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”

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”

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”

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?”

Lessons Learned: Power Outage

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). Continue reading “Lessons Learned: Power Outage”

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”

Training in Kicks

In training for real life self-defense, a common question that comes up is, “Should I train in kicks or not?”.  Many schools of thought claim that being left on one leg is something to be avoided, but it’s also telling that those same voices advocate taking every fight to the ground and going for aContinue reading “Training in Kicks”

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”

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 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”

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”

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?”

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?”

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”

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?”

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?”

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”

Mindset – Should I Train In Unarmed Self Defense?

In this modern era of “Shall-Issue” Concealed Carry Licenses, a common question that arises is, should I train in unarmed self defense? The answer is a resounding yes for a few reasons: You can’t carry a gun or a knife everywhere, even with a permit. Not every threat justifies the immediate use of deadly force.Continue reading “Mindset – Should I Train In Unarmed Self Defense?”

Having What You Need, When You Need It

David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the King’s mission was urgent” 1 Samuel 21:8 Have you ever needed something and not had it? Gotten to a meeting and realized you left your notes or your laptop at home? TheContinue reading “Having What You Need, When You Need It”