Category Archives: Training Opportunities

PSA – 9mm 124 gr FMJ…

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’m pretty picky with the ammo I put in my mags for practice.  I always match the grain weight to my self-defense ammunition, I will only shoot brass, and I expect similar performance out of my FMJ.  Reason being is my FMJ is back up ‘real world’ if I run out of ‘the good stuff.’  After all, in my entire military career, all we were ever issued was FMJ, so it’ll work if necessary.

That said, I was doing my monthly ammo shopping, checking prices and availability.  The ONLY place I found that had decent 9mm FMJ at a reasonable price (.60 @ round) in boxes of 50 was Freedom Munitions.  I’m not entirely a stranger to them; last month I purchased 500 rounds of .45ACP 230gr FMJ (since sold out).  They shot wonderfully!  So I went back for some 9mm because I can’t find any decent 9mm anywhere that isn’t substandard (to me, anyway, and I already admitted I’m picky about my ammo, practice or ‘real world.’

Their .45ACP was extremely good quality, and I expect the same out of their 9mm.  Can’t go wrong, especially in these days of “wherethehelldidalltheammogo?!?!?!?!”

So, the point of this short post is if you’re in the market for some good 9mm 124gr FMJ, I’d get over there now, I mean today!

And yes, I bought as much as I could without causing my wife to lose her mind.  Rainy day and all that (it rains a LOT in the fall…..especially late October, early November….just sayin’).

PS – I get nothing from this endorsement of their ammo – just performing a public service.

Another Useful Activity You Can Do While Cooped Up…

Study for your Ham License!

Here’s a great guide for the General Class license.  I’ve got my technician ticket, and am using the time to get my General to step into a larger world of communications.   I’ve been told this guide is the best to actually learn the material in a way that’s not  going to bore you to death.

Amazon:  $17.95 for the book; FREE on Kindle Unlimited.  Can’t beat that!

No matter your level or desire, this author has it for you.  Very easy to read, well written, and great preparation.

Here’s the best thing – AARL (the governing body for Ham’s) has put together and is Beta testing an online license test/certification program!  Don’t have the details, but if it comes together, it will be a real boon for aspiring Ham’s locked at home!

For you folks out there that are interested in ‘tactical’ Ham communications, the Technician license will meet your needs – that’s why I started.  VHF/UHF comms for Neighborhood Protection teams on frequencies that not everyone can have.  Sure, the FRS/GMRS work, but they’re so low on power, in a suburb you may get less than 1/4 mile.

Become a Ham!  You won’t regret it.  The AARL web site is http://www.aarl.org

Ham Radio Outlet is a great site for equipment; they have sales regularly.   And while you’re at it, check out AMRRON.  It’s the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network.  Check it out, and join it if you can!

73\

KE8BLK

Some Skills NEVER Go Out of Style!

Posted on AP 27 Nov 18.

In relation directly to this news post over at American Partisan, this two year old, short article, from the Defensive Training Group blog, on why one might want to know Land Navigation and have the requisite equipment is very apropos.

 

 

 

GPS Operation

 

So, you say, you don’t need to know how to use a map or compass, figure declination, or plot coordinates because you’ve got your handy-dandy palm-sized GPS that goes 5 years on a set of batteries, and is accurate to within 1 meter, huh?  If that’s you, you might want to consider that the old story regarding GPS signals being subject to random programmable errors (meaning that your super-accurate GPS can purposely be fed signals to take you off target as far as the programmer wishes) is true.  What’s more, the increased dependency of our society to have our navigation done for us by mini-computers makes us dependent upon that technology, and puts us at the mercy of the machine and people running it.  Add to that mix our national enemies that already have our communications & GPS satellites targeted for best case, jamming, and worst case, physical destruction.  Makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy on getting from point A to B, now don’t it?

The GPS system is now being purposefully jammed in tests by the US Navy [and refer to the link above for another successful GPS jamming exercise, this time by the Russians] to test a new device used specifically for jamming GPS signals.  Remember, if you’re dependent upon GPS and someone jams the signals, you’re screwed.

Read the full story, here.  Below are some key quotes:

“Starting today, it appears the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day. We say “appears” because officially the tests were announced by the FAA but are centered near the US Navy’s largest installation in the Mojave Desert. And the Navy won’t tell us much about what’s going on.

The FAA issued an advisory warning pilots on Saturday that global positioning systems (GPS) could be unreliable during six different days this month, primarily in the Southwestern United States. On June 7, 9, 21, 23, 28, and 30th [2018] the GPS interference testing will be taking place between 9:30am and 3:30pm Pacific time. But if you’re on the ground, you probably won’t notice interference.”

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“GPS technology has become so ubiquitous that cheap jamming technology has become a real concern for both military and civilian aircraft [and anyone else using the technology on the ground].”

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The nice thing is that Land Navigation Skills – Old School – work ALL the time!   If you don’t know how, you might want to move it up a bit on your priority list – it’s not that difficult to learn.  I’ll be reposting some older ‘how to’ and ‘why’ pieces in the next couple weeks.

Additionally, if you’re local to my AO, and you want to set up a training class, drop me a line.

Stay tuned!

Training Opportunity!

How To Develop A Safe And Effective Armed Security Team For Your School

Tue, Mar 6, 2018 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Distributed Security, Inc. offers armed security training programs for teachers, administrators, and staff. They have helped develop state legislation allowing teachers and administrators to carry weapons in class. Bill Tallen, Executive Vice President of DSI said this about the webinar:
“There is lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the issue of armed staff in our schools.  The purpose of this webinar is to give school officials, teachers, and staff a clear and concise road map to set up a their owned armed security team.“
Bill Rogers (former State Representative and Chairman – House Appropriations Subcommittee On School Aid and House Appropriations Subcommittee On Education) will be speaking at the webinar and had this to add: “Safe and secure schools are paramount to Michigan’s future. I have teamed up with the DSI organization because of their innovative approach to offering distributed security solutions not only to schools, but also businesses, churches and communities.”
Details for the webinar are:
DATE: Tuesday, March 6, 2018  TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
COST: This is a FREE webinar. This 1-hour webinar will discuss:
1. Training requirements for concealed carry in schools.
2. Smart planning for school security: site surveys and vulnerability analysis.
3. Selecting and managing armed school staff.
4. Michigan law relative to school defense.
Here’s the link.  Sign up now!

Re-Post – Essential Skills: Land Navigation – Get the Best Map You Can Find

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Originally posted on 12 Dec 2014.

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Today, NPT members learning or practicing land navigation have so much more going for them in the way of map accuracy than those of us who learned some years back (like in 1974 for some folks….).  Back then you took what they issued you, and dealt with it.  Declination off?  Oh, well, deal with it.  Contour lines deceptive?  Too bad, deal with it.  Symbols inaccurate?  Ditto previous answers.

No, the snow wasn’t deeper, and we didn’t have to walk the entire route up hill.  However, unless you really paid attention, you could find yourself disoriented very quickly, because of the quality of maps needed wasn’t always there.

Thankfully, today map quality is a quantum leap better than they used to be.  Map studies done before taking to a route or a land nav course can save the navigator a lot of time because what he or she sees on the map will more likely reflect what is being traversed.  Especially if one gets themselves one of the more expensive, up to date satellite maps with MGRS grid and contour lines superimposed on it.  The declination is always the latest available, symbols match what you see on the ground, and the terrain features and contour lines are accurate.

Sure, it costs much more than the basic topographic maps on hand, which are fine for practice, but if you’re serious about your AO, you might consider saving your pennies for an up to date satellite map in 1:25,000 scale.  You can also choose the size of map you wish, which equates to how much territory is covered.  Again, you can get whatever you want to pay for.

My personal, ‘go to’ place for maps is, www.mytopo.com.  I’m sure there are other places out there just as good, but I’ve been very satisfied with mytopo’s offerings, so I stick with them.  So much so that when I teach land nav, the maps I get for the class are from there.  I don’t recommend the satellite version for a beginning class, because the student will be plotting coordinates and azimuths on it, and that’s a lot of cash for practice.  But, to each his own.  You have the scratch?  Go for it.  Otherwise, for a beginner or even an intermediate skilled land navigator, the topographic maps with or without relief shading will do you fine.  Just make sure you get the MGRS lines (option available).

An aside, if you’re watching videos from you tube, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you don’t need to attend a good course or join an orienteering club to learn land nav well.  All the on-line courses or blog posts in the world can only do one thing:  Familiarize you with the concepts, principles, and techniques.  You need time under an experienced instructor to make sure you really gain the skill.  I highly recommend reading/learning everything you can before attending a course.  Doing so makes the class much more enjoyable for the participant, and learning kicks into high gear.

Here’s an Idea…

With all this talk of the POTUS going full retard by telling the Justice Department and ATF to come up with rules to ban a carbine accessory and ‘any device that turns a rifle into a machine gun’ (the ATF once stated a SHOE STRING was a machine gun part), there’s an alternative to ‘buying them while they’re hot’ only to find out later that you have to turn them in….

Range time with your standard, semi-automatic AR carbine or rifle.  Back in my youthful days spent learning the finer points of marksmanship, we were taught that hits count, not noise.

Sooooo, the idea is simple:  Take the money you may have been considering using buying a slide fire or bump stock, and get a case of ammo instead.  They’ve risen in price already due to the forthcoming ban to anywhere from $400 to $500.  You can get a 1200 round case of IMI for that price, easy.

Take that 1,200 rounds and diligently practice the fundamentals out to the farthest range you can shoot on your range or your area.  It’ll keep you busy for a couple months.  When your done, you’ll have increased your personal sphere of influence a bit more than if you had bought that “evil” accessory.  Disclosure:  Not my target, but it could be yours!

 

Land Nav Classes MIGHT Just be What is Needed Here…

GPS Operation

So, you say, you don’t need to know how to use a map or compass, figure declination, or plot coordinates because you’ve got your handy-dandy palm-sized GPS that goes 5 years on a set of batteries, and is accurate to within 1 meter, huh?  If that’s you, you might want to consider that the old story regarding GPS signals being capable of random program errors (meaning that your super-accurate GPS can purposely get bad signals and take you off target as far as the programmer wishes) is true.  What’s more, the increased dependency of our society to have our navigation done for us by mini-computers makes us dependent upon that technology, and puts us at the mercy of the machine and people running it.

The GPS system is now being purposefully jammed in tests by the US Navy to test a new device used specifically for jamming GPS signals.  Read the full story, here.  Below are some key quotes:

“Starting today, it appears the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day. We say “appears” because officially the tests were announced by the FAA but are centered near the US Navy’s largest installation in the Mojave Desert. And the Navy won’t tell us much about what’s going on.

The FAA issued an advisory warning pilots on Saturday that global positioning systems (GPS) could be unreliable during six different days this month, primarily in the Southwestern United States. On June 7, 9, 21, 23, 28, and 30th the GPS interference testing will be taking place between 9:30am and 3:30pm Pacific time. But if you’re on the ground, you probably won’t notice interference.”

……………………………………………………….

“GPS technology has become so ubiquitous that cheap jamming technology has become a real concern for both military and civilian aircraft [and anyone else using the technology on the ground].”

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Land Navigation – Old School – It works ALL the time!  For information on class requirements, fees, dates, and number of people to defensivetraininggroup@live.com.  Our land nav courses are generally conducted in SE Michigan and usually take 2 days (1 classroom and 1 field).

 

Essential Skills: Basic Survival Weekend – Spring 2016

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“Crawl, walk, run, fly!” is an oft times repeated axiom relating to any complex skill set.  It certainly applies to the skills a NPT member needs to not only stay alive, but to protect his ‘precious cargo’ inside his perimeter.  To that end, DTG will offer an overnight weekend survival course (Saturday & Sunday – approximately 30 hours) this Spring in late March or April.   Interested parties should send us a note at ‘defensivetraininggroup@live.com’ and note their availability.  Majority preference will rule on this class; it’s an open enrollment course; those wishing a private course, please indicate that in your note and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate you.

If you’ve not learned or wish to refresh your basic survival skills, this is your chance!  The course will be held in northern Michigan in the middle of a 31,000 acre area with no amenities and temps that typically go below freezing at night during that time of year.  It’s challenging, to say the least.

Cost:  $200 per person; teams of 4 or more $150 per person

Application of Subjects include:

  • The Big Three:  Fire Building (without accelerants or lighters), Shelter, Water (students will live in the shelters they build no matter the weather)
  • Diet Supplementation
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Basic Knots
  • Knife & Tool Selection, handling, and use
  • Survival Kit Construction

Pack list items will be minimal; pack list will be provided upon registration.

 

patrolling survival shelter