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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
One other aspect of why we are against the often seen "shooting while yelling PC commands" is that it prevents you from shooting well. Gunfighting is a martial art and rather than minimize the study, we go the other way. Like athletic performance, we want to do everything possible to insure the surgical shooting we want to accomplish. Any visual study of top athletes reveals that they keep mouths closed when exerting. Either explosions of power, speed, or strength are made easier with a closed mouth. Moreover, watching Olympic archers, or athletes that require exactness, position their jaws and mouths the same way. Partly it has to do with clearing the airway, and partly has to do with optimizing muscular-skeletal positioning. Here is a great article on Charles Poliquin's blog - Strength Sensei Keep Your Mouth Shut to Improve Your Performance Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
PISTOL GROUND FIGHTING DRILL Brent Yamamoto Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Time for some heresy. For engaging a reactive threat's torso inside of five yards (fifteen feet), you do not need to use the sights at all. In fact, you are better off simply raising the pistol into the line of sight, pointing it at the chest, and pressing until he drops to the ground. We will wait for the collective gasps of the "sights all the time" tribe to subside, and so they can strike my name from the Raven's Book Of Life before we continue. Alright, all joking aside, when the problem calls for point shooting, you point shoot and the type of sights on the weapon are irrelevant. But when you do need extra refinement...which happens often enough, the sights are of great importance as they help you refine alignment as well as index carefully on target. So lets set down some points: The dot does not work WITH the sights. It works independently of the sights. Think of the iron sights and the red dot like two distinct and separate sighting systems. You do not need one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 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 Jul 1, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Remember this? With the information we received from Istanbul, Turkey and Jakarta, Indonesia, as well the inevitability of that happening here as the American Jihadists increase their skills and operational tempo, I developed the "Istanbul Drill". The Istanbul Drill teaches us to shoot for the face and neck area to quickly terminate the active shooter/terrorist, as well as to follow up the downed terrorist with additional face and neck shots to insure the result. As well, to prevent him from setting off an explosive device. Set up two targets. One standing...one already on the deck. Draw and fire a burst of five at the standing target...in the face of course. Instantly transition to the downed target (representing the same guy - now fallen), and put an additional burst of shots into his downed face. This is NOT a "street self defense against a mugger" technique. This is reserved for Active Shooter/Terrorist Events where the bad guy is quite likely to be wearing a bomb vest. You can argue against it if you wish, but you either accept or not accept... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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If you carry a gun, you are a gunfighter. You can try to deny this with all manner of politically correct, court approved, pussified euphemisms, but none will erase the fact that bad guys will fight you for your money, your car, your ass, and anything else you have that they want. You either comply and give it up, or you fight them to keep it. And if you have a gun you are a gunfighter. Once the fight kicks off, the gunfighter wins by killing his adversary. It really is that simple. If you don’t know that you could kill someone, do yourself a favor and stop carrying a gun. Why? Because when the bad guy is done with you he will also have your gun and then one of us will invariably have to shoot him for you…but there are probably many non-gunfighters that will be his victims with your gun. So learn to be a killer or just don’t play this game. Harsh? Yes…it is that kind of a game. No room for snowflakes here. In the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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All combat systems, from archery to jujitsu, need to be blooded and tested if they are to true fighting systems rather than sports. The farther away from the combat experience a martial system becomes, the more stylized and artificial it becomes. Its advocates will relate how the "founder" did it way back during the war, although their own experience on the matter is based on third or fourth hand knowledge. The reader may not immediately see a problem with this. After all, not everyone can be a soldier or a cop, or even a street fighter. Moreover, many cops and soldiers never actually get combat experience, even though they may train for it. Those that do get it, many don't really know why they prevailed, and of those that do know, few feel compelled to teach others how to do so. Something else that happens is that a trainer may have had a number of contacts, but their scope and nature was limited to a particular environment. For example, consider the SWAT shooter that disdains all reactive point shooting because... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Novices concentrate on the "how" of something - Masters concentrate on the "why". You see it martial arts training all the time. Students in lines executing one movement or another, emulating the instructor. The same thing is seen in the firearms world. Lots of guys know "how" to - for example - reload the handgun, and they are spitting images of their instructor. But unless they understand "why" it is important to do it that way, they don't really know anything other than to mimic what somebody else has taught them. And it gets worse when that instructor didn't know either. Just as Karate's moves have applications that must be learned and understood, the same must be said about the far simpler martial science of pistol fighting. Often we will see somebody emulating a competition technique, or a technique that is workable only when you are a member of a team. The reasons for this usually end up with - "it looks cool". If that is the sum total of your goal in training - looking cool - or winning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Come to a force on force class and test it. See if you can shoot the bad guy accurately, in real time while yelling. I have never seen anyone be able to do this and not get shot first. At the end of the day, do what you think will work best. Me? I am staying quite and shooting unless I do have sufficient info to justify it.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2017 on THE IDIOCY OF YELLING A WARNING at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We usually reply to these so I am not sure why you have not been contacted. Try again, or send a direct email to the contact email on the training site.
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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 Jun 23, 2017 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 Jun 22, 2017 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Posted Jun 21, 2017 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 Jun 19, 2017 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 Jun 16, 2017 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