Be back next week….
Yup. Socialism underscoring their concern for private property rights. I have 100 pounds of flour and I want to make 50 pounds worth of bread and the other 50 pounds divided up between brownies and croissants. Then, I want to sell them for what the market will bear. My property to dispose of as I wish, right?
Not in Venezuela. No, Sir!
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has sent inspectors and soldiers into more than 700 bakeries around the capital this week to enforce a rule that 90 percent of wheat must be destined to loaves rather than more expensive pastries and cakes.
Get the whole story, here.
See, that’s what socialism/progressivism/communism is all about: Equal misery across the board. The government requiring you to provide your own property in the manner and method that they determine for consumption by the masses….all at a loss to you, of course. Kind of like when you own property in the US during a natural or man made disaster and attempt to use market rationing, ie, raising the price so consumers won’t panic buy, and the government prosecutes you for selling your own property at your own price….wonder why that is….hmmm.
Short answer: No! Hell, NO! This ain’t World War II, nor Vietnam, nor Desert Storm, nor our on-going war in the Middle East where troops are required to wear helmets and a huge load of other crap designed for ‘troop safety.’
Here’s the issue with the K & Steel pots (and other helmets, to boot):
Those participating in NPT (or whatever name you choose to call your defensive network) training and operations when SHTF are decidely NOT offensive in nature. Further, in the defense, the helmet can work against you more than it works for you.
Remember the design’s purpose: Shelter the wearer from small fragmentation and possible oblique small arms fire, typically in the attack. That’s it. If you’re snoopin’ and poopin’ on a security patrol, or are in a LP/OP, the last thing you want is something that’s going to work against you.
How does it work against you?
- First, the weight, over time, will cause headaches, and cramps in your traps and the back of your skull which will lead to premature exhaustion.
- Amplified wind noise through the helmet when listening. If you don’t have hearing like a beagle, the helmet you choose to wear actually helps an adversary move against you by masking any noise he/she/they may be making.
- If your NPT leader makes you wear your chin strap fastened and someone DOES get behind you, they can use the helmet as a weapon to kill you.
- Even when fitted properly, a helmet like the old-school steel pot, the K pot and MICH helmet cuts down your peripheral vision’s outer most limitations, such as the ability to see above your line of sight when looking straight ahead, which could be bad when you think about it for a minute.
So, what to do? Fit your headgear to the mission. Pure and simple. Anything from a ‘ranger rag’ tied in various methods to a boonie hat to a patrol cap (fitted properly) will work for you, not against you. The ranger rag, for instance, keeps the sweat out of your eyes, helps break up your head’s outline (thought not much), and can be worn as a complete head covering if tied properly.
And the venerable ‘boonie hat’ (which old timers called, ‘floppy hats’ or ‘jungle hats.’ The below pic shows a good mix of all three recommendations. Truly, it’s up to the individual. Don’t fall prey to the, “I want to be just like the soldiers of today, because those poor guys are weighed down with over a hundred pounds of shit they don’t need or want. Stay fast, stay alert, and stay able to hide better than the guy trying to kill you.
Last thought: Lose the baseball caps. They actually accentuate the shape of your head….as an American. Remember, it’s not about, ‘cool’ when you’re on a security patrol. It’s about finding the bad guys, doing what your OPORD requires, and getting back without detection….ALIVE. Anyone who talks about, ‘looking bad ass’ is selling something you don’t want to buy.
From here. Speaking plainly, as a man should. If the Colonel’s column isn’t on your reading list, it oughta be!
If you kill your enemies, they win – Justin Trudeau (attributed)1
It’s one peculiarity of our relationship that, while we’re your ultimate defense, you are still our first line of defense. Indeed, we form a single, contiguous defensive bloc. Another peculiarity is that we’re not only best friends; we’re also your most serious enemy, by far.2 Still a third datum is that our long mutual border is very close to indefensible by us by any means we are likely to be able to afford, but that control of you would not be nearly so difficult. Lastly, the election of Donald Trump was not only an election, but also a revolt and a revolution. Keep all those things in mind as we continue.
Let me make a couple of predictions for the near term. Trump is going to get the justice he wants to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court, presumptively Gorsuch. When this happens all the left-wing, judge-driven, legalistic (I say that because it is quite unclear to me that any of it is actually legal) obfuscation, delay, and sabotage of his attempts to get control of our own borders and our own territory are going to come to a screeching halt. So, too, will end any further attempts by the tyrants in black robes to try to import a new, more biddable people to replace Americans as they already are.
