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– Practical shooting be it for defense, hunting, skeet, whatever always has some time pressure component. As such I think we need to think and train that way.
– I think accuracy demands have to drive speed. There is little value in shooting faster than you can make hits or at least distract them.
– How much accuracy you need is relative to the situation. With a prairie dog at 400 meters you need a lot of accuracy. On the other hand at 3 feet you can shoot minute of barn and still torso punch someone.
-Self awareness is so important here. Knowing how fast you can get away with shooting lets you end a violent scenario as quickly as possible. Giving someone less time to potentially hurt you is a good thing.
You have made the decision to carry a sidearm on your person or in your vehicle daily. You have selected a handgun and obtained some baseline training, and perhaps shot a qualifying score in a concealed carry class. Your accuracy is good – if you are standing squared up in front of a non-moving target, under little or no stress.
So while you continue to add layer upon layer to your training regiment, consider giving positional shooting a try. This will add to your overall shooting abilities and boost your confidence.
Because many shooters do not practice often from alternate positions, they find shooting accurately can be difficult. These positions can change how you see your sights, grip your handgun, and therefore influence trigger press. Remember, though, that the fundamentals are still the same: stance (alternate stance), grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breathing, trigger press, and follow-through.
Listed here are the positions I believe are practical and will make you a better defensive shooter.
Aside from a good standing position, kneeling is usually the first alternate shooting position I teach to new law enforcement officers. There are at least four kneeling styles commonly taught: speed, braced, California, and extended speed kneel. I prefer the California (both knees on the deck) for greater flexibility in upper torso movement and shooting around cover. The extended kneel (strong side knee on the deck) is a close second and allows for the shooter to recover from the kneeling position quicker. Making yourself a smaller target is also a plus.
We spend hours sitting each day — in our vehicles, at work, at a café and the movies … so it would be logical to devote some training time shooting from various seated positions. Getting your handgun into play while seated may well be the biggest challenge — and something you should not assume will be easy under high stress. How and where you carry your pistol will influence quick acquisition and the ability to draw it.
While not the most likely defensive position to find yourself in, shooting from prone with a handgun is a skill set I want to have. It does, however, offer some unique challenges. Most folks would assume because your body is flat on the ground and you can use both arms and elbows to support the pistol that it would be easy to shoot accurately from this position.
At 25 yards during training, I see about a 50 percent miss rate from law enforcement officers in the prone. Why? It is not practiced enough and it puts the shooter outside the comfort zone. I teach a rollover prone position that gets the shooter more onto their side and off their diaphragm. This method also allows for resting the head on your bicep instead of straining your neck while lying flat and square on with the target. If you have minimal cover or have something you can get under to shoot from (a vehicle), prone may, in fact, be just the ticket.
I have seen little training devoted to this position. In reality, it’s not all that improbable that you could find yourself on the flat of your back in a confrontation. If so, you may find yourself looking up at an attacker with a knife, bat or some other deadly weapon in their hands. You have only a second or two to react. Shooting at a threat standing over you or having to shoot between your knees from your back as a threat closes in is disconcerting at best. Run some drills with a good instructor while performing these tasks so that your reaction would be “oh yeah, I’ve done this before” if that day ever comes.
5. Using cover or a barricade.
There is little doubt that if you find yourself in an exchange of gunfire that cover will become your friend. Shooting from or around cover, just like the different positions mentioned above, changes how you see your sights and how you grip your pistol, because now you are doing something outside the box, forcing you to become uncomfortable. You must practice it, from standing, kneeling and prone. Use cover when it’s available and if the situation allows for it.
Adding these abilities to your skill set will boost your confidence and make you a better shooter. Along with these shooting positions, you will find that shooting with movement and shooting with one hand will also be advantageous … but that is for another discussion.
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Getting Into Tactical Shooting With Lucas Apps
Today we welcome on Lucas Apps from the Triangle Tactical Blog and Podcast. Lucas Apps started the blog and podcast at triangletactical.net back in 2012. He’s an avid concealed carrier, competition shooter, and outdoors enthusiast. He has been shooting for as long as he can remember, and won his first competition at a young age shooting a .22lr standing rifle match with his Boy Scout troop. Lucas is an Eagle Scout, and learned the basics of shooting, and outdoor skills from his time in scouting.
We focus the first half of the show with Lucas Apps explaining how to get into tactical shooting. Things to expect on your first time out to a shoot. We talk about safety concerns. Like how you should never go to a match wearing your firearm loaded. I had a buddy get disqualified for that once. So make sure you are familiar with the rules of your range.
- Who is Lucas Apps and how did you get into tactical shooting
- How to get started in tactical shooting
- What are some best practices for competitive shooting
- What gear do you need for your first IDPA match
- Dryfire training good or bad?
- Can new shooters learn on their own or do they need professional training?
- Reloading basics
- What are you shooting with?
- Tactical gear you recommend?
- What firearm would you use for a zombie apocalypse?
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Milwaukee became the latest American city gripped by unrest this summer when racial tensions exploded into violence over the weekend.
Mobs roamed through the streets, set businesses on fire and shot at police and firefighters.
“Last night was unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told the Associated Press. “I’m very proud of the way our police officers and firefighters responded.”
At least four businesses were burned.
Here are three things you need to know about this latest round of violence.
