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The R&D guy somehow, somewhere became aware of this book and, knowing me well, indicated that this might be worth a post…or two…or whatever.
He was right. It’s worth a post because it has valuable information for the NPT leaders and provides a good baseline of training to counter this particular type of OPFOR.
The premise of the book itself, “To hell with prepping, become a marauder and simply TAKE what you need from others!” really went against the grain for several reasons:
- The encouraging of taking by brute force the lawfully owned property of others denies every single principle the Republic was founded upon.
- The presentation is strictly at the base level of human existence: The Law of the Jungle
- The presentation contradicts itself with the author’s contention that rape is not permissible, but murder can be at times, but the taking of life while taking property lawfully owned by others is ok, if you think it’s necessary to supply your own team or send a ‘message’ to the location you’re attempting to extract ‘tribute’ from.
- The book does not provide for any principles other than, ‘become an animal (except where the author’s particular values are in conflict) and live, or go home and become my or others prey.’ He sets the stage describing his belief that no defended location has ever held throughout history. In many ways, he’s correct, in others, he’s mistaken in that those who value living and have ‘precious cargo’ that must be defended, will do the things necessary to make the price to high for marauders to attack.
- The author also seems to write from the premise that all NPT or Prepper types are self-interested, pussilananimous sissy boys that are easy to take, even when the NPT or defended location has well-trained and/or former military included.
There were also quite a few positive things about the book that NPT members can use in training their teams:
- The author is very thorough in describing how a predator team might decide to, and then attempt to take a defended location.
- The author makes it very plain that NPT members not performing aggressive security patrolling actually help the marauders by simply staying in their location and waiting.
- All the initiative is given to the marauders.
- All the freedom of movement is given to the marauders.
- The NPT or prepper location is always subject to the mercy, if any, of the marauders.
- The author makes it clear the reason he likes to let the NPT/Prepper location remain intact if possible is so he may return in a year to collect yet another ‘tribute’ in the form of ammunition, food, livestock, fuel, or anything else he deems he needs for than the lawful owners.
- The marauders’ worst nightmare is to have the opposition operating outside their perimeter, because they can’t control them, especially if the NPT members are well trained and have no problem being aggressive in laying down ambushes.
- The marauders will most likely use medium sized dogs to sniff out possible ambushes; the author like’s Border Collies.
- The marauders will most likely have body armor. As Mosby says, ‘Hips and heads, kiddies, hips and heads!” (So stop training to shoot center mass, and do some ‘No Default Response Drills!’)
- He makes a good case for PT.
- He outlines the patience required for successful marauding, which will help the NPT develop counter tactics and know what is happening, which will take some of the guess work out of developing a workable defense plan.
- The author is somewhat unrealistic in that he describes how a 4 man marauding team (one ‘sniper’ and 3 rifleman) can successfully attack a well-defended location. He disregards the standard 3 attackers to one axiom; he also fails to point out that the well-defended location only has a half dozen riflemen who are not doing much active defending other than employing suppressive fire.
- The author goes out of his way to encourage the ‘new marauder’ to look at the operation as a business, not taking it personally, unless, of course, the defended location has the audacity to injure or kill one of his animals or his team members.
There are some very good warnings as well. Some of which are:
- Defended locations need to consistently and aggressively perform security patrols in their AO’s, recording any new sign of people, and never assuming newly discovered sign is ‘innocent’.
- Never shoot center mass at a marauder; don’t waste the round. Go for the hips or head.
- Never assume that when marauders leave for apparently no reason that they aren’t waiting for the defended location to lower its guard and think, ‘everything is fine, now’.
- Marauder gangs will have the capability to engage at maximum effective ranges.
- Marauders will have no internal moral compass (except for the author who hates rape – but even then, he doesn’t say how he’d stop his own team if they were so inclined).
- Mauraders will mostly likely be terrified of any activity that makes them think there is a well-trained and highly aggressive former military presence in the defended location, especially if the marauders think the former military person(s) are hunting them outside the wire.
- Eternal vigilance and training is the price of your and your family’s lives in a WROL/SHTF situation.
- Drop the ‘well, tomorrow maybe things will get better’ or ‘We’ll do this until dark, then we’ll get back to the NPT area and get some food and sleep’ mindset if you want to successfully defend against any group of marauders.
While reading the book as objectively as possible, I was constantly reminded of the 1960 film, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (based upon the book, The Seven Samurai), specifically, the bandit Tuco’s character, played by Eli Wallach, and his famous line, “If God didn’t want them sheared, he wouldn’t have made them sheep!” The author promotes and is trying to train the reader to become a WROL ‘Tuco’. Another similarity with the movie above is the author describes a point where he tries to get a former green beret to join him as a partner, much like the character ‘Tuco’ did with Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen’s characters during the intial negotiations. The author, just as Tuco did, fails to acknowledge that there might be ‘Seven Samurai’ at any one of the NPT/Prepper locations he wants to raid willing to see the fight through to the end…the marauder’s end, specifically.
Bottom line on this book?
I’m glad I read it because it gave me new impetus to kill any apathy I might have regarding PT, marksmanship, FIN (Finish It Now – AKA ‘Combatives’, and War to the Knife, Knife to the Hilt) and to get my own NPT’s training revved up. It’s not a pleasant book to read; some of his stories will upset gentler people you have in your NPT, but it’s still worth while to get an idea of what you’ll be up against. Looters and unorganized marauders are one thing; ogranized, trained, business-minded marauders are another. Use this book as a baseline for planning WROL operations and training to repel marauders; the descriptions in the book can be distilled into a very useful Plan of Instruction for the NPT trainer with little effort.
And make no mistake, those with no moral compass who like being parasites, will find much joy in this book, because it’s a street language training program tailored specificaly to and for them to learn to tyrannize peaceful people making the best of a SHTF scenario.