However, the world is in motion, lured by our (Western Civilization’s, plus some few other spots) prosperity, peace, and order, and driven by the absolute hell hole that is most of the rest of the world. The Euros are about to clamp down hard on immigration, and quite possibly to begin massive deportations. Between them clamping down and ourselves getting a massive dose of “Survival cancels programming,”3 the pressure on those still willing to accept immigration and multiculturalism is going to become insupportable.
However, you are the people who elected Justin Trudeau, the man more worried about what you call people who kill young girls who resist forced marriages to old strangers than he is about the killings themselves. Thus, while I have known many sane Canadians, and count many both in and out of your armed forces as friends, clearly, a majority of you are the love children of fucking loons and lemmings.
So you’re probably not going to put a stop to entry by any number of the very people we and Europe are going to bar and/or cast out. Sane people, of course, would, but sanity is just not your thing, for most of you.
However, your economy simply could never support the kinds of numbers that are coming. It would ruin you. You would deserve to be ruined, of course, but that would not be the end of the problem. A hundred million third worlders, shivering in the physical, social, and fiscal ruins of Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver need only look south for new fields to graze their figurative camels and goats. They’d only have to see how difficult it would be for us to secure that border. And then they’d move, as they move anytime there’s prosperity on one side, misery on the other, and no force guarding prosperity from the introduction of misery.
A little history lesson: Following the political division of the Roman Empire into its eastern and western halves, that Empire remained a single bloc for purposes of defense. The failure of the eastern half to keep out the Goths, culminating in the loss of the ability to rid themselves of them at the Battle of Adrianople, in the year 378, led to the sack of Rome by the Goth, Alaric, a mere thirty-two years later. You need to remember that, because we are going to. At the same time, you need to remember that we’re not only your best friends but, as mentioned above, also your most serious enemy.
“Ah, but those poor oppressed refugees are not tribes, like the Goths,” I hear you say. No, they’re not the same, and on several levels. In the first place, the Goths greatly valued Roman civilization, even as they undermined it. These folks hate us ab initio. “But they’re coming in as individuals, families, and small groups,” you counter, “whereas the Goths came in as whole tribes.” This is irrelevant, since multiculturalism ensures that they never do assimilate, while the natural tendency among people of like to seek like creates tribes right here, already within our borders.
Thus, when you, heeding the siren song of multiculturalism, permit barbarian4 tribes to be created within our mutual defense envelope, after we’ve disposed of ours, thus opening us up to eventual sack, ruin, and slavery, you, yourselves, will have become the problem for us. Oh, no, it won’t happen tomorrow with the introduction of the Syrian “refugee” and ISIS acolyte Mr. Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mohammad al Haj to Toronto, seeking dental care at your expense, but it may well come in the time of your children or grandchildren.
We have no obligation to wait that long. Trust me, here, everything your left-wing propagandists say about us is true. To quote D.H. Lawrence, who was not one of yours but understood us to a degree, “The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.”
If you will not secure our border at the only place it can be secured, your airports and sea ports, we must. Eventually, we must. And, if you continue in your dangerously mad fantasies, the sooner the better. It doesn’t matter in the slightest, your humanitarian concerns that no ISIS fighter go unwelcomed or – horror of horrors! – be insulted with the epithet, “barbarian.” We simply will not care. Your sovereignty? As with any other neutral, national borders need not be respected if the power that owns them allows its own territory to be used as a threat or staging ground for a threat.
Thus, I caution you, as a well-meaning friend, do not let your lunatic prime minister and your out of control leftists turn you into that staging ground.
1 Note the lack of quotation marks. As far as I know and believe, the fool has never said this. What lends the quote credibility is some of the equally silly things he has said. For example, did you know that he objected, and strenuously, to calling honor killings barbaric? See: http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/14/17610021.html. I use the attribution here to illustrate the divorce from reality Crown Prince Justin shows regularly.
2 Rumors persist that we used to set Canadian officers sent to us as liaisons to updating the plans for the Invasion of Canada. I am sure we don’t do that anymore, but would be terribly unsurprised to discover that we do put them to work updating plans for our providing humanitarian assistance to Canada, that being delivered largely by the Army and Marines. As far as planning goes, there would be very little difference between the two.
3 One of only two profound lines in Star Trek, the original series.
4 And if my contempt wasn’t clear enough to begin with, fuck you, Crown Prince Justin.
Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, and science fiction and military fiction writer. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, he makes his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe. Tom’s books can be ordered through baen.com.
Ok, first things first, the Pros:
- They look cooler than shit.
- Big CDI (Chicks Dig It) factor here.
- They’re also great when you’re standing still.
- If you’re a team member dropped from a vehicle into a CQB scenario, they’re fine for backing up your PDC (Personal Defense Carbine).
That’s about where the benefits end.
- Even with double anchors, they have a tendency to creep as far as possible toward the front of your body when crawling. Single anchors? It’s going to be in your groin or between your thighs. Even when you crank the horizontal retention straps down tight. They slip.
- If you’re crawling in any sort of wet terrain, you’re going to have mud on your rear sights and the back of the slide. This photo is relatively clean.
- When on long walks (aka, ‘patrols’), your legs are not going to appreciate the additional stress of lifting that 3 pounds of pistol, holster, mag, and possibly an additional mag every other step. You’re also unbalanced weight distribution wise, which will take an eventual toll.
- If you’re in any sort of swampy area, crossing water, etc, and it’s deeper than your thigh, your pistol will be submerged for as long as you’re in the water.
- If your retention holster fails (and Kydex is not infallible), you will probably lose your pistol, which might just ruin your day.
So, what do we recommend here? Simply, one of three set ups:
First, a holster on web/retention/ or pants belt. Depending on what system you’re using, you might need an extender to get it out from under your pouches. We also recommend a flap to protect the pistol when not needed. Yeah, that’s old school, but old school works, too. The surplus M9 can be adapted as a shoulder holster outfit, as well.
If there’s a chance that we need a quick adapting holster, we also use the Blackhawk CQB holster due to it’s excellent retention and adaptability to MOLLE vests, LBE, and (for those that must have one) chest rigs.
Best one we’ve found for LBE set ups is the ‘shoulder holster’ in the vertical model, because when you’re crawling, the horizontal model will put too much of the pistol into the ground.
or ‘chest holster’ types, such as the US issue M7, modeled below by JC Dodge on his site, Mason Dixon Tactical.
The whole idea being to get the pistol off your leg, more protected, and still usable should you need it. That’s our recommendation; YMMV.
This Is An Interesting Article. Controversial? Yep.
Full disclosure: The motivation for this post was brought about by Jesse James’ post on, “The Coming Retribution,” here.
As we all know, liberty minded folk as well as those who are still gnashing their teeth and doing everything they can to sabotage the new administration, Donald Trump was elected last November 8th to the presidency and inaugurated without incident on January 21st, 2017. As it stands, we’re about two months into his administration, and the noise from the left hasn’t lessened much, and there’s been quite the litany of speech, videos (music and otherwise) and writings fomenting violence not only against elected officials, but against those who voted and supported President Trump.
(News flash for the Social Justice Warriors, Progressives, ‘Woke’, and flat out communists out there: Threatening the President, whether in jest or not, is a felony, and will most likely earn you a visit from the Secret Service, FBI, local sheriff and/or police; especially those of you out there who’ve been calling for the assassination of various officials. Enjoy yourself…it oughta be fun. Let us all know how those childish tantrums and threats worked out for you during your visit with the aforementioned organizations.)
Ok…on to the meat.
As we said post-election, here: “It’s NOT the time to go to sleep!” All we have is a reprieve. At best, we’ve got until the next general election. Realistically, based on what’s going on in the country/world as reported in the news, we’ve got until November, 2018. About 20 months.
Not a very long time when one might have been thinking, ‘Hell, I’ve got 4 years…’, but a hell of a lot better than a 10 week panic driven readiness drive.
With the dump of ‘Vault 7’ you should have no illusion that you’re now, or can be, a ‘gray man’ if you’ve ever read anything here or at any other patriotic, preparedness, or survivalist web site. You. Are. Known. Once you accept that, you can get on about the business of getting prepped for the eventuality that the communists may indeed take back the House and Senate in numbers that will neutralize the Trump administration, possibly in numbers that will allow a democratic veto override.
So, here we go. The following outline is In no particular order and is nothing more than a guide. You should adapt it to your personal situation and area of operations:
- Buy, beg or borrow a copy of ‘A Failure of Civility, by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson’ , or ‘AFOC’ for short. Very hard to find right now as it’s out of print, and existing copies are going to cost you, but even so, it’s worth it. As of 14 Mar 2017, 0930 EDT, 10 copies are available on ebay for $55 BIN (Buy It Now).
- Network; find like-minded people. Be kind, courteous, and gently probe to see if they would be interested in forming a NPT (Neighborhood Protection Team). Develop friendly relationships; get to know your neighbors, help the elderly with a small chore here and there. You’ll be surprised how quickly your reputation grows as ‘the nice guy.’ This will translate into people listening to what you have to say later.
- Start your physical fitness program. Not gangbusters; build it gradually so you don’t get burned out.
