art so to say – of the KWTL course never before discussed or revealed. The purpose of this post is to briefly reveal a portion of the darker nature, a never-before-discussed thematic discourse, of an introductory module on Interview and Interrogation; the acceptance or declination of this topic here on Warrior Talk will help gauge interest and applicability to the course as a whole. Interview and Interrogation – the topic simply sounds foreign and intimidating to the unassociated and general populace. While not revealing all, one simple aspect of interview and interrogation potentially necessary for the one undergoing the process is to learn to manipulate the interviewer and interrogator. Manipulation you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
An interesting question with a simple answer. Perhaps an answer few want to hear in an era where everyone seems enamored with excessively complicated weapon systems. The shotgun is for deploying the maximum amount of force possible to destroy as much of the adversary as possible in the shortest time frame possible. It is, compared to the rifle, a close range weapon. Some will begin to raise a finger in objection, but what they intend to show as a weakness is actually an asset in the sorts of fights a weapon like this is best for. Use a shotgun against a rifle in a rifle problem the rifle will always win. But put a rifle against a shotgun in a fight that utilizes the shotgun's attributes and the rifle will lose. The shotgun is not good for shooting people at long distances, nor is it a high sustained fire weapon. Close range, high likelihood of hitting even when the speed of the fight exceeds the users ability to deploy traditional marksmanship principles, high likelihood of destroying/killing the intended target with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In my educated and extremely experienced opinion, a braced Stakeout/Tac-14 is the epitome of the 12 ga weapon system. There is very little an 18" barrelled and stocked 870 will do, if anything, that this weapon concept will not do just as well. And I will put up a "braced" Tac-14 up against any SBS as well. We offer three levels of Stabilizing Brace from a basic and "affordable" kit, to the best of the best, the Folding Brace. Lets look at all of them. SUAREZ TAC-14 BASIC BRACE KIT - $124.99 This is a value-priced, entry level kit. It is an arm brace and not a stock and therefore legal anywhere a Tac-14 is legal (verify local laws). Kit includes an Ergo Grip Adapter, a pistol receiver extension, an AR-15 Pistol Grip, and a Shockwave Blade Arm Brace. A castle nut is not included since the receiver extension tubes is not required to be timed. Easily installed on a Tac-14 by the end user. Check all local laws before installing. Pistol Receiver Extension Ergo Polymer Grip Adapter AR-15 Pistol... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
I submit that is time that we stop using the words "anti-Gun" and instead use "ANTI-FREEDOM". And anytime the adjective of social, progressive, or liberal, the we use the adjective "COMMUNIST" instead. Words mean things and invoke sentiments and the communists are great at doing this while the right seems stuck on being accurate. Let us stop trying to be accurate, trying to proselytize. trying to educate or convert anyone...and specially stop apologizing for our views...for God's sake. The ANTI FREEDOM AMERICAN COMMUNISTS and their mindless myrmidons do not care. The least we can do is call a spade a f*cking shovel. And while we are at it, it is quite clear that we normal men are not in the same species as those pussy-hat wearing, weapon-fearing, aggression-averse beings we see parading around these days with signs demanding someone take care of them. Their species will henceforth be called HOMO PACIFICUS as a quite different species from normal Homo Sapiens. Offensive? I surely hope so. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We train for gunfighting. In gunfighting the loser generally dies. Simple methods allow deployment under the worst circumstances. Simple methods are high success methods. Thus we seek to simplify as much as possible, everything we do. As an example, consider the gunhandling methods of the others. You have speed loads, loads with retention, type one clearance, type two clearance, and so forth. You need a day itself just to train each possible technical interpretation. They follow the concept of complexity. That concept basically states that more complicated your methods, the cooler you will appear to be to your watchers and students. I am not interested in being seen as cool...but I am interested in being seen as the guy that won the gunfight with simple and boring techniques. This is not for shooting a match on a sunny day or a pre-planned completion of a drill for score. This is for shooting for blood when another man or men are doing their best to kill you and in extremely reduced light, when you are at your worst and when you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Its no secret that we are working on a Pistol