Monthly Archives: August 2017

From Men of the West….

A short, but impactful post over at “Men of the West”.  I hope you’re checking out their site daily.  It’s worth your time.


Editor’s Note: Written by Stephen Clay McGehee. Reposted with permission from The Southern Agrarian –  (Originally Published June 7, 2017, but it is even more relevant today)

A friend and Southern Gentleman (interesting how those often seem to go together) sent me this link to an article titled The Myth of the Kindly General Lee in The Atlantic magazine and asked me to comment on it. The subtitle of the article is The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.

I had not seen this article, and frankly, I couldn’t even finish reading it. Was Lee an imperfect man? Of course. Did he make some bad choices along the way? Of course. Have we built his legend beyond the reality? Probably. Such is the fate of all great men. Would they dare to do the same critical study of Lincoln? The purpose of the article is not to discover the truth. Its purpose is the same as those who are, right now, removing Confederate statues. It is about destroying a people. The Southern people. My people.

The article is just another example of the on-going attacks against The South, against the White race, against any one or any thing that does not bow down and worship at the altar of political correctness. Some wonder what led to the rise of the alt-right and why Trump is in the White House. The answer is that they created us. Using myself as an example, I was quite content to simply enjoy my family, tend to my chickens and my garden, and promote the Southern Gentleman and Southern Agrarianism in very much a live and let live manner. It has become plain to me that the Left will not allow me to do that. I am given the same choice that the Muslim gives a Christian – convert or die. There is no room for compromise. No chance to coexist. One side will be the conqueror and one side will be the conquered. I know which side I will be on, and I intend to play a very active role in that. I will not be a mere observer and bystander in what will be seen as one of the great cultural shifts in history.

I will not apologize for my heritage, for my ancestors, for my family, or for who I am. I cannot sit back and watch this happen to the world that my grandchildren will inherit. And I will not.

For more content like this, please visit The Southern Agrarian –

“Seeking Peace Through Violence…”

Isn’t that the same thing the Islamists require through submission?  In fact, it is.

The Left is now, ‘seeking peace through violence,’ or, in other words, ‘you will have peace when you submit.’

From Breitbart, here.

“Antifa leaders admit they’re willing to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them or who condones racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred,” CNN reports.

Hmmm…”eradicating hatred.”  “Hatred” is an emotion, right?  Extrapolating this ‘ideal,’ that means that until and unless all people submit to Antifa’s version of acceptable emotions, thought, and deed, there is no peace.


Look at the picture in the linked article.  Lots of bats, cameras, and screaming mee-mees.  First of all, they look a LOT like a Muslim ‘religious police’ outfit, only larger.  However, there’s not a single rifle or outfitted citizen to be seen.  While smart for the photo op, how do you think that group would fare against, say, a neighborhood Antifa decided to invade that was conservative and armed?  The mind boggles.

Remember, the MSM is normalizing these scumbags.  The MSM wants to see blood in the streets, preferably conservative American citizens’ blood.  They’re communists and are in league with groups that are only different by degrees.

Knowledge is power.

From Sean Linnane…

Via, the Raconteur Report…so much for the idiots who believe desecrating memorials to Confederate soldiers is an honorable act.

Reality Check

A little moment of reality:

Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines that fought in the Civil War were made US veterans by an act of Congress in 1957. US Public Law 85-425 sec 410 5/23/1958. This made all Confederate military veterans equal to United States veterans. Additionally under US Public Law 810 – approved by the 17th Congress on February 26 1929: The War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as US war grave sites.

In other words, when you remove or deface a Confederate statue, monument or headstone, you are removing or defacing the statue, monument or headstone of a United States Veteran. Unlike burning or otherwise dishonoring the United States flag, this behavior is illegal.

Oh, Snap!
Looks like we’ve once again caught the left spitting on soldiers.
Like they do.
Like they’ve always done.

How long before the media has to dredge up this decrepit communist harpy to show ’em how it’s done?

They’ve been trying to relive their glory days of the 1960s, and they’re going to get a replay of Hippies vs. Hardhats.
(If that was before your time, no points for guessing who won that the first time around.)

And their sons are a little friskier and much less inclined to cut the other side any slack this time.
They’re also looking for an excuse to make metaphysically certain there won’t be a Round Three in a couple of generations.

Meanwhile, the other side only has one card to play, since the 1930s:

Get This. Read It.

Just spend the money….it’s not a lot.  Kindle works.

Essential for understanding what we’re up against here.  It’s not coming, it’s HERE.  Now.  Essential information to avoid the ‘6 p’s’….Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance…on this threat.

