A Book Review of Indian Country: By Kurt Schlichter

A Book Review of Indian Country: By Kurt Schlichter

A friend asked me to do this review and give my impressions of the book’s fictional scenario and whether I thought the playing out of the events was realistic. I’ve never really done a book review before, so be kind, and I say that with all the sarcasm I can muster LOL. Flame on, this is just my semi educated opinion.  

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The Scenario

Hillary Rot-Damn Clinton wins the 2020 election and immediately starts to do what every one of us figured she would. This book begins in 2022 with the adventures of an Army Special Forces Captain named Kelly Turnbull. In 2022 he is running ops in Iraq, but then, mysteriously gets pulled from Army Command by a guy named “Clay” who works for what he calls an “Other Government Agency”.

U.S. Forces are being withdrawn from Iraq and Europe by Clinton and “Clay” wants Turnbull to help him finish up an operation in Iraq, then follow on by workin’ for him in the Continental US (Conus). “Clay” makes it clear that operations in Conus will be oriented towards protecting the U.S. Constitution and the Red’s (U.S.A.).

Fast forward to 2027. Elizabeth “I’m an Indian for College” Warren is President. The Nation is split into two countries. Blue (People’s Republic) and Red (USA). The primary story in this book takes place in Southern Indiana. The Northern Blue States are full of all the Commie laden crap you’d figure they would be. From the climate change requirements, to the PC BS, to the racial and “gender devoids” revenge being doled out by your typical “Disgruntled but now Empowered” minorities who now work in the government power structure.

Turnbull is given a mission to do what Special Forces does best, Unconventional Warfare. His job is to buy time and organize the locals to prove the Southern Indiana Area of Operation (AO) is not worth what it would cost the “Blues” to keep it. Thus begins the adventure in Jasper, Indiana where a Special Forces Officer has to organize, mentor and initially lead the seed of a resistance that grows into a force to be reckoned with.

I thought the book was well written and a story that not only is a realistic depiction of what unconventional warfare consists of and requires, from an organizational standpoint, but also gives people, who believe this will happen one day, a very basic understanding of the requirements necessary to make a resistance work.

I am a “Technical Details Nazi” when it comes to firearms and military facts in movies and books. To Kurt’s credit, there were only two minor thing I read that were wrong concerning firearms. I’m not sayin’ what they are, you can find them for yourself when you read it.

If you want a good read with a good, realistic story line, get a copy of this book. Hell, it’s only $4.99 on Kindle. There is a lot of “Apocalypse Porn” out there that is poorly organized, poorly researched and poorly written. This is not one of those books.

It is hard for me to put myself “In the event” of a book if the above requirements are not met. A good test for a book is when I am into the story enough to not only place myself there, but to come up with alternative courses of action (COA) to what takes place, and “war game” how it might have turned out differently in the book (and in the future) if only……………

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“Parata Vivere”- Live Prepared.




Here’s a post I wrote originally for Springfield Armory’s “Armory Life” blog.


Growing up on a farm taught me many things. Chief among them was how some tools could be improvised for other duties, and that some tools held the title “Jack of all Trades.” One tool I remembered using often, especially at the ranch I worked at my junior and senior summers of high school, was a pair of fencing pliers. Between putting up high tensile fencing on the farm, and those two summers of putting up five board fences on the horse pastures, I came to love and hate, but appreciate fencing pliers.

Fencing pliers have more capability than the typical set of pliers. They can be used as a medium sized hammer, they have a robust claw on the back end for pulling fence staples or whatever else might need pried upon, and they can cut through whatever can fit between their cutting jaws. They are a heavy set of pliers for doing work on whatever might need held while being repaired. Finally, they have multi-sized crimp jaws if you are actually doing fencing or electrical work.

One day, I was trying to figure out how to carry a set of fencing pliers on the outside of my rucksack, when it dawned on me that they were similar in size to a Vietnam era, military clothespin type bipod. Sure enough, when I placed the pliers inside the case, it fit perfectly, except for about an inch and a half of space at the bottom of the case. The case I have is made of canvas, has a zippered pouch on the front, and a thin tubular sleeve on the side. I use the front pouch to hold a small “ditty” (Crown Royal) bag, which I carry various 2.5″ and 1.75″ nails, along with some wood screws.

What are some of the tasks I’ve used my fencing pliers for in the field? Fixing equipment or making shelters in a campsite. I’ve used it on a trapline for securing or running snare wire and to make improvised staples (along with my multi-tool) out of nails for that task. They will easily cut through the 2.5″ nail shown in the pic. What you use your fencing pliers for is only limited to your imagination.

