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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 get questions about this quite often. So at the risk of offending somebody, here is why I think the MOS system is a poorly thought out Compromise and should not be a top choice for those wanting to get into the red dot world of pistols. The MOS was developed for a single purpose, and excellence for the end-user was not the reason. It was developed so Gaston Glock could sell red dot capable slides to all the cheap bastards that are too cheap to buy a Trijicon RMR or a Leupold Deltapoint Pro. They will glom on to trash like Burris Fastfire and want to install it on their slide. The MOS was designed to accept any and all red dots and thus it is an exercise in compromise...period. This may not be a concern for GSSF or other pistol games, but those wishing to carry for more serious reasons, here are the problems I have seen with the system. Problems with the MOS - 1). The Compromise requires a taller mount of the red dot than is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Any field of study is based upon the traditions of its founders. The world of the gun is no different. And the generation of men who founded the art of American Gunfighting, did not hold physical fitness in high esteem. It is not to castigate them, but simply to point out that we are a product of our parents and they of their grandparents. Nobody gives birth to themselves. All that said, we certainly do not live in the world of our parents and grandparents. And we are also not limited to the information of their day. We have far more data than they did, and thus after the head start we received, we can now drive the art forward into the future. And that is true as we are making far better technical shooters today than was possible in the 1930s, or 1960s. And while men like Jordan and Bryce may have had much more experience at killing, I doubt they were better shots than the students we produce today. As well, I suspect, if Fairbairn and Applegate, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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"STAKEOUT" The term has been in use for ages. Today it means waiting for bad guys so that when they arrive, or conclude their activities, you can arrest them...but in a time not so long ago it was interchangeable with the term "ambush". Today many guys on the job are true peace officers that can meet with high school teachers and give presentations to church group without uttering a single "fuck you". But in times past some were much more "primitive"...not Phds in Criminal Justice and Global Security...but rather "good" thugs, polished and presentable, with guns...and badges. Argue if you wish, but that was a perfect description. The stakeout was a time honored tactic. And it yielded great results. One would arrest a petty hoodlum...a thief or doper...or dope dealer. Then we would turn him like spies are turned into double agents. In essence make him and informant. And nothing was out of bounds for us. If the guy was married we would dangle him seeing his kids grow up from prison in front of his eyes. If he had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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. 1). Problem Picking up the dot. This is an area where everyone over thinks it. There are entire articles devoted to this with so many varying proposed soultions 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, and if you have trained countless times to 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 course. If you see the front sight, you will see the dot. Now what happens is that as your eye becomes accustomed to seeing that dot, it will always look for the dot and actually begin to ignore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The V1 and V2 slides were our first productions in 2011 and 2012. That brought the V3 slides with its various product improvements. Our slides remain the best slides available on earth for the Glock platform. Manufactured specifically for the Trijicon RMR, they are made to exacting tolerances to match levels of refinement. And without the over-priced and whorish appearance of other slides on the market. These are not made for photography or for sports...they are made for shooting terrorists in the face with an accuracy unheard of in combat circles. And in the hands of professionals, they have been doing this for a long time. All of my personal carry guns sport an RMR, either an RM06, or a Dual Illumited RM04. That said, there have been other red dots breaking into the market which, while of varying quality and ruggedness, have nonetheless been accepted by the buyers. To address that need we were the first to produce a slide for the Leupold Deltapoint Pro. That was the Suarez V4 Slide. Now, to address the various other red dots... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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A). More Ammo is More Better. I like extended magazines that reach to the muzzle. I do not find that they unbalance the weapon in any way. Most quality anti-personnel shotguns come this way now. The new Aridus receiver mounted ammo carriers are a great idea and have changed my mind about "side saddles" and other on bard ammo carriers. B). Modern furniture. There is no reason other than nostalgia to keep wooden forearms and stocks on the weapon. The new Magpul furniture is excellent and what I currently have on our training Remington 870s. There are those teaching shotgun that do not care for the Magpul line on the shotguns. Only thing I can say there is "follow the money". Magpul shotgun stocks or those wanting a pistol grip, a Mesa Stock Adapter with a Magpul CTR. I find these a better choice than the Urbino type system as you can not only change the length of pull instantly, but you can choose your pistol grip and the color of your stock. It would be nice if there was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Just to be clear, this article is about proactively and preemptively shooting and killing a terrorist or criminal that has done nothing to threaten you directly. It is an event in which you are not involved in at all. And a situation where a modern socialized male might be quite happy to remain hiding under the desk, or in the dark of a closet, remaining unseen, unchallenged, and unharmed. But since I doubt such males would have the courage to even read this blog, I suspect my readers are of the other type. Look at the lead image. Remember him? he is one of the terrorists at the ground breaking event in Mumbai some years ago. The photo was taken by a photographer that later said he'd wished he'd had a firearm to kill the man with. LET US CONTINUE. American shooters are trained in the concept of legitimate self-defense. Use of force training and de-escalation methods are discussed and trained. Using the vaunted "Big Boy Voice" to challenge the bad guy from ready positions is promoted far and wide.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Some observations I think Trump will fundamentally change the country, and for the better...for people like us. For liberals and freeloaders, life will suck like it has never sucked before. In less than ten days look at what he has done. None of this is outlandish and are things most capitalists and conservatives have all thought needed to be done. But like an unruly child being disciplined for the first time, the nation's left is going bananas. I do see him succeeding at his...our...goals even if by force because he is not overly concerned about re-election like most others have been. He is going to be there 4 years, change things, and leave...maybe. I think it is going to be great for those of us who want to make and keep money. Specially good for the gun industry as I see the HPA and several other bills passing. The government's reach into the gun business will be reduced and those forces likely repurposed. In the meantime, I would look at the tumult of the Hippy Terrorists of the 1960s...the Weathermen,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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What a horrible thing to say or consider? Yes, for modern western man that is almost inconceivable. But as I have said for over a year, we live in a time of war. And although the Trump Presidency has been the best thing to happen to America since the end of WW2, I would not expect the momentum of the ISIS Jihad against the west to diminish. Moreover, I think that a traditional, "Let's bomb them in Syria" perspective may be fine for Syrian security, but will do nothing to thwart the Orlandos and San Bernardinos that are being planned right now in America by people that share the same philosophy. Last August I wrote a controversial article titled - Could You Kill A Child Jihadist? You can read it here - COULD YOU SHOOT A CHILD JIHADIST? In the article I referred to a video that surfaced showing 12 year old boys executing prisoners. That video was bland compared to the one I am going to show you here. At the end of the original article I said the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The article on using weapon lights was been read quite a few times and it seems to polarize the reader. They either agree with my position, or they question my sanity. The gun world, like most of American society lives in a world of extremes. Everything is either black, or it is white. An all or nothing perspective that is never like life. Extremes only occur at the 1% on either end of the spectrum. Everything in the middle is fluid, and taking the position that life must be "always or never", is an extremely limiting position. It is however a position parroted by many intellectually slothful trainers who cannot grasp (or perhaps their students cannot grasp), that reality is more like "sometimes, maybe, and it depends". The discussion today is "Target Identification". It is one of the sales points of high end flashlights, weapon lights and low light shooting courses. In their world, target identification is nothing less than the image shown above. Then and only then, are they clear to engage and shoot. But target identification need not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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THE REASON FOR THE WEAPON A bad guy surprises the crap out of you inside a room, in poor lighting and you have a weapon in your hands. The first image is what a hurried shot under pressure, without a proper sight picture looks like with a single projectile weapon - like a submachinegun, or rifle. Time elapsed: .75 seconds. The second image is what a hurried shot under pressure, without a proper sight picture looks like with a multiple projectile weapon - like a shotgun (or a non-NFA 26" shotgun "other"). Time elapsed: .75 seconds. That right there is the sole reason for the shotgun in CQB. Is it indiscriminate? Maybe. It is not for hostage rescues nor for surgical shooting. But it allows you to send nine times as much ill will with one trigger press in half the time. We talk of shooting in the face...this will likely remove the face. The shots I took when I carried one could never have been taken with a slug loaded weapon, nor with a rifle. Related articles ROLE OF... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can guess that their intentions are bad. And you did just that, arming yourself with your Glock. The light you added made you feel safer operating in low light, and that article you read said that all gunfights happened in the dark. You kept both hands on the Glock, just like on the range, and it helped steady the pistol through the waves of adrenaline. Not wanting to shoot an innocent, you had turned the light on with your support hand as you began to move through the house and - End of story - the bad guys saw your light and sent a magazine of ammunition your way. One of the thirty rounds hit you in the head and you died. Let's try again shall we? You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can guess that their intentions are bad. And you did just that, arming yourself with your Glock.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Continuing with our objective to really make the Glock perfect via the replacement of all MIM parts, we developed the Tactical Grade Firing Pin Safety. Like our firing pin, it is made from hardened tool steel and polished to perfection. We shoot a great deal. I have been shooting Glocks since 1995. Between my staff and I, we see over 1000 students per year, most with Glocks. How many rounds we fire, or see fired, I can only guess at but likely more than most SWAT units. If it can break, we have seen it break. One of those issues we see is the wearing out of the safety plunger. This is exacerbated when guys polish them. The factory unit is a MIM part and plated. When you polish the plating away in the quest for a smoother trigger, you remove the barrier that makes this part hard. The results are predictable. To alleviate that problem we have introduced this new part. We are not the first, but we have done it right without overcharging the customer. Ours has many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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 Jan 19, 2017 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 Jan 19, 2017 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 Jan 17, 2017 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 Jan 15, 2017 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 Jan 13, 2017 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