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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 added considerable travel classes over the past two years and I must say that 2017 will be my last year doing “travel classes”. The pace of business today requires more of my time in the CEO’s chair and only classes at our home range in Prescott, AZ allow us to keep up with those demands. I will be leaving the road classes to my staff instructors. I am announcing five classes that I will be doing in Prescott next year and inviting students to enroll at a discounted price. The usual $500 has been reduced to $400 and will remain at that level for the rest of August. After the first of September, the price goes to full price of $500. These are the only classes I will be teaching in 2018. Those who have trained with me before will attest to the quality and value of this offer. Those in doubt, please read the thread on what makes our training different. I look forward to a great year of discovery and development of our gunfighters. SUAREZ PISTOL GUNFIGHTING... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
I am posting this so we can learn. There is always an antagonist view to posting things like this and we are criticized that we are unduly criticizing. But if we don't do this, mistakes, and there are always mistakes, will be repeated again and again. So lets watch this and see if we can discuss tactical things that we can learn from and do better should we find ourselves in such a situation. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
This is a very graphic video. If you are squeemish, at work, or under 18, don't watch it. OK...disclaimer posted. This is a "Sicario" or a hitman targeting and carrying out a hit in a barber shop. Comment on the lessons learned. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Suarez International is at the leading edge of modern gunfight training. We will be expanding our reach across America and will be hiring up to a dozen new staff to do so. We are looking for fit and capable teachers to instruct civilian pistol students at various skill levels. Military and police experience is a plus, as is prior teaching experience. Our current staff are among the highest paid trainers in the nation. Interested parties please submit a short 2-3 minute video resume to info@suarezinternational.com Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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TORQUING FOR SIGHT SCREWS We tell the guys who ask to tighten "FINGER TIGHT". That means as tight as your man hands will allow. But the questions persist as well as guys leaving their sight screws looser than DC Opsec. So here we have the final word from the Dungeon. We did some testing this morning to find a proper torque for the Glock front sight screw. We measured the length of (2) different screws, brand new out of the box. Then measured the length of each screw after different torques. Here are my results: New: (1) .1172" long (2) .1172" long 5 in/lbs: (1) .1172" long (2) .1172" long 7 in/lbs. (1) .1173" long (2) .1174" long 10 in/lbs. (1) .1179" long (2) .1189" long 15 in/lbs. (1) .1205" long (2) .1210 long Note: We stripped out (2) different front sight hex drivers getting the bolts to 15 in/lbs. We recommend a torque of 5-7 in/lbs. You can achieve 5 in/lbs with only hand torque. We also recommend that you de-grease and red loctite the front sight screw when... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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When we teach Red Dot Pistol courses we tend to see some interesting things. This is still a relatively new technology, and everyday we see new attempts into the market by companies both old and new. This last weekend we taught a class to 22 students. Of the 22 the majority were running Trijicon RMRs of varying types. We had three students using Leupold Deltapoints, and one SIG RX with a Romeo optic. It rained for about a third of the time and out experiences shooting these pistols in the rain was written up in a separate piece. Here are our learning points in no particular order. 1). You can shoot very accurately in the rain with a totally wet red dot. Sure its not as accurate as it would be in a dry and accommodating environment but hitting ten inch steel plates at 25 yards proved a non-issue. 2). There are four types of visual focus with these and the educated red dot shooter will use the correct one based on his needs and the problem at hand. Most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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This last trip home from Omaha Nebraska I began work on a book that will change the training world. I began writing the book based on the seminar series - Killing Within The Law. In writing the outline and in discussions with my staff of homicide investigators, we will inevitably have a chapter on weapons and what they may associate you with. I am not a believer that modified weapons will cause you grief like "you-know-who". In fact, we think a good shooting is a good shooting, that modifications to enhance accuracy and efficiency will never be an issue and the homicide investigators we are collaborating with agree. However, certain weapons may cast you in an unfavorable light during the initial police contact. Political designs might not be wise. An grey area example might be a slide festooned with skulls. Not that big a deal but do the police carry skulled weapons? A more drastic example might be the "You're F*cked" dust cover incident as one poignant example. How about the unregistered, no serial number, polymer home made receiver pistols... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Last night I had dinner with a great old friend. He currently lives in Germany. Our friend is fluid in several languages, one of which is German and he focused on firearms training for that community while he worked for me...among other things. He told me a story about a student of his he had trained some years ago here in the USA. The student also lives in Germany, and has sufficient gravitas to have a concealed carry permit in that nation. Germany as you know is very restrictive in these areas and even toy guns are regulated. But the student's job was a high end time piece salesman, and was allowed to carry a weapon...as I said a very rare thing in that country. In any case - he was trained in a very fast-paced and intense few sessions in the Suarez system. A few years later, when opening the store in the early morning hours, he encountered three men that had apparently broken in during the night and were waiting for him. They pointed their pistols at him... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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All new technology is resisted at first. The red dot pistol, or as the competition crowd calls it, "the carry optics pistol", is no different. When we first began milling dovetails for the Trijicon RMR in 2010 there was a great deal of resistance if not abject ridicule. But today we see a plethora of offerings using this concept. The resistance continues however on blogs and social media, parroting the same myth and superstitions about this weapon concept. One of those is that the red dot is not usable in the rain. Recently I was the guest of Rampart Training in Sedalia, Colorado to conduct our flagship course, Red Dot Combat Pistol. We had twenty two students, all accomplished shooters with backgrounds in police, military, concealed carry and competitive shooting sports. We conducted the same course we have conducted for the last few years, but in the middle of the second day, it began to rain. What a great opportunity to see for certain, what a red dot pistol is capable of in the real environment. The rain was constant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 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 should feel. How they should 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. If you carry a pistol with you daily it is in anticipation of, perhaps that very day, of killing another man, or men. Thus all men who carry a weapon are killers, or anticipating becoming killers. If that were not the case, we would even be reading this and our belt lines would be shorn of all weapons. A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have shot and killed an adversary. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the liability-mongers - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those trends to my benefits when it was my turn at the plate. First is the fact that you are the only one equipped to tell your story. The bad guys you shot, if they survive, will not be "keeping quiet". They will be telling the police you pulled your gun on them, perhaps create some appearance of racism if they can exploit it, and generally make it look like you are the over-reacting bad guy. If the police... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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JULY 25 - SAINT JAMES DAY On the death of King Alfonso, the Moors (That era's ISIS and Al Queda) demanded the reinstation of the Tribute of 100 Virgins (fifty noble and fifty common), which Alfonso had defied. The new king, Ramiro, denied them the tribute and prepared for battle. On the night before the Battle of Clavijo he dreamt of St. James, who told him that God had chosen James as the patron for the Spanish kingdoms. According to the legend, during the battle Saint James appeared as a warrior on his white horse with a white banner to help Christian armies of king Ramiro I of Asturias in battle against the Moors. The Christians marched on the cry of "¡Dios ayuda a Santiago!" (God save St. James!). They slew more than 5,000 Moors, and James became known as "Matamoros". On July 25th, we celebrate the feast day of Santiago Matamoros, or St. James Moorslayer. The faithful are admonished to train with weapons and educate themselves on the habits of their adversaries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Continuing with our study of the mental aspects of gunfighting and killing 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the teaching points at the Killing Within The Law Seminar was that after the shots had been fired, you would have to explain yourself. Regardless of what the untested, myth-followers, on the internet will tell you, you cannot just say nothing. If a police officer responds to your shooting, he sees the body, and you refusing to speak to him, he will arrive at certain conclusions. He doesn't care about you, or the truth, or any of that. He cares about not having his Sergeant on his ass, and in getting off duty on time. And there will be a report written. Once that report is written, it will require the hand of God Himself to change it, so it is in your interest to select your role in the event. The role you want is "Victim". That role will be self-assigned if you conduct yourself properly and use your words to reinforce what is evident to the officers. A great deal of that is based on non-verbal things. A perceived gentleman will be seen in a vastly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The American Gun Community is motivated by fear and emotion. They did this to themselves as they listened to liability-centric Story tellers around their campfires late at night. They sat open mouthed and pie-eyed as the story tellers told of the untold horrors of what would befall them if they ever had to point a weapon much less shoot anyone. And like all impressionable sorts, the tribal stories became their reality. Every fiber of their being became focused on fear of the legal system, rather than in winning the inevitable fight. That, readers, is a recipe for failure. It will either be a failure from emotional over reaction, or a failure from fearful inaction. But fear, is hardly an asset and certainly not something we want to base our actions upon. Oh, certainly, it may be a great word to use later to define what you saw and felt and thought...but right there...in the moment...no. How do we eliminate, or at least minimize, fear and its effects? Quite simple. This has two aspects. One is the revision of a self-image... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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First...the why...of course. A martial system is based on concepts, strategies, tactics. and techniques. One does not just "go fight", or "go shoot" as much as the simpletons of the American gun scene would have you believe. Fighting - whether hand or gun - is learned. Fighting must be mindless and automatic to bring victory. And for that to happen...it must be based on a series of accepted concepts that lead to a strategy of combat. And the tactics and techniques that are developed around such things must be physically memorized and trained until they can be done without analytical or conscious thought. For example, lets take our system of gunfighting. Not a theoretical matter at all, nor one based in sports. I have killed men with the things I teach you thus the system has not been diluted from the actual experience, nor been through as many clean hands as say...karate or kendo has. We define fighting by the assignment of initiative. Either you have it, and thus you begin and end the fight with nothing but timing and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The first installment of this was quite contraversial, specially in the groups that uses competition shooting as a basis for gunfight training. Please understand that there is nothing wrong with sport shooting, but sport shooting is not gunfighting any more than collegiate fencing is street knife fighting. And to use one as a basis for the other is a recipe for ultimate failure. Now here is the thing that many forget. If you make a mistake on the game fields, what happens? Nothing. You shrug, hopefully get a redo, and try to ignore your friend's laughter. But if you make a mistake in a gunfight, which ostensibly is why you carry a pistol CCW, the results will be far more dire. So let's look at the situation. A bad guy pulls his pistol, points it at you and begins trying to kill you. If you do nothing, you are dead. If you try something and fail, you die. That's it. So, having been trained properly, you explode off the line of fire, pull your blaster and start trying to kill... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Steinbeck wrote those words. THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF VICTORY IN DEFENSE. Hard to believe, but true. As the American Gun Society becomes more and more enmeshed in the morass of fear promoted by those instructors who have never known the exhilaration of personal battle, or had another man in the sights, and pressed off the shot, I bring you this...from an old friend who knows the real deal. Reaction of former Cleveland Irish-American gangster Danny Green - and an ex-Marine - in 1972 to being ambushed by a mob contract killer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I often hear the concept of being "the grey man". Recently I read an article on it on a friend's Facebook page. Usually at this point everyone begins nodding their heads and scanning themselves for non-grey accessories. But let me stop you...I, Gabe Suarez, am not "grey" and do not strive to live a "grey life". I can hear the gasps now and I suspect one or more readers may have grabbed their chest before the collapsed. I think the concept of "GREY" is relative. It is relative to situation, location, and mission. But it totally sucks for quality of life. And lest we forget, the object in life is living it well and having all manner of fun memories when you are about to go to your new assignment - at 95 years of age. The mission in life is not to live your life cringing and hiding in total fear of being singled out by a bully or targeted by thugs because you are not a grey man that blends into the background. Those guys are why we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Just as in rifle work, the most accurate shot will likely be from prone. But prone often created additional problems. Among them are that the terrain surfaces don't accommodate prone shooting. Urban terrain littered with broken glass and other injurious debris will not allow you to simply drop to the deck like on those videos. The need for elevation changes may exist, requiring you to shoot up or down from your spot. This is extremely difficult to do from prone. As well, intervening vegetation or structures may prevent a line of sight shot, requiring you to elevate your firing position. Many times the proposed answer to this is a kneeling position. You can do some good work in kneeling, but it has limits as well. The same surface terrain concerns exist as in prone. Yes, I know all the bearded guri (plural of guru) on youtube wear knee pads 24-7...even in the shower I suspect...but normal people do not. That means that dropping into the perfect kneeling position right atop a broken bottle, or a sharp piece of metal will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG