We Are Expanding The Training Available From MDT.

 

For the last seven years, MDT has concentrated on teaching Wilderness Survival and Rural Buddy Team and Small Unit Tactics. I have been teaching the majority of the classes at Echo Valley Training Center  near Winchester VA. for the last six years. I am pleased to finally be able to announce that the live fire shoot house is complete, and while we’re at it, we can talk about the 650 meter range they built at EVTC this past year, and the long range marksmanship course we will be offering.

EVTC now has a live fire shoot house, so I will finally be able to conduct live fire room clearing training at that facility. Although the primary direction this class will go in is to help the individual or Buddy Team learn how to properly clear a building, we will probably have small teams/groups who also want to learn this important skill in a realistic, but safe environment. I think it is important to “Do it for real” with close quarters training, just like we do with the SUT training. Most facilities don’t have the ability to do live fire in a shoot house. We do.

EVTC now also has a 650 meter linear range to teach a long range marksmanship course (I’ve had a number of inquiries over the last 7 years). The intent behind this class is to teach the long range (anything beyond 300 meters is long range) marksman how to accurately engage a target with a high probability of a first round hit. Teaching how to select proper equipment, learning how to use that equipment, and understanding it’s general and specific internal and external performance and the affect different environments has on that performance will be part of the course.

The fieldcraft that goes hand in hand with realistic, long range shooting (for instance, position selection and development), will also be a part of the course that is being developed, but this course is primarily about teaching long distance shooting and how to get the most out of what you are using.

This is not a “How to be a sniper” course. It will be geared towards the Survivalist who wants to learn how to connect at long range on a small target first time, every time. Whether it is a deer needed for the freezer, or an “IDENTIFIED” bad guy who is taking pot shots at your group is not the important focus of this class. One of the things that will be discussed is “how far is too far?” for the cartridge you are using. For instance, I personally will not shoot a deer past 650 meters with my .308Win because of all the variables that can affect that bullet’s flight and can cause a miss, or worse yet, a wounded animal.

Both of these classes will start to be offered in 2018, and you will know they are available when they appear on the Mason Dixon Tactical website.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

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The Protector And His Fighting Rifle

MDT Patches1-1As I watched the coverage of the tragic church shooting last Sunday, my initial thoughts covered how impossible it would be for me to even imagine being in that small town and losing that many friends at one time. My secondary thoughts automatically went to how this event would be used by the MSM and tyrannical politicians to try and push the anti-gun, anti-protection agenda that they are huge proponents of.

Then, something epic came out of that tragedy. A civilian plumber named Stephen Willeford, a guy with no military or law enforcement background was the one who had grabbed his rifle and engaged the killer outside of the church and ended up being the reason the bad guy died and killed no one else. Why is it important that Mr. Willeford was not prior Mil or LEO? It’s important because the media is a big fan of saying, “Well, the guy who took down the bad guy used his prior Mil training to do it.” or “The guy who stopped the shooting was an Off Duty/Retired Cop.”, and they try to use this as a qualifier for  why he was able to engage the bad guy and win.

Although Stephen had plenty of training on using a firearm from the NRA, he was not what one would typically call a “Sheepdog” in his every day life. As a plumber, I’d imagine his everyday mindset is not directed towards protecting those around him. From what he said in interviews, he has been an NRA Instructor for a while, and this goes back to one of the key points in why it is important that he was the guy to take down the bad guy.

Immediately after the shooting, politicians were calling the NRA “terrorists”, but as Stephen proved, the NRA was one of the reasons the bad guy didn’t kill anyone else once he was engaged by a good guy with a rifle. The training that Stephen received from the NRA gave him the tools he needed to be successful in stopping the bad guy. Stephen had no Mil or LE background, so there is no other place for the media to point concerning the training he had and used in this incident.

The media immediately made it about the AR-15 that the bad guy used in the shooting, and thug politicians immediately (before the bodies were cold) started calling for a ban on AR’s and their type of rifle. Unfortunately for the Media and politicians, Mr. Willeford was also using an AR-15 with an EOTECH sight, which he had pulled out of his safe in his home when they started to hear the shooting a block and a half away. Good guy with an AR trumped the bad guy with an AR.

