A Realistic Bug Out

Since there are a few out there just now giving their impressions of whether you should or should not “Bugout”, I figured I’d post some oldies but goodies.

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2 January, 2017

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Most who know me, know that I am staunchly against most people planning to just “Bug Out” to the mountains when the SHTF. I advise people to plan on “Bugging In” where they are, or “Bugging To” a pre-planned location. The are a number of reasons why I’m against a “Bug Out”, but chief among them is that most who plan to do this are doing it out of laziness and/or an overwhelming lack of reality.

Laziness, because it is a lot easier to plan to just throw the pack on and grab the rifle, than it is to prepare to stay put, stock up on supplies, and plan a realistic defense. It would be great if it was that easy (and cheap), but it is not. After approximately two weeks, you will go from being a “Survivalist”, to being a “refugee”.

I say “lack of reality”, because most who plan to “bug out” haven’t even carried a pack any distance, let alone carried the weight of gear and food necessary to sustain ones self for any length of time. As I said above, not planning correctly will abruptly shove the “would be Survivalist” into the “refugee” category relatively quickly.

If you’re gonna “Bug Out” to the mountains, the plan my friend Bergmann has is the way to do it. It’s not a perfect plan, but then again what is? For his situation and location, he has come up with the most realistic plan he can, and is putting effort into preparing for it for years. Watch and learn.

If you have the opportunity, go check out his blog, you’ll more than likely learn something.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Preconceived Notions: “The Bugout”

Since there are a few out there just now giving their impressions of whether you should or should not “Bugout”, I figured I’d post some oldies but goodies.

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3 October, 2015

When I was new to Survivalism, I believed that “The Bugout” was the only way to go. I have had a backpack ready to go since I was twelve, and the only things that have really changed were techniques of how I’d “Bugout”, and where “Bugout”it stands in the order of precedence. I use P.A.C.E. planning in all activities related to survival. It was something I was taught when I first went into the military, and continue to this day. “P” is primary, “A” is alternate, “C” is contingency, “E” is emergent or emergency.

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Through the years, my thought on “Bugout” have evolved, simply because it makes sense to not put yourself into that type of situational risk unless all other options are denied to you. Keep in mind, a “Bugout” is not the same as a “Bug to”. A “Bugout” is when you’re headed out of your primary home with no clear home/retreat to go to. Most say “We’ll set up in the national/state forest.” These types generally have never “Set up” for an extended period (most not longer than a week, some maybe two weeks of camping at most, but it’s all good training). A “Bug To” is when you are headed to a clearly defined home or retreat that has been planned out (if someone lives there, they know you’re coming) and prepared by you ahead of time, and has supplies already laid in for your stay because it was part of the “plan”. Although “Bugout” and “Bug To” are primary residence evacuations, one (Bugout) is way too open ended to not be the last option available to you.

Let’s talk about “Bugout”, and why it should be the “E” in PACE planning. First off, how is the “Bugout” going to take place? In other words, what event will trigger your “Bugout”? Are you leaving on foot? Are you leaving by vehicle, and what is the load capacity of the vehicle (impending “Survival Vehicle” post coming up) . Are you taking a trailer? Do you have more than one vehicle (Convoy op)? Do you have a fixed location, even if it’s an area in the state forest you’ve reconned prior? How many routes have you created to get there, since one is most assuredly closed? Have you acquired detailed maps of the area? Do you already have a cache of supplies hidden there? We’ll cover some of these in order.

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What will trigger your “Bugout”? House to house searches by fedgoons in your town? If you wait that long, you’ll definitely need to go by foot, because vehicle traffic will be stopped through the “Cordon and Search” process. A plant accident or natural disaster (Katrina) with poisonous chemicals or severe weather headed your way? Well that’s a “no brainer” vehicle “Bugout” if there ever was one, but I’m fairly certain you won’t be headed to a state forest, right? Is it from a man made incident like what happened in Baltimoredore this year? Once again, even though leaving on foot might have to happen if it went off the charts insane (B-More was nothing compared to what’s coming when the EBT’s go down), but more than likely it’s a vehicle escape, and you’ll be headed to another home for temporary housing (an acquaintance had to do that with his mother during that incident, that was her CVS that burned down).

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I doubt you will perform a “Bugout” for an economic disaster situation. What good would that do to go to the forest because the economy collapsed. One scenario that sticks in my mind, especially due to my NBC (nuclear Biological Chemical) military background is a pandemic. Of course timing in this (like many other evacs) is crucial. Better a day early than a minute too late.  They will drop the hammer of blockade hard when they decide to do it (a good example is the movie “The Crazies”).