Oh yeah…in case there’s ANY doubt….


Comment at WRSA….on ‘Night Movements’ from a Recent Participant…

To this post and the subject of ‘Night Movements.’

Good enough to stand alone.


In the Deuce we used to hunt the SF guys and they would Hunt us.

So much fun. Exhausting work, But fun. You pretty much always have to take the long way at night.

A few things I learned.

1) You can follow a sentry or patrol in the leafy woods by “stepping in step” with them. If you extend your Stride you can sneak up right behind them. Works every time. Crunch, Crunch, Crunch… dead.

2) You can see a red light with with a pair of 3rd Gen NVGs at nearly 300 meters or more. Depending on the moonlight. Seriously guys, the red light thing is a practically a Hollywood gimmick. Make sure you use a poncho to cover up. If the air is clear and the LOS is there, You can see even farther.

3)Your hearing is much, much better at night.

4) Wildlife makes ALOT of background noise. So skip the whistles, claps, and snaps. Practice an owl hoot or perhaps series of clicks. Youtube has unlimited videos of the sounds for wildlife in your area. Look them up and Practice those.

5) Night Sights are your friend. If you can’t afford a night sight, a touch of glow-in-the-dark paint works in a pinch. Make sure the top of your front sight post is still smooth, flat, and black. You don’t want extra gunk on that thing.

6) You move much, much slower. When I was at my peak, my time was (Probably) plus 20 percent at night assuming you don’t walk into a draw. My pace count is about 70 during the day and nearly 90 at night. If you don’t know what a draw is, it’s the Biological equivalent of no-mans-land times three. They are found outside of the blue parts(Water) on your map every time. Seriously, the green monster will swallow a whole paratrooper, or Green Beret, and his gear. Take off your stupid battle belt and put it in your ruck when the sun goes down. If you go into a draw with a battle belt on, you will exit the draw without your battle belt. Good news though, you might find someone else’s Battle Belt. The battle belt is cool if you feel like moving every fucking vine or branch out of the way from snagging. I assure you this gets exhausting. That shit is so stupid in the woodbine. Save the cool guy gear for the Urban Environments.

7) Go way the fuck around any water if you can. You can hear every sound coming across still waters. Also, post up near water if you can, but move directing in and out. You can hear everything around you. I was “Killed” several times because I didn’t bounce around the water. The SF dudes even warned us and they still got us several times because they were posting up near the water. Hard to defend, hard to assault. Lose-Lose all around. It’s a slaughter house for both sides and one hell of a tricky obstacle. It’s the tactical equivalent of playing poker and everyone has wild cards up their sleeves.

8) When you establish a Bivouac site, you can set up the sentry/point position ponchos like a sonar dish, they can be used to enhance your hearing. It’s not incredible, but its def worth testing if you can make it work.

9) Whisper. Always, Always, Always Whisper. Sound carries very well at night.

10) You can hand-rail roads to speed up your movements significantly. Headlights on any normal Vehicle can’t see much past 150-200 yards dead ahead with Low-beams, 300 or more with High-beams. on either side its maybe 25 meters. 99.9999/100 Vehicles will NOT see a camouflaged Man 3 feet off a wooded road. We never got caught by a vehicle.

11) For whatever reason, Wildlife is very Curious about you at night. Typically Mammals and Birds. We used to avoid eating at night. It brings out the curious woodland creatures in droves. The last thing you want is someone picking up the raccoons or Coyotes flowing you around picking up scraps and digging up your buried litter.

12) Command and Control of your Troopers is ten times harder. Keep Your head count, and tighten up your formations. You will lose someone if you don’t make sure everyone is moving the same direction. You have to be right on your buddies ass. A single glow stick on the back of the lead element’s helmet can designate the front of the formation. A different color for the rear can identify the rear of the element. You can use regular masking tape to block out some of the “Glow” OR you can pop your night time sticks during the day and by night time they are significantly dimmer.

13) Make sure any gear you take off or take out is put right back or put an extra carabiner on you kit to hook stuff together. You WILL lose something if you don’t.

14) 95% of Firefights occur at night at less than 10 meters. SO make your peace with God now.

15) Don’t have Light sticks, Flash Lights, Tactical Lights or anything like that hanging around. You WILL accidentally trigger the light or break the chem. It could be minutes before you even notice.

16) Put your gun team or heavy weapons in the rear. Odds are you will walk right into the enemy. You want your big guns in the rear so they can save your ass.

17) Your point man MUST have the best night vision, hearing, and directional awareness regardless of rank, position, duty, or title. They also need to understand how to react if they walk up on the enemy or into an ambush. Which WILL happen. That is only a matter of time. Make sure you dry run this and talk it out. You cannot be planing a hasty raid 30 meters from the enemy. That shit should already be planned and a simple left, right, or down the middle is all your boys need to know. You can’t run around whispering the Op into every swinging dick’s ear. You are gonna get shot doing that. 90% of security is in a triangle. So there are always two belt feed weapons pointed at you. Even if you only see one, there is two, or more. Probably more.

18) ALWAY Tell people where you are going, how long, and how far. Even if it’s just to piss.

19) Shut the fuck up. The leaves on the trees trap sound and amplifies it in every direction.

20) The Enemy is going to hear you before they see you in dense woods. But in the “Healthy” Woods the enemy will notice your movement very, very quickly. The woods stand still at night because the wind doesn’t penetrate, so naturally If you enter the “Woodline Saturation State” people turn into Hawkeye within a couple of days of Nighttime woodland Ops. Any movement is a 110% Eye catching give away. Instead of dropping to the ground or taking a knee, you should “melt” into your surroundings or “melt” into the ground. Slowly, and smoothly. Don’t swing your rifle around like Tom Cruise. You need to be slow, and smooth and steady. Like a deer. Move Like a deer.

21) If you are walking in an area with a lot of dead fall, You need to pick up your feet. You can pretty much eliminate 90% of trip hazards by simply lifting your stride a little higher. And tighten your damn boot laces up. You will step on a 3 inch branch and roll the ever loving fuck out of your ankle.

22) Practice your hand signals. All hand signals need to be issued directly in front of your face or off to the side so they can differentiate the two details. You can’t have a camouflaged hand giving hand signals in front of your camouflaged kit. Your buddies can’t see it.

23) Tracers in a Firefight at night are absolutely awesome. They light up your enemy AO and create little fires around them. This silhouettes your targets. You’ll see them bound, move, dive, and run and most importantly you will see them looking at their buddies. It also has the added effect of inevitably ruining their night vision as we are biologically hardwired to look at a flame. Which is good if you break contact. Plus their bivouac site is at risk of burning. Which is also good. And, god willing, if you win the fire fight you can sweep and clear EPW, EKIA, and EWIA with a serious quickness.

24) If you walk into a hasty ambush, linear ambush, or textbook complex ambush at night you are gonna take a lot of casualties and likely someone will be captured. Make sure you have a rendezvous point established that is well within your own turf. I would suggest at least a solid 12 hour march or 20 miles depending on terrain. If you engage an enemy, Within minutes more bad guys are gonna be spun up and coming to get you. Modern Militaries send their Coordinates up the chain of command when they camp out. This is to prevent friendly fire and also makes things easier for the artillery and Intel guys. They will be right on top of you within 20-30 minutes. 30 minutes if they take a wrong turn. Which happens a lot at night.

25) If you can’t carry the enemy equipment, for the love of god destroy it. We don’t need it, and they can’t have it back. Besides, its probably bugged anyway.

Feel free to add, correct, or modify this in anyway.

***Also, in the early 90’s and 80’s they used to walk around with flashlights taped to their rifles. Don’t do that. We don’t do that anymore. Thats Cold War killing commies crap. The purpose being they shoot at your and your drop indirect on them. You don’t have an entire army backing you up. That’s for the Regulars, not the irregulars.*** We don’t do that anymore. ***

There’s a Digit Missing in the Equation….

As tensions increase between the US and North Korea, each side threatening TEOWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), a side consequence is that surplus and sporting ‘tactical’ equipment retailers are raking it in…BIG time, as ‘panic buying’ sets in.  Next thing you know, you won’t be able to find a roll of duct tape or plastic sheeting anywhere!

Read this article describing what’s going on in Royal Oak, Michigan where, apparently, panic buying is occurring.

Having or increasing preps is not a bad thing.  It’s the foundation of preparedness.  However, what’s missing in the equation, akin to someone forgetting to carry the ‘2’ in a long hand math equation (old school, no calculator), is that the result will be wrong.

What’s missing?

Skill in using whatever those preps are that are ‘flying off the shelves.’

For every piece of equipment you have, whether it be firearms or M40 masks, you must learn how to effectively use them, and then maintain the perishable skill by practicing regularly with them.

Buying Potassium Iodide being an exception (because you can die if you use it incorrectly – so diligent study in when, how much, etc) is required.

