So Now What, Anything Constructive?

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The patch on the left breast pocket is the one you get for completion of one of the MDT wilderness survival courses, the patch on the left sleeve is what you get for completion of an MDT tactical course.

I did a post on May 6th that pointed out how ridiculous some of the “Moolisha” claims on both sides (antifa and the “Right”) were, and how they’ve shown there is very little in the “Responsible Power” category that is being put out on social media. The bottom line to my “power” comment is due to my modification of an old quote by Mao that says “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun.”. My modification is “True domestic power comes from the barrel of a TRAINED GUN”, although quantity has a quality all its own, and that’s what belt fed machine guns are for.

A comment was made by jbryan314 at WRSA’s repost that said this,

  “Thanks, so… Now what? There wasn’t really anything constructive about it. Nothing on what we CAN do, or what we SHOULD do… Just a bunch of “you’re an idiot” type stuff, which is what about 75% of the FreeFor blogs espouse these days.

And before any fools come in here and talk about the article hurting my feelings or me being butthurt or whatever… Let me say I can’t really disagree with much of what the article says. What I can say is that after reading it, as a “member” of whatever it is we call ‘FreeFor’… I didn’t really gain anything. No new knowledge or ideas. Just drop that article into the heavier and heavier bucket of articles hat basically say nothing more than ‘you suck’.”

My response,

“Start here,
https://www.google.com/amp/s/masondixontactical.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/common-tasks-testing-the-armys-everybody-requirement/amp/
Quietly train, quietly recruit, and shut up about it on social media. There are tons of guys out there doing that, and this post was not directed at them. I’ve written plenty about it, look it up.”

OK, so even though I’ve talked about this plenty of times before, I will try and consolidate some of my previous thoughts into one post.

1. Start doing PT to the level that you are initially capable, and constantly seek to improve on it.

Physical fitness is the solid base or foundation upon which you build your ability to fight and survive. Although you can get by without being physically fit, you chances of fighting off bad guys or even the common cold are diminished if you are not as fit as you can possibly make yourself. When it comes to combat training, whether it’s hand to hand combatives, firearms training, or actual tactical training that involves maneuvering on the bad guys while carrying your support gear, your need for fitness can not be downplayed.

My advice is to start with cardio exercises and expand from there. Walking is great exercise, and if you start a walking program and then start adding weight during that exercise, you will not only be performing a good exercise, but it will be practical as well (ruckmarch anyone?). You will have to be able to perform with your support equipment (rifle/pistol mags, first aid gear, water at a minimum), so walking or even short sprints with you gear on is going to be necessary eventually.

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Next I’d recommend calisthenics. Calisthenics basically use your own body weight and gravity as the tool for muscle growth and endurance. Pull Ups (palms out), Chin Ups (palms in), different types of push ups (diamond, shoulder width, wide arm), sit ups (palms on thighs not behind your neck), ab crunches, leg lifts, and calf raises are all just body weight exercises that you can do anywhere. The reason I recommend calisthenics before free weight training is because you can do them anywhere, and you don’t have to figure out how to make something heavy (although a ruck can do acceptably well for some exercises) to work for you if you don’t have free weights available (you’ll continue working out as much as you can post SHTF, right?).

2. Acquire basic defensive gear.

Basic means just that, and I’m mentioning gear before training, because you need the gear to train with.

A good, reliable, semi automatic rifle in an easily available and capable caliber. AR’s, AK’s, M1A’s, FAL’s, PTR 91’s (HK91) all have good reps and the ammo, parts and accessories for them are readily available.

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A good reliable semi auto pistol in a capable and readily available caliber. Although most soldiers (Infantrymen) do not carry a pistol, you are in a civilian situation that may require concealment of your firearm (something Grunts do not need) before things go completely sideways. Glocks, S&W M&P’s, Sig’s, HK’s, Keltec, Ruger all offer a large selection of pistols to choose from. Again, like the rifles listed above, most have ammo, parts and accessories readily available.

Quality Kit that will comfortably (that’s said somewhat sarcastically) carry at a minimum, the basic load for your rifle (usually 6 extra mags), your pistol (usually 2 extra mags), an IFAK/blowout kit (individual first aid kit for traumatic injuries like gunshot), water, and basic survival gear (shelter and things to keep you warm, dry and fed). I’m a big fan of Tactical Tailor, UW Gear who also sells Tactical Tailor (a review of some of his gear is coming up), and a few things from Condor. Bottom line is you usually get what you pay for.

Unless you hunt, you have no reason to get more than basic combat firearms related gear initially. For that matter, some of the gear you acquire can do double duty for hunting if need be.

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3. Acquire some basic defensive training.

You should get training in a number of areas. First, get to a basic pistol class. second, start learning some empty hand combatives. Third, find someone that will teach you how to run your defensive rifle. Last but not least, get some training on armed two man maneuver combatives (the most basic of small unit tactics). The basic element of this is the Buddy Team.

The Buddy Team class that I teach is the Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course (RBTEC). It is by far my most popular class, and besides the Wilderness Survival courses, RBTEC is the tactical class most asked about because there aren’t very many out there who teach down to the Buddy Team level (usually it’s fire team or above in size for most trainers).

As I said earlier, your PT will help determine how well you can perform a number defensive tasks, especially under stress. I’m not saying you can’t survive if you’re overweight (quite the contrary if you are able to stay out of trouble and in your house, you’ll probably outlast those being “eaten” by the “zombies”, right?) , because that modular food storage unit will probably last you at least a week or two even if you’re on minimal rations, and the fit people will have to constantly eat to maintain their strength. If you actually get into a fight, that’s where the fitness and prior PT will come into it’s own and save your bacon.

4. Acquire as much first aid training as you can.

You can never have too much first aid training. Start out with basic First Aid and CPR from the Red Cross, and if possible either pay for an EMT-B (basic) course or get it for free by joining the Fire Department or Ambulance Squad. We mentioned IFAK’s earlier, and the one you have on you should be geared towards what is needed for basic trauma by the most trained individual in your group. Your IFAK is what will be used on you, not what you’ll be using on someone else. NOTE: Of all the items in your kit, this is the one that everyone needs to carry in the same spot, no matter what side their dominant hand is on. This is because finding your IFAK in the dark is very important for the person treating you.

5. If possible, find some people of like mind who you can coordinate and train with for when times get rough.

Some people act like this is easy, but it is usually the exact opposite. Finding someone who is of like mind, is close enough to coordinate with, has the funds to acquire what they need which is listed above, and above all else, can be trusted, is a tall order. Although OpSec (Operational Security) is a military term, it applies equally to any Survivalist, Prepper, or NPT (neighborhood protection team) group.

One of the reasons I give so many of the groups out there claiming to be “Constitutional Militias” the crap they deserve, is because they can’t keep their mouths/keyboards shut for 30 seconds, let alone not tell everyone under the sun what their security measures are so as to show how “competent” their Doomsday plans are. Anyone who continually promotes himself on social media as a militiaman, militia commander, etc. (with “selfies”, badass callsign and cool gear to prove it), should make you think long and hard about whether you would ever want them in your group (or want your group associated with theirs), or be able to trust their discretion about keeping your group’s security protocols private.

You generally don’t see too many Survivalists “Showing off” on social media, because most tend to be more private about their preps. As an example, I can’t tell you how many dumbass moolisha members and “leaders” post what their security protocols were for meeting new “recruits”. They usually say their social media presence is all about recruiting, but in reality, it’s a “Look at me/us” fest.

Why would or should you ever need to recruit (this is not about making contact with other groups. That’s a good idea if for no other reason than receiving info after SHTF via HAM radio) outside of your local area for new members to join your group, when the reality of a SHTF scenario is that anyone outside of 25 miles (being generous) would never realistically answer your call? There are plenty of ways to recruit in “meatspace” (in person), whether it’s talking to people or putting up a flyer at the VFW or Range, or talking to the local gunshop owner and asking him to quietly spread the word to those he thinks would be a good fit.

