Monthly Archives: August 2012

AmMerc: More On PT


Tempus fugit.

Buppert: Imperial Conditioning And The American State

Read it all.

Then think of the zombies at both this week’s Stupid Party and next week’s Evil Party conventions.

And those good, clear-thinking folks are the intellectual and activist leaders of their respective covens.

Any questions?

Mosby On PT


Get on it.

Every day, people who will follow orders to kill you and your family are doing their PT.

Are you?

Two On Electoral Farce 2012: Four More Years For Obamney

The Unseen Class War That Could Decide The Presidential Election (h/t Maggie’s Farm)

The Last Line Of Defense: Property

My two cents?

Until candidates start talking honestly about the inescapable numbers and the elimination of the national surveillance state, I’ll just keep rooting for a hellzapoppin’ crash, with spectacular secondaries for extra fun.

As a smart guy said to me today:

We’ve got the stupid people, the dependents-on-government (both employees and aid recipients), the union Democratic ‘bots, and the elderly people who refuse to take responsibility for getting rolled and now demand that government steal from their grandchildren in order to fund their dotage.

In other words, we’re screwed.

Someone go get some popcorn, please.

Repost: Thoughts On LBE, Plus An Info Bleg

Part I

Part II

The info bleg:

Can any readers provide links for how to load an ALICE pack properly?

What enhancements are worth the bother on the basic ALICE set-up?

Obviously, both doctrinal and field experience is useful.

Thanks in advance.

Codrea: More On The USMC/LEO Training Issue

David weighs in.

Have you?

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Mil-Dot Reticle

A very useful reference.

Permalinked in the left margin as well under “Shooting Resources”.

DumpDC: The Twenty Ton Whale

Russell gives a reminder, along with the video above.

Do you understand yet?

A Letter To The USMC PAOs

AP gives us the template, based on the events in this post.

I suggest that as many folks as possible send similar messages to the following email addresses and phone numbers:
(910) 451-7435

Make sure to cc your Senators and Congresscritter on the email; info for each is here and here.

I will update this post as necessary; please link as much as possible, along with sending to your networks.

Semper fidelis.

Pistol Feat


America’s Crisis Of Political Legitimacy

A sobering essay on just how ugly the situation is.

But at least The Freedom Party is on the way!

Alea iacta est.

The Integration

…Brian Dye, Operations Chief of I&I in Lexington, Kentucky says training civilians as a blended force with Marine Corps personnel eases the transition into a real world scenario.

“I think it’s always good when you get an opportunity to work on some similar tactics and procedures so that everybody’s kind of operating on the same page. That way when you bring teams together from active duty and the civilian side, it makes the integration a whole lot smoother…”

(h/t RITR)

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From Resistor.



An Extraordinary Man

Codrea: Issa Hammers Away

David reports the latest F&F news.

For those who choose to do so, please contact your reps and demand the release of OIG’s working papers.

The details matter – if for no other reason that the historical record.

DumpDC: The Secession Paradigm

Russell’s latest essay is here.

Take your time to read it all.

Then consider the possibilities.

The collectivists certainly are.

And there is at least one possible recent model for a non-violent divorce.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

SK: Starving Amidst Plenty

Sultan Knish posts more goodness; sample graf:

…The essential 21st Century conflict is between the rationers and the producers. This is not a class conflict, that is the fallacy that the left has fallen into for over a century. It is a conflict between a system of bureaucratic collectivism and a society of individuals. It is not a conflict between the rich and the poor, the majority of the rationers are either rich or close enough to it. Their charges may be poor, but the representatives of their victim groups invariably become rich. The rationer camp is funded by some of the wealthiest men and companies in America who agree with its premise that we need to ration everything from children to jobs to food to carbon emissions.

This is a fundamental philosophical conflict between those who believe in a free society and those who believe in a managed society. It is not simply a conflict between capitalism and socialism, many of the capitalists are on the side of the rationers because they agree with them or profit from the rationing. It is a conflict that predates the American Revolution, a conflict that became inevitable with the rise of the supercity and the closing of the frontier…

What can you produce and trade in the black market for hard money?

Best to be working on answers.

Jane’s Recognition Guides

From the new Mounted Tyranny site comes this list of essential guidebooks:


Special Forces


The 31 December 1994-8 February 1995 Battle for Grozny

H/t to FNC for this chapter from the Urban Operations Casebook.

See also this USMC briefer on Grozny.

Sure glad this kind of thing can’t happen in Amerika.

Aren’t you?

LF: Obstacles, Part XI – Breaking Contact And Evading


The “Oh Sh*t” plan is an oft-neglected part of planning.

Don’t make that mistake.

Tempus fugit.

DumpDC: Who Will Be First?

Russell looks at secession-state possibilities.

Much is possible in tumultuous times.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

People, Places, and Things: A Moral vs. Physical Dilemma, With Its Own Solution

Reader Morgan sends:

Contemplate the following statement:

“Poking holes in people is relatively easy. Poking holes in things, however, can be much more challenging.”

Physically, the above is true and fairly obvious. Morally, however, the reverse is true. Shooting a person takes a tremendous moral leap, while shooting mere inanimate objects is something most of us do regularly, just for fun, and with no moral compunction.

This inverse relationship needs to be explored. As we move forward into the Accelerating Unpleasantness, we need to give some thought to the tactics that this premise suggests, how best to exercise them, and what we need to do now to increase our efficiency should current trends continue.

The “People” Part

In tumultuous times, some Bad People will simply need to be shot.

No getting around it.

However, as both wartime and street-crime experiences show, not everyone is capable of carrying out this action. From my research, it is not always predictable what kind of individual will have the most difficulty taking life. Some are just not cut out for it. Some can tolerate it. Some relish in it – generally not a healthy condition.

Additionally, even for those who can cope with this dark path, doing so is nearly always a significant upping of the ante. In a modern discussion of Freedom versus Oppression, it may be called a “Fort Sumter” level event. It is the ultimate statement of force, with no close second place, and no turning back.

Finally, many times the goals of Freedom can be accomplished with just the warning of more serious action. The figurative and literal “shot across the bow” can alter the course of a ship without spilling blood.

For all of these reasons and more, a serious study of materiel destruction must be undertaken. Today, much that is written about dynamic 4GW focuses primarily on anti personnel action, and rightly so. However, the field of anti-materiel ballistic intervention is only lightly touched on.

Part of this omission is due to the fact that freedom-minded folks have more limited capabilities available for this role. However, a very large part of the gap is due simply to a lack of creative thinking.

Let’s work on the latter.

The “Places” Part

A few minutes’ contemplation will validate the truism that governmental power is largely based on the population’s belief in that power. From the fiat Federal Reserve Note to the alleged omniscience of surveillance systems such as TrapWire – if the government’s tools, symbols, and tactics can be shown to be vulnerable, the resulting loss of credibility can be a devastating blow to the regime’s ability to preserve itself.

Imagine if you will an early Monday morning, somewhere around 2:30 am local time, in any of the Top 100 metropolitan areas in America.

Based on previous reconnaissance, three two-man teams take position. Each shooter has a common-hunting-caliber centerfire rifle.

Their mission?

Fire one 5-round magazine of soft-point hunting ammunition each into the exterior windows of particular offices housing elements of the repressive security apparatus, police their brass, and then return to their quiet civilian lives.

Their objective?

Communicate through shattered glass and aimed rifle fire the vulnerability of those who would extinguish freedom.

Five rounds per shooter, ten rounds per team, and twenty seconds max.

From rifles and ammunition numbering in the millions and billions, respectively.

Executed at a time of day to minimize the chance of collateral damage to the absolute greatest extent.

Welcome to applied 4GW.

The “Things” Part

Both flesh and exterior glass are fragile. Neither provides more than limited resistance to ballistic energy delivery. However, many potential targets resist penetration or damage when one shoots them. To punch respectable holes in these everyday objects and machines, you need more energy, better (and sometimes specialized) bullets, and often increased accuracy. As the distance to your target is increased, these limitations are exacerbated.

In a military context, this function has often been the role of the .50 BMG and handy projectiles such as API and Raufoss rounds. There are also books on Hard Target Interdiction and courses taught along those lines. As a result, there is a healthy level of civilian .50 BMG usage today.

Yet these rifles and their rounds will never be commonplace. No ammo for them at Wally World either.

While all of these more sophisticated resources are fine for what they are, there is also much that the average guy with the run of the mill deer rifle can accomplish. This area of individual target destruction is where we need to do some creative thinking and analysis.


There just are a lot more deer rifles out there than there are 50 calibers.

Additionally, many modern parts of our domestic governmental infrastructure are not protected, armored, or hardened like military doctrine must address. The average urban government vehicle is just like the salesman’s Chevy, not an armored MRAP. The electrical transformer is protected from being stumbled into, but is not surrounded by AR500 steel plate. The satellite dish on a communication hub just sits there in open view. The street lights and traffic cameras are fragile.

You get the idea.

Organizations and bureaucracies have a great many “things” that they like to accumulate and play with. They often come to rely upon these things to an inordinate degree. The more this is the case, the more impact shooting and smashing that sucker will have.

The examples above and multitudes more would all be damaged, destroyed, or at least suffer a diminished capability if smacked by a solid hit from a .30-06 hunting round. Even better, increase the damage level by replacing the hunting projectile with a heavy match bullet. Or put the Holy Grail in action by using the difficult to find M2 AP bullet and put the issue to rest.

The point is twofold: deny the utility of the object to your opposition, and remind the opposition that if you can hit his stuff, you can hit him too.

Debilitate and Deter.

And not one drop of blood spilled.

So far.

In addition, given plummeting tax revenues and continued economic dislocation at all levels of government, the likelihood that the damaged or destroyed system will be promptly repaired is low, especially for items for which spare parts are limited. Add to the equation the repair crew’s understandable reluctance to dispatch and linger in an area recently perforated by aimed, accurate rifle fire, and you have the tactical gift that keeps on giving.

As one career professional said recently on this topic:

“All enemy communications nodes must die. All antennas must die. You cannot have a networked tactical management system if you do not have a network. Degrade the network, and you degrade your opponents’ ability to hurt you. Period.”

So when we look back to the dilemma of having to fire shots in anger, we now see that the act of shooting something rather than someone is not only more morally acceptable, lower on the Sumter threshold, but also has tremendous merit of its own.

If that’s not a win-win-win for FreeFor, I don’t know what is.

Now start paying close attention to your local AO, take notes on places and items that might be vulnerable to small arms fire, and put them on your range cards.

Dilemma solved.

By the way, that scoped hunting rifle’s not a bad anti-personnel tool, either.

Should the need arise, that is.

Raub’s Post

Read closely to see what it takes these days to be cuffed and stuffed into the laughing academy (h/t Sam).

Thankfully, that can’t happen to anybody in Amerika.

Lee Greenwood says it, so it must be true.

Let’s sing along with Lee:

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

See also this related post by Silicon Graybeard.

And hey – don’t forget to watch the Stooge Parade all next week.

They’re the “Freedom Party”, doncha know….

GoV: When Europe Fought

Read this tale of 8 centuries past, and consider:

1. What is the likelihood of freedom-loving teams in North America putting aside their differences for even a single day and fighting to victory against a common enemy?

2. Given the answer to #1, what, if anything, can be done about that sorry state of affairs?

Common ground, anyone?

Property And Self

I began my awakening here, and continue it here.

This video further aided my understanding.

This recent piece from The Smallest Minority covers, in a slightly different fashion, the concepts embedded in this proposed set of foundational principles.

These topics are not academic.

They are at the heart of the Accelerating Unpleasantness.


Know First Things.

Be principles-oriented.


SHTF School: Water

Selco speaks of its importance and scarcity once the Unpleasantness begins.

Do you understand?

How about all of the folks in your tribe?

A prediction:

Most of the deaths in the Big Die-Off will come from waterborne illness and hygiene issues, not violence.

Have you tested your water plan?


A reader sends this WaPo story on infighting within the special forces community, noting that “the lines are being drawn.”



Regime supporters.

Insurgent sympathizers.

You do see where this ends, right?

Alea iacta est.

Debt Bomb

Hard PG for pasties; h/t Maggie’s Farm.

AAR On Mosby TC3/Small Unit Tactics Course

Resistor reports out.

Lots of good material there.

Especially on the need for more PT.

Tempus fugit.

Time To Play

Tensmiths muses about a 4GW tactic.

Be where They are not.

When you are where They are, do not be who They think you are.


The Sky Is Not Falling

Sam provides some balance to the founded cries of “Doom!” heard here and elsewhere.

Key graf:

…If the problem is too many Bad People, then the solution is simple: Reduce their numbers. Cull the herd. They will do most of the work themselves. They will kill one another. The remainder can be handled by Patriots who get the herd of useless genetics moving toward our borders.

What will be left can be easily mopped-up by Patriots who have remained removed, healthy, strong, and prudently waiting for the window of opportunity to favor victory…

If you can, consider supporting his Citadel project.

Keep prepping.

And if all else fails:

Ein Schweizer, sieben Deutsche.