Anything else needs to be cemented into the physical skill mastery area by repetition (one more exception:  Atropine applications – not that you can get it legally, but if you did, you wouldn’t practice sticking the injector in your thigh).

Training is the ‘2’ you have to carry in the multiplication equation in order to get to the correct answer.  Shortcuts don’t hack it.  The answer to staying alive in a SHTF scenario is not ‘common core’ based.

I’ve seen many folks get panicked and buy cases of ammunition an AR, a good service pistol, shoot them a couple times, clean the weapons, put them a way, and say, “Ok, I’m good to go.”

Wrong answer.

Or buy a complete, “I’m not coming back here again” ruck and accouterments and never get out and walk with their rucks.  Heart. Attack. Waiting. To. Happen.

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with ‘Prepper Panic Buying.’  It doesn’t keep you safe.  At most, all that can do is make you ‘feel’ safe.  I’ve said for decades, “I’d rather know I’ve got a chance than to ‘feel’ safe.”  Feelings are bullshit.  Knowledge, based on the many, many hours of training, repetition, and muscle memory gained is what provides the peace of mind that, “Maybe we’ve got a chance if things go bad.”  No guarantees; but a better chance than volunteering to be a resupply point for marauders by simply buying and storing equipment and supplies.

Think seriously about this subject.

Knowledge is Power – Four References that will Assist You in Your Search…

The first book, “Night Movements,” by C. Burnett, who translated it from the Japanese manual written by a Japanese Officer during the Japanese-Russian War, was brought to my attention by SFC Steven M. Barry, a retired Special Forces Senior NCO, when he mentioned he used the manual to train sniper and reconnaissance techniques while on Active Duty.  I had not read the manual before, or knew where to get it, but a lucky Amazon search brought it up almost immediately, and in a few days, I had my copy.  Reading it has been a pleasure; the information contained is priceless.

Techniques therein have also been described in training exercises by Matt Bracken, in his piece, “Night Fighting 101,” and HJ Poole in his series beginning with, ‘The Tiger’s Way‘ and the culmination of his series, “The Last Hundred Yards.”

I’m always glad to glean a nugget or two of information from the ‘old school’ senior NCO types, especially those able to graduate from the Special Forces selection and spend the balance of their careers there.  They provide ‘gold’ to those who care to listen and learn.  I would be remiss not to publicly acknowledge and thank SFC Barry for his willingness to impart the corporate knowledge he possesses to those of us who do not as well as Matt Bracken for his experience during the 80’s in the SEAL teams.

It’s also important to note that Poole, in his works, and Bracken, in his overview of night fighting, are directly in line with what the, “Night Movement” manual states, and the fact that the concepts, principles, and physical techniques are logical, scientifically sound, and they work.  I know this because I’ve been using these techniques as taught (albeit not knowing their genesis, many years ago, and then seeing them in print again in Poole’s works to use teaching others in the recent past and present.  You can get yourself a copy of, “Night Movements” for $9 used on Amazon.

Great investment providing a very high ROI on very little money spent.  The key, though, is getting out and training on the concepts, principles, and techniques to cement your personal knowledge.

The next little gem is a reprint of a WWII OSS (Office of Strategic Services) focused on understanding how others might use very insidious techniques to derail any sort of meeting/training/gathering in the work place.  It applies itself to NPT scenarios very well.  It’s called, “Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Every Day Behaviors that Undermine Your Workplace,” by Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch, and Cary Greene.


Reading through the chapters that cover all kinds of innocuous sabotage tactics, from scrupulous adherence to process, long winded speakers hijacking discussions and meetings on irrelevant subjects, to revisiting decisions made from the perspective of trying to overturn it, are simply excellent identification of things most likely you’ve seen in your own gatherings.  It’s worth the less than $9 for a used paperback, and it’s also on Kindle.

You can’t lose with any work listed above, and they will increase your knowledge base, thereby giving you a bit more control of your environment.

Key take away:  What you learn you must practice.  What you practice you must practice until you can perfectly perform a technique in practice, so that when you execute it in ‘real world’ scenarios, it works.

Comparison and Contrast for Training in ‘Infantry’ Skill Sets Part 2

Update from JC Dodge.  Again, up front, his post is not meant to dissuade anyone from learning these necessary survival skill sets; rather, it’s meant to provide some sort of objective way to look at what might be gained from attending various schools aimed at civilians when compared to active duty service in a combat arm.

Remember the levels of learning:  Unconsciously Unskilled, Consciously Unskilled, Consciously Skilled, and Unconsciously Skilled.

The very highest level you can attain (which is good, if you’re diligent and practice what you’ve learned in your chosen school) is Consciously Unskilled (You Know What You Don’t Know) and possibly Consciously Skilled ( You can perform, but not at ‘second nature’ level).  Most civilians are not in the environment that helps attain skill mastery (Unconsciously Skilled – Performing tasks as second nature level), because they have jobs, support families, and have other obligations that keep them from practicing all day, every day and some weekends with their chosen team 0f four to twelve people.

Keep plugging away, keep learning, but understand the limitations of your training and capabilities.  It’ll help keep you alive a lot longer than harboring illusions of what you can do.

 “Are You A ‘Snowflake’ Or A ‘Meteor’?” – Becoming A Meteor

Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. Although the majority of the comments, both here on WRSA,  and in email were positive, even though there were still those who are still unwilling to mesh reality with their delusions of grandeur, concerning their level of training, and it’s comparison to that of the experienced Infantry PFC.

I have mentioned a number of times (these highlighted links are just a few examples) a variation of this theme, “You are not a Commando/Infantry, but you do not need to be.”. I actually had a guy say, “YES! and if you had just said it this way from the beginning then you might not be getting any negative feedback.” to part of my response to another comment he had made. My actual comment to him consisted of this, “Here’s the thing, “You can’t be what we are/were without doing what we do/did (BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE).”.

Let’s talk about that phrase for a minute. “You can’t be what we are/were without doing what we do/did (BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE).”. The question I’d imagine most SAC’s (Situationally Aware Civilian) have is, 1) How do I put myself on par with a guy who has not only gone through a 4 month One Station Unit Training course (Basic and Infantry School)? 2) Do I need to put myself on par with that guy to have a chance at surviving what is coming?

This post is about some of the “What”, the “Why”, and the “How” of “Combatant Skills” needed for the Neighborhood Protection Team member, or Survivalist. You are not Infantrymen, you have to be much more. As I have said a number of times, “Be a Survivalist who is a ‘Jack of all Trades’, master of some (preferably the life saving and life protecting arts).”. Are there Infantry skills that you should master? Hell Yes! In this post I mentioned the Army’s “Everybody requirement” concerning Common Task Testing. This is not an “Infantry specific” requirement, but an “Everyone” requirement. Have you mastered the tasks in that post, because even the “Water Purification Specialist” in the Army has to show proficiency in those tasks.

Most of you want to pick and choose what you want to learn, and what you want to avoid, and that doesn’t cut it if you are serious about surviving a combat scenario. This is what I said in the post, “If you can’t show proficiency in the common tasks of First Aid, Commo,  Land Nav, Movement as a Buddy Team and in a patrol, and be proficient and accurate in the use of your primary weapon, when even a Dental Hygienist in the Army has to do it every year, how do you plan on functioning in an ‘Infantry’ type role?”. Remember that? Probably not huh?

Something else of note that was “made clear” in one of the comments on the last post was that we apparently don’t explain terminology well enough. The terms in question were “Offensive” (you are taking the fight to the bad guys) and “Defensive” (you are defending what you already have secured against the bad guys) in the context of operations. My response was thus, “You make out like we treat you like you are stupid, then get pissed when I don’t explain simple terms like “Defensive” and “Offensive”. Make up my mind, are you guys a bunch of illiterate, dull eyed retards, or are you rational, generally above median, adults (like I believe you are)?”.

This type of juvenile criticism is one of the reasons many of you get grief from people that are knowledgeable and experienced in the craft you wish to learn. So here’s the deal,  if it is a term that is specific to the subject I am writing about, and not in common use, I will explain and define it. If it’s something simple like the two terms above, I expect you to look it up via google, a dictionary, or any of the following Field Manuals: FM 7-8, FM 21-75, ST 21-75-2 (presently the SH 21-76), or the ST 21-75-3.

What follows is the thoughts of the same four Combat Arms Vets who contributed to the first post. They all have a unique perspective, but you will notice, once again, a recurring theme. After the last contribution is complete, I will give some thoughts in closing.

Read the rest, here.

Mason Dixon Tactical


Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. Although the majority of the comments, both here on WRSA,  and in email were positive, even though there were still those who are still unwilling to mesh reality with their delusions of grandeur, concerning their level of training, and it’s comparison to that of the experienced Infantry PFC.

I have mentioned a number of times (these highlighted links are just a few examples) a variation of this theme, “You are not a Commando/Infantry, but you do not need to be.”. I actually had a guy say, “YES! and if you had just said it this way from the beginning then you might…

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