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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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For many, the study of gunfighting is like a religion. In religion, one has a canon and expectations that if you attend service and say the right words, you are sure to go to heaven. In the American study of gunfighting it is the same. There is a commonly accepted way to shoot, and it is confirmed by the rituals conducted on the shooting range. If you execute the ritual (dare I say) religiously, everything will work out for you. And then, if you say the right words at the right time, everything will work out well and you shall surely be saved as the prophet has promised. (At this point all will turn to the images of the prophets and bow deeply, eyes on the deck). And anything not in that canon of belief is pagan, and outlandish...beyond the pale as one writer states. But the extremists in every faith have always held back progress as progress is something they fear. They fear it because it may invalidate that which they hold so sacred. Dynamic reactive movement was that,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Again, review the chart. The question is shooting bad guys in the back. Many in the gun community, indoctrinated by the fear-mongers and liability-centric trainers are totally averse to back shooting. And it shows. We recall the Minnesota Mal event where tha bad guy terrorist is actually advancing on the good guy back first. And the good guy is shown back pedaling, apparently hesitating to shoot him in the back, and actually falls down. Fortunately, it worked out well for the good guy. A recent question at warriortalk on the legality of back shooting created the need for this article. So lets get to it. I have shot bad guys in the back twice. One was an active shooter and the other a home invader/rapist. Both were justified. In the tactical scheme of things, the back shot will present itself, usually in one of two ways. One the bad guy will be attempting to move from one point to another, either in an attempt to flee after his crime, or gain a tactical advantage. The other is that at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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A date that will live in infamy...indeed. It was seventeen years ago this morning when all Americans were introduced to asymmetric warfare. To put things in perspective, by 1962, seventeen years after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, not only had Japan been forced to surrender, but all Japan's friends had been soundly thrashed. Although the new enemy - communism - was rising, the Axis ideology was no longer in existence. There would be no more Hitlers or Tojos in Germany or Japan. But seventeen years after September 11, 2001, the war against the Jihadist domination of the world is still being fought. This is not a war between nations or even between regions, and it goes far beyond the war of political ideas, between capitalism and communism for example. Some ideologies, either political or religious, can never get along nor coexist. It is difficult to define specifically who the enemy is because in all specifics there will be exceptions, but this is a war between a pseudo-religious political ideology, and the American way of life. And until 2017, even the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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It is important to remember certain things. One is that Islam has been trying to conquer the western world since the first century. The goal being an entire world dominated by the Caliphate. This was the primary reason why Christian Europe launched the Crusades. The second is that notable Christian European warriors have periodically stopped the invasions and bought the west more time. Make no mistake, without these men and their exploits, western europe, and by extension all of the Americas, would have been under Muslim control and western culture would have never existed. One of these men was Charles Martel - At the Battle of Tours Martel defeated a large army of Moors, halting the Muslim invasion into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors retreated from what is now modern day France. For seven days, the two armies faced off with minor skirmishes. The Muslims waited for their full strength to arrive. 'Abd-al-Raḥmân, despite being a proven commander, had been outmaneuvered; he had allowed Charles to concentrate his forces... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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This came up as a discussion in the Interview and Investigation Management Class and deserves a blog post for discussion. I will use Zimmerman as the "famous anecdotal example". Zimmerman as we recall, did not go into a deadly force event, he found himself there unexpectedly. We pick Zimm up when the question comes up, "are you the focus of the violence?" And in the end...true to the flow of events and the chart, Zimm was not convicted. But let's add a point of consideration that is not, nor should it be, in the chart. Good Sense. This fits between legal standing (you have a right to be there and are not committing a crime) to preclusion (you are the focus of the attack). There is a great deal of ground between the two. Where the ambiguity came in with Zimm is that while he was in the right, legally speaking, he created that event himself...maybe unintentionally, but nonetheless. So the point for discussion is this - every contact you make under unusual circumstances has the potential to become a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I have a spot in my heart for the SIG P226. It was my first semi-auto duty pistol back in 1988. Coming from the world of revolvers, the SIG was like having stolen alien technology from the future in your holster. As a point of comparison, prior to the SIG, I went into battle every night with a revolver and three extra speed loaders (a whopping 24 rounds in total). With the SIG I had (with a third magazine on my belt) 61 rounds at my disposal. Additionally, while I shot Distinguished Expert (297-300) in the LASD quarterly qualification with the revolver, it took hard work. I did it easily with the P226 and the 4-pound single action trigger (there was no policy preventing single action usage). Some history. In 1975, SIG entered into an agreement with German gun manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn to develop and market a new handgun which became the P220. The P220 was the first SIG Sauer handgun sold in the USA. It was marketed initially by Browning as the Browning BDA. The SIG Sauer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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On September 1, 2004, armed Chechen rebels took approximately 1,200 children and adults hostage at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, at approximately 9 a.m. local time. The siege ended on September 3, 2004, with more than 330 killed, including 186 children, and more than 700 people wounded. Chechen Jihadist warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the attack. Let us not forget that the ideology that planned and executed such an event - the same one that flew airplanes into occupied buildings in the USA, and ran down children with a truck in France, is still alive and thriving and that elements inside the USA itself are giving succor and relief to them. So today we remember the victims, we remember the evil and cruelty of the terrorists, and the courage shown by Spetsnaz as they undertook the sisyphean task of rescuing them. Our enemies are still out there, and they still hate us. We still live in a time of war. To learn more about Beslan and what happened there, to know the nature and cruelty of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Diagonal Lines Kata - First Teaching from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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People want to do what is fun. If it is not fun or entertaining, they tend to avoid it. As a result, they will get good at the fun thing only. That describes perfectly the state of gun skills in the world today. Shooters is how they identify themselves and the act of sending bullets downrange into cardboard or steel, sometimes for a score, is how their pursuit is measured. And there is nothing wrong with that if that is the end goal itself. But if the objective is fighting skill, that is a very incomplete process. It is like a race driver only turning left in a big circle and thinking he is a great pursuit driver, in traffic. Or a cardio kickboxing advocate throwing a flurry of punches into the bag (while the score from Rocky plays in the background) declaring himself ready for a street fight. Not quite. In fact, not anywhere close. What is missing? Let me make a list. 1). Context in relation to an enemy. A piece of immobile steel or stationary cardboard is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We offer a service where we will zero and inspect a customer's weapon. I also make it a practice to zero every custom pistol or pistol package that leaves HQ. So once a week I load the Company Tahoe with targets and ammo and head off into the weeds of the AZ back country. It is a great time for me as i am away from the office and the sometimes daunting CEO duties that tend to weigh during the week. This last outing once I was done with filming and a few personal training drills I brought out and zeroed each pistol. Shop Monkey had also given me a Glock 43 we had installed a Shield RMS on that the customer had issues zeroing. "Hmm. OK, no worries", I thought. This will be an easy finish. I set up a new target...loaded up the 43 and - BAM I had an AD. I call them AD by the way, not the popular self-flagellating ND because many times it really is the weapon. The AD went right where I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I think that we have entered into an era where everybody thinks they already know everything, and the study of gunfighting is no different. The way to use the pistol's trigger to its greatest utility is not up for debate, opinions, or discussions. The trigger's use is determined by its design. A 1911 trigger is different from that on a Beretta 92. And a Glock trigger is different still. The trigger that comes on a mass produced factory pistol will never be optimal, but it will generally be safe. But safe is relative and overachievers want better...but better within reason. Lets 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 or striker 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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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, upset, 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 is no fear in the wolf, no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Three Ways To Run A Double Action Pistol from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Dont Be An Idiot from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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When Suarez International began the study of the Red Dot Pistol in 2009 I had no idea that it would become such a popular and mainstream idea. And yet today, almost a decade later, we are seeing more pistols with red dots than pistols without them. I predict that it will be a rare thing to see a pistol in a combatant’s holster that does not have a red dot as a sighting system. However what invariably happens is a desire to shortcut the system, and to get the benefits on the cheap. With that we see the proliferation of low quality red dot sights mounted on pistols. And by “low quality” I mean sights whose greatest attribute is that they are cheap. But “cheap” never brings quality. Now I understand very well that not everybody can drop $500 on an optic but an optic on a handgun that will be carried 24-7 in a holster is vastly different than an optic on a rifle that will sit in the safe until the weekend. Weapons meant for fighting (or “self-defense”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I hated the pistol. The agency had decided, that for our own good, and because some "upwardly promotable" officer had dropped her Browning Hi Power and it somehow "went off", we would all be using the new generation S&W 5906. When I got my issued weapon, I think I threw up a little. This was NOT a pistol for killing. It was designed to make even the thought of using it difficult. After all...a dead cop was far better for the chief than a dead blood or crip gang member. I drove to Long Beach Uniform after a 12 hour shift to buy my own 5906 and have the legend himself...the patron saint of Smith and Wesson, Steve Deladio work it over for me. The trigger needed to be, in the words of one of my mentors, one officer CD Smith...."hostage rescue accurate". Steve smoothed out the DA so a Colt Python would be jealous of it, and the SA was what you would think just right on a tuned 1911. And Steve managed to "malfunction" the magazine safety disconnect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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GABE SUAREZ HANDS VS GUNS - STREAMING VIDEO Our first paid streaming instructional video. The material is simple, violent and fresh as taught in class. It relies on the element of surprise combined with extreme violence of action. In this DVD you will experience condensed live lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on-training with students at the class. The material is presented in an easy to learn manner with simple and repeatable opening moves, followed up by common body weapon attacks, use of knives, and/or drawing your own pistol and responding. All presented in an easy to follow, easy to learn and retain manner based on the positional aspects of the attack, and the open avenues of movement. BUY AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Here is the article mentioning the report - Final Police Report On Las Vegas My Thoughts - Rationality and morality are not the same. All rationality requires is a reason and a motivation. I have fought evil much of my adult life and even the worst had a reason that made sense to them...and even though we would not have considered action like theirs, one could connect the thinking. On motive for the LV shooting...does it matter? I don't think so. I have always avoided boxed in areas that were difficult to enter and leave. And even more so in our Age of War. Will I miss some over paid oversized court jesters throwing a stupid ball? Maybe...but I have no interest in such things...nor in any similar events. A man in a hotel room shooting people is what it is...an opportunity for me to express who I am by kicking in his door and killing him. There really are no other options are there? If you are in the kill zone...well...nothing to do but run, duck and cover and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I do have a coffee habit. It has gotten better over the years but I still enjoy a couple of cups in the morning and at least one before my workout in the afternoon. So I stopped at Starbucks. I go there for the coffee because I don't do doughnuts and I could not care less the political leanings of the CEO nor the sexual leaning of the barista that makes my special Espresso. Like I said...I go there for the coffee. And I listen while they are making it. I look around, not only in the event a bad guy chooses that place, but also because it is what predators do...be watchful...listen...hear and see. No...I did not shoot a terrorist but here is an example of reading people and listening and making judgements based on what information is presented. The lady in front of me is talking on the phone. She has a northeastern accent...perhaps NY. I look at her clothing. She is dressed well, but trying a little too hard to look "southwestern". The Cartier on her wrist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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 look...you 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 Aug 6, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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It was July, 1992, right after the Rodney King Race Riots in Los Angeles. My partner Al Acosta and I were assigned to a perimeter surveillance point in Los Angeles on what I recall was a bank robbery take-down. We were both Gang Officers and sported the shaved head, steroided-out looking Gold's Gym physiques and Fu Manchu facial hair. The surveillance was likely going to turn into a gunfight so while attempting to fit into our environs, we were armed to the teeth. Hour after hour we waited with our team, posted in various locations, for the target to arrive. It was hot and staying hydrated meant drinking water. As as many of us know...what is taken in, must go out as well. We were parked in an alley and needing to check my hydration levels, I got out of the Mustang and walked over to a dumpster to check for color of stream. Apparently my cover shirt had ridden over my belt pistol (strong side carry back in the old days) and someone happened to be looking out the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Your claim of justified self defense...or defense of others, must fit inside the justification window. Thus your actions must be contemporaneous to the event...to the assault, attack, etc. Contemporaneous means "close to" in terms of timing. So using our framework of decision-making, you can't justify shooting a prospective and potential attacker because you thought, one day, he might seek to harm you. Similarly, you can't justify seeking a subsequent contact with a past aggressor and claim retro-active self defense. This is a point that is so internalized for many of us who've lead a violent lifestyle that we take it for granted, but it bears repeating since so many questions have been raised recently in this theme. The case was a thread on a sexual assault suspect in a bar. At first sight I would question the judgement of going to a loud and boisterous bar where this sort of thing might happen. Having been in a couple of bar fights in my younger years, I'd rather not get into another one. But in truth, this event could happen anywhere,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We have been discussing the new Pistol Kata series for some time now. Here is a great video concept explanation by MMA's Joe Rogan. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We live in a curious time. While the west has been at war for nearly two decades, most men still live in comfortable homes with few things lacking. And fewer have seen hardship...the sort of hardship that changes one's world view. And so they move through their lives inhabiting grown men's bodies, but with the emotions and mental toughness of kids. Toughness is something one builds and develops, not something one is given at birth. And toughness builds an emotional maturity that allows a man to control his emotions. We all have breaking points, but the breaking point of a tough man is farther down the road. Hemingway was once asked in a long ago magazine article to describe toughness or "guts". He said it was grace under pressure. Kipling wrote about it as well (and it is a sad and unfortunate thing that so few will have ever read either of these men) "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG