Observing Indicators

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 dailyContinue reading “Observing Indicators”

Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent

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 isContinue reading “Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent”

2 Week Warning

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 stateContinue reading “2 Week Warning”

Being A Warrior

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 aContinue reading “Being A Warrior”

How Not To End Up On The News

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 anyContinue reading “How Not To End Up On The News”

Survival Tool Reviews

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.  IContinue reading “Survival Tool Reviews”

Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph

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 securityContinue reading “Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph”

Self-Defense Climate Change

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, andContinue reading “Self-Defense Climate Change”

Immediate Steps – RBG Protests

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,Continue reading “Immediate Steps – RBG Protests”

Handling Spontaneous Crowds

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 areContinue reading “Handling Spontaneous Crowds”

Hope Is Not A Strategy

Be alert & of sober mind, Your enemy the devil prowls around, 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 theContinue reading “Hope Is Not A Strategy”

Counter-Intelligence: Guarding Your Information

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, But those who speak rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13:3 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 areContinue reading “Counter-Intelligence: Guarding Your Information”

Gathering Intelligence

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 unawareContinue reading “Gathering Intelligence”

Heeding Warnings

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 ANTIFAContinue reading “Heeding Warnings”

Organizing a Preparedness Group

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 areContinue reading “Organizing a Preparedness Group”

How Civil Wars Start

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,Continue reading “How Civil Wars Start”

Communications

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 RuleContinue reading “Communications”

The Morality of Self Defense

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-canonizationContinue reading “The Morality of Self Defense”

Increasing Escalations

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,Continue reading “Increasing Escalations”

Route Planning/Recon

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 routeContinue reading “Route Planning/Recon”

NZ – A Cautionary Tale

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.” Galatians 5:1 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 theContinue reading “NZ – A Cautionary Tale”

Normalcy Bias & Awareness

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 ConstitutionContinue reading “Normalcy Bias & Awareness”

Indications & Warnings

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 ofContinue reading “Indications & Warnings”

Basic Group Training Ideas

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 wasContinue reading “Basic Group Training Ideas”

Organizing a Tribe

“So you also must be ready, Because He will come at an hour When you do not expect Him” Matthew 24:44 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 aContinue reading “Organizing a Tribe”

Immediate Steps You Can Take

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 toContinue reading “Immediate Steps You Can Take”

Commitment

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 toContinue reading “Commitment”

Indicators & Escalations

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 forContinue reading “Indicators & Escalations”

Combat Fitness

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 youContinue reading “Combat Fitness”

Is the NFAC a Danger?

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 formationContinue reading “Is the NFAC a Danger?”

Weapons Training For Self Defense

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 asContinue reading “Weapons Training For Self Defense”

Kneeling to the Mob

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: TerrorismContinue reading “Kneeling to the Mob”

Be Alert

What are you doing RIGHT NOW, to prepare yourself for increased civil disturbance or a major upheaval?  No, not what you ARE GOING TO DO, I mean what are you DOING RIGHT NOW? It’s time for a little tough love.  So many people talk about their plans, and what they are going to do, butContinue reading “Be Alert”

First Aid Skills

Too often in the preparedness community, everyone wants to talk about guns and gear, but not skills.  When they do talk about skills, it’s usually firearm skills. I’ve had firearms and firearm skills just as long as I’ve have first aid supplies and first aid skills.  Guess which one I’ve used the most?  Like almostContinue reading “First Aid Skills”

Normalcy Bias Will Kill You

Normalcy bias is the tendency to not believe that an event is occurring, because “It couldn’t happen to me”, or, on a larger scale “it can’t happen here”. We’ve all heard stories of people standing still while an active shooter begins attacking, or people not defending themselves during a home invasion, because “that won’t happenContinue reading “Normalcy Bias Will Kill You”

Gray Man Tactics

Based on some of my other articles, I have had a few people either ask me what the Gray Man principle is or people give me their interpretation, which isn’t the same as mine.  Ask 10 people, and you’ll get 10 different answers, but I thought I’d give my take on it here, and explainContinue reading “Gray Man Tactics”

News from the Front

My biggest complaint with those who want to preserve our nation, is that we are completely ceding the ground to the anarchists and leftists who want to destroy our nation. It’s time for us to get out in the streets as well, and take smart action to preserve the Republic.  I’m not saying get outContinue reading “News from the Front”

