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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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This has made the rounds now. I have watched it many times over the last few days, and while others have been pontificating of all the things that went wrong, I did my business. It is a busy time, I am looking at contracting with some new manufacturers, I am getting back into training after an arm surgery, and well...it is Christmas. But I must comment on the video because there are lessons to be learned here. Some are hard lessons that I am certain I will be vilified by the snowflaky gun-pussies for bringing up. Funny...those with the least real life experience bark the loudest...but I digress. I need to say these things because they are important. 1). Those who are terrified of being "on the street" (military context - "downrange") will always over react. Overreaction is the equivalent of the fear biting dog that is afraid and has no recourse but to bite. Guys (and gals collectively) that are "fear biters" are afraid of under reacting due to inculcated fear and will over react as compensation. Kinda like... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ 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. On a rifle, the head and eye is automatically positioned to pick up that red dot as the rifle is brought into the shoulder. A pistol however, floats in space, held there by the two hands. There is no third and fourth point of contact to place the eye correctly. Regardless of the uniformity of your draw, if your eye is not in the visual cone of the red dot, you will not pick it up...nor the sights for that matter. The way to solve this is with the use of the back up iron sights, and we insist that they need to be placed in the traditional positions on the slide. It is best to look for the iron sights FIRST. Especially with contorted field shooting positions or from positions required for using cover... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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This material is taught to security operatives and to law enforcement in the spirit of detecting "illegal" gun carry. I offer it here in the spirit of the fact that you should know who around you is also armed because their motivations may not be in favor of your interests. As well in the spirit of knowing what others may be looking for as well. If you know target indicators, you can avoid producing them. I am not even going to get into show-giving-away moves like wearing "gun clothing". Common Behaviors Security Check: Often those who are uncomfortable carrying weapons will touch and/or adjust the weapons on their bodies as the go through the day. This may be as subtle as a soft bump with the elbow, wrist or hand. Or it could be a distinct grasping of the weapon as they adjust it. The more comfortable the gun carrier is in their position of legitimacy, the less they might care about giving away the fact they are armed. Some carrying in a less legitimate manner might wish to security... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In a recent intelligence paper, I read that it is common for terrorists to stake out and study a target before committing to action. And if such surveillance is not detected, their plans continue unabated. So in the hope of keeping you more alert, and safer, lets look at this topic to detect and then evade the surveillance team. 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. Now look, if you are Joe Stockbroker, or Phil Physicalthreapist, taking the same precautions as an active Intelligence Agent in a foreign and unfriendly nation is excessive. So keep it all in proper perspective for your current position in life. First consider equipping yourself in a way that you do not excessively 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... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I think as men moved west...and brought their families...either for a new start or to be left alone, they realized the guns they had gave teeth to their desires. It wasn't about the vote, the illusion of democracy, or the collective consensus...it was about them ultimately as individuals being able to say "no". To enforce their will. And truly, an armed man has the ability to do just that. He has choices in everything...whereas one disarmed has choices in nothing. An armed man has control of his life and his future whereas a disarmed man's life and future are controlled by others. The primary reason I live in AZ. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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At the risk of starting another caliber war, I want to answer a question that several members have asked. In essence: Why would we pick a 9mm like the Glock PDW or an AR-15 in 9mm when we can have a 5.56x45? Well...it is a valid question and I will give my perspective on this based on 32 years of experience going into harm's way as well as teaching those who go into harm's way. Every weapon is a special weapon with a specific application. There are no weapons that handle every possible combat task equally well, and any choice is an exercise in compromise. While we all have personal preferences, the professional, or professionally-minded enthusiast should not have a "favorite weapon". Rather he should be skilled at a variety of weapons so that given some forethought and planning, he can select the best tool for the job. Now lets recall the concept of the PDW and its pseudo-official definition: A personal defense weapon (PDW) is a class of compact magazine-fed, self-loading, hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The method most basic, for using a Night Vision Monocular in conjunction with a handgun goes like this. Hold the monocular in your support side hand and bring it up to your non-dominant eye. How close will be up to you, but understand that there is a glow given off by the unit and holding too far away will not only illuminate your face but also reduce your visual acuity through the unit. Adjust the optic so you can hold it as close as possible. This will remain in place as you move through the area. It is suggested that you attach a neck lanyard so that if you needed both hands free you could drop it on the lanyard and instantly be able to operate whatever you needed with the support hand without loss of the unit. When moving, you can bring the pistol into a compressed ready such as SUL, or a modification of SUL. This allows you to move efficiently without excessive exertion, or projection of the pistol into unknown areas. The main point to remember is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The city had been stalked by a rapist. This guy was good. We thought he was an ex-military guy or an ex-cop. He left no physical evidence, and managed to hit every night for the last ten days regardless of how many units had been deployed to the area and how many days off had been cancelled.But it was not hard to avoid those “high profile” patrols. They drove around giving a very good, and loud, rendition of the “illusion of security”. That was the modern administration’s answer to violence – to look like you were really trying hard until the bad guy got tired and went away .I had been out on foot in the alley. One of those coincidences of happenstance and good preparation I suppose. There had been a call of a suspicious person, right where I was on foot. Initially, I thought a resident had seen me moving through the alley. I had a plain black raid jacket with the “POLICE” lettering sufficiently and purposely worn off so it covered all the shiny bullshit I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Gunfighting has always been an ongoing study. There are innovations being made constantly, both in the tactical (aka skills) and technical (aka gear) areas. It is a mistake to focus exclusively on one, and ignore the other. For example, one may have very good night combat skills, but his ability to apply will be severely limited if all he has is a 5 shot J frame with a mini maglite. On the other hand, a man with a PVS-14 and an IR laser that has no tactical skills will not fare any better. The key then is to have the technical to match the tactical. And when one considers that the tactical is more easily improved than the technical, it makes sense to start with the best kit possible, and then grow into it. One strong concern for many has always been the "fight at night" thing. Like all conflicts we can divide them into reactive and proactive. We can typify the "reactive" event as follows. You are walking to your car in a dimly lit parking lot at 11:00... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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There are a couple of points we must make at the beginning of this discussion. First: Nothing is perfect, and nothing is free. All weapons and sighting systems are designed and fabricated by men and anything man-made can, under certain circumstances, fail or malfunction. Certainly, more robust systems could be made, but everything is driven by the desire for profits. Something absolutely damage and failure proof could be made, but the cost would undoubtedly limit the market. Second: One is none, two is one. And by extension, three is better than two. Redundancy may be undesirable in conversations and essay’s, but not in weaponry or safety systems. The topic of this discussion is the laser. And more completely, its role and application today, in 2017, in the heyday of the red dot equipped pistol. It is interesting to note that many in the gun community foolishly polarize themselves into the “either – or” camps. But in reality, we will see that like the Reese’s commercial, they are two great things that work great together. Both systems will offer an easier... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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THE TAC-14 PDW KIT It is an arm brace and not a stock and therefore legal anywhere a Tac-14 is legal (verify local laws). Kit includes a Mesa Stock Adapter, a pistol receiver extension, an AR-15 Pistol Grip, and a Shockwave Blade Arm Brace. This kit exceeds the design and quality of other kits on that market primarily due to the angle of the "arm brace". Other systems put the "arm brace" at an awkward downward cast angle making efficient use difficult. The angles on this unit are perfect and time tested. Easily installed on a Stakeout, Amphibian, or Tac-14 by the end user. Check all local laws before installing. Pistol Receiver Extension Mesa Tactical Adapter AR-15 Pistol Grip Shockwave Arm Brace BUY IT HERE FOR TAC-14 BUY IT HERE FOR MOSSBERG Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
