I frequently mention that skills are far more important than gear, and that all the Uber-tactical cool-guy gear in the world can’t help you if you don’t know how to use it. In keeping with that, I am launching a series on some practical skills for people and groups into preparedness.
Whenever preparedness groups or mutual aid groups (we don’t use the M word here, it attracts the Feds) get together to train, they spend an inordinate amount of time on what are really OFFENSIVE SKILLS. Things like ambushes, room & building clearing, etc. The reason is because these things are FUN. The defensive skills aren’t as cool, but they are twice as vital.
Let’s be honest, if a true “Without Rule of Law” situation happens, you aren’t going to go on the offensive. You’re going to focus on keeping what you have and protecting your home, neighborhood, or compound from intruders.
The first skill to master in that endeavor is how to establish and run an observation post.
I know, decidedly not very “cool-guy” at all. No, it isn’t. But it’s absolutely vital if you are TRULY interested in non-aggression and self-protection.
On a side note, of all the action movies ever made, really only a few are about defensive operations. 13 Hours is a great example of a defensive operation.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith;
Be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
The first thing to understand is that an observation post is OUTSIDE your defensive perimeter. That requires a little courage from whoever mans it.
An OP is a forward position where a team of at least 2 can watch over territory that anyone is likely to approach from. The position should be concealed and have a way to communicate back to the perimeter (radio normally).
Three things area critical in positioning your OP:
1. It should provide maximum observation of the area you want to watch.
2. It should offer cover & concealment to anyone inside it.
3. It should have concealed routes away from it.
Don’t put the OP on top of hill, but just below it. In an urban setting, the same thing applies; since the rooftop is an obvious spot, place it on the floor just below the roof line.
An OP should be far enough outside your perimeter to be of use to you, but close enough that you could send help to it, or that the OP people could quickly and quietly escape back to the perimeter.
There should be a covered and concealed route from the OP back to your perimeter for people to enter the OP undetected, and to escape undetected.
In an urban setting, an OP can be a bit more creative than in rural areas. In the city, two guys sitting on a porch is a normal sight, yet it can be an OP. In the country, 2 guys hanging out on a hill is unusual.
Be on guard! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
I bet you didn’t know that the Ultimate Tactical Handbook discussed being on duty in an OP, did you? It does, repeatedly. Some form of “be alert”, “be ready”, and “be on guard” appears throughout the Bible. Here’s one more before we discuss duty in the OP.
Therefore keep watch,
Because you do not the day or the hour.
These are both excellent advice, and guidance for those on duty inside an observation post. Every OP should be staffed by at least two people.
One person should watch, while the other takes notes. They should switch duties every 30 minutes, to prevent eye fatigue. Your OP, in addition to the radio, should have paper for notes (I use Rite In The Rain products) and optics.
As far as optics, a good pair of binoculars is a minimum, but for true detail work, you should have a spotting scope mounted on a tripod. A tripod is necessary, because at higher zoom levels, the slightest movement will be amplified.
So then, let us not be like the others,
Who are asleep,
But let us be awake and sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:6
Notice when I mentioned the split duties, I didn’t mention sleep? No one should sleep in an OP. Send out a relief every 2-4 hours so that people can be back inside the perimeter for sleep.
Sleeping should never be allowed in the OP.
If you aren’t going to man an observation post 24 hours a day, you should at least man it from dusk to dawn.
Having said that, it only needs to be manned in times of heightened alert. For example, you receive information via your intelligence network that 2 days ago, a large group of refugees left the city heading your way. Another example would be a string of raids or burglaries at other locations near yours.
The OP should be set up as soon as possible, since you don’t know when you’ll need it on short or no notice. Get it set up now, and then all you have to do is maintenance, like refreshing the camouflage.
The OP, while it should be built as a fighting position (coming soon in another article), should not be used as a fighting position, unless absolutely necessary.
Let’s say you detect a group approaching your bug out location from the OP and immediately launch an ambush from the OP and drive the attackers off. Guess where they are hitting first the next time? Your OP, and now that they know exactly where it is, they can avoid it on their next approach.
When reporting observations, you should use the SALUTE format to help you remember what’s needed (see graphic). In most situations for preparedness, you can just use SALT from it (Size/Activity/Location/Time).
Train on setting up an OP. It’s not as fun as room clearing, but the skills learned can keep you from having to clear rooms inside your own compound, which is the entire point of preparedness, not actual combat.
In the coming days we’ll discuss security patrolling, entry control/vehicle checkpoints, and fighting positions, along with other defensive skills that often get over-looked in training.
Recently, a friend asked me to recommend a book on outdoor skills and survival. I quickly gave him the names of a couple on my bookshelf, and he replied with a few more he’d found.
This led me to think about the state of affairs in our country and the average citizen’s ability to live in the field if needed. It’s not a good state.
As recently as the 1950s/1960s, nearly every man in the United States had the skills to start a fire, find or build shelter, and hunt or gather food, in the wild. Even the men who lived in the city and worked in factories could survive if needed. During the Great Depression, many did.
The advent of the microcomputer and silicon chip is where we went downhill. As jobs and life became more technologically-dependent, people lost those skills.
If the power went out today, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that in one year, 90% of the US population would be dead. That’s a lot of people.
Can you imagine a current 16-25 year old with no WiFi? For days?
Do you have outdoor skills?
Some of you will say, “I don’t need them, I’m bugging IN & staying put”. That’s a good plan, right up until it isn’t. Let’s say you bug in, as society collapses around you. The neighbors will eventually know you have food, and they don’t. I don’t care how well you shoot, odds are stacked against you. What will you do when FEMA rolls in and seizes your “excess food” under the Defense Production Act (look it up)? There are many scenarios in which bugging in will need to become bugging out.
Not to mention, that as society collapses, the power will go out, and with it water and gas service.
Remember…In a crisis, movement is life.
Others say, “I don’t need those skills, I have a fully stocked bug out location”. OK. What if you can’t drive to to your bug out location because of the situation? A 2 hour drive can easily become a 10 day walk….Outdoors.
Let’s say you drove up to your idyllic bug out location, and a few weeks later, several hundred armed and hungry refugees arrive on foot. You’ll need to bug out again, at least temporarily.
Having the skills to stay safe and hidden in the field (what we Marines call “outdoors”) can save your life.
Go out into the hill country & bring back
Branches from olive & wild olive trees,
& from myrtles, palms, & shade trees,
To make temporary shelters.
Nehemiah knew what he was talking about.
Get out and learn how to make a natural, temporary shelter NOW, while it’s not absolutely crucial. Shelters are easy to make, once you learn how. It’s really nothing more that using branches and forest debris to make overheard cover.
There are many good books available on Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival, and Primitive Camping. Find one that you like and make it a reference guide. I use the SAS Survival Guide, 3rd Edition.
Now then, get your equipment – your quiver & bow –
And go out to the open country
To hunt some wild game for me.
Isaac knew he was too old & feeble to hunt himself, so he sent his sons. I’m probably too old & feeble, but I’ll do it myself anyway.
The ability to hunt and trap game is an essential survival skill. I don’t care how much canned or freeze-dried food you have, you’ll need to supplement it with fresh protein. Wild game is better for you anyway.
Again, there are many good books on the topic, and the same one I listed before can help. Most state Natural Resources departments also publish hunting tips and guides to help with wildlife management.
Learn these skills now, because if you try to learn when it’s critical, you can’t afford to fail.
Learning to identify plants and fruits/berries is also vital.
We’ve become so accustomed to artificially-maintained norms, that we generally refuse to go outside during bad weather and when we do, it’s uncomfortable.
If you were going to go for a walk, but saw that it was raining out, what would you do? Be honest, you wouldn’t go. I submit that you should go for the walk anyway.
The United States Military uses the best outdoor gear you can find. Their basic rain poncho design hasn’t changed in decades because it WORKS. Combine a USGI poncho and a USGI Gore-Tex rain suit and you’ll be warm and dry despite the rain. The poncho is so good that it can be used as a tent. I have two and when snapped together, they make a VERY nice tent.
Last spring (the one before covid, like 4 years ago), I wore my USMC-Issue Gore Tex rain suit and a USGI poncho for a 13 hour day in the field and it rained the entire day. I was mostly dry at the end of it.
Learning to be comfortable outdoors in all kinds of weather is a good skill to have. The hard part is, there is only one way to do it. Get out, put on a rucksack, and start walking in the rain, the heat, the blizzard, whatever. Once you learn that you can be comfortable moving a distance carrying a load in bad weather, doing it in good weather becomes simple.
The Viking Test
Viking Preparedness suggested a test and beginning training exercise. He said put your gear in a rucksack, including fire starting materials, cooking gear, and a lunch. No matter what the weather, put on the ruck, walk out into the woods for one hour, make a fire, prepare lunch, then break down the site, and walk the hour back. It’s a great test and preparedness exercise. Do it at least once a month for a year and you’ll be fully acclimatized to all four seasons and all weather types.
If it’s raining or snowing, DON’T put it off, do it anyway. When the time comes, you won’t get to pick the day.
The only thing I’ll add to this exercise is when you first arrive at the halt/lunch location, immediately prepare either a camp site, including a shelter, or a fighting/security position that you could defend yourself from. It’s a good habit to get into whenever you halt (establishing a hasty fighting position), and it will get you analyzing terrain from a security standpoint.
Make sure you are picking a halt location tactically, something out of the way, hidden, and defensible (but that’s a whole other article). Sterilize the site when you are finished so that no one can tell you were there.
Map & Compass
Another lost skill is using a compass and map to navigate. We’ve become so reliant on our phones or GPS, that most people don’t even know what direction they’re facing.
I frequently get called a “Human GPS” because I always know where I am and what direction I’m facing. I don’t think it’s anything unusual myself, because it comes from being in tune with my surroundings and remaining engaged with the natural world, not the technical one.
In the preparedness community, many people place a false reliance on handheld GPS. They realize that, yes, the cell networks will go down, so they buy a handheld GPS.
There is a problem with that, though. The GPS satellites are only HALF of the equation. 25% is your handheld unit. The other 25% is the permanent ground stations that the GPS satellites track to know where they are above the earth. What do you suppose would happen if those ground stations were either without power or destroyed?
The best option then, is to obtain paper maps, lots of them, and a QUALITY compass, not a $10 Wal-Mart special. I have a USGI luminous compass and while it was expensive, it’s worth it.
Get out and navigate using the map & compass, so that you can do it when it becomes necessary,
We’ve lost a critical skill set. Having been in the Boy Scouts in the last 15 years isn’t a help either, since they generally only camp now at places with gas grills, showers, and restrooms.
Learn what the Marines call “Rough Terrain Skills”, the ability to move yourself and your gear over rough terrain in any weather condition.
Once you’ve mastered that, start doing it at NIGHT.
Learn to rely less on technology, and more on your own skills.
I was fortunate to grow up living an outdoor lifestyle thanks to my grandfather, my father, and my uncles, all of whom were avid sportsmen and those surviving are still to this day.
These skills can be learned at any age, with just a little effort and study.
Battle Tracking is creating a visual display, usually a map, tracking all friendly and enemy actions on the the battlefield so that you have a better view of what’s happening and can then make informed decisions about what course of action to pursue. In the US Military it’s called a “SITMAP” or situation map, so that you can glance at it and see the situation.
How strong is your situation map game? It’s probably just as good as your Area Study game, right? Non-Existent.
Understanding your current situation is not just for the battlefield. As a corporate security professional, we use a SITMAP when conducting a surveillance operation or when conducting executive protection in the field. We also use it for disaster planning/active shooter incident war-gaming. Any type of graphical representation of what’s happening is a great tool.
Knowing where the opposition is in relation to you is the best way to plan where to deploy resources to defend against them.
Here’s what Nehemiah, the GrandFather of Combat Engineers, had to say about knowing what’s going on with the enemy in God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
Therefore, I stationed some of the people
Behind the lowest parts of the wall
At the exposed places, posting them
By families, with their swords, spears, and bows.
Nehemiah knew where he was weak and where the opposition was strong, so he placed resources there to guard against it.
This applies to more than just battle, it applies to every aspect of security for your home, bug out location, or business.
Sun Tzu also said the same thing:
If you know the enemy & know yourself,
You need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself, but not the enemy,
For every victory gained, you will also suffer a defeat.
If you neither the enemy nor yourself,
You will succumb in every battle.
This weekend, while ANTIFA and Stop the Steal groups squared off in Washington DC, there was a third group quietly along the sidelines, tracking everything: Those tasked with protecting certain personalities who traveled to the District for the events.
What was learned almost immediately was that ANTIFA had a strong battle tracking game. They have obviously received some serious training, and I’m not certain that this mapping of theirs wasn’t created with the help of someone speaking Russian or Mandarin, but the fact is, someone trained them to a high level. So high, in fact, that our professional SITMAP looked eerily similar to theirs. I’m going to share with you their SITMAPs that they posted PUBLICLY for anyone who wanted to see them. That was their only mistake.
First, here is an image of the SITMAP legend, explaining things.
Notably, their elements are black, the Stop the Steal elements are red, and police are police images.
There are a few more images attached of things as the day progressed and the police engaged. They began the tracking as soon as their opposition began arriving and continued until only their personnel were still on the street (so they thought).
The lesson to be learned is this: If you opposition is tracking you and planning on how best to confront you, shouldn’t you do the same?
The lazy do not roast any game,
But the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Don’t be lazy, be diligent.
The tool that I use to maintain a SITMAP while in the field is a BattleBoard (www.battleboard.us). My addiction to these is complete, because a new one arrived at my house just yesterday. I have the BattleBoard Scout in all three sizes, because each is good for a different task. I use the small size for checklists and documenting notes. The medium I put a map of the immediate operations area in the window and track what’s going on right where I am. I then use that to transfer it to a larger SITMAP in my Scout Large. The polycarbonate window of the large accommodates a map size of 9×12, so it’s perfect for putting a street map in and planning routes, tracking incidents, and maintaining awareness.
The polycarbonate on them allows me to use either dry or wet erase markers, or grease pencils, but I prefer to use wet-erase. Wet-erase markers have plenty of color options for tracking different groups or events, and being wet erase prevents them from being accidentally erased through rough handling.
I generally keep the small one in my hand or a cargo pocket, the medium in the outside pocket on a backpack, and the large in the large compartment of a backpack. They are easy to carry and allow you to quickly brief anyone else on exactly what is going on in your local area.
When running some type of permanent on-going map, you would prepare a large wall map with some type of an overlay sheet that you would draw on. You can use a table top, but I prefer a well map, so that no one is tempted to set things on the map itself.
Battle Tracking and maintaining a SITMAP is a critical skill for those interested in preparedness.
Let’s say you and several others live in a rural community and are concerned about refugees from the city traveling to your area and causing problems (check out Prairie Fire by Clay Martin for more on this). You could maintain a wall map where you track contact with groups entering your area. After a few contacts, the map will show you the trend of where these groups are entering your area and you can then either direct patrols in the area or set up a checkpoint. That’s just one example of its usefulness.
A great resource for training on battle tracking is our friend Sam Culper at Forward Observer (www.forwardobsever.com).
Start learning how to conduct battle tracking and I even suggest maintaining a SITMAP at all times. I don’t recommend making it exclusively digital, because if the power goes out, you lose your SITMAP.
As I sit in an undisclosed location, doing what I do, several members of the team began to report issues with data. Texting, secure messaging, video streaming, and general internet was slow or stopped, due to the sheer number of people using the services in the immediate area. In this area, today, that’s a life-or-death problem.
There is a lesson to be learned here. First, we over-rely on our phones. Most people use their phones for communication, navigation, and entertainment. In an emergency, relying on your phone for communications and navigation, as most do, is DANGEROUS.
Second, when something is going on, everyone in the area will be using their phones for a multitude of things, all of which eat up the bandwidth and quickly overwhelm the system.
You have to have other methods of communication.
In God’s Ultimate Tactical Manual, the Bible, there are several examples of Paul sending both a letter, and a messenger, just in case one or the other didn’t get through. This is not a new problem.
In our modern society, we have many more options for sending messages, so let’s talk a little about redundancy.
Whenever I consult with “groups” and we discuss their communication plans, they always bring up cell phones, encrypted messaging apps, Zello (2 way radio app), text messaging, and of course voice phone calls. Seems like a lot of redundancy, right?
There is absolutely ZERO redundancy in those plans, because they ALL rely on the same device and the same network to deliver the message. If the phone dies or the network goes down, not a single one of the “redundancies” will be available.
What other options do we have? Many. They just aren’t as high-tech, or cool as having a ton of cell phone apps, all running at the same time.
The best secondary method I can recommend is RADIO. Yes, I know, the range is limited. Answer me this….would you rather only be able to communicate at short range or not at all? If the cell system and internet is down, you are getting zero range, so a couple of miles is infinitely better, is it not?
In the world of radio, you buy anything from a cheap blister-pack radio at Walmart (a few hundred meters of range) to a several thousand dollar base station and repeater that gets a hundred miles or more. The only thing is, everyone in your group needs to be on the same set of Signal Operating Instructions.
The Signal Operating Instructions (SOI) is your group’s plan for radio communications, detailing times, frequencies, and methods of contact. The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network, or AMRRON (www.ammron.com) publishes one SOI manual for all their members, so that there is a national plan. It’s well worth the price of membership.
How to set up your radios and which frequencies or bands to use is something that will keep HAM radio license holders talking for hours, which we aren’t going to do. I’m going to anger them all with the next few points, but my friends who have a HAM license will still love me though, because they know I’m right, they just like to be all technical.
First, I’ll admit that I do NOT have an FCC Amateur License, or as I like to call it, a “Where the Federal Government Can Find Radios to Seize” license. I don’t fault anyone who does, it’s just not personal choice.
You can buy the Baofeng handheld radios, which are sufficient for most of your purposes. Sorry, HAM guys, most everyday use in a true “Without Rule of Law” scenario involve TACTICAL communications at short range. Yes, you should have other equipment for receiving at longer distances, because that’s how you’ll get your news. But for everyday keeping in touch with family members or your security team, the $40-$50 Baofeng radio can’t be beat, especially if you buy a roll-up J-Pole antenna that you can toss into a tree.
Now, most of the Baofengs operate in the 5W-8W range on high power, so I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you that those power levels violate FCC regulations on a lot of bands. I’ll also tell you that in a WROL situation, I’m pretty sure the FCC won’t be rolling around, tracking down people broadcasting above the power limits or even broadcasting on unapproved bands.
For ease of communication planning, I have my radios programmed with the FRS/GMRS/MURS radio frequencies (you can find them easily online). It just makes it easier to add people or discuss channels for the day, when working off a known list. (To the Feds lurking here: Of course I have the power dropped to appropriate levels….)
Because I have also been known to work security operations in unusual places, I also have things like the EU’s PMR frequencies programmed in, which is their version of FRS/GMRS. While in North America, those are HAM band frequencies, again, in an emergency, it won’t matter and I may run into a group of lost British security detail members (hey, I’ve been at a facility FULL of them in North America). It’s just another list of known frequencies to work from. By the way, if the grid IS down, and you tell someone to switch to PMR 6, no one will be able “Google” the listing of PMR frequencies, will they? Perhaps I’ve thought about this….
I know that a lot of my counterparts object to using these frequencies based on the communication security problems, but we aren’t dealing with combat against a nation-state level actor, no matter how many times you’ve seen Red Dawn (both versions). We’re talking about real-world local security operations. You can make this much more secure by using your own SOI.
Let’s say that we’ve decided to use FRS 9 as our main channel, GMRS 18 as a TAC (Talk-Around Channel) , and MURS 2 as a fall back (TAC 2). Everyone in our group would just know that FRS 9 is our main channel and monitor it. The main channel is ONLY for making initial contact, not for holding full conversations. That way, if someone stumbles across the channel, they only get us making contact. Once I’ve made contact, I could say “switch to TAC” and we would all know to switch to GMRS 18. It’s more secure than saying “switch to GMRS 18”. It’s not perfect, but again, we aren’t dealing with fighting a war, just local security.
Our group has 9 FRS/GMRS frequencies preplanned with Digital Coded Squelch codes, and have them labeled in all our radios as MAIN, and TAC 1-8. All we say is “switch to TAC 6” for example, and someone would have to be both close and lucky to stumble across us. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s SIMPLE and in an emergency SIMPLE is always best.
I know there a lot of guys who say, “I will only buy encrypted radios”. Yes, for professional work, I have encrypted radios as well, but remember that only works against local chuckleheads. The US Government isn’t about to let you be able to buy radios that they can’t break the encryption on easily. And if they can, you can bet the Chinese, Russians, or whoever your favorite boogeyman is (maybe the Indonesians, I don’t know) can, too.
In a local compound, wire is also an alternative, especially between an observation post/security checkpoint back to your main post. Since WW1, the US military has taught nearly every person who has entered service how to run wire and hook up a phone that can talk to another phone on the same wires (sound powered). Equipment is available online and it’s really as simple as laying wire and attaching the two phones to it.
The most secure method, of course, has been around since Adam & Eve, and that’s face to face communication. In a true emergency, you may have no alternative but to seek out your friends and family and talk to them face to face.
As long as there is electrical power, you can use email to supplement cellular calling if the cell networks are overloaded, but most people send & receive all their email via their cell phone, so you can’t be sure the message will arrive when you need it to.
In my opinion, your communication plans should look like this:
Primary: Cell Phone
Emergency: HF Radio
Yes, I know radio is on there twice, but HF radio has been the mainstay of true grid-down emergency communication ever since the radio was invented, and I don’t see that changing.
Some of my fellow Executive Protection practitioners will inevitably say I left out SAT Phone comms, but that was on purpose. If we’re in a situation where the grid is down, a SAT phone won’t be able to find a signal for the same reason your $800 GPS won’t….without powered-up ground stations for the GPS system, neither your SAT phone or GPS will know exactly where it is.
On a side note, for security operations now, the order is a bit different:
Primary: VHF/UHF Radio
Alternate: Secure Messaging App
Contingency: Cell phone
Emergency: Sat Phone
In every emergency plan you make, use the PACE acronym to help you plan four different alternatives for everything (especially routes).
While we’re on the topic, Western society has all but replaced the GPS with mapping apps on your phone, no matter how habitually inaccurate they are. Could you navigate home from somewhere without using your phone? What about if your normal route is blocked? Let me give you a few ideas.
1. Google Maps will let you download your local area for use offline & Sygic navigation will let you download your entire state.
2. Carry a separate handheld GPS that doesn’t rely on the cellular network.
4. Learn to use a paper map & compass (invest in a good compass).
Build redundancy into everything you do. I carry a flashlight on my belt and one in my EDC bag. I carry cash and a credit card. Always have another way to do anything.
As our country continues down this uncertain path, having redundant communications is absolutely vital. The last point is, always carry the redundant part with you. It’s habit for me, because I’ve kept a radio with me pretty much daily since I was 18 (that was a LONG time ago ), but if it’s new to you, make sure you take it. Redundant programs are only redundant when they are available to you.
Everyone, especially in these tense and violent times, should carry some essentials everywhere they go, to enable them to be a little more prepared than if they had nothing with them.
We’re not discussing a full get-home bag, or a bug-out bag, this is a small, simple bag that carries some very basic items to assist you. It’s a supplement, not a replacement for larger bags.
I always like to check God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook, and in the very same verse that He commands His followers to always be armed, he tells you to carry an EDC bag. What, you didn’t ever see that in the Bible? It’s clearly spelled out in Luke 22:36
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse,
Take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword,
Sell your cloak and buy one.”
In modern terms, a sword would be a handgun/firearm, a purse would be a wallet, and a bag would be an EDC bag. See? You learned something from the Bible today.
What I use is a Bail Out Bag. There are many manufacturers, and nearly all identical. Mine is from LA Police Gear (www.lapolicegear.com).
As an overview, it has pockets all the way around, two end pouches that could hold gear or water bottles, and a center opening, with a removable divider. My center divider has a universal holster built in.
Let’s work our way around the bag, and I’ll discuss what I carry in each area.
On this side, we have a long zipper pocket on the bottom (which fits an expandable baton or 32 round Glock 23 magazine nicely), a medium zipper pocket on top, pen slots, and another larger slot that can hold either a flashlight or an expandable baton.
The contents I have on this side are a Rite in The Rain pen (www.riteintherain.com), another pen and a mechanical pencil, a 700 lumen flashlight from Tactical Gear (www.tacticalgear.com), and a sillcock key. The sillcock key will enable you to open commercial water faucets on the outside of commercial businesses in an emergency. It’s a great little tool to have, and I got mine at Lowe’s.
In the medium pocket, I keep a Solatac PTK (www.solatac.com). This is a great first aid kit, with everything you need to treat major penetrating trauma, like a gunshot wound or a knife wound, or a serious traffic injury. The kit includes a SWAT-T tourniquet, which is one of my favorites. I like Solatac kits because of the quality, and it’s literally a husband & wife operation. I’d rather support small business than buy a kit from a major corporation.
On the opposite side, the bag has several smaller Velcro-closure pockets. The two larger ones can hold AR/AK mags quite easily, but I don’t use them for that daily, I’d rather not panic people everywhere I go.
Inside the pockets on this side I keep a trauma bandage (you can’t carry too many of them), a boo-boo kit of several different types of band-aids, a package of hand sanitizer wipes, surface cleaning wipes, spare flashlight batteries, a mini-tool, a multi-tool, and a ferroceum rod (you never know when you might need to burn down a capitalist monument or something).
Inside the main compartment, I have my two Battleboard Scouts (www.battleboard.us), a Medium and a Small. In the Medium, I carry a map of the local area I’ll be in that day, in case I need to move quickly without cell service. The other one I have in the window either my checklist for the day or, as the photo shows, a Rite in The Rain tactical checklist, this one is for treating a casualty or completing a SPOT Report. The cool thing about the Battleboard is that I can write directly on it with dry or wet erase pens, recording the information. I also keep inside my tablet (in it’s nice Realtree case), some index cards, and additional maps or paper. Whatever I need for the day.
The end pouches are perfect for Nalgene water bottles, but I usually throw some of my modular kits in the ends.
This kit is my Admin/Daily kit. I holds pens & mechanical pencils, a Rite in The Rain notebook, a signaling mirror (although I use it daily for surveillance), a small knife, a penlight, and a UV light (I use that to verify ID cards professionally), and a spare handcuff key (who doesn’t need a spare handcuff, they can come in handy…).
In the other end, I usually carry a survival kit with another ferroceum rod, fire starter kindling, stormproof matches, a small knife, a tool card, and camouflage face paint, which also has another mirror. Yes, camouflage face paint can come in handy (don’t ask). I also keep an Anker power bank and a small bottle of spray hand sanitizer in this pocket.
Attached to the bag in various points, I have a P38 & a P51 can opener, a bottle opener, a couple of small pry tools, a CPR mask, and a USB rechargeable light. I also always keep a Camstick 1080p body camera in the bag…it can be a life-saver.
The last thing I carry in the bag is an “Instant ANTIFA” kit. In the event I find myself trapped in a spontaneous protest, throwing on a black full-face mask and a pair of black gloves is the best camouflage you can have. I also keep a couple of different colored masks for quick appearance changes (in our current situation, people fixate on masks for identification).
You’ll notice that I mentioned that the bag has a holster and that a couple of the pockets could hold batons, but I don’t carry any of those in the bag. The reason for that is that personal weapons belong ON YOUR PERSON. They shouldn’t be kept in anything that can be stolen or removed from you.
I also carry on my person, because it’s that important, a Surefire ProTac 2L and a Gerber multi-tool. I can’t forget them if they are attached to my body.
I hope this gives you some ideas help spur you to create or modify what you carry daily.
As our situation gets more and more precarious, you need to carry at least some emergency supplies everywhere you go.
I want to relay to you all my observations on the last few days in Michigan. Bear with me, and at the end I’m going to discuss concrete actions that you can take as the chaos escalates.
On Thursday, I was with some some people down at TCF Center (Cobo Hall for the Detroit old-timers) in Detroit, to observe what was happening where the Wayne County ballots were being counted.
There were people from both sides present, and our friends of BLM/ANTIFA were present in brand new yellow hoodies that said COUNT EVERY VOTE.
I wasn’t there to promote or defend either side, and live-stream footage of the day from a few sources shows that I was clearly in the middle, restraining both sides at times and chatting amicably with both sides at times, and I even got the professional agitators from BLM that I’ve seen all summer long to laugh along with me at the Detroit Police antics.
I spent most of the time with a legislative candidate (who will not be named for his protection), and our friends from American Patriot Media and the American Patriot Council (check them out at: www.americanpatroitcouncil.org).
Within a few minutes, I quickly spotted a known personality. He’s the second in command of the Metro Detroit ANTIFA security team. I normally see him in full battle gear, including an Interceptor Body Armor vest. Today, he was dressed down and pretending to not really be involved.
Upon watching, he kept walking over to the 2 known BLM agitators, and within seconds, they would target a conservative for harassment. There’s a certain irony in that, but that’s not my point.
My point is, while the media portrays BLM as a “grass-roots” spontaneous group, and ANTIFA as an “idea”, there is a well-established hierarchy and organization, that puts leaders where they need to be and the “spontaneity” is rather scripted.
When CL Bryant, a civil rights legend and former NAACP leader, began to speak to the crowd, BLM started to rush the crowd, but the Detroit PD Tactical Services Team held them back….at first.
As soon as the police formed a line, the ANTIFA organizer got involved. He said “Why did you let the white people in but not the black people?”. The conservative crowd had white, black, hispanic, and asian people in it, but that does’t matter, they played the race card anyway. I’d also like to point that CL Bryant is indeed a black man and a Baptist minister.
The Detroit PD quickly melted away, after being called racist, and predictably, the BLM/ANTIFA crowd took over the stage and began screaming at CL Bryant, calling him a “Coon”, and a few other things I won’t repeat here. I took a peacekeeper role, placing my body between CL and the violent men trying to shove him and created space, while telling the DPD that it was really this easy and that it was probably their job to protect BOTH sides. They didn’t answer or act to protect either side.
When the BLM women’s auxiliary arrived and began screaming at both black and white women on the conservative side, we again all put ourselves in the middle and tried to calm both sides. Eventually, everyone had to leave that area, and that’s where we found some common ground, when we pointed out that the police could trample all of our assembly rights equally.
Throughout the day Thursday, I saw the conservative side attempt to make rational arguments, while the leftist side made emotional ones. As Jason from the American Patriot Council pointed out, they were speaking two different languages and not understanding each other.
The most important observation from the day though, was the observation of the police action. Every time a conservative stepped off the curb into the road, a line of tactical officers came over and ordered everyone out of the street.
The same thing did not happen when BLM/ANTIFA stepped into the road to harass the conservative side, or to harass the driver of the Trump Unity Bridge (www.trumpunitybridge.com) or other drivers. If a conservative intervened in this harassment, police responded quickly.
Ironically, on Friday, the Detroit Police arrested Rob Cortis, the driver of the Trump Unity Bridge. The alleged charge: Noise Ordinance violation for playing music from his vehicle speakers after 9 PM. In over 150 nights of BLM/ANTIFA marching into neighborhoods after 9 PM and shouting on loudspeakers and banging drums, they have NEVER made a noise ordinance arrest.
So, why does the police target the conservative side? No one knows for sure, except that the city has democratic leadership, but we’re seeing it nationally. I personally feel it’s because when they try to engage in law enforcement on the leftist side, they get a violent response. When they conduct law enforcement on the conservative side, the conservatives comply.
There’s a lesson in there.
On Saturday, there was a Stop The Steal Rally planned at the Lansing Capitol. As part of my ongoing project to observe ANTIFA tactics, I decided to go and watch. ANTIFA was heavily armed with rifles, shotguns, handguns, bats, and shields. There were a few rifles and handguns among the conservatives, but ANTIFA/BLM had people in FULL COMBAT GEAR. There was even one in a full head-to-toe German Army uniform, including a German helmet and body armor. I guess no explained the irony of claiming to be “Anti-Fascist” while wearing a full GERMAN uniform.
The first time ANTIFA/BLM tried to disrupt the rally, they forced their way into the center and occupied the area in front of the Capitol. How did the conservatives respond? Was there a violent response from those wacky right-wingers? No, they sang patriotic songs. After a couple of songs, and no fighting, ANTIFA marched off. It’s hard to pick a fight with people who are singing to you.
Since ANTIFA/BLM had arrived fully armed and in full battle gear, you’d think the Michigan State Police and Lansing Police would be out in full force to keep everyone safe, right? WRONG.
The absence of law enforcement was COMPLETE. It was so absent, that it could only have been intentional. I’ve never been at the Capitol where you didn’t see at least a trooper on a bicycle. Nothing.
After a couple of hours, ANTIFA marched back into the area, and no one paid them much attention. They quickly seized control of the portable toilets and wouldn’t let anyone use them, and wouldn’t let anyone out. When a woman tried to slip past them, they shoved her back. Immediately, at the other end of the area, several ANTIFA/BLM members rushed into the crowd, pepper-spraying people indiscriminately. There were a lot of small children present at the time of the attack.
Me being who I am, I went forward to try and break things up and I saw a man come out of the bathrooms. ANTIFA/BLM members jumped on him and took him to the ground. I tried to get him, just to extricate him, and a woman shoved me with her shield, demanding I get back. I ignored all 95 pounds of her (I’m no Drew Baye, but I’m a substantial man) and stepped closer to try and free the man being beaten. Another BLM/ANTIFA man shoved me with a shield, also ordering me to get back. I asked him if he was a police officer and he said no. I then informed that he couldn’t tell me to get back and I told them to let the man on ground go (he was simply leaving the restroom and hadn’t done anything). He told me to get the *expletive* back as he snapped out his ASP baton. I ordered him to drop the weapon, but he raised it, and told me he would hit me if I didn’t get back. I told him that if he swung that weapon at me, he was going to have a very bad day.
By this time, I had gotten enough of them to look my way that members of a local “group” were able to rescue the man from the bottom of the pile.
Another round of pepper spray from BLM/ANTIFA occurred and the young man in front was still deciding what to do about me when the state police arrived. I immediately informed the *SINGLE* trooper who arrived what had happened, pointed at the man STILL HOLDING A WEAPON IN AN ATTACK POSITION, and he said, “There is nothing I can do”. I informed him I had the entire thing on body cam video, and he said “I can’t do anything”. I pointed out the man who was spraying the crowd, who still had the can in his hand, and explained that he had attacked dozens. The Trooper said “I didn’t see it”. I pointed out the dozen or so victims reeling from spray and the dozens of witnesses, who were all agreeing with me, and again said I had it all on video. He said “If you want, we can sort it out much later, but I can’t do anything right now”. I told him never mind. If the police don’t ID the suspect at the scene, since they are all wearing masks, and all dressed in black, there is no sense wasting time reporting the multiple felony assaults.
As I looked across the street, who did I find directing this attack? The same man I had seen in Detroit on Thursday, only today he’s in full gear and toting an AK. I have significant information on him, but it will do me no good to report it. I’ll keep it for my own protection.
Now, let me come to the preparedness point of these tales.
THE POLICE ARE NOT COMING TO HELP YOU.
As you are preparing for the coming and rapidly increasing unrest, understand that and make your own safety and security plans.
Also understand that if any enforcement action is taken, it will most likely be against the side that defended itself. Yes, it’s a horrible catch 22. The police won’t help you and they’ll arrest you if you resist. As I’ve said, this war was lost months ago.