Stephen said he ran out of the house with his rifle, a magazine, and a handful of ammo he had just emptied into his hand as he went out the door (so I’m guessin’ he had 20 rounds from the box he emptied). This man was so intent on saving everyone he could, that he even forgot his shoes and was barefoot. He said he was loading ammo in the mag as he ran to the sound of the gunfire (he mentioned every time he heard a shot, he thought it was probably a life of a friend or neighbor, thus the urgency of his departure).

Besides the complete “body slam” of the media and liberal politicians over their typical “NRA BAD!”, “AR-15 BAD!” reaction in this incident. Another point that this situation shows is that a typical 20 or 30 round magazine is not only something that might be nice to have, but that it is a NECESSITY!!!! An AR-15 or any other rifle designed for a martial or protective role is not for duck hunting. It is designed for reliability, durability, and extended firing and it is geared towards hunting down and stopping bad guys. A 20 or 30 round magazine is it’s normal capacity BECAUSE IT IS FOR HUNTING DOWN AND STOPPING BAD GUYS!

Stephen mentioned that if he had just had a handgun, the situation would probably not have turned out as well, and more people might have been killed. The accurate and powerful rifle cartridge (Most any centerfire rifle cartridge is more accurate and powerful than a pistol cartridge) was able to be accurately aimed at a small spot on the bad guy’s side that was not covered with protective plates or kevlar.

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Two typical fighting rifles with factory 20 and 30 round magazines. Note: Both rifles have low powered optics (Top is a 4x, bottom is a 1-4x). Optics at pistol range can make a huge difference when you are under stress and need to make that precise shot.

Something else I would add is that if Stephen had only had a five or ten round magazine (which he would have had to reload multiple times), the situation he was in might have turned out a lot worse (remember that the next time they talk about wanting to restrict mag capacity!). Although I understand most people keep their magazines unloaded when in storage, I think this is a good example of why you should at least have a few loaded at all times. This kind of a situation is why I am a fan of the three mag bandoleer and slip on or side zip boots.  My Buddy John at UWGear makes the bandoleers I have for all my semi auto fighting rifles, they are pictured below.

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If Stephen had had a loaded, three mag bandoleer in his safe with his rifle, he could have been out the door that much quicker.  I am not disparaging Mr Willeford actions or preparations at all, but I know from what he said in the interview that he was in mental agony every time he heard a shot because he knew what it probably meant, and he probably felt like it was taking him FOREVER to load that mag.

Takeaways from this situation.

  1.  Stephen Willeford showed what a trained, good guy can do with a rifle against a bad man with a rifle.
  2. Stephen Willeford showed the importance of having a fighting rifle, and how important a standard 20 or 30 round capacity magazine is in a fight.
  3. It’s hard for the media to demonize the plumber, NRA Instructor, and “Santa on a motorcycle”, Stephen Willeford, and his actions have given us someone to point to as a role model and reason to not restrict fighting firearms and to also stress the importance of training.
  4. It’s hard for gun purchase restrictions to work when a Federal entity like the Air Force can’t even do their job and enter things like “Dishonorable Discharge” and “Domestic Violence” into the FBI’s criminal database to block things like gun purchases. The Killer’s ability to purchase the firearms he had rests solely on the shoulders of the incompetent AF data entry personnel who dropped that “ball”.
  5. If someone is a shooter in a mass shooting, they are more than likely a liberal, a Democrat, not a Christian, and are probably on some type of psychotropic medication, because…..Nuts…. Just sayin’….
  6. Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff are what the true unorganized militia is, and is supposed to be. Those multi cammed, “Want to be in a fight” moolisha groups we saw at Charlottesville VA just make all of us who have prepared for the fight THAT COMES TO US, look like a bunch of aggressive, wannabe, ne’er do wells trying to start shit.

Hopefully, unlike Stephen Willeford, the fight will never come to you, but the question you need to ask yourself is this, “If a situation like this does happen to me, can I respond in the same manner as Stephen, and what can I take away from this tragedy and his response to make my preparations more squared away for that eventuality?”.

P.S. I purposely did not mention the name of the dead POS bad guy who committed the murders of all those innocent people. I will not acknowledge who he is, and by doing so, give him any more fame than he has already garnered.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

 

 

 

Decisive Factors: Ego And Mindset

Everyone has an ego, whether you want to admit it or not. Everyone has a mindset that has usually evolved throughout their life based on their training, experience, or system of belief. More than likely, your mindset is a combination of all three.

EGO

A properly controlled ego can be be a huge help to someone who aspires to do great things, but an out of control ego, similar to what many have seen in the “Tactical Trainer” arena, the moolisha scene, or from the “Lone Wolf” who is  always talkin’ about “Getting it on” , can be detrimental. Not only is it detrimental to those intimately involved with the guy, but it can be detrimental to anyone who is thought to associate with them or be of that “type”.

On the trainer side of things, we have all heard the bluster and bullshit of those who think they are the “Be All, End All” of the “Tacti-cool” world. “I’m the Best”, “I have the most You Tube views”, and the “I’ll make you into a Light Infantryman in a weekend” are all things we hear from egotistical trainers who try to sell their “product” to those who never served in the mil so those students can then say, “Well, now I’m just like a grunt”. Thinking this can get them killed when things  become real.

When their class sizes start to drop, and you hear they are bitchin’ on You Tube or at classes for 30 minutes or more about their former students not promoting them enough, or they are questioning why the “morons” aren’t knocking down their “Tacti-door” to attend their “Best in the world” classes, you might want to realize that if you weren’t there, you’d be the “Moron” too.

My favorite example is when you see enticements like “If you take enough of my classes, you can be OpFor for the ‘X’ that I ‘train’ (sure you do….).”. If you hear this, you should probably question why he has to sell it that way, and is what he saying a manipulation of the truth. When tactical trainers have to come up with a gimmicky name to try and get people into the “sport” of tactical training, they have lost proper perspective on the reason we train and why we train others. It’s not a Damned game, and that mindset will get people killed.

These guys don’t understand that most of the people wanting to get real SUT training don’t want to play games, are usually adults in their 30’s or more (mine are usually 40 or more), and due to one old injury or another or from being overweight, might not be anywhere near the physical shape or ability of the “20 year old Infantrymen” those trainers worked with in the military.

When I meet students for the first time, I usually do a quick, personal assessment of what I think they can do, and compare it to what they put on their class registration “about you” section. I will not turn anyone away from a class for their physical condition. What I will do is restrict someone who is obviously overweight or physically restricted due to prior injury from participating in physically demanding things like a ruck march (I have only had to do this once), but the individual still gets the full blocks of instruction everyone else does. Regardless of whether they “Did” it, they still “learn” it, and “Know” it.

Part of what I teach is about dealing with the realities of TEOTWAWKISTAN. In TEOTWAWKISTAN, we leave no one behind. If we do, it’s probably a close friend or family member and that’s just not happening.  Are we teaching a school for mercenaries (you know, the guys who will be raiding all the neighborhoods), or is it a school for everyone of the preparedness mindset? I see that Southern Prepper One is  stepping into the training arena, and I applaud him for it, the more the merrier I say.

If you are looking for a school that is not about preparedness, but will actually give you a good foundation for being a light Infantryman and some good leadership courses to boot, I suggest you contact Dr. Christopher Larsen at “One Shepherd”. I have had nothing but good feedback from people who have taken courses there, but as I said, they are of the military mindset, not the civilian Survivalist one.

On the Moolisha side of the ego issue, we have the “I know what I’m doing because ‘KERNAL and KOMMANDER’!”. right? I just read a rant from a Moolisha Kernal talkin’ about “See I told ya so!”, concerning the November 4th rumblings. Back in September he had said nothing was gonna happen on November 4th (I guess his crystal ……. ball told him so), and that you had no common sense if you believed bad things could happen. This is a case of his “Sperm whale mouth/ego over riding his hummingbird ass”. Do you have to panic people that look to you for direction? No. Should you look at historical examples to see what your priorities of work and specific preparedness actions should be? Yes. Should you err on the side of caution when giving out advice about a possible threat? Yes.

Anyone who didn’t take this crap seriously is doing a disservice to those who they are responsible for or who might look to them for guidance. Living a lifestyle of preparedness gives you the benefit of no last minute rush on supplies, and your only concern is to see where the trouble could be, and maintain the situational awareness that you should always be exercising anyway.

A response I gave to someone on social media concerning the possible November 4 events was, ” It pays to be aware and prepared. I can go about my day normally because I am both”. The “Kernal” I spoke of above is simply not in control of his ego. His concern was to say, “Look at me, I’m always right and I know better.”. Funny thing is he can’t decide whether he wants to be a “Cunsteetooshunal moolisha Kommander” or a cop (big difference and he’s not an LEO) and he’s having a terrible time determining who the enemy to this nation really is (Hint: Commies, and anyone who identifies with them).

His decisions are made by how much attention something can get him, not what the proper role of someone claiming to be part of the “Unorganized Militia” is (because “unorganized militia” is all he’ll ever be). Below is an excerpt from something I received in an email from a “militia” forum on Friday. This is how you tell your people to be aware. This is not the time to try and impress people with your “Prophetic skills”. Just give it straight with the facts and reality.

 

“The time now facing us is why we have advocated for so many years for you all to get your group as a part OF your community instead of apart FROM.  Our ONLY mandate as Militia, is to protect and defend YOUR community.  This means right where YOU LIVE.  Things get really rough, you will need your community in order to survive as much as they need you.  Not to worry compatriots, things get really bad the opposition will be coming to your hood as soon as they can.  Not to worry as you wont miss out on anything or be overlooked.  Remember, while your out running around saving the world in areas other than your own that your community is left wide open.  Let that sink in…

There is a time and a place to take it to them…

Now for the real groaner…

You and your group are NOT the first line of defense of your community, county and State.  At best we are the 5th line of defense. 

The order of defense is as follows:

1. Your city LEO

2. Your county Sheriff

3. Your State Patrol (Police)

4. Your States National Guard

   and lastly…

5. Your group

I strongly urge you all to read the comments to these blogs as there is a lot of good insight to be gleaned.

Our only duty and responsibility is to our Community, our County and our State in that order…”

In the third “Ego” category we have the guy who is always talking about taking action or pushing others to take action. Kit Perez wrote about this recently at TPHS. I’ve seen a number of people like that guy, and what I have noticed is that they usually have a few of the same traits. Usually, they have an ego that drives them to embellish or just outright lie about their past. They try to make it appear that they have been part of “The game” for a long time. Another trait, is usually they have not been in the military at all (they’ll hint towards “secret” backgrounds or alliances though), and for the small group of these guys that were, they are usually not combat veterans.

The last trait they usually have in common is their willingness to try and drive others to commit the acts that they are unwilling to do themselves. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know who the glaring example of this type has been over the last couple years, because “Jumpin’ off the porch” himself just isn’t HIS thing.

MINDSET

Having a proper mindset about life in general and preparedness in particular is developed through a maturing process that usually destroys the fantasies we had when we were younger. This “destruction” is due to a realization of what is “reality” and makes sense, versus what is “fiction” and just sounds good in a paperback. I believe that having a “Preparedness” mindset is the responsible one, whether it’s in life in general or anything else. I believe this because first and foremost, we have a responsibility to the protection of our families. Being prepared is the most sure way you can protect the ones you love.

Many of us that are Vets or in law enforcement have a mindset that was developed through our training and experiences in those occupations. Many also have a mindset that is generated from our spiritual beliefs. Many that are into Preparedness have come around to that mindset either because they were raised in a “Self Sufficiency” type home atmosphere, or  they simply have come to realize that something just isn’t right, and want to be prepared when things go sideways.