What I Learned Gathering Intelligence

Intelligence gathering is the process of developing information that you can use to make decisions and/or be aware of your local situation.  It’s an exhaustive topic that I’m not going to get into here, other than to describe how I accomplished today’s mission. It’s one thing to watch the news and listen to what theyContinue reading “What I Learned Gathering Intelligence”

The Tactics Of Joshua

The book of Joshua is a great story, full of epic battle scenes, spies and spy-hunters, life and death chases, and even evil kings being impaled in front of their cities.  The question we ask here is: Can the tactics that Joshua employed in war thousands of years ago, still be relevant today? Let’s lookContinue reading “The Tactics Of Joshua”

Oaths, CHAZ, & God

Earlier this evening, the Oath Keepers put out a scathing thread, imploring the President to take action against the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, the same thing I’ve called for from day one. Now, many people argue that we should just let them run out of supplies and go running home to their parents’ basements, butContinue reading “Oaths, CHAZ, & God”

The Battle Of Ai

I’ve long held that the Bible isn’t a stuffy set of rules, it’s one of the coolest action and adventure books every written. There are epic battle, spies, wars, and even at least one dragon. In Joshua 8, we are told of the Battle of Ai and how Joshua led his army to victory.  We’reContinue reading “The Battle Of Ai”

Book Review – Sheep No More

I recently read the book “Sheep No More” by Jonathan T. Gilliam.  The book is outstanding and I highly recommend it. Gilliam (www.jonathanTgilliam.com) is a former US Navy SEAL and a former FBI Special Agent.  He applies his experience to helping the average citizen understand how to analyze the critical times and locations in theirContinue reading “Book Review – Sheep No More”

Freedoms Lost Don’t Come Back

Throughout history, this truth has rung true:  Whenever a government takes away a right, it never comes fully back. During the current pandemic, the right to freely exercise your religion was removed.  Many people tell me that you can still be a Christian, without going to church.  Being a particular religion IS NOT what’s guaranteedContinue reading “Freedoms Lost Don’t Come Back”

Applying The Story of Rahab

I’ve said it many times…the Bible is the greatest collection of adventure stories ever known. In Joshua 2, we are told the story of two spies sent by Joshua to conduct recon in the area of Jericho.  While they are conducting their mission, they are found out and government agents traced them to the innContinue reading “Applying The Story of Rahab”

Where is Your Stuff?

When we teach classes on self defense or preparedness, guys frequently show us photos of their mountains of food, guns, and ammo.  It’s frequently a room stocked with cartons of food, stacks of ammo, and a safe full of guns.  They then proudly say “I’ve been prepping, I’m ready”.  I burst their bubble by askingContinue reading “Where is Your Stuff?”

Freedom Is Essential Business

“You, my Brothers and Sisters, Were called to be free” Galatians 5:13a As the nation struggles against the Coronavirus and COVID-19, we are told that we must only conduct “essential business”.  Each Governor has given a different definition of what they consider to be “essential business”, and there are criminal penalties for being outside ofContinue reading “Freedom Is Essential Business”

When Should I Be Ready?

In the self-defense and preparedness community, you always hear discussions about all of the things people have prepared and “ready”, but how much of that can be put into immediate practice? What sort of readiness should we maintain on a daily basis? As we frequently do on this site, let’s consult life’s ultimate tactical preparednessContinue reading “When Should I Be Ready?”

Are You A Good Shepherd?

Shepherds protect those entrusted to their protection.   In the film “American Sniper”, Chris Kyle’s father describes the three types of people in the world: the sheep, the wolves who prey on the sheep, and the sheep dogs who fight the wolves and protect the sheep.  That story has spawned a generation of protectors whoContinue reading “Are You A Good Shepherd?”

How Much Training Do I Need?

The answer to this common question is simple: MORE. No matter the skill, every physical skill needs practice or the skill will deteriorate over time. This axiom is true whether you are talking about martial arts, gun handling skills, or carpentry. Don’t take my word on it…Let’s ask Bruce Lee: “I fear not the manContinue reading “How Much Training Do I Need?”

Know Your Surroundings

An important part of personal safety and tactical awareness is understanding your surroundings and how to find help or refuge in an emergency. That’s our topic today. What does the Ultimate Tactical Manual (The Bible) say about it? Before Joshua led his people over the River Jordan, he sent out a recon team, telling them:Continue reading “Know Your Surroundings”