So what can you do? The most important thing you can do is practice Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu. Yes, I’ve already had several friends point out that I violated that myself, but I am a professional and it’s just not in me to let an innocent person be beaten in my presence. I wasn’t there for either side, and I have principles I won’t violate.
Aside from not being there, gather information on local personalities and groups that cause unrest and track where they’re going to be, so that you can avoid flash points.
Get out and train in fitness and self defense. I can’t tell you what that looks like for you, but if you aren’t doing anything at all now, even 5 pushups a day is an improvement over sitting on the couch. As fitness instructor Drew Baye (www.baye.com) says about fitness, do something every day to make yourself harder to kill.
As things come more and more off the rails, you’ll want to avoid grocery stores. The Safety Doc has reported that many trucking companies are paying drivers extra to deliver to cities involved in unrest. There isn’t a truck driver alive who doesn’t know the name Reginald Denny, and as unrest gets worse, drivers will just refuse to go, creating food scarcity. Buying a few cans of food extra per trip RIGHT NOW may carry you through the unrest. Subscribe to the Safety Doc Podcast on YouTube for great analysis, by the way.
I keep saying it and I’ll say it again…get and carry with you EVERYWHERE a quality first aid kit. A few days ago, ANTIFA/BLM stabbed 4 different people on the street in Washington, DC. Having an aid kit on hand is VITAL and could save your life. Both days I documented here I had Solatac PTK (www.solatac.com) in my cargo pocket. It’s a robust kit, in a convenient zip-loc bag that fits in a pocket.
I know, many of you still believe that the AP calling the election for Biden means this is all coming to an end. Let me dispel that for you.
First, Biden has already promised another full lockdown and more movement restrictions. NY just deployed literal troops to airports and land borders to check for “interstate travel papers”, also known as “test results”. Those troops are forcing anyone without the papers into 14 day house arrest (quarantine). Just because you’re confined to a hotel doesn’t make it any less house arrest. Do you think that this will cause more or less unrest?
Second, BLM & ANTIFA are now openly admitting that they don’t want Biden/Harris either, just like I reported to you months ago. They’re now also attacking Biden/Harris rallies. Do you think that is going to cause more or less unrest?
Lastly, Donald Trump, right or wrong, has absolutely nothing to lose by fighting all the way to January 19th. Do you think this is going to cause more or less unrest?
Be alert, be aware, and prepare. Things are going to get worse, not better.
Let’s talk about Color Revolutions. A Color Revolution is the name given to various movements throughout Europe and the Middle East. A Color Revolution most often involves a disputed election, followed by mass street protests, which ended in the government being overthrown or resigning.
What is common among them is serious provocation of government forces by protestors, leading to the government over-reacting, usually with deadly result. In turn, the protestors then make their case to the international media, pointing at the government’s violent response as evidence.
What they don’t show are the provocations beforehand. Many people saw videos of Armenian police attacking protestors outside a police station, but they didn’t see the video of the protestors fire-bombing the police station just before that.
Any of this sound familiar? It should.
Another feature of the Color Revolutions was the involvement of international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) like the Open Societies Foundation and others. This lends the revolution free media coverage with a false air of legitimacy and neutrality.
Michael McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia under Obama, classifies the following stages of a Color Revolution:
1) A perceived semi-autocratic rather than fully autocratic regime
2) An unpopular incumbent
3) A united and organized opposition
4) An ability quickly to drive home the point that voting results were falsified
5) Enough independent media to inform citizens about the falsified vote
6) A political opposition capable of mobilizing tens of thousands or more demonstrators to protest electoral fraud
7) Divisions among the regime’s coercive forces.
Keep in mind, these points are from the point of view of the REVOLUTIONARIES and were written by an Obama official.
We can argue that President Trump is wildly popular, with his base, but he’s also wildly unpopular with the opposition. The opposition sees him as autocratic.
When an Obama official says “independent media”, they mean media willing to go along with their narrative. Do you have any doubts that the American Mainstream Media will claim that the vote is falsified?
Do you have any doubt that the opposition is united? Do you think they can organize tens of thousands of protestors?
So many in the preparedness community keep saying “This will all get better right after the election”. The Color Revolutions tell us that the danger doesn’t even begin until the day AFTER the election. That’s when the mobilization and violence begin.
Protestors will flood the streets worse than they have all summer. They will provoke the police into increasingly violent control tactics, and scream foul, while they hide the molotov cocktails behind the bushes.
My point in saying this isn’t to stoke fear, it’s to get you to realize that the danger is GETTING WORSE, and not less. Sitting down on the couch and saying “we made it” is far too premature.
Nothing in my over six months of going undercover inside these organizations leads me to believe that they will suddenly become rational and say “Aw, shucks, our guy lost. Maybe next time”.
Everything I’ve seen indicates that they will increase the violence and scream foul about everything.
In fact, the documents I gather indicate that their plan has been a violent revolution all along and that they don’t want EITHER candidate to control the country.
Many people say, well, if they come to my neighborhood, I won’t let them win. THEY DON’T HAVE TO COME TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. They just have to take control.
The Ukrainian Revolution was over in 72 hours. It began as protests in the capitol and all the fighting was confined to Kyiv. After 72 hours, the government was overthrown, but the majority of the people didn’t even know it; they just heard that the protestors were clashing police in the capitol. They thought it didn’t effect them, in their neighborhood. “Those people are always protesting”, they said.
When they woke up on the 20th with the President fleeing to Russia and a new government, re-writing their constitution, THAT finally got them out of their comfortable homes and into the streets to fight.
One problem, though….they were now the OUTLAWS, instead of the good guys. Because they didn’t ever get off the bench and support the elected system of government (good, bad, or indifferent), they lost their ability to legally affect it. By taking up arms, the men of Luhansk and Donetsk were unlawful rebels.
Why is that significant? Because they can be ARRESTED, rather than be treated as Prisoners of War. That’s an important distinction.
Today, there are now three countries in the space once called the Ukraine, and a foreign army from Russia controls another third. Citizens of a once-modern western society now struggle to maintain electricity, dodge land mines, and under constant threat of military action. This all happened in 72 hours.
If you wait until they overthrow your government, you are letting the opposition gain control of the tools of the State to fight against you. ANTIFA & RevCom doesn’t have tanks today, but if they somehow take control, as they plan, they will. And bombers. And artillery. Do you doubt that they have the will to use them? Read their Twitter feeds, they already want anyone who disagrees with the extreme far left DEAD.
Major news organizations are openly talking about the need to abolish our existing Constitution and go back to some type of loose confederation, giving even more power to tyrannical governors (I’m certainly not talking about sweet Aunt Gretchen Whitmer, because that will get you arrested).
Think it can’t happen here? GrandMaster Jay is a folk hero, and he claims he’s going to establish, by force, a black-only ethno-state. Consider how his militia is portrayed by the media versus all of the others.
Consider what you will do to preserve the republic, and protect your loved ones.
Prairie Fire is a training and readiness manual focusing on people in rural areas. It’s written by USMC and US Army Special Forces Veteran Clay Martin. This is a companion book to his earlier “Concrete Jungle”, which focused on Urban Preparedness.
Let me start off, once again, by saying that I bought these books myself, and Clay Martin did not ask me to write these reviews. In fact, he has no idea what I’m about to say, and he’s seeing this review for the first time, too.
We are indeed at a crossroads, as a nation. It’s virtually impossible to envision an outcome to our nation’s differences that does NOT result in violence. We can hope for a miracle, but hope is not a strategy. Taking a few actions to prepare yourselves will, at worse, result in you being a little better prepared and well-trained. The opposite is not true; if you don’t prepare or train, and should have, NOTHING you can do will make up for it.
Overall, it’s an outstanding guidebook for building a local defensive organization to protect yourselves from groups migrating from the cities, whether they be refugees, marauders, or an opposing (or foreign) force.
Clay begins with a good discussion on building your group, and guarding your information from ANYONE else. Once again he points out the risk of over-zealous federal law enforcement agents trying to find groups and convince them to undertake things they shouldn’t. If you keep your core group small, and tight knit, you don’t have that problem.
He also introduces the idea of a larger organization made up of everyone from the local area. While Clay uses the term infantry, I’d be more likely to call them “Watch-Standers”, which is closer to the truth. They’ll stand watch over the community, but they are an infantry of last resort.
Clay highlights the differences between defending in an urban environment and a rural one, and they are truly two different animals. An excellent point he makes, which I’ve also made several times, is that the US military cannot enforce martial law or hold territory over most of the country. At most, they could hold a few of the larger cities.
Side note of my own at this point…The minute things go sideways in the United States, with any widespread violence, our enemies will not sit idly by. Russia will retake the Baltic states and the Ukraine, while China will immediately retake Taiwan and start the expansion into northern Australia (northern Australia and Western US are both among their national strategic goals, they need arable land to grow food and land for people). Our conventional military will have their hands full with those issues.
As things begin to go south and people start fleeing the cities (they already are, look at rural real estate markets), Clay recommends immediately beginning intelligence collection on them , deciding which side they support, and who could be useful. These are essential information requirements and you may as well start now.
Clay makes the same point that I’ve been screaming from the rooftops…were losing and losing badly in the street war. Everyone has this misconception that “When they come to my neighborhood, I’ll fight them”…they don’t NEED to come to your neighborhood to win. In 2014, in the Ukraine, they only took a few square blocks around the capital and overthrew the government.
Martin points out the errors in assuming your enemy is stupid. This is a big point, because everyone on the right likes to crack jokes about the left and guns, but the TRUTH is, they are buying guns, they are training, and they are actually gaining battle experience while we eat Cheetos and lick the orange off our fingers.
Clay makes the point that ANTIFA and BLM are adapting, a point I’ve seen with my own eyes conducting surveillance and undercover operations among them.
Clay made a great point, in the book he says bombings and assassinations are next ,and we’re already seeing assassinations. Clay then said we are “One step away from People’s Courts and Tribunals”, which has ALREADY come true. Last Sunday, in Detroit, the local RevCom/BLM/ANTIFA consortium broadcast literally a “People’s Tribunal into the Death of Hakeem Litteton”. It’s on the Detroit Will Breathe Facebook page, if you want to look for yourselves.
We need to get over the normalcy bias, that this will all just magically work out.
Clay mentions that hygiene is often overlooked in preparedness, and he’s right, because it isn’t a fun topic. But don’t plan on it and see what happens (You can from “Dissin’ Terry” in places other than the Oregon Trail).
I’ve frequently made the point that you need to train on checkpoint operations, and so does Clay. I know, training on building clearing and shooting upside down hanging from a jungle gym (don’t laugh, it’s a drill someone teaches on YouTube for no apparent reason) are much more cool, but reality is that DEFENSIVE operations are far more likely than you storming the Capitol (or the Governor’s summer home – but more on that later).
Clay points out that it’s silly to play by the rules when your opposition isn’t, and I co-sign that 200%.
So many groups (I won’t say the M word here, I live in Michigan and those peeps are vanishing left & right) focus on offensive combat operations, but that defeats the entire purpose of having a mutual aid group. You are playing defense. As Max at Max Velocity Tactical (www.maxvelocitytactical.com) frequently says, “You are NOT light infantry”.
Clay goes into detail with some great tips on patrolling, but you’ll have to buy the book. Pick up MVT’s “Small Unit Tactics” while you’re at it for additional reading.
In both of his books, Clay points out that if you prepare for the worst and anything less happens, you’re ahead of the game. The opposite is NOT true.
One of the best parts, ties directly to my blog post titled “On Being a Warrior”. In my post, I said that in the coming times, you will have a choice to be a warrior, or a slave serving someone else. Clay says the same thing when he points out that the day will come soon where you have to decide to either fight, or bend the knee. I don’t know where you are at, but I won’t bend the knee while I’m still alive. Right now, we aren’t bending the knee, but we are doing some squats to get ready to bend the knee by not doing anything.
Again, Clay brings up the military. As a veteran, it pains me to say this, but the military will be in a tough spot. They can’t hold everything. In a fluid situation, who do they take orders from? What if a Battalion Commander and Sergeant Major disagree? The most likely default position is that most US Forces will focus on local base defense and preservation, and fighting any external threat that occurs. The cavalry isn’t coming over the top of the mountain in the nick of time.
Clay stresses refugee screening at Entry Control/Vehicle Control Points, and gives some excellent advice in the book. Buy it.
When it comes to defending your area from an attack, Clay makes the great point that you should defend from as far away as you can. He reminds us all that while they fought to the last man at the Alamo, they LOST and there were NO survivors. This idea of defending your home from attackers from the inside is a last-case scenario. It means things have already gone bad.
Let me take an aside here…When I’m advising or training those…..groups whose names don’t start with an M… the push-back people give me when I tell them to stop with the building clearing is that they need to be able to clear their own house. Let me tell you this…If you need to clear your own house, YOU ALREADY LOST. As Clay pointed out in Concrete Jungle, no one breaches until they have the building perimeter secure, so if they breach, you blow the escape hatch and run. Lose the fantasy of John Wick taking out 22 guys in his own house.
One of the greatest examples Clay gives of what is to come is one that I frequently point out as an example as well. Once the killing starts, it will be nearly impossible to stop. Clay uses the example of the South African farm attacks. For over a year, I’ve been screaming from the rooftops that the vilification of white males is going to lead to that exact situation. To see what eventually comes of it, look at Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. They killed or drove off ALL of the white farmers. Then, predictably, they began to starve to death in large numbers, because no one knew how to farm. Now, they are welcoming South African farmers with open arms. I say…#MakeZimbabweRhodesiaAgain. The killing doesn’t have to make sense.
After mentioning the Boer farm war currently going on, Clay gives great tips on turning isolated farms into Combat Outposts that can hold out until a response force arrives. In James Wesley Rawles’ Collapse series, he gives much the exact same advice. The only thing is, farms need a way to communicate with a response force. Enter CB radio, it’s HF, so it has range, and no one needs a license. They are readily available. Once the SHTF, all power restrictions go away, so crank up the watts for range.
Clay gives another reminder that everyone needs…anyone who suggests shortening rifles, building silencers, building bombs, or KIDNAPPING A GOVERNOR (even if she’s likely Hitler’s grand-daughter) is a federal agent or crazy, neither of which you want.
I have to disagree with one analysis Clay gives on evaluating veterans t o place them in positions…MARINE Military Police are NOT the same thing as ARMY Military Police, while the roles are SIMILAR. Marine MP elements operate much farther forward and are frequently used as either infantry or mechanized infantry, far more than their Army cousins, so I feel he should have included them in the “Combat Arms”. (*re-polishes USMC MP Badge in resin case on my desk*).
Clay gives a very good discussion on organizing your forces into tactical elements and I agree (as well as Max at MVT) that the USMC model is the most versatile. That’s not inter-service rivalry, Max was never a US Marine (I think Brit army, then US). It’s just a robust organization.
After discussing organization, Clay discusses how to train on fire and movement. While I’m not giving you any free data from the book, it’s a great and important discussion. This basic infantry tactic is so important that if you ever train at Blackwater/US Training Center/Whatever They Call Themselves This Week, no matter what your prior service experience is, you do fire and fire & movement drills on a desktop with literal plastic green army men before you go out and do it for real. Practice it. Buy little green army men.
Seriously, I can’t stress this enough. The major difference between Special Forces and regular troops isn’t Whiz-Bang Tactical-Ninjary, as Clay calls it, it’s how well they perform the most basic tasks of fire & movement and immediate action drills.
I’d add to his discussion on Fire & Movement the classic Marine Corps memory aid “I’m up, he sees me, I’m down” as a way to time 3-5 second rushes.
As a fellow Marine, I’m highly disappointed that it took Clay Martin until page 117 of his SECOND VOLUME to mention bayonetting people. While I’m making fun, a bayonet is a solid piece of kit. I highly recommend one…If the barbarians are in the wire and you get a stoppage, bayonetting the dude keeps him in place until you can clear the stoppage and put 3 in him.
In the book, Clay outlines the basic types of patrolling and how absolutely vital they are to our task of defending our areas. Learn how to patrol. While Clay gives great examples, find the original copy of “Scouting & Patrolling for Infantry Units” written by Lt Col Rex Applegate. It’s awesome, and even better than the current Marine Corps version (because you can’t exactly call in artillery or air).
Another excellent point Clay brings up is finding a pre-1997 Boy Scout Manual. Yes, really. Before the SJW’s took it over it was an AMAZING organization. My Scoutmaster was a Marine and we truly ran a paramilitary organization. The older manuals discussed things like tracking and counter-tracking, survival, “Kim’s Game” (still used to this day to train snipers and recon personnel), and my dad’s old 60s version even had an entire section of self-defense with a quarter-staff. Cool stuff to have. Current versions are all about how to report your Scoutmaster for micro-aggressions and sexual assault.
My two cents on patrolling…Start rucking, which is just getting out and moving in full gear for fitness and the ability to move, under a load, in all weather. My second piece of advice is to buy a book on Leave No Trace camping. Yes, it’s a tree-hugger concept, but on a practical level, the ability to hike and camp without leaving a trace of your presence is NOT a bad thing.
Clay goes over the basic bare minimum gear you need, with some low-cost, but tried and true options. Really, you aren’t going to need all the stuff you saw in Off-Grid Magazine’s “Super-Ultra-Prepardeness Mega-Issue”. Not by a long shot. I will add to his recommendation of 2 actual military canteens: a canteen cup and canteen cup stove. They cost you nothing in weight and you may use them at some point. A lot of research goes into designing US gear, take advantage of it.
One of the best points made in the book is that we have become a soft and weak people. We are not the same men who liberated the world from fascism. As recently as the 50s, every man in the US could start a fire and build a campsite. Do you think that’s true today?
Ivan Throne mentioned in one of his programs, what skills does the average US businessman possess that would help him in a dark world, without electricity? NONE.
Clay gives good advice on making yourself harder and more weather resistant. This is absolutely vital. Yes, I live in Michigan, but I rarely wear an actual winter coat. I don’t put on a jacket until it’s under 30, and I don’t put on a winter coat until it’s below 10. It’s not because I’m from the frozen north…It’s because, like Clay, I once attended the Winter Session at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center. That course has no equal in the US, and the 10th Mountain Division has NOTHING on a MWTC-qualified Marine. The closest course would probably be the German Mountain Leader School.
Another point I completely agree with is training in the rain. Most of those “groups” postpone their training or very few members actually show up when it’s raining or snowing. Get used to being wet, cold, and hungry or hot, dehydrated, and hungry.
In Generation Kill, as some of the Marines are scouting out an Iraqi camp, one of the young Marines makes fun of the rice and beans the Iraqis left behind. Old hand “Doc”, the Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, says “These are some hard men, sleeping out here on the cold ground, living on beans and rice. You guys bitch if you don’t get a Pop-Tart in your MRE”. There is a lot of truth in that. Become the hard man (or woman, or Zhe).
Clay mentions Drew Baye for fitness training, and I second that (www.baye.com).
Clay wraps up with a discussion of combat marksmanship, which isn’t just putting holes in paper, and a very good discussion of guns and accessories. When considering a gun, stick to readily available calibers. If things go sideways, you aren’t going to find too many bad guys gifting you stacks of 300 Blackout or 6.5 Grendel as their final act on this good Earth. But, 5.56 and 7.62 will literally be laying around. You really don’t need the rifle in that niche caliber that Rifle Ricky from Awesome Cool-Guy Rifles Magazine used in his YouTube video. I don’t care what it did to the ballistic gel, as I’ve never been attacked by ballistic gel.
Clay finishes with some real life possibilities and the admonition to not just let things happen. To fight and push back.
Just like Concrete Jungle, I highly recommend buying this book, highlighting the crap out of it, and putting dozens of post-it notes on pages you want to reference.
This isn’t a buy and read once book, and neither is Concrete Jungle. They are meant to be a reference manual, so use it.
In our digital, social media age, it’s easy to quickly get all your information from social media. It’s also incredibly easy to believe things that aren’t true by getting all your information from social media.
Normalcy bias also comes into play. We tend to look online for stories that confirm our worldview and ignore those that don’t.
The current state of affairs here in America is a classic example of this. People on both sides are saying that if “their guy” wins, all of the conflict will magically be resolved, and both sides are also saying that if “the other guy” wins, rioting and violence will continue. Both sides point at these comments to confirm their own normalcy bias…”See, it’ll all be fine after the election.”
What neither side sees, because of normalcy bias, is that both sides are both wrong and right. If the person whichever side wants loses, there will be violence. I hate to break this to you, but one of them HAS TO lose.
So what can you do to develop the ground truth where you are? Get out and make some observations on your own.
David Perrodin, PhD, (safetyphd.com) is a well-known expert on school safety and he calls this process “Face Validity”. Essentially, when you are given a piece of information, decide how you can confirm it, rather than just panicking off internet rumors.
Let me give you an example from today. A few days ago, someone posted a photo of empty shotgun ammunition shelves at Wal-Mart. Several of us chimed in, speculating on the cause, but it was just that, speculation.
This morning, a post came out as BREAKING NEWS….that Wal-Mart had removed all guns and ammunition from their shelves, in anticipation of unrest following the US election. Rather than run with the unconfirmed report, I immediately reached out to some of my counterparts at Wal-Mart, and jumped in my car, to drive to the nearest Wal-Mart that still carries guns.
Upon my arrival, I noticed immediately several vehicles from an alarm company in the parking lot, along with two patrol vehicles from a local security guard agency, which is HIGHLY UNUSUAL. I went in and went directly to the sporting goods area. All of the guns were removed from the display, which is always full, all the ammunition was gone from the shelves, and even the single-shot muzzleloader rifles were taken down and off the floor.
Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the United States. It is currently the hunting season throughout the United States, and Wal-Mart makes a lot of money off the sale of ammunition during this crucial time period, but they removed it all. That should illustrate the risk level as far beyond mere speculation.
As a career corporate loss prevention professional, these decisions would not have been made for a low risk or a medium risk event. They made the decision because they assessed the risk of national civil unrest as HIGH, not low or medium. That means “PROBABLE”, not “POSSIBLE”.
If a company as large as Wal-Mart thinks it probable enough to cut out a huge area of profitability at a critical time, shouldn’t you take steps to prepare?
Another point to observation is just looking at what’s going on around you. I frequently pass a local service center for the local power utility. The facility is not a power production location, but a customer service center and a garage for the utility service trucks and is generally open to the public. In the last few weeks, they have installed a row of incredibly-bright security lights, facing outboard. Bright security lights are common, but facing them OUTBOARD only, is an anomaly.
They also installed a temporary Vehicle Checkpoint (VCP) at the entrance, limiting traffic to a single lane. There is also a higher-level (read professional military contractor-grade) security vehicle parked behind the normal security vehicle.
This is an indication that the energy company is expecting people to arrive at this location (it’s in an industrial park not near residential areas) and trying to enter the property without authorization. Ask yourselves why people would want to force entry into a utility company service center and it’s not hard to imagine that the energy company is expecting a disruption to power and resultant civil unrest or unhappy customers over-running their facility.
Stores locally are also re-instituting purchases limits for water, toilet paper, and other items.
Taken apart, these are all just odd one-off situations. Taken together, they are an indication that mass civil unrest is HIGHLY PROBABLE throughout the US related to the election. Installation of security lights, upgrading alarms, and tactical-level security services aren’t cheap. Companies wouldn’t spend that money unless they considered it CHEAPER than the losses they would incur if they didn’t spend the money.
But what can you do?
You can continue to be aware, buy some extra supplies, and have a plan for your family and friends to stay connected and in touch with each other. Scroll through my other posts to find gear lists and ideas.
Carve out some time each day to drive around to local critical infrastructure and see what emergency security measures are being put in place.
Check out the preparations at your local polling center. Over lunch yesterday, I was informed that in Flint, Michigan, they are closing all the roads directly in front of polling locations, to protect against potential vehicle attacks. That’s an indicator.
Visit local stores and see what security measures have been added, what purchase limits have been put in place, and what shortages there are, particularly in groceries.
I can’t stress this enough, observe and gather information.
In our current situation, you have to gather your own information and learn to evaluate it. As we’ve seen, media sources are not reliable, no matter which side they favor.
Frequently getting out and checking indicators is great way to stay situationally aware, as well as just paying attention and gathering information in your daily travels.
I want to use a few indicators that I’ve observed later to spur your thinking and maybe get you to check them out in your own area.
But first, a reminder about using indicators from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Yes, I know, I say that a lot, but clearly many people don’t grasp it yet.
Indicators at the Grocery Store
Grocery stores are a great place to observe indicators, as well as to gather a bit of human intelligence, by talking to store staff.
The first indicator I have observed, is the presence of security guards at the entrance of grocery stores. If your local grocery hasn’t had one, but in the last few weeks, uniformed guards have shown up, ask yourself why. Now, stores have always had their own plainclothes staff to deal with shoplifting, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The local grocery chains here have recently implemented uniformed security guards just sitting at the entrances.
This indicates the possibility of a few situations that led to the placing of the guard, all of which you need to worry about:
Theft has risen to a much higher level. This could lead to other threats/higher prices.
They are experiencing violence as a result of resistance to mask mandates (trust me, I have a LOT of personal experience with this one). This puts you at risk.
They are anticipating a need to control large crowds at their entrance in the near future, indicating additional state mandates/restrictions.
To find out which it is, ask a few different employees as passing comments. They’ll all give you different answers, but each will have a grain of truth and combining them all will give you a picture of the mood in the store, which will help you make informed risk decisions.
The next indicator I found at a few stores was food availability. Here in Metro Detroit, there appears to be a serious shortage of fresh turkey products, with chicken and pork both dwindling.
There are also severe shortages in the canned meat area. I call this the SPAM indicator. In good times, people still buy SPAM, but it’s readily available. Today, at several stores, there were only a can or two of SPAM on the shelf at each location. That tells you that locals are worried about food availability, so they’re buying SPAM, which keeps longer.
Walk the aisles and note “out of stocks”. Out of Stocks is the bane of retail existence and they fight to prevent empty holes on shelves. Right now, you will find them EVERYWHERE. This indicates a food shortage, as well as a general economic slide.
The best way to validate true food shortage is to check Wal-Mart. What happens as food suppliers run low, is that they cancel orders to smaller stores in order to fill orders as best they can for national chains, like Wal-mart. When Wal-Mart is out of stock on the same items that your local or regional chains are, there is a true food shortage for that item.
Another good retail store indicator is in what things they are selling that they haven’t before. While masks come to mind, at the beginning of the pandemic, you saw retail grocery stores carrying industrial sized cans of vegetables. That’s unusual and an indicator.
Recently though, I found an even bigger one in the electronics department at Wal-Mart. Normally, for the last few years, they have carried one or two different brands of FRS/GMRS radios. About a week ago, they re-formatted the area and there are now SEVEN different brands/packages of FRS/GMRS radios being sold.
“Big deal”, you may think. Consider this…Why would a retailer who had barely been carrying emergency radios suddenly quadruple the selection of emergency radios? Because they are anticipating massive sales of emergency communications devices. That’s a MAJOR indicator of potential unrest or disorder.
Watch the number of gas cans available on the shelf as well, it’s also an indicator of people’s unease.
Local Police Indicators
Observe the posture of your local police department during your daily travels.
Are they all wearing traditional “soft” uniforms, or are they wearing BDU/Tactical uniforms with full chest rigs and level 4 armor?
What is written on the sides of police cars you see? For example, some say “Special Operations” or “Tactical Response”. These vehicles indicate that the local police are on a higher alert level.
Indicators in the Media
I know that I said that the media on all sides is unreliable, but watching what kind of stories that they are running can help you predict what’s going to happen, on both sides.
My Twitter followers have dubbed me “Joestradamus” because of my ability to predict the news cycle for the next few days of events based upon the news reporting, but there’s nothing hard to it. Just watch.
As an example, the only thing being talked about for the last few days has been the new case count. Every day they point out that we are at the highest case count since the pandemic began. If you sit down and think critically, you’d understand that since they are talking total cases, yes, every single day would be the highest. But it’s being done in a manner to imply that the disease is spreading beyond control. This indicates that lockdowns are just about to come back, and the media is being used to justify them.
Now, I’m not going to argue the validity or danger of the disease, or anything like that, but, if I wanted the general public angry on election day, renewed lockdowns is a sure way to get it.
Another media indicator is the onslaught of stories over the last few weeks about militia groups. They have been painted as white supremacists, dangerous, and terrorists. The truth is that every militia group I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a few) is multi-racial, non-violent, and wants only to ensure everyone’s rights, EQUALLY. But you should understand WHY the media is pushing the narrative about them being dangerous.
Over the last week, two different men have been arrested for targeting Joe Biden. Both were white men and immediately tied to either the “militia” movement or the “boogaloo” movement (which isn’t even a thing). Upon closer review, these stories have fallen apart, and both were found to be fanatical Bernie Sanders supporters, and not truly affiliated with any movement. Ironically, both also had large amounts of cash that can’t be explained.
If you think it’s just their own money, do an experiment. Go to your bank and tell them you want to withdraw $8,000 in cash. Let me know how that goes. News flash, they’ll do everything they can to keep you from withdrawing more than a thousand dollars, yet the media expect you to believe that this 19 year old walked out of a bank with nearly a hundred thousand dollars in cash.
Also, we’ve seen widespread reporting on a white male arrested for firing rounds in the direction of the Minneapolis Third Precinct back in March. Again, he was reported as a “Boogaloo/Militia” person. Further review, however, indicates that he was actually part of a group that supported Black Lives Matter and was most likely an ANTIFA affiliate.
So, why do I bring these stories up? Because they’re an indicator. Without asking you all to put on tin foil hats, it isn’t hard to predict that we will see some sort of an attack this week, blaming a white militia group or person, right after we’ve been fed three very well-publicized stories about the risk of it.
Why do I say that? Because the media ARE professionals. They knew these people weren’t what they painted them as, but they did it anyway. Why? Because the narrative is needed and needed quickly. Ask yourself this, why did the FBI arrest the Minneapolis shooter, who struck nothing and didn’t set the fire, RIGHT NOW? He has been stopped several times and they’ve known about him for a long time. Because the FBI, for good or bad, has always been a POLITICAL creature and they need the story NOW.
Contrast all of this with the next media story indicator I want to discuss. On Sunday, CNN’s main story was about the NFAC. You’d think, after the crazy comments of Grandmaster Jay, their history of randomly shooting their own people, and the group’s stated goals, that CNN would paint this group with the same brush as every other militia, right?
Not at all. They wrote a glowing story, blaming, of course, police brutality for the forming of the NFAC. They went so far in their story as to publish the BLATANTLY false comment that the NFAC is not racist in any way. Yes, they said that. Jay himself is on video berating a member for showing up with her white boyfriend, throwing her out of the formation for having an inter-racial relationship. He has said repeatedly that he wants to establish a black ethno-state (“We’ll take Texas”) by force arms, and regularly makes racist rants on Instagram.
So, ask yourself, why would CNN even run this story? It would have been to their benefit to just leave it alone.
Unless of course, you combine it with the other related indicators. Taken alone, they seem as just news stories. Taken together, we see that true militias to ensure equal rights are inherently evil, and a truly racially-based militia (yes, race is required to join NFAC) with a truly racist agenda is good.
Now, when both groups appear at polling locations, who will be seen as evil, and who will be seen as protectors? If, God forbid, these groups fight (which NFAC regularly asks for), who be painted as the racist aggressors, and who will be painted as the virtuous defenders?
I don’t share this to advocate for either side, other than the TRUTH. The TRUTH is that Grandmaster Jay and his militia are indeed RACISTS.
The thing I am advocating for is for all of you, regardless of political leanings, to understand that a narrative is being created to justify violence by one side against the other, and THAT puts you at risk. You may be also considered a risk, based upon someone’s reporting (Don Lemon – “White men are the biggest terror threat”) and you should plan accordingly, especially on election day.
So, What Do I Do?
Get out and gather local indicators and figure out what the local risk level is. Monitor locals groups to see what they have planned. Listen to the media on both sides to see what is being pushed.
Use that information, along with your area study, to plan your own level of preparedness, based upon local risk.
There is a lot of preparedness and tactical knowledge in the Bible, and that’s where the motivation for this blog comes from. Hidden inside the Bible are a lot of great adventure stories that rival the Lord of the Rings, but you have you to know where to find them.
The story of Elijah is one of those. His story is one of wilderness survival, resisting a tyrannical government, intelligence gathering, and war. I know, your pastor doesn’t tell you that in the snippets he gives you on Sunday, but hold, on, we’re going for a ride.
I am going to briefly recap his story, and illustrate the preparedness and tactical truths that are just as valid today as we go along. Historically, we know that the one major battle depicted did in fact occur between King Ahab and King Ben-Hadad in about 857 BC, so these truths are over 2,000 years old and still valid.
This story is found in 1 Kings 17-21.
First, Elijah delivers an ultimatum and warning to the King, Ahab, right at the outset. Elijah, being a smart and prepared young man, knows that it’s a good idea when you put the government on notice, to immediately clear the area.
He immediately fled from the capitol, and went and hid in a ravine. He choose a ravine because it had a solid water supply. In verse 17:6, God tells Elijah “I have commanded the ravens to bring you food”. Now, the Bible is an odd book, because sometimes you’re meant to take it literally, and sometimes, you aren’t. This notice from God was basically saying that the Elijah was to live off the land. Ravens are scavengers and that’s the example for Elijah. The water eventually dried up, so Elijah had to move on.
There are a couple of lessons for us here:
Pick a location with access to water.
Have the skills to enable you to live off the land.
If conditions (like access to water) change, be prepared to change locations.
I always say that skills beat stuff (gear) every day. I didn’t say, “Bring all the gear to live off the land”, I said have the skills.
In Chapter 18, we learn about a man named Obadiah. While Elijah was playing Ted Kaczynski Mountain-Man, chilling out with the ravens, Jezebel had ordered her guards (the police) to round up all the Jewish followers of God (sound familiar?). When Obadiah saw this happening, he gathered 100 of them to hide.
But…Obadiah was SMART. He found 2 caves, and hid 50 of the people in each cave and kept them supplied with food and water. That way, if a cave was found, they weren’t all found.
Sounds like a principle we can use today:
Establish multiple bug-out locations.
For supplies, never put them all in one cache, in case it is found or seized (Yes, the Defense Production Act allows this).
If forced to, reveal only one location, which will allow you to preserve at least 50% of your supplies, more if you have more than 2 locations.
You could theoretically have a planned “surrender” stash for exactly this purpose.
Have a network or plan for resupply as needed.
Shortly after Elijah returned, Jezebel sent him a messenger. The messenger advised Elijah that she was going to hunt him down and kill him. Doesn’t that sound exactly like the rhetoric we’re hearing right now? Anyway, on hearing this, Elijah immediately showed his wisdom and tactical acumen by immediately leaving the area.
Listen to what people tell you they’re going to do. Take them at their word and prepare accordingly.
Never accept the fight on someone else’s terms, if you can avoid it. You pick the time and place, not the opposition.
Elijah fled, but this time, he wasn’t prepared. He ran out into the wilderness with no supplies and quickly got overwhelmed. He laid down under a tree and asked God to take his life. Now, God sent an Angel to feed Elijah in verse 19:7, but you and I can’t plan on that. After he ate what the Angel brought (This Angel was the first Uber Eats delivery ever recorded), Elijah felt better and made a concrete plan.
Never plan to move without food & water.
Your “bug-out bag” or “5 minute bag”, whatever you call it, should contain at least some food and water, and a means to get more food and purify more water.
In verse 17:6, the Angel LITERALLY tells Elijah he needs food & water for strength for his journey, and so do you.
Every situation looks better after a bite to eat.
If you don’t have food in a mobile format to allow you to live long enough to get to your 25-year food stash, it doesn’t matter how much you have stored in that cabin in the woods.
Never just flee blindly, always have a plan & destination in mind.
After Elijah made it to his bug out location (a cave in the mountains), he was sent on an intelligence mission to gather forces to launch an attack against King Ahab. Elijah set out and gathered a coalition of 33 Kings to come together and fight the battle.
The enemy of your enemy might not exactly be your friend, but he is your ALLY.
Build coalitions of nearby mutual groups or residents to band together in the event a larger force is needed for defense.
Establish a clear chain of command, because this large force, LOST the battle ultimately because each King had his own goals, rather than a mutual goal together.
In Chapter 20, The Battle of Samaria, which occurred in 857 BC plays out, and there are lessons in it. Israel won the battle, despite being overwhelmingly outnumbered (7,000 versus about 200,000).
But first, before the battle, Ben-Hadad sent a list of demands to Ahab. While the demands were tough, all his gold & silver, and his best wives (I wonder who made the cut, and how happy the ones he kept were at not being the best), Ahab agreed. The next day, Ben-Hadad sent more demands, which were too excessive, and Ahab refused.
Appeasement to demands will only get you more demands, until you have nothing left.
The Munich Agreement of 1938 is a classic example of this.
The lessons learned in the battle are:
The Arameans were not surprised because they had scouts out watching the enemy.
Always establish observation posts/listening posts and send out scouts, even if you can only send 2 people.
Israel won with a small force, because they gave full authority to conduct the battle to “junior officers”, rather than the generals. The Arameans didn’t.
Always empower small unit leaders.
In Chapter 21, a man named Naboth owned some land that King Ahab wanted, but he refused to sell it to him. Jezebel sent some government agents, who arranged a meeting. At the meeting, they sat Naboth between some known criminals, who were told to accuse Naboth of conspiring with them (Man, does that sounds familiar?). Naboth was arrested and killed.
Entrapment to meet government goals has existed as long as man has established governments.
The more tyrannical the government becomes, the more it uses informants and undercover agents (Read that again. Then again.)
Don’t trust “new “ people that no one else knows.
Vet anyone who wants to be affiliated with you.
If anyone starts talking about taking illegal action or building illegal items, RUN. Cut them off completely.
Thanks for bearing with me and listening to the tale of Elijah and his band of subversive agents. There is much more to the story, but this is the part that applied to our topics. I hope these tales gave you a couple of ideas to help you prepare.
Concrete Jungle – A Green Beret’s Guide to Urban Survival is written by former Green Beret Clay Martin. I usually give things written by Green Berets the proper respect by tossing them on the bookcase without ever reading them, but since Clay was a Marine Scout Sniper before he lost his mind, I decided to read it.
Let me be clear, Clay didn’t ask me to read it, and I bought it myself. When it first came out, I thought, it’s like all the others, just a rehash of either FM 7-8 or Military Operations in Urban Terrain. But, online I kept seeing more and more people praising it, and the political tensions keep going up, so I decided to get it and read it.
It’s very well written…most survival-type books are dry and boring. Clay writes in a conversational style, just as if you are sitting on the barstool next to him. The book takes into account so many things that are commonly overlooked in the preparedness community, and you’ll find blog posts on this site where I mention them as well.
The best measure of how smart a man is is how much he agrees with you, and by that standard, Clay is a genius. Almost as smart as me. Almost, but we’ll talk about that in a few minutes.
The introduction throws you into the cauldron right away, with a stark warning about how things are going in the United States and why you should be making preparations NOW, especially with the election just 2 weeks away.
I’m not going to give away the secret recipe here, you’ll have to buy the book to get the details and you’ll want it as a reference.
Clay mentions right out of the gate that so many in preparedness want to talk about gear, but neglect skills. All the coolest cool-guy tacti-cool gear in the world won’t save your life if you don’t have the skills to use it, and that’s where Clay opens.
In his first chapter, Clay gives a better presentation on the intelligence gathering topic of elicitation than the professionals at Fort Hauchuca. It’s an essential skill you can be doing right now. Check out some of my protest intel gathering posts to learn a bit more on this.
As he outlines how to begin gathering supplies and skills, he gives a great formula of buying a little of everything, and eventually you’ll have a lot of everything. It’s a great way to prepare on a budget. Medical gear is commonly overlooked, as well as the skills needed to use it, and Clay addresses it here.
Side note for my followers…He also mentions buying paper maps and a compass, so if we both say it, you should probably do it. Today.
The chapter on building your team is excellent, and matches what I’ve posted here. Find people with skills and cross train. Read the book for the specific skills sets you need to build, Clay does a great recap, far better than mine.
Clay repeats my warning about vetting the people you meet, especially online. The various federal agencies have this institutional belief that patriotic Americans are the most dangerous people on the planet and set up operations to infiltrate groups, and encourage, yes, ENCOURAGE criminal acts. The Michigan group recently arrested have filed a defense that the person who pushed the scheme and hatched the scheme was the FBI informant. You don’t need that hassle.
Here we come to my one and only complaint…I disagree with Clay about the value of traditional martial arts, and if you read my martial arts training posts, you’ll see why. Any particular style or school is only a product of the local instructor. When I teach, I only focus on real-world applications, not winning tournaments or looking cool. It just so happens that my students win in tournaments because training for real life just happens to make their movements sharper and more powerful. My point is that literally ANYTHING is better than no unarmed skills, and traditional martial arts, WITH THE RIGHT INSTRUCTOR, will give you a warrior mindset and confidence.
As an example, when I teach forms (Hyung in Korean, Kata in Japanese), rather than just having students learn the movements as part of a belt requirement, I break the form down and explain the combat purpose of each sequence, making it relevant to self-defense. Anyone who just teaches “forms” as part of a belt test requirement is teaching DANCE, not martial arts, and you should get your money back.
We still cool, Clay? OK, good.
In his chapter on “Stabby Things”, he gives an excellent and realistic discussion about knife training and I agree completely. Knives are a “let me get to my handgun” tool and handguns are a “let me get to my rifle” tool, so you must absolutely develop skills. He gives a great idea that I’ve never thought of to skirt some concealed knife laws. Buy the book, I’m not telling, but I’m for the item he suggests.
The only addition I have for his knife chapter is the 3 Blade Rule. If you carry a folding knife, a multi-tool, and a fixed blade knife, they aren’t any immediate survival tasks you can’t accomplish.
I’ve long held that Rucking is the best fitness preparation for preparedness and Clay agrees in this book, laying out a great program to get you out and moving. A note about rucking…if it’s raining on the day you wanted to ruck 6 miles, DO IT ANYWAY. In the real world, you may have to move over terrain carrying a load in the rain, & your life will depend on it. I swear that the instructors at the West Coast School of Infantry aboard Camp Pendleton knew a rain dance because it was like a monsoon every time we went over 5 miles in full gear. Stop being soft.
I really liked his discussion of Tactical Darwinism, and it applies in life in a lot of other areas as well (like organized retail crime, my current focus).
Clay makes the same case I do about going gray in public. We’ve already lost in the streets, and they are straight up killing people in the streets right now for wrong think and the police are arresting only people from one side who get out and resist. Save your energy for when this situation goes kinetic, which is unavoidable at this point. Right now, Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu is your best tactic.
Y’all know I like to quote God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook, but in this edition, a new verse has been added by Clay:
A bully will put you in traction,
But a professional will put you in a pine box.
Book of Martin, 9:168
This is 100% accurate and why tip your hand which one you are ahead of time.
Martin gives a very good discussion on planning for neighborhood security and how best to go about organizing and securing the neighborhood, including how to fort up in a strongpoint and he gives great advice on how to fortify a house. Buy the book. All I’ll say is that after reading it, I’m pricing chain link, 2×4’s, and barbed wire. I would add to his neighborhood security section the force multiplier of using radio.
In the book, Clay gives very practical advice on guns and gear, and he gives the same caution I do…If you have a main combat rifle in an obscure or special caliber, because the editors at Guns Gone Wild told you it was THE caliber, what are you going to do when all that’s on the battlefield dropped by the bad guys is 5.56 or 7.62? Clay points out that after your initial load out, you should be able to re-supply off the battlefield. If you’ve read anything by me, you’ll know that “Battlefield Pickup” is one of my favorite phrases.
In his discussion on hardening your home, I admit, I had never considered his escape hatch idea…buy the book, you’ll love it and get to work on it immediately.
Another great quote from the book comes from history and the Rhodesians….”An obstacle is only an obstacle if it’s covered by fire”. Agreed, and let’s Make Zimbabwe Rhodesia Again. In all seriousness, if you want a free preview of what’s to come, read about what happened there.
The chapter on escape planning had a few great ideas I had never considered and are highly recommended. I live a block from a river & had only considered using the hiking trails along it, not the river itself.
As we approach the 2 week line, it’s vital that you take a few minutes to ensure that you are prepared for the chaos that this election is going to bring.
No, I’m not saying “may bring” or “might bring”. If you are of the belief that the election is going to resolve the state of affairs in the United States, you just aren’t being realistic and you haven’t been paying any attention.
Just today, from the right, I had a woman say “After the election, ANTIFA will be destroyed just like ISIS by Trump”. Really? Is Donald Trump not the President today? Who’s votes does him waiting secure?
On the left, today you literally have prominent figures talking about opening “deprogramming centers” and “re-education camps” that Trump supporters will have to go in.
Neither side is completely rational at this point.
Both the left and the right have become so entrenched in their positions, that the final winner of the election, no matter who it is, will spark violence. Now, actually read all the words (You know who I’m talking to), this article has nothing at all to do with left or right, it has to do with your PREPAREDNESS, because BOTH sides have a potential to erupt into violence.
Should Biden win, the right will scream that they only way he won is through fraud, and if Trump wins, the left will scream that he only won through election tampering and foreign influence.
The actual facts or accuracy of either position ARE COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT.
What you need to do is prepare to look after your family and loved ones, regardless.
…In this life,
You will have trouble…”
No one promised us peace on earth, in fact, we’ve been promised that in this life, you will have trouble, so let’s prepare for that eventuality.
The first thing to check on is that you have a sufficient supply of food and water for 14 days at home. That’s not hyperbole, staying home during street protests is far more preferable than daily resupply trips.
I know, a lot of people in our preparedness community will point to their 10 year supply of canned goods, but that doesn’t equal MEALS. Do you have actual meal plans, using what you have? SPAM and green beans gets old. Have a variety of things that can be mixed together to make actual meals, not just going for quantity.
Next, you should have an emergency binder that has information on all your family or group members. Complete details, like phone number, height, weight, description, and a photograph, along with copies of any documents (Driver’s License, passport, Concealed Pistol License, etc). This information should be checked for accuracy and updated right now, so that in the event someone goes missing, you can rapidly provide all details and a photo right away.
Conduct an area study (for more information on this see: forwardobserver.com). Locate areas that may be scenes of unrest on election day or right after and develop plans to avoid those areas in your daily travels. If you can’t avoid them, develop alternate routes away from the area in the event you get caught up in a situation. It’s also not a bad idea to make sure you have extra paper maps on hand.
In all honesty, if you can, plan to leave the cities for the first few days after the election. If nothing develops, you can always come back. The opposite is not true if you wait too long to leave an urban area.
Develop a communications plan. Get with your family, or group of friends, or whatever mutual assistance group you have, and develop a mutually agreed on communications plan. As a society, we are FAR too reliant on cellular technology, Most of the groups I advise or train with have cell phone as the first method, and something like Zello, a cell phone 2 way radio app, as a back up. If the cell network is overloaded or is down, you’ve lost them both. When I work in executive protection, RADIO is the first option, and cellular the second.
For most people, though, cellular can be the first option, as long as you have additional methods. You methodology should include several options, such as cellular, then radio, then email, then pre-arranged signals left in areas to be viewed by those knowing the signals. A lost communication plan is important as well, and that’s actions you decide to be taken if someone hasn’t been heard from in an agreed upon time.
If you’re incorporating radio, maintain a listening watch right now on the channels you plan to use so that you’re aware of any interference or changes that may need to be made. When we do an Executive Protection advance, we carry our radios on the planned frequency to see if we hear anyone else using that frequency, who might interfere with our operation.
Whatever you decide on, make sure everyone agrees and IMMEDIATELY begins to carry the supplies to make that happen. What I mean is, if radio is your back up to cellular, you need to carry a radio in your vehicle or with you at all times, for the next few weeks.
Develop and implement a security plan. No, it can’t be “rely on the police”. The police already aren’t coming to assist people caught up in civil unrest, so as it gets worse, you absolutely should not make them your first line of defense.
Matthew Doloff shot Lee Keltner, right or wrong, within 50 feet of police who watched the confrontation unfold and did nothing. Yesterday, police watched ANTIFA attack a black man and simply asked them to go back behind their barricades. In several cities, police have just stood by and let both sides fight it out in the streets.
Police are primarily a response force, not a peacekeeping force.
Develop a plan to keep your family or group secure and to check in on each other. As it gets closer to the election, you may even decide to make up a duty roster of who monitors the news/social media at certain hours to learn what is happening in your area.
Inventory and gather needed first aid and medical supplies. In addition to restocking all kits, consider buying to have on hand any medications you might want or need. I keep a lot of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and allergy tablets on hand, as well as some Anti-Diarrheal medications (you don’t know what condition water supplies will be in).
Stage your supplies. Keep a “go bag” or emergency kit ready to walk out the front door at all times. I call this the 5 minute bag. In the worse case scenario, you can take that bag and walk out of the neighborhood for a few hours or days and come back later, after the danger has passed.
Have additional supplies ready so that with a little more notice you can take more things with you. I have 15 minute, 30 minute, and 3 hour designations. With 3 hours notice, I can leave the house with enough food and supplies to survive indefinitely. It has enough food for a few months without hunting, fishing, or foraging. Beyond that, I’d have to work at it, although my bug out location is self-sustaining as far as farming and hunting is concerned.
Your car should be kept prepared as well. Maintain a full tank of gas daily, it doesn’t cost you any more to top if off each day than it does to fill it once a week, and it could literally save your life. I also maintain additional gasoline storage at home, just be sure to rotate the stored gas occasionally (I do it whenever the price is very low). In my car, I keep emergency supplies, including tarps and an emergency blanket, as well as a change of clothes and boots. A change of clothes is necessary, because in a lot of jobs, work clothes aren’t exactly conducive to survival or overland travel. A well-stocked first aid kit (check out solatac.com) is a literal life-saver.
Begin a daily intelligence-gathering and awareness routine where you check out local news, national news, and local Facebook groups of known protest organizations, to remain aware of potential disturbances.
Most importantly, get over the normalcy bias that this will all go away after the election, it won’t. It’s actually more likely to get worse.
Let me leave you with one last piece from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth.
I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
If Jesus Himself warned of war and troubles, shouldn’t you listen and prepare?
In the tactical community, many people talk about being a warrior, or having a warrior mindset, but do they really understand what that means?
A lot of people in the preparedness community calls themselves warriors as well, but it’s not really required to be a warrior and that’s OK.
Here, we’re going to give a historical perspective on it, and consult the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, the Bible, for a few references.
We are referring to someone who considers themselves a righteous protector, not just a warrior. Throughout history, there were also evil warriors; so in here we’re dealing only with those who consider doing good (or at least not evil) as their goal.
In the middle ages, men were generally either serfs or warriors. In other words, you were either a poor person who served someone else and lived at their pleasure, or you were a fighter for someone else. The only way to not be a serf (read: slave) was to become a warrior.
The time is coming when this will be true again. The tools and modes of travel will be different, but the concept will be exactly the same. You will either be able to fight for your independence and the well-being of others, or you will serve someone. Those are the only two choices.
At the outset of the article, I began with the Knight’s Oath from The Kingdom of Heaven (highly recommended film). While it’s not exactly what every order used, it captures the essence of the medieval knight:
Be brave & upright
Speak the truth
Safeguard the helpless
The Code of Bushido had similar requirements:
Honesty & Sincerity
Duty & Loyalty
I find it fascinating that warrior cultures thousands of miles apart who had no contact with each other had similar ideas and almost an identical code of what a righteous defender was.
May be that’s because they had a divine inspiration & foundation. Let’s look at what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook has to say about Warriors and the Warrior Ethos:
Rescue those being led away to death;
Hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
That seems pretty similar to safeguarding the helpless and having compassion, as exemplified by the Knight’s Oath and Bushido.
We should all strive to defend those who cannot defend themselves and help those who cannot help themselves. In a without-rule-of-law scenario, it will be equally vital, particularly if the police cannot or will not respond to help.
…But if you do wrong, be afraid;
For he does not bear the sword in vain…
This relates directly to serving justice, honor, integrity, and duty. The wrong-doer should fear good warriors. A true warrior is a righter-of-wrongs. Not for the sake of desiring to punish others, but for the sake of justice itself. Side note for the social justice warriors who will read this…Justice has nothing whatsoever to do with FAIRNESS. Life isn’t fair.
Have you ever noticed that the current mob violence never targets true warriors, unless they vastly outnumber them? That’s because a TRUE warrior gives off a vibe that bad actors can sense.
Watch a true warrior walk into a crowd…the crowd parts for him, not the other way around. They don’t do this out of fear or out of his menacing; quite the opposite. They do it because a true warrior just appears to be someone to be respected, and so they move out of his way. (Or her way…don’t send angry emails).
Be watchful, stand firm,
Be like men, be strong.
1 Cornithians 16:13
Everyone should be watchful, but a true warrior, like the Knight’s Oath and Code of Bushido explain, will stand firm, brave, and courageous in the face of whatever comes their way. Adversity is a fact of life. A warrior faces it and deals with it.
Being fearless doesn’t mean that we have NO fear, it means that we put those fears in their proper place and don’t let them control us. We are the masters of our domain.
We certainly don’t cower in fear in own homes, just because our government tells us to (I’m looking at you, Governor Whitmer).
Together they will be like warriors in battle,
Trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.
Admit it, like my friend BullRush admitted, you had no idea such cool things were in the Bible, did you? Wait until next week, when I introduce you all to one of God’s secret agents and expert prepper Elijah.
Warriors have restraint, but once they take action, they fight together with a determination to win. Mindset is the most important part of fighting.
Warriors know that the Lone Ranger is a children’s story, and that true warriors need a band, a tribe, a clan. It takes a team to accomplish anything worthwhile, so warriors find like-minded people and train to work together towards a common goal (like trampling your enemies in the mud).
I am the Good Shepherd;
The Good Shepherd lies down His life for the sheep
A warrior is willing to lay down his life in the defense of his family & friends, those who cannot defend themselves, and his cause. But, most importantly, he is willing to lay down his life for his PRINCIPLES.
Complying and giving up principles for the sake of getting along is called SERFDOM.
At some point, everyone who considers themselves to be a warrior must decide which principles they are willing to sacrifice their lives or freedom for. If you feel that there is no principle in which you are willing to either die for or be imprisoned over, you aren’t a warrior; you’re a serf.
I hope these points provoke some thoughts and soul searching.
I’m not going to defend these geniuses (because you can’t) and their crazy, I’ve-seen-one-too-many-action-films plan to attempt to kidnap the Michigan Governor, but there are some pieces of tactical wisdom that this tale brings out, along with some truths from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook.
First, let me say that I don’t advocate or condone any illegal activity. The problem lies with folks talking about hypotheticals and drawing you into something that you THOUGHT was a hypothetical discussion, right up until the FBI tosses a flash-bang into your living room.
My friend Rob (robsays.net) frequently mentions the martial art of Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu, or the art of avoiding situations but not hanging around with idiots or in places where idiots congregate. That actually would have prevented all of these people being charged. That brings me to our first truth:
The mouths of fools are their undoing,
And their lips are a snare to their very lives.
This entire situation began with people talking big and running their mouths about “What I Would Do” at an event, and it got overheard by an FBI Confidential Human Source.
If someone attempts to engage you in a such a crazy conversation, don’t even entertain it. Simply nodding or laughing politely at their dumb proposition could be interpreted as going along with it, and can land your name on a law enforcement report. Unequivocally reject their statement, “No, I don’t want to hear your plan and I don’t want any part of it”. WALK AWAY from these people. IMMEDIATELY.
When you read the indictment, you’ll see that these discussions occurred at events where people into preparedness might have been; a shooting range, a Second Amendment Rally, an Open The State Rally. Guard your tongue and don’t engage people (no matter how well you know them) who espouse extreme ideas.
Also in the indictment, you’ll read that while they only relied on data from 2 Confidential Human Sources (informants) and 2 undercover agents, there were several other Confidential Human Sources inside these groups. I’ve mentioned before that militia groups and preparedness groups are a favorite institutional target of federal law enforcement, despite a lack of any evidence that they are dangerous. That bring us to another point:
Keeping a close watch on Him,
They sent spies, who pretended to be sincere.
They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said,
So that they might hand Him over to the power and authority of the Governor.
Federal law enforcement lives and breathes through “Source Operations”, or informants. It’s their lifeblood. The indictments here indicate that at least 4 informants were inside a small group of people. Let that sink in.
I’ve long held that the White Supremacy movement in America is 14 actual White Supremacist guys living in Idaho and about 1,400 federal agents and informants trying to convince them to take criminal action.
I know, all of you are thinking, “But I’m not doing anything illegal”. No, you aren’t, but there is still no reason to ever put yourself in a situation where a Confidential Human Source can put your name on their report or in a recording. Mere presence during a stupid conversation is enough, so make sure that your disagreement with the premise of any stupid conversation is loud and vocal.
So many of us meet some eccentric personalities in our preparedness community, and we smile and nod our heads at their silly rantings. If you read this indictment from Michigan, that appears to be where all of this started. Read all the way through and you’ll see that merely NOT saying anything isn’t enough. Several of the people arrested failed to answer a fishing expedition for interest from one of the informants, but that wasn’t enough. An unequivocal NO is what you need to say, loudly and publicly.
Again, Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu is your best defense. I’ve mentioned before that joining a militia or calling your assistance group a militia automatically puts you on the law enforcement radar. Arguing about how wrong that is doesn’t help; we have to live in the reality as it is, not as it should be or how we want it to be.
This week’s very public arrests will make this situation worse.
That being said, if you find yourself in a situation where someone brings one of these situations up, we feel awkward about rejecting them. We usually say how impossible it would be, or how expensive it would be. When someone then suddenly presents a funding source, or a viable plan for their crazy scheme, run away from that person immediately. Reject their idea and cut ALL ties.
As we can see by the indictment this week, the Confidential Sources were provided over $20,000 for expenses to further the scheme. Now, I know none of us are interested in illegal activity, but if an acquaintance suddenly has a large bankroll to do stupid things and buy things for you, don’t accept. Run the other way.
I genuinely believe that most of these people honestly thought that they were having a hypothetical conversation and training just for fun. Even if only 3 or 4 people take active steps, but you all meet regularly, you’re a part of it. Read the indictment, that’s what it truly sounds like. It sounds to me like the CHS’s provided the ideas and cash, to buy explosives and gear from the undercover agents, which is a tactic the FBI has used for decades. Anyone who didn’t specifically say no, was rounded up.
We’ve all sat around and had conversations, especially in this current environment, about our government, and our leaders. It’s sad to have to say this, but you MUST be careful of what you say, even among friends. The federal government is looking to find people in the preparedness/militia community, rightly or wrongly, who are interested in going farther than talk, and you could get caught up in a dumb situation.
Social media is another place to guard your words. Putting out comments about government figures can later be used against you. Be smart and level headed. I know, too, that my militia friends and acquaintances love to post their training photos, but they really should understand the risk they take in doing so.
The indictment mentions that they monitored encrypted chats, because an informant was part of the chat. Now, I use encrypted email for my client’s security, because we discuss confidential business issues. But I’d never be a part of an encrypted group chat, unless I KNEW that the purpose was 100% lawful and would withstand scrutiny.
I’ve had people ask to have an encrypted chat with me on a one-on-one basis, and I have had those conversations, but it’s always about a one-on-one issue and someone I know and trust, and about entirely legal, but sensitive issues (an occupational hazard, unfortunately). I honestly can’t imagine a situation in which I’d accept a request for a secure chat with someone I don’t know, and neither should you. Also, if that one friend (you know who I’m talking about, we all have one), asks everyone join an encrypted chat, say no.
To recap, in our current environment, it’s easy to fall into discussions with people about the government, government figures, or public figures. Even the most best-intentioned of us can find themselves in an uncomfortable discussion that we want no part in. In our current state of affairs, you can’t afford to be polite; you must reject any discussion about taking illegal action immediately, unequivocally, and publicly, for your own protection.
Avoid fools and spies, by practicing Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu.
Recently, there was a social media discussion about radios and being prepared. I frequently talk about this topic, and while most people talk about what gear your need, you all know I’m more about the practical skills aspect.
Let me say it again: SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN GEAR.
Just as it does me no good to have a $3,500 rifle that I don’t know how to clean or zero, it does me no good to have a $5,000 HF Radio set up and no ability whatsoever to make contact with anyone.
And guess what? That’s the norm in the preparedness community. Don’t get offended, you and I both know it’s true. People watch a YouTube video (because that’s the same as learning, right?) and run out and buy whatever “Super Prepper Steve” or “Ultra Ready Randy” were using in the video. Then it sits in the box.
I recently helped teach an event for a local group and I was amazed at how many had radios that they hadn’t programmed. The core group had theirs ready, but many people had just bought the radio and left it in the box until someone offered to program it for them.
That boggles my mind….what if the power had gone out before they ever got it programmed? They’d have a cool paperweight.
So…lesson 1….For every piece of gear you have, commit that you will not buy another until you’ve learned how to put this SPECIFIC piece of gear into use. This applies to everything, because knowing how to shoot a deer rifle, for example, isn’t the same as firing an AR platform, which is also different from firing an AK. Radios are the same, backpacks and tents are the same, etc.
The next point that comes up in discussing radio preparedness is should you get licensed or not. That’s a personal decision you have to make, I personally choose not to. Before all the Amateur Radio guys (who are a great resource and good friends) pounce on me, let me explain:
It’s my PERSONAL choice, I’m not advocating either way.
Just as the Second Amendment allows me to choose how I exercise it, I feel that the First Amendment is also an absolute with no government regulation needed.
I feel no need to add myself to another government list.
When the government decides to invoke the Defense Production Act, guess where they will find a list of people who might have the radio gear they want to seize?
In an emergency, no license is needed to transmit on any frequency.
The biggest value radio has is in the ability to GATHER information by LISTENING.
Lastly, my local team will all be in the same area, so we can use license-free gear for local comms, including CB and CB SSB for long range if needed.
Let’s address some of the problems people will claim there are in this philosophy and the practical skills to combat that.
First, people will say getting licensed allows you to practice and stay aware of what’s going on now. I can practice the same radio skills using license-free bands and equipment with my local team and some other groups.
Also, everyone is able to listen in on ARES/RACES/SKYWARN radio traffic. These are Amateur Radio emergency networks that operate in weather/disaster scenarios and they run regular networks and training events. Monitoring them with your own equipment will help develop skills and will keep you informed. Learn the local Amateur radio frequencies and program them into your radios. When severe weather or a potential issue arises, you can establish a radio listening watch.
The next argument people raise is that there will be a lot of traffic on license free bands like FRS and MURS. I submit that there might be now, but when a disaster strikes, the average person is going to run out of battery power within hours and the traffic will drop almost immediately. Most FRS equipment is so low-power that it won’t affect me and my team anyway.
Among the arguments against using the 5 no license required MURS channels is that businesses use them, like Walmart (here they use 4 and 5). Again, in a grid-down, without-rule-of-law situation, that’s not actually going to be a concern.
They way to combat these issues to set up your radio and LISTEN now. I’ve been maintaining a watch on FRS 3, and occasionally I’ll hear a couple of kids playing around on the radio. I seriously doubt that in an emergency the kids will break out the radios and run around the neighborhood. As a side note to that, human beings are lazy creatures. Monitor FRS 1 for any period of time and I’ll prove it. On FRS 1, you’ll hear constant chatter that is ether kids playing or some local business, because they’re too lazy to actually change the channel.
“But, FRS 3 is the national prepper channel and I can’t use it if someone else is”. No, FRS 3 (and MURS 3) is the National Prepper CALLING channel. You should practice making contact one on channel, and then switching to another to actually talk. Your group should have have pre-planned calling and then “talk-around” or “tactical” channels.
For example, in my group, we have our own calling channel we call Main, and then 8 other channels we call the TAC channels, all of which are in license-free bands. I can call someone on the main channel, and tell them to meet me on TAC 5, and no one listening in will know what actual channel I’m referring to.
The next issue people will raise is the ability for others to monitor your traffic. News Flash…that still is a concern if you have an amateur radio license. Any handheld has a maximum of 5 watts of power, and someone would have to be pretty close to actually interfere with or monitor our radios. Conversely, we regularly monitor ANTIFA radio traffic (yes, they use license free bands).
Truth be told, there is literally no way you can make your radios free from interception. Even encryption is false security, because the United States Government isn’t about to let you buy a radio that they can’t listen to.
Skill wise, work with your team on a radio calling protocol. Your main channel should be used for emergency traffic or for ALL-CALL type traffic that everyone needs to hear. Practice calling on your main channel, then switching to an alternate for conversations. This is more secure, and keeps the main channel clear for emergency traffic.
Carrying that to a larger perspective, if you have a large group at a compound or small community, you could assign TAC channels to each group, security, medical, farming, etc, while all groups also monitor the main channel.
Getting a radio with Dual-Watch capability helps here. This refers to the ability to monitor 2 channels at once. My vehicle radio (which doubles as a base station) has a Quad-Watch capability.
Get radios now, and start listening to amateur bands, and start monitoring the license-free bands around you, to determine what channels will most likely be free for your group.
The next thing your group needs to do is establish a set of Signal Operating Instructions, or an SOI. This is a mutually understood plan for communications. It will list channels/frequencies, pre-set radio plans, contact schedules, and the like. This should be typed out and everyone should have a copy, because in an emergency, it’s a lot easier to open a book than it is to remember things.
Membership in the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network, or AmRRON (www.amrron.com) includes a copy of their SOI, as well as guidance for modifying it for your own group’s use. They also conduct training exercises and weekly network tests.
During a true without-rule-of-law situation, you’ll have to accept that there is potential to be monitored, so some sort of mutually agreed upon code should be devised. Yes, HAM friends, I know that the FCC forbids codes on radio traffic, but if the grid is down and a band of looters is planning to attack my bug out location, the FCC rolling up is the least of my concerns, and quite frankly, they’ll have bigger issues to attend to than me calling my barn “The Nest” on a half-second 5-watt transmission in the middle of nowhere.
Besides, every group of friends has nicknames for the places they go or frequent that is unique to them, so start there.
There is a ton more information on this topic in the AmRRON SOI.
This was a brief recap of an extensive topic, and I highly recommend doing additional research and seeking real training opportunities.
In short, get radios and spare batteries, and learn how to use them NOW, before they are needed.
I want to start by saying that I haven’t gotten paid for these reviews, and I bought these items myself. Having said that, these three are fantastic tools that each person should have. I keep all three in my vehicle emergency kit at all times.
The first one I bought was the emergency shovel. I wanted a portable shovel, but something larger than the E-Tool (entrenching tool) that I carried in the Marine Corps. This shovel is quite a bit longer, but still not as long as a traditional shovel. It’s exactly what I was looking for.
When I was in the USMC, the first thing everyone did with their e-tool was sharpen one edge to use as an axe. This shovel head has a pre-sharpened axe on one side, and a serrated knife/saw on the other, along with a small blade cut-out for cutting cordage to lengths you need in camp or the field. There are also two hexagonal cut-outs to be used as wrenches, although I’ve never used them.
As you can see, it has four sections. The shovel head can be used as a shovel, at 90 degrees as a hoe, or at 45 degrees as a pick or hook. The next section has an impact head, which, as you can see below, can be used to make the handle into a self-defense weapon. The third section has a combination saw/knife blade, which is decent (but not as solid as a dedicated field knife). The top handle section accepts standard screwdriver heads. There is also a compass and a fire steel inside this top section.
A few months ago, I bought a “survival walking stick”. This tool is the longest and it has five sections plus the walking/striking tip. Inside the top handle is again a compass and fire steel, but this one also has a whistle.
You can make tools of any length with the walking stick and it comes with a knife/saw blade that also has a bottle opener and a can opener. There is a spear tip, as well as a second spear that they call an “ice breaker” tip. It also has a section that accepts standard screw driver tips.
You can see how this walking stick and be useful for many survival and camping uses, and I carry it on every hike and keep it my car.
For the martial artists among us, I practice bo staff forms using the walking stick, so that I’m comfortable using the shorter length of it to defend myself. You can also make two sections, each with a spear point, for self defense.
The last one, I just bought this week and am still field testing it. It’s a survival axe. Inside the box, it comes with the axe head, two handle sections, and a knife blade that has a saw back, and a can opener.
Inside the handle again there is a compass, fire steel, and a whistle. If you unscrew the compass top, underneath is what they call a “window breaker”, but I call a striking tip. You can use the axe at one end, and strike with the base as well.
The axe head also has a small hammer on the other side, perfect for putting in tent stakes, or many other camp/survival uses.
The axe also came with a sharpening stone and some lubricant for sharpening.
These three tools are a great collection to have. I bought them all from different places, but they are clearly all from the same original manufacturer somewhere in China. They are all made of high strength steel and are very solid. I was surprised at how well made they were for the price.
All three came with a compass and fire steel, and two out of three also have a whistle. There is plenty of extra room inside the sections to store survival items like water purification tablets or sections of fishing wire with hooks, which is what I do. You could also put waterproof matches and tinder inside the sections.
My only complaint is that they are all of different widths, so that the sections aren’t interchangeable. I imagine that’s by design so that you have to have all three, rather than just buying interchangeable heads.
I did find however, that the axe head fits on the shovel handle, and that the top handle section of the axe has a size reducer, so that you can actually use both the axe and shovel handles together. I made a full-size axe using both handles together.
The items are fairly inexpensive, I paid less than $100 for all three, which makes them a great deal.
They area very portable, with both the shovel and the walking stick coming with carrying bags, and the axe coming with a belt-loop sheath. However, I’ve found that the axe fits very nicely (just like my SOG Tomahawks do) inside a USMC issue 40mm grenade pouch (the handle slides down nicely through the hole at the bottom for drainage), and I attached the pouch to my backpack.
I’ve also carried the shovel on my backpack inside a USMC issue E-Tool carrier, but if you do that, you need a towel or shemagh wrapped around the sections to reduce noise, as they fit too loosely and rattle.
I hope these reviews help you decide on some gear to carry.
The illustrious NFAC made an appearance in Lafayette Parrish, Louisiana this weekend, and there were the usual hilarious photos of the knuckleheads with ridiculous magazines, WalMart optics, and airsoft vests.
Several people came out on the internet right away, dismissing them once again as clowns and dismissing GrandMaster Jay as a fraud trying to glorify himself and the Black Hebrew Israelite ideology.
While I don’t disagree with these on a straight analysis basis, I think there is a real danger here that we are overlooking because we’re so busy laughing at them. I’d like to discuss the danger here. Don’t worry, we’ll do our fair share of laughing along the way.
Before they even began marching, one of them, right in front of the cameras, dropped his shotgun. Listen, if you’re going to carry a long gun into battle, invest in a sling. Hell, tie a string to it if you have. I once learned at a training center that shall not be named in Moyock, North Carolina, “Always look cool, always look like you know what you’re doing, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, at least look cool.” Dropping your primary weapon system violates all those rules at the same time.
While moving to the park, at least one member had a magazine fall out of his gear while running, right in front of the media. The difference between real gear and airsoft gear is that real gear allows you to actually secure your magazines.
I think the guys above were taking the term “Heavy Weapons Section” a bit too literally.
Don’t be fooled by their fancy posturing during their “patrol”. If you watch the video, you’ll see that there are fences erected all the way along the route. That’s because the NFAC got a permit and they walked along a route that was secured by the LaFayette Parrish Sheriff’s Office, who they were allegedly protesting. Real defiance to authority is apparently getting a permit and walking only where they allow you to.
I heard one guy as the march began shouting “Keep your head on a swivel”….cool movie quote, bro. At least he didn’t say “Stay Frosty, gents”.
At one point, during a security halt, they had the main body kneel, while the personnel facing outboard stood. If you have ever served in anything other than Motor T or Food Services, you know that this is backwards. If there was a threat, the people in the center of the formation would have had to return fire through their own people.
Then, there’s this gem. I guarantee you that the 90 round AK magazine was empty, otherwise this cat would’t have made it 4 blocks carrying it. Also indicative of an empty AK mag is the fact that this guy kept drawing his pistol and holding it in his hand during GrandMaster Jay’s speech. Now, if I had been on Jay’s detail, and a man within 10 feet of Jay had drawn a loaded pistol, he’d have only done it one time.
It certainly wouldn’t have been an NFAC march without an accidental discharge, and this one did not disappoint. While the Sheriff’s office claims that this guy (Terrance Jones) was not affiliated with the NFAC, he was armed and inside their perimeter when he accidentally discharged his handgun. Twice. It’s worth noting that he was illegally carrying the firearm.
Now, let’s get onto the danger part.
Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep’s clothing,
But inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Grandmaster Jay is a good public speaker, for his target audience. He was a US Army sergeant (an admin clerk by his own admission on Saturday, “I was the S1”). I can remember a time in history when a corporal from the Austro-Hungarian army who happened to be a good public speaker set the entire world on fire and launched a genocide on a massive scale.
Those aren’t the only similarities between Jay and Hitler. Both openly proclaimed the superiority of their race. Both believed that their race was unfairly policed, unfairly persecuted, and deserving of it’s own exclusive territory. They both believed that every member of their race deserved guaranteed employment, healthcare, housing, and the right to self-police their own community. They both also, interestingly, believed in occultist religious ideology.
I’ve always maintained that no matter how ridiculous you think the NFAC is, they can still kill you, and they can still cause widespread disorder, death, and destruction. The British laughed at the ragtag band of men who gathered on the green in Lexington with mis-matched gear, hunting rifles, and no formation. It didn’t work out very well for them. ISIS was about as disorganized as modern forces can be, but they seized most of Iraq and Syria after starting with just a few pickup trucks by being more committed and willing to die than the other side was.
I want to take a few minutes to point out some of his more egregious quotes, that most will overlook, because they are too busy laughing at the NFAC.
Grandmaster Jay led several chants of “BLACK POWER”. He also admonished the crowd to “Be BLACK first”, which got him thunderous applause. You see, it’s not Jay and the NFAC we have to worry about; it’s who his racist rhetoric INSPIRES TO ACTION.
At one point, Jay said don’t vote for anyone who doesn’t make promises to do something for your race, which is a very racist statement. I prefer candidates who will do something for EVERYONE. But the scarier part came just after…Jay said that after that person gets elected, if they don’t deliver for the black race, you have to be prepared to do it “old School” and go and physically remove them from office. That violates 18 USC 2385, for those keeping score.
From there, it took the turn that scared me the most. In reference to Black Lives Matter protests, he said that the black community is doing it wrong. He said that the black community needs to stop “bringing signs to a gunfight, and stop singing and dancing for the police who are killing you”. These are specific calls to violence.
Now, we all know that Grandmaster Jay himself isn’t going to take violent action; he loves the spotlight and attention that freedom and stages give him. But make no mistake, he intends to incite violence by others.
Grandmaster Jay also said, in reference to interacting with the police, “If they put their hands on you, put them in the hospital or in the morgue”. Again, while he isn’t going to do anything, he’s specifically calling for violent resistance to any police contact. That violates 18 USC 2384.
We all know that Grandmaster Jay himself is all talk. He said they’d burn down Louisville if they didn’t get charges within 4 weeks; that deadline came and went. Then, he said they’d overrun and shutdown the Kentucky Derby; yet all they did was march around on the route the police allowed.
However, rhetoric like his is why a young man in Louisville opened fire on police during the protests there, wounding two.
It’s so easy to look at the images and watch the NFAC march and laugh, but that is dangerous. Pay attention to what he’s saying and encouraging others to do. Like all race hustlers, he isn’t going to risk arrest and take action, but he hopes others will.
It’s very easy to write off the American sergeant, but remember the lesson the world learned when they wrote off the Austrian corporal. They are far more similar than they appear.
Modern tactics are really nothing more than the same tactics used for thousands of years, just re-written to sound more high tech. It was once said that it was the longbow, and not the infantryman that became obsolete, and the horse, not the cavalryman. That is very true.
However, the same combat engineer and security skills that Nehemiah used in Jerusalem are still in use today, as are the same recon skills and tactics that David used in the Desert of Ziph, thousands of years ago.
In 1 Samuel 26, a great adventure story plays out that proves that the Bible is still the ultimate tactical handbook. Let me set the stage.
King Saul knew that David was going to replace him some day, so he decided to kill David. David has already survived one assassination attempt. David and his small band of warriors were hiding out in the wilderness of the Desert of Ziph.
King Saul brought 3,000 troops and because the force was so large, they had to camp right beside the road….You can’t hide 3,000 men making a trail. These two pieces are the first tactical lessons in this story.
Don’t bring a massive force to search for a small force, it’s very easy to track, and hard to hide.
Don’t set up or halt in an obvious danger zone, where you can be found or observed easily.
When David heard that Saul was near, he immediately sent out scouts, who fixed the location of Saul’s forces and reported back to David. Two more quick tactical points that are equally valid today:
Have an intelligence network up and running, so that you hear about things happening. Because David had a network, his team immediately knew when a threat was near.
Confirm all reports by getting your own people to physically observe what’s been reported. David could have launched an attack as soon as he heard, but what if Saul wasn’t really there? David would have exposed his meager force.
Once David’s scouts reported back to the main body where the enemy was, David immediately went to take a look himself and finalize a plan. Today, we give that the fancy name of “Leader’s Reconnaissance”, but despite the modern name, it’s the same thing David did.
Conduct a Leader’s Recon to finalize the plans. David took one other man with him, for security.
When leaving on a Leader’s Recon, issue a “GOTWA” plan.
Going: Where you are going
Others: Who is going with you
Time: Time of your return
What: What to do if you don’t return
Actions: What to do if you are attacked or the main body is attacked.
Now, David and his partner were able to sneak into the enemy camp undetected, because the King’s forces were confident that no one would attack a force of 3,000.
1. ALWAYS post security and have a security and sleep plan for your entire team.
David found where the King was sleeping, and the King’s spear and water jug were sitting near his head. Rather than killing the King, which would have meant a victory, for about 2 seconds until the other 3,000 men killed David, David disarmed the King and took his water jug.
Fighting is not always the best option.
Sometimes, removing resources from an enemy force can force it to retire or lose (The Crusaders lost the Battle of Hattin because of a lack of water).
David and his escort then withdrew, but continued in a direction AWAY from their own forces, and secured themselves a position on a hill overlooking the enemy camp.
Use deception by traveling in a unexpected direction or by leading pursuers away from your true positions.
Always secure high ground and commanding terrain.
Use the Acronym OCOKA to pick out the best position:
Observation and fields of fire
Cover and concealment
Avenues of approach
The next morning, David contacted the enemy force and let them know that he had penetrated their camp and could have killed their King in his sleep, but chose not to. The King was shaken by this, and saw it as a sign. The King immediately vowed to stop pursuing David. While we know that outcome isn’t certain in today’s world, it does give us a couple of tactical points.
Sometimes, simply making it known that you COULD have taken action, but instead showed FORBEARANCE accomplishes far more than fighting.
In preparedness, not every fight is a fight we SHOULD make. In fact, we should avoid it as much as possible.
Now, that’s a fun analysis that illustrated some very basic tactical principles, but how does that apply to preparedness?
Most people who are into preparedness want to immediately talk about all the guns they have and all the tactical training they do, but that misses the entire point of preparedness.
The point of preparedness is to SURVIVE. Sure, being able to fend off an attack is a good skill to have, but it’s not always the best option.
You aren’t going to be light infantry out in the outback with Mad Max, righting the wrongs of society.
This story illustrates that by applying proper tactics, and accomplishing your goals WITHOUT fighting, you’ll be a lot better off in the long run. Sure, David could have been all secret-squirrel ninja and killed the King, but how would he have gotten out of the camp, and then away from the pursuit that was sure to follow?
By not fighting, he solved the problem on a far more permanent basis. Let that be the one tactical truth you take away from here.
He was not showing weakness; remember that at this point, David was already known as a great Warrior. He showed STRENGTH by choosing not destroy the King.
There is a great lesson in that.
The other lesson I hope people take away from this analysis of David’s tactics in the Desert of Ziph is that your training shouldn’t always involve punching holes in paper. The ability to conduct Scouting & Patrolling, operate a Listening/Observation Post, and how to gather intelligence are all skills that anyone into preparedness should master, even more than shooting.
Have you had enough of 2020 yet? Honestly, if October 1st rolls around and either aliens land from space or the reptilian under-lords emerge from underground, I won’t even shrug.
I can however, report that 2020 has proven that climate change is REAL. No, not that climate. The self-defense climate has completely changed, and regardless of your political leanings, you need to understand what this means. You need to IMMEDIATELY adjust your self defense plans to match the current legal climate.
The current climate means that certain activities are protected by the police & courts, and certain others, which would normally be lawful, are now being treated with zero tolerance.
As an example, armed protestors are stopping cars that are just trying to drive down the road. If you hit the armed people in the road and drive away, you will be arrested, and they will not.
Last weekend, in Hollywood, California, a crowd of 300 blocked a road and began harassing drivers. One driver, in a Prius of all things, drove out of the crowd, yet the protestors mounted up in two vehicles and chased the subject down, pinning the vehicle in. The protestors got out and immediately began breaking windows with poles, bats, and skateboards, trying to pull the driver out the window, so the driver backed up into a vehicle that was part of the assault, and then drove off. A short time later, that driver was ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT. Not the pursuers who attacked him, but the person who used what would normally be lawful self-defense tactics to flee. Arrested at GUNPOINT.
The next day, the police issued a statement, due to massive public pressure. I expected them to apologize, but they defended their actions and even stated that they chased down another vehicle who fled from the crowd as well.
The week prior to that, a man inside his own house had a large group surround his house, chanting at him, and threatening him. I heard one protestor say over a loud speaker “You don’t know what we have pointed at you right now”. The man armed himself and showed the shotgun at the window. While that wasn’t a smart move, it’s a gray area because while every state has brandishing laws, none has clearly defined what “brandishing” is and brandishing must generally be done in PUBLIC, not your own home.
Sure enough, the police arrived, and did the bidding of the hostile crowd that moments before had been threatening to harm a man for flying a Trump flag, and arrested the man. As soon as the police left with the man, the crowd sprayed the house with graffiti.
We are seeing time and again, the crowds instigating a confrontation, and the police arresting people who resist the crowd.
During one of the early protests, a Dallas business owner was attacked, and he fought off two men who were trying to hit his head on the pavement. He shot and killed the third, and despite the local prosecutor ruling the shooting lawful, a “special prosecutor” filed murder charges. The man took his own life last week.
This begs the question…Has our nation already been lost?
Last weekend, highly publicized video went out showing police officers rounding up a church group that was meeting in a public park, socially distanced. The legal issue was that the State had banned worship gatherings. Most people who saw it wrongly assumed it occurred in California, but it happened in MOSCOW, IDAHO. Yes, really.
Has our country already been lost?
Some police departments and chiefs are trying to stand against this, but they are being fired and branded as racists (no matter what their race).
Most famously, Chief Craig here in Detroit has taken a stand. He stated clearly on the first nights that criminality will not be tolerated. On August 23rd, a BLM/Antifa group tried to establish an autonomous zone (exactly like I predicted) on Woodward Avenue. The police moved in and a riot ensued. Of course, the ones who were unlawfully seizing territory by force claimed that the police “attacked” them.
The following Monday, the protestors filed a federal lawsuit and almost immediately an injunction was granted preventing the police from using riot batons, expandable batons, tear gas, pepper spray, flash-bangs, acoustic devices, and smoke against the protestors. Chief Craig immediately responded that he hasn’t seen a peaceful protestor yet, but the injunction stands, allowing the protestors control of the streets.
If the police can’t defend themselves or the city against the mob, what do you think the courts will do with you?
Most police departments are not engaging at all with the mob. They are letting them block streets, scream at people, and harass diners with impunity. Invariably, you’ll see police standing by, just in case you attempt to defend yourself.
So, what does this mean for someone concerned with self-defense? Well, it means a few things.
First, practice Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu and avoid areas where protests take place. This isn’t always possible, but pay attention and do what you can.
Second, stop with the online comments, because they are being used against you. As an example, a couple of men commented on what they would do to rioters if they were in Kyle Rittenhouse’s situation, then they drove towards Kenosha. One night, while they sat at a hotel, federal agents arrived and arrested them. Among the evidence presented for the arrest warrants were their social media posts. The same thing happened with the Dallas bar owner who killed himself. While the local prosecutor only relied on what happened that night, the Special Prosecutor scoured months of social media posts for evidence.
I know, you’re going to say, “But my First Amendment rights”. Understand that the First Amendment is DEAD. They’re arresting people for worship, arresting people who lawfully assemble for the “wrong” causes, and are using your free speech to lock you up. WE’VE ALREADY LOST.
Third, set aside your pride. If you’re trapped in a restaurant, do what they ask, it means nothing. However, if you resist and are arrested, the protestors and their friends will DESTROY you.
The same applies to traffic. If you’re driving and see a crowd ahead, throw it in reverse and leave. Make a U Turn, illegal left, whatever. I’d rather get a traffic citation than be charged with attempted murder by a liberal prosecutor for resisting the mob.
Lastly, my friend sent me this picture earlier today. It’s a banner on the side of a local Target store. The words “By the order of the State” should chill you to the bone and wake you up from the normalcy bias.
If they can order you to wear a face covering (notice they dropped the word “mask”), they can order you to do anything. Decide right now what level of tyranny you’ll accept.
Many say, well, if they come to my house, I’ll resist then. They don’t need to come to your house. They’ve already won.
Understand your local self defense climate and adjust your personal self defense plan. What was permissible 6 months ago will land you in prison today. Adapt.
The impending appointment of a Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to erupt civil disturbances, protests, and riots across the country as soon as the nomination is announced.
I’m not going to discuss the issues surrounding whether one should be or should not be appointed, because the politics of the situation don’t matter, the need to be aware of the potential for violence and make preparations for you and your family’s safety is what matters.
All across the country, media figures and prominent political figures are already threatening that if a nomination is made, they will “burn it to the ground” and “nothing is off the table”, yet I still hear people saying nothing will happen, and that once the election passes, things will go back to normal. The Ultimate Tactical Handbook talks about this:
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Let me ask you this….which of these two courses of action is more prudent?
1. Take a few steps to prepare, and not need to have.
2. Take no action, but you should have.
Easy, right? If I buy a little extra food and water, and pay a bit more attention to my surroundings, and maybe carry a little gear and it all be for nothing, I’m out nothing and I have some extra things that I will use anyway. If I do nothing, laugh it off, and then get caught in a riot and power outage, I’m in a bad spot and may not recover at all.
So, what steps can you take?
First, and I know I keep saying it, but INCREASE YOUR AWARENESS LEVEL. On the Cooper alert scale, you should absolutely be at at least Yellow. Pay attention to local news, conduct daily social media searches for events in our area that could lead to protest activity, and pay close attention to what is happening around you.
Many people say “I don’t watch the news anymore, it’s all so depressing”. That’s a silly position to take, you need information to keep safe.
Second, seek alternative news sources that are fact-based. Independent journalism, unfortunately, is far more honest than the mainstream media. As an example, did you know that last Friday, a Black Lives Matter supporter in a Breonna Taylor t-shirt walked into a bar owned by a police officer and randomly murdered 3 people? It hasn’t been carried on a single major network, yet it happened. The fact that it occurred should increase your awareness level when sitting in a restaurant.
No matter what news source you use, verify the information from a second, unrelated source. Information from a single source is just that, information. Once confirmed by a second source, it becomes intelligence that you can take action on. In the above example, you might decide to make sure you sit where you can see the entrance and be near an emergency exit. Don’t be afraid to ask the host/hostess for a seat near an emergency exit, you are paying for the experience.
Third, gather food and water. In the event of mass protests and rioting, going out to get groceries or to go eat could be dangerous. During the Ukranian Revolution, while there was a literal war going on in downtown Kiev, the rest of the city had open stores and restaurants, until the tanks and troops finally rushed in. You don’t want to venture out and risk getting caught up in it or trapped on the wrong side of a sudden battle line.
Fourth, carry basic emergency supplies with you. I alway keep my “patrol bag” in the car as a “get home kit”. It’s a Highland Tactical Apollo backpack (hltactical.com). Inside I keep rain gear, a US military poncho and poncho liner (excellent emergency tent/sleeping bag), a full MRE, emergency drinking water, some protein bars and jerky, full first aid kit, and a few specialized items:
1. Shemagh – A shemagh can protect you from dust, smoke, tear gas, and other nasty things in the air. It can also be used as a bandage or for warmth. While I own various colors, in an urban area I use a plain black one so that it doesn’t look “tactical”.
2. Sillcock Key – A specialized tool for turning on outside water faucets at businesses in urban areas. When you need water in an urban area, this tool is a life-saver.
3. Multitool – Always a good item, I carry a Gerber M600 and a Gerber Suspension.
4. Flashlights – In an urban area, flashlights are a must. I generally carry a 700 lumen light on the backpack and a 300 lumen light on my belt. A headlamp is also inside the backpack.
5. Packable Jacket – The ability to quickly change your outward appearance can be helpful. I carry a Propper packable jacket that folds up into it’s own pocket (www.propper.com).
6. Paper Maps – I always carry a map book in the backpack and I also have a paper map of the local area (wherever I go) in my BattleBoard Scout Medium (www.battleboard.us).
Next, realize that, YES, THIS REALLY IS HAPPENING. Normalcy bias is the tendency to assume things aren’t really that bad and will return to normal shortly. Things ARE really that bad, and they aren’t going to go get better anytime soon.
Lastly, make an important decision, RIGHT NOW. What issues and ideals are the red lines for you and what will you do to preserve them? The biggest problem we’re seeing right now is the desire to “go along to get along”. That only works with people who actually WANT to get along with you, on either side of the political aisle.
On September 30, 1938, in an attempt to appease the demands of the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany, Britain and France agreed to let Germany annex Czechoslovakia. That decision led to millions of deaths worldwide and the near world-domination of National Socialism.
While you are considering that last point, I want to leave you with one final instruction from God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
As the security situation continues to deteriorate, we must all improve our abilities to defend ourselves. Many in the preparedness community immediately recommend concealed carry of a firearm as the ultimate defensive capability, but I always teach that a firearm is a tool of last resort. That’s even more true inside a crowd.
There are many situations in which we are seeing as protests pop up in areas with little or no notice, so you need to develop self-defense skills that don’t solely rely on the use of a firearm. Many of these situations involve scenarios in which a firearm isn’t the best option, and others involve situations in which there isn’t time or room to draw a firearm before defending yourself.
Right now, you should devise a family (or friends) plan for handling protests while out. Have a standing plan so that all you have to do is say the word and everyone executes the plan. You won’t have time to decide what to do when they are already walking up to the restaurant you’re at.
In this article, we’re going to discuss a few weapon defense skills you need to develop, and analyze the mindset of one of my favorite Biblical soldiers, Nehemiah.
Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way
That each labored on the work with one hand,
And held his weapon in the other.
Each of the builders had his sword strapped
At his side while he built.
Not only did Nehemiah require everyone to have weapons and weapon skill, but this standing order of his would have also had the effect of raising the situational awareness of his people. “If Nehemiah wants us to be armed at all times, there must be a threat….” The lesson here is raise your threat level, and raise your awareness to Condition Yellow whenever out of your own home.
We are seeing large groups targeting people in public and demanding that the people either raise their fist or kneel. You have to make your own decision on what to do if trapped in this, but there are steps you can take. When you hear the loudspeakers and chants down the street, get up, find the cash register to pay your bill and LEAVE THE AREA. Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu is the best martial art for these riots.
If trapped in one of these restaurants, you have two options. The first is to comply. Raising the fist to keep from being harassed isn’t fatal and it doesn’t mean you really believe. The other option is to get up and leave via an emergency exit. Yes, I mean either without paying or by just leaving cash on the table. A large crowd approaching a restaurant to harass people is an emergency, and as yet, not one restaurant has lived up to their legal obligation to protect their paying customers. The police are standing around watching, to make sure that YOU don’t attack the protestors (meaning defend yourself). You can always return the next day and speak to the manager about paying any bill left behind.
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking,
“Their hands will get too weak for the work…”
In the story of Nehemiah, he knew that the opposition was just trying to make his people too afraid to resist what the opposition wanted. That is exactly what’s going on today. They want you to think that you can’t resist the mob. If I’m not there when they arrive, they can’t force me to do anything. There will come a time for a fight, but it’s not when surrounded by a larger crowd, with unknown civilians everywhere in the way.
I know I’ll get comments about “I’m not backing down, ever”….that’s just false bravado and many tombstones say “Here lies Jim, he never backed down”. I’ll pick the fight I can win over a no win fight. Tactical withdrawal is not retreat. It’s fighting when the conditions are conducive to winning. Are there times to stand your ground? Absolutely. But a loud crowd of idiots isn’t the time.
The Vikings had a saying that a Warrior can only die one time, so he should make it count. They went to great lengths to only fight when they knew the fight was worthy of throwing away your life. Arguing about raising your fist isn’t one of those times.
Blessed by the Lord, My rock,
Who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.
You must possess unarmed weapons defense skills. If a member of a crowd suddenly lunges at you with a stick, a baton, or a knife, if try to draw a firearm or other defensive tool, you’ll be seriously injured.
There is absolutely NO SUBSTITUTE for obtaining instruction from a qualified instructor. Seek one out from a reputable organization (PKSA Karate has schools all over this country and even one in India www.pksa.com).
I highly recommend David Kahn’s book “Krav Maga Weapon Defenses” for learning basic weapon defense skills. In fact, I own every book and video David has out there. Check him out at www.israelikrav.com.
The basic skill sets you need in this environment are defense against a blunt object, defense against a knife, and defense against a takedown.
Fortunately, the same skill set can be used to defend against a blunt object or a knife. The primary objective to move outside of the attack and use both hands to deflect it away, preferably while launching a low-line kick to either the groin or the attackers knee. The reason to kick while making a defense is to take the initiative away from the attacker and gain space. I’m not going to going into more detail, because you need to seek out a qualified instructor.
**YOUTUBE IS NOT A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR**
As far as defense against a takedown, understand that in a crowd, being taken to the ground IS A DEADLY FORCE SITUATION. You can easily be killed on the ground by a large crowd. Awareness is your best defense. If someone tries to take you down, sidestep to the outside and launch a kick at their exposed head or ribs.
For my final point about mindset, I want to discuss the deputies shot in Compton this week and the female deputy I have dubbed the “Shield Maiden of Compton”, because she displayed a true Viking Warrior mindset.
Two deputies were sitting in the vehicle when an unknown subject calmly walked up to the window and fired several rounds point blank into the vehicle. The female deputy was shot in the arm and through both sides of her mouth. The male deputy was hit in the head and both arms.
Imagine that scene…It would be easy to just slump down in the car and wait for help to arrive.
The Shield Maiden of Compton didn’t. She knew that when ambushed by an unknown force, your first order of business is to get off the X. She got out of the car, and immediately dragged her partner with her. She had him draw his weapon and so did she, despite their injuries. She got them both away from the vehicle (which was an obvious target) and in an area with concrete on two sides, and behind another concrete pillar.
Once there, she assigned the male deputy a sector to watch, and focused on a group of young males down the street. We would later learn that the males were making videos and taunting them. She kept focus on the males, while also scanning rooftops as she applied a tourniquet to her partner, which probably saved his life. She called for assistance and then they both maintained their awareness until other units arrived.
Mindset means more than skill, when talking about combat survival. USMC SgtMaj Brad Kasal, during the battle of Fallujah, is depicted below. SgtMaj Kasal arrived at house where 3 of his young marines were trapped. He went in, and laid down cover fire, getting shot in the process. While the young Marines began to extract, SgtMaj Kasal saw a grenade fly through the air and land among the young men. He later said that he knew that he was older and they had more life to live, so he jumped on the grenade. Despite grievous wounds, SgtMaj Kasal was still alive. He credits mindset to this. As you can see in the photo, despite multiple gunshot wounds and having contained a grenade blast with his body, SgtMaj Kasal still has his pistol in hand, and is still very much in the fight. His book, My Men Are My Heroes is a great read.
Avoid a fight if you can, but if you must fight, stay in the battle until you win
Like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
A couple of weeks ago, I put out a post about Heeding Warnings. I got some feedback, accusing me of being political in the post.
I would challenge that the politics of the situation DO
NOT MATTER ONE BIT. The politics are the symptom, the danger is the widespread violence.
The person went on to explain that the left was justified and the right wasn’t. I say again…IT DOESN’T MATTER ONE SINGLE BIT.
If you are truly into preparedness, you would have realized that, just like I’m going to today, I’m pointing out that you need to be aware that it’s getting worse, and that every indicator is pointing to even worse violence and more widespread, not less.
Yesterday, an unknown subject walked up on a police vehicle and shot two officers in the head, for no reason. The BLM/ANTIFA crowd then went to the hospital and surrounded it, threatening the other officers, saying “You’re next” and screaming “We Hope They Die”.
Now, if you think that there is some justification for either the shooting or the behavior at the hospital, go ahead and unfollow me and block me on your social media.
HOWEVER, my point is that this is another INDICATOR and warning that you should heed, regardless of your politics. This was a military action against the government of the United States (yes, I know they were county officers, but they represent the nation). The fact that HUNDREDS of others immediately came out into the streets to praise the attack should alert you that we are closer to a civil war than you may think.
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
I keep seeing posts on social media that say “This is why you have to vote Trump in November” or “After the election, Trump will solve this if he wins”. What on earth motivates people to think like this? Is he not President TODAY? What will change after the election? And, more importantly, why do you think that these insane people in the streets protesting will just shrug their shoulders and go home if he wins? They won’t, they’ll get 10,000 times WORSE.
I also hear “This is why you need to vote in Biden”. Biden has been in government for 50 years and hasn’t solved the problems that led to this situation, and 8 of those years he was Vice President. Also, if you actually attend the protests to try and learn what these people are saying, you’ll hear that they don’t want him to be President either.
The point I’m making, yet again, is that we ALL have to get past this normalcy bias that it will all get better after the election.
It’s going to get worse, no matter who wins the election.
Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep’s clothing,
But inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
To analyze some of their plans, just listen to the media. Stories are being ran on every network and paper that say that any outcome other than a landslide by Biden will result in widespread disorder and violence. THAT’S what you need to prepare for, rather than hoping your candidate wins and that the magical peace fairies will arrive.
They are telling you exactly what they are going to do. They mentioned a war game that they ran that indicated that the Governors of several states (Including Nanny Whitmer here in Michigan) would direct their Electors to cast ballots for Biden, regardless of the State results. This would lead to more protests and Joe Biden himself even said he’d send troops to remove Trump from the White House.
“By their fruits, you will know them”…Just listen to what they are telling you.
There is absolutely nothing that you or I can do, aside from vote, to change the SECOND ORDER EFFECTS. Everyone is so focused on the First Order effect, which is who wins, that everyone is neglecting the SECOND ORDER effect, which is widespread civil disorder and violence.
This second order effect will also likely lead into a third order effect, which is a Balkan-Type civil war.
I mentioned this potential the other day and this guy spammed my Twitter repeatedly with “Nah, it’ll ever happen”. Seriously, how do these people not see it? There is a current news story about a few dozen families buying up land in Georgia to make “a city safe for black people”. During the Balkan War, NATO enforced Muslim enclaves or “Cities safe for Muslim people” and Serbian enclaves or “areas safe for Serbs”. See how that worked out?
The entire point of this post is share with you some Bible wisdom about being aware, while also URGING you to stop thinking that the election will solve any of this.
I’d also like to point that whether or not YOUR particular candidate wins, has NOTHING AT ALL to do with whether or not you should prepare for the potential for widespread disorder and violence. If you are TRULY into preparedness, you’ll agree that the risk of civil war hasn’t been this high since the 1860 election.
Please be safe, please prepare according, and help others break their normalcy bias.
Solomon wrote those words thousands of years ago, and they are just as valid today as they were then. Our biggest security threat is ourselves. With the advent of social media and cell phones, we are encouraged to literally narrate our lives, broadcasting everything we do and everywhere we go to the entire world.
An entire industry has risen around tracking our movements, called surveillance capitalism. Every search you make, every errand you run, every message you send, and every area you visit is cataloged and sold to advertising companies & information brokers. The information is available to anyone who wants to buy it. Yes, anyone.
Today, we’re going to discuss some things you can do to secure your movements and reduce your signature in the world.
Obviously, throwing away the cell phone, never driving a newer car, and never going anywhere will solve this problem, but that’s not practical in the real world. Yes, I said newer car…newer cars have a “black box” recorder which can be accessed by law enforcement should they feel a need (like after an accident).
What does the Ultimate Tactical Handbook say about posting all your intimate details for the world to buy? (I bet you didn’t think this is in the Bible, but it is…)
Buy the truth & do not sell it –
wisdom, instruction, and insight as well.
This is a simple truth that is just as valid today…gather the information everyone else puts out there, but don’t put your own information on the auction block. Sam Culper at forwardobserver.com puts it this way: “farm from social media – but never plant”.
Set your security options tightly, so that only your friends can see it. I also don’t allow tagging of me in anything without my approval. Never tag yourself in a location, but if you must, do it after you’ve left.
One of the biggest issues I see is people posting photos and tagging themselves in locations. While this alerts anyone who might want to do you harm to where you can be found, it also alerts the entire world to where you CAN’T be found…in other words, it tells potential burglars that you aren’t home.
Resist the temptation to tell the world about every step of your 30 day European vacation.
An unexpected consequence many young people are learning is that now employers are reviewing social media posts prior to making hiring decisions and their unrestricted tagging and photo posting is labeling them as a security risk.
Many believe that turning off the location services on your cell phone, or placing it in “airplane mode” protects your location, but even when your phone is off, it is SAVING the location of the phone. Once you turn it on and re-connect, it still sends the location history to the service provider, regardless of your settings. Yes, YOU have privacy rights, but one of the things you agreed to when you accepted the service agreement was location reporting. It’s how the phone companies make money, selling your data. Your monthly fees pay for their maintenance of the network, the real money-maker is your data.
If you truly want to hide your phone’s location history, store it in a Faraday Bag (available online) and only take it out when you need to make a call. Is it inconvenient…Yes. But, security and convenience is ALWAYS a trade off.
I have a homemade Faraday Cage in my car for times when I want a little privacy and security.
Many people roll their eyes when I talk about your phone constantly listening or Alexa/Google Home constantly recording, but it is indeed a fact. How do you activate it? By saying Hey Google/Siri/Alexa, right? Ever wonder how it knows that you said that…..BECAUSE IT’S ALWAY LISTENING. Try this….discuss something you really want out loud and that you wonder about the price of it, without searching for it. Do this a few times over a few days. Then watch your ads on your phone.
Multiple criminal cases have involved subpoenas for Alexa recordings. It’s worth noting that Alexa allows you to delete a day’s worth of recordings….why would you be able to delete something that allegedy never was recorded? Don’t invite surveillance into your homes.
Network connected security cameras contain the same risk. Ring and Nest are both involved in partnerships with police departments allowing police to search footage for investigative purposes. I know, many people say, I’m not committing a crime, so why should I care? Laurenty Beriya, the founder of the KGB once said “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime”. As so much of our daily lives is recorded and documented, why allow the chance that a vindictive investigator can link you to something blown up (see General Mishael Flynn/Kyle Rittenhouse). Ever driven home after one drink too many? Your own Ring doorbell has legally admissible evidence of you pulling into the driveway and staggering to the door and once it’s backed up to their servers, you don’t own that footage.
A classic example of this is the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Regardless of how you feel about his actions, within hours by searching traffic cameras, local business CCTV cameras, live stream footage, and social media posts, the media was able to paint a picture of a right wing extremist hoping for a fight, whether it was true or not. Everyone was able to see the kid’s every move for the 48 hours prior to the shooting. Limit your exposure.
I’ve warned before about vetting the members of your preparedness group. The Ultimate Tactical Handbook mentions this as well in Luke 20:20 (that’s not an election slogan “Luke 2020, Jesus’ Physician for President”).
Keeping a close watch on Him, they sent spies,
Who pretended to be sincere.
They hoped to catch Jesus in something He said,
So that they could turn Him over to the power & authority of the Governor.
I know, you aren’t doing anything illegal. But that’s not required. Randy Weaver, like it or not, wasn’t seeking to do anything illegal before an ATF informant harassed him into sawing off a shotgun & selling it. Yes, that’s what the court ruled…As Weaver hadn’t wanted to commit a crime himself, the agent talking him into committing one was entrapment. Thus, with vetting, the entire Ruby Ridge situation could have been avoided.
Randy Weaver may seem like an extreme example, so I’ll mention that General Flynn sat down with two FBI agents, who convinced him that he was “just clarifying an earlier statement”. They convinced him that he wasn’t a target, and that he didn’t need an attorney. We now know that he WAS a target, and that they went specifically to MAKE HIM TELL A DIFFERENT STORY THAN BEFORE for the purposes of gaining leverage. And now, a vindictive judge won’t even let the government admit their entrapment. Don’t put yourself at risk.
Lastly, lets discuss traffic cameras and license plate readers on patrol cars. Traffic cameras and patrol units outfitted with license plate readers watch over the roads and make a record of every license plate they come across. In court, they have claimed that they aren’t reviewing the license plates unless an incident occurs, yet there are many cases of a patrol car passing a car with a person who has a warrant tied to a license plate, ending with an arrest, so draw your own conclusions.
Again, people say, Hey, I’m not doing anything wrong, so why worry? I worry because the entire idea of the government tracking your daily travels without probable cause is repugnant to our Constitution. We have the right to not be tracked in our very movements. The point of doing this is that if they ever wanted to, they COULD recreate your every movement. Our Constitution forbids BEGINNING that tracking until AFTER they present probable cause to do so.
We aren’t supposed to gather evidence IN CASE you eventually commit a crime, we are supposed to gather evidence AFTER you have committed a crime.
But, what can you do?
While you can’t eliminate license plate tracking, you can limit your exposure to it by taking a few small steps. First, I avoid major roads and intersections, which just makes my day easier anyway. Second, whenever possible, I back in to park. From a safety perspective, this is better anyway, and I live in a rear-plate only state. Back into your driveway as well, and if you live in a two license plate state, store something moveable in front of your car. Yes, I know, your plate is registered there, but you are trying to avoid letting someone make a record of your movements. Lastly, and most obviously, don’t break traffic laws (or any laws).
On a side note, I disagree with required mask wearing, but it has made it easier for VOLUNTARY mask wearing, which I whole-heartedly endorse. Wearing a full “neck-gaiter” type mask right up to my sunglasses and hat DESTROYS facial recognition. Again, I’m not doing anything wrong, but it’s the constant police-state information gathering that I detest.
Taking some caution in your daily lives can protect you from others gathering information on you. In our modern society, you can’t realistically eliminate the information you expose, but you certainly can limit what you put out.
Gathering intelligence refers to the practice of learning as much as you can about your local situation, to enable you to make better decisions about how you should react.
Many people enter into preparedness and buy all kinds of gear, buy all kinds of food, guns, and ammunition, but then are caught completely unaware when a situation happens locally. If you are going to be prepared, information gathering is a key.
People also make all sorts of emergency plans without gathering the information to be able to determine if that plan is even workable or not. I’ve pointed out many times that most people’s plans involve jumping on the highway…without understanding that the entire purpose of the interstate highway system is to allow a system of roads that could be closed to civilian traffic, allowing only government vehicles to move quickly.
Then all of you came to me and said,
“let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us
And bring back a report about the route we are to take
And the towns we will come to.”
As you can see, the Ultimate Tactical Handbook suggests doing a route recon and checking out the way, before you actually have to travel the route. In other words, gather intelligence before you take action.
Conduct an area study on your local area. Our friends at Forward Observer (www.ForwardObserver.com) have excellent training resources on conducting an Area Study. Basically, you want to analyze your local area, identifying potential trouble areas and personalities, so that you can monitor or avoid those areas. You also want to identify potential safe havens and resources.
A great resource to use when route planning is a BattleBoard. Check them out at www.battleboard.us.
Keep in mind, a safe haven in normal circumstances could potentially be a danger zone during a crisis. For example, a police station is generally recognized as a safe haven during normal times, but during a riot, it’s absolutely the last place you want to be.
I’ve identified the Facebook groups of my local protest organizers, and I check them every single morning, so that I am aware of potential areas of protests. That’s a simple and easy intelligence gathering task that you can conduct. It’s as easy as searching for protest hashtags like “#BLM” and then looking for groups or individuals tagging themselves with that hashtag. Simple and it could save you from being trapped inside your car when they block a road.
One of the big dangers of intelligence gathering in our social media-influenced lives is falling for unconfirmed information. When the pandemic first hit, it seemed like every single person on social media had a cousin, uncle, fiancee, or friend at Homeland Security, FEMA, or the FBI. First, no, they don’t. Second, it’s not like every single federal agent is given all classified data on a daily basis.
Let’s use a quick Biblical tale to help us understand how to handle unconfirmed data. In 1 Samuel 26, David was hiding from King Saul, who was trying to hunt him down and kill him. On a side note, there’s a quick lesson in that Saul, who represented the government, knew that David was a threat to Saul remaining King, so he wanted to kill him. Anyhow, David was hiding and Saul sent 3,000 elite troops to hunt David in the wilderness. David heard rumors that these troops were in the area, but didn’t know where or if it was true.
He sent out scouts and learned
That Saul had definitely arrived.
1 Samuel 26:4
So, when confronted with unconfirmed data and an uncertain location of the threat, David sent out scouts to confirm the presence of a hostile force and fix its actual location. That’s a great lesson and that’s how we develop Priority Intelligence Requirements.
As a current-world example, let’s say that you heard that there was going to be a Black Lives Matter Protest outside of your work location. Regardless of your political beliefs, that’s a potential threat. Your Priority Intelligence Requirements are #1, Is there actually a protest planned and #2, What is it’s exact location & route. Until you confirm it, it is just information. Once confirmed, it becomes intelligence that you can act on, or “actionable intelligence”.
Sometimes, we can’t 100% confirm everything, so we need a way to assign values to information. Fortunately, there is already a generally accepted way to evaluate this information. Below is the NATO Credibility/Reliability matrix, to help you judge the likelihood of something being true. Only experience with a particular source will allow to judge their reliability over time. Not very often will you encounter information that you can assess as “A1”.
As the men started on their way to map out the land,
Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a detailed
Survey of the land and write a description of it”.
Once you have completed the area study, write it down (type it up) and keep it handy, so that you can update all or parts of it.
In the Executive Protection business, we conduct “Advance Surveys” which are area studies of everywhere that our client wants to go, and we keep them on file. The reason for that is in case another client wants to go to the same location, most of the work is already done, and therefore all we have to do is a quick check to make sure the data is still valid, and only correct the areas that need changing. In this way, you also develop a quick historical record of areas you frequent.
I completely recommend doing separate area studies on places you frequent. When you have five small area studies, rather than one large, all-encompassing one, it’s easier to make changes, without completely re-writing the entire thing. It’s also easier to another area for a new place, rather than completely rewriting the whole study.
Conducting these areas studies and then conducting daily intelligence gathering in areas your frequent allows you plan your travels and avoid being surprised by events. Surprises will still happen, but at least you’ll be armed with the information you need to make an educated decision about how to handle surprises.
I also recommend placing these on a flash drive and carrying them with you. Of course the flash drive should also be password-protected and encrypted. I use a Survivor Flash Drive, which is water-proof, shock-resistant, and EMP-protected.
I hope this helps you gather local intelligence for your safety and planning purposes. In our next article, we will discuss Intelligence’s ugly step-sister, Counter-Intelligence, or protecting your information from collection.
Be safe and prepare as if your life depended on it.
For the last few months, I’ve been warning you about ANTIFA security. I pointed out that they are armed, that they are confrontational, that they will target and follow you, and that they are prepared to use violence against anyone they feels opposes them.
Now a man is dead, stalked and murdered by an ANTIFA security leader, just as I predicted and warned.
I noted that ANTIFA security staff follow people to their cars and confront them while armed. Once, I detailed how I was followed by an entire ANTIFA security team, but was able to evade them. I warned that this would lead to violence at some point.
Here’s what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook of Life has to say:
….and he sees the sword coming against the land
And blows the trumpet to warn the people,
Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning,
And the sword comes and takes their life,
Their blood will be on their own head.
Last Saturday night, Michael Reinhoehl and his security steam stalked, followed, and ambushed Aaron “Jay” Danielson. Danielson was part of a Patriot Prayer protest, and Reinhoehl’s team was there to counter-protest.
Reinhoehl was interviewed by Vice News less than 2 hours before his death at the hands of US Marshals (which I find HIGHLY convenient, but that’s another article), and in that interview, he alleged that he acted in self-defense, stating that he feared that Danielson was about stab an unnamed friend of Reinhoehl.
When the Portland Police detectives searched the body of Danielson, they recovered an expandable baton, a can of bear spray (that had been struck with a bullet), and a handgun, BUT NO KNIFE. This renders Reinhoehl’s entire self-defense story false.
It’s worth noting that Reinhoehl was arrested on July 5th, at another protest, for unlawfully carrying a firearm, but the charges were dropped.
The police and prosecutors in this nation are scared to DEATH of the left wing mob, and they bend over backwards to not engage. The converse is not true, they rapidly drop the hammer and over-charge when anyone even remotely right wing does anything.
Why is all this important? Because while history doesn’t always repeat itself, it frequently rhymes.
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of abolitionists & freed slaves attacked the US Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, hoping to incite a general uprising with ultimate goal of establishing their own autonomous zone (sound familiar?). On October 18th, a company of US Marines, led by Army Colonel Robert E Lee and Marine Lt J.E.B. Stuart (both would go on to serve the Confederacy), re-took the arsenal, killing 10 and capturing Brown. Brown was convicted of treason and hung.
As he was walked to the gallows, Brown slipped a note to his guard, which read:
I, John Brown, am now quite certain
That the crimes of this guilty land
Will never be purged away but with blood”
John Brown, December 2, 1859
Man, does that like something we’re hearing from the left right now?
But that’s just the publicly known history of John Brown.
In May of 1856, a group of men raided the abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas. A few days later, on May 21, Brown and his sons raided the homes of people they thought were responsible, killing 5 men. This attack triggered a series of guerrilla attacks on both sides.
Interestingly, the murder committed by Reinhoehl was committed just days after Kyle Rittenhouse killed 3 ANTIFA/BLM rioters in self-defense.
History doesn’t always repeat itself, but it frequently rhymes.
Since they heard the sound of the trumpet
But did not heed the warning,
Their blood will be on their own head.
If they had heeded the warning,
They would have saved themselves.
My point in highlighting these similarities isn’t to vilify the left or justify the right, it’s to warn you.
Regardless of your politics, heed the warning signs that are in front of you. Pretending that a wide-open civil war isn’t impending will not make it stop.
A modern civil war in America won’t have front lines, or organized groups. It will have roving bands of fighters from both sides, struggling for local control, which is infinitely more dangerous to the general public than large battles between organized armies conducting campaigns.
Fighting could literally pop up in any neighborhood at any time. The organized forces of order (the police and courts) have indicated that they won’t intervene, and when they do, it’s against the side actually defending itself, because that side won’t resist.
Portland Police literally said this publicly. A few weeks ago, when the Proud Boys and ANTIFA/BLM held dueling rallies that spiraled into violence, the Portland Police Bureau issued a statement that they couldn’t control two large groups fighting each other, so they wouldn’t even try.
Warn a divisive person once,
And then warn them a second time.
After that, have nothing to do with them.
Prepare. Prepare as if no help is coming, because it isn’t.
Establish emergency plans for your family and your mutual aid group. Rehearse them. Gather supplies and keep them in a ready state.
Most importantly, stop pretending this ins’t happening or that “It’s all going to go away after the election”. No matter who wins, there will be violence. If Trump wins, the left will crank up the violence to 10. If Biden wins, the right will exclaim that the election was stolen and fraudulent, causing violence. Prepare.
Stop under-estimating ANTIFA/BLM as well. So many people laugh at their weapon choices and their lack of training, but ANTIFA has street experience, they ARE buying weapons, and they ARE training.
As the Reinhoehl case illustrates, they are indeed willing to hunt down and kill those who oppose them.
Everyone interested in preparedness and self-defense needs unarmed skills. Unarmed skills enable you to live long enough to get a gun in the fight. There are also times in which a gun isn’t a proper response, or you could be attacked in a place where you couldn’t bring a concealed handgun.
In an earlier article, I discussed solo training and how to effectively train by yourself.
Working with a partner is necessary at some point, in order to learn how throws and defenses actually work, as well as to develop timing.
Here we will discuss some ways to get the most out of training with a partner for real-life self-defense, in order to develop the most skill in the shortest time.
Developing skill in a relatively short period of time is the basic tenet of military combative training, as well as the founding philosophy of Krav Maga (which itself is really just a military combative). The way it’s achieved is by a VERY HIGH number of repetitions.
Generally, any skill you practice in any given session should be done a minimum of 25 times on each side (left and right). The most common problem with modern martial arts training, is that people only want to do 5-6 reps, then learn something new. Resist this temptation.
I do not fear the man who practiced 10,000 kicks one time;
I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Let’s begin discussing some of the drills seen in traditional martial arts. In Korean Martial Arts, the basic defensive training is called Il Soo Sik, which Japanese arts call “One Step Sparring”. The drill basically involves the attacker launching a punch, and the defender executing a defensive combination. When you learn it at a Traditional school, like PKSA Karate (www.pksa.com) both partners bow, and begin in a formal stance.
To make this practical for real-world defense, start with both partners in a fighting stance, and alternate who attacks, just launching into the defense, without being so rigid in formal stances, just make it effective.
This makes the training apply to real life….I’ve never had a guy step back into a low block and then let me know when he was going to launch his attack.
Most martial arts involve wrist grab defenses and a lot of people roll their eyes, saying “is there a real danger of someone grabbing my wrist? This is for kids”. Really? Let’s say a man intends to rob you and you go to draw a handgun….what’s the bad guy going to do? He’s going to GRAB YOUR WRIST to prevent you drawing a gun or a knife.
Take wrist grab training seriously. To make the traditional training more realistic, adjust it. Traditional training generally has them grabbing your wrist, with you both squared off. Make it realistic by having the attacker grab your strong side wrist with your hand near your waist, as if drawing from concealment…You’ll find the mechanics are very different, and train as if your life depends on it, because it might one day.
Most traditional throws lend themselves easily to punch defenses, and you adapt your training the same way. Rather than beginning in a formal stance, start from a fighting stance and block the punch, immediately launching into the throw from there, and then following up the throw with either a punch, joint break, or hold, simulating real combat, rather than just stopping once the throw is complete. Attackers don’t stop when you throw them.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has an excellent series of drills called “fight simulation drills”, that illustrate this. It involves both parties executing techniques throughout an entire encounter, and then they start over, reversing roles. It’s great training.
For example, one begins with a takedown, and one partner passing the guard, then the person on the ground executes a trap and roll defense, passes the guard, and attempts a choke. Next, the new bottom person executes a defense against the choke, and then applies a joint lock to end the encounter, and then they restart the drill, reversing roles.
A caution about BJJ, though, and I’m sure I’m about to get a bunch of angry comments, but BJJ is a SKILL SET, not a complete system. It’s absolutely a skill set you should have, but you also need striking skills, weapon skills, and blocking skills.
Blessed be the Lord, my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle.
When doing Krav Maga drills, the component to master first is called the finish or the “point of reference”. Point of reference means that you end every defense the exact same way, rather than learning 25 different finishing moves. This makes it easier to master in a short period of time.
The point of reference is that after you have removed the immediate threat and secured a proper Krav clinch, you then finish with the same combination every singe time. I teach two knee kicks to the solar plexus, one front kick to the groin, followed by a leg sweep takedown, finishing with a punch and a shoulder dislocation.
To set this up for training, your place your strong side arm against the opponents face, while grabbing their collar. The weak side arm secures an over-hook on the opponents arm. At this point, they can’t attack you and can’t shoot in for a take-down. Execute the three kicks, then sweep the leg, while maintaining the over-hook all the way down. Once they are down on their back, punch with the strong hand, then lift on the over-hook, dislocating the shoulder.
Any Krav Maga defense you execute, no matter what attack you are defending against, ends this way. It really makes is easier to learn, because now you only need to learn how to get to the point of reference on any given defense.
You can literally spend entire training sessions just working on the point of reference, because under stress in a real fight, you’ll find yourself here at some point, and the response should just be ingrained and automatic.
…And let the one who has no sword
Sell his cloak and buy one…
Working partner drills with a knife (not a sword, but that’s fun, too) is just as important as unarmed skills.
It’s the only way you can develop timing and the ability to strike a specific target while moving with a knife (experience).
Basic two person drills include practicing the 12 basic Arnis striking points, as well as the accompanying blocks. Start slowly then work your way faster.
Krav Maga/Haganah has 8 slashing lines and 9 stabbing targets. You can work drills involving targeting those areas, as well as developing endless combinations (slash followed by stab, etc.) against a live partner (never with live blades).
KM/Haganah also has a series of knife blocks and defenses that can really only be learned by working with a partner and they make excellent drills, with one partner practicing the attack angle and the other practicing the defense. Start slowly, then build speed.
As you can see, there is a lot of value to training with a partner. It’s important to make sure that you are training safely, because no one likes to work with the partner that always hurts them.
Train seriously, but not to the point of injuring each other.
One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I find like-minded people”. That’s only half the issue….the more important question is “How do I organize my group, once I’ve found them?”.
First, in answering the first question, the internet is full of resources. Social media groups, websites, forums, and discussion groups are full of like-minded people, usually organized geographically to allow you to make contact with others like you.
I will give a caution about this. I had a guy contact me in a Facebook group and ask to speak privately. I directed him to a secure platform, and he immediately began to ask me about taking direct action against a government figure. Not only was I not interested in taking any action, I can guarantee you this was most likely a federal officer fishing for a case. I will tell you that conservative groups interested in organizing for self defense (notice I don’t like the “M” word – militia – for this very reason) are a long-time boogeyman of the FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security.
While I don’t condone any unlawful activity, I also don’t see a reason to subject my group to federal surveillance unnecessarily, so I don’t get involved in, say, or plan things that would raise their interest, nor do I use any of the leftist platforms for any actual organizing, beyond meeting people.
The very first step, once you have identified people is vetting them for this very reason, as well as to keep people who ARE interested in illegal activities or racist activities from joining your group, and exposing you all to their ideas. A great way to do this is to host a “meetup” at a public location, like a park, for a picnic-style meet and greet. Talk to everyone in a group setting, establishing your expectations that nothing racist, violent, or illegal will even be contemplated. Anyone who gets upset at this, is someone you don’t need.
After having a meal and chatting with everyone, collect contact information from anyone who might be an asset. Set up at least one more group meeting, whittling down the members each time. Check the social media posts of potential members, as these are great indicators of future behavior and attitudes, as well as in the unfortunate event that something happens, the media will tie your whole group to those posts.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility,
Count others as more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
But also to the interests of others.
Establish from the outset that it is a mutual aid organization, above all else. In a true Without Rule of Law situation, Lone Wolves will not survive long. It will take a group of people, banded together for the common good, and for mutual aid. Paul’s words to the Phillipians above is a great guiding principle. If there is that “One Guy” who only wants to talk about how many expensive guns he has, replace him. Preparedness is so much more than firearms ownership, yet it’s the most common thing discussed.
Develop a list of what skills everyone has and put the best person in each role. Understand that the role you want may not be the role the GROUP needs you in….”Do nothing from conceit”, remember? The GROUP is more important. Skills trump gear every time and if I have sufficient skills, I can acquire whatever gear I need.
Think about what skills you bring to a group, and how best to present that. Ask others who want to join what skill set they bring. When, inevitably, someone says that they bring firearm skills, point out that while that’s necessary, EVERYONE is required to possess those skills, and that they need to present something else. In the Dark World of the future, skill in arms will be a baseline requisite for everyone (much like the motto “Every Marine is a rifleman).
I liken this to the early days of America. Every single person was a rifleman, in addition to whatever else they did.
Your group will need medics, more than it will need gunfighters.
Ideally, you’ll have medical personnel, hunters, gatherers/salvage people, a mechanic or two, a woodworker, several farmers, a teacher (in the event there are children), a food preservation specialist (canning/drying), at least one radio operator (advanced) and any engineering skill set that may come in handy. IT staff need not apply. If the only skill someone brings is “security” or “infantry”, you may be able to apprentice them to someone, but more than likely, they are just an unproductive mouth to feed at group expense. Having said that, you’ll need a supply/warehouse chief as well.
I’m not saying that watch-standing isn’t needed, you’ll need a 24-hour interior guard, which brings me to my next point…
I will stand at my watch
And station myself on the ramparts…
So many groups want to focus on close quarter battle skills and infantry assault tactics, because let’s face it, they’re fun. But the reality is that your group should be focused on SURVIVAL and SECURITY, not offensive action that you won’t really be taking.
Focus collective training on security skills. Every member will need to know basic interior guard skills such as standing a post, reporting a post, challenging, and how to call out the guard (radio/alarm). These skills have more practical use than planning to re-take your state capitol.
Security patrolling skills are essential. By security patrolling, I mean a small detachment leaving your secure perimeter and quietly looking to see what’s going on around you. These can be directed recon’s of a particular area (town or intersection), or just generally scouting around your perimeter, to make sure someone isn’t scouting you out.
Probably the best resource for this is USMC Manual “Scouting and Patrolling for Infantry Units”, or, even better, the original WW2 version of this written by Col Rex Applegate.
Another area of collective training should be first aid skills. Those who read my blog regularly know that I bang the drum pretty hard on this, because in true WROL situation, EMS isn’t coming. Training sessions should include practice time on dressing wounds and treating common injuries.
Everyone should have a specific regular assignment, as well as a security position. Everyone is responsible for protecting the group, as well whatever their main role is.
Establish an emergency drill or security alert or general quarters bill (for those of us with Naval traditions) so that everyone knows exactly where to go when the alarm goes up. Everyone rushing immediately to the area where a problem is is the last thing you want. Medical staff should report to your designated medical area, and security staff should respond to their emergency post, not the incident site, as it could be a distraction. Even if you don’t have a physical location, this drill must be set. You can have a plan for this at a permanent site, a temporary camp, or while moving in a convoy.
The point is to establish a Standard Operating Procedure for every possible event, I was just using a security alert as a kicking off point.
Another example is the suggested SOP I offer of never stopping for a stranded motorist in a WROL situation. While I agree that we must help our fellow man and be compassionate, the risk of an ambush set-up is too high. SOP’s must be harsh to keep people safe. In fact, I would recommend re-routing if your lead vehicle encounters this situation; as bad actors may trigger the ambush anyway once they see that you aren’t stopping.
Similarly, you should have an SOP for a lost member of your group, medical emergencies, contact with other groups, etc.
The most important first steps in organizing a group are to meet and vet potential members, organize everyone into groups based upon skill sets, establish a security plan and a security alert plan, and establish group SOP’s. Note, these things should all be done by committee and democratically, with the exception of when responding to a security incident.
First, let’s lose the idea that a Civil War will be some sort of noble quest. It will be violent, brutal, and will destroy this nation forever. But is there any other possibility at this point?
I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian –
Brother will fight against brother,
Neighbor against neighbor,
City against city,
Kingdom against kingdom”
The Ultimate Tactical Handbook (The Bible) paints a bleak picture of civil war in the Prophecy Against Egypt that Isaiah made, and it has never been inaccurate throughout human history.
Probably the most recent and best example we have of a civil war in a modern Western Nation is the example of The Ukraine.
Ukraine is the second largest nation in Europe, second only to Russia in size. As far as population, the ethnic makeup is 77.8% Ukrainian, and 17.3% Russian. This is relevant, as the percentages are similar to ethnic makeups in the US. The Ukraine maintains the third-largest military in Europe, behind the Russian Federation and France.
On February 17th, 2014 a group called Right Sector (see flag below, does it look familiar?) called for protestors to flood the streets in a “Peace Offensive” and the Maidan People’s Union also called for a “Peace Offensive”, suggesting some coordination between groups (again…sounds familiar).
Large groups turned out to protest the morning of February 18th, and by 10:30 AM, the protestors had seized several buildings. Riot police counter-attacked around 11:30 and fighting continued all day, with many reports of snipers shooting civilians. When they seized City Hall, the protestors beat a computer technician to death for resisting them.
The first day’s fighting saw 20 people killed.
The next morning, while everything downtown was closed, life was operating as normal throughout the rest of the city and country (normalcy bias). Overnight, the death toll had risen to 26, 10 of those being police officers. The Government declared that it was responding to an illegal attempt to seize power, a coup, and began using military forces.
Sporadic clashes continued all day, and the Ukranian Military increased security at it’s facilities throughout the country. Both sides accused each other of employing Russian snipers against each other. Throughout the day, 42 people were killed.
The government and the protestors reached a deal, but the most radical group, Right Sector (flying their red & black flags) refused to agree.
The President fled to Russia, and immediately Russian minority groups in the south and east of the country formed armed militias and began protesting.
On February 23rd, protestors tried to bring down the statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv, but it was being protected by Pro-Russian militias and clashes ensued (sound familiar?). Of course, those militias were also called fascists by the opposition.
Protests and clashes between supporters of the revolutionary government and the loyalists to the Constitutional government continued daily until March 1, when the former President requested Russian military assistance and Vladimir Putin received Parliamentary authorization to use military force in the Ukraine. Within 24 hours, Russia had seized complete control of Crimea, to “protect ethnic Russians”.
Pro-Russian Militias who supported the country’s Constitution rapidly seized power in Donetsk and Luhansk, and declared themselves as independent nations, and Russian military aid to the separatists was immediate.
The Ukraine has been in a state of Civil War ever since, refusing to accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea or the secession of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.
Its rider was given the power to take peace from the earth
And to make people kill each other.
To him was given a large sword.
The similarities and parallels between the Maidan Revolution in the Ukraine and current events here are striking. We have people targeting statues and we have both sides shooting each other on the streets. We have “mostly peaceful protests” that are actually riots.
Most importantly, we have an aggressive side that wants to abolish our Constitution waving the same red and black flags, and we have patriot militias, loyal to the Constitution, trying to defend buildings and statues, and being called fascists for it.
Quality of life in the Ukraine has gone down for everyone. While life is nearly normal in most of the country, the country is at war and there is a constant risk of Russian attack. There is active fighting and mass destruction in the south and east where the separatist governments are. Rolling blackouts are common and in parts of the country, there is no electricity or running water and people are living off the land.
Make no mistake, as brutal as the fighting in the Ukraine was, a Civil War in the United States will be worse. The cities will become war zones across the nation. Autonomous Zones and enclaves will spring up, we already have the NFAC claiming large parts of the south as a black nation, and I’m certain that the residents there will oppose that.
Every week, we are seeing escalations.
At the time of the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, the situation in Kenosha could only be described as open warfare; any other description is window-dressing.
Since then, a Patriot Prayer member was executed simply for wearing a hat and we’ve had at least 4 police officers shot. While I am typing this, the LAPD is searching for a sniper that fired on a Trump vehicle caravan in what can only be described as an ambush.
Stop pretending there isn’t a war already happening; it’s here.
Communications are vital to survival. You need a way to find out what is going around you, as well as a way to communicate securely with members of your team. The problem we have is that most modern methods of communications rely on grid power or a communications network existing. In a true Without Rule of Law situation (WROL), that’s not a certainty.
Too many groups rely on cell phones or social media platforms to communicate, even in an emergency.
Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of several communication methods.
Cell phones are convenient and quick methods to communicate. They are also the biggest item in the surveillance capitalism business. Businesses literally make millions of dollars selling information about your every move to anyone who wants to buy it.
Any more questions about cell phones?
In all seriousness, in any emergency, if the power is still on, the cell networks will be overloaded, making this mode unreliable.
I have a homemade Farady cage made from an ammo can lined with foam and foil, where my phone spends drive time. When you are at home, your microwave makes an EXCELLENT Faraday cage.
You can also buy Faraday bags on Amazon cheap.
The Zello App is a tool that turns your cell phone into a two-way radio. It’s convenient, private, and relatively easy to use.
However, it has an odd quirk of limiting you from sending too many messages too quickly, which in a critical event, will be a hinderance.
While it should work even if you can’t make actual phone calls, much like SMS, it does rely on the cell network having power, so it’s not exactly a true WROL tool. It’s good for now, but isn’t a replacement for radio, yet many 3%, militia, and preparedness groups are using it as just that.
Radio – VHF/UHF
You can pick up high quality VHF/UHF radios relatively cheap. Stay away from the department or sporting good stores bubble pack radios, as those are generally very limited in power and range (generally 0.5 Watts). A good, low cost radio is the BaoFeng. They offer many models with 8 Watts of power and you can program 127 channels in them very easily ( I use CHIRP software).
Many people warn against buying BaoFeng radios, saying they are made in China. Nearly all radios are. You can spend more for a Japanese radio with less features, but why? I’m not looking to share national security information, I just want to talk to my team. As far as reliability, I actually use my BaoFeng BF-8HP at work rather than using the Kenwood radios we have there, and I’ve been using the same one for about 5 years.
In addition to a few BaoFeng handhelds, I also have a QYT 25 Watt 200 channel mobile radio in my car with an external magnetic antenna. I use it for work on a daily basis and while low cost, it’s very high quality for my purposes.
I have mine programmed with the FRS/GMRS frequencies, so that I can talk to others I encounter on it, or in a true grid-down disaster, I could just call out on frequencies that are very commonly used to gather news and information.
I also have the MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) frequencies programmed in. MURS is a license-free system available for anyone to use, and many businesses do. That’s the push-back I get from most militia groups, “Walmart uses them”…But if a true disaster happens, I assure you that I probably won’t have to worry about traffic from Walmart or the local TJ Maxx store and neither will you.
Many people point out that these radios can violate FCC regulations by broadcasting at a higher power level than allowed on certain frequencies. I assure you that in a true WROL situation, the FCC is the least of my worries and I doubt they’ll be running around my bug out rural area looking for radiated power violations.
Another common concern is security. Many groups say that they want radios that can be encrypted. While that’s a fair point, and I have 2 Kenwood radios that have encryption, I promise you two things:
The US Government won’t let anyone sell a radio to civilians that they can’t already break the encryption on.
Your local ANTIFA, BLM, or Leroy Jenkins gang isn’t running a COMINT decryption cell.
For radio security, first, don’t mention common channel names. Give the channels a different name, rather than their commercial name. For example, you could call FRS channel 3 “MAIN”, instead of FRS 3, so that when you tell someone to meet you on the MAIN channel, the opposition would have to guess where you went.
The second thing is use good COMSEC and develop code words. I know, I’m about to get 50 comments….Yes, codes violate FCC rules. Again, I’ll say that if there is a civil war, or massive disaster, I doubt that a guy calling a gas station a green box is going to be too high on the FCC priorities.
Here’s what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says about codes:
Whoever guards his mouth, preserves his life;
He who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Even King David knew that sharing your information too widely would lead to disaster.
Every time I bring up CB Radio, I get a bunch of amateur radio guys rolling their eyes at me and saying “CB is dead”. I say GOOD, for our purposes, that means that there are 40 channels available (120 with an SSB radio) for us to use in the HF band.
CB operates in HF, which gives you longer range in all but urban terrain. It’s certainly a good option and requires no license.
I have a handheld CB (Uniden Pro401-HH) and for my purposes, patrolling in a rural area or convoy operations on the road, CB is perfect. I’m looking for a good price on an SSB vehicle radio.
Yes, truckers use Channel 19 still. That gives you 39 other channels that are almost never used. Why not use them? And, by the way, truckers are a FANTASTIC intelligence source and are very aware of law enforcement activity.
Some will question why I mentioned this last, I assure you it’s not because it’s my last option. It’s a great medium for talking long-distance and has been used throughout history to share information during emergencies over long distances.
It requires a license and it’s certainly worth researching for you. It opens a whole new world of communication possibilities. There are repeaters set up for common use (but again…power is required), and a great community to talk to and learn from.
The only drawback to it is the reason why I don’t use it. You are required to register with the government to use it, and the Libertarian in me just flat out refuses to add myself to another government list.
Under the Defense Production Act, the government could decide it needs your radios in an emergency…guess how they’ll find good quality radios? They’ll start with the list of people who registered with them as radio operators.
The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (www.amrron.com) is great resource and I’m a member there. For members, they issue a full Signal Operating Instructions book full of resources for people interested in emergency communications in a WROL situation, including a network of people in your state, and a complete reporting and code format for you to use.
Check them out.
Channel 3 Project
The Channel 3 Project is an AMMRRON idea that says that you monitor or call out on Channel 3 of whichever system you use (CB-3, FRS-3, and MURS-3) for 2 minutes every hour at the top of the hour.
Let’s say I was traveling through an area in a WROL situation, and I needed to know conditions in the next town I was arriving at. I could call out on Channel 3 and make contact with a like-minded person in that area who can give me a briefing and maybe even an escort, or assistance.
It’s a great idea and a great SOP to set up.
I hope this article gave you a few ideas to help you plan for communications in a WROL situation.
Yesterday afternoon, around 5 PM, people in Kenosha were doing what everyone does on a Sunday afternoon. Visiting family, cooking on the grill, maybe visiting with friends.
By 6 hours later, the city was a dystopian nightmare, with gangs of roving looters and people committing random acts of violence. I listened as the police reported that they were trapped in the HQ building, and protestors were pouring gasoline around the building. Garbage trucks and car dealerships were burned down, there were multiple calls of retail employees barricading themselves in backrooms while the stores were looted. A complete breakdown of law and order.
What a difference 6 hours can make. A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about how entire countries can devolve in 72 hours. That’s not helpful information if you die in the first 6 hours because you weren’t prepared.
Now, first, understand that I’m not going to discuss the shooting that touched all of this off, nor discuss the motivations of the various factions involved, because none of that matters to you. What matters is what you can do to be prepared for a situation like this.
In the military, we use a five paragraph operations order format to address any situation and it’s just as applicable here. That format is:
Command (and signals)
We must first correctly understand the situation. Tensions in the country are at an all time high. Every small incident, no matter how justified, is magnified to the 100th degree and used as a reason for people to get into the streets and act wild.
So, for our purposes, the situation is that the potential exists for violent riots with little or no notice at the present time, regardless of your location.
Understand that this situation EXISTS, and it doesn’t matter one bit why or how justified/authentic the tensions are. We aren’t here for a political debate or a debate about any particular incident, all that matters is that the tensions are there and you can do NOTHING to change them.
This is a common issue in preparedness; everyone wants to dispute the validity of the tensions or the validity of one position or the other, and that really is IRRELEVANT to our stated MISSION of survival (see how I tied that to our next point).
Our mission is to be prepared to defend ourselves, and our homes if necessary.
You may also have an implied mission of retrieving a loved one from a work or school location and getting them home, as well as getting yourself home.
Let’s discuss what the mission IS NOT. The mission IS NOT going out and fighting off the hordes from the police station. The mission IS NOT going out and hunting down the leader of the local Leroy Jenkins gang (at least not on the first night).
Your mission, when an unexpected riot breaks out is DEFENSE. Offense MAY come later, but not necessarily.
Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for…what to do now to be ready. We have two separate parts…what to do to prepare, and what to do to respond when an incident occurs.
Ensure that all vehicles are kept full of gasoline. Gasoline sales are frequently severely restricted in areas where a riot is occurring or has occurred.
Ensure that you have enough fresh food in your house for at least 7 days. I say fresh, because with the exception of Portland, riots are a temporary thing, and you don’t want to break out your long term survival food if you don’t have to.
Buy water. I don’t care if you have 4 cases right now, you’re underestimating how much water you’ll need, and you can always use more water.
Restock and redistribute first aid kits. Every car should have one, I carry one in my laptop bag as well. You can’t have too many.
Double check fire extinguishers. If you don’t have one at home, and one in each car, buy them. They are way less expensive than insurance deductibles.
Have enough personal hygiene supplies on hand (toothpaste, razors, soap). No, I did NOT say go and buy 147 rolls of toilet paper.
Raise alert levels in your tribe. Ensure that everyone understands the risk level and is being aware in their daily travels.
Update all of your emergency plans. Many people make them once at that’s it. Planning is a constant process and your plans should be updated to reflect areas prone to disturbance, current construction, political climate, and road closures.
Do something everyday to make yourself harder to kill. I stole this one from fitness expert Drew Baye (www.baye.com). Doing anything to work on your fitness is better than eating Cheetos and watching YouTube ultra-cool guy training videos of things you’ll never do.
Gather intelligence. Start tracking local protest groups and personalities. Knowing who to look out for is vital.
Don’t get complacent, this threat isn’t going away anytime soon, regardless of the election results.
Once an incident occurs, immediately execute whatever plan you have, whether it’s bug in or bug out. Do NOT adopt a “well, let’s wait and see” attitude. If you bug out, and you didn’t need to, you can always come back. The same may not be true if you stay in place longer than you should.
Avoid the affected area, if possible. As my friend Rob says (www.robsays.net), practice Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu, or the art of self defense by not going places you shouldn’t.
Limit movement, but not the ability to move. There are two corollaries that both contradict and complement each other in combat. The first is that movement attracts attention, usually unwanted attention. The second is that movement is life. Stay inside and secure until you have to move, then move quickly and confidently.
Don’t flaunt preparedness. Don’t tell people about all the cool gear and food you have. I maintain that morality is a sliding scale. What is moral today is different that what’s moral when you haven’t eaten for 3 days or your kids haven’t. On day 9 of a power outage, don’t be outside grilling steaks because you have a freezer hooked up to a solar panel.
Be armed everywhere you go during an actual crisis. The police aren’t going to be concerned with you if you aren’t looting and you may need the weapons.
Maintain a 24 hour watch schedule. Someone should always be awake and watching.
Know where every member of your tribe is and ensure that you are checking on each other. A dry erase status board helps here.
Utilize GOTWA if someone needs to go somewhere. GOTWA is a very basic contingency plan for when someone leaves a secured area:
G – Going: Where you are going specifically
O – Others: Who is going with you
T – Time: Time of estimated return
W – What: What actions to take if you don’t return
A – Actions: Actions to take if you are engaged or if the group left behind is engaged.
Beyond these basics, implement whatever plan you have set up for your family/group/tribe.
In your administration section, make sure know what you have and where. As part of this paragraph, I keep every piece of gear in a module that can be picked up. For example, I have food modules that are each about a week’s worth of food in a small bag that can be thrown in a vehicle or backpack. First aid kits are also modules, and my extra first aid is in a backpack that doubles as a …you guessed it…first aid kit.
I have a gun cleaning module, observation module (binoculars/night vision), camping module, fire starting module, etc.
Administration is keeping the supplies you need organized and ready.
Administration also entails everyone knowing the plan, and everyone reporting their location. Whether it’s your family, friends, mutual assistance group, or militia, you all need daily updates on each other’s locations and intentions for that day, so that you will know if someone needs help.
Command & Signals
This how you will let everyone know that the plan is in effect and how to communicate afterward. We have become so over-reliant on cell phones, that many preparedness and militia groups have migrated fully to platforms like Zello, which is an excellent cell phone radio app, but what if the power is out? What if the leftist tech-giants lock you out in an emergency?
I alway recommend PACE:
P – Primary
A – Alternate
C – Contingency
E – Emergency
Have four different ways to communicate. This could be as simple as cellphone, Zello, VHF/UHF radio, and CB radio.
I lean heavily toward radios, because I use them every day professionally and they aren’t reliant on any other medium to communicate. Yes, they are limited in range, but that can be planned for.
Another part to this is SOP’s or Standard Operating Procedures. Everyone in your tribe should know the plan for if the power goes out, or a riot is declared. If everyone knows that the SOP is then to immediately meet at a central location, then you don’t have a need to communicate to everyone, just go. Then, after a set period of time, you can go looking, in strength, for the stragglers.
Make sure you have a pre-arranged communications plan, including any radio instructions/schedules. The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (www.amrron.com) can help with that. They also developed the Channel 3 Project (see images below).
I hope these ideas and the format help you devise more effective plans and get you up to speed on the current risk level. Complacency and normalcy bias are getting people hurt.
Today, 3% and Militia groups made appearances in Portland, Louisville, and in Virginia. It’s time to face reality about our movement and take quick corrective action.
In Virginia, Militia and 3% groups marched to oppose new guns laws proposed by the State Legislature. This one appeared well-organized and disciplined, however, as a Marine, I have to speak about professionally wearing uniforms.
When you are conducting an operation, that may result in conflict, such as an armed march, everyone wearing combat fatigues of any type, should be required to have the sleeves fully rolled down and secured. The reason is that during operations, there are a lot of harmful things flying through the air and if you have to jump into a hedgerow, you’ll be grateful for sleeves.
This current trend “cool-guy” look of rolling up the cuffs once or twice is ridiculous and not very practical. It also opens your professional militia group to ridicule by the media.
In the group that marched, while they did well, I saw a mix of people in full combat gear and some people in jeans & T shirts. Mandate a uniform of the day, one way or the other. That’s the ONLY positive mark I give to Grandmaster Jay and the NFAC boys, they ALL show up in uniform.
The best mark of the day goes to this group, because at one point, as they began to march down the road, the police stopped them and ordered them up onto the sidewalk, and the militia refused. They should have.
The police never demand that BLM or ANTIFA get up on the sidewalk. They only confronted our side, because we are generally law-abiding and more likely to comply with law enforcement. We need to do more of this, forcing the police and local governments to treat us the same as they treat the leftists.
In Louisville, things went downhill. The same group that showed up to oppose the NFAC arrived.
I’m only going to say this one time. If you want to be taken seriously, as a paramilitary organization, you CANNOT ALLOW your personnel to arrive at an operation in shorts and t-shirts. JUST STOP IT. You showed up with personnel in combat fatigues, yet you allowed guys in shorts and t-shirts to join your formation. CLOWNS. Even the NFAC doesn’t.
This group showed up, allegedly planning on marching, but then they never left the parking lot. They didn’t seem have any actual plan and never really took action.
This is my biggest problem with most 3% or militia groups. I’ve gone to events with some, and attending training with others. Most of the groups just give a date and time to show up for “training” and everyone shows up and stands around talking for the first hour, arguing over over the plan the next hour, conducts a rambling lecture and maybe finally goes for a hike or shooting for about an hour, before getting back together for food and drinks to end the day.
Then, when you show up for an ACTUAL OPERATION, without a real plan, the media watching you can tell you have no plan, and they will mock you mercilessly as backwards country people, which is exactly what they are doing tonight. Even Ford Fisher, an independent media personality who supports our side, was mocking this group today.
But I haven’t even gotten to the part that sent me screaming through the office today.
When it began to rain in Louisville today, the hard-core militia group broke ranks and sprinted to their vehicles, seeking cover from the rain. Now, the media filming them didn’t and they had a great time covering this mercilessly.
Hear me out….If you stop conducting an operation because of LIGHT RAIN, how do you possibly expect to fight a war, defend your town, or whatever? Are you going ask the Chinese or UN troops to come back on a better weather day?
I will give this to the leftists….they are in the streets every day, rain or shine, heat or cold.
These guys deserve to be mocked. Seriously….How do you propose to defend or reclaim your nation, which is what you claim your purpose is, if you will ONLY do it as long as you can be comfortable?
“Sorry, General Washington, I hear it’s going to be a particularly cold winter here in Valley Forge. I’ve got a new series to binge-watch on Netflix.”
They also, for fratricide avoidance, I suppose (I hear Louisville is RIFE with friendly fire incidents), put runner’s green reflective bands on both arms. Imagine how ridiculous it is to have a team in ultra-Tacti-Cool Multi-Cam uniforms, with bright green bands on both arms. I get the idea, but a better way is all wear the same gear in the same fashion, with the same patch. Some might say that is the entire point of calling it a UNIFORM.
A bigger threat with this is that the item they used for a recognition flash is readily available at every store that carries sporting goods. If I wanted to commit a false flag attack and blame it on your group, I just had to pop into a store and spend $5.
After surviving the brutal rain deluge, the group left the area and gathered for pizza, allowing the media to film them eating pizza in a parking lot. Yes, really.
At the other end of the country, in Portland, right wing groups squared off against ANTIFA. The police rapidly vanished and very publicly stated that two large opposing groups fighting was beyond their capability to control, so they were just going to withdraw and let the groups “sort it out”.
Yes, really. But more about that tomorrow.
After initially pushing ANTIFA back due to the sheer shock of an opposing group appearing, the alleged militia and Proud Boys groups were then driven away by ANTIFA, into headlong retreat.
You know why that happened? BECAUSE THEY UNDERESTIMATED ANTIFA.
I’ve been warning against that for months. ANTIFA has over 2 months of combat experience fighting the US Marshal Service and the DHS and they learn every week. They are organized and committed.
The second reason is that our side is reluctant to break the law and use severe violence. ANTIFA has no such aversion to violence. There’s a lesson in there.
So, how do we salvage anything from this?
Well, first, we had a win in Virginia, so we accept it.
We need to apply the following lessons learned:
You are either a para-military group or not; demand professionalism.
Establish uniform requirements. It develops teamwork and esprit de corps as well.
Set a uniform of the day and ENFORCE IT.
Establish a standard recognition device such as a unit patch.
Plan ahead. This applies to training and actual operations.
Stop backing down.
Understand that preserving your freedom might actually require you to be less than perfectly comfortable sometimes. This is why we don’t fight as well. Too lazy.
Understand that violence may be necessary.
If you aren’t willing to use violence against your fellow man in advancement of our cause, then kindly stay home and go back to being a Twitter Warrior.
Stop underestimating the opposition.
Get off the couch and into the field.
Don’t let the media make video that they can use to mock you, and certainly don’t invite them along.
One night, a good friend and I were discussing the escalating situation, and since we were walking out of Bible study, he said how can we justify killing in self defense, or, in a larger context, justify civil war, especially against people who might call themselves fellow Christians.
Granted, this conversation was months ago, pre-canonization of St. George of Floyd, and just prior to the lockdown.
For me, this is a simple issue, yet for others I understand how it can cause conflict. I’m going to discuss the general morality of it, as well as a Biblical justification.
The first pushback most people present to our side is the claim that Moses brought down from God a command, Thou Shalt Not Kill (Exodus 20:17). That’s a gross mis-characterization. The actual literal translation comes out to “Thou Shalt Not Murder”. There’s a difference between killing and murder. If God had meant not to kill at all, then He wouldn’t have commanded Joshua to kill his enemies and put their heads on poles in front of the city (Yes, that cool battle story is in the Bible).
As a legal concept, nearly every civilization and culture has recognized the ultimate right to self-preservation, and have not considered killing in self-defense to be murder.
From even Biblical times, war has also been set apart from murder. If you truly read the stories in the Bible (which are cool adventures), rather than just listening to sermons, you’ll find countless times that God himself ordered Moses, Joshua, David, Nehemiah, and dozens of others to wage war, and destroy the enemy’s will to fight by being merciless and destroying their resources.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Germany was a majority Christian nation. Do you feel like God would have wanted us to allow them to continue unopposed?
Rescue those being led away to death,
Hold back those staggering towards slaughter.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Those 2 verses seem to definitely authorize force in the defense of others.
In fact, in Exodus 2:11-12, we see Moses doing just that. We can all agree that Moses was a good man, can’t we? Moses came upon an Egyptian overseer beating an Israeli slave. The overseer would have been the modern-equivalent of a police officer, I suppose. Moses killed the overseer, and then hid the body. I’d think that if God didn’t approve of the killing of an oppressor by the oppressed, they would have left that story out and Moses would have been punished, not exalted.
But what about in defense of your home?
When a strong man, fully armed,
Guards his own house,
His possessions are safe.
If a thief is caught breaking in at night
And is struck a fatal blow,
The defender is not guilty of bloodshed
Well, seems clear. Defending your home is fully justified.
At this point, most people bring up the “Yeah, but Jesus said turn the other cheek” argument. That’s taking Jesus 100% literally, which is not the way Jesus spoke. He spoke in parables and circular turns of phrase. The “turn the other cheek” also has to be taken in context. He was discussing “en eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” in the same sentence, and He was simply saying don’t take VENGEANCE. Defending yourself isn’t vengeance.
If Jesus truly didn’t want people to defend themselves, how can you then explain His actions in making a homemade whip and then chasing the money changers out of the Temple? He was taking offensive action there. Jesus wants you to stand up against injustice and regularly commented this. Jesus was a man of righteous action, not a timid appeaser.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
Are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
Appeasement of wickedness and evil only gets you more wickedness and evil. That’s what we’re seeing right now. The rioters were trying to burn down Portland and demanded we withdraw the federal agents, and when we did, they just kept on burning buildings and have expanded into the neighborhoods.
That’s the exact same lesson that the Western World learned when Neville Chamberlain appeased the evil of Adolf Hitler by consenting to the surrender of Czechoslovakia. How’d that work out?
Never give way to the wicked.
But how does God feel about carrying weapons? I’m glad you asked….
David said to his men “each of you strap on your sword!”
So they did, and David strapped his on as well.
1 Samuel 25:13a
“…If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak & buy one”
There you have it. You should be armed.
In the Book of Nehemiah (or as I call him, the Father of Combat Engineers), Nehemiah mentions dozens of times that he and his men were armed at all times, even when sleeping, eating, and working, because they were surrounded by people hostile to their cause. Sound familiar?
In Mark 6, Jesus sent the disciples out on a mission, telling them “take nothing for the journey, except for a staff”. In those days, a staff was common self defense weapon. Even Jesus wouldn’t send His boys out into the field unarmed. He wanted them to be able to defend themselves. That’s also why He told them to sell their cloaks and buy swords.
In District of Columbia v Heller (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that self-defense is an inherent right and is inherently justified. It also held that the Second Amendment guarantees you the right to defend yourself with firearms, and that you don’t have to keep them in a locked state; you may keep them ready to use at all times.
In conclusion, the right to self defense has existed throughout history, and is morally justified by Judeo-Christian morality. The defense of your home and others is also inherently moral, as is the carrying of weapons.
I really hate being a guy who keeps saying I told you so, but….I really did tell you so.
A couple of weeks ago, I put out a post titled “Organizing a Tribe”. In that article, I warned that militia and 3% groups are far too reliant on platforms that hate them, such as FaceBook, and that was causing a huge organizational risk for militias.
Today, FaceBook conducted a massive purge of militia and 3% groups, some ANTIFA-related groups, and many right-wing pages, such as The Silent Majority private group.
It’s not a good strategic move to rely on your opposition for your communications and organizational backbone.
Another I-told-you-so was about the left arriving prepared to commit violence. I pointed out that my personal observations from getting out among them included seeing more of them armed and a majority in body armor.
This weekend, everywhere across the country, ANTIFA & BLM showed up in body armor and committed a lot of violence, set a lot of fires, and caused a lot of chaos.
I’ve been warning you about getting trapped in your vehicle inside of a protest and I gave a lot of advice on how to learn what is planned in your area and to NEVER STOP YOUR CAR. This weekend, a guy stopped his car to help someone when he accidentally got caught inside a protest, tried to get moving again, and they caused him to crash. They pulled him from his vehicle, stole his stuff, and beat him nearly to death.
Portland Police are currently looking for Marquise “Keese” Love, because despite receiving multiple 911 calls, the police didn’t respond to the attack, just like I said….THE POLICE ARE NOT COMING TO HELP YOU.
The prudent see danger & take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
I know I keep using that same piece of Tactical Wisdom From the Bible, but y’all aren’t getting the point.
The reason these I-Told-You-So situations keep happening is that despite my warnings and those of several others, everyone still has normalcy bias and keep saying “We have to win the election to stop this!!”
What exactly is winning the election going to do? Is Donald Trump not currently the President? Are the ANTIFA & BLM idiots going to just say “aw, shucks” and go away? Get real, it’s going to get WORSE.
That’s enough of the I-Told-You-So, but let’s please start acting like things are getting dangerous, OK?
About 3 weeks ago, I noticed that the local ANTIFA at the events I was attending in Detroit handed out red placards/stickers with large red numbers on them, so that they could identify each other over the radio by number, rather than by name. I found it interesting and reported on it in my blog and to a few militia groups in the area.
A few days ago, Bacon from www.thegoddamnbacon.com reported seeing the EXACT SAME NUMBERS on ANTIFA vehicles in SEATTLE. I had him send me photos, and the numbers appear to be the same. We also received reports of them in St Louis.
What does this tell us? There is a national-level coordination on issues of security organization and communications security. That is a HUGE indicator of an escalation and intent to continue to escalate.
If the enemy is upping their coordination and comsec, shouldn’t you?
I can’t say it enough, attend local protests and observe.
Attend some, but use a radio or scanner to identify the radio frequencies that ANTIFA is using. You will learn a lot that will absolutely open your eyes. They are actively conducting counter-surveillance. The way I locate them is by using the scan function on a Baofeng radio pre-programmed with FRS/GMRS/MURS frequencies, as well as the standard frequencies that BF-888 radios come programmed with. You’ll find them in a few minutes.
Now, several people commented on one of my posts about reporting them to the FCC. That’s a silly idea, because you can gather tons of intel by just letting them talk. As Sun Tzu said:
Never interrupt your enemy
When he is making a mistake.
Don’t toss your advantage away by reporting them or by sending “spoof” transmissions over their frequencies…just listen and document the intelligence. If you interrupt their transmission, they’ll switch channels and you’ll have to start over.
Take photos of vehicles clearly involved and record license plates, developing a persons of interest list. Know your enemy.
I’ll say it again…track local agitators and BLM organizations on FaceBook, and check them every single day. This way, you won’t find yourself trapped inside a protest while driving.
If you live an area where protests are frequent, make sure you have emergency gear in your car, including an escape and evasion kit. An E & E kit should contain a change of clothes, either a reversible jacket or a hoodie, and a couple of hats, along with a GPS/compass, a paper map, and some food and water. I keep mine in a plain black backpack.
As fitness expert Drew Baye (www.baye.com) reminds me daily, do something everyday to make yourself harder to kill. That doesn’t mean you have be in top shape, just DO SOMETHING. Literally anything is better than nothing.
Train. Now, when I say train, everyone says “YEAH!” and runs out to the local shooting range and shoots 100 rounds at a stationary sheet of paper in slow fire, because that’s all the range allows. Get out of this mindset. Learn tactical skills, not just shooting. The ability to conduct observation is far more important than shooting skill. Communication skills…train with your mutual assistance group on radio or Zello protocols. Learn to drive in a convoy. Learn to conduct a security patrol or an urban gray-man surveillance/recon. Learn escape and evasion.
More importantly, learn unarmed self defense skills. No, attending a self-defense class once isn’t enough. Earning your green belt isn’t enough. Even earning a black belt isn’t enough, if you don’t continue to train. I have a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and am certified as a KyoSaNim (instructor), while working on my third degree belt. I’m also a Krav Maga instructor and train in it a few days a week. I’ve also started working on a Hapkido black belt. Constant training keeps the skills fresh. Remember also though, that theoretical martial arts doesn’t make you invincible, just more aware & capable.
The most important actionable isn’t what you SHOULD do, it’s what you should STOP DOING. Stop assuming that this will get better somehow. COVID isn’t going away (the governors love their new powers), the civil unrest isn’t going to stop, and no magical secret spy group is going to swoop in and rescue the world. Prepare to defend yourself and your family, because before this is over, you’re going to have to.
What do you have to lose if I’m wrong? You’ve picked up some more skills, a little extra food & water, and are in better shape, while also being more aware. But, sadly, I’m not wrong.
Go back and review my old post and check my predictions. Not one has been wrong. I literally predicted the Rashard Brooks shooting to the exact day it occurred.
Be alert & of sober mind;
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,
One the best things you can do now, before a Without Rule of Law situation begins, is to conduct route planning and reconnaissance.
The basic principle is that you should have four different routes to and from everywhere you go on a regular basis. When conducting a personal protection mission, the first step is route planning.
Route planning consists of identifying these four routes, then determining where the risk lies along that route, where safe havens are, where you can exit that route.
It’s important to note that route planning is very different when there is Rule of Law in place and when there is NOT Rule of Law. For example, during normal day-to-day routines in a western nation, police stations and hospitals are natural safe havens, where you can find assistance and protection; however in a WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation like widespread rioting, they are the exact opposite…places to be avoided at all cost.
It may seem extreme, but as my good Twitter friend “Skip Collapsitarian” keeps reminding us, the Collapsitarian Olympics begin the day after the election. There WILL BE widespread civil disorder in the weeks following the election, regardless of who wins. States are already filing lawsuits to extend vote count days. Prepare accordingly.
Discretion will protect you,
And understanding will guard you.
Discretion is the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation; understanding is knowing and applying that decision. Based on that, Proverbs 2:11 tells you it’s best to plan ahead.
“Understanding will guard you” also means that we need to lose the normalcy bias that all will be better after the election. It hasn’t gotten better for the last 4 years, what makes you think one day will put the genie back in the bottle?
The four routes that you should plan are:
As you can see, the likelihood of you having to use each route goes down as you work your way down the list. PACE is a good way to remember them. PACE everything you do.
The primary and alternate routes should utilize major travel arteries, but preferably not highways, because protestors frequently obstruct them, and in a true WROL emergency, highways will be closed to all but emergency traffic (that’s the actual purpose of the highway system). Contingency and emergency routes should use secondary streets and possibly even alleys, if you know that they are passable.
Once you have selected the routes, you need to do two things.
First, conduct a Map Recon. A map recon is looking over a map, preferably paper, and identifying areas that may cause issues. These areas include major intersections, areas with known congestion, high crime areas, etc. The map study should also identify potential safe havens. During normal operations, that would involve listing hospitals (including what level trauma center they are – You need level 1 for gunshot wounds), fire stations, police stations, and the like. During WROL situations, a safe haven may be a known friendly position, a known government checkpoint, or an area previously decided on by your mutual aid group as a place to hide and wait for assistance (a safe house). You also want to highlight no-go zones, such as areas of high crime, known construction zones, and the like. These both apply in a WROL scenario, but you would add police stations, grocery stores, government facilities, pharmacies, and known areas of violence to the no-go list.
Second, you are going want to drive all four routes, conducting a route recon. This involves actually driving the roads, noting areas of congestion, construction, areas where an attack may occur, and you may find paths you couldn’t see on a map (never discount driving along the alley behind a strip mall – it’s a concealed route and generally empty).
When doing both of these things, it is helpful to make a map overlay, or to write directly on the map this information (I prefer an overlay for security reasons – it can be destroyed and only you know what map it applies to). You can list and highlight these various areas on the map with your own symbols or obtain a copy of NATO standard map symbols (my preference).
I also use my BattleBoard Scout 4.0 for this – It has a polycarbonate window for exactly this purpose. The BattleBoard products (www.battleboard.us) also usually have a LocSac, which is a waterproof cover that you can write on with dry or wet erase markers. I prefer wet erase, because the information won’t be accidentally wiped away. As an expedient tool, you can also do this with a standard sheet protector. I also have a government issue Map Protector, which is a large format waterproof bag you zip a map into that you can write on.
After the map study and route recon, you may make adjustments to your routes based on what you learned. There is absolutely NO SUBSTITUTE for putting your own eyes on things. Yes, Google Maps has cool satellite mapping, but those photos aren’t looking at the same things you want to see, and they are conditions AS THEY WERE the day the photo was taken, not today.
After designing these routes, and then putting them into practice on your daily routine, remember every 60-90 days to re-run recon on your other routes, as conditions may have changed, requiring you to plan a new route.
Even Sun Tzu spoke about route recon thousands of years ago:
EARTH comprises distances, great and small;
danger and security; open ground and narrow passes;
the chances of life and death.
The Art of War
Chapter 1; Verse 8
In addition to planning these for my frequent locations, I did an entirely separate planning sequence for my emergency egress from home to my bug-out location, and emergency routes from the office to home. When planning bug-out routes, you definitely want to AVOID major arteries and use back roads as much as possible, because everyone will be trying to leave the area at the same time.
Consider also planning on-foot only routes, understanding that there are many areas that you can access and traverse on foot, that you can’t by vehicle. As an example, my house is in a subdivision right off a major artery, but by walking down the railroad tracks a bit, and following the utility line road, I can cross the major artery away from an intersection into a park trail system. That trail system leads all the way through the suburban area and into a rural zone, where things will be less dangerous.
You may be thinking, this is a lot of work. Yes. It certainly is. Military units have entire planning cells who do this full time, but you don’t. You have to do the work. Tackle it a bit at a time, and maybe start with the urgent needs first (bug out route). You need to do it now, while you have time.
Plans are established by seeking advice;
So if you wage war, obtain guidance.
Ask others for their input. This can be informal information gathering, such as talking to the gas station attendant at an intersection, or the Department of Public Works, or it can be open-source intelligence gathering, like reviewing the police department’s crime maps online, or searching newspaper archives for local crime stories along the route.
Sam Culper at Forward Observer (www.fowardobserver.com) offers information on conducting an Area Study on his website, I highly recommend his information.
The most important point is to gather information and make plans now, time may be running drastically short.
It is for freedom’s sake that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves
Be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
That stern warning from Paul was written nearly 2000 years ago, yet here we are again, with Nations born from a Judeo-Christian tradition, going down the path to subservience to the State.
Today, I want to discuss the situation in New Zealand, and explain why it’s a caution to us all.
First and foremost, on the two biggest freedom issues of our time, firearms and the COVID-19 crisis, the left has held up New Zealand, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern specifically, as the shining example.
Let’s begin with some facts. The left is holding them up as a shining example of how to beat COVID-19, because their number are low. If we’re being realistic, the first fact to point out is that their population is around 5 million, which about half that of the State of Michigan. In fact, 23 states have populations larger that New Zealand.
The fact that New Zealand is small string of islands thousands of miles away from anything of any importance also helps.
Politically, New Zealand has always been exceedingly liberal. The first liberal party victory was in 1891, and they were the first organized political party on the islands. They were the first nation to grant women the right to vote in 1893. During the Great Depression, New Zealand, much like the US, created a massive welfare system.
Jacinda Ardern is the country’s third female Prime Minister.
In the immediate aftermath of the ChristChurch massacre in 2019, a ban on semi-automatic rifles and any magazine over 10 rounds was passed 119-1.
New Zealand gun law requires people to have a lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose to use, carry, or discharge a firearm, and the burden of proof is on the PERSON, not the STATE. The problem with that is that “sufficient purpose” is subjective. What is sufficient to me, mostly likely isn’t to Nanny Jacinda.
When the ban went into effect, the American firearm lobby and firearm rights supporters all warned the New Zealanders that in giving up gun rights, they were putting themselves at risk of a government trampling their rights. We were all told that it was none of our business and that the State would protect them.
Yes, but who will protect you from the State, we asked. “Don’t be absurd”, they said.
Under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act of 1990, it states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the right to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form”.
In the aftermath of the ChristChurch shooting, the country’s Chief Censor (side note – if your country has a chief censor, you don’t have free speech) decreed, without legislation, that mere possession of the shooter’s manifesto, freely available on the internet, would be a 10 year felony, and anyone caught sharing the document would face a 14 year felony.
Does that sound like they honor their freedom of expression?
Several people posted videos of the New Zealand Police Service at their front door demanding that they stop talking about the shooting online or face criminal charges for “hate speech”.
Here we are in 2020.
All new arrivals into New Zealand are sent to “hotels” for “voluntary isolation”. These voluntary isolation centers have 1.8 meter (6 foot) fences around them, and are guarded and locked. The facilities are “managed” by Air Commodore Darryn Webb. Air Commodore….That’s a one-star general, so the military is running the camps.
On July 10, 2020, CNN ran a story discussing a man who had escaped from one of the camps. He was one of several who cut the fences and left. The story pointed out that the man had already tested NEGATIVE for coronavirus twice, but was still forced to remain in the camp, and now faces charges for escaping from the “voluntary isolation” camp. If you can be charged for escaping it, it isn’t voluntary.
Currently, in the Auckland area, travel is heavily restricted and there are police checkpoints for you to explain your need to travel. Keep in mind that there are currently just 69 active cases in the entire nation. You must carry documents to explain your need to travel.
So, allegedly free nation New Zealand currently polices speech, has internal travel checkpoints requiring you to prove a need to be out of your house, and literal concentration camps, all of which came to be after requiring the citizens to largely disarm themselves.
Can’t get any worse than that, right?
Jacinda Ardern said “Oy, mate! Hold me Foster’s….”
Elections were scheduled for September 19, but Ardern has postponed them until at least October 17th. When Donald Trump merely suggested postponing them, in jest, he was vilified by the media as threatening democracy and a dictator. When Ardern announced ACTUALLY postponing them, she was called a leader and smart by the very same media.
The left loves dictators, so long as they are THEIR dictators. Look at the outpourings of love and respect when murderous Fidel Castro died. Or Hugo Chavez.
They promise them freedom,
But they themselves are slaves of corruption
2 Peter 2:19a
New Zealand is a warning to us all. Do not surrender your freedoms, because they won’t be coming back any time soon.
For those who live in Michigan, Governor Whitmer is no different than Jacinda. Both women have gotten a taste of the raw power of ruling by emergency decree. You don’t have to go through the troublesome process of getting people to agree with you, you just scream emergency, and order whatever you chose.
Here in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer is using COVID 19 to push a racial justice platform that she could never get authorized via the legislature. She changed medical licensing requirements with an executive order. She is using emergency powers to create new programs that technically violate the civil rights act, as she is directing benefits (free masks/medical screenings) to people based upon race.
Lt. Gov. Gilchrest went on TV last week and claimed that “black people aren’t able to work from home”, despite me personally knowing at least 20 who did. Imagine if Donald Trump made that same statement….it’s honestly racist at it’s core to honestly believe that black people couldn’t possibly get a position where they could work at home, but I digress.
The point is, Jacinda Ardern is an example of the danger of letting a committed liberal retain emergency powers, and Governor Whitmer is following the same path.
At some point, we MUST say enough is enough and do whatever is required to set this nation back on the path the Founders anticipated. Fortunately, they left us a blueprint called The Constitution of the United States.
Rescue those being led away to death,
Hold back those staggering towards slaughter
I don’t know about you, but Proverbs 24:11 seems pretty clear to me.
Heed the warning that is New Zealand. It can happen in a democracy with alleged free speech and a right to bear arms.
A few days ago, I posted my Indications & Warnings article, discussing the high potential for civil disorder and conflict within the United States. In it, I pointed out that the ultimate goal of the left was to increase violence to the point an emergency is declared, so that they can set aside the Constitution to implement far left policies and eventually rewrite the Constitution. I also shared a document where they state that they have no intention of allowing an election to decide the course of this nation.
Let me share with you a few general responses to that article:
They can’t do that, it’s unconstitutional.
We need to wait and see what the election brings.
LOL, they don’t like guns so we’ll win.
They’re amateurs, we’re not.
These response are EXACTLY the kind of normalcy bias I warned about a couple of weeks ago, and we’re going to revisit the concept today, along with discussing awareness.
THIS ATTITUDE IS GOING TO PUT YOU AT RISK AND MAKE US LOSE OUR COUNTRY.
That’s not hyperbole. That’s not exaggeration.
First, let’s address the comments.
“They can’t do that, it’s unconstitutional”
The left despises the US Constitution. They think it doesn’t go far enough to limit speech they don’t like, they hate the right of people they disagree with having weapons, they hate our entire system of limited government.
Barack Hussein Obama himself once said in an interview that there were many changes he wanted to implement, but the Constitution limited his power.
Can we just agree that people who hate the Constitution aren’t real concerned with the Constitutionality of their actions? They’re literally burning down buildings and shooting at people; the Constitution is the least of their worries.
“We need to wait and see what the election brings”
They are literally admitting that they aren’t going to accept the results and don’t want either party.
What good do you think an election will do?
More importantly, let’s say Trump wins. Do you think they’ll suddenly become reasonable, shrug their shoulders, and accept defeat? OR will they get even more violent and take action to remove him?
Let’s say Trump loses. Do you believe that the majority of Donald Trump’s supporters will just shrug their shoulders and say “Shucks, I guess Biden and Harris were the better choice… maybe next time”? Not very likely. What’s more likely is claims of a stolen election and violence.
My point is, regardless of the side you support, the day after the election is filled with risk of violence and it only goes up from there. We are beyond a point of reconciliation in this country, so stop acting like we aren’t.
“LOL, they don’t like guns so we’ll win”
Really? Read my blog. Watch their live streams. Watch the news. The left is buying guns in record numbers to arm themselves for violent conflict. They’re out there every day, carrying long guns, conducting their own local patrolling around their protests, practicing securing objectives.
Make no mistake, they are training for an armed revolution.
We are underestimating them.
“They’re amateurs, we’re not”
First, no, the vast majority of our side are not professionals. Most are amateurs as well. Even most “militia” groups consist of people with no actual military training (sorry, Militia friends).
Second, the Viet Cong weren’t professionals, how did they do? Afghanistan is full of illiterate farmers…how are they doing?
Stop underestimating them, the left is FAR MORE DEDICATED to their cause than we appear to be.
Now, let’s turn to what we can do.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
Here, Good King Solomon was warning against normalcy bias.
Normalcy bias is the tendency, despite evidence to the contrary, to believe that nothing untoward is happening. It’s a belief that no matter how bad things get, life will return to the normal state that we are accustomed to.
For some reason, people on the right seem to believe that the new restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of movement, and personal liberty will just somehow magically go away after the election. The left is LITERALLY calling it the “new normal” but the right keeps saying “it’ll go back to normal”.
The right is also of the ridiculous belief that once the election is over, if Donald Trump is re-elected, the left, who already demand his removal by force, will suddenly just become rational somehow and shrug their shoulders and return to Mom’s basement, casting aside all their dreams of a glorious Socialist revolution.
The first step in defeating normalcy bias is awareness. By raising your awareness, you’ll better understand what is happening.
Sam Culper at www.forwardobserver.com discusses conducting an Area Study, and it’s a great first step in raising your awareness of the local situation.
Use social media to your advantage by monitoring the accounts of activist groups in your area and see what they area saying and planning. Either attend their events to actually listen and observe, or watch their livestreams. This will open your eyes QUICKLY. Personally, I get out and attend 3-4 of their events every single week because I want to see the things they don’t show on social media, such as their security posture, their awareness, their readiness for confrontation. It’s eye-opening.
Use a tool, like the BattleBoard Scout 4.0 (www.battleboard.us) to track on a map where protests are planned so that you can avoid them. I have both a small and medium Scout. I use one for map tracking, and one for note taking.
Take responsibility for your own safety. We continue to see videos of cars getting trapped inside protests, which is totally avoidable. This weekend, we saw ANTIFA/BLM people pull out firearms when vehicles refused to stop. This is an escalation that should tell you that they are ready to kill for their cause. I was heartened to see a video where people took the advice I give, which is flip a U-Turn and go the wrong way if you have to, but DON’T STOP in a crowd.
Understand that if you are trapped in a car inside a protest, or a building, as we saw at a Walgreens in Chicago on Sunday, and you call the police, the police will flat out tell you that they aren’t coming.
YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. That alone should get us off the couch and armed, but it hasn’t. Normalcy bias, again. “The police will come.” No, they won’t
Use Cooper’s Color Codes to raise your awareness.
You should try to use Condition Yellow the majority of the time. It’s easy, and can be maintained for long periods.
Condition Orange can be maintained for short periods without ill effects other than an increased heart rate.
You should NEVER find yourself in Condition Black, unless awoken from a dead sleep.
Lastly, stop underestimating the threat posed by leftist protestors.
In my post on the Battle of Ai, I discussed Joshua and his attack on the town of Ai. In Joshua 7, he sent a recon team ahead to analyze the enemy positions. This was a good idea, and it’s exactly what I’m doing by attending these events. But in Joshua 7:3, his recon team reported that the opposition was weak, there weren’t that many of them, and they weren’t all that well trained. They also reported that marching up the hill to the town would be too hard on the troops. Any of this sound like excuses we’re making to not engage?
Well, Joshua took their advice and only sent 3,000 of his men up instead of a larger force. When they arrived, they were met by a large and well-trained force that completely routed Joshua’s men, who had to flee from the field of battle.
Yes, Joshua eventually won (read my post “The Battle of Ai” for the whole story and tactical analysis), but the point is, he and his whole army under-estimated that forces arrayed against them and paid the price for it. Learn from his lesson (HINT: That’s the entire point of the Bible).
