Monthly Archives: December 2015

REPOST: Lest There Be ANY Doubt….

In light of recent events including the murders of unarmed citizens here at home, this repost is provided as a purposeful statement identifying our beliefs publicly.  Being a follower of the Nazarene does not equate to being a sheep waiting to be led into the butchering shed.

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Any questions?

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Recon Basics

Brushbeater’s post on: Recon Basics

Patrolling

 

“The most critical piece of equipment though, is you and your team. This being said, recon doesn’t ebb and flow well when Teams don’t work well. As a leader, it’s your job to piece together a team now that works and start training. This stuff is very simple on paper; but there’s a reason teams go on lockdown a week prior to stepping off to plan their mission. Individual and Cross-loaded skills are critical to not just success but survival. During the planning process, no detail goes unnoticed. Terrain models are built, rally points and critical targets of interest are memorized, and every contingency is attempted to be thought out. Also important to note is that while these illustrations are taking place in the hypothetical woods of anywhere, the same principles apply in Urban environments. The basics don’t change.

This stuff is way more advanced than simple Light Infantry movement to contact stuff- and it takes a lot of practice. That’s why Recon and Surveillance Units across the board are made up of selected and specially trained soldiers. It’s not something that can just be done by anyone at any time; and that’s why these topics are far more important than arguing over which caliber rifle you’d rather get shot with, what Line-1 crap you should put in a “bugout bag” or any of the other useless topics that come up frequently.”

 

Review: “Special Forces – Guerilla Warfare Manual”

H/T WRSA.   You might also want to check out this SF manual, as well, and their grand-daddy, while you’re at it.

It is wholly appropriate to start this review with the reason why Wimberly wrote this book:  
“…It is intended to help people who are living under oppression and for whom all other means of change have been exhausted or rendered impossible.” 
With the globe in flames as we idle through the Christmas holiday, the contents of this book are timely and appropriate for a global audience fighting against genocidal, totalitarian regimes. One need look no further than the fate of the Yazidis at the hands of ISIS monsters, or minorities within Syria fighting to maintain a secular state against the inexorable Islamic thugs to grasp the inherent value in his writing. It is clear that no matter where civilized people live, they will always need the ability and knowledge base presented in books such as this to deal with bad situations if the Government cannot, will not or is unable to help them. Sometimes, like the Kurds or Yazidis, they have no other choice.
His distillation of the principles of guerrilla warfare is no-nonsense and gets to the core of the matter quickly. “Guerrillas never win wars, but their adversaries often lose them.” Examples abound in the news, where it is wholly evident that a guerrilla’s main job is to, as the old reality show theme was, “outwit, outlast”. That is often enough to wear out Leviathan. Whether it takes a few years, or 50.. the guerrilla is in it for the long haul. The NVA, the tribesmen of Afghanistan, the FARC provide vivid examples of the truth of this.”
Read the rest here, and then consider getting one for use in developing your NPT training plan.  Remember, we’re experiencing an extremely mild winter so far.  The cold won’t keep the bad people from doing their ‘thing’ if the mood strikes…..keep learning; keep training.
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HR 4269; a Response

Eloquently stated; offered without further comment.

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To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

To all concerned with this Bill,

I write not to ask of you to somehow decide upon infringement of my God-given rights; that consent is given only between myself and the Lord. You seek power which you do not possess, Lordship over man which cannot be granted only through consent of the governed.

Allow me to clarify- Government is based upon social contract. Laws are obeyed of convenience, and at such time as to become overbearing or cumbersome, recourse must be taken to ensure that freedom for us and our progeny.

Laws which infringe upon personal Liberties are, without exception, guised as reactions to some sort of crisis- which according to the authors, would prevent such atrocities. In every case, without exception, nothing is prevented aside from the stifling…

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Merry Christmas!

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

…………………………………..

And so it was, that, while they were there,the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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From all of us here to all of yours wherever you are, we rely on the hope that the Joy and Peace of the Christ child will light up your hearts and give you strength in the days to come; all of us are going to need all the help we can get.

 

 

Christmas Break Reading Recommendation:

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“Dies iræ, dies illa, dies tribulationis et angustiæ, dies calamitatis et miseriæ, dies tenebrarum et caliginis, dies nebulæ et turbinis, dies tubæ et clangoris super civitates munitas et super angulos excelsos.”

“And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah.” Koran sura 8: 39

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” Koran sura 8: 12

Day of Wrath (Dies Irae) Paperback – August 29, 2014

Essential Skills: Dumping the Ruck

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When you practice your individual skills such as getting into a prone position for returning fire during a ‘contact’ scenario, chances are you do as the above image illustrates:  You’re wearing your LBE/LBV, possibly a PC, and your primary rifle/carbine.  That’s about it, right?  It’s great for learning the proper way to get on the ground without injuring oneself, but it is, in fact, basic, and doesn’t take into account the plans most teams make to wear a fairly heavy rucksack, PC, and LBE/LBV when moving to a patrol are or ‘bugging out’ in a SHTF scenario.

