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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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It seems that lessons need to be continually relearned because either they were never learned in the first place, or they were quickly forgotten due to inconvenience. The topic is weapon lights...and pistol lights in particular. They look very dramatic on those custom handguns in photos. We need to ask why they are there, and secondly if they are an asset on every single weapon. To answer the unasked question about my perspective and authority, all but one of the dozen gunfights I was involved with were in reduced light. The first issue is that if you do add a light, you need to know how to use it. I am always concerned about drawing fire by using a light excessively or inappropriately. If there was no concern over such things, we would simply turn the light on and leave it on like they do on TV Cop shows. I expect that most guys that add a light to their pistol, rifle or shotgun, will do just this and then vociferously defend their tactics online. The problem is that all... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
It began as a PGO "other" from Remington. We used it as the base for the Suarez Stakeout which is a custom weapon available in February.
Toggle Commented yesterday on USING THE STAKEOUT SHOTGUN at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The following article was submitted by Suarez Specialist Instructor Danny Ammons. Rising Threat: The Islamic State’s Militarization of Children In the opening scene of “American Sniper”, the sniper spots a woman and child exiting a building. The woman hands the child what looks like to be a grenade and the child starts running towards American troops. The sniper had to decide to take the shot and eliminate the threat even though it was a child. The sniper then had to kill the woman because she then posed a threat by picking up the grenade and headed towards the American troops. The sniper fortunately made the right choice by using deadly force but now has to live with the fact he killed a child. These are the new contours of the battle against the Islamic State. A growing body of evidence makes clear that the Islamic State (IS) is actively exploiting children on the battlefield in order to gain the upper hand against stronger and better armed adversaries. Most recently, on August 20th, 54 people were killed and 66 injured at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I have been working with the battle axe for a few now and have come to some conclusions. 1). This is different than a traditional stocked weapon. It requires a different attitude and shooting method than most use. Much of it once learned can carry over to stocked shotguns. 2). This is a limited ammo system. It requires reduced recoil ammo and I suspect at the end of the day, its best use will be #4 Buck. This is not a 50 yard weapon, but an approximation of the close range battle axe. Devastating in its niche. Only idiots will try full power loads or slugs here since you will not be able to run it well that way. 3). It is not a hip shooting weapon, although it can be used that way and many other ways. It is best used from eye level and can be run quickly if the shooter works it well. It is not a girl's weapon unless the girl is a powerlifter or MMA fighter. The battle axe is not an egalitarian weapon. 4).... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Continuing with our "Justified Killing 101" series I want to discuss a topic we see with dogs, but has rarely been ever used to describe humans in conflict. That is Fear Aggression. Look at the two images above. Before reading the rest of the article look at them and see the differences in demeanor, posture, emotion, as well as the outward manifestation of those emotions. On the left we see a small dog baring his teeth. If a picture could have sound you could almost hear the little growl coming from the little throat rolling into a full blow little bark. The little dog is afraid and if he was a human, we would say he was emotional, angry, and loudly acting out those emotions. A fear aggressive dog is dangerous because he is unpredictable and uncontrollable and his fear will lead him to bite even if biting is not what is called for...and even then, those bites will be applied hesitantly and poorly. On the right we see a wolf on the stalk. Look at the image again. There... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Look at this image. Is the shooter pointing in with a stocked shotgun, or is it a pistol grip only weapon? This was a discussion on my forum Warrior Talk recently. What I told the guys there was that they needed a fresh perspective on shotguns, and the PGO "other" shotgun in particular. Way too many prospective shotgun guys are mentally monkey trapped with shotgun traditions, shotgun sports, and the like. The focus on my blog, and classes, and when we launch or custom shotgun program, will not be "birds, bunnies, and clays". I have nothing against those pursuits, but just as NASCAR has little to do with PSD/Emergency Driving, shotgun sports and shotgun fighting are not the same things. The PGO, or as I plan to call them, "Stake Out Shotgun" is a newly rediscovered system that I will be working with this year. I ran a similar system years ago when I worked a surveillance unit with the politically correct name of "Crime Impact Team". There is an internet myth that these weapons are only fired from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM The Shield Maiden and I had been working on our ground fighting skills, as husbands and wives often do, when the call came in. It was five "9"s in succession. Translated that meant, "call station right now shit is going down". This was long before texts...and even before Al Gore invented the internet...we carried pagers. I grab up the phone and call in. "Gang-related Murder. Sgt. Cooper thinks it was the mom". Shit...I hated those kinds of calls. I tossed the Go-Bag in the back seat of the T-Bird and sped down La Tuna Canyon to PCH as Phil Collins tuned out on the stereo in the summer evening. The victim was a known gang member and the common thought back then was that all of the family were gang members as well, from the 90 year old deaf grandfather to the five year old little brother with snot running down his face. I walked in past the uniforms as I threw on my "Gang Unit" jacket to explain my shaved head and long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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THE ONE FINGER GESTURE - WHAT DOES IT MEAN - WHERE HAVE WE SEEN IT? WE KNOW WHAT IS BEHIND THIS. THE CO-EXIST PEOPLE TO THE CONTRARY, NO...I DON'T THINK WE CAN GET ALONG. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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A great deal has changed since the 1990s. On the discussion of sights, back then the disruptive technology was ghost ring sights. Today, we are putting red dot sights on handguns at a dramatic rate. Do they belong on shotguns? The first time I saw a red dot on a shotgun was on the cover of one of the last HK International Training Division catalogs. They’d just done a switch to the FABARM shotgun from the venerable Benelli and there was a FABARM with an Aimpoint in the stack. Nobody had ever done that. The FABARM eventually died a quiet death, but the concept of a red dot on a shotgun did not. Oh, I know…you will get the same arguments we got when we began doing this with handguns. “It’s a close range weapon and you don’t need sights”. “It will slow you down”. The red dot does not change anything about how you use the handgun in an elevator, but boy does it help your hit potential when outside the close confines where sights will again be needed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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As we know after the first double action shot is fired, the remaining shots are fired in single action...that is with a cocked hammer. One may well call...and it has been done...one of these pistols a self cocking pistol. In any case, in the early days a great deal was made of decocking. Specially so by the early SIG Sauer trainers (salesmen masquerading as shooting instructors) whose main adversary in the market was Smith and Wesson with its slide mounted safety/decocking levers. The story that the decocking levers were so easy to miss, and then the weapon would rendered inoperative, coupled with Copper's "don't get caught with your dingus down" helped fuels the fire for the SIG-esque decocking levers. Down and up was the mantra...even with Smith & Wessons. But as market-driven instructors pushed decocking ASAP, the lore of the DA pistol became one of "decock as soon as possible after firing". I am against that notion and never adhered to it. Here is my mantra - "Do not be a premature decocker". I recall when I "ran the walls"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The first book on shotgun work, titled Tactical Shotgun, was written in the 1990s. By the measure of technological development in the last twenty years, that was ages ago. Early in 2004 I wrote an update on the weapon 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 1997, or 2007 is changed with the development of a new technology or product, a decade later in 2017. Think of a man writing about the best methods of transcontinental travel in 1896. His world view will not be valid today because of the nature of travel. Things have changed. And thus it is with the shotgun. First I will limit the discussion to pump action and semi-automatic weapons of modern construction. Yes, I know Bill Jordan used a side-by-side, but all nostalgic feelings aside, unless one is so strapped that he cannot even pay attention, there is no reason to select it over a more modern design today. Well, yes –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The shotgun has been around the world of gunfighting for hundreds of years. Its conceptual use was well known by those who founded this nation as well as by those who tamed the west. It is a uniquely American weapon and is relatively unused for combat purposes in other nations. It is best used in close range conflicts where, either alone or together, the speed of the event, the number of adversaries, or the lighting conditions present, would preclude the use of traditional marksmanship based methods. The best gunfighters in history knew this, accepted it, and did very well with the shotgun. In recent times, there have been those who sought to extent the shotgun’s role outside of this close range envelope and attempt to force it into other roles. I may as well get to the point. I think the Modern Technique desire to turn the shotgun into a rifle is ill-advised. I think trying to turn a special-situation weapon into a weapon for all-seasons will detract from the special-situation utility, yet fail to meet the versatility that provided... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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When I teach a class I tell the students that my job is to teach them at three levels. One is to teach the mind as they need to know why they will be doing what they are doing. I encourage questioning and there are reasons why we do what we do…and they must understand those reasons. Two is the hands, or technical mastery. And three, most importantly is the heart, or how they will feel. How they will feel? Yes, because I am not a technical instructor teaching them the intricacies of bullet golf. I am a teacher of killers. And I am teaching them how to kill evil men…and all the intricacies of that action, whether internal or external. A huge part of this is what has been labelled mind set, but there is so much more to it than just a mere thought process. Theodore Roosevelt, a life all men should study, wrote: All men who feel any power of joy in battle know what it is like when the wolf rises in the heart. He was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 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 at warriortalk.com posed. In essence: Why would we pick a 9mm like the Glock PDW when we can have a 5.56x45 SBR? 