By the way, another note about training. As I have said before, you don’t need to go to a training school to get the things mentioned above (it’s usually easier to do it at a class, and it will take less time having the info “downloaded” because we’ve already put it into instruction geared towards civilians). There are plenty of Vets out there that can help with some of these skills (that I mentioned in my response at WRSA),  and Combat Arms (Infantry, Cavalry, etc.) can help with the SUT portion of training. If you’re lucky and they are a former senior NCO or Officer, they can help with organization as well.

Well, that’s what I consider the “Basics” for you “FreeFor” guys and girls who need constant guidance and reassurances. While I can give guidance (and I have numerous times), I can give you no assurances accept one. If you put your time. sweat and money into training and acquisition of the things you need to defend yourself and your loved ones, you will become the “Trained Gun” I mentioned in the adaptation I made to Mao’s quote. “True domestic power comes from the barrel of a TRAINED GUN”. A trained individual might not always prevail over an aggressor, but they will always have the confidence that they can. Confidence can win a battle that everyone else assumes is lost.

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Bottom line. If you’re not training…START! If you are already training, double down and train harder!

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

 

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34 thoughts on “So Now What, Anything Constructive?

  1. In the way of calisthenics, I would add incline and decline push-ups, and if you don’t have access to a dip bar- use 3 chairs or 3 five gallon buckets and do dips that way. Milk crates work too.
    Buckets are a little hard to get used to- you have to keep balanced right or they’ll slide or tip, but they work if that’s all you have.
    You can also reverse position from dips, and exercise your triceps when using chairs or buckets, milk crates, cement blocks work good too.

  2. Nice kick in the butt motivation post – thanks for posting it. One of my problems has been continuing the progress – I work out for several weeks, then ‘family stuff’ stops me for a spell and I have to begin over again.

    • anon–keep at it. “…the only easy day was yesterday.”

      MDT speaks TRUTH–learn it, do it, practice it.

      all I ever said in my youth to my failures:

      NO.
      EXCUSE,
      SIR!

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  4. Mao’s quote can be translated as, “political rights, flow from the barrel of a gun.” The Chinese language uses the same word for both political powers and political rights. I think Mao was denying that man has innate “natural rights”.

  5. ALCON,

    I do the ruck packin’. What I suggest is getting professional arch supports made and wear them in your boots. When you start adding weight to your ruck you increase the chance of an arch/ligament injury. An arch injury can deadline you for up to a year ! Get professionally made arch supports. Not the Dr. Scholl’s crap at ChinaMart.

    If you don’t support your feet so you can move, the best AR-malite will be for naught.

    • Dan,I put a set of the good feet 3/4 insoles in me Redwing work boots and made a lot of difference on construction work/ladder climbing ect. and these are the same boots will wear hiking about with me pack camping ect.I am happy as hell with em and got em for about 20 bucks on the big e,something for folks to consider on a tight budget and they do travel to my cowboy boots with ease with same good support.

    • What Dan said above! If you can’t afford the time or debtbux for the docs, go to REI or a quality hiking store (not sure Dick’s carries them) but you can then pick up some arch support inserts which wont be cheap (approx 50 FRNs). They make different ones for different loads etc. REI very knowledgeable on this topic due to lots of AT hikers. While I’m certain these aren’t as good as the one’s Dan mentions, if you can’t afford those at least get these.

  6. I have seen you and others say this before,but needs repeating as reminders to those of us trying to perhaps try harder,I know I need to,and,good for folks just dipping their toe and getting started.The one thing would like to see as I travel a lot for work and thus not around the “family’ is how to perhaps make it better on ones own,too many articles that say basically alone you are just screwed.

    I would also say to those while losing weight/getting in shape and those just beat up and old and feel your bones getting”crunchy”(don’t know what I mean you will you live long enough!)you can still be proficient with firearms for defense/help to mend others/perhaps have food growing/gathering skills,heck,list is endless.So,just because you are not on the front line does not mean you cannot help.Just a decent hot meal in tough times can be a very nice thing.

    JC,will say that best motivating pic you got is one cutting lawn with pack,got me laughing and actually tried it(running with pack just sucks) once,gave the neighbor a laugh and a amused shake of head!

  7. I would also add that while a basic urban gun range is better than nothing, you really can’t hone your skills there beyond a certain level. Part of your training should be to get out in varied outdoor terrain. Luckily I have 200 acres of private land I can train on, but if you don’t have access to a similar resource, get out into the desert, forested public land, etc. and understand the limitations and advantages of each of these varied terrains. If you have an urban combat resource, all the better.

  8. Excellent post, and good on you for putting PT at number one. It would suck having to acquire the gear and weapons AFTER the conflict starts, but it’s going to be deadly trying to acquire fitness at that time.

    PT=mobility. Mobility=a longer life expectancy in conflict.

  9. Let me throw this into the mix: a lot of things happen after dark, but most of our training happens in daylight. Folks can vastly improve their night-fighting skills just by getting out at night and doing some of the stuff I discussed in the piece called “Night Fighting 101.” And it doesn’t even get into night observation devices, just basic old-school tricks of the trade. All it takes is getting off the sofa after dark and getting outside. You don’t even need a gun for this.

    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/bracken-night-fighting-101/

  10. I would add Land Navigation. Basic Land Nav skills are sorely lacking in MOST organizations. Orienteering would work to start. It helps with map reading, pace count, following a compass, shooting azimuths and doing resections to locate one’s position.

    As Matt B. said above, night time training is invaluable. Orienteering at night is a very good training tool.

    I would also second on first aid skills. Basic sticks and rags is a good place to start. Learn how to stop bleeding, treat for shock, administer an I.V., etc…

  11. Thank you for posting this – practical and concrete steps to improvement that anyone can do.
    Perhaps if I can add a comment to #5 “If possible, find some people of like mind who you can coordinate and train with for when times get rough.” Add Martial Arts training to the mix. More combatives focus and less forms and katas and no belt ranking to interfere with the real purpose of effective self defense training. A word of caution though – wear safety glasses and a mouth guard to bite down with and a groin protector and gloves to protect against accidents.
    I don’t see anyone mentioning training injuries, but they happen, even just doing mundane stuff around the house. All sorts of injuries possible with the lifting twisting and thrusting motions involved in picking up and handling heavy objects.
    Am currently recoverng from a groin pull. 400 mg Ibuprofen and 500 mg of Acetaminophen every 4 hours just to keep from screaming in pain. (I don’t do medical marijuana or opiates). Something like that happens in the field and I can see myself camping in place not doing much more than laying down and maybe listening to the radio for however long it takes to be able to bear weight standing up and walking again. Don’t know if that ever happens in anyone’s training and how they handled it?

    • We need to take care of our hands. I haven’t seen this mentioned before, but if your hands don’t work, you’re in a world of trouble. Played tug of war with my dog a while back, and wasn’t paying as close attention as I should have been. He tugged right when my hand was moving left…and I wound up with a sprained trigger finger.

      That won’t do.

  12. I’ll add that a strength training program is far better than calisthenics. Try strong lifts or rippatoes starting strength program, it requires a bar and rack but you can buy these super cheap on Craigslist, or some people have improvised and made their own. Also would suggest a pistol first. I don’t foresee people running around with a rifle and chest rig any time soon. This is going to be an urban conflict where you’re going to need to blend in to the crowd to survive.

  13. As usual, good stuff and as usual some painful truths.

    The guys posting on arch supports are more correct than they know. I messed up my left arch several years ago and got zero help or relief from the Ortho/PT crowd. I’m making progress managing it through some manipulation and arch supports. Those fellas are right, don’t mess up your feet through neglect!

    Calisthenics and resistance exercises are also great for those of us the travel for work. You don’t need a gym or equipment to at least keep up. Laugh if you want, but the wife deciding she wanted to “walk” has helped keep me from skipping or taking a day off…

    Jeff B.

    • My wife walks three miles with a day pack every day weather permitting (too much risk from ice and heavy snow and too cold and wind chill ain’t worth the benefits).
      I do walking, sometimes walking with a day pack, sometimes a hiking pack.
      Walking is the best practical, cheap, easy to do exercise for sure.
      No one knows your feet like you do, especially if you have had an injury (such as a car accident like my wife did some years back). feet are pretty important as they are how we move around on the ground and the alternative is getting around in a wheelchair…

  14. Being “crunchy boned” and female, but training just as described (BFYTW to anyone thinking women shouldn’t train for combat), I’m also going to warn against PT training injuries, which set me back quite a bit. Don’t train too fast and hard and try to be a hero if it’s going to get you an injury. You name the joint, I’ve stressed it with my overenthusiasm. (As far as illusions go of being infantry and keeping up on foot with the boys, I’m not going to put a faster, stronger group at risk coddling me; but I still think women SHOULD train anyway, for various reasons not the least of which is I want more defenses against thugs than running like a raped ape, and I can help train others if I know what I’m about.)

    It’s not going to be rifles rucks and webgear anyway if it kicks off, it’ll be urban style UW: light loads, caches, concealed weaps, and a lot of sneaking and misdirection. As in the Ukraine conflict, people humping rucks in the woods in camo trying to get around the checkpoints will probably get shot on sight as spies, so plan on dressing in street clothes and going through checkpoints with nothing, and then picking up a cache on the other side, at least until you can take and hold territory. Hint, caches have to be pre-placed.

    And yes, electronic footprints are being logged. Don’t put your OPSEC on the internet, and ditch all electronics when having meetings. Duh. Trainers may have chosen to put something out there to attract students, but trainers have accepted the risk that exposure entails. There has to be a public facing side to the movement or we all would be thinking nobody else feels the way we do.

    Being a public figure however can attract unwanted attention. Guess it depends what you are willing to put up with. Zersetzung gets old after a while.

    As Pete says, Meatspace Baby! As Remus says, avoid crowds.

    • How do you know where the check points will be? How do you plan cashes on the other side of a checkpoint if you don’t know where the checkpoints will be? What about flying roadblocks? What about the rule that a cache must be under 24hr surveillance before it is recovered? What about the rule that once a cache is recovered that place is never returned to? So, how many other-side-of-checkpoint caches are you going to have? The list goes on — there a lot of rules about recovery; there are yet more rules about emplacement. In fact cache emplacement is a mission unto itself that has nothing to do with the unit that will recover it.

      Women should not train for combat.

  15. Good Stuff, as usual. But . . . the Chick in the Pic OUGHTA HAVE HER DAMN SLEEVES ROLLED DOWN!!!!!!!!! Or at least rolled in the Army way. When I was training Jarheads on the 4,2, I bitched constantly at them, for wearing flags like that. The Army was to pull the cuff up to your shoulder, roll the white side of the sleeve and then fold the cuff over the glaring white armband. Small shit gets you killed, Private!

    Old 11C

  16. Just a brief note on the First Aid – look to someone like SOLO or NOLS for your training. You’re better served by having wilderness first aid training. The Red Cross and most EMT courses work from the assumption that a higher level of care is available within the ‘golden hour’.

    Wilderness FA takes the other view, you’ve got to deal with the situation, where you are, with what you have; either on your person, in your pack, or in the victim’s kit. Improvise and improvise some more. You can make a pretty good cervical collar out of a ball cap and a towel, if you know how to put it together. And I don’t think the RC or an EMT course is going to show you how to reduce a dislocated joint, they want you to package and call for help.

    Didn’t mean this to be a rant just a reminder to keep the skill set orientated to the environment.

    • This poat was written from an “Starting point”, not a “this is what you need to have” perspective. I agree with your advice on the type of FA that you should get, but initially, I recommend the Red Cross FA and CPR simply from a “time expended” and “what is gained?” standpoint. My kids both became certified in both FA & CPR while young teenagers, and they did it over the course of an 8hr day. It’s also a good base upon which to add other FA courses.

      • The RC training is now partially web-based. Not sure how good that is. But YouTube is a good source after initial training; at least you can see what situations look like and how to respond. The WFA training I mentioned is usually across a weekend and runs less than $200, and includes plenty of hands-on work.

        Thanks for what you do and the knowledge that you share. 🙂

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