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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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When Suarez International began the study of the Red Dot Pistol in 2009 I had no idea that it would become such a popular and mainstream idea. And yet today, almost a decade later, we are seeing more pistols with red dots than pistols without them. I predict that it will be a rare thing to see a pistol in a combatant’s holster that does not have a red dot as a sighting system. However what invariably happens is a desire to shortcut the system, and to get the benefits on the cheap. With that we see the proliferation of low quality red dot sights mounted on pistols. And by “low quality” I mean sights whose greatest attribute is that they are cheap. But “cheap” never brings quality. Now I understand very well that not everybody can drop $500 on an optic but an optic on a handgun that will be carried 24-7 in a holster is vastly different than an optic on a rifle that will sit in the safe until the weekend. Weapons meant for fighting (or “self-defense”... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I hated the pistol. The agency had decided, that for our own good, and because some "upwardly promotable" officer had dropped her Browning Hi Power and it somehow "went off", we would all be using the new generation S&W 5906. When I got my issued weapon, I think I threw up a little. This was NOT a pistol for killing. It was designed to make even the thought of using it difficult. After all...a dead cop was far better for the chief than a dead blood or crip gang member. I drove to Long Beach Uniform after a 12 hour shift to buy my own 5906 and have the legend himself...the patron saint of Smith and Wesson, Steve Deladio work it over for me. The trigger needed to be, in the words of one of my mentors, one officer CD Smith...."hostage rescue accurate". Steve smoothed out the DA so a Colt Python would be jealous of it, and the SA was what you would think just right on a tuned 1911. And Steve managed to "malfunction" the magazine safety disconnect... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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GABE SUAREZ HANDS VS GUNS - STREAMING VIDEO Our first paid streaming instructional video. The material is simple, violent and fresh as taught in class. It relies on the element of surprise combined with extreme violence of action. In this DVD you will experience condensed live lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on-training with students at the class. The material is presented in an easy to learn manner with simple and repeatable opening moves, followed up by common body weapon attacks, use of knives, and/or drawing your own pistol and responding. All presented in an easy to follow, easy to learn and retain manner based on the positional aspects of the attack, and the open avenues of movement. BUY AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Here is the article mentioning the report - Final Police Report On Las Vegas My Thoughts - Rationality and morality are not the same. All rationality requires is a reason and a motivation. I have fought evil much of my adult life and even the worst had a reason that made sense to them...and even though we would not have considered action like theirs, one could connect the thinking. On motive for the LV shooting...does it matter? I don't think so. I have always avoided boxed in areas that were difficult to enter and leave. And even more so in our Age of War. Will I miss some over paid oversized court jesters throwing a stupid ball? Maybe...but I have no interest in such things...nor in any similar events. A man in a hotel room shooting people is what it is...an opportunity for me to express who I am by kicking in his door and killing him. There really are no other options are there? If you are in the kill zone...well...nothing to do but run, duck and cover and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I do have a coffee habit. It has gotten better over the years but I still enjoy a couple of cups in the morning and at least one before my workout in the afternoon. So I stopped at Starbucks. I go there for the coffee because I don't do doughnuts and I could not care less the political leanings of the CEO nor the sexual leaning of the barista that makes my special Espresso. Like I said...I go there for the coffee. And I listen while they are making it. I look around, not only in the event a bad guy chooses that place, but also because it is what predators do...be watchful...listen...hear and see. No...I did not shoot a terrorist but here is an example of reading people and listening and making judgements based on what information is presented. The lady in front of me is talking on the phone. She has a northeastern accent...perhaps NY. I look at her clothing. She is dressed well, but trying a little too hard to look "southwestern". The Cartier on her wrist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Ever since Glock made its debut into the LE world back in the late 1980s, there has been a quest to "perfect" its trigger. In truth, compared to many of the triggers on police pistols at the time, the Glock trigger was a huge advancement. But boy's being boys, the tinkering began. The quest seemed to take the path of making the triggers as light, and with as minimal take-up, as possible. Then with a good amount of judicious polishing, the officer ended up with a completely unsafe pistol, albeit with a wondrous trigger. And of course, since every Glock owner fancies himself a qualified gunsmith the moment they sign that 4473, the quest caught like chicken pox at a public school. TRIGGER MECHANICS - THE FEEL Now look...you can have a great trigger that is quite safe on a Glock, but you must accept that it will never have a trigger like a tuned 1911 or a single action revolver. But lets define the components parts of the trigger so you understand what is possible with a great