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. The name describes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I first saw this in an article by my friend Chris McLaughlin in the old, and then credible, SWAT Magazine. He wrote the story of its development for the US Marshal Service and its Witness Protection guys. As well its production by Wilson Arms, and later other firms. The short barreled shotgun is a highly controversial weapon, loved by some and maligned by others. We have never taken any bit of collective knowledge for granted, nor taken the words of others as gospel. When we "see for ourselves" we often discover that the reason something was either widely accepted, or widely dismissed had little to do with the efficacy of the weapon or method, and more with the "not invented here" syndrome. One of the things we have been studying for the past year has been the Personal Defense Weapon concept, and the AR Pistol's role in that mission. In this post I want to discuss one alternative weapon for the PDW mission, the pistol gripped shotgun. The first thing to understand is that it is a niche weapon, just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Back in the 1980s the triggers on SIGs and Berettas and S&Ws were heavier than today...or maybe we are stronger today. I don't know. I came to the DA Semi Auto from the DA Revolver so the first shot was not a big deal to me. One rolled through the trigger in one continual and constant motion on the way out and the shot broke just as the last sight verification was made. But we did work on those DA triggers quite a bit both in dry work and in the gunsmith shop. I tracked down a relatively unknown 'smith named Steve Deladio who ran the Armory at Long Beach Uniforms. He tuned my S&W 686 to ridiculous smoothness and when I used the S&W 5906 I did the same. Steve gave it a fantastic double action pull that could be rolled through like the best revolvers. I never knew that the first shot was so "difficult", or that the transition from double action to single action was such a "problem" until I attended Gunsite and was told as much.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Handstops have been in existence in the shooting world for years. They have been used as the name implies - for short weapons, placed in a way to prevent the hand moving forward of the muzzle, or as barricade points to hold against cover while shooting. I put one on my Mk18/Commando, intending to use it as a hand stop. Now I have been fencing Epee for a while now and I immediately saw some parallels in the feel of these "hand stops" with the pistol grip on my Leon Paul Epee. The epee pistol grip (otherwise known as the anatomical or orthopedic grip) was originally developed for a 19th century Italian fencing master, L.Visconti. Visconti had lost some fingers in some sort of mishap, and had the grip designed to enhance the leverage of those he had left. This grip has become popular among sports fencers in the late twentieth century because of the way it enhances a fencer's lateral strength for the parry (block), complements the agility and athleticism of competitors. In high-level fencing, pistol grips are used... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We have been doing this a long time, and while many seem to copy our every move, others just don't seem to get it. A properly set up red dot handgun has two sighting systems. One is the red dot, and the other is the iron sights. Both must be zeroed. Ideally, both are zeroed to hit at the same distance and on the same target. Let me explain a little bit more. Imagine you had a rifle with sights that could not be adjusted for neither elevation nor windage. That means that either the rifle shot at the same spot the sights were set for at manufacture, by happenstance...or the rifle shot elsewhere and you had no way to change that. So the rifle could never be zeroed using those sights. Now you could certainly put an Aimpoint red dot on that rifle and zero it for perfection, but the iron sights would in essence the useless. They would be there for show only. A rifleman who gambled on never needing those iron sights could argue that it didn't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Americans tend to be very narrow focused and generally ignore international events, but this one has the potential to easily embroil the USA in things that really have no bearing on America nor on Americans. I suspect Trump's America First platform will help keep us out of Syria for the time being. Had Hillary and her globalist-socialist policies been elected, we may easily have been caught in a shooting war in Syria, and against the Russians. Notice the gunman. Clean, well dressed, and good weapons discipline. At first glance one may consider him a member of the security team. In fact, word is that he was a Turkish cop! The ambassador was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when the man in the video wearing a suit and tie shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition. Do we have any doubt about motives? And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I had the opportunity today to run my RMR'd Glock 17 with my new Suarez Match Barrel. I'm running a RMR 02, Black SI sights, on a OEM milled slide that I got from SI when the SI slides were scarce. It has the Tactical Grade FCG with the obligatory 2,000 round trigger job. I also installed the 2 piece SI Mag Well after shooting my buddy's G17 so equipped. In a conversation with Gabe, he told me that the barrel was designed to be match grade when used in conjunction with the SI slide, but that I'd notice a difference with an OEM slide as well. He was right in his assertion. 100% reliable and even though the nerd in me wanted to spend time benching the gun, the real test is in standing on your hind legs and seeing what it'll do in your hands. Very impressed. The fit and finish are superb. The little things, like the slight concave bevel at the muzzle to further protect the crown from inadvertent damage, set this barrel head and shoulders... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Although the Glock (and its emulative systems) tend to be the dominant pistol in the market, I am aware that not everyone selects or prefers it. I recently had a consulting contract where the shooters were using the SIG P226 (don't ask). To prepare I brought out some old DAs I had in the safe and began working with them. Nothing had changed. My first police semi-auto was a SIG P-226 way back in 1988. I shot Distinguished Expert with it and carried it for years. Later when the 3rd generation S&W was selected by the agency I worked with, I used that. It was like a rough Beretta 92. I took that weapon to Gunsite in 1990 and not only shot the top score in the class but won the shoot off against an entire relay of LAPD SWAT with their 1911s and several LAPD HITS instructors with their 92Fs. One could say I know a few things about the trigger system. We will be examining the DA concept to answer the needs of those who use it, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG