Monthly Archives: June 2007

>Body Armor Special Sale

>Just a few more days left in the SurvivalBlog special sale on Interceptor Body Armor, a $500 special price for full mil-spec Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests. That is 32% off their regular price, and below wholesale.

Think about needing one of these rigs (especially with the rifle plate) in the future and not being able to get one for any price.

Makes those five Benjamins look pretty puny, eh?

Get in touch with BulletProof ME while the offer still holds (through July 12, 2007).

>Austere & Practical Medical Resources

>More worthwhile resources re practical medical issues here and here and here .

Check them out. They’ll be in the left margin as well.

>Maybe If We Gave Away Merit Badges….

>People would be thinking seriously and training seriously re the following (thanks to Vermontagnard):

– Knots.
– Drags.
– Changing magazines with left arm out of commission.
– Shooting off left shoulder, right arm out of commission.
– Shoot a goat and learn to keep it alive. Have an 18Delta run you and your boys in this. Best med school for trauma.
– Sidearm draw with no sites, shooting 3 IDPA targets at 5 meters in 2 seconds
– Learn how to kill with a knife.
– Learn how to kill with a garrote.
– Learn how to kill with a can of carb cleaner.
– Disable a car with homemade EMP.
– Shoot from inside a car with your hunting rifle without breaking concealment.
– Shoot across your buddy.
– Shoot between your two best friends, 50 meters, iron sites, 2 meter gap. Have your friends stand facing you, and shoot the target right between them. Just do it. Rotate personnel. Trust is the key, competence a must. If your bro is in a sea of bad guys, out of ammo and going at it hand to hand, and you’re 100 yards from the game, you’d better be able to make those shots.
– Shoot a 3 man stack, laying one on top of the other, around a corner, engaging 3 targets each in under 3 seconds.
– Throw plenty of dead cartridges or dummies into every mag during training. Make jam clearing second nature.
– Practice most of your shots off kneeling -80% of them. In a fight, you can move from this and drop to this faster than any other supported.
– Practice concealed carry
– Shoot inside an abandoned building. Turn that into an op all by itself with lookouts, comms, and a complete ORBAT briefed on it.

– Lay in a pipe/culvert UNDER a road and learn to ID vehicles by sound and vibration (let every man do this with an ear piece so a tracker can call in the vehicle for instant spot analysis).
– Shoot long range in crazy defilade/enfilade.
– Shoot an AQT 100% prone in tall grass, learn to time shots between grass waves in the breeze.
– Learn to swim quietly.
– Do basic PT, and try and ruck march as often as possible, mix up bike and swimming to stay fit. You need to survive your first contact with enough gas in the tank to make it to your next bash on the two-way range.
– Best all around exercise? My vote is firewood cutting, splitting, hauling, stacking. Aerobic and anaerobic, productive too.
– Learn to coordinate shots, with one controller tagging the shoot, so nobody can ID a direction for 6-10 simultaneous rounds impacting into the bad guys’ cranial cavities – and each shot masks the sister shot.

It’s like an old US Customs Service poster used to say:

Every day you are not training, someone else is.

>We Now Resume Regular Programming…

>Just back from Wyoming. AAR to follow, along with other good stuff.

Hot story as I write is the Senate action on the illegal immigration amnesty bill.

Just remember – if this bill makes it through the House and into law (a presidential signature is guaranteed), you’d better start resourcing and working your plan B.

The addition of 10 million-plus pro-government, pro-handout, anti-gun votes to the so-called “soft war” political calculus means hard times ahead.


>The Squeeze is On

>Eric at Classical Values explains how the transnational socialists (“tranzis”) in California and elsewhere are in the process of regulating every single aspect of human behavior.

Please read the whole thing.

And remember – there is no way that these Utopians can leave an armed, trained, intelligent, and defiant Remnant in their midst.

Semper paratus.

>USMC "Small Wars Manual", 1940

>Found this link and thought others might be interested as well.

Pretty good stuff elsewhere at that zoomie site.


>Sssh, Honey! It’s Only the Neighbors Fighting!

>John Robb posts this fine bulletin on events that could never, under any conceivable circumstances, affect things here in the good ol’ US of A.

I’m with Linda Chavez – even just thinking such a thing would be racist.

Buenos tardes, amigos.

>WRSA Intermediate Rifle Clinic – Kooskia, ID – 7/7-8

>Sure hope to see y’all here.

>Alpha Disaster Contingencies

>These folks have assembled a cornucopia of valuable information, starting here. An overview of their main message is a fine way to begin.

Take your time and browse around. The link will be in the “Practical Resources” listing on the left margin, as well.


>A Hard Rain’s A-gonna Fall

>With apologies to Mr. Dylan, here’s a little Sunday side reading for folks who don’t want to be controlled by anyone, let along savages from 13 centuries ago:

Take a look at this article and the embedded links in this article. Then ask yourself if the situations described are more likely or less likely than the “religion of peace” mantra droned by the .gov and the MSM.

Now read this piece and this piece, each in its entirety. Afterwards, ask yourself if you are doing the right things in enough quantity and at enough velocity to maximize your family’s chances in the coming Crunch.

Then act.

>Blue Steel Ranch 2007 Steel Safari Practical Rifle Match Review by Zak Smith

>If you want to see what is possible with a practical rifle course, take a close read of Zak’s review of a recent shoot.


>"I show you now what has been marked as Government Exhibit #1 for identification…"

>Hat-tip to Codrea’s War on Guns Blog for this gem, which should provide food for thought for folks who like to post their shooting pix on the Web.

>US Army Counterinsurgency Manual FM 3-24

>Worth much more than a glance – suggest printing it and digesting it a little at a time.


>A Very Practical Rifle Match

>We’re not there yet, but take a look at this article from the 2007 NorCal Tactical Bolt Rifle Challenge to see what can be done when good people decide to put together an outstanding practical match.

Methinks the bar has been set very high by these folks.

And by the way – isn’t Kalifornia a place with onerous gun laws, and anti-militia statutes, and possibly even lions and tigers and bears?

Oh my.

>Downloadable Medical Training Videos & Reference Books

>With a hat-tip to Mr. Rawles over at SurvivalBlog, go and take a look at the terrific collection of medical training videos and reference books made available by the folks at Operational Medicine.

Bookmark it and refer to it as part of your ongoing holistic education.

Remember – it ain’t all (or even mostly) about shooting.

>Interest in "Long Rifle" Course in September?

>We have been discussing holding a “Long Rifle” course in Nevada in September.

The idea would be an organized clinic/practice session to develop both shooting and spotting skills under windy conditions out to 700 yards (possibly more).

Interested folks should drop a note to us at


>Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting by Zak Smith

>One word – outstanding.

Zak’s one of the principals at Colorado Multigun, whose mission is “to promote world-class multigun skills through competition. Multi-gun includes long range rifle, carbine, pistol, and shotgun, with an emphasis on their practical application.”

You can sign up for their match notifications at

He’s also graciously granted us permission to publish his three-part series on practical long-range shooting.

Read ’em and enjoy:

Part 1: The Rifle & Gear

Part 2: Optics

Part 3: Shooting

>Pelton’s "Licensed to Kill"

>A cherished piece of dogma in Patriot circles is fueled by the oath taken by all .mil folks to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

According to the belief, this oath will cause many US military personnel to act in accordance with their allegiance to the Constitution and thwart tyrannical acts by a future government.

For all I know, that’s exactly what will happen.

It sure would be nice to have friends with neat toys and experience in running same.

But what happens if the shooters in the employ of the .gov are not military, but contractors?

Robert Young Pelton’s Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror is a must for anyone trying to answer that question. The author takes us inside companies such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy, and outlines why private contractors have such an appeal to bureaucrats like the State Department and the CIA.

I’ll bet you won’t like your conclusions about the future of such operations very much.

UPDATE: Thanks to Wayne, who pointed out the following video clips for your consideration and analysis.

>The Weapons Platform: Shut Up, Get Dressed, and Get Moving

>For those of you who have done the basics already, congratulations!

For those of you who haven’t, here’s the checklist:

1) Get a complete physical, including a cardiac stress test. Tell your doc you are starting a fitness program, and ask him also to update your immunizations.

2) Get an eye exam, including glaucoma test, and replace those old lenses with your current prescription.

3) Go to the dentist, get an exam, and get started on the patches you need in your choppers. No sense dying of some funky bacteria that move from your nasty teeth or gums to your heart valves.

4) Lay out a rolling two-mile road course near your home.

We’re going to start slowly and build a little each day. To do that, a stopwatch will be very helpful.

Go on and get suited up. I’ll wait here.

Let’s deal with the whining first.

A) It’s gonna hurt: Yup. That’s what OTC pain relievers are designed to aid. Get some, take a dose 30 minutes before working out, and drink lots of water – before and after.

B) I can’t run two miles: Yup. But you can walk at a brisk pace – count cadence as “left one-thousand, left one-thousand” and you’ll be moving right along.

And I’ll bet you can even run 100 yards, then brisk walk 200 yards, then run another 100 yards, then walk again, and so forth.

Look at you! You’re doing fartleks and you didn’t even know it.

C) What’s the point? I’ll spare you the Red Dawn scenarios, which frankly don’t motivate me on a “get your butt out and run” level, even though I know the Crunch is coming.

What does motivate me is a near-term risk of public humiliation, so I arrange such things so as to give me an incentive to do what I don’t really like to do.

In this case, it’s the Atlanta Half-Marathon on November 23, 2007. I have not been in running shape in more than a decade (I completed the full NYC Marathon in 1995), and the only difference between starting for the first time and now is that I know that it can be done.

The public humiliation part begins tonight when I share that my time for 2 miles (1 mile downhill, 1 mile back up) was a stunning 27:53 – mostly brisk walking.

But I did it.

And I will do it tomorrow night.

And I will keep on doing it until that damned rubber tree plant falls.

So should you.

Make the commitment today to getting your weapons platform in better shape for what is coming.

Only you can do it. And unfortunately, there’s no way to buy a more capable platform – you have to build it yourself, over time.

Here’s how I’ll be training on the running side. The miles will increase after the first six weeks as I build up my fitness base.

You don’t have to go and start training for a half-marathon.

But you should commit to moving as fast as you can along your two-mile course at least three times a week.

We’ll have some other thoughts soon on other forms of physical training you should consider as part of your preparations.

At most, it will take 6 hours a week.

You might even like it.

>The Weapons Platform: Starting Out

>Many people spend scads of time, money, and effort on acquiring the “right” rifle, optics, ammo, and related accessories.

Some of those folks even take the time and make the effort to develop competence in their use.

But how many people actually bother to do any maintenance, repairs, or upgrades on the single most important element in their weapons systems?

I am speaking, of course, about your body.

Think about the last time you were at the range.

How many folks there could finish a brisk two-mile walk over level terrain, carrying only a hydration bag or canteen?

Could you?

Let’s be blunt: all of the cool gear in the world – and all of the skills needed to use it well – are not worth a tinker’s damn if you are lying dead in a heap from a coronary.

So let’s get going.

Step one – assessing the current situation. Please do the following in the next two weeks, if you’d care to take this journey:

1) Get a complete physical examination, including a cardiac stress test and any needed update to your immunizations;

2) Also get a complete eye exam, with freshly-corrected lenses for those of us lucky enough to wear glasses;

3) Finally, go to the dentist, get the check-up, and start any work indicated;

4) If your physician approves a fitness program, lay out a two-mile road course, with some variations (small inclines), in an area convenient for you.

We start tomorrow for those with items 1-4 already complete.

See ya then.