1. Police were targeted. Seven squad cars were burned and four officers were injured. One officer was hurt when a brick was thrown through a squad car window, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The violence began when a crowd gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Syville K. Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday afternoon. Smith was shot after he made a threatening motion with a gun, police said. Smith’s action is on video, Milwaukee police officials said, although it has not been released. Smith had fled after a traffic stop.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Smith had a lengthy criminal record that included 13 arrests. Police said Smith’s pistol contained 23 rounds.
The officer who shot Smith has left town for his own safety. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn would not identify the officer but said he was African-American. Flynn claimed his department had received a “credible threat” to the officer.
“We are concerned for his safety,” Flynn told reporters. “He has been staying with relatives out of town.”
2. Racial tension is high. Some news reports indicate that white people were targeted by rioters. A mob chased reporters and a photographer at the beginning of the riot, The Journal Sentinel reported. At least one reporter was shoved to the ground and punched by members of the mob.
Racial tensions have been building in Milwaukee for decades, The New York Times reported, and the unemployment rate for blacks in the city is one and a half higher than the rate for whites.
“This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country,” Alderman Khalif Rainey said, according to AP. Rainey represents the neighborhood where the riot broke out on the city council.
3. It is not over. Violence continued Sunday night and could flare up again at any time. A 10 p.m. curfew for minors has been set for the rest of the week.
“This is still a volatile situation,” Barrett admitted. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
He urged parents to keep their children at home.
At least 150 specially trained riot police officers were deployed on Sunday night. Rioters threw objects at police, and at least one person was wounded after shots were fired. Police had to deploy armored vehicles to rescue a shooting victim.
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Okay, so this is a little different from the kind of videos I normally share, but I just couldn’t resist. Grant Thompson came up with an idea for exploding targets that are cheap, easy, and safe to make. Shooting these is a lot more fun than shooting tin cans because they make a really loud […]
The shooting that occurred in Orlando Florida has been on my mind ever since I heard about it yesterday. It clarified some thoughts that have been going through my mind for some time now. First let me express my condolences to the families of the victims, I feel for them. Second, let me express my contempt for the radical Muslims and the fellow travelers in our current administration who aid and abet them.
Now the next section may make some people upset with me. But these are the thoughts that have been going through my mind. First the government programs teach that if you are caught in an active shooter situation to run, hide or fight in that order. I personally have some questions about this. I think that this is the correct tactic for women and children and men who are too far away. But for men who are within a reasonable distance of the shooter it should be fight.
In yesterday’s shooting, we saw people who texted messages as the shooter approached them. They would have stood a lot better chance if they would have thrown the phone at him and charged. With the number of rounds he fired, he had to have done several reloads. Now I am 72 years old and I feel that I could travel approximated 20 feet during the time it takes to reload an AR15. Another factor is that regardless of how well trained an individual is, an AR15 is not a magic weapon. It only fires in one direction at a time and only one round for each pull of the trigger.
Now my feelings for some time is that if I am involved in an active shooting situation and am within a reasonable distance of the shooter I will attack. Now being a bit of a realist even though this is my plan, I don’t know if I would have the courage to actually do it until I am faced with the situation. But I know that if I get the thought in my mind ahead of time I am much more likely to do it.
Now let’s discuss what happens if you charge, first there is a good chance others may join you. People react to a leader. If the shooter has to deal with you, it buys time for others to flee. If you are shot, but if the suspect goes down as a result of several people charging, you will get medical help much sooner. You won’t lie there for three hours, slowly bleeding to death. I believe that fighting back will reduce the death toll in most situations.
I hope that if I am ever in such a situation I have the courage to die on my feet fighting, rather than hiding in a bathroom.
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Gun: M9/ Beretta 92
Target: Whatever the man sized Army pistol target is.
Range: 25 meters
Rounds fired: 75ish
Rapid (but still getting front sight, etc) fire- 2/3rds in the equivalent of the 8 ring, 1/3rd spread around the body minus 2 flyers.
Failure drill (2 chest 1 head)- The chest shots were faster than the rapid fire but the spread didn’t push past the 7 ring. Head shots were rough. Think I got 2 out of 6 or 7.
Guess there were 2 lessons there. First if I have to take the dreaded hostage rescue shot at 25 meters (or past 15 really) with a Beretta 9mm I in deep crap…. but I already knew that. Second if I have to do a failure drill at that range I am going strait to hips.
Also shooting is fun.
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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Deadly Prepping Problem, Engineer Your Perfect Life, Surviving Occupied America, The 6 Laws of Survival, & 15 More Monday Mania – 2.1.2016 Aaahhhhh! It’s February already. Where does the time go? First things first, I know that I am having some issues with my website and emails. Here’s what is … Continue reading Monday Mania – 2.1.2016
Dealing With A Gun Misfire By Richard Bogath I cannot adequately explain the looks of puzzlement and confusion when one of my students pulls the trigger and nothing but a resounding “click” issues forth from the handgun. What’s interesting is that not five minutes before they pulled said trigger, they received one of their first […]
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Don’t Be Too Prepared – Keeping Your Preparations Secret By Richard Bogath The news of yet another psychopath or psychopaths mowing down yet another crowd of soft targets is teetering on the razor-thin line of complacent; “Oh, another one? Where this time?” As with all things, in time, what was once horrific, outrageous, unthinkable and […]
21 Survival Skills That Can Save Your Life …
Do you have the survival skills to survive in a post-collapse world with no police, no laws, and no government?
Here are 21 survival skills to learn now … as well as several ways to apply these skills … when all Hell breaks loose.
If you were to learn every possible survival skill out there, you’d have to quit your job, sleep 4 hours a night and do nothing but read, train, and practice survival skills.
That’s one reason why Army Green Berets and other Special Forces units around the world are so skilled at what they do — they have put their time in, gotten the practice, and acquired the skills. So what makes a Green Beret different from a Navy SEAL, or other special forces commando unit from somewhere else in the world?
The difference between a Green Beret and a Navy Seal
Comparing Green Berets with Navy SEALS, both groups are skilled with unconventional (guerilla) warfare, special reconnaissance, and combat search and rescue. Green Berets differ from Navy SEALS by way of their ability to blend in with the locals, build key relationships, and have eyes and ears on the ground.
This leads to: Training the locals in unconventional warfare (guerilla warfare and resistance fighters), coalition support, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping duties. To summarize all these actions, Green Berets are expected to be skilled at diplomacy. Diplomacy is the keyword here. If you can get any survival skill from the Green Berets, diplomacy is a survival skill that can make you or break you in a post-collapse world. You’ll see why in a moment.
Survival Skills, Explained
For the rest of us, there’s too many survival skills to learn in a short period of time and it doesn’t really make sense to get good at everything. Let’s focus on the select few survival skills that will matter most when disaster strikes and you’ll be forced to either bug-in, evacuate, or bug out to a remote retreat for an undetermined amount of time.
Bug In – This means to essentially barricade yourself into your home and or just your neighborhood with your neighbors and subsist on supplies you and or your neighbors have stockpiled for an extended emergency.
Evacuate – A disaster or impending disaster or threat has made your neighborhood or region no longer safe to live, even if only for a short period of time. On short notice, you flee town to an official evacuation zone for disaster refugees; or you break off from the pack of evacuees and take your chances on your own (which may be a better choice than staying with the pack, depending on the situation). The open road lies before you…
Bug Out – You have a solid plan for leaving your home behind (permanently), packing up your car or truck — or just an oversized backpack (a bug out bag) and heading out on foot — packed with survival supplies to help you get by for the next few weeks until you arrive somewhere where you can resettle. Some people who plan to bug out currently possess survival skills for living off the land — for hunting, fishing, and foraging, while others who bug out have a planned remote retreat, whether that’s a cabin or a small area of wilderness off the beaten track, where they have pre-stocked survival supplies, food, water, etc. waiting just for this day.
What are the basics?
First we’ll cover the basics — basic survival skills. Then we’ll throw in a few survival skills that make Army Green Berets able to cover ground, blend, and defend themselves — even on solo missions — sometimes deep in enemy territory.
Once you learn those survival skills, you’ll be able to tackle just about anything.
What to Learn First
#1. Improvised Shelter
Well, this one is a no-brainer: At some point you’re going to need a place to rest, escape the weather, or hide out from eyes in the sky for a couple days during your travels. Though some elaborate shelters can be built from the forest or brush or even hillside, a single or two-person backpacking tent will do the trick for most people. If for some reason you lose your tent during your travels, a tarp or a poncho and whatever you can find on site such as a shallow cave or a downed tree can be used also. Use overhead branches to shield yourself from the rain or sun; use the landscape as a natural windblock and also as natural camouflage. Since we’re talking about post-collapse, knowing how to easily camouflage yourself and your shelter safely off trail are essential.
Building shelter in a post-collapse world means more than just sheltering from the weather; it means sheltering from bad people that may be combing the landscape. Think like a hermit and hide yourself somewhere on a hillside or dense growth of trees, using moss, grass, twigs, and even dirt or mud to create insulation if needed. The best shelter in a post-collapse world, while traveling, is a shelter that no one knows is there. Remember that.
When you poke your head up to look around and do some recon, have your head covered in brush, as the shape of a human head is easy to recognize; remember, sometimes you want to avoid being seen at all costs.
If you have binoculars don’t be looking in the direction of the sun as the glint of the sun on your binoculars can be seen from a far distance away, potentially alerting someone to your position.
Making fire encompasses the multitude of ways of starting it, maintaining it and then putting it out (which many people tend to overlook); after you’ve put out your fire, hide the fact that you ever had a fire to begin with. Leave no trace. Bury the ashes from your fire well under ground and then spread dirt and arrange brush so that no one can tell (without digging down) that you ever had a fire there. Don’t leave any clues for possible trail robbers or trackers to find, if someone happens to be looking for either you or for someone to rob.
As far as getting a fire started, you shouldn’t rely only on the bow drill method. Though it’s a good survival skill to have, it’s also time consuming and not dependable for a wet environment. Make sure you have at least 3 ways of making fire in your bug out bag, including having lighters (in a waterproof container — pill bottles are great for carrying lighters), blast-matches, waterproof matches, flint and steel, petroleum jelly cotton balls or even a 9V battery and steel wool.
Though most bug outs shouldn’t take more than a few days, water is one of those things you shouldn’t have too much of in your bug out bag because you can find plenty of water along the way (unless you live in or near the desert, then you may need to pack a lot more water than normal). Water procurement can be done several ways; it can be filtered with a portable water filter, it can be boiled to kill parasites and bacteria that can make you sick, and it can also be collected and purified with water purification tablets; this last method is the most time efficient method but because of limited pack space in your bug out bag, but it shouldn’t be the only method you use. Having a portable water filter and also a small pot for boiling water are essential.
Here’s why: At some point you’ll run out of water purification tablets and then a few weeks later that portable water filter will have used all it’s life. The good news about water purification tablets is that you can pack a lot of them; they don’t weigh very much or take up much space. You can also have a back up portable water filter if you use one of the smaller brands on the market, such as Lifestraw (mentioned in other articles), giving you several more weeks of water filtration.
Finding sources for fresh water: A good Green Beret will have done their homework themselves or have been thoroughly briefed on locations that exist in a region they will be operating in. For us, that means we should acquire the best maps in advance and then study each map so that we can create routes that take us near sources of fresh water — lakes, rivers and streams. This is how desert nomads of the vast deserts of the Middle East and Africa and also the Native Americans who lived in the desert southwest states of the U.S. could survive and travel through areas that would otherwise be inhospitable to humans. Desert nomads and Native Americans both knew where water could be found in remote areas and then chose their routes accordingly.
Choosing a Route in a Post-Collapse World – At the same time, the routes we create from our maps should avoid populated areas where gangs may be operating in the cities, militias may be operating in the suburbs, and some bad people (bandits, rapists, and psychopaths) may be roaming the suburbs or surrounding countryside.
Which brings us to an extremely important survival skill for a post collapse world:
What to Learn Next
In theory, the bug out process is straightforward. A couple of hours, to a couple of days, to a couple of weeks of walking and you reach a fully-stocked bug out retreat where you can live in peace for months or even years; well, that’s the hope anyway. You have to get their first.
And this is where the deadly challenge of survival happens in a post-collapse.
When chaos breaks loose, a lot of things can go wrong that can deviate you from your original route. This is where your navigation skills as well as your preparedness come into play:
GPS (if it’s available)
Offline maps on your phone (if you can download numerous, terrain specific maps beforehand)
Finally, knowing how to navigate using a compass or the stars.
When it’s all said and done, printed maps and a good compass are going to be your best bet. Navigating by the stars doesn’t work during cloudy weather, and depending on GPS or a smartphone to store maps is a bad idea for a long term situation. At some point, the batteries in your phone are going to die or those satellites that make GPS possible may become inaccessible. Map and compass are a proven and reliable long term survival tool and can work for you in a post collapse world.
Topographic Maps: A useful and necessary skill is knowing how to read a topographic maps; knowing what those contour lines represent on a topographic map, as well as the different colors, will help you understand elevation changes and the types of terrain you can encounter in a region. You’ll be able to see the elevation of the terrain, the vegetation and, of course, the bodies of water, lakes, rivers, streams, coastline, etc. With a topographic map, you can determine a route that will help you avoid populated areas, reduce the chances of a robbery out on a trail (by helping you avoid trails all together), and also determine whether or not you’ll encounter a ridge, canyon, valley, or mountain too steep to climb.
Lots has been said about guns and they are beyond the scope of this article. There’s a mountain of great information out there on which gun to get and how to shoot it but information is useless unless you practice. I recommend you practice with as many as you can since using a pistol is different that shooting a shotgun or a rifle; for those with the time and means, it is good to have experience knowing how to shoot all three.
#6. Hunting and Trapping
Funny enough, trapping isn’t just a skill you learn for catching rabbits and squirrels out in the wild. It can be just as useful in “bug in situations” to catch mice and other rodents that may take a shot at your food stores. Keep in mind that trapping requires a lot of patience as well as knowledge and practice. The question is, do you really need it? Well, if you’ll be bugging in or if expect to have a short bug out, you probably won’t. However, things can always go wrong.
Your bug out may take longer than expected so you might have to spend a week or more out in the wild. Your bug out location can be compromised by the time you get there. Your food stockpile may be spoiled due to one of the five food storage enemies: light, oxygen, moisture, temperature and the aforementioned rodents. You just never know what could go wrong and force you to find alternate food sources. For some people, those capable, that means hunting and trapping.
Since learning key survival skills that help make the Green Berets so adept at what they do, you should also learn one of the traits a true Green Beret is known for: overcoming fear. If you have a fear of bears, for example, in a post collapse world it’s time to overcome that fear and start seeing black bears and grizzlies as food to feed you and your family.
Depending on where you are in the country, realize that a bear can be easier to hunt for than other sought after game like deer or elk. If you’re truly concerned at all about wanting to feed your family in a bug out situation, read the SecretsofSurvival.com article on hunting black bears and grizzlies, which, worth repeating, anyone thinking about bugging out should read and take serious consideration to. In fact, a hunter (who knows how to shoot) with no previous experience hunting can be successful hunting bears on the first go.
Why is that? It’s easy to use bait or even just garbage to draw a bear to where you lie in wait. Not only can you feed your family with hundreds of pounds of bear meat for several weeks, but you also reduce the chances of a future bear encounter by reducing the number of bears in your region. Let me restate that: Bear hunting, especially in the first few weeks of a bug out, can both feed your family and also eliminate the number of bears in your region that could otherwise prove to be a threat to your family’s safety in the long run.
#7. Finding and Following Game Trails
Game trails are “trails” made by wildlife (deer, elk, moose, antelope, caribou, bison, etc.) as they follow commonly traveled routes for big game through the forest, often to a water source, and other times to where they know they can find food. Some game trails may even lead you to where large game beds down and sleeps.
In a post-collapse world, traveling trails made by humans can be dangerous as the more popular trails are more likely to be ambushed by crooks looking for someone to rob or murder. Being able to travel using game trails can take you through the wilderness and even mountainous terrain on paths that a lot of people do not know exist.