What happens, when humping that approximate 100 plus pounds (ruck, LBE/LBV, Weapon, and water) when you take fire and you need to get on the ground RFN?  I’d bet it’s not going to be as fast as the image below:

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These folks are obviously doing a basic drill; not many in the pic are wearing full sleeves (hello hamburger elbows and forearms!) and all they have from what can be seen is a battle belt and mags…..lots of mags.

How fast do you think this guy can get down on the ground and effectively return fire if engaged?

British and Afghan Soldiers Together in Afghanistan

The guy sitting on his ruck has an advantage in that he can pretty much roll over and dump the ruck; the guy on a knee with his muzzle in the sand is going to have a more difficult time, especially as he’s the comm link for the team.

To have a chance at returning fire from a prone position with a rucksack pushing your head down and interfering with the sighting of your rifle, you’re going to need to add a couple of items to your practice:

  •  Activating the quick release buckles of your rucksack (they have them, right??) as soon as practical when in contact.  This may mean going to ground first, or, depending on concealment, incoming fire, and how your rifle/carbine is attached to your person, letting go of the weapon, hitting the releases, and then going to ground.
  • Regular practice of the task in varying stages of your training:  When fresh, during the middle of the day, and when exhausted after a long ruck walk.

I do this now when I do my ruck walks when I get back or, if I have to remove the ruck during the walk for whatever reason, during the walk.  The sequence for my particular pack is:  Sternum, waist, shoulder straps.  In that order!  The image below shows my training load (no LBE or weapon) of 80 pounds.  Imagine for a moment  what would happen if didn’t undo my sternum or waist strap before my shoulder straps……nice choke hold followed up by a body slam…all from an inanimate ruck sack!!!  After you stop chuckling, think about how this might play out if you were out and about with your NPT on a security patrol and you were surprised by the bad guys.  Your disadvantage grows considerably.

 

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Small points to consider if you choose to add these drills into your training regimen (which you should if you plan on carrying a ruck during a security patrol (even a 3 day or ‘assault’ style pack):

  • Learn to walk without the sternum or waist belt fastened (I do this on ‘short’ walks of 4 miles or less).

AND

  • Learn to engage ALL quick release buckles if you’re going to use the sternum or waist belts!

And when you get the chance in a field environment to have everything on, take advantage of it, train with it, and train to release it as efficiently as possible so you can get into the fight.

Denninger Snark: A Modest Proposal

And very clearly apropos to all the ‘ban it and the problem will stop’ people out there.  Heh.

Link is here.

A Modest Proposal

We have far too many people killed by intentional and accidental acts with these devices.Just last night there was an apparent murder and 37 people hurt, a horrifying event that is far too common.  Some 30,000 people die due to accidental misuse of these things every year, and millions are hurt.  The economic impact of such injuries and deaths is enormous, say much less the the heartbreak for families and friends of the fallen.

Restrictions, safety mandates and government-forced improvements have made these devices far more expensive (by more than double over the last couple of decades) and have had a decent incremental impact on accidental injury rates, but that doesn’t help when someone decides to use one of these things as a weapon, and people do.  They’re everywhere; indeed, there is almost one for every person in the country; man, woman, child and infant.

Clearly we don’t need this, we can no longer tolerate this carnage and we must ban and confiscate all of these evil devices.

No, I’m not talking about guns folks.

I’m referring to cars.

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5 Minutes A Day: Dry Fire

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Yes, it’s true.  We all have lives.  We all have priorities.  We all have things that hinder us from doing what we need to do to ensure we can do the hard things when it comes to protecting our families and communities.  And we are individually responsible to make the choice to be disciplined in our daily regimen, even though it gets boring fast.

That said, you can devote 5 whole minutes (300 seconds) to dry fire each day if you make up your mind to do it.  Ok, 7 minutes if you count retrieving the weapon, making sure it’s safe, and picking your aiming point, which can be a dot on a wall or any other small thing (DTG does not recommend standing near a window and pointing at squirrels or other objects….).  To liven things up, do pistol dry fire every third day for a couple weeks and then switch to rifle/carbine dry fire every third day for a couple weeks.  You can also change up the routine from simple BRASS drills to target re-acquisition or whatever strikes your fancy.

But do it.  Faithfully.  It’s hard to get in the habit, but once you do, it becomes part of your daily routine.

 

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Denninger: When Do Americans Stand Up?

A good read to consider over your coffee this morning.

Excerpt:  “Simply put until and unless we, the people, are willing to declare that our natural right to life is meaningless without the ability to defend it and we assert both that right and are willing to defend it as we choose, exactly as the founders of this nation recognized, then the rest of the debate on so-called “terrorism” is a waste of time that I will expend no more effort upon.”

Read the rest, here.  Enjoy your coffee.

Molon Labe