We recall the drill. The kill-house instructor briefed you on the radio call. "Shots fired, homicide in progress in a home, multiple victims down, suspect is a male white - 40 - wearing a red hoodie, white pants and sunglasses. Armed with a handgun" Then he said, "Hurry - back up is thirty minutes out", as he tapped you on the back. Then as you go into the kill-house (oh wait...never mind, they renamed it a few years earlier to "shoot house"...cant be training killers dontchaknow)...then as you move into the "shoot" house you are met with a myriad of no-shoot targets depicting children, nuns, and women with terrified looks positioned as if fleeing the evil man whom you were told was in the process of killing everyone. Then as you clear a corner you see the red hoodie, and the man fitting the description in the purposely dimmed (but not too dim) light, holding his hand outstretched with something metallic in it - as if holding a firearm. He is pointing it at your face and you realize the... Read more →


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”... Read more →


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... Read more →


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 Read more →


So I received many emails about the last piece. Here is more on the discussion. An NPE pistol MUST be DA, or have a heavy trigger, because an NPE pistol will be carried without a holster. NPE, by the way, stands for NON-PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENT. I would never carry a striker fired pistol that way for reasons mentioned. Specifically, the deeper the concealment...in pocket...in jock strap...without something protecting that short light trigger, you will in fact at some point, touch the trigger while accessing. And if the "touch" is during a time of duress, you will shoot yourself. It is not a training issue...it is a life and circumstance issue. Do it if you wish, but you will one day remember what I wrote here. Thus a Glock 42, 43, Shield and any SIG based on the 320 trigger - including the P365, is a Social Compromise Pistol and NOT an Non Permissive Environment Pistol. I will clarify the three basic carry categories below. They are based on the environment you will carry in and the legal/social/physical repercussions if discovered. Standard... Read more →


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... Read more →


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... Read more →


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... Read more →


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 soundly defeated the Moors, and James became known as "Matamoros". On July 25th, we celebrate the feast day of Santiago Matamoros. The faithful are admonished to train with weapons and educate themselves on the habits of their adversaries. Read more →