Look, I know it’s easy to look at these screeching kids and laugh, or to look at the NFAC (Not Frightening Actually Clowns) Brigade and giggle, but don’t underestimate them. If you are killed by an untrained amateur, you aren’t any less dead.
As my hero Uthred Ragnarson warns: A Warrior can only die once, he must make it count.
In conclusion, stop thinking this is all going to go back to normal, take responsibility for your own safety, analyze the threat, raise your awareness, and stop under-estimating the opposition.
In the US intelligence community, particularly military intelligence, there is a section called Indications & Warnings, or “I & W”. The role of the I & W section is to look for indicators that warn of impending enemy action.
For example, if thermal imagery shows that there are heat blooms in the engines of tanks that were cold previously, it’s an indicator that those tanks are about to move.
The USMC has taken the process a bit further, through their Combat Hunter Program, taking skills of old backwoods hunters and scouts, and applying to them with lessons learned to develop an I & W section inside every Marine, enabling them to observe indicators in their immediate area.
The Combat Hunter Program instructs us to analyze our area of operations and develop a “baseline” or a day-to-day feel of what normal activity looks like. Once you have a baseline established, you can easily detect the anomalies that point to potential issues. For example, If there is normally a bustling city market, but when you walked in this time it’s empty, there’s a good chance something bad is about to happen. It’s an indicator, that should also be a warning.
This practice agrees with God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty
That’s one of my favorites, because it encompasses the heart of tactical awareness. If you don’t know that you are in danger, you will walk right into the trap. Be alert & aware, and you won’t.
This concept is found elsewhere as well, not just in the Bible.
The Hávamál, a Viking text attributed to Odin, has this to say:
At every door-way, ere one enters,
One should spy round, one should pry round,
For uncertain is the witting
That there be no foeman sitting
within, before one on the floor
Being aware of your surroundings and the changes within them is the easiest way to ensure your own safety. Remember, the police readily admit that they aren’t coming, so you are indeed on your own.
Expanding this out to a larger context, analyze all world events through this same lens, and you’ll be more prepared through it. For example, being aware of planned protests will keep you from trapped inside one of these impromptu roadblocks.
We saw in Indianapolis over the weekend, two men draw handguns to try to stop a pickup truck. Make no mistake, those two men were a deadly threat. Treat such things accordingly.
I know I mention these two warnings a lot, but they are important….Do a Facebook event search for all protest groups in your area EVERY SINGLE DAY, because Facebook is where they coordinate. The second one is to sign up for Nixle and include every area that you travel to in your alert settings. I’d rather delete unneeded texts than not know about an emergency on my route.
I began my project of going to protests by using the Combat Hunter guidelines. I first established a baseline of what normal looks like at these events to then be able to notice anomalies, while making sure that I fit into the baseline (so that I wasn’t an anomaly to them). Now, I’m seeing more and more anomalies, such as open wearing of body armor and open carry of firearms.
This is an indicator and warning. This is telling us that the left is ramping up for more violence. I posted a document I was handed by a leftist protestor that said that they cannot allow an election to decide who runs the country because even the DNC isn’t extreme enough. That’s an indicator & warning of potential civil war. I’m not exaggerating; not using hyperbole; it’s an observation and their own words.
A few days ago, a black man walked up to his 5 year old neighbor and shot him point blank in the head, killing a little boy for riding his bike onto his lawn. The media hasn’t mentioned it outside the local news. That’s an indicator.
Yesterday, a man attempted to rush the Secret Service Checkpoint at the White House, and was shot by the Secret Service. That’s an indicator.
Ironically, a leftist group also is announcing a campaign to “lay siege” to the White House beginning in September. They aren’t using the military term by mistake. They didn’t say protest; which is Constitutionally protected, they said “lay siege”, which is a violation of 18 USC 2385 (Advocating The Overthrow of the United States). Another indicator.
The selection of Kamala Harris today as the Vice Presidential pick was another indicator. She hasn’t registered in a single poll since May 29th, when she got 3%. Her highest rating ever in the whole election cycle was 5%, which put her in 4th place. For a guy who already has issues, Kamala Harris was the worse possible pick if you wanted to actually win the election. She is widely unpopular, especially with Black voters.
The only way in which her selection makes any sense if the DNC already concedes that they are going to lose the race, and they intend to point at Harris and claim that the loss was due to America’s systemic racism to increase tensions and bring more rioters into the streets.
If you don’t think this is possible, ask yourself why RINO King John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. Simple…he wanted to let Barack Obama win, and be able to point at his running mate as the reason he lost. She looked so much like Tina Fey, that to this very day, people still claim Palin said that she could see Russia from her house, when it was actually Fey doing a parody who said it.
Many people ask me why I’m so sure that the left wants uncontrolled violence in the streets. It’s simple, yet people think that it can’t happen here.
The intent, based on my study of the indicators and warnings, is to increase the violence to a level that they can declare an emergency, remove President Trump forcefully, and point at the Constitution as the document that allowed all of this to happen. Once they do that, they can set it aside and re-write it.
I know, seems far-fetched.
If a year ago today, I told you that you would be forbidden from entering a church or going to a funeral, you’d be wearing a mask everywhere, and the government would dictate which direction you can walk in grocery store aisles and how many friends you visit at once, you would have been saying it was “far-fetched” while calling mental health authorities on me, but here we are today and all of it is the “new normal”.
Remember Andrew Yang and how he got the entire left on board with Universal Basic Income, but we screamed NO and it came off the table? Then along comes the CoronaVirus, and we’ve implemented UBI with unending extra unemployment benefits that are discouraging people from returning to work.
See how this works yet?
The entire field of DNC candidates ran on law enforcement reform and prison abolition. The ideas were rejected by voters on both sides, so they came off the table. Along comes the CoronaVirus and we emptied the prisons & jails, and eliminated bail requirements. Predictably, crime has skyrocketed, but we aren’t putting anyone in jail. As far as law enforcement reform, we had one questionable incident and ever since then police and private citizens have been arrested and charged for things that aren’t even crimes.
Each one of these taken singly seems to be a different scenario, but each one is an indicator of the direction of things to come. Put them all together and the only conclusion you can draw is that BOTH SIDES are allowing you to be forced to accept the far left agenda, without legislation, without referendums.
Are you seeing the indicators and being prudent? Or are you being simple and walking into danger unaware?
We need to start taking action instead of tweeting. Our opposition is in the streets every day, armed, ready for battle, taking more ground. We are sitting at home complaining. Yes, even me, despite the fact that I am at least getting out and gathering intelligence, I’m not doing enough.
And violent crime has skyrocketed, as has political violence, increasing your personal risk.
One side is fighting an insurgency, and we aren’t showing up.
Let me leave you with two verses that are remarkably similar, despite being from two different sources, both commanding you to arm yourselves and be ready.
Whenever a mutual aid or preparedness group gets together for training, it almost always revolves around firearms skills. I wanted to take a few minutes and give some ideas for some basic things that are overlooked in a lot of group training programs.
The Ultimate Tactical Handbook instructs us to train for war:
It was only in order that the generations
of the people of Israel might know war,
to teach war to those who had not known it before.
There are many other skills that are just as important, aside from just shooting and weapons handling.
Obviously, first aid and communications are topics most groups do work on, in addition to shooting, but I want to focus here on the over-looked items.
I’ve attended a lot of training at Blackwater/US Training Center/Academi, or whatever they are calling themselves this week. When you go to the Executive Protection course there, the first 7 days are done without any firearms, because learning to move and drive in a formation is more important than shooting skills.
There is a lesson in there. Spend lots of days with your group learning to move in basic infantry formations, including how to fill and flow between them. At USMC Recruit Field Training Duty (second phase for my fellow Devil Dogs), you spend days walking tactical formations and learning to walk them together, flowing from one formation to another. At BlackWater it was the same, days of walking and driving in various formations so that your team can flow from one to the next without verbal communication.
It’s an important skill, and often overlooked, beyond the basic squad file. Learn team size (3-4 people) wedges, vee’s, echelons (both sides), line formations, skirmishers (both left and right), as well as the rationale for using them. Then learn them at the squad level. Resources include the US Army “Infantry Squad & Platoon” or the USMC “Marine Rifle Squad” manuals.
INDIVIDUAL FIGHTING POSITIONS
Another overlooked area is building an individual fighting position. Let’s be honest…We don’t train on this because we are LAZY and it’s not cool-guy stuff. In all honesty though, it can save your life. Everyone wants to do cool-guy stuff, like “CQB” (which they really aren’t learning), or “Room Clearing” drills, which really have less application to preparedness and survival than actually building a defensive position does.
Think about that…We claim to be preparing to defend our homes or bug-out locations, but most often we only focus on offensive skills.
Learning how to build and effectively camouflage an individual fighting position is hard work that will pay off far more in the real world than learning how to “Take City Hall” ever will.
Security Patrolling entails a team conducting a recon around your location, looking for signs of human activity or potential observation by an adversary.
Your team should learn to conduct zone recon, area recon, and successive sector recon patrolling.
It’s a great way to also practice the formations you learned earlier.
Patrolling is far more than just learning to walk in the woods. Hand signals, formations, actions at halts, immediate action drills, all need to be learned and incorporated.
The ability to send a SALUTE report could be invaluable (Size/Activity/Location/Unit/Time/Equipment) to providing early warning.
Then Joshua secretly sent two spies…
…”Go, look over the land”…
If Joshua sent out recon patrols, you probably should ,too.
ENTRY CONTROL POINT/TRAFFIC CONTROL POINT OPERATIONS
If we’re truly about defending our neighborhood or group bug out location, wouldn’t setting up an Entry Control Point at the entrance be a great skill to work on? When was the last time your ultra tacti-cool militia group trained on it?
Learning the proper way to establish, secure, and operate an entry control point could be invaluable and yet folks don’t do any training on it.
The outstanding book, “Tactical Manual – Small Unit Tactics” by Max Velocity Tactical (www.maxvelocitytactical.com) has a section on this topic, as well as all the others I’ve discussed here.
But we prayed to our God
And posted a guard day and night
To meet this threat.
Nehemiah knows what’s up…ECP’s.
IMMEDIATE ACTION DRILLS
The veterans out there know what I’m talking about. Immediate Action Drills are basic actions that units should automatically take when a particular situation happens.
As an example, React to an Ambush is a drill you would do to, well, react to an ambush.
Drills to cover are:
1. React to Ambush (near and far)
2. React to Indirect Fire
3. Hasty Ambush
4. React to Contact (in every direction)
5. React to Air Threat
The same resource manuals (US Army/USMC/Max Velocity) contain all these standardized drills.
A caution though…a lot of veterans are tempted to opt out of these…Don’t let them. While they know how to run the drills, they need to learn how to do them WITH YOUR TEAM. It’s a different dynamic with every team you move into.
As you look over the list, it’s easy to say, “But those are the most basic combat tasks”…battles are won by basics. Get over the cool-guy worship and ultra tacti-cool hype, this is where battles are won.
All of the instructors at PKSA Karate (www.pksa.com) train once a month with Grand Master Dale Drouillard, the first American to ever receive a Tang Soo Do black belt (he also presided over Chuck Norris’ master test here in Michigan). He has been training in martial arts for over half a century and he begins every day with front punches & front kicks, like a white belt. There’s a lesson in there.
Consider the US Navy SEALS. They aren’t the best in the business because of ultra-secret tactics or the cool way they roll up the cuff of their sleeves (and why is every police department on the planet copying that stupid practice)…they’re best because they drill constantly ON THE BASICS.
Notice also that this list involves skills you can practice without expending a single round of ammunition. That’s by design, especially now that ammo is increasingly scarce.
I hope this helps trigger some new thinking among mutual assistance groups and gives you some great ideas.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…The Book of Eli, while one of my favorites, was a MOVIE. In what is to come, you will not be able to function as a lone wolf, especially if your intention is to assist in the Restoration of The Constitution. You will need a tribe.
I’ve been contacted by many groups asking me to join, and I always attend a few meetings to get a feel for them, and I want to discuss some shortcomings that you should all avoid. No group is without all of them, and some are far better along than others, but still have progress to be made.
For the record, I’m not opposed to groups at all, I’m opposed to voluntarily putting my name on a list to be handed to the FBI/DHS.
The first shortcoming you need to address in your mutual assistance group, tribe, or whatever you call it is ROLES. Everyone wants to join, and everyone wants to be a super-secret recon shooter. Not everyone can be or should be.
Most groups fall short because shooting is all anyone wants to do. Shooting is a last resort. Yes, even if it becomes necessary to use force of arms to protect ourselves or restore our Nation, it’s still the last resort, yet it’s the number one thing everyone does every time they organize and train.
Mutual assistance groups should focus more on community security, patrolling your neighborhood/area, food procurement/storage, and water procurement.
Everyone basically organizes into infantry squad organization such as the US Army’s two 4 man teams or the USMC’s three 4 man teams (USMC is better, not just because I’m a Marine, but because it’s more versatile). These are perfect examples of organizations that work well, but not everyone should be infantry.
You need other roles as well, which are even more essential.
You need medics. Real ones, not Grandma Jenny and her peroxide. Actual, trained medical staff who can save a life. We all saw what happened to the NFAC in Louisville, when they had a need for medics and had to call the same police that they wanted to fight to save the lives of their comrades. Embarrassing, to say the least.
You need a supply team. I know, it’s not cool-guy, ultra tacti-cool, but you need someone to keep track of what you have and what you need. You also need a pool of resources. Requiring every person to supply themselves leads to one guy without the proper gear always needing help. Here’s what God’s Ultimate Tactical Guide has to say about having a supply unit:
Know well the conditions of your flocks,
And give attention to your herds
You need a leadership team, and that should include people in charge of each functional area. You need overall command, supply, medical, security, and operations chiefs. It’s not a democracy, but…..
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
But with many advisers they succeed.
Give serious consideration to organization, and understand that not everyone can do every job .
Operations Security, or OPSEC is where most groups fail.
I realize that having a website attracts membership and tries to dispel some of the “militia” stigma, but if you have a website, you’ll be tracked and the Southern Poverty Law Center is going to call your group an “alt-right white supremacist group” no matter haw many people of color you have on your team.
For this reason, I recommend eliminating the word militia from your vocabulary. It carries a negative connotation, despite it’s actual proud heritage.
There are secondary concerns as well…The minute you call yourself a militia and have a defined leadership and an insignia, while openly carrying arms, you make yourself subject to the Law of Land Warfare under the Geneva and Hague Conventions. All those hollow point rounds and cool-guy shotguns just became war crimes. Understand the real legalities.
Also, Militia in many communities means many different things. Here in Metro Detroit, we have a large Russian population. To them, “militia” is what the police are called. The local police agency in Moscow, for example, is called the Mockva Milicya, and rather than policemen, they’re called militiamen. Another large community we have here (even larger) is Muslim, from all over the Arab world. To them, a militia is most often an Al Qaeda or ISIS group and something to fear.
As far as OPSEC, the biggest concern I have for most groups is that they use FaceBook and Twitter, and other social media platforms to organize, advertise, and even maintain membership roles. That’s highly dangerous as you are giving the personal details of every member to an organization that despises everything you stand for. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, I’m saying understand the risk you are taking and putting all of your members under.
Many the groups I advise on this say, “Yeah, but it’s a private group, so no one sees our stuff”. That’s untrue. Anything you put on a social media platform BELONGS TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM and they can do with it whatever they like, such as forward membership lists to people you’d rather not have it.
Another argument I get is “But we’re not doing anything wrong or illegal”. That’s most likely 100% true. I agree. But why make it easier for your group to be infiltrated? The FBI and ATF have a long history of trying to infiltrate militia or prepper groups, with the intent of trying to convince them to undertake illegal activity so that they can justify the massive amounts of money spent on the efforts. Randy Weaver was entrapped in one such case, and I know of a militia here in SouthEast Michigan that has been plagued with federal agent infiltrators.
Remember, the Michigan Militia was maligned for decades over Timothy McVeigh and he wasn’t even a member, he had merely attended a training where someone took his photo. (Hint: be careful what photos you post)
Understand, I think most law enforcement people area amazing and I work among them every day. HOWEVER, federal agencies are agenda-driven and the federal government wants to retain it’s monopoly on violence and is therefore vehemently against organized armed groups, particularly on the right. It’s a hassle you’d rather not have.
Don’t use platforms that hate you to organize. You can use secure communication platforms like ProtonMail or TeleGram.
One outstanding group, AmRRON, of which I am a member, requires everyone who signs up to pick a call sign that is two letters and two numbers, completely unrelated to your name or any other call sign (like radio license) that you have. In that way, no member can release any information about any other, because they only know a call sign and state.
Your group needs an internal security and intelligence group. It can be as small as a two person cell.
This group farms data from open source information and members to develop a picture of the local situation. They should also monitor internal activity of personnel and encourage members to report anyone pushing for illegal or unethical activity. Seek out and isolate agitators, who could be either ANTIFA or law enforcement personnel trying to push people in a direction you don’t want them to go.
Kick those people to the curb quickly. Have no tolerance for it.
An excellent resource for learning about local SHTF intelligence gathering is Forward Observer at www.forwardobserver.com. They also put out daily intelligence briefs.
You need a dedicated communications team and a communications leader. Yes, it’s fine for everyone to have their own radio, but each team or unit you have should have a designated communication person. This will cut down on confusion and radio traffic during a deployment or emergency.
As far as radios, first understand that there is no radio that you, as a private citizen, can buy that the US Government can’t listen in on. Give up that thought process. Also, give up that there are any manufacturers other than Chinese or Japanese. No, Motorola, Kenwood, and Midland aren’t American made.
Understand also that the opposition, ANTIFA, is using the EXACT same radios and frequency spectrum that you are. They’re not as active at radio intercept, but that could change quickly.
Without getting too deep here, and to keep from getting into FCC trouble, all I will say is, develop a method of sharing messages via radio that only your team will be aware of.
I know, I’ve covered a lot of information about organization, security, and basic comms.
I hope that this helps new groups (and maybe some existing ones) get a good perspective on organization.
Our next article will cover some basic skills that each group should train on.
There are two main takeaways I want to leave you with:
You MUST get organized. An unorganized group is just a mob.
Consider SECURITY in everything you do. You can’t be too paranoid, there are risks everywhere.
After my article on Commitment, I received a bunch of comments and messages asking me what people can do to increase their preparedness for what is to come. In this post, I’ll give you nine things to start on RIGHT NOW that will serve you well.
Let me tell you first, I’m not going to tell you to go buy a gun. At this point, if you don’t already have a firearm and ammunition, you aren’t going to get them. They are gone.
I’m also not going to discuss gear, beyond a few basic things, because the main thing we need to change RIGHT NOW is our MINDSET.
This mindset that this is all going to blow over needs to go away. Are you feeling like any of this is just magically going to go away? If you do, kindly head on over to someone else’s site, I don’t have time to open your eyes; it’s time to get ready.
Before we move on, let’s get a check on The Ultimate Tactical Handbook, the Bible. What does it say about being ready?
“Therefore keep watch,
Because you do not know the day or the hour”
Well, there it is, straight from the mouth of Jesus…Keep watch and be ready.
Increase Your Alert Level
This is as simple as paying attention and taking a few basic steps to ensure that you are ready.
First, I don’t let the vehicles get below 3/4 of a tank of gas. One of the first things that authorities will limit in the event of major civil disturbance is the sale of gasoline, to reduce the use of Molotov cocktails. If you own additional gas cans, keep them full as well. If you don’t, acquire at least one.
I also pay closer attention to people walking through the neighborhood and people around facilities at work.
Also, learn to listen. People tell you what they intend to do, if you listen. For example, you can always tell what next restriction Governor Whitmer is about to put in place by listening to her when she says “I would hate to have to…..”; you can bet that is the next rule coming. Bill Gates is on video telling you that vaccines will not be optional. Just listen.
Simply understand that “normal” went away in March and is never coming back.
2. Commit To Gathering Intelligence
Spending a few minutes online a few times a day can prevent you from being trapped inside a planned protest that you didn’t know about. I’ve been attending protests for a while and I’m always shocked at the number of cars that get trapped inside the protest, despite these groups openly advertising their events on social media.
Learn who the local leadership is (it’s easy, they’re very vocal on social media) for local protest groups and check their profile every morning. You’ll be far more aware of what protest activity is planned and you can inform the rest of your tribe (more on that in a minute) of potential hot spots. You’ll also see that these people travel everywhere wearing body armor and bringing combat gear. If your opposition is, shouldn’t you?
Side note- Watch the livestreams of their protest speakers. You’ll be amazed at what they are REALLY advocating for, versus what the media tells you.
Sign up for Nixle of whatever local information sharing platform your local police forces use. I’ve been notified of protests, road closures, and active shooters via text with just a 5 minute sign up. It’s an invaluable resource.
Let the leftist tech companies gather intel for you. Set up Google alerts for your area and they will send a daily news brief every morning or evening recapping whatever topics you ask them to tell you about. For example, since part of my role involves Executive Protection, I have a Google Alert set up to recap all news stories related to kidnapping every night at 8 PM. It’s a simple process and they’ll send you whatever you ask for.
I’ve developed a list of “vehicles of interest” and “people of interest” based upon my attendance at their rallies, so that if I see one of their vehicles in the area of somewhere I’m at (work, shopping mall, etc), I know that something may be happening.
Small steps like this will help your overall awareness and alert level.
3. Build A Tribe
Your tribe begins with your family. You have to get everyone on board with understanding the risk level and taking basic precautions. You can’t do any good if you’re the only one in your family taking steps.
Learn who in your neighborhood and at work is feeling the same way you are. Start talking about preparedness. Develop plans with both your work tribe and your home tribe of how you would handle emergencies that could develop. These don’t alway have to be “SHTF” type situations, they can involve fire, or medical emergency.
For example, the first time an ambulance showed up at the neighbors’ house, I went across the street and told the elderly couple that if they every have an emergency again, come knock on the door let me help until the medics arrive.
Understand…the Mad Max series and the Book of Eli were MOVIES. You cannot survive as a lone wolf; you need a tribe.
4. Make A Communications Plan
The average person, when asked about emergency communications, say “I carry my phone everywhere I go”. Neat.
On September 11, 2001, the phone systems throughout the United States were absolutely overwhelmed. While we’ve made a lot of progress, phone systems in the immediate area of a catastrophe will be overwhelmed and public safety units will be given priority.
I responded to both Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and in both cases, local cell service was non-existent.
It’s also important to note that cellular phone systems require a big chunk of grid power to operate. If the power is out, cell phones will follow quickly.
You can, when the phone system is overwhelmed, still use plain text (not MMS) and apps like Zello (2 way radio app), even though actual calls may not go through.
Handheld radios are a great addition. The FRS/GMRS radios that you can buy at Walmart or Target are OK, but extremely low power. Buy a higher quality radio and consider obtaining an Amateur Radio license. I also maintain a mobile radio, with much higher power, in the vehicle at all times. These handheld radios only work if everyone in your tribe is on the same channel and carries their radio at all times in case of an emergency. I keep one on my patrol backpack in the car, fully charged, every single day.
It’s important to note that ANTIFA and BLM use handheld radios to coordinate. If your opposition does it, so should you.
The Channel 3 project is set up by the American Redoubt Radio Network, a group of preparedness folks in the American West. They recommend that all patriots use channel 3 on whatever system you use (FRS/MURS/CB/GMRS), so that even if in an area you’ve never been in, you should be able to locate like-minded people for assistance or directions.
Keep them charged, keep them close.
5. Develop Emergency Plans
Just like fire drills, you should have plans developed for what you intend to do in the event your house is surrounded by protestors, your car is trapped inside a protest, or there is widespread rioting and looting in your area.
Make plans for your family, your neighborhood tribe, your work tribe, and any other group of people you are around regularly.
The best investment I ever made for planning was buying a Battle Board Scout (www.battleboard.us). I saw a need for something handheld that I could chart or plan on for paper maps, without ruining the maps. It’s basically an excellent notebook case, but there is polycarbonate window where you can put a map inside and then draw out plans or track activity on the map. The picture below shows my planning and tracking for a recent protest. The blue lines indicate potential escape routes I planned, the red denotes the original protest area and and their march route. The X’s show where they stopped traffic for an extended period.
I liked it so much that I just recently acquired their newest, the Scout 4.0, in a small size, perfect for putting in checklists to use alongside my other Battle Board Scout (see photo below). Check them out, they’re a veteran owned business. I predict buying their Expedition in the near future. There is a full review of my original Battle Board Scout in the archives here, look for one on the Scout 4.0 soon.
When planning, use the acronym PACE to develop 4 plans for everything. These are Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency.
Write these plans down, discuss them, and then TRAIN ON THEM with the whole tribe. Get out, find out what works, and what doesn’t. Plans are living documents and should be constantly updated.
6. Make Critical Decisions NOW
The time to decide what you’re going to do when surrounded by protestors in your car is NOW, not when they are around your car. Will you back up and go the wrong way down the road? Will you keep going? Decide NOW. These plans can’t involve waiting for the police, the police are no longer responding to these situations AT ALL. I’ve witnessed them physically turn around and drive away.
Make the decision about what you’ll do in every situation related to our current state of affairs now, and then develop the plans from those.
7. Carry Emergency Gear Everywhere
This might seem like a no-brainer, but every time I teach a concealed pistol class, I ask people to show me their first aid kit. The only time anyone actually had one, it was my own son.
Let me say it one more time…The piece of gear that you will use most from your emergency supplies is a FIRST AID KIT. You should have several first aid kits, stored everywhere, but you can start with one, and carry it everywhere. I have two in the car, a small one in my patrol bag, and a small one in my work backpack. It doesn’t hurt and could save a life. Check out www.bearindependent.com for outstanding kits.
I carry emergency clothing changes, because my daily work attire isn’t conducive to field work. I also carry boots in the car, because dress shoes aren’t going to do any good if I have to walk 25 miles home in an emergency.
There are other posts on this site to help you build gear bags, but the point here is that the best-stocked gear bag in the world doesn’t do you any good if it’s 15 miles away when you need it. Yes, my trunk is full, but I can live for at least a week out of the gear in my trunk, and I can certainly evade a crowd or defend myself with the gear in the car.
8. Check In
Once you’ve established a tribe and set up plans, put your gear in the car, and keep it full, then, you enter a maintenance phase. What happened with one of my groups is that when the lockdowns began, we sprung into action and spun up quickly, but after a couple of weeks, everyone fell off the bandwagon.
We failed to check in with each other and when the riots began, it showed.
So, learn from my mistakes. Once you have these things set up, test them. Call each other. Meet together. Discuss the situation and remain engaged.
Keep the foot on the gas.
9. Train With The Tribe
Once you’ve set all these things up, train together. Don’t let people in your tribe dodge training. Many guys say “No, I know what I’m doing”, but either really don’t or have never worked with a team. Make training TOGETHER a requirement.
You can’t train enough and I can’t stress enough the need for training.
Once you train on these plans, you’ll find the shortcomings and make adjustments. Make that a constant process.
I hope that this list helps you begin your preparations.
It’s important that we all open our eyes to the fact that the day after the 2020 Election is going to be a violent day, and may change the course of our entire nation. Neither side is going to be happy with the results, no matter who wins, and with the current tensions, there is no way a peaceful resolution can be found.
How committed are you to the cause of freedom? Do you want to retain your freedom of speech, religion, to peaceably assemble, and to keep & bear arms?
I ask about your level of commitment, because I have more observations from inside ANTIFA/BLM protests that should open your eyes. They are far more committed to their cause than you are to resisting them, and even more than the government is.
Before I get into that though, let’s talk about what small groups of committed people have done throughout history.
During the American Revolution, only about 3% of the colonists actively fought the British. The vast majority sat at home, because they didn’t want to “make waves”. They discussed with their friends how the Continentals were doomed to lose, because how can you fight the most experienced and powerful military the world had ever known? Sound familiar? When the tide turned, and it became apparent that the existing government might lose, Loyalist militias formed up and rushed into the fight, but it was too late. Want to guess what happened to the Loyalists who didn’t flee to Canada?
Afghanistan is known as the “Graveyard of Empires” because they have constantly been invaded by advanced militaries, but they always resist and win. Think about just recent history….Since 1980, small groups of highly committed illiterate farmers with basic weaponry have successfully resisted the three most powerful & technologically advanced military forces in the world (I include NATO as a separate military). It’s proof of the value of the highly-committed light infantryman in defense of his home.
Let’s talk about our current crop of Marxist revolutionaries in our streets. They are highly committed to their cause. Several of the people I track are attending 3-4 protests every single day, no matter the weather or conditions.
Today, I was among them while they marched in a miserable mist that soaked everything through and made the walk horrible, but they did it. Our side would have re-scheduled. Be honest, you know it.
They are showing up increasingly armed. Last weekend, they shot at least 6 people (I know, 5 of the victims were their own people, but that’s not the point). This week, more people are showing up at these events armed and wearing level 3 and level 4 body armor. They are showing up with goggles, helmets, bats, and other weapons, including firearms.
When I first started watching them closely, they were using a single radio channel for security and medical units. Yesterday, at an anti-federal agent protest, they were using 3 different radio channels for different functions and coordinating between the different functions and channels seamlessly. They are evolving into an effective organization, and we’re sitting on the couch sending tweets, thinking we’re “RESISTING” the Marxists.
Be honest, when was the last time you considered how you might communicate with your family, your fellow patriots, or your friends? A few groups that I coordinate with (I don’t join groups, that’s how you get on a federal list) have set up radio and Zello App comm groups, but what have you done? The time to consider this is NOW, not 5 minutes after the power goes out.
They are increasingly showing up more medically prepared to treat gunshot wounds as well. The first few events I attended, the medical staff consisted of girls in hot shorts handing out bottles of water. Yesterday, there were medics in full gear, all wearing tourniquets on their gear and what appeared to be full IFAK’s. Are you keeping a full Individual First Aid Kit handy throughout the day?
The media isn’t telling you the whole truth, either. As part of my research, I’ve reviewed many of the videos that the protestors are posting online. There is far more conflict with the police than what you are hearing about on the news. A review of a few archived livestreams showed frequent street battles with police in riot gear that never made the news.
Last night, the group By Any Means Necessary, which is known for violence, distributed the handout below at the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit. I always doubt the authenticity of random typed documents appearing on the internet, but I was literally handed this document by a subject wearing a By Any Means Necessary shirt, and I have it on video, for evidentiary purposes. That’s also why I dated and initialed the document.
This document illustrates how strongly they believe that violence is the way to achieve their goals. Notice that they denounce the Democratic Party as well. They state clearly that they have no intention to allow an election to decide who leads this country. If they aren’t going to wait for an election, what do you think they intend?
We, as a collective, need to get as committed as they are. I keep seeing tweets that say “Just waiting for the word”…what if that word comes too late? Or never comes?
We are allowing the left to dictate the narrative. By not counter-protesting, or holding events of our own, we are allowing the impression to be created that there is no resistance to the demands of these Marxist revolutionaries (stop calling them anything else).
I know, I keep hearing people say, “But on the right, we have jobs” or “We value law and order”. If you are willing to put those things as more important than your freedoms, you’ll lose them, along with your freedoms. Answer me this…when is the right time to begin fighting back?
If we are truly as committed as they are, we need to stop writing them off as a fringe group. A fringe group led the American Revolution and established a new nation. THEY believe that is exactly what THEY are doing.
Begin by attending a rally and listening to the things they believe. You will think they’re crazy and that their beliefs make no logical sense. Understand…THAT DOES NOT MATTER ONE BIT. Just because someone’s beliefs are illogical, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t willing to kill you over them. Read that again and again. These people are so committed that they are willing to commit violence and potentially be killed to bring about their Marxist wishes.
Many on the right say, “I’ll fight if they come to my door or if they attack me”. That’s a silly response, because they don’t need to come to your house or attack you to completely remove your freedoms and your way of life. We need to get that through our heads…they don’t have to attack YOU, they have to attack our SYSTEM, and we’re letting them do that with ZERO resistance.
I know, you think the government will fight them. Let me dispel that for you.
First, when I first started going to the protests, the police were present and trying to maintain control. This week, the police are GONE. On a couple of instances, I saw the police literally turn around and drive away, rather than risk a confrontation.
I’ve received the above warning twice from the Harper Woods Police. Read it carefully, especially the last paragraph. It tells you that they value the First Amendment…for the Marxists. It very clearly warns you that if you disagree with BLM, YOU are not to exercise YOUR First Amendment Rights in favor of THEIRS.
Still think government is going to offer resistance?
Understand that the government has become a living entity, and like all living entities, it wants to thrive. What better way for the government to grow and thrive than to allow a Marxist takeover of our system? The bureaucracy would expand and the government would be guaranteed an ever-increasing role.
Still think the government is going to offer resistance?
“Yeah, but what about the federal agent surges Trump has promised”. Easy. Those agents are there to protect federal FACILITIES. They aren’t ending the rioting and don’t intend to. They are in place to protect the buildings that the bureaucracy occupies, don’t be deceived….Trump has limited authority in this.
When I was 17, I first swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. As you can see by the documents they are handing out, they intend to set the Constitution aside. I, too, struggle with the fact that we would be risking jobs and potential legal issues if we resist the Marxist takeover, so I did what I always do when I have doubts…I checked God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook for Life, the Bible.
If a man vows a vow to the Lord,
Or swears an oath to bind himself to a pledge,
He shall not break his word.
He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
That is 100% clear and unequivocal.
Let me leave you with a couple of quotes from tonight’s closing speakers at the BLM rally.
The first was speaking about impending foreclosures. The speaker asked for “O.G.’s” (gang members) to show up at the addresses of foreclosures to physically resist the Sheriff’s Deputies from enforcing the court orders.
The second proclaimed “If you’re not resisting in a militant way, you’re not resisting”.
The left is HIGHLY COMMITTED to their cause and willing to use violence to acheive their goals. As this point, we aren’t.
We need to get as committed as they are and get off the couch. Tweets will not save the Republic.
Earlier today, I did a Bible reading for a book study I’m doing with a few other men, since Governor Whitmer still says we can’t go to church (the liquor store is cool, though). When I read Paul’s words, it was like I was listening to myself:
So be on your guard!
Remember that for 3 years I never stopped
Warning each of you night & day…
I’ve been warning people, telling people to pay attention, and yet people are still saying “it’ll just blow over” or…”That’s only happening in Portland”.
This weekend we saw a serious escalation from the left, and there was an indicator a few others & I have been looking for as a sign of increased violence & potential civil war. That indicator was an increase in firearms use by the left.
Two of those situations involved people trapped inside road blockages. I have told you before, never stop inside a protest. Video from the Aurora protest showed protestors trying to remove people from their cars forcibly, and one car tried to drive off. One member of the crowd opened fire on that vehicle, striking two of his fellow protestors.
In Austin, a man with an AK type rifle, Garrett Foster, rushed up to a car trying to drive through the crowd and raised his rifle. He was shot and killed by the driver of the vehicle.
This is an indicator of an increase in the potential for full-scale armed conflict.
What is an “indicator”? Indicators are things to look for that point toward a particular likelihood or outcome. For example, if you see someone quickly look both ways in a store aisle, just before picking up an item, it’s an indicator that the individual might be stealing. If you see a car traveling slowly through a neighbor, it’s suspicious, but if it has a pizza restaurant sign on the roof, it’s an indicator that someone is looking to deliver a pizza to an unfamiliar address.
How can we use indicators in the current situation? I’ve tried to show you already. Here are a couple more.
If you see a group of people arrive for a “protest” wearing respirator masks, goggles, and helmets, it’s an indicator that they are prepared to do violence.
If you see someone at the grocery store with steaks, charcoal, and a six pack, it’s an indicator that he’s going to grill for dinner and is not a threat.
If you see someone pouring gasoline into mason jars with a stack of rags and lids next them, they are about to start bombing people.
Indicators are nothing more than pieces of data that help you make an educated guess.
As far as indicators of potential civil conflict, one main indicator was, as I pointed out, to see more of the ANTIFA people arriving armed.
Here in Metro Detroit, they originally carried concealed firearms, but have recently begun open carrying and they’ve recently began wearing overt body armor. These are indicators that they are willing to escalate the violence into a literal street battle.
I know, many of you will say “Oh that guy is just LARPing” or “they’re just putting on a show”…but imagine a scenario for me…This weekend, we saw the NFAC set up and gather their arms again, and they had a negligent discharge that struck 3 of their own people. What do you suppose would have happened if instead of their own people, those accidental rounds struck militia members?
We would have had the bloodiest street battle since Fallujah in Louisville, and it would have touched off street gun battles across the nation within hours.
Do you really think, in the current climate, that control could have been regained quickly and with minimal loss of life? No. It would also have set up a series of escalating retaliations.
Does fake news play a part in all of this? Absolutely. They are currently pushing the false narrative that Garrett Foster wasn’t being aggressive and that the driver just shot him, despite photographic evidence to the contrary.
Even God’s Tactical Handbook warns about Fake News:
Even from your own number men will arise
& distort the truth in order to draw away disciples…
Indicators help you fight the propaganda of fake news. Take the news story and compare it to indicators. They claim that the driver was accelerating into the crowd. Is it possible for someone to accelerate into a crowd, while firing over their shoulder and hitting their target more than once, and the car still be sitting still in the photo? NO.
The fact that the photo (shown above) shows the vehicle sitting still, with the brakes applied, and Fosters shoulders and elbows above a normal position ( see red box) all are indicators that Foster was the aggressor.
An additional indicator from this is that the CNN story claims that all witnesses said the vehicle accelerated wildly into the crowd while firing. An indicator that would prove that true would be injured pedestrians being hit by the vehicle and additional people besides Foster having been shot. None of that happens to be the case, so they are indicators that the story is UNTRUE.
We all use indicators throughout our day, we just don’t think of them that way. For example, whenever you approach a person you know, you look them over and immediately assess their mood, based upon their outward indicators. Why do this only with people you know and want to interact with. I am more likely to assess everyone, especially those I DON’T want to interact with, at the very least to see if they are assessing me.
Gathering indicators is nothing more than observing what is going on around you and taking a very short pause to make an educated guess about what is most likely happening now, and what is likely to happen in the next few minutes.
Let me give you an example to illustrate the usefulness of this. You arrive at the 7-11 because you need to pick up some ice. As you pull in, there is a dark colored Impala with tinted windows backed into the last space, away from the windows. As you park, two men get out of the car, look around, and put up their hoods before entering the store and splitting up. What is going on now? What is most likely to happen in the next few minutes? Could you be wrong? Sure. Is it worth the risk? No.
A few seconds spent analyzing indicators can literally save your life.
As we enter a world where police are no longer engaging and the crowd is allowed to run rampant, you will be your own first responder.
I’ll leave you with one last reminder from Acts:
Keep watch over yourselves…
The person responsible for your safety and security is YOU.
Whenever I talk preparedness, everyone wants to turn the conversation to gear, guns, and goodies. These are all merely tools. If you don’t have SKILLS, none of them matter.
For instance, a $2,500 AR platform rifle will not save your life if you don’t know how to immediately clear a double feed, or if you walk directly into an ambush.
10 years worth of food storage won’t help you if you don’t how to start a fire without electricity.
The same thing goes for fitness. I’ve seen guys show up at events with $2,500 rifles, $1,500 pistols, the coolest plates and plate carriers, but they can’t conduct fire and movement over a 100 meter infiltration course without dying because they have zero fitness.
By fitness, I’m not talking about looking trim, of the ability to deadlift 500 pounds. I mean combat, functional fitness to move over a distance, carrying your gear, avoiding getting shot, and arriving with enough left in the tank cardio-wise to pull the trigger while holding the rifle steady.
I know, that sounds like I’m joking or making fun, but I’m not. It’s a direct and serious observation.
No, you don’t have to be built like a body-builder (I’m not) or rail-thin, but you do have to be able to conduct movement carrying all your Cool-Guy stuff.
As we get closer to November, fitness will become more important. No matter who wins this election, violence will most likely ensue.
What does God’s Tactical Handbook say about it?
A wise man is full of strength,
And a man of knowledge enhances his might
She dresses herself with strength,
And makes her arms strong
Seems pretty clear and unambiguous.
So, how can the average person improve their fitness from where they are today? Do literally ANYTHING. Be honest, most people involved in preparedness today, are currently doing NOTHING in the fitness arena.
Let’s talk about some areas of fitness that lead to combat functionality.
The ability to take a knee seems so simple, yet watch the videos of the NFAC over the weekend and their people trying to take a knee. Or literally any 3% or Militia group.
You need the ability to get into and out of the kneeling position quickly, and without aid or using your rifle to push yourself off the ground.
Doing lunges, either static or walking lunges, increases your fitness in this area. Start small, and with no weight. Once you get strong, try lunges wearing your patrol backpack and carrying a rifle, it changes things.
GETTING DOWN ON THE GROUND & BACK UP
Another aspect of combat fitness is the ability to get down on the ground quickly, and also to get up off the ground quickly. When conducting fire and movement, the 3-5 second rush is generally used.
Burpees are the exact equivalent of this needed combat skill. Drop down, shoot your feet back, and then lower yourself to the ground. To get up, push off the ground, bring your feet up, then burst forward. Can you think of an exercise more suited PERFECTLY to combat skills?
Another area of combat skill that can be used for fitness is movement low to the ground. If you ever done the low crawl of high crawl for 100 meters, you know what I’m talking about. You’re practicing a skill and getting a workout.
Crab-Walking and Bear-Walking are similar exercises that also are directly combat functional; if you’ve ever been on a rooftop and didn’t want to silhouette yourself, you know what I mean. It’s a great way to both practice movement skills and work on fitness. I have my martial arts students do them both regularly.
Spiderman push-ups also help in the ability of improving fitness while working on ground movement skills. After each push up, bring one knee up to the same side elbow, alternating each repetition. It simulates night crawling movement.
Mountain Climbers are another exercise with direct relation to both ground movement and knee strikes on the ground.
Push ups are great for general upper body strength and are directly related to the ability to push people or things.
Body weight squats are a great exercise for improving balance and general lower body strength. It’s directly combat related because you’ll need to get down and back up from the ground regularly.
RUN, WALK, or WHAT?
While running is an excellent skill for staying out of combat, there is no caloric benefit to running versus walking…the benefit comes from cardiovascular ability. For those seeking to lose weight, don’t fret because you can’t run, your body generally burns the same calories walking a similar distance as running.
So which do I choose, to be directly related to combat ability? NEITHER.
The answer is: GET THE RUCK OFF THE COUCH
That’s right, rucking is the way to actual combat fitness. Rucking is putting on a backpack with 20-35 pounds of weight inside and then get out and conduct movement with it. Some programs say use a brick, or put weights in it, but that isn’t realistic. My patrol pack with a poncho, poncho liner, rain gear, 24 hours of food, a med kit, and some general gear weighs in at about 30 pounds.
If I hike 4 miles carrying that, I’m working on cardio, I’m working on movement in general, and doing it all with weight resistance. Talk about a full body workout. Now, I don’t generally use normal, wide hiking trails, I use small footpaths with lots of elevation changes. I don’t move fast, I move quietly, which takes more muscular activity than moving fast, and it develops combat or evasion skill.
Once you’ve mastered rucking with just the pack, add a chest rig and armor plates. Then add a rifle….you get the idea.
It is true functional training in the gear you’ll actually use.
Many people in our community choose to run to develop cardio fitness, and I was one of them. There is nothing wrong with that and running is never a bad skill to have.
However, recently, I’ve migrated my cardio program to Les Mills Combat. It’s an old program, so I’m not even sure if you can still buy it. I use it because it consists of a doing combative strike combinations in high repetitions and at combat speed to develop cardio. It’s a HIIT program, and it’s also giving me reps of front kicks, side kicks, jabs, crosses, knee & elbow strikes. I see as it as a win-win.
Choose what works for you as long as you DO SOMETHING.
There are two great resources for fitness that I use.
The first is to subscribe to Drew Baye’s newsletter and check out his programs at www.baye.com. Drew knows his stuff and ironically today he put out an article on this same topic. Great minds, I guess.
After observing the “all military veteran, expert shooter” NFAC Militia operating in Louisville today, I realized that I had made a mistake in my earlier assessment. I am perfectly willing to admit when I am wrong.
Previously, I reported their name as the “Not F***ing Around Coalition”, but clearly I got it wrong. What I saw today was clearly the “Not Frightening, Actually Clowns” Militia. In my defense, I took them at their word originally.
Now, I know that’s not a fair assessment. I apologize to clowns for wrongly comparing them to the NFAC.
In all seriousness though, they arrived ready for an armed confrontation, and they got one almost immediately, ending up with three casualties. Unfortunately, it was one of their “military veteran expert shooters” who accidentally discharged his own weapon, shooting himself and two others. In their defense, that takes SKILL.
Remember my article about first aid kits? In it I stated that you need a fully stocked first aid kit, and that you’d use it more than any other piece of gear. Since they began shouting for medics almost immediately, I can guarantee you that they didn’t have any. In watching GrandMaster Jay’s videos all week, he mentioned all sorts of gear to bring, firearms, ammunition, body armor, but he never mentioned first aid kits. You know why? Because he’s a FRAUD and a con man.
After getting past the initial hiccup of having one of their men shoot himself and two others, they began their march, and it was telling.
The group, since they obviously don’t actually ever train, let alone train together, was unable to maintain formation for more than a block. Now, in the scheme of fighting a street conflict, it doesn’t seem that important. Believe me…It is. Military units train to march to build unit cohesion, pride, and discipline. The inability to maintain formation indicates a lack of discipline, therefore GrandMaster Jay may not be able to restrain his troops if rounds were incoming.
He did seem to put some of his best people on point, and at corners and halts the front 20 or so immediately faced outboard and took a knee, scanning all levels. I was surprised to see one spot someone on a rooftop as most untrained people never look up, However, beyond the first 20 people, the rest either just stood or knelt facing forward. From a tactical perspective, that’s how your unit gets wiped out in an ambush. Everyone on the outside of the formation should face outboard on a knee, scanning their sector.
Most of the members in the body of the formation had difficulty getting into kneeling position, and I saw several get up by placing the muzzle of their long guns on the ground and pushing off with the gun muzzle, which is beyond ridiculous.
Let’s address weapons. There was an eclectic bunch, which is also indicative of a lack of standards and discipline. In any organization, commonality of weapons and ammunition is an asset. It’s apparent that GrandMaster Jay was just going for numbers to further his con.
As far as weapon carriage, I saw several people, as the day wore on, carrying their long gun in one hand with the muzzle pointing behind them…directly at the people behind them. You’d think just a couple of hours after a negligent discharge, they’d have learned about firearms safety, but these guys just don’t care about discipline.
Here’s a photo of an NFAC member taken in their hotel before joining the march. Smoking a blunt, while holding a firearm. That violates federal law, by the way. And it’s a very practical defensive firearm, as you can see.
Here’s a photo of a guy who can’t decide if he’s going to overthrow the white supremacist government, or go duck hunting. Why does he need binoculars when armed with a shotgun with a smoothbore hunting barrel? Because he has no idea what he’s doing. At least his trigger finger is straight alongside the….slide 3 feet from where it belongs. If an ambush happened right now, the only thing he’s doing with that gun is dropping it. Note…the slide is to the rear, meaning the gun is NOT in battery.
Here we see Uncle Phil, again, just after a negligent discharge wounding three people, with his finger apparently holding the trigger down. Fortunately, as you can see, the weapon is neither charged nor in battery, which is the only thing saving Phil from losing toes.
So, what does this mean for a risk assessment? Rather than writing them off as a bunch of LARPers, it actually raises the threat level.
The reason I say that is because these people believe highly in the black supremacist message of GrandMaster Jay. They believe that they should be allowed to seize territory by force and resolve disputes with the police by intimidation and violence. Untrained people with access to weapons, a demagogue leader, and cult-like belief in a cause is exactly how Al-Qaeda began. And ISIS. And Ansar Al-Sharia.
An untrained mob has a very high risk of over-reacting to a threat, and is virtually impossible to restrain once they start shooting and panicking.
The risk is high that when they return in four weeks, as Grand Master Jay vowed, there will be violence. They stated that if they don’t get what they want, which is the arrest of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case, they will burn the city to the ground. Take them at their word. They mean it.
It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what will happen if it is announced that there will be no charges filed.
Let’s address GrandMaster Jay’s speech. In it, he implied that he was given a lot of insider knowledge about the investigation that the Attorney General would never have released to someone as uninvolved in the case as GM Jay. Am I calling him a liar? ABSOLUTELY.
If you wonder if he’s a fraud or not, compare his current videos with his campaign videos from 2016, and listen to how he speaks. Look at his Facebook page full of photoshopped pictures.
During his speech, he claimed without presenting any details that he has recently survived an assassination attempt, saying “they tried to kill me once”. He then asked the crowd if they were going to let him be killed by “them”, and he whipped the crowd into a frenzy. He never specified who “they” were, but you can bet they were white.
He also repeated his bizarre claim that the KKK had threatened to start killing black people in Stone Mountain on July 4th. He provided no details at all.
GM Jay said that the Attorney General’s office told him they needed 4 months to complete their investigation, but that he only gave them 4 weeks before he would return for answers, or they would “burn this b#tch to the ground”. I’m sure that the AG most likely told him they’d have it resolved in 3 weeks, so that GM Jay can make a speech in 4 weeks proclaiming that his threat of violence got them fast results. The man is a fraud.
What will happen in 4 weeks? I can’t say. But I can tell you that GM Jay and his organization…no, calling it that is an injustice to organizations…his group will be back, so prepare accordingly.
The Not F***ing Around Coalition is self-described as a black nationalist militia, affiliated with the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrew Isrealites. It is led by the enigmatic “Grandmaster Jay”, a self-proclaimed rapper, hip-hop producer, DJ, and (apparently) a 2016 Presidential Candidate.
They first appeared on July 4th, marching in a massive armed formation on Stone Mountain, Georgia, with approximately 400 armed and uniformed troops.
According to what I could gather, Grandmaster Jay claimed that they were responding to a KKK threat to begin killing black people on that day in that area. He has produced exactly no evidence to support this claim, and no one has challenged him on it.
We all saw the video; Grandmaster Jay proclaiming them all to be highly-disciplined former military expert shooters. The video proved the lie with a disorganized gaggle of people carrying airsoft guns, BB guns, at least one clearly jammed firearm, and apparently, at least one bow and arrow.
After watching the video, it would be easy to write to them off as a bunch of LARPers playing weekend warrior.
Is that what we should do?
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
I think not.
The Real Grandmaster Jay’s real name is John Fitzgerald Johnson, and he ran for President as an independent during the 2016 campaign. On his personal website, there is a photo of him in a room full of long guns, but appears that he photoshopped himself into it. On a side note, there are several photos of him with hip hop elites that he appears to have photoshopped himself into.
A quick scan of his Facebook page will reveal that there are issues. He is deeply racist. He believes that African Americans cannot live peacefully with whites or with the Chinese, and he praises terror groups in Nigeria who have attacked the Chinese presence there.
He has an odd personal logo that he claims has some Aryan influence, which is at odds with his ideology, but then when someone challenged him on that, he immediately claimed that it’s ancient and that Aryan peoples stole the logo elements and that it’s too deep to explain to people (meaning it’s bull).
He is gathering a large militia of black only personnel (which is illegal), and they are flying a flag that shows several southern states in their own black-only nation.
During the Stone Mountain march, Grandmaster Jay used a loudspeaker to call out “rednecks”, the KKK, militia groups, and the “boogaloo boys”, whoever they are. He challenged them to come out and fight.
Make no mistake, despite the speeches he gives on YouTube about not starting fights, Grandmaster Jay is seeking a violent confrontation with law enforcement or with white people in general.
The NFAC has announced plans to march in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend in support of Breonna Taylor, to demand that justice be served in her death. Based upon his own claims, they are going to meet and then march, heavily armed, to “some people’s houses” to ask questions. He didn’t list who those people are, but he’s looking for a confrontation. During one of his live streams, he highly recommended wearing body armor for this march.
His live streams this week also addressed the glaring issues from the previous march, such as being familiar with your weapons, don’t bring anything that isn’t an actual firearm, and act professional.
He originally had directed the group to meet at noon at Central High School at 1130 W Chestnut, but there were several people, including me and our partners at the Mom-At-Arms blog (www.mom-at-arms.com), who quickly pointed out that this would be a violation of state and federal law (bringing firearms onto school property). A new location hasn’t been announced yet.
My assessment, and that of others I trust, is that Grandmaster Jay and the NFAC is a growing threat that is actively seeking a violent confrontation to touch off a set of escalating incidents.
Just because they don’t appear to be squared away doesn’t mean they can’t cause a lot of havoc, in fact, it means that because of their untrained state, they are MORE LIKELY to cause a conflict by over-reacting.
Grandmaster Jay himself implied that they defeated the Stone Mountain police so badly that the Louisville Police are afraid to confront the NFAC.
The more that the NFAC is allowed to get away with their threats, the more emboldened they will become.
Grandmaster Jay claims to be based in Los Angeles (because what self-respecting hip hop king isn’t), yet there is nothing to substantiate that claim. He was interviewed standing in front of a vehicle with Michigan License plates and there are photos of him in Flint, Michigan at a local radio station. Ironically, when he talks about going to Louisville this weekend, he keeps saying “heading down to Louisville”, which you wouldn’t say if you were in Los Angeles, as LA is farther south (but you would if you were in say….Flint, Michigan).
According to the Law of Land Warfare (Geneva/Hague Conventions), a militia can be legally classified as a belligerent if they:
Wear an identifiable uniform
Openly carry arms
Have a distinctive flag/insignia
Have an indentified leader or heirarchy of leadeship
Represent either a major power or a political cause
Sounds like they meet that description pretty well.
I’ll post an update after this weekend’s festivities in Louisville and we’ll re-assess the threat then.
Until then, keep on paying attention to local indicators (article coming on that), keep your vehicle fueled, and maintain a war footing.
If anyone has any further VERIFIED data on the NFAC, feel free to share it here or email it to email@example.com.
Mark the day… July 4th, 2020. The day we start the movement to take back our country. Extremist in our nation have begun to mobilize and systematically destroy our nation one violent act at a time. The media has propagated an extremist ideology to burn our nation to the ground, forcing us the PEOPLE to […]
I’m currently about 36 hours into a power outage in Metro Detroit, or as I like to call it, the “Boogaloo Dry Run”. I’ve learned a few things about my own preparedness, and an awful lot about the preparedness of others.
I have a thing about lights. I buy flashlights like crazy (mostly from http://www.olight.com). People close to me chuckle about it, but being inside a commercial building in Detroit with no power and no light is not something you want to ever have happen in an emergency situation.
So I buy lights. I have a few angle head flashlights, several EDC tactical flashlights, some large law-enforcement type lights, a spotlight, you get the idea.
But what I learned on hour 8 of the Boogaloo Dry Run was that I have exactly ONE lantern-type light. One. All the batteries in the world won’t help light more than one room with only one lantern. Now, I know I can point any flashlight at the ceiling and get it lit, but that’s not an efficient use of a hand-held flashlight and it eats batteries like crazy.
The next thing I learned was that no matter how long we’ve all been doing this, normalcy bias causes us all to make rookie mistakes. For example, when the lights went out, I only had one of my three power banks charged up. The one that was? The solar powered one that holds the least charge. We were able to keep a phone partially charged overnight and use the alarm, but the lesson there was keep them all charged at all times. I had used the other two and said “I’ll get to charging that later”. Two weeks later I needed them and they were dead.
When the sun came up, I decided to take a drive and use the vehicle system to charge up my phone and power banks. And, since I’m being honest, BUY ANOTHER LANTERN. I found a good rechargeable one at Menard’s that has a built in power bank for phone charging for $20.
I first drove to conduct a recon of the extent of the outage, using my BattleBoard (www.battleboard.us) to document the affected areas, and noticed that the affected area had actually grown overnight, most likely due to areas I thought had grid power the day before running out of gas for their generators.
That’s an important point, because in metro Detroit, a lot of local people keep their cars on an 1/4 of a tank, or 1/8 a tank. Imagine doing that, and then sitting in your driveway with the engine running to charge your phone. In the morning, the nearest gas station may not have electricity.
During the 2003 massive outage, there was only one small local area about 30 miles away that still had power, and as we drove out there to get food, there were cars lining both sides of the road where they had run out of gas. I never let my car get below 3/4 or at worse, 1/2 a tank.
The next lesson I learned was about believing official estimates. Last night, DTE power informed me that they would have the power restored by 11:30 PM tonight. About 2 hours before that deadline, they sent out an “update” advising that it would be another 48 hours before power was restored. I had accepted their pledge of 24 hours on day one and planned off of it, and that was a mistake. Fortunately, I know that less than a mile away, there is power and I can get things if I need to, but I’m trying to use this as a training and preparation run, without relying on running out for every little thing.
I learned that my fellow residents of Western Wayne County are mostly thoroughly and woefully unprepared and unknowledgeable. The mere act of negotiating a 4 way stop on a multilane road was far beyond the ability of most people to navigate. I’m not exaggerating here…6 lanes on one road and 4 on the other and people have no idea what to do. Thank God we have the ridiculous “Michigan Left” thing, preventing people from turning left at major intersections or we’d have lost a lot of people today.
The other error I made was in deciding where my generator was best stored. The average power outage in Metro Detroit is less than 30 seconds. Since 2003 I can’t recall any that lasted a full hour. With that in mind, my small generator, which could have powered at least my refrigerator, sits 3 and a half hours away in the garage at the cabin. Outstanding. Experience is the best teacher, so they say.
I did learn something different about retailers, though. Normal power outage protocol is to close the store immediately if the power doesn’t come back on right away. During my morning recon trip, I found that most major retailers were actually open, running on generator power, with limited lighting and limited registers open, and not selling refrigerated items. That’s good to know, but as a retail loss prevention executive, I’m curious to see what their liability numbers look like next month, as people file claims for tripping or bumping into things/people in the limited light.
It’s especially surprising since we are allegedly in the midst of the most dangerous pandemic in the history of mankind, but retailers are perfectly fine with letting customers blunder into each other in darkened stores.
I also noticed that all of the smaller retailers and local stores were fully staffed, just not open for business, obviously in anticipation of opening as soon as possible after the power comes back on and for securing the business. Most of those people, though, were standing in the back alley behind the strip malls, chatting with each other, with their back doors wide open. None were armed. While I know that this is a localized and short-term (in all reality) issue, in a true grid-down disaster, that would be highly dangerous for them to do.
I also used the situation to scope out my own neighbors for potential allies, and potential threats.
On the allies side, my neighbor two doors down, I’ve always suspected was into preparedness, based on how he acts. He’s always aware of his surroundings; he always sees others before they see him, and he is also polite, but never overly friendly. As darkness fell last night, I heard a generator start up and sure enough, he was the only one in the neighborhood who had been prepared (including me, as I kick myself in the rear). He’s now solidly in the my ally column, since when he rolled through the neighborhood very slowly this morning, obviously scoping out the neighborhood himself, he saw that I was openly armed and gave a quick nod. That’s the longest conversation we’ve ever had, but I assure you we will be seeking each other out soon to plan.
Also, my next door neighbor, who I interact with much more, sought me out first thing this morning seeking advice. He’s new to this, so I gave him a couple of pointers. Just like that, we have a 3 house network for defense. I know the neighbor behind me very well, and could quickly expand the network to 4 houses (mostly because they have adorable kids and their dog comes to visit my dogs daily).
On the threats side, I had already identified two houses where the local police have made more than one visit and sure enough, as darkness fell, from one of those houses, people emerged to “go for a walk”. I know that the kind of folks that detectives show up in full tactical gear to look for don’t just “go for walks”, so I made sure everything was secure and that defensive tools were ready for use and staged in key areas.
To recap, here are the best pointers I can offer for an unknown-term power outage:
Have sufficient emergency lighting available as well as batteries.
Keep all power banks charged at all times.
If you have a generator, have it AVAILABLE for use.
Know routes around your area avoiding major intersections where traffic will back up and tempers will flare.
Avoid grocery stores…If you don’t already have food, you are behind the game and a lot of nervous and agitated folks will be at the grocery store.
Know where the potential bad actors are in your neighborhood or area and maintain a watch.
Know where your potential allies are and get to know them now.
Keep your vehicle fueled at all times.
Have non-perishable food on hand for at least week.
Have adequate water on hand for at least a week for everyone you are providing water for.
I say it like that, because I keep an extra case on hand to hand out to at-risk people I know or encounter. During Hurricane Sandy, a work partner and I encountered an elderly couple panicking because nothing was open and they didn’t have water. We gave them a case.
Maintain an alternate method of communication (like radio) and a network to communicate with (have a tribe).
During an emergency, even you are “bugging in”, get out and conduct patrolling. Gather information on what’s going on locally with your own eyes, rather than relying on the rumors and social media hype. You are responsible for your safety.
Remember that the first responders are busy…You are your own fire department, EMS, and police.
As soon as the power goes out, ready all defensive firearms or other tools (here that ranges from an expandable riot baton to swords).
Keep multiple fully stocked first aid kits on hand.
Hopefully, being open and sharing some of my mistakes will help you.
When most people talk about preparedness and self-defense, they immediately start talking about their guns. Guns are not the only tools you should have and in fact, in some situations, a gun can cause more problems than it is worth.
There are a multitude of places you can’t carry a gun and there just as many situations in which firing rounds is not the best idea.
With that in mind, what other training tools can we consider for self-defense?
Well, when the Disciples first went out, Jesus told them each to take only a staff:
These were his instructions:
Take nothing for the journey
Except a staff….
Train in stick fighting; many martial arts teach stick fighting skills. Most of these skills are pirated from Filipino Martial Arts such a Escrima or Arnis.
I recommend learning at least the 12 basic strikes from Modern Arnis (see photo), and the blocking techniques to counter them. Learn a few disarms and train on them relentlessly.
You don’t need thousands of techniques, you need a few solid techniques and thousands of repetitions.
Why do I suggest stick fighting? Because can you think any situation in which you can’t quickly come up with a 2-3 foot long object? You can find a suitable stick in nearly any environment, including an office (there’s a broom or a mop somewhere).
The US Marine Corps, in their Marine Corps Martial Arts program, teach combative stick as their improvised weapons program, because the skills translate into any handheld item used for self defense.
Also, commercially available expandable batons fall into this category, but check local laws on carrying them first. I have a Military Police issue expandable riot baton, but it’s not exactly subtle or concealable.
Below is a picture of my “walking stick”. It’s an alloy walking stick made of short sections, so that you can adjust the length from 8 inches to about 40, and it has several attachments for use, like a knife blade, spear point, and an ice breaker. It also has a compass, whistle, and fire starter rod in the handle cap. If I’m going hiking or for a walk in an urban area, there is nothing at all illegal about using a walking stick. In the words of Gandalf the Grey, “You would not part an old man from his walking stick?”.
“…and if you don’t have a sword,
Sell your cloak and buy one…”
It seems Jesus, the Ultimate Prepper and Tactical Guru, was all about being armed. I make jokes, but He was sending his best friends out on a dangerous road, full of thieves, robbers, and government agents seeking them (yes, the Bible is way cooler than you thought it was), so He wanted them to be able to defend themselves.
Take His great advice and train in edged weapons. The same skills developed from stick fighting are used in knife fighting. In fact, that’s where stick fighting comes from. The Spanish banned Filipinos from possessing edged weapons, so they trained with sticks instead.
I recommend the 3 blade rule. This means having three different types of tools available at all times: a small folding-blade knife, a fixed blade knife, and a multi-tool. There aren’t too many situations that this combination can’t solve. I know, many of you will say you can’t just walk around with a fixed blade knife, but I said AVAILABLE. I keep two fixed blade knives in bags in my vehicle. One is in my patrol bag, the other in my gear bag.
I challenge you to seriously look at local knife laws yourself. Most people ask around and get near-truths, rather than THE TRUTH. As an example, here in Michigan if you ask around, everyone, including police, will tell you that you can’t carry a knife with a blade longer than 3 inches. That’s a mis-interpretation. What the law says is that you can’t carry CONCEALED a knife with a blade greater than 3 inches. WITH THE INTENT TO USE IT UNLAWFULLY AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON. Notice the HUGE difference? Self-Defense isn’t unlawful. Also, it says absolutely nothing about OPEN CARRY of knives. Under US law, anything not specifically illegal, is therefore inherently legal.
Additionally, I train with a tactical pen. You can take a pen literally everywhere. Below, you’ll find a sampling of my pens. First is the true tactical pen, but sometimes it’s questioned (never been told I couldn’t take it anywhere). The second is a Rite-In-The-Rain pen, made of all metal, which functions great as a self-defense pen. The third is a Zebra G-301, which is also a great self defense pen because of the steel body. Zebra also makes a steel body mechanical pencil, which can be used for self defense.
With a tactical pen, you’re never completely disarmed. Train with the tactical pen for strikes to the eyes, throat, or neck. I’ve used them effectively with resistive subjects by applying a tactical pen to pressure points on the neck and the hands.
To recap, develop skills with weapons other than firearms, because you may not always have a firearm with you or it may not be the best tactical or legal option. Seek out a qualified instructor and TRAIN, getting in a lot of reps. Warning – You Tube is not a substitute for qualified, hands-on instruction.
Train as if your life depended on it…because it does.
The violent mobs in the streets have been able to force concessions from states, counties, and cities, and have even gotten federal legislators to propose legislation to appease the mob and try to stem the violence.
But should we be bending the knee to these protests?
The Department of Defense Dictionary defines terrorism as:
Terrorism – The unlawful use of violence or threat of violence, often motivated by religious, political, or other ideological beliefs, to instill fear and coerce governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are usually political.
Department of Defense Dictionary
These protests and riots certainly meet that definition, since they involve the use of violence against anyone who disagrees with their demands or positions. They’ve gone so far as to get people fired from their jobs for simply not mouthing the words they demand. THAT’S SCARY.
However, many people claim that appeasement will get the violence to stop and that it’s worth it.
I find a lot of guidance in God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook. In Proverbs 25:26, it says this:
A righteous person who yields to the wicked
Is like a muddied spring or a polluted well
Well, that seems pretty unambiguous…don’t yield to the violent rage-mob, or the cancel-mob, or any mob.
If you study the results of the current protests, every single time that a jurisdiction has yielded to the rioters and gave in to a demand, it has immediately led to more demands, which are usually even more extreme than the previous ones.
As an example, once one jurisdiction agreed to drop charges against the arrested rioters, thinking it would stop further protests, the next night they had even more violent protests with the new demand being release EVERYONE from the jail.
It will never stop, now that they’ve gotten a taste of victory.
The President missed an opportunity to shut this all down with the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. As I wrote previously, the proper response would have been the immediate application of federal force to end it immediately. Instead, he relied on the local governments to resolve it to try and win points from them. The situation ended with 2 dead and 5 wounded from lawlessness that the Mayor, Governor, and President all had a duty to stop, by force if necessary, but none did. It also gave a huge strategic win to the organized revolutionaries who are leading this.
And what did the President gain from letting the Mayor handle it? She blamed the entire debacle on him.
In Atlanta, the Prosecutor caved to the rioters within hours, but what did he gain? A wide lawless zone, many deaths, a 400% increase in shootings, and a police force that is afraid to do their jobs (rightfully so).
When a small child was killed there by armed revolutionaries (call them what they are), the Mayor vowed to make the area safe immediately. Exactly 24 hours later, there had been 2 more shootings with 3 victims within feet of the location of the girl’s murder.
In Portland, every night for a month ANTIFA forces have tried to barricade the police inside a police station and light it on fire. The police rush out and battle them, arresting dozens. Every morning, the prosecutor caves to the crowd and orders all rioters released without charges. The violence starts again the next evening. It’s like Groundhog Day in Portland, every single day.
Has appeasement and yielding to the violent mobs gained us any safety? Do you feel like this is getting any better?
So, since this is Tactical Wisdom, what can we, as ordinary citizens, do in this situation? A few things.
First, be vocal with your elected representatives, letting them know how you feel about appeasement. I know, they probably won’t listen (mine is Rashida Tlaib, so I get it).
Second, communicate your support to local law enforcement, every chance you get. They get precious little positive reinforcement and these days they’ll appreciate it. They may even remember it when you need their help.
Third, build a local mutual aid group. Find a tribe of like-minded individuals who can work together should any unrest come to your neighborhood. This is vital, because of the issues the McCloskey situation highlighted.
The McCloskey’s rushed out and confronted a massive crowd alone, which could have went bad, but the aftermath was worse. Their neighbors immediately turned on them, offering an appeasement letter to the rioters (think a surrender note), saying that they disagreed with the McCloskey’s and essentially begging the rioters not to come back. Did it work? Nope, the rioters were back the very next day, in larger numbers. Had the McCloskey’s set up a mutual aid group ahead of time, they would have had people to call on to help defend their property and not been left alone.
Fourth, and it’s a common theme on this site, BE AWARE. Don’t just watch the news for information; they only report what’s already happened and most of it isn’t true anyway. Scour the internet for posts about protests in your local area. Most local police departments produce a local crime map, updated regularly, so that you can see where hotspots are. If your employer has a security department, stop by and ask them for information. Many security departments are part of working groups with federal or local authorities that share non-public information about local threats.
Fifth, carry emergency supplies. See any of my posts for more information on that area.
Lastly, understand that, as my friend Ivan Throne says in his philosophy best-seller book, The Nine Laws, Concealment is The Second Law. Not everyone needs to know every detail of your day. Not everyone at work needs to know your political leanings. Your vehicle doesn’t need bumper stickers about the guns you own, your favorite candidate, what you think about their favorite candidate, or your support of causes. These things can cause you to be targeted.
Now, I’m not saying hide or cower in fear. Not at all. I’m just saying don’t make yourself a target by proclaiming everything to the world, every minute. As an example, let’s say I’m a thief, considering going through cars in the parking lot. Will I pick the car with the “peace” symbol sticker or the one with the “Glock” sticker? I think we know. Also, if you’re at work and a protest group passes your building, and sees your 5 Trump/MAGA stickers on your car, what do you think will happen? And how much investigation are the police going to do? Be smart about it.
When the time comes, do not yield in the face of wicked people. Be firm, stand fast, and make your stand. Just make sure it’s on your terms, with your mutual aid group and your gear, not on their terms, with you alone and unprepared.
Every single time a prepared group has stood up to these people, they have moved on to other targets. Saint Louis still stands on his pedestal. The Minneapolis businesses that the Oath Keepers stood in front of are still there. Teddy Roosevelt has not fallen to ANTIFA (Although he may to the Mayor).
The key point is this….When we decide to stand up, do so with a strong group, fully prepared, and never, ever yield.
Just make sure you don’t ever let the enemy decide when or where that will be. As Sun Tzu said, “If you know yourself and know your enemy, you need not fear the result of 100 battles”.