Kata. The reasons are varied and quite important...but we will get into that sort of thing later. To get my mind right about the work I have been hard at work on my old katas. Usually done on my aerobic days. So it was today. I bundled up like an ISIS suicide bomber and went out for a 3 mile run in the cold. As I looped back to the castle, I dropped the jacket and the fanny pack with the Glock and began the work. I ran through Saifa and Seinechin - then the Kyokushin Basai and Kanku...then a few others. All have an aggressive strategy but also an evasive one. There is not a great deal of crashing, and quite a bit of shifting and evasive foot work...strategies very similar to what we are conveying in gunfighting. Avoid the attack and counter. Sometimes you counter first. More on that later but that is the strategy...the underlying concept. Tactics are those things which express the strategy. The strategy for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
The call came in over the radio. It was the sort of call that terrifies some officers, and the sort of call that others rush to headlong. The young officer was one of the latter. He was what some would call a "hard charger". Sometimes he charged before thinking things through, but this call promoted that sort of thinking. "Three-Lincoln-Twelve respond any unit to assist...shots fired at the coffee shop...male white suspect armed with a handgun...multiple victims down...information coming in". I can feel my own pulse quicken as I write own blood race through my veins remembering the adrenaline of the hunt. And it was like that with the officer in our story as he pictured the layout of the coffee shop he'd visited many times. There are those who will tell you that they hope to never have to draw their weapon and to never be forced to shoot a bad guy. That maybe true for them. But you know who actually saves innocents from bad guys? Not them. The guys that save innocents from bad guys are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
So as we always do, we will discuss the lessons learned from the recent event. I will as always be brutal about it. My background and experience gives me license to do that. If that offends anyone, well...nobody is forcing you to read my words. Here is the timing of these events. It was thus as early as Columbine and we see the same nearly two decades later. If it is handled successfully...meaning either the police or an intended victim, kill the bad guy, you hear about it for a few days and then every American mind forgets and moves on to the newest Youtube clip of the kittens and the birds. If on the other hand, the bad guy succeeds, you get these, and in relative order. First you get "Prayers and Facebook posts and politicians screaming, and the rantings of news hosts". And of course, the failed LE response assigning the blame for their failure on someone other than the chief, and on something other than their hiring practices and policies. "I gave him a gun. I gave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN - ACCEPT IT! What a God-given gift...that at the end of your be given the opportunity to kill an active shooter during his act. The mere thought makes the blood race and the heart sing. And to be such a craven coward as to turn your back not only on children being killed, but on your sacred duty, and on a gift from God, an opportunity such as this...why it is unthinkable for any man. Words do not come close to describe it. Beyond disgusting. The samurai had a way of making up for such a self-dishonor. As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’ You are on your own. Nobody is coming to help you. Behave accordingly. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
One of the teaching points at the Killing Within The Law Seminar was that after the shots had been fired, you would have to explain yourself. Regardless of what the untested, myth-followers, on the internet will tell you, you cannot just say nothing. If a police officer responds to your shooting, he sees the body, and you refusing to speak to him, he will arrive at certain conclusions. He doesn't care about you, or the truth, or any of that. He cares about not having his Sergeant on his ass, and in getting off duty on time. And there will be a report written. Once that report is written, it will require the hand of God Himself to change it, so it is in your interest to select your role in the event. The role you want is "Victim". That role will be self-assigned if you conduct yourself properly and use your words to reinforce what is evident to the officers. A great deal of that is based on non-verbal things. A perceived gentleman will be seen in a vastly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