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If you’re planning a “Bugout” after a nuke strike, you might want to do more research. If you’re still alive, but in a dangerous area (high radiation on site or in the path of impending fallout which usually goes downwind of the target, but winds aloft are tricky), you probably should shelter in place (hopefully you have a basement), because exposure outside will kill you quickly if caught in the fallout. This is one time when a “Bugout” would be a good option, considering living in the forest for a couple weeks away from the radiation zone would definitely be the optimal choice.  OK, so we’ve talked about what will set the “Bugout” plan in motion, now to the “means” of “Bugout”.

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Are you planning to “Bugout” on foot? Did you read the account of the couple that was ambushed in “Patriots, Survive the Coming Collapse”? Although they were “Bugging To” a retreat, it was across the country (Chicago to Idaho), and took them forever because they lost their vehicles in the city. How much food can you effectively carry with your other supplies in your rucksack? I’ve found two weeks is about it, and that makes for a heavy ruck. Have you tried carrying your ruck with the actual load you’ve placed in it? You know, the one sitting in the corner of your spare room? What happens after the food runs out? Although you can extend what you’ve got with you by using game carts, you still will run out of the expendable items rather quickly. Wait, don’t tell me….you’re gonna live off the land, right? I know very few that could do this in reality (military SERE prepares you to exist and/or do without till they can recover you), and two things to note about them. One, they would never plan it as anything but a “last ditch” option. Two, they would tell you it would be existing, not living.

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Wanna live like Jeremiah Johnson (watchin’ it right now to get me in the proper mindset)? If you’ll take note, first, he was assisted by Chris Laughty (I believe that is the spelling), and probably would have died like so many others that went to be “Mountain Men” if it hadn’t been for his help. Are you gonna go to “Rendezvous” each spring and pick up the hundred pounds or so of supplies with your pack animals? Tell you what, ask my friend Bergmann what he thinks of that kind of never ending existence. On another note concerning the food and supplies thing. Do you have small (unable to carry their own supplies) children? Guess what? you just effectively halved your total “Per Individual” food carrying capacity.

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Are you “Bugging out” by vehicle? It’s definitely the better option, but still, if you you are headed to a remote undeveloped location with no other supplies on site. You’ll get by longer, but you had better figure how to extend what you have for a long period. The good thing about a vehicle, especially if it’s of decent size, is it’s ability to carry you, at least three of your loved ones, all your personal “Bugout” gear, and some extras (a 12×12 tent with woodstove comes to mind. Oh wait, that’s right, I forgot you’re “Bugging Out” during the summer, right?). What’s the range of a tank of gas in your “Survival Vehicle”? Do you have extra fuel ( I keep enough spare TREATED gas cans for one extra tankful)?

Are you using a trailer? If so, this needs to contain the “nice to have” survival supplies, but not the absolute, survival “Have to’s”, because you need to be able to ditch it in an emergency. What’s the trailer do to your vehicle’s fuel economy when you have the survival gear loaded up? Don’t know? How can you say “I have a plan” without knowing basic info about your “Survival Conveyance”, whether it’s your feet (how far, how fast, how much weight) or your vehicle (distance, capacity of personnel and equipment, etc)? A big downside to a vehicle is being required to at least stay of passable trails, and more than likely semi improved roads. Oh, I forgot, you have a Monster that will eat up cross country and make it’s own trail, right? The upside is that it makes a “Bug out” more palatable as an option when you do the math, as compared to “bugging out” on foot.

Might a “Bugout” be necessary? Yes. Should you plan on it being anything but the last ditch option? No. The figures just don’t add up to success and long term survival. When it comes to PACE for me, I organize this way. PRIMARY: “Bug In” at my home with all the supplies I’ve prepared over the years. ALTERNATE: “Bug To”, and am headed to a property that has prepositioned supplies and family, and I’m taking my vehicle and trailer. CONTINGENCY: Longer route “Bug To” same as above, but to property of friends, and using two vehicles (convoy op) for security. EXIGENT/EMERGENCY 1: “Bug Out” to a secure, private, semi improved property site with vehicle. EXIGENT/EMERGENCY 2: “Bugout” on foot to a State forest within 10 miles of home (some prepositioned supplies, with an alternate another 5 miles away.

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I read a lot of Ragnar Benson’s (among others) stuff when I was a kid. Some of it was BS, and some had some real pearls of wisdom in it. One of the most important things I ever gleaned from his writing is something to keep in mind when planning any of your options. NEVER BECOME A REFUGEE! In most instances ( a few are not) primarily planning to “Bugout” without weighing and prioritizing other options first is planning to be a refugee, whether you like it or not. Read some of what Selco has to say, or better yet, look at the refugees walking across Europe and tell me that is something you consider as a viable option if others are available.

What’s the bottom line? If you have no options to “Bug To” after your “Bug In” option is expended, by all means plan a “Bugout”. Hopefully it will be with a vehicle, but if not, go to my buddy Bergmann’s site (you have to sign up, but it’s free) and get some advice on planning and prepositioning for the eventual “Bugout” operation  implementation. Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance (7P’s), right? Being a Survivalist has been a rewarding, but at times daunting, task throughout my life from a youngster till now. In the end though, it’s more about those we care about than what it does for us that’s important. That’s why realistic assessments of the facts, not fantasy, is crucial to your survival.

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JCD

American by BIRTH Infidel by CHOICE

A Repost of “The Fighting/Survival Load for Mounted and Dismounted Operations” With A UW Gear Eval.

This is a post I wrote in March of 2014. I have pretty much stuck with the same system which is my two tiered H-Harness with vest for dismounted ops, or belt and drop holster with vest/body armor for vehicle/Static defense ops.  I’ve been using this system for 9 years now and have found no reason to change.

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Optimizing the carrying systems for fighting gear has been a science many have failed to master through the ages. It obviously didn’t start with the invention of the firearm, but one of the primary features of fighting gear for firearms, is the initial load-out, and the fact that you will expend some of the fighting load you carry with each engagement. This is the reason for carrying as much as you possibly can of those fighting expendables (unless you have a resupply operation going on as well. Yeah, sure you do…….), while still remaining light enough to be mobile, and not tiring yourself unnecessarily.

I have used multiple load bearing systems throughout the last 34 years, and of that 34 years, 29 were in a  professional context, and the items I am about to recommend are largely (but not exclusively) based upon my years of training and fighting as a grunt in mounted and dismounted operations. It’s also based on the experience I’ve had as a tactical/survival trainer, and being able to figure out the gear situation, without the Company, Battalion, or Brigade Powers That Be, dictating their dress right dress edicts from on high, but not taking into account that everyone is different, and only a few things should be standardized.

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Layering makes sense, whether it’s your clothing for cold weather, or your fighting/survival load for the battlefield. The levels have been talked about enough, so we won’t go into detail, but the basics are these. Level 1 is your on person every day carry (EDC) items that are in your pockets for the most part. Level 2 is your fighting/survival load-out, consisting of an load bearing harness of some sort, Level 3 is your ruck. On the level 2 gear, first up is the Battle Belt setup, which, I use as a survival load (Survival gear, handgun, and a knife). Next up is the combat vest, which gives the user a higher more centralized center of gravity, and has the option of being opened in the front, if you happen to be needing to get just a little lower. Examples of this are the FLC like a number of us used in the military in various configurations, and it is a good economical way to go. This is the standard molle tactical vest, pictured here over an H harness rig. (this one is a Tactical Tailor vest), and there is a lot of space to put whatever you need on it, with the caveat of , don’t overload it.

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Last but not least is the chest rig. Chest rigs are wonderful for vehicle patrols, but not as much so if your trying to dig in to avoid incoming rounds in the prone. I used a modified chest rig in Iraq, and can tell you it works well for vehicle ops, but unless you go with a modified version (not as common), using it on foot patrol based field operation are not optimal because of the aforementioned avoidance of incoming fire issues. The modified version I used was a Tactical Tailor MAV 2 piece version with the cover adapter to make it function as a one piece. This modification allows the user to put it on like a tac vest, not over your head ( pain in the ass if you have a helmet on), and also allows you to put you navel in the dirt if your being shot at, and the only available cover is a downed 10 inch diameter tree.

It is sitting just a little lower than it normal would because the straps are set for wearing over my Interceptor Body Armor. See Army pic

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As you can see, it’s easy to take off, which as anyone knows with a one piece chest rig, that isn’t generally the case, unless you undo an emergency release buckle. You can raise or lower the harness to suite your preferences.

The modular system I use for dismounted operations is as follows I use a LCE H harness and belt (with pad) with basic survival supplies in it as the base layer. This harness contains survival gear in the buttpack (poncho, rain suit, casualty blanket, fist aid supplies, weather dependent warmth supplies, battery charger, etc.). It has a pistol in a Bianchi flap holster (yes a damn flap holster, but before you tacticool asshats get your thong knotted, I can slide the flap on the inside of the belt, and I have a thumb break release) with two extra magazines, a fixed blade knife (leatherman, and nav gear is on the pants belt or in pockets), two one quart canteens with two cups, one stove, and a thermal imager (day or night capability).

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Over this I wear a Molle Tac Vest that contains a rifle mag capacity of 8/M1A, 8/AKM, or 12/AR, with supplementary stripper clips in the bottom of each flapped pouch when the shorter AR, or M14 mags are used. It also contains a IR strobe, GI Lensatic compass, tac light, extra multi tool (what can I say, I like redundancy), two pistol mags, and a monocular, another fixed blade knife, an IFAK/BOK (different color so it stands out), radio pouch, and an admin/water bottle pouch (water bottle if the vest is worn for urban/vehicle ops). A minimag AA LED light (cuz 123 batts fail quickly) Last but not least is a roll up dump pouch behind the admin/bottle pouch (keep in mind, I’m a lefty, so everything is ass backwards from you “normal” people, except for the IFAK, this should be in the same place for every member of your group).

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If I will be conducting vehicle operations, I use a pistol belt with a drop leg (OH GOD NO!) holster and knife rig both up high (for a drop rig) on my strong side It also has two pistol mags, my thermal would go on the weak side like the H-Harness, a roll up dump pouch, and a tac light pouch (pretty damn Spartan ain’t it?). This is attached to my pants belt with standard belt keepers.

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One of the nice things about a drop rig, is its ability to clear the bottom of a coat or gear while being attached to the pants belt.

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When it comes to body armor, if I use it (urban or fixed position defensive ops, and vehicle ops only) , I go with a slick Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vest, with level 3+ ceramic plates, or a plate carrier (slick or with gear) with level 3 line-X coated steel plates (these 6.5lb plates are no longer available, but they make a lot of sense for the Survivalist. No matter what the “Know It Alls” and “experts” say about steel plates causing issues with your compass, I have tested that theory, and have found that it causes no more issues with a compass than wearing a vest or chest rig full of ammo, a knife, a pistol, and support gear would). With this set up, I can wear it under the tac vest, or MAV (as I did in Iraq), and there is nothing to get in the way.

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So how does it all go together: Level 2A is as follows:

H-Harness first with your survival supplies (buckle extender is for cold weather clothing), or you can use the pistol belt/drop leg rig for vehicle ops.

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Level 2B would be your Tac vest, with the majority of your fighting supplies (keep the back clear for a ruck), which if need be, you can ditch to run, and still have survival supplies on you (H harness)

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The mag pouches on this vest are for my FAL or M1A (.308Win) mags. The far left is a “Double Taco” pouch from HSG. The middle coyote and the O.D. one on the right are double .308 mag pouches from UW Gear.

 

 

Wearing this rig with a ruck is fine, as long as it’s not an extended (lower/bottom end) ruck like the mil issue Molle 2, CFP-90, or ILBE. I’ve used it with the US Large ALICE (Tac Tailor MALICE 2) and a Bergan and have had no issues.

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For a lightweight pack I use a medium ALICE (left) if I am leaving my base camp/retreat with it on, and the CFP-90 patrol pack (on the top of the Large Malice2 ruck) if it is from a temporary camp I am operating out of.

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CFP-90 assault pack attached to the top of my Malice2 Large ruck.

I have received a number of pieces of gear from John Ammons at UW Gear. I mentioned above the mag pouches on my Tac Tailor vest, but I have a few more I want to show you. First up is the bandoleers that I received last year. I have spoken about them in my “Lightweight, Modular ‘Basic Load’ Options” post , and don’t have anything but good things to say about them. They are well put together and make a great addition to your gear if you want an easy way to carry three extra mags, whether on your person, or on your ruck.

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The O.D. bandoleer on the top is for 5.56 thirty rounders, and the woodland one on the bottom is for 3 twenty round mags in 7.62Nato.

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The top rig is for 6 AR mags and holds two mags in each of the outside pockets, and one in the inside pockets. The bottom rig holds one twenty round .308 mags in each pocket for a total of four. That’s six pounds of mags for either rig.

 

Next up is UW Gear’s “Swamp Fox rigs. I’ve tried out two of his rigs, one for AR’s that carry 6 mags, and one that will carry 4 mags for my FAL or M1A. If you want a good, lightweight rig for wearing by itself, or over a plate carrier, this is the one.

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Lightweight .308 rig with the drop rig belt and two “Taco” pouches which hold one pistol mag and one rifle mag each. This setup is very lightweight, but yet still carries a “basic load” for rifle and pistol, a knife and an IFAK.

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UW Gear .308 rig over a plate carrier.

The individual 2 mag pouches made by UW Gear are pretty squared away. The two mag pouches (this includes the two mag pouches on the “Swamp Fox” rig) are designed to retain the two mags with tension using the “Tuck Tab” closure (all UWG mag pouches have this), and it does not need velcro, a snap, or a fastex buckle to stay closed and secure with two mags in it. Unlike the other securing systems I mentioned, this system will not wear out and/or break like they can (can you say “durable item”?). When only one mag is in the pouch and it doesn’t have tension due to the fit of only one mag, there is a piece of velcro that will keep the flap secured.

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Please keep something in mind, This is my way of doing it. I’ve been using load bearing gear for a little while now (over three decades), and have found something that works for me, and have been using this specific system (variations of this for decades) for nine years now. These are just some thoughts I had on load bearing equipment, from a users perspective, not a Modern Warfare 3 tacticool theorist.

I don’t claim to know it all, but what I do know is what I am planning for and have been for about 36 years. My experience is not only from many years in different types of infantry units (higher and lower tier), but being able to apply those lessons to things I have done during my lifetime (farming being one of them). There are many people out there giving advice without any experience other than being prior service, and while that is helpful, it is not very practical from a Survivalist stand point. Ask yourself, are you an infantryman, or are you a Survivalist. The difference is drastic in some instances.

I have my gear set up to use for four basic scenarios. 1) I have to leave my residence on foot with only the supplies on my back with no guarantee of a place to go. It’s a heavy load and a collapsible game cart might be used as well. 2) I have to leave my residence in a vehicle, but due to the threat I will need to be moderately armed and ready for hostilities. 3) I have to operate out of a retreat, and will be on a moderate or heightened state of alert when outside the retreat performing tasks (imagine farming tasks and what you could wear while doing them). 4) I am operating as a member of a Neighborhood Protection Team and need to be able to perform as a guard post sentry and “Presence Patrol” member.

Keep in mind that if someone is telling you your gear (mil issue gear that was used by soldiers of the past) is useless, you need to question their motivations. The biggest problem with ALICE gear these days is finding it at a good price. There’s not much you can’t do with some good old issued ALICE and mil issue MOLLE gear. You don’t need fancy, expensive not issue gear to get by, but if you do, I recommend you contact John Ammons at UW Gear to get some (BTW, he is also a Tactical Tailor dealer). Enjoy (any questions, comment here, or email me at masondixontactical@comcast.net  ).

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

It Boils Down To The Allowance Of “Mental Marijuana”

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Recently we have seen an uptick in the amount of “In your face”, blatant attacks on conservatives, whether it be attacks on our beliefs, or actual physical attacks on us, whether a citizen on the street, or someone who we elected to represent us in Congress. Why now? There are a number of reasons I believe the physical stuff is happening, and there is most definitely a reason why there are so many different types of attacks on our beliefs. Simply put, we are breaking them.

Attacks on our beliefs are nothing new, but the ferocity of the rhetoric being espoused has escalated, and the numbers of these attacks has gone through the roof. The desire here is to so overwhelm you senses to fight back, as to make any response from you seem futile simply due to the sheer number of responses you’d have to give. The Soviets were planning on doing this to our intel gathering apparatus back during the cold war, and the present day commies are doing it now. IT IS POLICY!

As to the actual or fantastical attacks on our persons, whether it be “Joe Snuffy” or a State or Federal Rep, the communists (and that’s what every one of those scum sucking leftists are in their hearts) are trying to desensitize your “Give a Damn” to the point where these things are not only common place, but that you think only “Glad it wasn’t me or mine.”. “Calculating” is definitely something that can be attributed to the commies, but here’s something they have not calculated correctly, “GUNS”. I guess to be more specific, “Those not only unwilling to give up their guns, but actually are prepared to use them when they think they are in a ‘do or die’ corner”.

Weapons, specifically in this case “guns”, are tools that can be used to make someone a slave, to keep someone from becoming a slave, or can help set a slave free. Jeff Cooper said this about rifles (the rifle is the most powerful and capable of hand held, personal firearms for protecting someone in a violent encounter). “The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Willingness to use a gun to protect your life and freedom is something that separates the men from the boys. Personally, I’m not a”Meme Cowboy”, but I do deal in lead friend.

Ask yourself these questions, “Why are they making actual physical attacks on conservatives now?”, “Why are they making threatening pics and plays depicting the murder of our President?”, “Why are they faking news footage of protests?”, “Why are they chasing accusations of misconduct that have already proven to be dead ends, then trying to perform a re-engineered “2.o” of the same investigation?”. The answer is simple. FEAR! They know President Trump is our last, best hope at turning some things around (I know, scary right?). They know if they do not control the narrative, not only will “narrative control” be lost to them, but they will be held to account for ALL the things we have proof that they did.

I’m not just talking about Hillary Clinton, and her crooked cabal of murdering, sociopathic, communist elites. I’m talking about the whole wreckin’ crew! From the elite scam artists in Congress and the Courts, to the embedded Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama bureaucrats in all levels of government. I’m talking about the media moguls and their minions that have been instrumental not only in forwarding their agenda but thwarting ours at every turn. I’m talking about the elites in Hollywood who actually believe their opinion about politics is not only valid, but warranted, and haven’t figured out that they are only there for our entertainment. Finally, this extends to the academics that have purposely indoctrinated our children of all ages to believe that communism is good simply to make them even more willing slaves when the time comes.

What “side” am I talking about being the good guys? I’m talking about the side that has and has had an historical precedent that started with the predecessors of the founders of this country. I’m talking about the ideology that was the foundation of the Western world. The Christian beliefs that spawned the establishment of a civilized society which brought about all the advancements we enjoy today. By all means tell me what any of the third world societies have advanced other than Aids, and the “AK around the corner” firing technique. Hell, if you got rid of everything else, just hygiene would be a big step up for all of them.

I’m not talking about “republican” or “democrat” (is there really a difference anymore?). I’m not talking about “Conservative” or “Liberal” (seems to me there’s too much emotion on either side in a lot of the issues). I’m not even talking about “left” or “right” (That’s a side of the aisle, not a belief) . I’M TALKING ABOUT “RIGHT” OR “WRONG”! I’m talking about having convictions that are based on moral guidelines which are well defined in the Bible.

This isn’t a diatribe about why you need to be a Christian to be a good person, but here’s a question, “If you do not believe in a higher power, and you believe there is nothing after your time here on earth, how can you say something is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’? How can you even say you have free will if your decisions are only based on your genetic makeup and the external conditions you exist in?” That’s not free will at all, because you can only make one decision in that case, and it’s already made for you. The video below breaks it down.

Here’s some points brought up in the above video. If there is no God, things like rape, theft, and murder are all subjective concerning whether they are wrong or not. “Not only if there’s no God, is there no objective right and wrong, there’s also no free will. remember if there’s no God, the only reality is material, it’s called “materialism”, that’s the only, you and I are just a bunch of neurons, nerves, and you know, a brain that is a purely physical thing, there’s no such thing as a mind, it is all brain so if we act bad, it’s not because we made a choice, it’s because of either our physiology, our genes or our environment. In either case, I didn’t choose, there’s no “I” in the secular world. “I” is a euphemism for environment and genes, that’s it. That’s the reason, by the way, the folks who believe that don’t really want to punish criminals, because in their heart they don’t believe they are responsible for what they did.” Well that makes understanding a bleeding heart commie a little easier, doesn’t it?

“Secularism is great for government, but in every other way, it is the termite of society. It eats away at the foundations of society.” Secularism is the gateway drug for socialism then communism. Basically, secularism is “Mental Marijuana”.

“With all of it’s mixed bag history, Christianity has at least given, I mean not at least, has given us Western civilization and, there have been eruptions of evil, but it is the best thing that has been made yet. It is the only place that has established the idea that human rights come from God, that freedom comes from God.” I’ve said many times that I do not need a constitution to advise me of my God given right to own, train with and use weapons for personal or common defense. I don’t need a constitution to tell me I have the God given right to responsibly speak my mind. I do not need a constitution to tell me I have a God given right to personal privacy.

“And this very much goes to the marxist argument that dysfunction, I guess what they would call immorality, but dysfunction arises from a lack of resources, you know Wow, if you grow up poor. They completely ignore the Appalachian mountains which are very poor and have incredibly low crime rates.” Saying poverty causes crime goes back to the “Spoon made Rosie O’Donnell fat” mindset. Bad choices cause crime. Lazy people choose crime. Jealous people choose crime. Hateful people choose crime. I know too many people who grew up in abject squalor and poverty, and in spite of that, made a moral, ethical choice to do the right thing with their life choices and became successful, to even consider that it’s about poverty.

“The smaller the God, the bigger the government, that is the state of the Western world. I’m not talking about the muslim world. In the Judeo-Christian world the bigger the God, the smaller the government.” First off, I believe that Islam is an ideology, not a religious endeavor. In a nutshell, their “higher power” isn’t a God, and to those of that group who are not the “live and let live modern islamic” types (they are out there) it is an excuse to conquer, rape, and steal from those who are not of their group, or group members who are violating the rules. While I am big on treating everyone as an individual, I also realize that it is in the best interest of any nation to think long and hard about allowing this group into their country, because I see what it is doing here (even to the chagrin of the “Live and let live” types), and how the secularist/socialist/communists are manipulating their absorption into every social group.

A good quote they mention in the video from G.K. Chesterton is this, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in everything.”  Why is this? Because nature abhors a vacuum.

A Biblical point that was made was that secularists will never advocate the line, “Those of you who love God, hate evil.” If they did, they’d have to make a stand that appears…..religious, wouldn’t they? Think about a commie calling something “evil”. If the reality of communism wasn’t so tragically sad, that situation would be funny.

There are a number of other things that are talked about in that great video that span from “The Traditional Family”, marriage, taking a stand and sacrifice, to environmentalism as a religion, and “cause and effect” of things like minimum wage. What should those of us that believe in  a standard of objective morals, ethics, and personal/civic responsibility do in the face of all the different types of attacks we are seeing on a daily basis? Below is a brief list I’ve compiled.

  1. Identify the local threats to your personal, family and group well being. Who cares about a play in D.C. if you have local BLM, BAMN, or Antifa’s acting out violently in your area, right? The play isn’t a direct threat, but those local groups are.
  2. Identify those who are funding the threats against those of us that believe in Western values, and the principles that established civil society.
  3. Identify the entities that are advocating violence against those like yourself. An “advocate” today is a probable future member or leader of that group tomorrow.
  4. Determine where your “Line in the sand” is, and what objectives will need to be accomplished once that “line in the sand” has been crossed.
  5. Determine what skills are necessary for your survival and the #4 “objective” accomplishment in all scenarios you think could occur based on your threat assessment.
  6. Determine what logistics are necessary to survive and also accomplish your #4 “objectives”.
  7. Begin gathering those of like mind together to train and prepare for the scenarios you’ve determined are a priority.

I’ve talked about how you can start out in a number of posts, but here and here are good places to begin. Get ready, because it’s just going to get worse, they will see to that. By the way, of all the things listed above, determining your actual (not some fantastical idea about being a tough guy) “Line in the sand” is the most important. Without this being defined, the rest cannot be realistically planned and trained for Continue reading

Survivalists. Militia And Perception, Then And Now

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When I was in my teens, I remember seeing the above video which aired on Brit TV in 1982. With a few exceptions, the basic premise of the video implied that “Survivalists are nuts”. Even as a kid, I never fell for that premise, quite the opposite in fact. I believed that it made good sense to be prepared for hard times, and I thought the “Nuts” were the ones who just wanted to “Eat drink and be merry”, without any thought to planning ahead.

In order of appearance in the video, it showed Bruce Clayton (Life After Doomsday) the majority of the documentary was on the (CSA) Zarephath-Horeb Community Church (James Ellison and the Covenant the Sword and the Arm of the Lord), There was a former SF guy who was an Asst Prof at a Cali Univ., The Survival Store was depicted, they interviewed Kurt Saxon (Poor Man’s James Bond series, The Survivor series), an interview with an L.A. army surplus warehouse owner, you met Fred Kurpsy (mountain top guy), and they topped it off with General Mitch WerBell III (Sionics and Brigade Quartermasters) and his instructors from Sionics.

Bruce Clayton, along with Mel Tappan, Ragnar Benson, Duncan Long, and Kurt Saxon, was one of the more well known Survivalist writers, especially in the ’80’s, and his book, “Life After Doomsday” was one of the best books written on nuclear war survival skills and retreat type living. Although Cresson Kearny’s book “Nuclear War Survival Skills” is right there alongside Clayton’s book on good nuclear war preparedness skills, I would not call Kearny a “Survivalist writer”. Clayton is one of the only ones interviewed in that documentary that gave any semblance of being “right in the head”.

James Ellison of the Z-HC Church (polygamists) is obviously nuttier than a ten year old fruitcake. He’s one of the typical “God told me to do this” leaders (Ammon Bundy anyone?), and at the time of the interview in the winter (Jan/Feb) of ’81, believed “It’s gonna happen” soon (he said, “In the late ’60’s, God began to deal with us about the economic judgement, collapse and upheaval that was comin’ upon all the world, especially on this country.”). One of his guys even made this statement, “I don’t like to set dates, but it’s feelin’ kinda spooky, and it might be tomorrow, and or sometime in ’82, but it could last another ten years, but I don’t think so.”

I believe their (CSA) downfall came from two areas. First, they allowed the interview in the British documentary, which gave them a huge “footprint” with the Feds. Two, they got involved with Christian Identity, and then, “The Order” (whether they were physically involved with the crimes they are tied to and convicted of, I don’t know, but involvement with these groups put them in the crosshairs none the less). These two things made them a huge target for the Feds, and on April 19th, 1985 (imagine that), they got raided by FBI, ATF, and local LE.

That being said, if they had kept out of the spotlight and not become part of groups who were being watched and under scrutiny, they had a pretty good thing going (except for the polygamy thing, that’s nuts LOL). I’ve always said if I had my choice, my survival group and retreat area would be something along the lines of the movie “The Village”, except it would be both well armed and trained.

Not a whole lot to say about the former SF Asst Prof. (Global earthquake guy) other than he seamed more concerned about showing off his toys to his students and the interviewer, than using the time to present a good message. Of course that could and probably was because of how it was edited (remember, the edit is everything to how you are perceived to the public).

Kurt Saxon is a character and a half, and was known for a number of books that had detailed info on anything from poisons and homesteading info, to explosives, and hardening your vehicle. He definitely had an interesting and harsh opinion about his fellow man, but who knows, maybe he had a reason. Regardless of his opinion of society, he put out info that would have been difficult to find anywhere else. He apparently resides in a nursing home now after having a stroke about five years ago.

Ah, “Fred the mountaintop guy”. Although I could see where Fred was coming from, I’m glad he did not have to put his “Mountaintop retreat” theory to the test in the last 36 years. His logistical issues could have been deadly in a real world SHTF scenario.

Gen. Mitch WerBell III, (OSS, Merc….) Video 1, 2, 3. Although a lot of people would look at the General with a jaded eye leaning towards a label of “Nut”. I’d say Mitch III had a better take on the real world than most of the people out there. From what I remember about what I read was covered in the curriculum of the course mention in this documentary, it was pretty well rounded in survivalist skills and more importantly, their practical application. Unfortunately, he died in ’83, but his Sons, Mitch IV and Geoff WerBell  are the guys who ran Brigade Quartermasters (one of the most popular Surplus/Mil Gear outlet’s in the 80’s and 90’s) for 35 years, and Mitch IV is still involved as a Director after it’s sale to Ira Green Inc. in 2010.

So what was gleened from watching this video? My take initially when I was a kid was, “Hey, I’m not alone in thinking it’s smart to do the Survivalist thing.” Now I look at it and think, “This is why prepping should be done in moderation, you should use as many durable, long lasting goods as possible, and have a ‘Rotation of supplies’ plan.”. Think about this. That video was from 36 years ago. Think of all the preps that can go bad within ten years. That five year supply of freeze dried food (EXPENSIVE) is great if you plan on using it within 20 years (I actually ate some of my Backpacker Pantry FD food from 1993 in 2013, and it was OK, but not what it was in the first 5 years), but what is more practical, making the majority of your food stockpile canned goods that you eat every day and will rotate through, or putting back freeze dried food you’ll never eat unless there’s an apocalypse?

Unless you’re spending a buttload of money on the high end batteries (lithium, etc), think of all the money wasted by “Mountaintop Man” if he had bought alkalines for SHTF. Just like the canned goods rotation idea mentioned above, rotating batteries (especially the cheaper ones) is a prerequisite for having your supplies actually serve you well in a crisis.

This is one of the reasons I am not a fan of items that are considered “disposable”. Unless it is a “one time use” item designed for an emergency (emergency survival kit for example), planning on using gear that is not durable will be a problem down the road. How many of you plan of using “100MPH” duct, or black electrical tape to secure items to your gear or your weapon? How many have gear that uses elastic bungee cord to secure items like magazines (Taco pouches anyone?)? What does your extra duct tape, electrical tape, or elastic bungee material supplies look like? Tape and elastic items that will wear out, even if only in storage, and velcro wears out pretty fast under hard use when compared to buckles and snaps. Also the adhesive on velcro is notorious for coming off of the surface it’s attached to within months.

At least in this video from 2011, Survivalists are cast in a good light (a long way from the previous one). I have mentioned a number of times that only morons will put their info out there to the media, and expect anything other than being vilified as a “Crazy”, “paranoid” or a “White Supremacist”. I was recently made aware of a “militia” group in upstate PA that had a two part story done by a NYC NBC affiliate. To my surprise, it actually spun them in a good light. They are the “2014 Pennsylvania State Militia”.

Although my advice to groups is don’t play around on social media, what I saw of their FB page was generally just recruiting announcements (not those dumbass rants from legends in their own minds), and the recruiting is for the two North Eastern counties in PA where they are located, not the whole State of PA. Unlike Christopher Hershman of “Kernal of Korn” fame, the guy who runs this group is prior service, doesn’t say he represents the whole State of PA (probably should have picked a different name huh?), and actually gets out and trains with his guys.

A few things I noted that could be problematic for this group. They are using a uniform that is used by our present military, and saying they are a military force (anyone who uses the term “militia” needs to be aware of that perception), but are not part of the military and this could be an issue, according to 10 USC, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 45, Sections 771 and 772 (look it up) the legality is also questionable and one of the reasons I recommend people use older “no longer issued” patterns. From what he told me, they have never operated outside of PA, except for a presence in DC in 2014 (I think it was the “Barrycade” protest), and not going out of the State is as it should be. His desire to go to the border is understandable, but considering their lack of authority from any government entity, it’s probably not a good idea.

One of the things I said to him was “I dont care what a group calls itself as long as they don’t act like they have some form of gov authority, and they don’t act like they are “operators”. Just train Damn it!”. I have gone on ad nauseam concerning my thoughts on why you should call your groups a “Neighborhood Protection Team”, Survivalist group, or Prepper group, so I will not reiterate it all over again. What I will say is this. You are better to call yourself what you are, than what you might aspire to be wh3n it’s something that in reality is just what you’d like it to be, or is your fantasy. Ultimately, like I said in my comment to him, I don’t care what you call yourself, just be about the substance, not the perception.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by BIRTH