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”

Last Minute Reminders

We are being inundated with rumors of impending power outages and/or internet & cellphone outages, there are literally troops on the street in every state capitol, and everyone is talking about potential unrest over the next 5 days. The odds are, none of it will happen at all.   But…a quick check of the UltimateContinue reading “Last Minute Reminders”

Skill – Reporting Formats & Verification

One of the biggest issues I’ve faced since this slow-moving collapse started last spring is verifying all the information coming in. At the very beginning, we heard reports from all over of checkpoints at state lines, roadblocks for “COVID” checks, ID checkpoints, etc.  Nearly all of it turned out to be rumors and none ofContinue reading “Skill – Reporting Formats & Verification”

First Aid Kits – AGAIN

Events of the last seven days have weighed on my heart and I feel the need to talk to you all again about first aid kits and what you need to have with you at all times. As I watched the incident at the Capitol unfold, I was shocked that NO ONE, not even theContinue reading “First Aid Kits – AGAIN”

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”

Skill – Entry Control Point/Traffic Control Point

In a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, many people will be forced from their homes by fires, riots, looters, and whatever other disasters caused the WROL situation.  One of the most over-looked skill sets for dealing with this is setting up and manning an Entry Control Point or Traffic Control Point. When Nehemiah wasContinue reading “Skill – Entry Control Point/Traffic Control Point”

Validation – Nashville

Yesterday morning, Christmas Day, a bomb went off in an RV parked in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Next to nothing is currently known about the attack. A potential suspect has been developed, but the stated facts don’t make much sense at this time.   The purpose of this article, however, is to discuss the fact thatContinue reading “Validation – Nashville”

Lessons Learned – Salem Today

I will be discussing what happened at a right-wing protest in Oregon today, but I’m not advocating a position.  I’m simply pointing out some facts that we, as prepared people who care about our civil liberties and rights, should be aware of. The quote above, from God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook, should be your guide. Today,Continue reading “Lessons Learned – Salem Today”

Facing Reality – Revisited

Earlier today, I had a conversation with a fellow member of the preparedness community who said that everyone thinking that a total societal collapse could happen here in the US was crazy.   I presented my evidence, he presented his, and he still thinks “it can’t happen here”.  That led me to ponder how manyContinue reading “Facing Reality – Revisited”

Cold Firearms Combatives

At 2:30 AM on 9/23/2020, the Fargo, North Dakota police received a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress. A woman reported that they heard glass breaking, and a man entered their window. Her husband had armed himself with a shotgun and went to confront the attacker. Upon their arrival, the police found the burglarContinue reading “Cold Firearms Combatives”

Skill – Fighting Positions

In all of our preparations, preparing an actual fighting position is often overlooked. Many people feel like “I’m not planning on fighting anyone, so why learn it” or “if bad people come, we’ll just go hide”…First, you may not get to make these decisions in a Without Rule of Law situation. Second, a well-made fightingContinue reading “Skill – Fighting Positions”

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”

Outdoor Skills

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 liveContinue reading “Outdoor Skills”

Battle Tracking

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, soContinue reading “Battle Tracking”

Redundant Communications

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-deathContinue reading “Redundant Communications”

The EDC Bag

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 toContinue reading “The EDC Bag”

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”

Book Review – Prairie Fire

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,Continue reading “Book Review – Prairie Fire”

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”

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”

Book Review – Concrete Jungle

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 toContinue reading “Book Review – Concrete Jungle”

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”

Communications Preparedness

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 noContinue reading “Communications Preparedness”

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”

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 Speed of Life

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 reportedContinue reading “The Speed of Life”

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”

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”