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I remember Venezuela when it was one of the most prosperous countries in South America. It's demise began with Chavez (an avowed anti-American communist), and it has continued on the downward spiral common for communist nations. It is likely a matter of a few weeks before the cancer of communism is removed by force of a civil war there, with a multitude of lost lives. That is always how it goes. Communism is brought in by the naive and the impressionable, as well as the lazy and the free-loaders of the world with their hate of those more clever and more hard-working than they are. It is all very interesting, the actual value of mob-democracy when the masses can all decide unanimously to bring in the mechanism of their country's own demise. It is one thing to be invaded and subjugated by an outside and unwelcomed force. But quite another to do it to yourself. We may feel sorry for the victim that is thrown off a cliff by an assailant, but what can we say of someone that jumps... Read more →


KILLING WITHIN THE LAW NOVEMBER 2-3, 2019 - PRESCOTT, AZ Instructor: Gabriel Suarez CLASS IS HELD AT SUAREZ HQ AND LIMITED TO TWELVE ATTENDEES Suarez International is pleased to this class. You have learned to use your service pistol with excellent accuracy and speed, now learn to use your words with equal skill of eloquence and expression. This class is a hard and fast presentation of the concepts in the original class as well as pertinent topics from the Interview And Investigation Management Class. By keeping the group small, we will be able to study the Flowchart in depth as well as offer role playing exercises that focus on the investigation that takes place after a use of force incident. You will learn what words to use as well as methods of articulating what happened. Through an incredibly honest, first-hand, “been there-done that” instructor-led discussion the participant will gain a personalized and in-depth knowledge of the process of a use of force, deadly or otherwise, investigation. And most importantly how to manage the interview and subsequent investigation to your benefit.... Read more →


These are things that have been accepted as truth because they have been said so often. The problem is that many of those repeating these things have no first hand knowledge and so they repeat what they have heard as if they knew firsthand. A myth repeated often enough becomes a widely held belief...almost a religious belief. yet, it is still a myth, and myths are not truth. Myth Number One - The presence of the gun is all you need, so have a gun. Having a gun is a good thing, but it is actually less important than your willingness to use it, your ability to use it well, and your understanding of the dynamics of the fight. The man with a gun who has no ability in its use, no understanding of the dynamics of the fight nor come to terms with using it to kill another man, will die with it still in the holster. Or worse, will over react from a fear-driven perspective. Myth Number Two - It is all about shooting skills. Very few "shooting... Read more →


Rise and rise again Until lambs become lions - Robin Hood Movie (2010) Terror is a "normal part of life" some have said. And that statement may not be inaccurate. The process usually follows in this way. "Thoughts and prayers" are posted on social media. Religious groups make a show of solidarity. Everyone holds hands, lights candles, and weeps. Then the inevitable placement of blame and dialog on prevention. Who commits such acts? Well, its no secret requiring a government funded study. It is either the purview of crazy people (the psychologists and psychiatrists will forgive me), or the work of religious/political extremists. In New Zealand, apparently its everyone's fault and most of the country will now be unarmed or criminals. Something the left in every nation seeks as one closer step to total Venezuelan-esque control. But lets take a moment and really take a serious look at prevention of such situations. Quickly the talk turns to adding police and armed guards everywhere, creating safety screenings, building tall fences and fortifying everything. All the fearful nod at this sort of... Read more →


I am not a firearms instructor. I hope I am more than that. My life does not revolve around firearms and neither does my training or teaching. My life goals and the same for my students is excellence. Excellence in family, in profession, in martial skills and anything one chooses to do. And I want to discuss how sometimes the virus of others may tend to derail those goals. And it is true…people are carriers of viruses. We know the aggressive virus that drives a team and gives it an energy and a momentum that makes amazing things happen. We also know the impossible virus promoted by those who think everything is impossible. Infected by that virus, nothing will ever get done by anyone. Here is a secret…surround yourself by those with good viruses and eliminate those from your life with negative viruses. Here we go. The Complainer – we all know one or two. They are only happy when they are telling others how they were, are presently, or are about to be, thoroughly screwed and left bleeding and... Read more →


When you enter a negotiations, it is important to know what everyone expects out of the encounter. Everybody needs something...and is there to attain it. If you know what the other side is after, you have a great deal of control over the tempo and eventual conclusions. So in this last segment we will discuss the different pertinent parties involved, specifically the initial first responder, his supervisor, the investigator, and of course you. Let's begin with you shall we? You shot shot the terrorist, robber, killer-thug in the face and he is dead on the concrete with his brains showing. You called the 911 system and stood by carefully waiting. You gave a brief but accurate no-shitter depicting yourself several times as a justified victim with proper and articulate language. And the first contact went well. The first question is asked of you by the first officer - "What happened?" That is the stage that is set. What do you want? I know what I wanted, and would still want. I want to be treated like a victim and not... Read more →


This part we will discuss the first contact with the first responders. And there will be first responders. Some Walter Mitty types on the internet have a fantasy of defending themselves, or killing an active shooter, and then disappearing into the mist, unidentified. Not only will that be very difficult to do given modern responses to such events, but somebody somewhere undoubtedly got a video of it. Fail to make purposeful contact with the first responders, and you will be identified as an armed killer on the loose with every young officer out to make a name for himself likely to shoot you on sight. So, first contact must be made. Here is how you set the stage for success. 1). As soon as it is safe and practical, you need to call the 911 system. You, not your wife or your kid, or the poor bystander you commandeered into helping you. You need to do it, and it is the first phone call you need to make because you can bet others are calling on what they saw. But... Read more →


Thusfar we have shared what I think are the all important aspects of the study of gunfighting. We have taken all the steps on the map from developing the proper attitude, and self-image, and what that leads to, as well as the sort of training that will best insure your victory in the fight itself. As a point of credibility, not only do I have personal hands on experience with this, but so do my students. I have been teaching these concepts now for twenty years. None of my students, many of whom are private citizens as well as police officers, have ever lost a gunfight, nor have any of them been jailed for their actions during the gunfight. And it is that last point that this next segment of the study is about. The so-called aftermath. The Aftermath (followed by sinister music) is big business. Like the relationship between doctors and pharma that keeps America sick and drugged, the Aftermath-based businesses help keep America afraid, ignorant, and in real danger of the law after a shooting. Both of those... Read more →


We hear it from time to time. It is a mistake, but like lies, mistakes repeated over and over, and never corrected, tend to become the perception of correctness. The issue is the idea that all training is good. It is not. Not all training is good...and not all trainers provide valuable training. The same can be said for tactics and methods of operating the weapon. "Its just another tool for the box". No...it is mental garbage that you have just injected into you mind like a junkie injects heroin. Once that trash is in the mind, it won't leave. And anything you program vis-a-vis repetition, has been installed in your program. So no...all training is not good. Only good training is actually good. And what is that? It is what is actually useful and applicable to your daily operations. Doing a reload, for example, like the third man in a stack on a direct action team with endless support and endless supply may make the typical gun student's groin twitchy, but has absolutely zero bearing on how he should... Read more →


“There are things in heaven and earth”, says the poet…that human kind yet doesn’t understand or is able to explain. But the lack of scientific understanding does not invalidate the existence of “those things”. One of those areas we have been deep in study, and for close to thirty years now, is how a mental attitude and established self-expectations translate into live physical performance in combat. Recently some of us were discussing “fear”. The word itself is as inaccurate as the word “love”. We love our mothers and a nice single malt…but not quite in the same way. Yet the word is the same in the English language. Same for the word “fear”. Those words tend to create physical manifestations, which I believe in turn have a deep effect of physical performance. Thinking in words creates physical expressions of those words. Ask someone to show you a “fear face” and they will take on a frightened, submissive, hiding posture, like a child hiding under the covers from the monster in the closet. I believe that such physical expressions of thoughts... Read more →