If your daily mindset is not that of the prepared and trained individual, odds are, you will eventually be caught in a situation that escaping from unharmed will be just dumb luck, and not because of your reaction. I wrote a post in September about the rumors floating around about the November 4th “war games”, and although I thought the chances of it going sideways were small, I still realized there are those out there who might look to what I’ve written for guidance. Saying “Nothing to see here, move along …” in that instance is inappropriate, immature, and unethical.

I have no crystal ball, and neither does anyone else. Hell, the “moolisha” guy I was speakin’ of earlier used to have a habit of listening to what knowledgeable (of which he was not one) people had to say in one conversation, then he’d put it out to his minions on Face Book an hour later like it was his personal epiphany, just so he could see the “Well said Boss” responses.

Not taking these real world situations as a chance to “War game” and conduct “PCC’s” (pre combat checks) and “PCI’s” (pre combat inspections) of your gear and your plans is the mark of an inexperienced Survivalist/Prepper or a “Wanna be” militia member or commander. There aren’t many real scenarios that present themselves, so why not use it to your advantage? Hell, there’s a reason the Feds were doing the Solar Flare/EMP drill this weekend. They did it because they do drill all the time. That’s how you get or maintain proficiency. Take Rahm Emanuel’s sayin’ of “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”, and shove it up their collectivist asses by applying it to your preparations.

The prepared don’t live with fear, we live with confidence. If you have someone in your group that has a serious ego issue, or has the “playing” mindset and is not serious about what your group is doing, you have some choices to make. Ask some serious questions. First is,”Is their ego detrimental to the overall groups preparedness status and cohesiveness?”, and second is, “Is the mindset of the individual that of someone not taking what the group is doing seriously?”. If you answer “Yes” to either question, you need to figure out who you need to talk to about it, and then, how do you address it with the group or individual. As to the trainers who have an ego like the Grand Canyon (we see it on YouTube all the time among other places), that’s a simple answer, find someone else. Getting training from an egotistical retard who tries to make you believe they will make you are something you are not will get you killed when the bullets are real.

Big, unchecked ego’s get people killed in a crisis. A lack of a serious mindset initially get’s people killed in a crisis. These are facts that are historically irrefutable.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

An Interview With Distributed Security, Inc.

Here is a company that has a lot to offer people of the preparedness mindset. Randy Bartlett is a personal friend of mine and as squared away as a trainer can get. I can guarantee you won’t hear Randy or any of his cohorts bitchin’ in a class (turning precious training time into a rant) about “Alumni not advertising some business gimmick enough”, or that “People should be taking my “awesome” classes but aren’t because they aren’t “warrior” enough.”, or better yet, you won’t be told on a forum to “Fuck your advice, I know what I’m doing” by any of DSI’s people. Last but not least, DSI won’t try to lead you to believe they are training a “high speed” group that they obviously are not, with the hope that they can garner students due to the “cool” factor. When those things become a common theme for students of a specific trainer, why would anyone recommend that you take classes from him?

H/T WRSA

 ______________________________________________________________________________  Q&A With The DSI Team

Western Rifle Shooters Association

Online Q&A

What is Distributed Security, Inc?

Distributed Security, Inc. is a private defense group. We train and mobilize individuals, businesses, churches and schools to defend life and property. We offer integrated on-lineon-site and on-range training packages for our members, students and tailored engagements for our clients. http://www.distributedsecurity.com

Who are the DSI instructors?

Ron Danielowski, Bill Tallen, Randy Bartlett and Chuck Gbur make up our corporate training cadre. They work with a growing number of independent instructors certified to teach our curricula. It’s one thing to have some firearms background and want to turn that into a side business. It’s quite another to have the expertise, knowledge AND ability to transfer that knowledge effectively. Our curriculum is designed by these same people and now encompasses 7 print manuals, 30+ on-range formats, 60+ on-line courses, 4 on-line training plans, and thousands of pages of on-line training resources. Check out theirindividual bios herehttps://distributedsecurity.com/about-pulse-o2da/certified-training-instructors.html

Why did you start DSI?

Ron Danielowski and Mike Smock started DSI in 2010 to address a growing need for firearms training resulting from increasing polarization in the US and throughout the world. They saw two gaps they could fill in the firearms training industry:

1. Beyond the NRA. A need for reality based training solutions for individuals and teams that pick up where the standard NRA offerings leave off.

2. Distributed security. They saw a clear need for individuals to assume more control over the immediate defense of their home, businesses, churches and schools.

What types of training is offered by your team?

We offer on-line, on-range, on-site and instructor certification training. https://distributedsecurity.com/offerings/training-home.html#

1. On-line pre-course and post-course training supports all our on-range and on-site training courses, reducing the amount of classroom time in those courses, and providing guidance for sustaining and developing your skills through directed practice.

2. On-range training provides instruction in combative handgun, rifle, shotgun, individual tactics, team tactics, and unit tactics. Students can also benefit from various hands-on medical training and tactical communications courses that may be needed to save their own lives or those around them.

3. On-site training is conducted at your own venue and nearby training facilities that meet our requirements, tailoring our training packages to your specific needs and applications.

4. DSI Certified Firearms Instructor (CFI) certification is designed to teach qualified candidates on the same tactics and methodology we use for our own students. Once an instructor is DSI certified, they have access to all the training curriculum and tools needed to train their own students at their own location. DSI engages with CFI’s on an ongoing basis and supports them through continued training every year.

We use Reality Based Training (RBT) to teach individual, small team, and unit tactics in a force-on-force environment with live role players and non-lethal training firearms and ammunition. Whether in our own training areas or at your location, this method tests firearms, tactics, and decision-making skills in high-stress, realistic scenarios

We also offer vulnerability assessments for clients and partners worldwide. These engagements are tailored to fit the specific needs of enterprises and organizations confronted with threats to personnel and assets.

Where does DSI offer training?

Our combative handgun/rifle/shotgun courses are put on by our CFI’s at their locations. Currently, we have CFI’s in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois and New York. Our reality-based training facilities are conducted at facilities in Mt Carrol, IL and Davenport IA. Tactical medicine and communications courses are integrated in those live courses, as well as stand-alone courses in Ohio.

What is the Defender 300 concept?

We’re using the new SEC crowdfunding regulations to build a cadre of 300 highly experienced gun owners who understand the importance of investing in advanced training that sharpens their existing skills while introducing new skill sets, tactics and techniques.

The reason we’re using a “Reg CF” offering is that it allows us to share potential financial returns or profits with those who invest and become Defender 300 members. Our Ref CF offering is not just an investment, but also a commitment to the security of your community.

The modest financial investment you make can return many times over, both financially, and in the peace of mind that comes with the confidence that your community is safe and secure. Accepted members receive:

1. SWAT caliber training – Individual/team training courses, plans, resources.

2. Advanced Training Plan – Online 12-month detailed level training plan.

3. Lifetime Membership – Advanced-Level Online Defense Academy

4. Training Discounts – Individual and team tactics courses.

5. Referral Commissions – Student or client referrals.

6. Resources – For creating a community distributed security network.

7. SWAG – Vinyl morale patch and window decal

Click here for more info: https://distributedsecurity.com/defender-300-program-details.html?a_id=388

How does DSI differ from other training organizations in the space?

Two things set us apart:

  1. Integrated training ladder – We have the on-line, on-range and on-site ability to move a new gun owner all the way up to SWAT-level proficiency in 12 months through integrated training approach.
  2. Private defense networks – We designed these private networks to support businesses, churches and schools in your community.

Walk us through how an awakened American might interact with DSI for his family’s safety?

Let us assume this awakened American is an experienced gun owner and decides to further their tactical training. This is how he/she would interact with us:

1. Start by getting an Advanced membership in our online Defense Academy – or – become an investor in the Defender300.

2. Next, invite in other family members, friends, and neighbors to start training via a Basic membership. (If you’re a Defender 300 member you get a share of our revenue and commissions on referrals).

3. Last, start training. Move up our training ladder from individual, to team, then unit tactics offerings.

What does DSI offer to that same awakened American for the organizations (schools, churches, businesses) to which he/she belongs?

Awakened Americans can establish their own on-line security cadres for their local businesses, churches or schools using our on-line Team memberships. Their local businesses, schools and churches can engage our on-site turnkey offerings or have us custom tailor a solution. All of our offerings have been designed to distribute security down to the private citizen.

What is the most important attribute that a DSI student can bring to a class?

The most important attribute a student, member or client can bring is a desire to train.

What is the most important skill that a DSI student learns?

How to win the fight of their life by integrating techniques – gun handling skills – with tactics and decision making appropriate to the actual conditions of modern life in America.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

A Survivalist Self Assessment

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I was recently going through an old journal I kept when I was a young Survivalist (15 years old), and I came across a self assessment test that I apparently thought was important enough to write out verbatim in 1985 (I decided to re-write it in a Word format now). I have copied what I had written in the journal here for your own perusal and use. It was originally put out by a company called “Safety City” of Washington D.C.. I tried to find out if they still existed, but all attempts at googling that business showed nothing available. Some people think that if it’s not the latest and greatest info (this is 32 years old), it is “obviously” sub par. Think what you will, but I challenge you to come up with a more exhaustive generalized skills and equipment checklist. Enjoy.

On the Warpath

Taken about the same time that I wrote this assessment down.

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A: HOME MANAGEMENT/HANDICRAFTS

  1. Home Water Purification/Storage
  2. Food Processing/Canning/Dehydrating/Storage
  3. Hand Powered Home/Kitchen Appliances
  4. Nutrition/Home Economics
  5. Soaps/Candle Making
  6. Home Product Chemistry/Formulation Process
  7. Spinning/Weaving
  8. Sewing/Knitting/Crocheting
  9. Home Energy/Resource Conservation
  10. Other__________________________

 

B: HOME BACK-UP SYSTEMS 

  1. Back-Up Home heating Systems
  2. Back-Up Home Lighting Systems
  3. Back-Up Range/Cooking Systems
  4. Back-Up Home Water Heating/Pressure Systems
  5. Back-Up Food Refrigeration/Freezing Systems
  6. Back-Up Home Electrical Systems
  7. Back-Up Home Waste Disposal/Composting
  8. Back-Up Communication/Signaling Systems
  9. Other_______________________________

 

C: MEDICAL/DENTAL

  1. First Aid
  2. Non-Prescription Drugs/Medications
  3. Paramedical Skills
  4. Medicine/Surgery
  5. Pharmacology
  6. Nursing/Midwifery
  7. Medical Lab Technology
  8. Paradental Skills
  9. Dentistry/Oral Surgery
  10. Public Health/Epidemiology
  11. Medicinal Herbs/Plants
  12. Natural/Folk Medicine
  13. Other______________

 

D: FOOD PRODUCTION

  1. Gardening/Organic-Hydroponic
  2. Greenhouse Construction/Use
  3. Fruit Tree/Small Orchard Cultivation
  4. Beekeeping
  5. Small Animal Husbandry
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Farmstead Operation/Maintenance/Management
  8. Other______________

 

E: MECHANICS/BUILDING/FABRICATION/PROCESSING

  1. Hand Tools Use/Maintenance
  2. Wood Cutting Equipment/Skills
  3. Bicycle Maintenance/Repair
  4. Small Engine Maintenance/Repair
  5. Auto/Truck Maintenance/Repair
  6. Home Appliance Repair
  7. Home Electrical System Repair/Maintenance
  8. Plumbing
  9. Carpentry/Woodworking
  10. Masonry/Concrete
  11. Metalworking/Blacksmithing/Weld-Solder
  12. Wood/Coal Stove Design/Fabrication
  13. Rope/Cable/Rigging Skills
  14. Well Drilling/Pumping Systems
  15. Trailer/RV/Mobile Home/Design/Fabrication
  16. Construction/Cabins/Sheds/Domes/Field Expedient Structures
  17. Tanning/Leatherwork
  18. Shoemaking/Shoe Repair
  19. Other________________

