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Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:54 pm
by skeet
Heard through the TR chain, Paul Gomez is down. I'll post more when I get it, but I understand it was related to his diabetes.

This sucks.

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:32 pm
by skeet
from gotx:
The latest I've heard was that Paul flew to Seattle and took a bus on Thursday to Canada to teach in there. He was denied entrance to Canada and put on a bus back to Seattle. His body was found today (Monday) in his hotel room in Seattle. Paul suffered from diabetes and it's suspected at this point that he died from complications due to his diabetes. To my knowledge, the medical examiner's report is not yet completed. We'll know more when it's released.

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:21 am
by dukman
And who is this Paul Gomez guy??

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:28 am
by Tetra Grammaton Cleric
dukman wrote:And who is this Paul Gomez guy??



Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:52 am
by Biggin
I hope this is just a rumor?! I looked online for more info but saw nothing. This man is a training guru!

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:57 am
by Tetra Grammaton Cleric
Southnarc's mentor, amongst many others. :(


Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:20 am
by skeet
In Memoriam — Paul Gomez
By Andy Stanford

Paul Gomez was one of the ten greatest firearms instructors who ever lived. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. I can back up this assertion with hard facts.

But first, I’d like to discuss Paul the man. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was a great father to his kids. Divorced and living away from his son and two daughters, he drove hours and hours every other week to spend quality time with them in his native Louisiana. I know they must’ve absorbed at least some of his unique personality. I guarantee it will serve them well. Our condolences to them all.

Yes, unique. Paul was nothing if not unique. Not too tall, bald on top, with a Cajun accent, he did not fit the Hollywood stereotype of a warrior. But he WAS one, having served in both the U.S. Army and as a full-time police officer. More importantly to me personally, he was a true gentle man. Gentle. By-God Gentle. Not surprisingly, Paul had a fetish for man skirts. He was often seen wearing a kilt—taught class in one on more than one occasion—or when “off-duty,” a sarong. He had eclectic tastes in literature and music, and an open minded, progressive political anarchy.

His food preferences were perhaps the only thing ordinary about him. Want to know the recipe for poison gas? One part bread, one part cheese, one part ground beef, one part Diet Coke. Mix thoroughly in Paul Gomez and stand your distance or suffer the consequences. Yeager tells me his diet had improved of late due to his affiliation with Patriot Nurse. Someone please let me know if this attenuated his flatulence to any significant degree.

Paul was often the quiet observer with a mind like a steel trap. Just as often he would debate the topic at hand with equal parts logic and passion. Paul was the encyclopedia and duty historian of practical firearms training. When Paul died, we lost a good part of our archives. This is NOT trivial.

Funny Paul stories. The time when, as a teenager, he joy rode his parent’s car across multiple state lines. To teach him a lesson, his social worker father had him committed to a mental institution. Paul being Paul fomented a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest style insurrection among the patients. That’ll teach ‘em! Or maybe the time he watched an artillery barrage tripping on LSD while on maneuvers in the Army. Apocalypse Paul. Yup.

I truly cannot overstate Paul’s intellect. Lots of memory and a powerful processor. Knew much about much, and the wider implications as well. A voracious reader, he quoted someone or other when he first saw the stacks next to the bookshelves in my house, “You’re out of book space. All my friends are out of book space.” He was relentlessly curious and analytical. Which is part of why he gets my Top Ten trainer vote. And he was a pioneer in the field, though perhaps not as well known as others.

Paul was one of the first guys to understand and advocate the use of the Kalashnikov as a rifle of choice. He developed a well-thought-out gunhandling system for this family of weapons, and documented it in a book that, according to Paul, was plus percent complete. Had he pressed on and completed it, he would’ve been widely known as THE AK GUY. Some subconscious Achilles’ heel kept him from finishing it. Maybe we can fish it out of his computer and get it published posthumously.

He also pioneered a state-of-the-art combat handgun handling system—taught in his Robust Pistol Manipulations (RPM) course. Paul finally convinced me of the merits of practicing equally with each hand. He experimented with and codified combat-worthy methods of one-handed malfunction clearances and reloads that represent true progress in the field. I invite graduates of the RPM class to get your heads together and formally document it to the best of your abilities. Viva Paul!

As noted previously, in addition to being a prolific innovator in the area of gun handling, Paul was the resident historian of the tactical training community. Knowing where you’ve been can keep you from duplicating efforts, and shed light on current endeavors. Every thing old is new again. It takes a significant investment of time and energy to develop a mature understanding of any subject. Paul paid his dues many times over in learning about his chosen profession. Few—very few indeed—have even come close to this level of study and research.

Paul spent many, many training days as Craig “Southnarc” Douglas’ assistant, uke, and—Craig’s word and high praise considering the source—muse. I wince to think of how many times Paul was hit in the head by Craig, or shot with Simunitions at point-blank range. (The former being by far the more severe blow.) This did give Paul a high-level understanding of close quarters combat, and undoubtedly a high-level of pain tolerance as well.

Last but not least, Paul was very interested in tactical emergency medicine. The past several years I haven’t seen Paul as much as when I lived in Florida, but I do know from phone conversations that he put a fair amount of focus on the topic. He undoubtedly sifted through a myriad of systems and derived his own from the best of the best. In fact, I’d make a sizeable wager on this and be confident of winning.

Paul had modest needs. For a time he was content with the bottom bunk in the corner of the Tactical Response team room. I think this is the result of living a very rich mental life, finding interest in whatever was in front of him. He was generally happy, and was pleasant to be around. He was a great friend. He led a full life, and did what he wanted to do a significant fraction of his time on earth. Good for him!

His legacy is his children, the other lives he has touched in person, and the wisdom he has contributed to defensive and tactical firearms doctrine. Thanks to the internet, a good bit of the latter continues to live on YouTube. And there is one final blessing he can bestow upon all of us. His death in his early-forties can serve as a reminder that no one has promised us tomorrow. Carpe Diem. Paul would approve.

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:27 am
by JTNieman
I heard about this yesterday, and it was confirmed reliably later that day. I had hoped it was a vicious rumor, at first. Couple guys here are taking it hard. I wish I had time to get to know him more. It's a shame, and a reality check on the nature of life. I have many regrets, seeing him pass so young, and if anything is taken from it, it's to remember to live before your clock runs out.

Re: Paul-E-Palooza Fund Raiser for Gomez's Kids

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:11 am
by Tetra Grammaton Cleric
Sherman House and many other names in the training community are putting together a training event to raise funds for Paul Gomez’s family.

Raven Concealment Systems are the industry sponsor for the event.

PAUL-E-PALOOZA 2012: August 18-19, Garrettsville, Ohio. ... ust-18-19/


Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:14 am
by the_alias
Damn - sad news indeed.

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:58 pm
by Redsaber75
That's a shame. One of the best things he did during his career were his contributions in "normalizing" the AK platform in the American gun/tactical culture.

Re: Paul-E-Palooza Fund Raiser for Gomez's Kids

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:29 pm
by JTNieman
Tetra Grammaton Cleric wrote:Sherman House and many other names in the training community are putting together a training event to raise funds for Paul Gomez’s family.

Raven Concealment Systems are the industry sponsor for the event.

PAUL-E-PALOOZA 2012: August 18-19, Garrettsville, Ohio. ... ust-18-19/

Sending my check in the mail tomorrow. Just came here to post this.

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A Memorial Training Conference
To Benefit the Children
Our Great Friend
Paul E. Gomez

Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, 2012
8:00am to 5:15 pm daily
Raven Concealment Systems Range
Garrettsville, OH

Please direct all inquiries to
(with the exception of camping…see below)

Faculty of Trainers
Honoring Paul’s memory and status in the community, an unprecedented cast of instructors will be donating training time to the cause, including:

Craig Douglas (aka “Southnarc”)–Rob Pincus–Cecil Burch–Tom Givens
Andy Stanford–Dr. Keith Brown–Dr. Sherman House–Greg Ellifritz–Aaron Little
Paul Sharp–Larry Lindemann–Steve Fisher
Michael DeBethencourt–Bobby Mac–Jeremy Decker–Jeffrey Bloovman
Chris Fry–Spencer Keepers–Taylor Mock–Tom Fineis–Michael Goerlich
Claude Werner–Shane Gosa–John Hearne
William Aprill–Caleb Causey–Morgan Atwood–Chuck Haggard
Shay VanVlymen–Jay Hinton
In order to maximize learning potential with this unique gathering of talent, 2-hour blocks of instruction will be conducted from 8:00am to 5:15pm on 4 simultaneous tracks:
Classroom A
Classroom B
A detailed program schedule will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the dates of the conference. Attendance at all courses is “first-come-first served”, and instructors reserve the right to limit class size in the interest of safety and comfort.

Registration fee for the conference is $200, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Paul Everett Gomez Memorial Fund, dedicated to the support and education of Paul’s minor children. Registration is limited based on the size of the facility, and demand is high, so please do not delay in signing up.

To register, send a check for $200US payable to Paul Everett Gomez Memorial Fund to:
c/o WTA
5721 Magazine St., Unit 180
New Orleans, LA 70115
Please include your full name, mailing address, and email address with your payment. Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a confirmatory email.

Many have inquired about making donations to the Memorial Fund even though they are unable to attend the ‘Palooza. We appreciate this generosity immensely and encourage you to follow the above directions to donate any amount large or small.
Range Location
Paul-E-Palooza will be held in Garrettsville, OH, at a private range under the administration of Raven Concealment Systems. Exact address and directions will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the conference date.
Travel Information
Garrettsville, OH, is approximately 50 miles southeast of Cleveland. Multiple connecting flights are available daily into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Akron Canton Airport (CAK), each roughly 50 miles from the training site.
Please note; We strongly encourage attendees to carpool, ride-share, and be creative! There is the possibility of some form of shuttle service between CLE and the training site, and any developments in that area will be distributed to registered attendees as early as possible.
There are several hotels within driving distance of the training site, including:

Holiday Inn Express Lordstown-Newton Falls/Warren
4185 State Route 5
Newton Falls, OH 44444
(330) 872-6000

Budget Lodge
4100 Ohio 5
Newton Falls, OH 44444
(330) 872-3833

Econo Lodge
4248 Ohio 5
Newton Falls, OH 44444
(330) 872-0988

Comfort Inn
136 North Park Avenue
Warren, OH 44481
(330) 393-1200

Fairfield Inn Warren Niles
1860 Niles Cortland Road Southeast
Warren, OH 44484
(330) 544-5774
Holiday Inn Express*Hotel*Youngstown N (Warren/Niles)
135 Highland Terrace Boulevard
Warren, OH 44484
(330) 544-8807

In addition, campsites are available on the Conference site, for both RV (with utility hookups) and tents (with shower and restroom facilities) for $25 per person/night. Contact directly for these reservations.

And for the truly discerning among you, desirous of the true full-Gomez experience, we will provide the number to the sleaziest local skank-pit of a dive-motel-from-hell upon request…just don’t say you weren’t warned.

The Conference will be conducted at an outdoor facility in August. Please prepare accordingly. Plenty of water will be provided for hydration safety, lunch will be available for purchase onsite both days, and attendees are welcome to bring any food and drink they desire. The facility features electric power, potable water, and restrooms, though it is best described as “Spartan chic”.

Auction, Bonfire, and Celebration of Paul’s Life
On Saturday evening following the last class block, an auction of various highly desirable goodies for the discerning tacticophile will be conducted before a raging bonfire; 100% of proceeds to enrich the Memorial Fund. Following the auction, many adult beverages will be slaughtered and many tales of Paul told….BYOB and LYDG, of course.

Check for yourself, of course, but it is believed that Ohio honors concealed carry permits from WA, ID, WY, UT, AZ, NM, AK, ND, NE, KS, OK, MO, AR, LA, MI, KY, TN, WV, VA, NC, SC, FL, AND DE.

Re: Paul Gomez has passed away.

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:03 am
by phil_in_cs
I wish I could make this, but I can't. I will be contributing to the cause.