Monthly Archives: November 2015

Product Review: Petzl Tactikka Headlamp

petzl tactikka

Short version?  Solid, essential piece of equipment, well worth the money.  It’s much more robustly constructed than other national brands, and is, in my opinion, much more user friendly with very, VERY few parts that can be lost when changing batteries.  Ask me how I know.

I’ve had an older model for about 3 years now, and the thing is bomb proof.  I’ve ordered a newer model to allow me to put the older one in my hunting gear.  It’s superb for walking to and from a stand in the dark or tracking your game’s blood trail.  I especially like the flexibility in my old model in that I can exchange a sliding lens of blue, green, or red for use in specialized or hours of darkness situations.  Personally, I keep the blue on on the strap in it’s storage container for switching out when I’m going to be tracking a game blood trail in the dark, and the green lens for night vision (much better on the eyes than red, and the red lines on a map don’t disappear in it like they do in red light).  Yeah, it costs more than $10, and you can get cheaper headlamps that perform almost as well, but you can’t find one that out performs the Petzl for the money.  The new model pictured above, (Petzl Tactikka +) ran me under $45 out the door.  The older one was about $50.

This choice will be like every other piece of gear you decide to buy:  Go cheap and get a dozen (because you’ll most likely need them as replacements) or compare and contrast and get the best item you can afford.  I’ve heard it said, “buy once, cry once” in relation to quality equipment.  I’ve found it to be true, so far.

The following is the description from the company web site, here.

Description

  • CONSTANT LIGHTING: brightness does not decrease gradually as the batteries are drained
  • Several lighting modes suitable for different situations, from proximity lighting to rapid movement
  • BOOST mode for temporary access to maximum brightness
  • Red light combining visual comfort and stealth, red strobe light
  • Automatically switches to reserve mode when batteries are running low and then to red lighting when the batteries are nearly empty
  • Compatible with Ni-MH or lithium batteries for greater burn time
  • Easy to use:
    – push-button is easy to use, even with gloves
    – washable headband, designed for dynamic activities (secure and absorbent)

Specifications

  • Weight: 85 g
  • Technology: CONSTANT LIGHTING
  • Beam pattern: mixed
  • Energy: 3 AAA/LR03 batteries (included)
  • Battery compatibility: rechargeable Ni-MH and lithium
  • Certification(s): CE
  • Watertightness: IP X4 (weather resistant)

So, being that Christmas is right around the corner, you might want to print this off and leave it where anyone looking for ‘gift ideas’ for you might be able to find it.  If you’re really serious, print off a dozen and place them strategically.  ‘Santa’ might double or triple your request, depending on the number of folks who contact him to get you one.  Kinda like having more than one snare or fishing pole….just sayin’…heh.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Please Enjoy!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1777

By the Continental Congress
The First National Thanksgiving Proclamation
IN CONGRESS
November 1, 1777
FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of
Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to
implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant
Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to
smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment
of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a
Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with
most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers ofthese UNITED STATES to
set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and
PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings
of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that,
together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession
of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest
Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive
and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the
Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole:
To inspireour Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude
which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these
United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may
please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the
Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education,
so necessary for cultivating the Principles oftrue Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing
Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom,
which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”
And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times
innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an
Occasion.

So Much for Jihad Being a ‘Spiritual Struggle’….

I’m not a Fox news fan. However, when the feds get on Fox and state on national news that, “Don’t wait for Uncle Sam to protect you. Every American has a duty and responsibility to be aware of the threat and be prepared to protect themselves,” you need to understand that the danger is real, and the feds are trying to cover their ever-widening asses.  NPT training anyone?  We can help all the way from planning to building and training your NPT.  Send us a note and we can get started with training tailored to your needs.

On “The Kelly File” tonight, FBI counterterrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka urged Americans to be on heightened alert at all times in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

“Don’t wait for Uncle Sam to protect you. Every American has a duty and responsibility to be aware of the threat and be prepared to protect themselves,” Gorka said.

He suggested that if you live in a state or municipality that allows you to carry a weapon, you should get training and do so.

Gorka said that he believes there are already active sleeper cells in the U.S.

He pointed out that FBI director James Comey has said that there are up to 900 ISIS-related investigations, in all 50 states.

Gorka added that the successful Paris attacks will be an encouragement for radical Islamists in the U.S.

“The jihad is real, the jihad is global and they want to bring it to the shores of America.”

Awareness: Keep Your Shit Wired Tight at ALL Times!

Angry-Wolf

A Northwest Detroit man, somebody’s grandpa, 91 years old, nearly deaf, retired and enjoying his final years, was home in bed when he was murdered and subsequently set on fire.

Read about it, here.

Especially poignant are these two excerpts from the comments (emphasis added):

“This deviant has killed before, and he doesn’t stay far from the crime scene. He scoped the old man extensively before attacking. The DPD should start checking out rental shack occupants within a couple of blocks. Everyone with a warrant needs to be picked up, and the drughouse should be hit hard over and over. The Neighborhood Criminal Network will give the deviant up just to get the DPD out of the area.

Oh, I love your comment “DPD should start checking our rental shack occupants.” Hah. Fat chance. I just got off the phone with the police over the drug house renters next door. The renter had come over to my house and made threats against me if I reported him to the landlord again. 911 insisted on sending DPD out. The guy came out and started harassing me while they were here. I showed them my ripped fence. The garbage along my fence they threw and other instances of harassment. I told them I wanted a copy of the police report (to file a PPO). Cop says he is NOT filing a police report. He says threatening a neighbor is NOT A CRIME. You can go threaten anyone you want. So, if you want help, you have to be shot dead first, before they even file a report. I tried to reach the commander, got transferred around and hung up on. NEWS FLASH: THEY DON’T CARE! WONDER WHY? GUESS.”

Point?  You are responsible for you and yours.  If you’re living in a combat zone, be prepared to fight for yourself, because the police, as demonstrated in this case, aren’t coming.  If you can’t or won’t, move out as quickly as you can.

The story above underscores the need for a NPT wherever you live.  Predators are migratory…..

Average Awareness: Epic Fail.

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Think for a bit on this:  If you’re one of those people (and it’s hard not to be in today’s corporate world as well as when staying in touch with family and friends) who has their eyes glued to their smart phone everywhere they go, barely lifting their eyes to avoid crashing into doors or other people, you are helping predators ply their trade against you.  It’s always easier to hunt your prey when its head is down and it’s contentedly browsing and not paying attention to anything but its own satisfaction.

unaware man

There’s a simple reason:  You are completely unaware of your surroundings, and have blocked out everything but what’s on that tiny little screen.  You won’t see the Mutant Zombie Biker Gang Banger from China With His AK coming up behind you to introduce you to, “Peace.”

Tracking issues and the NSA aside, the technology available to us in our daily lives can literally mean the difference between life and death in certain situations, but at the same time, our national addiction to connectivity causes traffic crashes, lost conversations with someone right next to you, the inability to be aware of your surroundings, and might even be a contributing factor to the demise of serious relationships.

unaware people 1

Read the following articles on this subject, here and here.  And consider what’s going on in your own life in regards to you and your phone.  Then, cross reference that with your concern with preparedness and how complete submersion in your phone could detract from that.

 

unaware target 1

We are on the cusp of the American holiday season, AKA, ‘Thanksgiving and Christmas Season.’  Bad people are going to be out in force, licking their chops at all the varieties of people on the violent rape, robbery, and murder smorgasbord.

Don’t be on the menu.

Stay alert, apply what you’ve been studying and training.  Whether you’re at home, visiting, or doing your daily routine, keep your head up, your eyes open, and see what might be coming at you.

Natural Tetanus Remedy

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H/T to “From the Trenches.”

When SHTF, this may be the only way to avoid Tetanus infection.  In non-SHTF situations, if you’re of the school of thought that a lot of vaccines are laced with dangerous and unhealthy substances (as I am), this can help you avoid the need to get injected with those dangerous substances.

“First things first, if you get a cut, laceration or puncture wound you need to clean it thoroughly. The best way to do this use some kind of strong liquid to soak it in that kills bacteria. Iodine works great and is safe. After that soaking the wound in sea salt water (sea salt bath specific to the wound location) twice a day for a solid 7 days will draw out all toxins deep in the tissues. Internally you would want to start taking the following supplements:

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract- 15 drops in water or juice 3 times per day for 2 weeks
  • Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide- in water for a solid two weeks (follow instructions)
  • Vitamin B-6- 10-15 mgs daily
  • Magnesium- oxygenated- follow instructions
  • Liquid Chlorophyll- 100-200 mg daily
  • Vitamin C- 3,000 mg daily

Keep the wound aerated as much as possible without getting it dirty again. Remember that the Tetanus bacteria die in oxygen. The above not only help your body kill bacteria’s but also oxygenate your blood which in turns kills all non-beneficial bacteria living in your body.”

Read the rest, here.

Veteran’s Day….Take a Moment

Veterans Day at Kandahar Airfield

It’s your day.  Take off work if you can.  Go hunting…fishing…bowling…for a walk….hug your wife….your kid…your Dad and Mom…have a beer with some buddies…thank God…go to an old soldier’s home (if you have one in the area)…visit a VA hospital….laugh…cry…and remember…no matter what, remember…for the ones who can’t…let their memories come alive in what you do today.  Celebrate our ‘absent comrades.’

Have a great day, brothers.

Essential Skills: Breaking Contact When Engaged (Being Shot At)

contact drill

H/T to Brushbeater & WRSA  for doing and then reblogging Part II of Breaking Contact for me.  Part I, Breaking Contact When NOT Engaged, here.

WRSA:  Read, print, re-read, practice, debrief, practice again. Really.

Source: Team Contact Drill Basics

Brushbeater’s original post on the subject, here.

“…demonstrate buddy team bounding in a react to contact.”

  1. Everyone gets online(but behind cover…)
  2. One element lays down fire while another either moves forward or rearward.
    1. This is the Team Leader’s call…if you can fight and win, then by all means. Normally though, it’s in your best interest to smack them in the face then get out of dodge.
  3. The Patrol keeps doing this until they are no longer getting shot at.
  4. The Team Leader conducts ACE inspection(Ammo, Casualty, Equipment) of his men and adjusts the mission(whether you can continue or not) from there.

The sand table version looks like this:

breakcontact

Here’s the most important part from Brushbeater as applied to NPT security patrols (emphasis added):

“Your job, as a Scout specifically, is to see, hear, and not be seen. There may be times where you conduct deep penetration raids and ambushes; but the bulk of the time, you’re finding the lines and recording the numbers. The weapons you carry are a contingency plan. If you do your job, you shouldn’t need it; but stuff happens. And while the loadout requires more ammo and equipment than a standard Light Infantryman, again, it’s only a contingency. On a personal note, you’d be very surprised just how much ammo you’ll burn through on a break contact drill.”

And that’s the part that is sometimes hard for folks to get their heads around, especially when you’re building a NPT:  Do. Not. Get. Into. A. Firefight. If. You. Can. Avoid. It. unless your tasking specifically calls for it.  You’re the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Neighborhood Protection Area Perimeter.