- Get some good information while you’re looking around at various training classes in weapons and skills. Here’s a good place to start: Ivar Bergmann’s YouTube channel. He’s in Alaska, so you’ll see a lot of rugged wilderness, however, the man has a talent for gear selection, improvisation on equipment modifications, and has a series of 45 videos of 5 to 10 minutes or so in length that are very informative as well as entertaining. Northern Tier folks can use what he has for the most part, and Southern Tier folks can modify to meet their needs. All around good information.
- Start to budget for more ammunition, prep items, field gear, etc. Take a hard look at what could be classified as ‘frivolous’ spending and what you need to get. Right now, you can get a base line AR for about $400. Sure, it’s bottom rung, but it’s an AR. You can get a 1200 round case of IMI 62 grain shipped for under $425. A thousand round case of FMJ 9mm ball for less than $200, shipped. The closer we get to the next election, we predict you’re going to see prices start to climb higher to panic level pricing, especially if the vaunted GOP fails to deliver on various campaign promises. So, get ahead of the learning curve; get it budgeted now. So you don’t go to a few professional sports events this summer, or eat out as often, or cut your family vacation to a week instead of two. The return on investment will be well-worth it if things, as they have a habit of doing, start to deteriorate worse than they are. A good place to find ammo is here.
- If you don’t have one, get a concealed pistol license. Join CCW Safe. It’s great legal protection should you be involved in any gun incident while a member. Very inexpensive for the return on your membership fee.
- Start a garden with Heirloom seeds. These seeds will produce a crop that the seeds can be saved from and used in subsequent seasons. Grow as much as you can, and either can or dehydrate (or both) for future use. This is a great site for seeds: $95 for 92,000 Heirloom seeds! Can’t beat that with a stick!
- Learn to can. Learn to dehydrate. Shop flea markets and garage sales for your supplies. You’ll spend only pennies on the dollar if you are discerning.
- Continue on with your personal PT program. If you’ve got a family, get them involved as well. Long walks. Longer walks. PT doesn’t have to be drudgery. Be harder on yourself, though, and set the example. Get up earlier. Put some study time into your day.
- Make sure you are shooting regularly with both pistol and rifle. Rifle should take priority, but a switch out each time you go the range will work, too. Make sure you shoot at least 75 rounds. 25 rounds for focused practice on the basics Breath, Relax, Aim, (take up the ) Slack, Squeeze (depress the trigger), and then follow through, which means continue to aim until the weapon has cycled. Don’t get overexcited and drop the weapon down to see where you hit. Keep your sight picture until you’ve reacquired the target. Doing so will help when practicing follow up shots, or controlled pairs (mistakenly referred to as ‘double taps’).
- Shake down your survivial/SUT gear. That means take it out somewhere in the woods (simply for privacy) and wear it all day; wear it while you’re camping out over night; practice your woodcraft while you’Our friend, JC Dodge, from Mason Dixon Tactical, here, models a fully equipped set of LBE for SHTF situations
- If you haven’t already done so, start to increase your pantry supplies and ensure you have a supplemental water purification system. Here’s a demo of one that DTG uses and recommends: You can get yours here:
- Purchase and start to read, “Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead & Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin” because this fine book will give you a crash course in effective leadership principles and techniques that work and are battle proven. It recently went up in price from $16.99 to $20.43 on Amazon, but like AFOC, it’s money well-spent and will provide unbelievable return on investment as you begin to implement the principles contained within it. There’s a side benefit that you can employ the same techniques they describe in your daily employment, whether you lead people or not.
- Enroll in an ‘off grid medicine/first aid’ course. Build a good medical kit. Practice the skills you’ve picked up. After the off grid course, find and take a ‘TC3’ course. It stands for ‘Tactical Combat Casualty Care,” or what to do for immediate life saving for gun shot victims. Might come in handy.
- PT, Shooting, budgeting for supplies, and study should all be a part of your routine at this point. Make sure when you go to the range, you do it in increasingly bad weather. If possible, make sure you’re shooting from the prone position on wet ground. Get used to discomfort for increasingly longer periods. Remember, your body can take a lot more than your brain can. Teach your brain that you can do whatever you need to in otherwise uncomfortable weather.
- Clean up your diet; stop eating processed food if you can. Eschew fast food. Doing so will turbo charge your PT efforts.
- Take your first Heirloom harvest and strip a couple pieces of vegetables of their seeds and dry them.
- Start thinking about winter. If you haven’t already, get some good -30 sleeping bag systems. Personally, DTG recommends Wiggy’s, http://www.wiggys.com/sleeping-bags/sleeping-bag-specials/ as his products are truly rated for comfort and not just survival, and he’s always got some sort of sale going on. Yes, they’re more expensive than your basic sporting goods store model, but you get what you pay for. Everyone will need good winter boots. Just make sure they’re waterproof, breathable, and can take the temperatures your area averages. If you’ve already don’t this, GREAT! Review and inspect what you have and see if you can make any improvements. If you’re in an area that has a lot of snow, you’ll want snow shoes, poles, and sleds to haul your ‘stuff’.
- Switch out your summer kit to your winter kit in your ruck. Winterize your rifles and pistols.
- Make sure you have enough water purification methods and water in containers to stay hydrated during the winter for a ‘bug in’ situation for your family.
- Go camping in deep cold. Of course, you SHOULD have studied and/or been trained in Cold Weather Survival first. Suggest your first foray into deep cold not be very far off the beaten path, and have your vehicle close by in case of any cold weather injury or mishap.
- Do some fast hikes on snow shoes or through shallow snow. Let your exertion teach you about layering and sweating. Again, don’t be too far from a nice, warm place in case you start to exhibit signs of hypothermia when you cool down.
- Budget in (maybe as a family give for Christmas?) a Uniden Home Patrol-2 Phase-2 Digital Scanner with Pre-Programmed Database. About $450 on Amazon. Yes, it’s spendy. More than a baseline AR, but provides loads of information during a bad situation that may get worse.
- Get a HAM radio license; Technician class at the least; General is better. Once you have that, get a couple hand held 2 meter VHF radios. There are a lot out there for not much money. Sure, they’re Chinese, but they’re there, and if you’re on a budget, well, you get the picture.
- Consolidate, pack, and inventory what you’ve got so far, in both tangible items and skills. Be coldly objective and prioritize what’s most important to get next, and then execute.
- Do some winter shooting. You’ll find out very quickly if you’ve winterized your weapons properly if you shoot on a very cold morning, and then carry it all day and try to shoot again in the late afternoon. A good lesson to learn when you’re in a safe environment.
- Take some time and do some introspection on your values and beliefs. Get right with God, however you understand Him. The coming troubles will require faith to get through, and without a very strong faith, chances are you will have no hope. People have a tendency to lay down and die without hope.
Next installment: 2018.
This post had a catalyst at the Woodpile Report, here. As per usual, he’s got a great perspective. Contrarians, however, will take that perspective as a reason to argue or castigate those who recommend what we at DTG call, the, “absolute, bare bones minimum” for the ‘care and feeding’ of your pet rifle. Uncle Remus is right: 1,000 rounds won’t last long. Think about it. We recommend a basic load of 210 rounds (7 standard 30 round magazines) and a 1 day resupply (120 rounds) as what’s carried either on the LBE or in the ruck during NPT operations. That equals 33% of your reserve. 1 case isn’t going to last long should you get into a scrape.
Now, long time readers of DTG are keenly aware that we recommend 1,000 rounds of ammo per rifle and 500 rounds per pistol possessed for basic preparedness to be held in reserve as the absolute, bare-bones minimum amount of ammo to have on hand. The total doesn’t include training ammunition, nor does it take into account the fact that preparedness minded people should be increasing their holdings in ammo, food, weapons, tools, etc., as finances allow and time continues to move forward.
We’ve also held that you need to shoot about 1,000 rounds per year between your rifle and pistol. You could get away with less if you’re a seasoned shooter and do dry fire drills on a regular basis. In that event, you could drop the total down to about 500 rounds a year (250 per weapon) shooting about every 2.5 to 3 months or so. Not recommended, but you could keep your skills up.
What this boils down to is this: You’re going to have to spend some money on ammo regularly. Fortunately, right now, ammo in popular calibers is as low as we can remember in the last decade. That translates to get as much as you can afford now, and don’t bet on this price lull lasting anymore than the next mid-term election. What do I mean? Simply this: If, for some reason (like the Republicans fail to deliver on their major promises), the
communists…err…sorry..progressive democrats take back a majority in the house or senate, what do you think is going to happen to ammo and weapons prices? 3 words: Through. The. Roof. Think about it and act accordingly.
Don’t limit yourself to ammo and weapons, either. Just about everything in the peparedness world is on sale because most people mistakenly believe President Trump is going to solve everything in a matter of months. That’s nice to hope for, but it’s just not realistic.
Try to budget in a training class if you’re not possessing basic survival or SUT skills. If you have those skills, you should budget in regularly scheduled training exercises and help those folks who don’t have them get the fundamentals down.
Network locally. Try to feel out folks who live near you and may want to use this time to put themselves in a more tenable circumstance.
Above all, stay in a positive frame of mind and make shooting, prepping, training, and networking a fun experience for those you’re helping. It’ll pay huge dividends when SHTF.
Oh….and buy more ammo.