"After the battle - tighten the helmet straps" Old Samurai Maxim It is strange to me, how modern people think. They seem to have the attention span of chickens going from one seed to another. Last October, not five months ago, the Las Vegas shooting broke all the records. I will bet that not five out of ten people you stop on the street even remember it. And yesterday, seventeen killed at a high school. This morning everyone is running around like those chickens I discussed earlier...looking for their seed or their kernel of corn. But with the passage of time, all tensions are relaxed...and the blood lessons...and the focus...goes away and are replaced with the search for comfort. And soon...we will see another one. 1). Prevention. Sorry kids, you can't and you won't. No matter how many fences and guards you place temporarily. I suspect it was already illegal for Cruz to walk into the school with a rifle intent on murder. So much for the rules. In a free society you cannot detain people for what they may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have shot and killed an adversary. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the liability-mongers - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those trends to my benefits when it was my turn at the plate. First is the fact that you are the only one equipped to tell your story. The bad guys you shot, if they survive, will not be "keeping quiet". They will be telling the police you pulled your gun on them, perhaps create some appearance of racism if they can exploit it, and generally make it look like you are the over-reacting bad guy. If the police... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
When we turn to the use of the shotgun in a combative, gunfighting application, we have to deal with the same issues. And I understand those issues well as I always felt better with more ammunition. But the issue we see with the shotgun which we do not see with other weapon platforms is the desire to keep that ammunition on the weapon itself. I don't dislike the idea of having some ammunition on the shotgun, but not if it compromises its handiness and utility. A shotgun is not a high volume of fire weapon. It is not intended to take part in an infantry maneuver under fire, nor to compete with a drum-fed SAW. The shotgun finds its utility in the same distance intervals the pistol does. It is a close and fast deployment weapon, and each press of the trigger has potentially the same effect as half a magazine of pistol ammo fired en mass. Think about this for a moment. Eight rounds of pistol ammo has about the same effect on a human torso as one round... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
THE "UKE BAG" FOR REMINGTON TAC-14 Many of our customers have asked for a way to carry this weapon to and from their intended destination without attracting attention. This is the best solution. 27" x 8" x 3", it is long enough to accommodate a Tac-14 or Stakeout with or without an Arm Brace. The light padding protects the weapon as well as diffuses the appearance of the contents. Will also work splendidly for Mossberg Shockwaves and any other weapon of similar dimensions. Includes exteriro pocket to carry your Black Nylon Light Padding Carry Handles and Straps BUY IT HERE Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Ever since Glock made its debut into the LE world back in the late 1980s, there has been a quest to "perfect" its trigger. In truth, compared to many of the triggers on police pistols at the time, the Glock trigger was a huge advancement. But boy's being boys, the tinkering began. The quest seemed to take the path of making the triggers as light, and with as minimal take-up, as possible. Then with a good amount of judicious polishing, the officer ended up with a completely unsafe pistol, albeit with a wondrous trigger. And of course, since every Glock owner fancies himself a qualified gunsmith the moment they sign that 4473, the quest caught like chicken pox at a public school. TRIGGER MECHANICS - THE FEEL Now can have a great trigger that is quite safe on a Glock, but you must accept that it will never have a trigger like a tuned 1911 or a single action revolver. But lets define the components parts of the trigger so you understand what is possible with a great Glock... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Nothing is free, and with all new technologies there are perceived issues and a learning curve. Because a smart phone is more difficult to use than a landline should not cause is to eschew the smart phone. Better to learn the new technology and take advantage of its benefits. A skilled man using advanced technology will surpass what a similarly skilled man can do without it. So here we go. 1). Problem Picking up the dot. This is an area where everyone over thinks the issue. There are entire articles devoted to this with so many varying proposed solutions many guys simply say its too much and dismiss the dot altogether. So here is the simple way...too simple in fact. If your dot is co-witnessed to be on your front sight (either on top of the sight, just below the top, or on the tritium vial), and if you have trained countless times to visually acquire that front sight, what will you automatically begin to see when you present the pistol and catch the sights? Wait for it....the dot of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG