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Monthly Archives: February 2014
Entry received after 1800 EST.
Neener neener neener.
Written originally for the 9/2009 March on DC – and shelved at that time as being just a tink too bellicose – here is the first verse of a new classic:
We know where you live
We know where you live
We know where you live
Eat, sleep, work out, and pray
Oh, standing for the Light
Against eternal Night
We know what you do is wrong
Additional verses welcome in comments. Keep the tone high.
We want this song to be sung by as many people as possible as times get more sporty.
And BTW – we shall overcome.
As a CNY cat for 21 years, I say “Faster, please”.
And “Eff Albany”.
(H/t Ol’ Remus)
Cold Fury links to important pieces, especially for those in the tribe just spinning up.
Punch line up front?
If his boot is standing on your throat, the color of his shirt does not matter.
Statement of Problem/Commander’s Intent; excerpt below:
This is the first of series of planning tasks. This first one has been submitted by FormerSapper. I will pose the problem today, and then in a day or so I will post his solution.
This is how I want these problems to run:
1) A tactical mission is posed. These can come from me or be submitted by readers. I need Google Earth coordinates for the location.
2) These are not *real* missions. They will take place within a fictitious scenario.
3) Readers can then submit their solutions, for which I need any relevant maps and a description of your scheme of maneuver. I snip out of Google maps/earth and annotate using paint or similar.
4) There is no *right* answer. This is a planning and learning exercise. a TEWT: Tactical Exercise Without Troops.
5) The comments section is for questions/comments/feedback, not your solution. Submit that by email to me. Glib BS answers in comments will be deleted.
6) I advise that you exercise your mental faculties by using a planning process. I recommend the Combat Estimate planning tool as given in ‘Contact.’ You can bang on about MDMP, but I have little sympathy for that cumbersome staff planning tool as a tactical planning tool.
7) In order for readers to be able to plan, scenarios will require:
Commander’s intent and desired end state.
Any constraints including rules of engagement.
8) When planning, as a general rule, you are looking for:
What to achieve and the desired end state.
Factors, leading to “So What?’ analysis, leading to:
Considerations (such as balance of enemy/friendly forces, enemy/ground considerations etc.)
Your list of specified and implied tasks will lead to:
3 courses of action.
Choose 1 = the plan.
Edit: there is no deadline for this. Plans will be posted as received, and can be used as an educational medium for others, even as they do their own. It’s not a test or a competition, there is no right or wrong answer, it is food for thought, training and learning.
It does help to stick to some good solid principles. The principles of attack are as follows:
Seize key terrain or targets vital to influencing perceptions.
Achieve superiority of fires and other effects.
Concentrate the effects of force or the threat of force.
Plan to exploit success.
Keep it simple.
Then review the solutions proferred to date:
Post your solutions at Max’s place.
But do the work please.
There will likely be a Zim airfield in your future.
Remember – there is no merit badge for “Got my ass strafed”.
…Unbeknownst to you, I am surrounded by people who claim to identify with the tea party and/or go to the meetings. Most of my family , extended family, friends and associates for starters. When I ask them what they are willing to do to stop the runaway federal spending, they have nothing to offer. Well, they want their taxes reduced a bit. Maybe ease back a bit on defense spending, maybe. But not the veteran’s benefits. Most of them resent the welfare queens and food stamp recipients and most of them won’t say so out loud. Most are not thrilled with the bank bailouts. But, not one of them is willing to stop paying taxes. None of them would touch 95% of the federal budget. None of them would surrender any of their own federally funded benefits. So, where does that leave us? It leaves us with the conclusion that the members of the tea party want their goodies and are willing to pay enough tax dollars to keep them. But they don’t want to pay for some of the goodies other people get. It’s just simple logic.
It may be that you don’t quite grasp the extent of the gravy train. Or maybe you have so much money, it just doesn’t matter? The federal spending train subsidizes nearly everything in this country. And I mean everything. Would you really put all those people out of work – at one stroke?
If so, the anarchists would love to have you join their group.
Note that these guys genuinely believe the guff they are spreading.
I am a twenty-something from a fly-over state who was raised around guns and in recent years have begun pursuing the idea of learning to fight with them instead of merely using them to make noise and kill the occasional game animal.
• Tactical Response Fighting Rifle, with Jay as head instructor and Jerry and Andrew with the assist.
• Arsenal SGL 21
• Surplus steel mags
• Glock 17
• Glock mags
• OSOE web gear
• MWRL 8-Mag
• Hydro Carrier
• Three Pistol Mag Pouch
• Tear Off Med Pouch
• Rigid Cobra Belt w/ Velcro Backing
• Quart Canteen Pouch X2
• Rallyman Subload
• Single Point Bungee Sling
• Safariland 6004
• Red Army rifle ammo
• Tula Pistol ammo
• Non-electric ear pro
Tactical Response’s home range in Camden, TN. I bunked in the Team Room.
Feb 22-23, 2014
Given my lack of carbine training, I figured I should try to fill that gap with a class that is known to be hard on guns and highly informative with regard to Mindset, Tactics and Skill.
• My rifle ran great. I had one failure in the 1500-ish rounds. The failure I had I did not very thoroughly diagnose because when my rifle went click, I immediately loaded a new mag and ran the bolt while trying to keep my eyes toward the threat. I think it was a failure to feed, but it could have been a bad round. Either way, it only happened once during the course.
• I had a little trouble seating my rifle mags, until I acted upon Jay’s advice to tuck the butt of my rifle under my arm when performing mag changes.
• My pistol ran great, no failures.
• My ammo did well with the possible exception which I stated above.
• Eight loaded AK mags on the front of a chest rig is heavy. The first day I failed to fill the Camelbak in my hydro carrier and so by lunch of day one I was a little disheartened. Day two I had the Camelbak full and it was a much better experience, having the load balanced makes all the difference (I decided to carry 12 rifle mags and five pistol mags after reading Max V.’s book).
• Communication is extremely important if you are working with someone and can easily be forgotten in the heat of the moment.
• PT is vital (Shout out to Mr. Mosby). I started working out for the class in Dec and am in much better shape than I was previously, but I still have a long way to go. It wasn’t that we were doing a lot of running or anything, but when I was crouched behind “cover” trying to control my breathing while putting out effective fire I fatigued quickly. This fatigue was especially apparent when trying to move from “cover” to “cover” quickly.
• Having a dump pouch could be very handy, I had previously considered something that wasn’t particularly useful. Leaving partially loaded mags on the ground and running away from them can be disheartening.
• If you do have someplace to put them, use the weight of the mag to tell you if it still has bullets in it or not. This allows you to keep your head up and looking down range.
• Stock AK sights suck, especially if you are doing anything besides standing still and calmly shooting at a piece of paper. I need to upgrade to XS Big Dots and/or an Aimpoint.
• Shooting from “unconventional positions” such as weak side or while lying on the ground is a lot more difficult than it looks in a Youtube video and requires practice.
• It takes a lot less time than you think to empty a mag when you are trying to provide covering fire. It takes a very conscious effort to slow down your rate of fire to something reasonable.
All-in-all, it was a great weekend and well worth the time/money/energy.
Thank you Jay, Jerry, Andrew, and James for offering this opportunity to freedom-loving citizens who want to be ready to defend their homes and families.
This has been a public service message from your neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and fellow parishioners.
UPDATE 2140 EST 27 FEB 2014: As sent by a reader:
Just imagine if pressurized fuel is used.
More meme-worthy images:
Action this day.
(H/t WRSA reader)
The state of Connecticut is making lists of firearm owners to raid. It seems obvious to me that it is thus only fair to list those anti-constitutional tyrants who will have blood on their hands the moment the first Connecticut citizen is shot by the CT state police while carrying out their orders. I will be sending these folks my own email later today.
CT State Senators voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. List includes home addresses. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here:
John W. Fonfara, 99 Montowese St., Hartford 06114-2841
Eric D. Coleman, 77 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield 06002-2529
Andrea Stillman, 5 Coolidge Ct., Waterford 06385-3309
Gary LeBeau, 501 Canyon Ridge Dr., Broad Brook 06016-5602
Kevin Kelly, 240 York St., Stratford 06615-7952
Steve Cassano, 1109 Middle Tpke, E Manchester 06040-3703
Anthony J. Musto, 15 Maymont Ln., Trumbull 06611-2111
Beth Bye, 99 Outlook Ave., West Hartford 06119-1432
Andres Ayala, PO Box 55106, Bridgeport 06610-5106
Terry B. Gerratana, 674 Lincoln St., New Britain 06052-1833
Michael A. McLachlan, 47 W Wooster St., Danbury 06810-7731
Bob Duff, 50 Toilsome Ave., Norwalk 06851-2425
Toni Boucher, 5 Wicks End Ln, Wilton 06897-2633
Paul Doyle, 38 Thornbush Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3554
Carlo Leone, 88 Houston Ter., Stamford 06902-4449
Toni N. Harp (no longer in the Legislature, she is now the Mayor of New Haven, CT).
John McKinney, 986 S Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield 06824-6348
Martin M. Looney, 132 Fort Hale Rd., New Haven 06512-3630
Donald E. Williams, Jr., 41 Malbone Ln., Brooklyn 06234-1563
Edward Meyer, 407 Mulberry Point Rd., Guilford 06437-3204
Dante Bartolomeo, 167 Reynolds Dr., Meriden 06450-2568
Gayle Slossburg, 14 Honeysuckle Ln., Milford 06461-1671
Joan V. Hartley, 206 Columbia Blvd., Waterbury 06710-1401
Leonard Fasano, 7 Sycamore Ln., North Haven 06473-1283
Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., 1205 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge 06525-1822
L. Scott Frantz, 123 Meadow Rd., Riverside 06878-2521
CT House members voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here:
Catherine Abercrombie, 64 Parker Ave., Meriden 06450-5945
Ernest Hewett, 29 Colman St., New London 06320-3558
Peter Tercyak, 150 Belridge Rd., New Britain 06053-1008
Brenda Kupchick, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258
William Tong, 99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stamford 06903-4030
Gary Holder-Winfield, 480 Winchester Ave., New Haven 06511-1920
James Albis, 369 Coe Ave., Apt 14, East Haven
David Alexander, 277 Pearl St., Enfield 06082-4368
Bryan Hurlburt (Stepped down to take a position with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.)
Diana Urban, 146 Babcock Rd., North Stonington 06359-1334
Gail Lavielle, 109 Hickory Hill Rd., Wilton 06897-1135
Claire Janowski, 263 Hany Ln., Vernon 06066-2740
Edwin Vargas, 141 Douglas St., Hartford 06114-2422
Angel Arce, 248 Franklin Ave., Hartford 06114-1841
Susan Johnson, 120 Bolivia St., Willimantic 06226-2818
Joe Verrengia, 160 Colonial St., West Hartford 06110-1814
David Arconti, Jr., 141 Great Plain Rd., Danbury 06811-3844
Tom Vicino, 92 Carter Hill Rd., Clinton 06413-1230
Joe Aresimowicz, 248 Lower Ln., Berlin 06037-2231
David Kiner, 5 Cranberry Hollow, Enfield 06082-2200
Toni Walker, 1643 Ella T Grasso Blvd., New Haven 06511-2801
Patricia Widlitz, 12 Island Bay Cir., Guilford 06437-3058
Timothy Larson, 33 Gorman Pl., East Hartford 06108-1450
Christina Ayala, 506 Brooks St., Bridgeport 06608-1303
Terry Backer, 125 Jefferson St., Stratford 06615-7810
Roland Lemar, 6 Eld St., New Haven 06511-3816
Roberta Willis, PO Box 1733, 30 Upland Meadow Rd., Lakeville 06039-1733
Tom O’Dea, 37 Holly Rd., New Canaan 06840-6406
David Baram, 5 Warbler Cir., Bloomfield 06002-2233
Matthew Lesser, 1160 S Main S.,t Apt 110, Middletown 06457-5034
Christopher Wright, 35 Ruth St., Apt 49, Bristol 06010-3218
Arthur O’Neill, 617 Bucks Hill Rd., Southbury 06488-1952
Brian Becker, 14 Candlewood Dr., West Hartford 06117-1009
Rick Lopes, 208 S Mountain Dr., New Britain 06052-1514
Elissa Wright, 51 Pearl St., Groton 06340-5732
Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus, Legislative Office Bldg., Rm 4017, Hartford 06106
Geoff Luxenburg, 45 Chatham Dr., Manchester 06042-8522
James Maroney, 22 Saranac Rd Milford 06461-9401
Larry Butler, 70 Blackman Rd., Waterbury 06704-1203
Juan Candelaria, 28 Arch St., New Haven 06519-1511
Brandon McGee, 43 Warren St., Hartford 06120-2117
Robert Megna, 40 Foxon Hill Rd., Unit 54, New Haven 06513-1166
Charles “Don” Clemons, 130 Read St., Bridgeport 06607-2021
Michelle Cook, 499 Charles St., Torrington 06790-3420
Patricia Miller, 95 Liberty St., Apt A4, Stamford 06902-4732
John Shaban, 29 Ledgewood Rd., Redding 06896-2916
Bill Aman, 878 Strong Rd., South Windsor 06074-2006
Philip Miller, 24 Bushy Hill Rd., Ivoryton 06442-1108
Victor Cuevas, 17 Keefe St., Waterbur,y 06706-1616
Mike D’Agostino, 575 Ridge Rd., Hamden 06517-2519
Russ Morin, 495 Brimfield Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3209
Richard Smith, 25 Jeremy Dr., New Fairfield 06812-2109
Prasad Srinivasan, 268 Grandview Dr., Glastonbury 06033-3946
Bruce Morris, 315 Ely Ave., Norwalk 06854-4619
Stephen Dargan, 215 Beach St., West Haven 06516-6133
Paul Davis, 335 Smith Farm Rd., Orange 06477-3127
Ted Moukawsher, 48 W Elderkin Ave., Groton 06340-4933
Mitch Bolinsky, 3 Wiley Ln., Newtown 06470-1812
Stephen Walko, 7 Charter Oak Ln., Greenwich 06830-6911
Mike Demicco, 6 Deborah Ln., Farmington 06032-3031
Mary Mushinsky, 188 S Cherry St., Wallingford 06492-4016
Patricia Dillon, 68 W Rock Ave., New Haven 06515-2221
Sandy Nafis, 49 Whitewood Rd., Newington 06111-2133
Larry Cafero, Jr., 6 Weed Ave., Norwalk 06850-2224
Terrie Wood, 50 Saint Nicholas Rd., Darien 06820-2823
Joe Diminico, 26 Finley St., Manchester 06040-5616
David Yaccarino, 1804 Hartford Tpke., North Haven 06473-1248
Elaine O’Brien, 1321 Hill St., Suffield 06078-1024
Kim Fawcett, 234 Collingwood Ave., Fairfield 06825-1877
Chris Perone, 8 E. Rocks Rd., Norwalk 06851-2919
Christie Carpino, 29 Sovereign Rd., Cromwell 06416-1136
Lonnie Reed, 60 Maple St., Apt. 44, Branford 06405-3562
Andy Fleischmann, 25 Sherwood Rd., West Hartford 06117-2739
Mae Flexer, 452 Main St., Danielson 06239-2104
Emmett Riley, 150 Yantic St., Unit 160, Norwich 06360-4248
Daniel Fox, 14 Carter Dr., Stamford 06902-7013
Matt Ritter, 169 N Beacon St., Hartford 06105-2246
J. Brendan Sharkey, 600 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden 06518-1606
Jason Rojas, 128 Langford Ln., East Hartford 06118-2369
Gerald Fox, III, 66 Fairview Ave., Stamford 06902-8129
Mary Fritz, 43 Grove St., Yalesville 06492-1606
Livvy Floren, 210 Round Hill Rd., Greenwich 06831-3357
Henry Genga, 5 Elaine Dr., East Hartford 06118-3515
John Frey, 2 Copps Hill Rd., Ridgefield 06877-4013
Linda Gentile, 158 Hodge Ave., Ansonia 06401-3236
Robert Sanchez, 269 Washington St., New Britain 06051-1024
Minnie Gonzalez, 97 Amity St., Hartford 06106-1001
Ezequiel Santiago, 991 State St., Bridgeport 06605-1504
Jeffrey Berger, 134 Gaylord Dr., Waterbury 06708-2181
Auden Grogins, 155 Brewster St., Apt 5L, Bridgeport 06605-3111
Hilda Santiago, 86 South Ave., Fl 3, Meriden 06451-7624
DebraLee Hovey, 296 Fan Hill Rd., Monroe 06468-1329
Bob Godfrey, 13 Stillman Ave., Danbury 06810-8007
Antonio Guerrera, 194 Catherine Dr., Rocky Hill 06067-1096
Brian Sear, 11 N Canterbury Rd., Canterbury 06331-1209
Elizabeth Ritter, 24 Old Mill Rd., Quaker Hill 06375-1319
Tony Hwang, PO Box 762, Fairfield 06824-0762
Joseph Serra, PO Box 233, Middletown 06457-0233
Gregg Haddad, 28 Storrs Heights Rd., Storrs Mansfield 06268-2322
John Hampton, 33 West Mountain, Simsbury 06092
Charlie Stallworth, 35 Wickliffe Cir., Bridgeport 06606-1929
Themis Klarides, 23 East Ct., Derby 06418-2640
Noreen Kokoruda, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258
Jonathan Steinberg, 1 Bushy Ridge Rd., Westport 06880-2104
Jack Hennessy, 556 Savoy St., Bridgeport 06606-4125
Audentes fortuna iuvat.
No matter what.