When it comes to weight, the pliers, bipod case, and a couple dozen nails weighs in at 2.15 pounds. The case is durable; mil spec canvas with an “Alice” clip attachment point on the back. The pliers are solid, durable, and multi-purpose. When it comes to tools a survivalist wants to have in their gear, those attributes are at the top of the list. As to where to get both items, I bought my fencing pliers at Central Tractor, and the bipod case is available on Ebay.


“Parata Vivere” – Live Prepared.



This is a post I wrote for Springfield Armory’s Blog, “Armory Life”, back in August.


A Self-Defense Precision Rifle (SDPR) should have a number of qualities, the highest of which is pinpoint accuracy at realistic ranges (max distance you can ID a threat). As a survivalist, I consider a realistic range for a self-defense rifle to be a good deal less than what one would suppose the operational ranges of a military sniper would be.


My standard for a precision rifle is 1 Minute of Angle (MOA is approximately 1 inch at 100 yards, e.g. 200 yards = 2 inches) groups at any realistic range. Beyond precision, attributes of a SDPR would be reliability, durable design, and comfortably ergonomic. All of these features are embodied in the Springfield Armory Loaded M1A, and at a reasonable price.

The Rifles

I have owned a 7.62×51 NATO caliber Loaded M1A for the last 14 years. It now has had 1260 rounds through its stainless, medium weight, National Match barrel. It consistently produced one half MOA groups with Match ammo.

I was sent a 6.5 Creedmoor Loaded M1A for a comparison shoot. Except for the caliber, the Archangel stock/Springfield scope mount the 6.5CM came with, and the Sightron 6.5-20x scope I put on the 6.5CM for the shoot, both rifles are the same. I was sent a couple hundred rounds of 7.62N and 6.5CM Norma Match ammo for this comparison. The 7.62N is the 168gr Match bullet, and the 6.5CM uses the 130gr Match bullet.

The Shoot

To start, both rifles had no feeding or reliability issues. This has been the same experience I’ve had over 30 years with a half dozen Springfield Armory M1As. The 6.5CM version kept that long track record intact with a couple hundred rounds. Durability of these Springfield Armory M1As is  the same as the reliability already mentioned. No issues experienced during the test, and to be completely honest, ever.

The only issue experienced during the shoot was the outside temperature. It was 96 degrees the day of the shoot, and the humidity hovered around 80%. Not only does this affect the shooter, but also the rifles and ammo. I had to make sure the ammo was covered by something, because the direct sunlight that day was making it too hot to pick up. Heat can also affect accuracy.

The best results of my shooting that day came back with the two targets shown in the photo below. The best 100 meter group for the 7.62N Loaded M1A was three shots into five eighths of an inch. The best for the 6.5CM Loaded was a half inch for three shots (top group). The 7.62 rifle was using a Horus Vision 4-16x Raptor. As stated earlier, the 6.5CM sported a 6.5-20x/Duplex reticle Sightron scope. Both scopes were set to 16 power for the shoot.


First up is the Archangel stock the 6.5CM came with. In a word “AWESOME!” It has everything on it that I had to do to my standard synthetic stock to bring it to that level of performance. I added a picatinny rail to the bottom of my forearm, while the Archangel already had it built in. I also added a cheekpiece to my rifle stock and the Archangel has an easily adjustable cheekpiece built in. Additionally, the Archangel has recessed sling mounts and an easily adjustable length of pull on the buttstock. Springfield Armory offering this stock with any M1A rifle is a huge winner.

The Springfield scope mount that came with the 6.5CM is much better than older scope mounts I had used from Springfield Armory years back. The newer version is very similar to the Smith Enterprises mount I have on my Loaded M1A. Weight comparison of the two rifles with empty 10 round mag as pictured is 15 pounds for my 7.62 Loaded M1A, and 13.75 pounds for the 6.5CM Loaded. The Sightron scope is a little lighter than the Horus, but I believe a lot of that 1.25 pounds is the lighter Archangel stock.

One of the things I noticed was that I could fire a faster, similarly accurate follow up shot with the 6.5CM over the 7.62N. The speed difference was what I approximated to be around .25-.5 seconds. This was due to less recoil. A sandbag filled rest was used for the majority of the shooting, but I could still tell a significant difference.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned earlier, a SDPR should be a precise shooter in all realistic self-defense shooting ranges. Both 7.62N and 6.5CM Loaded models fit that bill, and then some. After using the Archangel stock on the 6.5CM, I am actually considering getting one for my 7.62N. If you are interested in a rifle in the 6.5CM caliber, you will do yourself a disservice if you don’t check out the Loaded M1A.


“Parata Vivere”- Live Prepared.