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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 came into this study at a time in my life when I was not quite an American. My family and I arrived as refugees from Communist Cuba - victims of the communism so many foolish Americans seem to be embracing today. Having lost everything, home, wealth, and business, and likely on a government hit list, my father took his family and fled for America. There were no Cuban kids for me to call friends, and at a time when schoolyard fights were common, it was clear that I was not like every other kid in school. Karate was a physical language, and it demanded physical respect. I found where I belonged. That is what I liked about Karate. Success or failure was dependent on me, and not anyone else. If I failed, it was my fault. If I succeeded, it was my success. In karate there was no point in the silly practice of "blame assignment" that is so popular today. Starting in the fall of my tenth year, it consumed every moment of my day and every thought... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I worked for fifteen years in Southern California Law Enforcement. During those years I worked Night Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics (Raids as well as UC work), Gang Unit, and any dangerous detail I could find. I was in alot of shootings. But I pointed guns and yelled at many more bad guys than I ever shot. So in this thread I will discuss the gunpoint dialog...or what to say...and whether you should say anything at all. If he has already shot people, and there is no doubt about what is happening, skip all of this and just shoot him. You will thank me when you are 80. So will your yet-to-be-born kids and grandkids. And so will the supermodel –wife you have not yet met. What in God's earth is so hard to understand about that I do not get. First, I want to point out that unless your adversary is some criminal incarnation of Mister Rogers, he is not afraid of you. He has contempt for you and everything you hold important. And more...your life and that of your family... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Last year I wrote about The Value of Kata, and cultivating Mindlessness. And implied in the articles were how repeating patterns of combat related movements lead to the ability to execute movements without the need for any analytical thought, or as I said, mindlessly. Rather than the so-called "dead patterns", this type of training teaches the body how to move reflexively, and in doing so, allow a creativity of application that would not have been possible otherwise. In the firearms world we drill all the weapon presentation and manipulations in "dry fire" which is in itself, a form of kata training. This is done again, for the purpose of repeating the prefect movement pattern so many times that it can be executed without the need for analytical thought. The mind, having been freed for the "how" of executing the move or technique, is free to apply actions or reactions to the situation at hand. Recently I was host to our group from Italy and Switzerland here in Arizona. One of the visitors, Andrea Micheli, wanted to use the visit to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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As we know, places like New York are some of the most repressive of personal liberty with regards to self-defense. I find it incredible that those who have authority in such places ever come out and say what Bratton has said. It is like walking into the chicken coop and announcing that Col. Sanders has just pulled up. Unarmed people have little recourse when the terrorist shows up unannounced to murder in the name of his socio-cultural-religious beliefs. Just as the dead - from Fort hood to London Bridge. How many would have willingly risked breaking any rules in place, and been armed, if they knew what was coming for them on those particular days? Neither New Yorkers nor Londoners have that option apparently. Here is what Bratton said - “European-style terror attacks are going to be the new normal in our world,” “The pace of terrorist attacks, certainly in Europe, has been increasing.” “That type of attack is quite likely to occur in the United States at some point in time.” “As the issue in Syria comes to closure... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Instructors that teach yelling out warnings prior to shooting - when the events have clearly identified the bad guy shooter - are idiots. Yes, I said it and I stand by what I said. And I have the real world experience to back up my position. Students who have been trained that way - get that stupidity out of your minds right now, and get your minds right. We have discussed this before. The first time was about twelve years ago on this blog with regards to the Tacoma Mall shooting. Tacoma Mall Shooting - 2005 It was back in 2005, at the Tacoma Mall in Washington state. A civilian CCW guy named McKown heard the gunshots. Gun in hand, McKown scanned for the shooter. As the gunshots stopped, McKown tucked his pistol back under his coat. We later learned that was when the shooter was reloading. McKown said, "Young man, I think you need to put your weapon down." The shooter shot McKown, hitting his spine and paralyzing him for life. And From today's headlines - Congressman Scalise Assassination... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” Winston Churchill My own comments: Fortunate are those who are tapped on the shoulder once. Blessed are they who are tapped multiple times. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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VIDEO BY STAFF INSTRUCTOR BRENT YAMAMOTO Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The trend since Mumbai has been to go "low tech" and high shock. Nothing is more low tech than a Molotov Cocktail. London attack: Molotov cocktails 'found in back of terrorists' van' 12 Injured After Molotov Cocktail Explodes in Paris Restaurant The History: A Molotov cocktail, also known as fire bomb, is a generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons. Due to the relative ease of production, Molotov cocktails have been used by terrorists, irregular forces, or even regular soldiers that are short on equivalent military-issue weapons. They are primarily intended to set targets ablaze rather than explode. The name "Molotov cocktail" was coined by the Finns during the Winter War against the Soviets. The name was an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was one of the architects behind the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed in late August 1939. The pact with Nazi Germany was widely mocked by the Finns, as was much of the propaganda Molotov produced to accompany the pact, including his declaration on Soviet state radio that bombing missions over Finland... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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VIDEO BY STAFF INSTRUCTOR BRENT YAMAMOTO Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The birth of our reactive shooting methods began on a cold and rainy December night, in 1991. It was December 7th, the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor...it was cold, and raining, and I felt like crap. I had been fighting a cold for a week and it was finally taking hold. I remember standing over the phone, actually holding the receiver and debating whether to call in sick or not. (This was long before smart phones millenials would use today). As it turned out, I popped a couple of Day Quills and drove in to work. My plan was simple. I would get a nice hot Starbucks, a copy of the latest Investor's Business Daily and hang out in the heated car until I got a radio call. I was not in the mood for that "proactive police work" we hear about...not that day...not the way I felt. And it was all going according to plan too. Then at about 2345 HRS I got the call. "3L7 respond, any unit to assist, Armed Robbery in Progress,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I was asked how the Suarez material differs from the Modern Technique invented/codified by Jeff Cooper. Here it is...a long read, but it sets down the historical context. I attended Gunsite in 1990. Cooper was there as were a few of the current "stalwarts" for the modern technique, a couple of SEALs and an entire group of LAPD SWAT with 1911s. I was running my issued weapon, as crappy as it was, a Smith & Wesson 5906 that had been tuned up by Steve Deladio in Long Beach, CA. While I was open minded, I did have some ideas about what was what since I had been working around criminals, gang members and killers for five years. I had not been in a gunfight yet, but I was around alot of guys who had. In the end, I got top score and won the shootoff, against all of those guys. Cooper and I became friends, and I attended Gunsite every year until 1995. So one could say I became well versed in the Modern Technique. In Cooper's words in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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While I am most known for my studies and resulting work with combat firearms, my immersion in martial arts, notably Karate, began much earlier, and truly, serves as a basis for muc... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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There is a saying in spanish that describes insurgency combat - "tira la piedra y esconde la mano". Loosely translated it means "throwing a stone and then hiding the hand that threw it". Inherent in the act is concealment, and the expectation of going unnoticed, specially when surrounded by a crowd or mob or people. Preferably a mob that had no involvement, directly in throwing the stone. So the recipient of the stone has no idea which individual in the mob threw it, but he damn sure knows it came from that particular crowd. And the stone thrower, like Mao's fish, keeps swimming along unidentified. But the people in the mob...you can bet that they know who he was as they were standing right next to him, or heard his friends discussing the procurement of stones, or something along those lines. I think we all see it. The problem is that the west cannot successfully deal with the dynamics of that mob and retain its own egalitarian self-image. But soon, its self-image will not be the most important thing. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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"One of them had a big knife, then he came in and walked around the restaurant, I guess they just kind of stabbed anyone that they saw and knocked things on the ground and then we just hid." So this last weekend - mid Ramadan (but the UK authorities are adamant that has nothing to do with it) - yet another series of well coordinated attacks in London. The timing was on cue, and the technology was primitive, yet the effect was successful. The weapons were simple: Aggression, Motor Vehicles, and Knives. Unless the nanny-state wishes to now castrate the aggression out of all males, prohibit all sharp instruments in an Okinawan-like decree, and force everyone to use public transportation, the ability of the state to prevent the next one is ridiculously impossible as long as the culture that advocates such things is allowed to roam free in the west. That last bit is out of the hands of normal people like us, yet we are the ones that will stand at the front line of the effects of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Clausewitz wrote about it as "The Fog Of War". SunTzu wrote about it as "not knowing yourself or the enemy". It is a lack of certainty. It comes from a lack of information about what is actually at hand. Without information, accurate decisions are very difficult to make. What happens is you get a bunch of educated guesses and then a tentative decision based on those guesses. That is why military planners spend more on gathering intelligence than on the weapons to exploit it. How does that play out for the individual operator? Quite simply, if one is denied the suitable intelligence to make a decision, no decision will tend to be made. And at such a time, unless there is an ingrained, and trained default response, the subject will likely freeze in place...as if he is on pause waiting for more information to be provided. One example is the shooting at the nightclub in Orlando by Mateen. Put aside the 4S issues of a midnight drink in a questionable hood for a moment and follow the discussion. Think of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOESN'T EQUAL VALIDITY OF OPINION In America we have something called "freedom of speech". Anyone can speak their mind...at least in theory. For politics, this is a good thing of course because in other places around the world one cannot. In matters of politics and of faith and even in esoteric matters such as how to cook chili, everyone's opinions may have equal value. So while everyone's opinion may be equally spoken, not all opinions are valid. Of course, what we are discussing here is the issue of techniques and methods for use in personal combat. Today, anyone with a computer can pen their deep thoughts and most advanced techniques almost as fast as they occur to them. Much of it - most of it - extremely theoretical and untested in fights. What is a true seeker of truth to do? How does such a student separate the good techniques from the bad...the useful from the unworkable? Here is a simple way to do that. First one must consider what their physical and mental state is likely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Conceived by Brent Yamamoto Fabricated by Dangerous People in the Central Highlands of Arizona Sold by Suarez International GET YOURS HERE Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The firearms industry is strange in that it often becomes a cult of personality. Think of WWE but with gun people and you get the idea. This is specially the case if one is involved in the training world. I recall one of my mentors in the teaching world - we will call him Marc. He was a member of LAPD's SIS, as well as a great pistol instructor. He told me that you always had to be good because many students came to class not only expecting to see you fail, but to celebrate your failure. He was talking about the police training world, but the truth is he was unknowingly making a commentary about western society. There are those in society that not only like to see others fail, but they delight in the scene. You will see far more "Epic Fail" videos on Facebook and Youtube than you will of excellent performances. Much of this is endemic to those with safe quiet lives whose faces have never been, as Roosevelt wrote, "marred by dust and sweat and... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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From the perception of safety comes the relaxation of standards, and then the rise of the acceptance of marginal performance as something adequate. Inevitably, the acceptance of mediocrity leads to its adherents defending their current state as normal and ridiculing those who do not wish to be held down by their low standards. Profound? No, simply an observation from life. It happens in police/military circles as well as in any industry and in society as well. We see it in the gun world…perhaps especially now that the specters of Hillary and Obama have passed into unpleasant history. It is as if now, some have glomed on to the illusion of safety from magazine bans, and assault rifle bans. And being safe from such things, it is almost - in their minds, as if evil itself has been driven out from the country. And they no longer need to maintain skills or maintain top grade equipment. Finally, they think, they can now be like “normal” people. Point out that we are still at war with Jihadists, and that the Urban Terrorist... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Every year ammunition tech improves. For my Stakeouts I am using Federal #4 34 Pellet and for my full sized weapons Federal #1.
I am running the RM04 on pistols (7 MOA Amber Dot), and the RM03 on my Stakeout 12 ga (13 MOA Dot)
Totally irrelevant from a business perspective since 95% of the world owns Glocks.