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”

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”