Field Observations

As part of preparedness, information gathering is vital. If you simply gather supplies, but not information on all of the possible actors in our current potential civil conflict, you are not really prepared. Situational Awareness is a key part of that. So many in preparedness, especially in rural areas, write off groups like BLM, ANTIFA,Continue reading “Field Observations”

Self Defense is Over

Everyone said, “Wait until they come to Texas! The cops here won’t play that”. Then they came to Texas, and the cops protected BLM/ANTIFA. “But that was Austin”, they all said. Then they went to Plano, Texas. There, BLM/ANTIFA blocked traffic. One motorist, pictured above, got angry and walked to the front, demanding that theContinue reading “Self Defense is Over”

Lessons From Brooklyn Center

Last night, a police shooting sparked spontaneous and immediate rioting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This area is part of the Minneapolis metro area, where the George Floyd/Chauvin trial is taking place. Just like Kenosha last year, things devolved almost instantly from calm to lawlessness, so I wanted to discuss some learnings from that, some tacticalContinue reading “Lessons From Brooklyn Center”

Ideals

Why do we prepare?  Why do we spend so much time studying, training, and learning about preparedness? Because when a calamity happens, we want to be able to rely on OURSELVES, not anyone else.  Because we believe in the American Ideal of self-reliance.  Because we believe in not just giving up and waiting for someoneContinue reading “Ideals”

Gray Man Vs. Camouflage

In a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, should I try and remain a gray man, wearing normal street clothes, or should I fully kit up and wear full gear and camouflage? The answer is….That depends. If I have to egress an urban area on foot, and I am trying to slide out of theContinue reading “Gray Man Vs. Camouflage”

More Indications & Warnings

As we approach this weekend, there are a few news stories that the media hasn’t shared that I want to update you all on, as well as the plans of several groups that will end in violence this weekend, most likely in Washington DC. Here’s a bit of advice on paying attention to Indicators fromContinue reading “More Indications & Warnings”

Skill – Patrolling

Another area which a lot of preparedness groups overlook is patrolling.  They apparently believe that a fence or some fields will give them advance notice ahead of time of any threats. The purpose of patrolling is to get out and see what is happening in the areas around your position. One can defend from insideContinue reading “Skill – Patrolling”

Skill – Observation Post

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 orContinue reading “Skill – Observation Post”

The Danger of a Color Revolution

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 forcesContinue reading “The Danger of a Color Revolution”

Observing Your Surroundings

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 thoseContinue reading “Observing Your Surroundings”

The NFAC….Again

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 glorifyContinue reading “The NFAC….Again”

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”

Facing Reality

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 haveContinue reading “Facing Reality”

Assessment: NFAC

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 IContinue reading “Assessment: NFAC”

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”

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”

Review – Highland Tactical Med Kit

When you talk to people about preparedness and readiness, they always want to discuss guns and ammunition, and maybe food.  The preparedness item you will use the most, almost daily, is a first aid kit and you will use it long before any major disaster hits.  As such, it’s often overlooked. A while back, inContinue reading “Review – Highland Tactical Med Kit”

The Danger of the Seattle Autonomous Zone

By now, I’m certain you’ve all heard about the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” that ANTIFA has established in the City of Seattle. Make no mistake, the City of Seattle and the State of Washington are complicit in this act of insurrection and rebellion. Yes, I said insurrection and rebellion. Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists,Continue reading “The Danger of the Seattle Autonomous Zone”

What You Should Do Right Now

In light of the widespread rioting and looting in response to the killing of George Floyd, there are several things we should all be doing to protect ourselves. First, immediately develop a communications plan.  Know how to immediately get in touch with friends and family, and develop alternate communication plans.  Cell phones can go downContinue reading “What You Should Do Right Now”

BattleBoard Scout

As you know, if you’ve read any of my other posts, I’m a firm believer in keeping paper maps handy for emergencies, and for tactical operations, the ability to “battle-track” on a paper map overlay is crucial. Just before Christmas, I became aware of the BattleBoard Scout, available at BattleBoard.us. It’s a small day-planner sizedContinue reading “BattleBoard Scout”

Should I Learn Ground Fighting?

First, let’s dispel the notion of “Ground Fighting”.  In real life self-defense, you don’t want to fight on the ground, ever.  Fights do end up on the ground, but this isn’t the UFC are you aren’t going for submission. What you really need to learn is “Ground Survival”, and it’s very different from “Ground Fighting”.Continue reading “Should I Learn Ground Fighting?”

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”

What is Tactical Wisdom?

This is a site where we discuss preparedness, self-defense, tactical ideas & training, and gear. It’s NOT a cool-guy, shoot-em-up, unrealistic site. Here, we will discuss real world applications and what true preparation means…. Skills, not just the coolest guns and gadgets. All the coolest gear in the world won’t help you if you getContinue reading “What is Tactical Wisdom?”