 

F: ENERGY SYSTEMS

  1. Wood/Coal Energy Systems
  2. Solar Energy-Passive/Active Systems/Photovotaics
  3. Wind Energy/Voltaics
  4. Alcohol Fuel Production
  5. Liquid Propane Energy Systems
  6. Steam Power Systems
  7. Water Power Systems/Hydraulics
  8. Pedal Power Systems
  9. Other_________________

 

G: OUTDOOR LIVING/PIONEERING

  1. Backpacking/Camping Skills
  2. Foraging/Wilderness Survival
  3. Hunting Skills
  4. Fishing Skills
  5. Skiing/Mountaineering
  6. Swimming/Lifesaving
  7. Canoeing/Kayaking
  8. Open Water/Deep Sea Survival
  9. Search/Rescue Procedures
  10. Other__________________

 

H: SECURITY/SELF-/HOME-DEFENSE SKILLS

  1. Home Security/Defense Systems
  2. Individual/Small-Group Defensive Tactics
  3. Personal Protection/Combat Skills
  4. Rifle Skills
  5. Pistol/Revolver Skills
  6. Shotgun Skills
  7. Non-Lethal Weapons/Defensive Skills
  8. Scouting/Patrol Skills
  9. Improvised Fortification Systems
  10. Lethal Weapons/Firearms Safety/Discipline/Responsibility
  11. Firearms Marksmanship
  12. Ammunition/Handloading
  13. Gunsmithing/Firearms Repair
  14. Blackpowder Firearms Skills
  15. Crossbow/Tomahawk/Blowgun Skills
  16. Edged Weapon Skills/Knife Fighting
  17. Other_________________________

 

I: EVACUATION, MOBILE SURVIVAL/RETREAT SYSTEMS

  1. Backpack Systems
  2. Bicycle Systems
  3. Motorcycle Systems
  4. Canoe/Small Boat Systems
  5. Automobile/Truck Systems
  6. Four Wheel Drive Vehicle Systems
  7. Recreational Vehicle/Trailer Systems
  8. Sail/Powerboat Systems
  9. Aircraft Systems
  10. Individual/Family Retreat Planning/Design
  11. Group/Organization Retreat Planning/Design
  12. Other_______________________________

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:

There are four sections that you can complete for each topic within each category. “Interest Level”, the “Present Skill Level”, a “Desired Skill Level”, and finally the “Willing To Develop/Provide Training For Others” section.

Section One would be your “INTEREST LEVEL”.

Under “Interest Level” is three categories, “NONE”, “SOME”, and “HIGH”. These are self explanatory.

Section Two would be your “PRESENT SKILL LEVEL”. 

The four levels of skill are, “NONE”, “APPRENTICE”, “JOURNEYMAN”, and “MASTER”. Be honest with yourself, it is a self assessment. You will never get better if you aren’t honest with yourself about where you are presently at.

Section Three is “DESIRED SKILL LEVEL”.

If you indicated in the “Interest Level” section that your interest was high in a given area, fill out your “Desired Skill Level” for those areas. Those levels would be “APPRENTICE’, “JOURNEYMAN” and “MASTER”. This will give you something to strive for.

Last but not least is Section Four which is “WILLING TO DEVELOP/PROVIDE TRAINING FOR OTHERS” and consists of whether you are willing to teach any area that you have a “Master’s” level of skill in. This is just a simple “YES” or “NO”.

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Two things I added to my list years ago in the “Other” sections of two of the categories were as follows: in Category “G” I included Trapping, because if you are going to include “Hunting” and “Fishing’ as their own categories, “Trapping” deserves it’s own too. I also added ATV Systems to Category “I”, because they are not an automobile, and they have many more “Survivalist” oriented capabilities than a motorcycle.

Sometimes it is very hard to get an idea of what you need to learn or invest in, where you are at with skills and equipment, and where you want to be regarding skills and gear. Hopefully, this assessment will help you figure out some of those needs.

MDT Class 16-3-1-1

Still striving to complete the assessment 32 years later, but I’m a lot closer.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE