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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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We all the basic story by now. Bad guy goes into a church and shoots the place up. "Church" could be school...or department store...or Christmas party. This one didn't end up as a mass killing, but not for the reasons the media (including the gun media) is saying. Let's discuss, shall we. The bad guy - Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson is a Black Power advocate and very anti-police according to his personal Facebook page. Although his theological position is not known, he shared a number of pro-Islamic posts, including a video in which a Muslim activist defends Sharia law. Samson frequently shared anti-west posts. If you look at him being escorted here, and in the other images of him online, he is a powerfully built man and an avid weight lifter. Police say in addition to the two pistols Samson bought into the church, they recovered another pistol and a rifle from his vehicle. Police say Samson fatally shot a woman who was walking to her vehicle and then entered the rear of the church and shot six others. A... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
I spend an hour every day scanning my news-feeds for information pertaining to "the business". The latest was one of the various editorials on the Georgia Tech shooting. Here is a video of the event - So in a nutshell, Scott “Scout” Schultz, 21, was confronted by officers while brandishing a knife on campus. He was ordered a number of times to drop the knife by officers. We can see in the video how the 'stand-off" developed and the exchange. I suspect the exchange was not about Scout Scott's sexual ambiguity, nor about the evils of the trump administration, but rather went something like ... Police: "Drop the knife" Suspect: "No"...and a couple of steps forward taken. Police: "I mean it...drop the knife NOW!" Suspect: "No"...and a couple more steps taken. Now I will tell you something and I really don't care if some liberal snowflake that will never spend a dime with me is upset. When you face an adversary...whether you are the police or Joe Citizen, the most important person in that event is you, not the suspect.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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MORE INFO ON STAKEOUT 12 GAUGE WEAPONS Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Seriously guys...if you don't have the coin to do it right, do yourself a favor and stay with iron sights. I wrote an article about this a year ago - here is the link CHOOSING THE "RIGHT" RED DOT SIGHT Recently on a SIG Legion Group on Facebook I saw this post - I've been waiting for the development of a P226SAO RX Legion. Then this happened to my P320RX - while it was in my gun bag, apparently from the bag being set on the garage floor. I carry my 226 every day. It sits on my right hip, and knocks into the center console of my car every moment I'm behind the wheel. Now I'm frustrated because the one improvement I have craved for my Legion seems not ready for daily carry. Well...to quote our Grandmothers...I told you this would happen!! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
The test is not a mag dump on the clock, but rather a true firing drill against targets that require target acquisition and traversing. A man that knows how to use a pump action can be just as fast as a man using a semi auto, and have a far less complex weapon. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Since you clearly skimmed and commented without reading - here you go...second chance: The police presumption is that only prohibited possessors are likely to use pistols without serial numbers (ie., those who are not allowed to own guns). Yes, you can educate the police, but you may other concerns at that juncture. Do you want to add another? First impressions have far more impact on how a shooting/homicide investigation will proceed than your idea of what your rights should be. Is that cool DIY job that took you three hours but saved you $200 really worth it? Not for me. Go ask a Homicide Investigator before you disagree with me based on the fact you bought one.
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I got this from one of our students recently. One of the things we do here in AZ is a student can send his ammo and firearms to avoid the hassle of traveling with them. So he asked - "300 rounds seems low to me for a round count for this course. If I order a case of a thousand, that will give us 500 each. What do you think?" My reply was what I always reply when asked about round counts. *** You can certainly bring more ammo and shoot more if you like and there is time. But I want to will tell you that in my classes I actually teach things. There are classes that are judged by the number of drills and the super high round count. One pistol class, I was told, had a count of 2,000 rounds per day. My class is not like that. The goal is to make you a better shooter and a better gunfighter. To expend ammo endless drills that will leave your skills exactly what they were when you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I worked Gangs, Special Enforcement and a few other details that had my team and I "undercover" or at least wearing plain clothes. The job required that, as having a uniform on would have defeated the entire point of the exercise. But we knew that the moment we needed to engage the bad guys, we would either need to don some sort of attire that signified we were police. That either was a raid jacket with the words "POLICE" emblazoned on it in bright yellow, or a Point Blank SWAT vest with a badge and the word "POLICE" readily visible. The reason is that we did not want to be mistaken for other bad guys. As it was I got plenty of police guns pointed at me through the years I worked those details. But we knew that a criminal would more likely surrender to the police than to another thug that wanted to rob him. And, if the situation allowed it, we always tried to have a marked police unit with a couple of uniformed officers on hand should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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QUESTION ON OUR 34 SLIDES: Q. Hello, I'm wondering why your Glock 34 red dot RMR slide doesn't have the top cut away opening like the factory Glock 34 slide. I am under the impression this cut away is to reduce reciprocating mass and speed up the cycle time. I'm interested in a slide and would like to know the answer before a purchase. A. Glock is into saving money. They want to use the same recoil unit on all full sized pistols from the 9mm Glock 17 to the 357 SIG Glock 35. The opening is to lighten the slide to allow for that but at the cost of weakening the slide and allowing all manner of dust and sand to get into the workings of the pistol. Here in AZ we tested this and once sand gets into the weapon, while it may still function most of the time, its reliability is greatly reduced. It is popular now in our world, where "looks is more important than performance" to see slides with a myriad of holes cut into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the members at Warriortalk asked this morning about semi-autos instead of pump actions when selecting a shotgun. So here is my point of view - and I am certain the hate mail will begin shortly. The semi auto has advantages, namely that the shooter doesn't have to manually operate the weapon...BUT when I have worked these in less than perfect situations, meaning the shooting position not fully established...cheek weld and shoulder mount not quite there...weapon unsupported like in moving or in quick unexpected engagements, I see them malfunction. The only real malfunction of the pump action is a short-stroking of the action, or not working the pump for a sufficient distance to eject the spent shell and load another. That can be remedied in training. And if it does happen, the dead trigger will result in a quick more aggressive pumping action and a remedy of the problem much faster than clearing a problem in a semi auto. The Beretta 1301 I have began exhibiting this. Its a great SGN...but not for everything. The Benelli can unload the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
There is a difference and the two applications are not the same at all. Some perspective is in order. If your goal is gunsport, then enjoy yourself, but understand that it is not gunfighting. Some sportsmen may feel upset at me saying that, but they should not. Just as Olympic fencing is not knife fighting, and NASCAR is not PSD driving, one has to honest with himself. The problem is that when one tries to interject the weapons intended for sport, or the methods intended for sport into a real world application, those likely to fail with the expected results. So an essay in images - These guys are on their way to kill bad guys. This guy is on his way to find a duck. This soldier is shooting a terrorist. This guy is shooting a clay This man is protecting his store from looters. They are different pursuits with different tools. There may be some slight parallels, but just as these gunfighters would not prevail in a gun game with rules and special guns organized to give a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Some of you will know the feeling. You have been gone from your old hometown, your parent's house, or an old car you used to drive. You return, ten, maybe twenty years later and there is a definite familiarity to it. The shotgun, specifically the Remington 870, is that way for me. It is the main long gun I carried into battle working night watch, and later the Gang Unit. I got into many shootings with issued 870s, and when I heft one it has that familiarity I mentioned. We have said that situation will determine you tactics and those will select the weapon for you best suited for the task. That selection must be an emotionless and analytical one based on reason and not feelings. For many years, the weapon that I kept by the bed was a rifle. I lived in a crowded house filled with old people and children, and often other staff members staying with during training courses. The concerns over surgical accuracy and the avoidance of over-penetration were forefront of the mind. But today it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Here is a crazy video. It illustrates what men are capable of doing, and that sometimes one should reconsider their course of action. This happened in Costa Rica. A woman arrived complaining that the bread she bought was old and dried out. She later returned with her husband, who had likely been worked up by the wife. He was clearly quite angry. The man began yelling insults at the baker. At one point the baker’s son steps up to defend his father. At a certain point you will see in the video, the man leaves the argument to go to his car. He immediately returns with a shotgun. The shotgun is one we saw a great deal in Central America, a pistol gripped shotgun of some sort. Likely a Mossberg or Winchester. I didn't quite catch the audio, but the son appears to taunt the armed man to shoot him. Well...sometimes you get your request granted. Learning points - 1). Sometimes it is impossible to calm down a situation. It is importnat to have the escalation switch at hand and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In my The Truth About The Gen 5 Glock article I wrote about the new Gen 5 barrel. I told a story about a gunfight I got to participate in involving a couple of armed robbers and a team of guys armed with polygonal barreled pistols. The bad guys ended up as large slabs of ballistic gelatin on legs, but the CSI guys were not able to determine whose rounds hit which bad guy due to the inability of the polygonal bores to mark the bullets sufficiently for a match. I got this from a correspondent who is in the CSI biz: "I just read your blog post about the new Gen 5 Glocks. Some info on the CSI front. You are correct that previously, nearly any bullet fired from a Glock would not be identified to a specific pistol. However some time ago Glock started marketing barrels that were designed so the bullets could be matched back to a specific weapon. The guns that had these barrels were not very common. Glock continued to work on developing barrels that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We received two of them yesterday, not from Glock but from our usual distributor. And for over a month now we have been deluged with ostensibly objective articles all over the gun media singing the virtues of the Gen 5 Glocks...almost to a messianic level. I suspect that Glock didn't send these early samples out to people who were not in the pocket of the company, promised to give a favorable review, or at least "of the faithful". But now we have them. In short...it is a Gen 4 Glock without finger grooves. That's it. Yes, it has some new additions such as 1). Ambidextrous slide releases: I can't comment of the game shooters or the Youtube gun jugglers but most modern combat-centric training today involves operating the slide manually over the top during a reload. The slide release is actually a superfluous item that often gets in the way of the most solid grip. Now it will get in the way for both right handers and left handers. If I ever run one of these, I may well simply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The Stakeout concept is gaining ground. I shake my head at all the guys that sneered at the idea we discussed last year now getting orgasmic over the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14 (I wonder how many got a free weapon from Mossy or Remy?). Anyway - here are the original videos we did. Feel free to comment or discuss. Stakeout 870s are in the shop ready to be built to your specs and so much more efficient, accurate and shootable than the mass produced items you won't believe it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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By Greg Nichols We’ve been talking a lot about shotguns, styles, models, ammunition, actions, and applicable situations of use. I want to look at the actual functioning of a shotgun during use and take you through, step by step, the method I use to run one so fast. In specific I will be addressing a pump action as it addresses the management of pump and auto, with an auto. 1) When you trigger the shotgun you use the same trigger control/staging as you do on a pistol or rifle. There really isn’t a need to tune a shotgun trigger as the marksmanship isn’t required to be as fine just based on the capabilities of the platform. The key here is to use your non-shooting or support hand to apply pressure to seat the butt tightly in the shoulder pocket. Your shooting hand only needs a light touch, and I like to put my thumb on the top of the grip rather than wrapped around it (excepting those with a pistol grip). On a PGO only shotgun the function is the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
It never ends...I can imagine how Columbus felt at the idiocy of those around him. So again I get emails that some Youtube pundit with less experience than an average ten year old arguing about why Appendix carry should be shunned...ostensibly in favor of a leather outside the waist, hand tooled holster for their 1911...or worse, the J-frame in their pocket. Here is a video we did a while back slamming their argument to the deck like an MMA takedown. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I cover this in more detail in Part I, but just to recap, a shotgun is best used as a short-range weapon that allows you to take some shortcuts in marksmanship through its spread pattern. The Stakeout is best suited for a hallway, a vehicle, or other short-range urban encounters. Its compact size makes it easy to maneuver inside and around my car, and its brutal payload gives me enough power to fight my way out of a BLM riot. I can also use it to skip buckshot into a mob of thugs trying to “kill whitey” or into the legs of a carjacker on the other side of my vehicle. Within its niche, it is a devastating weapon. To get the most out of your Stakeout, you need to have ammunition that maximizes its utility. Here are four more loads that I patterned at 3, 5, 7 and 10 yards. Load 5: Federal Premium Personal Defense 9 Pellet #00 Buck, 1145 FPS This round obviously had a very tight pattern. Load 6: Fiocchi Exacta Nickel Plated Buck Shot 27... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Like him or not, Trump is a symbol as well as a President, And that symbol's election shows that the majority are not communists, socialists, or liberals. That they want and want to hold on to the dream that is America and the opportunity it represents, and not the communist utopia of Jerry Brown and Maxine Waters and Barak Obama. And the left knows what I have said, that many Americans are historically, and likely actually, illiterate and their lives and thoughts are driven by media optics rather than truth and fact. Their hope is to ensare as many "useful idiots" into their wave of indignant rhetoric that it may stifle anything the president wants to accomplish - and hold the line until 2020. The communist is eminently more dangerous to America than a mere jihadist. I doubt that even the most melting, offended, skinny jeans wearing snowflake wants to live in REAL communism...but that is what these useful idiots are pushing for...and in this country, something some of us will never allow to happen. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I am old enough to remember my first duty shotgun at LASD. It was an Ithaca 12 gauge. The stock had been cut down as had the barrel. It was handy and it was fast owing to its balance and its well-worn action. And I recall the old deputy that trained us in skipping buckshot off the concrete range at the Wayside training range. He relayed some tall tales about taking rioters out at the knees during the first iteration of the LA Riots held in Watts. I later learned that what I initially thought were exaggerations, were pure fact and the deputy had personal experience dropping about ten rioters that way. In those days, the spread of the pattern and lack of reach of the shotgun was seen as a huge asset by the law men that carried it into urban harm's way. Sometime after that, the shotgun fell out of favor. It began when the Gunsite crew began trying to turn the weapon into a rifle, and tighten the pattern to the point where any benefit of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG