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

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

Good enough to stand alone.

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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. ***

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

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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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NPT Active Defense Priorities

When setting up in urban/suburban areas, these principles apply when defending against MZB type attacks.

In a case of ‘right now’ defense of your NPA, NPT strength dependent, here are 3 simple priorities to guide your DFP (Defensive Fighting Position) site selection:

  • Site your DFP’s to cover as many potential MZB (Mutant Zombie Biker) ingress and egress routes to your NPA as possible.  Sure, you’re not going to be able to get them all, but focusing on the ones that are most likely will get your NPT into a better position for defending your NPA.
  • Set your DFP’s up in positions that mutually support each other, so that when one comes under attack, at least 2 others can render fire support.
  • When selecting your DFP’s, pick positions solid enough that they could be defended against a heavy attack for an extended period of time if necessary.  The rest is supplementary to these basics.Fully developed mutually supported, interlocked fields of fire NPT defense.

How To Do It Right: Listening Posts and Observation Posts

From Tom Baugh’s, “Starving the Monkey’s” sight; a guest post that breaks it all down for you and applies it to the NPT.  The author is SFC Steven M. Barry; his bio is below.  This is ‘gold’.  Soak it up.

“SFC Steven M Barry USA RET served twenty-four years in the US Army (1973 – 1997), USMA 1973 – 1976 then US Army Special Forces 1976 – 1997. Barry served in 5th SFGA (11BS, 31VS and sniper), USAJFKSWCS (Unconventional Warfare instructor and sniper instructor), and 3SFGA (18F and 18Z). Barry has advanced training beyond military schools in Special Operations and was an instructor at United States Army Institute of Military Assistance and Special Warfare Center in Unconventional Warfare (these days called “terrorism”). Barry has UW experience in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Barry’s military schooling includes infantry, heavy weapons, communications, sniping, engineering, operations and intelligence, and counterintelligence.”

Listening Posts and Observation Posts (Guest Article)

Barry is retired Special Forces, Traditional Catholic, monarchist, historian, Scholastic, counter-Reformationist, and counter-revolutionary.

Introduction

During a recent correspondence with Tom Baugh about his AAR following Hurricane Matthew this writer commented that his OPs should have had check points behind them to prevent the perimeter being “crashed.” Baugh responded that he had been split between describing his deployments being LPs or OPs. Returning his letter I commented that we often combined the two functions (i.e, LP/OP) and mentioned that I had written a rather long paragraph describing how we really used them but that I had deleted that paragraph before sending because of the unlikelihood of civilians protecting their holdings from looters or bandit gangs having the manpower to do it properly.

Baugh asked if I would reproduce that paragraph here. What follows is a (somewhat expanded) reconstruction of the purely military paragraph on LP and OP. Then I will take the principles from the military paragraphs and explain how they are translated into civilian use by Neighborhood Protection Teams.

How We Used OPs and LPs (not necessarily according to doctrine)

The smallest tactical unit that can provide all ’round defense for itself (this includes OPs and LPs) is a rifle company. A rifle platoon cannot provide all ’round defense for itself and maintain security. By itself the best a platoon can do is push out a Listening Post or two; the platoon in all ’round defense is itself the Observation Post. It’s a different thing when the platoon in defense is part of a rifle company in defense. A rifle company in defense normally occupies a front of 1000 meters. A platoon in defense normally covers a front of about 300 meters with two squads “up” and one squad “back.” Each squad occupies a front of about 100 meters. We will assume squads of nine men. In a platoon defense, given its frontage, there will be a main avenue of approach the enemy will attack along. (Figure 1.)

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Figure 1: Platoon Deployment and Observation Post

Given observation and fields of fire a single OP is sufficient. From the OP are sent out one or two LPs. The OP is positioned so it can observe the main avenue of approach. The LPs are positioned in terrain that provides concealed approach to the enemy. The OP must be within covering fires of the main line, the LPs line of withdrawal must be covered by the OP. The OP and LPs are drawn from the “back” squad. We invariably used a four man OP and two, two men LPs. The Squad Leader from the “back” squad stayed with the Platoon headquarters so when the OP and LPs had to withdraw he would be at the place of passage lines to ID his men.

Here’s how it worked. One of the LPs would detect movement (a rifle company in movement to contact cannot “sneak”) The LP alerts the OP – which alerts the Platoon Leader — then both LPs withdraw to the OP. The OP is now an eight man fighting position. The OP opens up fire with everything it has in the direction of enemy movement. That forces the enemy to deploy. That’s the important part. It takes much longer than people can imagine for PLs – let alone Company Commanders – to get their units back under control and deployed into battle formation after they’ve come under fire. Meanwhile the OP has withdrawn and is conducting passage of lines to reoccupy the “back” or reserve position. (In a protracted defense OP duty rotates among squads.)

How Do Civilians Do That?

Basically, they don’t. It is highly unlikely any Neighborhood Protection Team is going to exceed much more than six to eight people (Hopefully all men and hopefully all in the same neighborhood). Nevertheless, the basic principles outlined above still apply. LP raises the alarm, OP forces deployment and disruption, defensive line fights the battle.

In the case of NPTs the invariable Avenues of Approach of roaming looters or bandit gangs will be the local road system. In the illustration there are three Avenues of Approach to the local neighborhood. (Figure 2.)

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Figure 2: Neighborhood Protection Team LPs and OPs.

Let us assume an NPT of six men. Obviously they cannot cover the LPs, the OPs, or the defensive positions. What to do? Here is where friendships and diplomacy come into play. You have to convince Aunt Martha and Uncle Joe and Cousin Bess that it is in their own best interest to “road watch” for you and report the movement of looters or bandits toward your neighborhood. They are your LPs. They raise the alarm. Each OP is manned by two men. The last two men man the Command Post. Positions 1, 2, and 3 have already been prepared for defense. It is unlikely that gangs of looters or bandit gangs will have the sophistication to use converging avenues of approach, so all you need to know is what direction they are coming from.

Here is how it works. Aunt Martha reports to OP1 that several pick ups of armed men just passed her house. OP1 Alerts CP; CP alerts OP2. Both CP and OP2 move to defensive position 2. At the appearance of the lead pick up OP1 gives them everything they have, then withdraws to defensive position 2. Meanwhile the looters/bandits are disrupted and trying to deploy and probably wasting ammo.

From that point on you may or may not have a battle.

Addenda

1) Tom Baugh tells me that USMC doctrine from his time (ed. late 80s/early 90s, as taught at Quantico) often conflated OP with LP (i.e. an LP/OP). Current Army doctrine does the same. In Special Forces we did that out of necessity (and only on the back trail). If a rifle company is doing it it is out of stupidity.

2) None of the above has anything to do with the legal niceties of a non SHTF scenario.

Center Mass Shooting? Not When You Want to Live…

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“Here we are specifically and clearly, without euphemisms or verbal deflections, targeting the face/neck area of the bad guy to kill him as quickly as possible.  If that takes one shot, great.  But if it takes fifteen to the face, that is acceptable as well.”

Read the rest, here.  Then get ye to the range and do some practicing.

H/T to “We Are the New Barbarians,” here.  If you don’t have them on your daily spot check, you should consider it.

Re-Post: Essential Skills: Getting Home

Timely re-posting, nudged by a couple of readers.  Now that it’s officially summer, the pack contents will obviously change, but the principles remain the same.

First, DTG wishes everyone a ‘Happy New Year!’ ‘Happy Summer Solstice!’ in the hope that no matter how bad things look, the training, equipping and preparing you do and help others do will mitigate whatever we are facing as a People (which is  coming at us faster than a freight train bearing down on an unguarded railroad crossing with a couple of teenagers necking in a convertible who think the whistles they are hearing are in their heads).

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To that end the first post of the year is going to focus on the importance of equipping yourself to make it home from wherever your commute may take you during the work day.  For those of you working from home, ‘good on ya’!  For the rest of us, we may have a ways to go, and our personal vehicle might not be available for part, or all, of the trip.

That said, let’s look at what we might need for winter (adapt for your own locality and weather patterns) every day in order to stay functional:

  • Complete set of sturdy clothing –  If you work in an environment that ‘business’ or ‘business casual’ is the norm, your dress slacks, button down shirt/bouse and sport coat/blazer is not going to cut it when trying to make it home, especially in bad weather.  If you have to traverse any less than hospitable areas, the dress clothes will mark you as a target to the local mutant zombie biker types lurking about.  You’ll want long sleeve shirts/blouses, field capable pants with belt (no camouflage, earth tones or greys are good – anything that won’t stand out, color wise), a weather appropriate jacket that’s minimally water resistant and optimally Goretex level water proof, and well-broken in boots and good, sturdy socks, such as the Vermont ‘Darn Tough’ USMC type of socks.  You get the picture; this needs to be in your vehicle every time you leave home.  Get a small storage container to keep it in so it’s unobtrusive.

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Personally, for my Get Home Bag, I keep a pair of Danner ‘Combat Hikers’ with a rolled up pair of Vermont ‘Darn Tough’ USMC Over-The-Calf socks in them.  There are other good quality boots and socks available; I prefer the Danner’s and the ‘Darn Tough’ brand for SHTF scenarios.  A note on the Danner hikers – they seem to run about a half-size bigger than usual, which really surprised me, as my experience on other Danner boots is the opposite – they run a tad smaller than size – so to make them fit perfectly, I put a pair of these in them (well worth the money) and it worked beautifully:

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I’m not relying on theory here or other folks’ experiences; I’ve put about 40 miles on the combination pictured above doing training walks with a ruck weighing between 65 and 80 lbs for distances between 2 and 10 miles.  Very comfortable, very durable, and they don’t look any different than when I bought them.  Interestingly enough, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for these – I got my Danner’s on eBay for $60 out the door.  The insoles I bought at Amazon for about $35.  Less than $100 all told, and worth every penny.  Next, they don’t necessarily look, ‘military,’ which, when you’re trying to blend in to ‘everyday’ scenes, might be a good thing.

I don’t necessarily think that walking will be my primary means to get home (the farthest I reasonably travel for business during a day is 50 miles from home), but if I end up having to walk, I won’t fail because my feet gave out due to poor quality footwear.  Consider that for a bit and then make your choice.

Pants & Shirt – I don’t like blue jeans as cotton is, ‘the cloth of death’ in cold, wet weather.  I prefer a blend, such as the cotton-poly or nylon-cotton pants available.  Brand doesn’t matter, so long as you remember earth tones or greys, and no camouflage.  The idea again, is not to look like some sort of tactical ‘operator’ walking the route you’ve chosen.  The idea is to look so unobtrusive that you may not be noticed, and if you are, scant attention is paid to you.  Remember the primary objective:  Get home to take care of your precious cargo.  Remember, you get what you pay for, so get the best you can afford.  Here’s a couple of examples:

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Jackets we use include the Tru-Spec H20 coupled with the Wiggy’s jacket liner.  Check that out, here.  Wiggy’s products are extremely well made and really will make the difference in nasty, cold, wet weather when you’re walking.  The material used for insulation actually repels the water and keeps insulating much better than wool, even when wet.  As always, your call, these are only suggestions based on what we have and do use in training and every day preps.

Last item for clothing:  A hat.  We recommend having two.  One for rain (boonie type) that’s either water resistant on it’s own, or treated with copious amounts of Camp Dry or other brands of silicone.  The other hat should be a fleece or wool ‘watch cap’ so that you lose as little heat as possible in really cold weather.  Sure, when you’re walking you can regulate your body temp by taking the hat off for short periods (more than 80% of your body heat loss is through the head), but having it will also warm you up quickly.

Next time, we’ll talk about the ‘get home’ bag and various options you can choose for personal protection that are unobtrusive.  Oh…one more thing:  To actually get home, you’ll need to be in somewhat decent shape physically.  That means PT.  Great time to start, too, as it’s the first of the year!

 

One Type Of Realistic Planning And Training

Watch this again.

This dramatization promises to be a great teaching video that demonstrates various survival techniques that will work.  Note the size of the ruck sack, personal and equipment camouflage, and how he moves.  If one were moving from Point A to Point B (the safer location), one might use some of the techniques demonstrated.  Last note:  PT…can’t carry a full ruck (ammo, food, water, etc), rifle, web gear without being in shape.

Mason Dixon Tactical

A good friend posted this awesome video that shows one type of training scenario you can run that involves multiple skills you should be practicing if you are truly a Survivalist. Realistic scenario based planning, training, and preps (not the fantastical BS so many do because it makes them feel like they’re in the military) is what you should be doing. Is this scenario possible? Sure, especially in Alaska. Is it probable? No clue. We don’t have a Damned crystal ball, so it’s train for the worst and hardest to survive scenario, and the rest are easier.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

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