Glock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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It was July, 1992, right after the Rodney King Race Riots in Los Angeles. My partner Al Acosta and I were assigned to a perimeter surveillance point in Los Angeles on what I recall was a bank robbery take-down. We were both Gang Officers and sported the shaved head, steroided-out looking Gold's Gym physiques and Fu Manchu facial hair. The surveillance was likely going to turn into a gunfight so while attempting to fit into our environs, we were armed to the teeth. Hour after hour we waited with our team, posted in various locations, for the target to arrive. It was hot and staying hydrated meant drinking water. As as many of us know...what is taken in, must go out as well. We were parked in an alley and needing to check my hydration levels, I got out of the Mustang and walked over to a dumpster to check for color of stream. Apparently my cover shirt had ridden over my belt pistol (strong side carry back in the old days) and someone happened to be looking out the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Your claim of justified self defense...or defense of others, must fit inside the justification window. Thus your actions must be contemporaneous to the event...to the assault, attack, etc. Contemporaneous means "close to" in terms of timing. So using our framework of decision-making, you can't justify shooting a prospective and potential attacker because you thought, one day, he might seek to harm you. Similarly, you can't justify seeking a subsequent contact with a past aggressor and claim retro-active self defense. This is a point that is so internalized for many of us who've lead a violent lifestyle that we take it for granted, but it bears repeating since so many questions have been raised recently in this theme. The case was a thread on a sexual assault suspect in a bar. At first sight I would question the judgement of going to a loud and boisterous bar where this sort of thing might happen. Having been in a couple of bar fights in my younger years, I'd rather not get into another one. But in truth, this event could happen anywhere,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
We have been discussing the new Pistol Kata series for some time now. Here is a great video concept explanation by MMA's Joe Rogan. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We live in a curious time. While the west has been at war for nearly two decades, most men still live in comfortable homes with few things lacking. And fewer have seen hardship...the sort of hardship that changes one's world view. And so they move through their lives inhabiting grown men's bodies, but with the emotions and mental toughness of kids. Toughness is something one builds and develops, not something one is given at birth. And toughness builds an emotional maturity that allows a man to control his emotions. We all have breaking points, but the breaking point of a tough man is farther down the road. Hemingway was once asked in a long ago magazine article to describe toughness or "guts". He said it was grace under pressure. Kipling wrote about it as well (and it is a sad and unfortunate thing that so few will have ever read either of these men) "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Your training should lead to mindless execution. If it doesn't, then you are wasting your time. Think of what we do in class. Let's say for a contact weapon attack at ten feet away (just outside of hand to hand range). Our strategy for a contact weapon attack, assuming we are armed with a projectile weapon (pistol) is to maintain the distance while we draw and shoot the attacker to the ground. The tactic for doing that is the take off footwork to the 5 o'clock and 7 o' clock lines. So we train that tactic hundreds of times alone without any pressure and without any opponent until we understand how to physically execute the movements. Then we bring in a training partner and with minimal pressure, we drill the technique that supports our strategy in context of application an equal number of times. Once we have a contextual understanding, we turn up the pressure in force on force exercises. This brings physical memorization, understanding of context and combat application. It is what we do and have done for nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I invented the Glock PDW. That is a point of history. But it is not "the one true ultimate weapon created by the god of war". I find the ongoing desire to get , just the one gun, as ridiculous. Ask me what the best gun is and I will ask you what you want it for. Just as knife is not better than a spoon and a spoon not better than a fork, it depends on what you are intending to do. Thus there is, as Musashi once wrote, a time and a place for each weapon. A learned warrior selects the one best suited for what he expects to face. So now we discuss the SMG. (And word-nazis...I completely understand the actual SMG (submachinegun) is a selective fire weapon and these are not. I don't care...I call assault rifles by their original German name translated into English - thus "Assault Rifles", and I call these weapons "Submachineguns". If that offends anyone, go read another blog. Moving on.) Is it better than the Glock PDW? No. Is the Glock... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The 870 Covert-12 is 27.5" long with a 8.5" barrel, and is the smallest and most portable 12 ga you will find. The dimensions make it far easier to keep with you than even a stock tac-14 weapon. And it is just as legal as any other firearm. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Choosing A Martial Art from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Today, hard plates are as common as internet opinions. You can try and burn through with your 5.56 all day long to no avail. Making a head shot is not hard at all. If you don't expect yourself to be able to do it, it is clear that you won't. But head shots are made under duress with pistols all the time bro. Its even easier with a stocked weapon.
Make Yourself Harder to Kill Editor's Note: This is a discussion by Skip Coryell on his show. Here is the link https://jeromecoryell.podbean.com/e/episode-86-pat-colbeck-is-pro-gun-and-running-for-michigan-governor/ Episode 86 - Pat Colbeck is Pro-gun and Running for Michigan Governor This week on The Home Defense Show Skip speaks with State Senator Patrick Colbeck who is running for Michigan Governor. Skip asks him all the hard questions on the right to keep and bear arms and gets very straight answers. Then Skip seals the deal in segm... jeromecoryell.podbean.com Last week we had a great interview with Gabe Suarez of Suarez International, and it turned out to be the most listened to show since I started The Home Defense Show almost two years ago. Gabe is very insightful (and inciteful to some) and I always take his comments to heart. One thing he said that has really convicted me is this: “There are excellence seekers in every endeavor, but excellence is not a right given to you by the constitution. And let’s face it, the majority of the people today are lazy … and they’ll pinch a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In essence: Why would we pick a 9mm, like the Glock PDW or Czech Scorpion, when we can have a 5.56x45? Well...it is a valid question and I will give my perspective on this based on 32 years of experience going into harm's way as well as teaching those who go into harm's way. Every weapon is a special weapon with a specific application. There are no weapons that handle every possible combat task equally well, and any choice is an exercise in compromise. While we all have personal preferences, the professional, or professionally-minded enthusiast should not have a "favorite weapon". Rather he should be skilled at a variety of weapons so that given some forethought and planning, he can select the best tool for the job. Now lets recall the concept of the PDW and its pseudo-official definition: A personal defense weapon (PDW) is a class of compact magazine-fed, self-loading, hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine. The name describes the type's original role: as a compact but powerful defensive weapon that can be carried by troops behind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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LASERS ON PISTOLS - PART 1 from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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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 fu manchu. The victim, "Cricket" was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Suarez Trigger Prices from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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There are a couple of points we must make at the beginning of this discussion. First: Nothing is perfect, and nothing is free. All weapons and sighting systems are designed and fabricated by men and anything man-made can, under certain circumstances, fail or malfunction. Certainly, more robust systems could be made, but everything is driven by the desire for profits. Something absolutely damage and failure proof could be made, but the cost would undoubtedly limit the market. Second: One is none, two is one. And by extension, three is better than two. Redundancy may be undesirable in conversations and essay’s, but not in weaponry or safety systems. The topic of this discussion is the laser. And more completely, its role and application today, in 2017, in the heyday of the red dot equipped pistol. It is interesting to note that many in the gun community foolishly polarize themselves into the “either – or” camps. But in reality, we will see that like the Reese’s commercial, they are two great things that work great together. Both systems will offer an easier... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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I don't know much about that silly sport where grown men are overpaid to disrespect their country...but I do know that this is how real men "take a knee" Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We have all heard the analogy of the indian and the arrow. It is true, a skilled indian - or in this case "archer" - can do amazing things with less than optimal equipment...and we all hope to be that man. But the skilled archer with the best arrow and bow will be able to express his skills to a much higher level than if he was equipped with less optimal gear. I have a S&W 686 in my safe. It is the epitome of the police service pistol circa 1985. It went with me into harm's way for many years, and if it is what I had in my belt when I faced a trio of terrorists, I would be very thankful for it and go into battle smiling knowing that I would accomplish my mission well and artfully. But if I had a choice, and of course we all do, I would opt for what I am carrying now - a Suarez modified Glock 17 - as it would afford me the ability to express my skills with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Few guys today will remember those heady days in Los Angeles. It was early 1992, and the focus of everything in the news and on television was the violent arrest of Rodney King. King, a known Altadena Bloc Crip Gangmember, became the rationale for a week of rioting in April of that year. Known today as the LA Riots. It was a violent time, and for young hard charging officers, it was a great time to be on the job. If you were in a Special Enforcement Unit, it was the time you would always recall as the busiest and most active part of your career. We heard stories of LA Gang members targeting officers off duty, on their way home or to work. We heard of road blocks set up by those same people. As much as the political officials and police administrators wanted to ignore it, we were facing an insurgency. At the time, the agency I worked for was very strict with weaponry for Special Enforcement. We had access to many things, but controls were tight and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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CNC Machined in the USA of bar stock steel - Matte finished black ((Unlike other aluminum units on the market) Uses any sights made for Glock (sights not included) Sights can be zeroed independent of the red dot for true co-witnessing (Unlike other units on the market) Secured with precise cut dovetail slide cover plate - Includes rear slide cover plate, L-mount Can detail strip slide without removing the mount (Unlike other units on the market) Accepts any red dot sight (Unlike other units on the market) Optimal mounting height for suppressors - Compatible with most holsters. Fits all Glocks 9mm/40/357 SIG/45 ACP and 10MM (no 36, 42, and 43 models). AND UNLIKE OTHER UNITS ON THE MARKET - ONLY $79.99 L-Mount Version 2.0 from Suarez International on Vimeo. NOTE: L-MOUNTS ARE IN USE WITH BRITISH SBS OPERATORS, AND OTHER SPECIAL UNITS IN EUROPE Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG