SOP Resources

Read these two comments in response to this post:

1. Try Dr. Joseph Martino’s excellent work, “Resistance to Tyranny”. It has everything you’re asking for and then some, and is available on Amazon. Cheap.

2. Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks
SH 21-76 Ranger Handbook
FM 7-8 Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad

Virgil sends…

Get those resources, study, adapt, implement, and train.


8 responses to “SOP Resources

  1. Links are broken, they go to the comment admin page.

  2. Thanks. Will try to hotlink later today.

  3. As far as I know, the latest edition of the Ranger Handbook is July 2006.

  4. The successor to FM 7-8 is FM 3-21.8 [March 2007]. Compared to 7-8, it is huge and not necessarily better. I still have my 7-8 bound by rawhide strips that I could carry in my cargo pocket from my previous life.

    You can find 3-21.8 here (in parts on PDF):

  5. My “Infantry Platoon and Squad”, is called “Light Infantry… [etc.]”, and is old, from 1986. Is FM 7-70. Not sure of the differences between this and FM 7-8, but the old “light” book is not huge, and it does talk a bit about what loads might realistically be carried. Subtract 30% of poundage for most of us readers.

    FM 31-77 is never a bad choice for maybe half of readers here: Cold Weather Manual. Tidbits to be found in that mostly Arctic manual, could be found to be helpful in an Ozarks winter, once living there gets turned back a hundred years.

    I recommend FM 21-75, Combat Skills of the Soldier. Although it does get into toys that may be initially unavailable for the partisan, I think that it may be a better FIRST book for most people than FM 7-8 or 7-70. Reason, is because it addresses more personal skills, rather than larger team skills and operations. Range cards; field expedient anti-armor; tracking/counter tracking; urban work; field hygiene; fighting positions; camo; movement and observation, and et cetera. Not to denigrate 7-70 or 7-8, but this manual is about personal skills, rather than how to plan group get-togethers. And I do think that personal field skills will be lacking in any clambake a person might come across.

  6. Some other suggestions.

    “The Tiger’s Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival” by H. John Poole
    Mmmh tasty, guerrilla warfare at its finest.

    “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” by Carla Emery
    Everything you’ll ever need to know if you wake up one morning to find we’ve been reset to the 19th century.

    “Americans’ Fight to Survive: Your Neighborhood Watch on Steroids” by Red Smith (out of print)
    Well thought out (but disjointed) manual on the basic skills needed for the coming troubles.

    “Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching” by Bill Haywood
    If you can stomach the Earth First BS, it’s an excellent guide to wrecking vehicles, equipment and structures without firing a shot. I highly recommend.

    “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

    Also, get your amateur radio license now and start practicing long range (secure with the right training/hardware) voice and data communication. There’s something to be said for sending and receiving an Email, on a 5 Watt radio, on a homemade wire antenna with over 750 miles between operators in the field.


  7. Jimmy the Saint

    The Field Survival Manual, First Aid Manual, Special Forces Medical Manual, Land Navigation Manual, etc. are also useful. You can get them for about $5-7 each online. The Boy Scout Field Book is good, too. A book of knots is also handy, as are books on basic home/auto repair.

  8. oldsmobile98

    Some interviews of Dr. Martino on his book Resistance to Tyranny:

    Part 1:
    Part 2:
    Part 3:
    Part 4: Pending. Will update when released.