NEWSFLASH - USMC ADOPTS GLOCKS AND APPENDIX CARRY!!! Every so often the discussion comes up again...here is my final answer...again. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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First iteration - proof of concept. Aimpoint Micro in dovetail mount. September 2009 Version two - Trijicon RMR milled into the slide - no rear sight - February 2010 Spring 2010 - Use of Lone Wolf and Caspian Slides. Note dummy RMR body. Yeah...we looked at sight placement this way and dropped it as substandard. Unhappy with the QC of those slides, we decided to make our own. Summer of 2011. The version one slides while we were TSD Combat Systems - 2012 Next iteration - modernized design, PVD finishes, and our own Suarez Sights. We carried this one OCONUS a few times. The very first Red Dot Pistol Class ever taught in the world - Prescott, AZ December 2011 Suarez plankowner Jon Payne with none other than fighting great Royce Gracie receiving his Suarez Glock. Always onward - The Guttersnipe 17 next to a standard Suarez Glock. All Suarez parts. 5th Group Operator with a Suarez holster and Slide. The Spec Ops and SWAT communities were early adopters. The ultimate expression of the modern concealed carry combat pistol. Much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Since it has become a habit of the industry to quote and copy my work, they may as well get it right. The Red Dot Pistols Book here for free download. Enjoy. And if you are going to use my work, at least tell people where you got it. DOWNLOAD RED DOT PISTOLS BY SUAREZ Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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When one of these events takes place it is imperative for us to learn from them should we hope to prevent or interdict the next one. Sadly, this is rarely done to a true operational level. It may be too soon to do this, but we have had three major events in the last three weeks. I do not think it is too soon. These points were brought to the discussion on my forum warriortalk.com by one of its members - FACT 1: Shooter visited the site five days prior to the attack. This was probably a reconnaissance of the site. We know that both terrorists as well as "crazy people" have done this prior to their initiation of attack. Alternatively, he may not have decided to attack yet and was working up to it LEARNING POINT: In today's tech world it is an easy thing to have 24-7 passive surveillance. We have it at home and at Suarez HQ. This can run all the time and can be monitored remotely. An alternative is the use of game cameras. Any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The social media aspect of the gun community is hilarious. Recently, one group that does virtually all their marketing on social media trolled my Suarez Red Dot Glocks Group with a negative video on the Shield Optic (knowing we sell those optics, and in the hopes of getting some sort of reaction from us). We do not allow such things so once discovered, they were exposed, and expelled. These "operator alumni" were so upset that they resorted to prank calling my office line. I was half expecting a pizza delivery at 3 AM. The point of their exercise seemed to be to denigrate the Shield Optic. Why would this even be a concern. Hell, if you want to slam a substandard optic there are plenty out there. Then one of my staff pointed out that the leader of that "tactical children's group" is sponsored by a company that focuses on the use of a competing optic. Well...so much for so called objective perspectives. But continuing - Suarez International is a dealer in the Shield RMS optic. We have been dealers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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It is Monday after class. I just finished a great discussion with David Yamane, who attended the class as an observer. As you know, on Sunday, at the same time we were training, 27 church goers were shot to death in a Sutherland Springs church. He asked me an important question during his interview. "What would you have told that pastor the day before the shooting?" My answer was direct. I would have told him not to forget that evil was real and earthly, and that it was in fact his responsibility to tell his congregation as much...and to protect them from its earthly manifestation while they were with him. During the last few hours of class, the tired students were drilling in proactive-aggressive shooting. Things reserved in the minds of many gun students (and instructors) for counter terrorist operators and police officers. Advance on the threat while you put multiple rounds into the face. Advance on the threat, shooting him in the face and then firing again into the face of the fallen target to prevent the detonation of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Well Rocky its very simple. I am not necessarily smarter but I have been teaching this material since 1995. And have used everything I teach in deadly force events. So my POV is not limited to range training but rather real world. A double feed indicates two rounds competing for the chamber. That is not what actually happens. What happens is a fired case is not extracted, but remains in the chamber. Usually because the extractor claw slips off the case rim. The slide then continues its rearward cycle and is propelled forward under the power of the recoil spring. As the slide closes, it loads a live round behind the fired case still in the chamber. Thus a feedway stoppage, or a failure to extract is a correct description. Calling it a double feed is an ignorant term that all educated trainers avoid. We need to be careful in our choice of words lest we actually convey an incorrect message. Sage advise don't you think? Cheers.