Game trails can also work as great places for trapping, and of course, spot and stalk techniques for big game hunting and even give you places to set up treestands (where you sit and wait for game to come down trail — this works on “secondary” game trails; game trails not used as commonly as primary game trails; source).
Trapping works for small game but what if you can’t find any? Spotting and stalking game is a hard skill to get down; in other words before you shoot any big game, you have to see it (“spot” game), and then you have to get close to it (“stalk” game); you have to “stalk” close enough for your rifle or bow (if bow hunting) to have a good shot.
Game trails can lead you to water — Keep in mind that where there are game trails, there may also be water close by as most animals will need it at least 2 times a day. In many wilderness areas, all you have to do is follow game trails downhill and you might be lucky enough to find food and water at the same time.
If looking for food, follow game trails facing the wind – Hunters call this being downwind. If the wind is at your back (you are “upwind”), your scent will be blown in the direction you are hunting and the wildlife you’re after is likely to catch your scent; startled by your scent, that wildlife is now likely to flee.
#8. Getting Out Of Zip Ties, Duct Tape and Other Restraints
Few preppers think about the possibility of getting captured but with all the videos ISIS made to scare us, getting out of restraints is something we need to start thinking about.
Plus, during a collapse, there’s a good chance that there’s a psychopath in just about every community who will now become a threat. Right now, your local psychopath works his nine to five job, and the threat of the police and a long prison sentence keeps a lot of people from going out and breaking the law.
Whether it’s a psychopath, or a rapist, you never know who could end up breaking into your home one night or even tackling and making an attempt to turn you into another basement sex slave (greatest risk of course is to women and children).
Or maybe it’s just a neighbor who knows you were prepping and decides to pay you a visit, holds you at gun point, ties you up, steals all your supplies and then leaves you to die, duct taped to a chair, as he then sets the house on fire and walks out.
In short, you get out of zip ties by either breaking them or by picking the locking blade with something really thin, you get out of single-lock handcuffs using a paper clip and you get out of duct tape by raising both your arms up and then bringing them down in a quick motion while spreading your elbows apart. This needs, practice, of course, but it’ll be fun to do with your kids.
It’s one thing for us to put these escape maneuvers into a paragraph; they’ll never work for you unless you first believe how easy these techniques can be to use. Former CIA operative Jason Hanson reveals how to do these techniques in his book, Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life, which we highly recommend to anyone who wants to know how to escape duct tape (what most criminals use most often to bind a victim), as well as how to escape zip ties, and even how to pick a lock on a set of handcuffs in order to free yourself.
He is known and respected for his skills in teaching spy secrets like these methods to your average Joe or Jane and even had a spot on ABC Shark Tank as a guest commentator; his evasion methods are the real deal and even made it into this article in Forbes Magazine.
#9. Camouflaging Yourself in the Wilderness
Speaking of staying hidden, an important bug out skill is knowing how to camouflage yourself while you’re out in the wilderness. You can do things like:
Wear colors that allow you to really blend in with your surroundings.
Using ash or mud to cover your face and hands
Securing vegetation such as grass and branches to your body
Covering your head and shelter with a variety of brush to avoid being detected from above
You don’t really need to pack anything special inside your bug out bag for this (you do need to limit how much weight you’re carrying; you can’t bring everything on a bug out) but do make sure the extra change of clothes you put inside doesn’t have any bold colors.
#10. Medicinal Plants
Have a cut, fever, pains, elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, low on vitamins and minerals? Medicinal plants can offer several ways to bring healing, fever reduction, pain relief, and even be used for a number of specific health conditions. Because this is a lengthy topic covered in other articles on SecretsofSurvival.com, we have included two links for you to read after this one: Herbal Medicine: How Knowing Medicinal Plants Can Save Your Life in an Emergency and The Top Medicinal Plants of North America.
Realize that medicinal plants can be an essential component of survival first aid, can take the place of a doctor’s care (if there are no doctors around and you know what you’re doing), and can even provide daily necessary nutrients for optimal health (common herbs like parsley, cilantro, and even rosemary have specific health properties and there are several other herbs as well to know about).
No matter how skilled you are with a gun, a knife or a bow and arrow, there isn’t much you can do if you don’t have them or if you run out of ammo. In such cases, your ability to improvise a self-defense weapon might save your life: A crowbar, a large wrench, a baseball bat, a section of rebar, a hammer or even a table leg (if that’s all that’s handy) can each be used as a club if needed.
Sometimes though you may want a weapon that works a lot more like a spear, such as a pitchfork.
What it comes down to is this: A bow and arrow or even a machete can be a weapon for last resort — if you’re cornered, and if you’re capable, and you have no other options for self defense.
If you’ve got a good throwing arm and decent aim, a small rock can knock a person out cold.
While we hope that none of our readers is ever in a situation where life or death comes down defending yourself with a bow and arrow, machete or a pitchfork for that matter, realize that the best method of self defense in several situations may simply be to run and leave your attacker in the dust.
Speaking of dust, a handful of dirt or sand thrown in your attacker’s face just before you move forward to strike can be what turns the tables on your attacker and helps bring the attack to a sudden end. Attacker is down for the count. You live to see another day.
#12. Scouting and Recon
If everything goes to plan, you’ll hunker down inside your home or your bug out location without any bad people showing up to upset things. But what if it doesn’t go according to plan? In reality, who knows how many bad people might be in your proximity, such as desperate crooks, angry mobs and thieving, violent neighbors from down the street.
First, try to work with your immediate neighbors on keeping a “neighborhood watch” along with a way to notify each other about any approaching threats. That may be three fast bursts on a whistle, or a really long drawn out whistle blast that repeats.
In some inner cities, gangs have been known to whistle repeatedly to notify others that someone is in their territory. Consider adapting that same tactic for your own neighborhood.
Reconnaissance on factions and militants – With several factions possibly fighting for territorial control in some areas, you should at least know who’s claiming “influence” over your territory. That’s just one example of why you need to scout the surroundings to gather valuable information about what’s happening around you. Some of the things you might want to notice:
What is happening in surrounding neighborhoods?
What is going on at the local municipal airport or train station, if there’s one nearby?
Are there any factions or militants that have claimed local buildings, and if so, can you tell what their intentions are from a safe distance away (preferably where no one knows you’re “spying” on their activities)?
Schools … Are they being used as refugee centers and to provide emergency first aid and or emergency housing? Or has a faction or militant group moved on to school grounds and claimed it as their own?
Patrols … Are factions or militants going neighborhood to neighborhood and are they well intentioned? … Or … are they just scouting the neighborhoods during the day to see which houses would be an easy target for a robbery later that evening?)
Some good scouting and working with your neighbors to recon what other neighborhoods are doing nearby can help spot trouble before it shows up unexpectedly and catches you all by surprise.
A few pairs of good binoculars could go a long way.
Stationing a couple look outs (helpful teenagers, who can rotate in shifts) in the tallest trees in your neighborhood is also recommended.
#13. Hot Wiring a Car
In the event of a catastrophe, you might not find your car keys or have the time to look for them — what if they’re buried under rubble? If you live or work in a major city, and disaster strikes, you might find yourself on foot and passing through a dangerous area of town when suddenly some bad people spot you. You realize suddenly that if you don’t get out of dodge fast, you may lose your life.
While we don’t recommend stealing an automobile, if your life is on the line then the day may come where you should know how to hot wire one and get on the road in a hurry. It’s easier than it sounds. Rather than detail the specifics, and plagiarize a good book on the subject, it is one more thing that is covered in the book “Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life” mentioned earlier.
Older cars are the ones that work for hot wiring; newer cars have complex electronic systems that are almost impossible to start unless you really know what you’re doing and have the right tools.
On the other hand, many preppers prefer having older cars for fear of EMP events. Some of these cars are really easy to start, all you need to do is jam a flat head screwdriver, hit it with a hammer a couple of times and then twist it as you would the key. You may want to look into “EMP proof cars”, that is to say, any older vehicle that has little or no electrical wiring.
Unless you’re bugging out to Antarctica, you’ll be sure to find plenty of wild edibles you can just pick up and eat — if you know where to look and where some wild edibles are commonly found.
The two main benefits are that you don’t need to cook them and that you can find a few as you grow. The fact that some of these plants can be found in cities or even your own back yard is all the more reason why you need to learn to recognize them. Some of the wild edibles that are safe to eat:
This is another topic covered in greater detail on our website. Refer to 15 Top Wild Edibles That Can Save You in the Wild
#15. Bartering and Negotiation
Whether the dollar is going to be worth anything post-collapse is hard to say, but you should be able to barter and negotiate regardless. You can barter your food, your water, your ammo and even some of your abilities such as building at home water filtration systems (with everyday materials), woodworking, plumbing etc. Keep in mind that one thing we’ll all have a lot of post-collapse is time — so it’s better to barter your time and skills than your limited stockpile.
One other service that will be in high demand: Fortifications. People will be smart to fortify their homes using any means possible if a collapse takes place.
Windows can be boarded up, doors and porches can have defensive measures added that can either scare off an intruder or make it extremely difficult to enter your home without first having broken through your defensive measures. Which of course would make a lot of noise. Those defensive measures can include lots of barbed wire, every door on your home can be nailed shut with braces in place (except for one door, which you would use to enter and exit your residence), and any brush surrounding your home can be dug up and removed (making it harder for an evening prowler to make a late night home invasion. Shallow trenches can be dug around your yard and even sandbags piled up in front of your doorway — making it look like you are a bit extreme when it comes to home security.
Many a would-be robber might easily decide that you’re a homeowner he probably shouldn’t mess with.
#16. Running Legs
Whether you find yourself embarking on a serious a bug out or a lengthy get home situation, you might have to run like hell at some point. Only problem is, if you’re out of shape or have a bad knee or something along those lines, it may be nearly impossible to run for more than a few people.
You should make your BOB and get home bags lighter but, really, the most important thing is to get those knee problems handled or find a set of really good knee braces worn by runners, which can make a difference for some people, and lessen or eliminate knee pain all together. What if you can’t run, even with those knee braces? Just like a deaf person compensates with better eyesight, you too will have to compensate for your lack of mobility with other skills such as being able to disappear into the crowd and become a “gray man” as it’s said.
#17. Look Like a Gray Man
When you need to make your rounds anywhere, and want to avoid being robbed, take on the appearance of a rough and tumble homeless person or (if you’re an older male) 1970s era Vietnam Vet who’s had a rough go in life and has spent a few years on the streets. If someone says something to you, or tries to corner you, just stumble on by with a distant look in your eyes, not even seeing them, and even swat at an invisible “voice”. It comes down to this: If you look or seem a bit off your rocker any possible bad people may just look the other way, which is what they’ve been doing for years beforehand to people with these kinds of disabilities. Looking and acting a bit off your rocker is an easy way to get ignored by society at large. Try it sometime. Men, grow out your beard and hair, coat your arms, hands, and fingernails in dirt and even some grease (which you can find on the motor of any vehicle), create some bags under your eyes, put some stench on your clothes, practice mumbling to yourself and looking down at your feet. Take off your shoes and walk around in a pair of dirty, torn socks or just go barefoot and make sure your feet are dirty when you do.
What about your bug out bag? Take everything out of your BOB and roll it up, placing both your bag and its contents into a couple black pillow cases, rub some dirt and grease on the pillow cases, put some garbage at the top, and just attempt to walk on by. You and or your family can look like a gang of gypsies out foraging for trash with the hope that you don’t look like some well off folks who have anything worth taking. An extreme step, sure — but if it gets you through a bad area of town or by a group of militants or bandits out in the countryside then it was worth it. (Don’t just look homeless — you need to smell homeless also; you need that dirt and grease on your hands, and in your hair, and the dirtier your teeth, the better. These are little details not too overlook in your “disguise”, when it’s life or death we’re talking about).
Whether you’re bartering, being kidnapped or trying to diffuse a conflict, you can’t do it if you let your emotions dictate what you say and how you behave. This is something peacekeeping troops such as the Green Berets and the Blue Helmets are taught in order for them to ensure that, no matter where they end up, the locals will get along with them and with each-other. Green Berets are also called “warrior-diplomats” and, in a sense, that’s exactly what we should be as well. A sincere and friendly, yet no-nonsense countenance can go a long way to help make this happen. Being liked and respected, through great diplomacy, can open doors and get you places.
#19. Basic Medical Skills
Things like giving first aid, performing CPR, carrying a wounded person or splinting a broken limb can literally save your life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. If you don’t know where to start, I suggest a first aid course and additional studies on survival first aid and application.
#20. Climbing a Tree or on to a Ledge or Roof
If you’re being chased in the forest or even an urban environment, what’s the one thing you can do to lose someone? Well, if you have enough head start, you can climb a tree and hope the guy is far enough behind that he has no idea that you went up a tree (or onto a ledge or roof top). Climbing trees, ledges, or on to roofs does take practice, especially with a backpack on.
If you’re out in the woods and there’s a river nearby, consider getting within range of the river before going up a tree; if it’s flowing fast enough, the sound of the river can help hide any noise you make as you climb tree branches. Be sure to pick a tree with several low branches and one that can get you up high off the ground, the higher the better; at the same time, you want a tree that will be difficult to spot you in if someone on the ground suspects you went up in a tree nearby. Good camouflage for both you and your pack can go a long way in helping you stay hidden.
#21. Keeping the Faith
If you throw in your lot with a gang of thieves and murderers, you’re likely to meet a violent end at some point along the way. Thieves and murderers can turn on each other at anytime. A wiser move is to hold on to your faith in God, living with the knowledge that God promises to bring an end to the many dangers that have been set loose in the world and finally make things right (promises in the Bible about the end of days if you’re brave enough to read it and live by it). Even if it’s your first time considering “God”, it’s still not too late to get right with God. Jesus is knocking …
How should you go about learning this long list of survival skills? You can start with the basics: Making an improvised camouflaged shelter, purifying water on the go, and finding your preference for an emergency fire starter, one or more which you can pack to take up the least amount of space and still be counted on several times in an emergency. Once you master these basic survival skills, you can continue with the others in the order in which YOU think they’ll assist you in whatever disaster scenarios you’re preparing for.
Like the Green Berets, definitely get a handle on diplomacy as a necessary survival skill; and then, like the Green Berets again, when diplomacy doesn’t work — or simply isn’t an option — either be able to make a run for it — or, if able — hit the enemy hard and fast, using speed, surprise, and overwhelming aggression in your favor.
Source : Secretsofsurvival.com
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Every time I get around other like-minded folks the topic of firearms always comes up. What do you have? What do you recommend? What is the minimum number of magazines to have? What do you consider to be a good minimum amount of ammo to put back? Ak or AR? 9mm or 40S&W or 45ACP? It goes on and on. You know a question I have never been asked?
“Hey, what kind of armor do you have?”
Nope – never been asked. The reality is preppers spend a ton of money on guns and ammo preparing for possible defensive situations and most preppers don’t consider body armor. Maybe the reason is all the time spent at the range shooting and hitting targets that don’t shoot back. Maybe it’s denial. Maybe spending a few hundred dollars on a hunk of metal or ceramic just isn’t as “cool” as a new gun. The reality is if a firefight happens and triggers are getting pulled rounds will go in both directions. Body armor just might save a life.
I have been slowly accumulating body armor vests and plates over the past few years. A couple months ago I contacted ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor SafeGuardArmor.com to get me a steel plate. Although not something they normally carry they we able to source a plate for me.
Levels of Protection
To summarize there are different levels of protection provided by body armor. These are generally categorized by a specific “Level”. The chart below shows the different levels of protection and corresponding ammunition that specific level protects against. The higher the level the higher the level of protection.
The plate provided by Safeguard Armor is rated Level III.
How Plates Are Carried
Plates are carried in plate carriers. These are vests provide a “pocket” on the front/back, and sometimes on the sides which plates are placed in. The plates ride in the carrier and cover vital areas.
Rourke’s Condor Modular Operator Plate Carrier – his current setup
Testing and Protection Demonstration
This initial testing included shooting a variety of calibers I had on hand. Part 2 will include additional calibers which should fit within the plates Level III rating.
Level III plate ready for punishment.
A couple shots of 115-gr FMJ 9mm had very little effect on the plate other than paint removal.
Standard 55-gr .223 Remington – nothing more than paint removal.
This photo shows both the 9mm and .223 Remington hits.
The Winchester BRI Sabot Slug fires a .50 caliber hour-glass 437 grain slug at around 1375 fps. Say you want a .50 caliber? Throw a Sabot Slug in your 12 gauge and you have one.
The 12 gauge Sabot Slug hits with tremendous power – but still no damage to the plate.
Here is a close up of the Winchester BRI 12 gauge sabot slug’s impact.
After this initial testing the back of the plate shows no deformity or damage at all.
In a few weeks I will be back out on the range punishing this plate with some additional calibers – including those that should push its limit.
I want to give a “shout out” to Safeguard Armor for sourcing this plate. If you are interested in body armor they carry a huge variety and are one of the industry leaders. As a sponsor of this website they help support me so I can keep being here for you.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
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Matthew Gilman “The Collapse Experiment”
Today saw the land fall of the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. Hurricane Patricia made landfall on the west coast of Mexico with winds over 200 mph. the size and wind speed broke the previous record set by typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Haiyan killed over 6,300 people when it made land fall in the Philippines.
Paul Ryan is adding to his long list of bad decisions by running for house speaker. This comes after scrutiny for his demand of family time if he did take the position. Ryan has repeatedly voted against paid family leave and only worked a total of 97 days last year.
In Sweden a 21 year old was shot by police after storming into a school attacking foreigners with a sword and a knife. One 17 year old male student was killed and another was hospitalized along with two teachers. The attacker wore a Nazi style WWII helmet with a facemask and left a suicide note explaining that Sweden could not take anymore foreigners. He specifically targeted people with dark skin. The attackers face book page was filled with Hitler speeches and Nazi related posts.
Another shooting happened on an American campus in Tennessee. One man is dead and two others injured after a dice game went bad. The assailant is still at large leaving the scene on foot. The two men injured were not students of the college.
Researchers have found traces of the black plague dating back to the bronze age. This it two thousand years before they previously thought the disease existed.
A US- Iraqi raid freed 70 hostages from ISIS. Special forces working with Iraqi military raided an ISIS prison. One US soldier was killed in the raid. The 70 hostages were scheduled to be executed. 20 of the hostages are Iraqi security members.
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Crossbows seem to be all the rage now thanks to a certain TV show. The problem however is that they are exceedingly expensive with most compound styles exceeding $400 and more than a few breaking the $1000 mark. That’s fairly cost prohibitive for your average zombie hunter. Fortunately, PSE has …
Sometimes it’s fun to get out to the range and shoot up multiple targets with different weapons, various distances, all sorts of drills. After all if you are spending the time and your own money to get out and train some element of it should be entertaining. Yet there are points in time when it’s all about the fundamentals and repetitive drilling, continuing to build that foundation on which all shooting skills are based upon. I remember someone once saying that there was no such things as advanced shooting, but rather doing the fundamentals faster.
In any event I don’t consider myself a great shooter but I do try to train when I can and (in addition to cool guy drills) focus on the fundamentals. Before the first round goes down range I spend time dry firing and working my presentation, target acquisition and all the other important tidbits (stance / grip / sight alignment / trigger squeeze), I’ll then work in 4-5 mags of ball and dummy drills where I load the mags with live and dummy ammo (randomly), hoping not to flinch when I pull the trigger and no live round is fired. Once all that is over with I’ll move on to my one drill, which requires one target stand and a 3×5 card.
– A place to shoot where you can draw and fire (most stupid indoor ranges won’t allow this, btw I hate indoor ranges and shooting around people I don’t know).
– Target stand
– 3×5 Card
– Shot Timer
– Ammunition of preference
– Start at 5 yards, draw and fire 1 round into the 3×5 card which is placed between chest and eye level on the target.
– Start very slowly at first, checking the time of each shot.
– Gradually ramp up the speed until the rounds start to impact outside of the 3×5 card, and then back it down until you are within the comfort zone.
– Once in the zone I’ll work through 4 or 5 mags, 1 round at a time. Timer goes off, draw and squeeze off a round while working the fundamentals. Reholster and do it again.
– Back up to 7 yards, repeat process, times will be greater.
– Back up to 10 yards, repeat process, times will be even greater still.
– Replace 3×5 card as necessary.
The Bottom Line:
This is a great drill that works the fundamentals and although it can be somewhat repetitive and “boring” as compared to other stuff seen on YouTube, I guarantee you it’s worth the time and effort. I have to give credit where it’s due, frequent contributor The Maj turned me on to this and it’s really increased my proficiency and especially my first shot hit percentage. If you can draw and put 1 round into a 3×5 card at 10 yards in a decent amount of time on a flat range consistently, out on the street if the real deal goes down your chances of success are greatly improved. Give it a shot sometime, pun intended.
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(CNN)Two men tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the probe. An NSA police officer shot one of the men dead, and seriously injured the second. Aerial shots show two vehicles at an intersection that appear to be damaged. The incident took place near one of the gates to the complex, far from the main buildings.
My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call out someone to repair or build something for […]