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Hello my friend and welcome back! Surviving when SHTF hits will be tough, that’s a given. But somehow when most of us think about surviving, we tend to focus on surviving in the daylight,…
People tend to want to go on the offensive when they are scared or are convinced someone or some group is out to get them. If you are in a military unit then offensive and defensive strategies are a part of life. Orders come down to defend your position or to take a position currently occupied by the enemy.
In the civilian world, you are mainly in a defensive position. Your home has alarm systems, fences, walls or other barriers designed to keep people out or to let you know someone is snooping about. You are not roaming the countryside attacking others in their home. No, you are home waiting to defend your family and possessions, essentially waiting for someone to start something so you can counter their attack.
Once the SHTF, until you know otherwise, everyone or every group you encounter is a potential enemy out to invade your territory, which could be your home, compound, or section of land you have staked after evacuating an urban area.
You will normally be in a defensive posture until attacked and then you can counter attack if you have the means, and thus, put the opponent on the defensive. To avoid casualties and to mount a proper counter attack, you need information, and a force big enough to be successful.
Obviously, the best way to stay alive and to avoid firefights is to not offer up a reason for anyone to attack. You have to set the groundwork early, long before something happens. Keep your business between you and family only. Do not advertise you are prepared by bragging in the coffee shops and at gun ranges. If everyone in the county knows you have a stockpile of food, water, and Ammo and are ready for anything, of course, you will be a target.
When the SHTF the things you do can make or break you, so first assume an attack is possible, and assume people are watching and waiting for an opening.
Know the area you are defending first and foremost. Know the hiding places. You need to know where someone attacking the home can seek cover, and where you can seek cover if you launch a counter attack.
Know distances, for example, how far from your front door to the end of the driveway, to the mailbox, and to that large oak tree in the middle of the field. Know your firearm’s capabilities at the marked ranges, and know your own capabilities and of those helping you.
Do not gather in a group anywhere outside of adequate cover and/or concealment.
Never open any doors to the outside when there is a light on behind you. Always turn the light off before opening any doors to the outside. Cover windows so silhouettes cannot be seen if there is a light on in the room. The best method is to leave lights off or turn the lights off when entering a room and then look out windows to scan the ground.
Do not establish any patterns by going to the barns, or walking the grounds at the same time each day. Stay in the shadows at night, and never walk under or near any outdoor lighting. You need an escape route, one that allows you to get clear of the structure into the woods, under cover or to seek concealment outside the home.
You may have to come out a basement window, drop out of a back window or even crawl under the home to a covered corner of the house.
Simply put, if you cannot be seen, you probably cannot be shot unless someone wants to waste ammunition like in the movies and just sends hundreds or thousands of rounds into the home without having acquired a target. This is not likely to happen, however.
If fired upon your immediate reaction should be to move to cover as you deploy your firearm. Standing in the same spot to return fire will get you killed. Moving targets are harder to hit, as are smaller targets. Crouch, kneel or lay on the ground if cover is not available.
To move to cover you need to know where the cover is relative to your position. As we stated earlier, you need to know the area you are protecting. You need to know is so well that you can move about in the dark without creating noise or injuring yourself.
If you suspect snipers may be used, then you need to identify possible positions, however, there are many variables to consider. Would a likely sniper be military trained, and if so, then they are trained in bushcraft, camouflage, and they are likely positioned at a greater distance, and of course, they have patience.
Snipers will look for positions that maximize their cover but are within the effective range of their weapon. They will take the weather, terrain and the target into consideration when looking for a position. They could be 300 meters out or only 50 meters out.
A civilian shooter with just a basic understanding of their firearm may move constantly looking for an ideal shot or position. This will give them away, and they may not spend much time on concealing their position by using natural camouflage because of the fact they will move around.
Law enforcement snipers do not camouflage their positions well either, because they may know that the target cannot return effective fire at the range they set out at, or they have ample backup to protect their shooting position. A lone sniper, however, needs to be hidden and stay hidden until the target has been acquired and taken down.
A trained sniper always gets into position undetected and they have a plan to get out undetected regardless of the successfulness of the mission. Snipers generally do not shoot into the sun but you cannot count on this.
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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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Hello my friend and welcome back! If you have been paying attention to the Presidential race, then you see the diametrically opposed groups that are involved. The primaries haven’t even started and there is already violence between the two groups. In today’s post, we are going to look at Preparing to survive the coming Presidential …
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Hello my friend and welcome back. In today’s post, we are going to look at what might happen when they come for your guns after Martial Law is declared. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit. Martial Law, the two words that both infuriate and strike fear in the hearts …
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Hello my friend and welcome back. In today’s post, we are going to discuss why every Prepper needs to learn Gorilla Tactics and why it’s so important. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit. Let me start by explaining just what Gorilla Tactics are. Guerilla Tactics have been around …
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Here is where airsoft comes in as good training for Preppers. When you are wearing your full load out including water, loaded magazines, armor panel’s, your conditioning yourself and becoming use to your gear and its weight. After two hours of high impact fast paced play. You have just moved one step closer to becoming … Continue reading Using Airsoft As Prepper Practice!?
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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post we are going to be discussing camouflage and how to use it in an SHTF situation. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we discuss this very important subject. Camouflage has been around for as long as life has existed on this planet …
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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at how Being able to communicate in tactical situations is critical and what you need to know. Set back and grab a cup of coffee while we visit. We all know that communicating is critical in tactical situations, but with so …
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Survival is not just shelter, food, and water.
Survival is a multifaceted way of life that we either choose and we are placed into without a moments notice. Therefore, we must prepare for it. If we do not have a moments notice, then we must create the time to prepare for it ourselves. Survival is also not just finding or building shelter. Survival is not just simply acquiring food and water. Our defensive posture, preparation, and actions are not just about dangerous animals of the four-legged variety, either. In the aftermath of a societal collapse, there will be two-legged predators, also. They are very cunning and deceptive. The human is often deceived by their own brains, while overruled by their instinct, and then take unannounced violent actions towards other humans.
Not all humans are this way, though, but in a survival situation, we must be extremely cautious. Fear is the overall winner with respect to the human intellect. When humans experience fear associated with hunger, thirst, need for shelter, and even of you, their intellect will become that of a dangerous animal, force into action by chemicals of instinct released by the brain. They will not be able to contain their actions, and you should be prepared to not just avoid detection by them, but also to act rightfully on your own behalf to survive another minute, hour, or day.
We may also be herded by a government structure to secure the viability of the human race itself. A person could be hunted down for breeding stock. This is not without merit
Let’s look at a couple of areas where you might be detected from many miles away in the aftermath of technology…..
If in a group, it is advisable to have four points of security out the outer edges of your area to detect any approach person or force of people. You will possibly smell them, here them, or even feel them if their numbers are great. The rumble, noise, and smell of masses of humans is similar to any other group of cattle-like species that is of a consumption style of existence. Any warnings should be convey through silent methods, and the group or village should then go to a serious non-detection mode.
I would strongly suggest that people store dried food that merely needs water to re-hydrate and then eat. This is lighter, simple, and requires no heating source to cook. There are many ready to eat meals available from many sources. I advise choosing the healthiest meals and sources, for optimum personal performance and digestive safety. Some emergency foods contain synthetic compounds which can cause organ damage, as well as other additives that can cause arthritis and mental fog. Basic dried vegetable powder, edible seeds, and long-term storing/rotatable coconut oil with omega-3 fatty acids is best. Dried food weighs 11% of canned food. Keep your food supply as light and basic as possible for taking as much with you if you must go mobile on foot. If your food supply is heavy, you may have to leave it behind if it is necessary to run for your life.
When all other lighting sources are gone, and the world is thrown into darkness, even the smallest amount of light will draw more than just insects. In the darkest of night, even the human eye can detect light from a great distance. Other people could see your light many miles off in the distance and spend many days to reach the source. Humans will be drawn to any possible source of technological comfort, just like bugs to a bug light. It’s best to do everything you can during the day and then hunker down as quietly as possible, resting quietly at night. No music. No media of any kind unless you are checking for emergency updates very quietly.
Your time and energy is best spent focusing on your own area, watching and listening for signs of others. A crew of thugs that prey on others in SHTF may have quietly camped not far from where you are without your detection. The first person to make noise is known by the other. Staying in darkness mode allows you to peer into the darkness around you for approaching or stationary humans that are using light sources. Those you may not detect during they day that are in your area or approaching your area, will possibly give away their position at night. The same goes in reverse if you give away your position with a light source.
Stealth, cover and concealment, command and signals. Many skills I learned not only in the Marine Corps, but as a child. Staying out of the way, being silent, making myself the smallest target possible was the way I grew up. Avoiding detection by police, creating a persona of vulnerability to hide my strengths, and avoiding stupid choices of action, saved my life and limb many times. I even had a police dog five-feet from me without be detected. While I am not and have never been a violent criminal, I did break things out of anger as a child. I never harmed other people.
Talk low and close to each other, even during the day. Use hand signals to communicate when spread out. A group of harmful people could be only a mile away and hear you in the absence of noise generating technology. Do everything as naturally landscaped as possible and with technology to avoid easy detection through unnatural geological patterns in the terrain you occupy and work for food sources. Grow your crops in areas surrounded by other taller plants to hide there existence and stagger plants naturally..
In the aftermath of any level of society’s infrastructure, we must let go of the media sources of music, drama, and distraction, while focusing on tasks of survival. While we might have power back ups and technology, they can be our death sentence if we loudly announce our existence to whomever is evil and listening. Life is no party in this situation of SHTF. Even people that were not normally of evil actions when society was stable, will be highly competitive and just as untrusting as anyone else. They may also evaluate your resources as more valuable to their continued existence over that of your’s.
There are also the sounds of hammering and cutting that can travel very long distances, along will the smells of fireplaces and forges. In order to extend our possible existence, it will be necessary to sacrifice conveniences and pleasure until some level of strength in numbers and stability exists. Avoidance of detection long enough for things to settle down and a proper evaluation of stability can be made, is essential in a collapse of society situation/scenario.
Your clothing, structure, and everything else with your daily lifestyle should blend into the surrounding terrain. That way, you will have less chance of being detected. You will have the advantage over any intruder/trespasser that enters your territory. They may walk right in without detecting you, giving you the advantage to observe them and their possible intentions. They may even walk right through your area and leave onto other pastures without knowing you even exist.
There will always be other humans that want to own or rule you in some way. The more unnoticed you are in SHTF, the less likely you are to be ruled over. You may have to fight at some point, but avoiding conflict is an honorable and practiced tactical measure in every military of the world. Even Tigers, as great in strength and size as they are, avoid conflict if possible to prevent the smallest scratch that can lead to infection and death.
Your health and body functions/movements
If you are being chased and then must hide, you must be healthy enough to control your breathing at a long, slow, and deep rate without passing out. Snipers learn many ways to conceal their position to avoid detection. They not only want to avoid being detected, but also have their original position never discovered if possible. The less known of their skills, the less chance of future detection until their business is done. They must train to relieve themselves of body waste while in the prone position if necessary.
Sweating can also give away a person’s position if they have not neutralized their body smells to mimic the surrounding area. In early mornings that are dry and cold, a person can emit steam if they do not cover themselves well with dry dirt. It is common to rub surrounding foliage and dirt all over one’s self to blend in with the area. The dirt will also soak up the sweat and cover your scent.
If you must relieve yourself, dig a two-foot deep hole quietly and cover when finished. Don’t just merely throw dirt back into the hole. Pack it down quietly and cover the area back up to reflect the common foliage. Someone could step on the hole if it is loose and determine that another human or humans is near. While this may seem “too much” or “extreme” to the common civilian, many military will understand tracking and side with me in this regard. This is life or death in SHTF, not a game.
When I stopped smoking, I could smell someone smoking from almost a mile away on a hike. The Vietcong in the Vietnam Conflict could tell exactly where U.S. troops where by the smell of alcohol and cigarettes. Even the smell of cooking and/or smoking that sticks to clothing and foliage can be used to track a person. This is the same for colognes, body sprays, deodorants, spices, hair products that are not fragrance-free and naturally derived, nail polish, cooking oils, body oils, etc.. The list is very large, because we now live in a society that uses so many body products and consumes so many flavored foods. All are traceable by the keen sense of smell of the natural person that is free of such chemicals.
When we cook in a survival situation, the smells of the heating source and the food, can travel very far. Many miles in fact! These smells can be tracked back to their source. It could take days for motivated people to track the scents back to the source for the bounty that awaits them, depending on their specific needs or desires. If you must cook something, use propane and boil the food. Steam will travel less of a distance than smoke fumes.
Not just everyday people will exist in SHTF. There will be rapists, violent offenders that find enjoyment in harming others, thieves that will deceive you and cut your throat in the next moment, mentally deranged in many aspect of deviant behavior, or religious fanatics that enslave others because they are too lazy to make their own way. Many different peoples of fear and prejudice will be present in such a time, but there will be good people, too. All will be scared, hungry, thirsty, and dangerous to some extent. Why lured them into your camp with smells?
We do not know at first glance or at first speaking with others, whether they are truly good people, or whether they will judge and place their own survival above our’s. In order to avoid as much of these encounters as possible, we must avoid detection as much as possible. All unnatural or naturally offensive smells of the body must be neutralized as best they can be. There are herbs and fruits that can provide antibacterial protection in areas of the body where we usually use store bought products. The scent of these herbs and fruits are more neutral to the environment with regards to smells.
Mint, lemons and limes, oregano, and eucalyptus can be used. I would suggest the eucalyptus as bedding in a shelter if available, and the other mentioned resources for body use. The oregano can be very harsh on skin, but is a great anti-viral. Please remember that what I am offering is minimal in the details of what resources can be utilized. I merely want to convey the necessity to keep smells at the very minimum in SHTF to prevent detection by possibly harmful people. I advise learning as much as you can about naturally attained medicinal plants, anti-bacterial plants and minerals, and other plants for consumption and use in essential hygiene.
This is a tough one!
While rubbing clay all over yourself is somewhat effective, an expert can find you. While covering yourself in a reflective blanket and other material, your size pattern can be noticed by an expert if not blended well into the terrain. While you can use a infrared absorbing material, you can be detected that way by the latest technology not already out on the market. It actually senses the absorption rate of terrain in that area and alerts to abnormalities, just like a metal detector.
While some civilians may own and know how to basically operate night vision and heat detection technology, most of this will be used by experts in the military attempting to find rogue cattle. The best tool in this case is to be under ground or in a shelter that is blended into the terrain around you, prior to the sun going down. During the day is the best time to be moving about quietly. Night is and always has been owned by the apex predator. In SHTF, that will be other humans of ill-intention, even if they regard their intention as noble to the secure future of the human race.
The best action is to lesson your detection risk by limiting your time of exposure to the field of view, regards to a SHTF scenario. This goes for day or night. Do what you need to do for food, water, and other necessities, and them hide. Such is why cockroaches and mice have always been an active part of history since the beginning of time. They are smart, humble, handle extremes well, and are mostly undetectable. Learn from the successful in nature that have never had technology, and prepare appropriate in your overall attitude and principles, before placed in a survival situation.
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Reconnaissance or Recon patrols are typically sent out to gather information such as enemy numbers, and in the case of a Prepper group, they would also be used to locate resources, and generally keep track of the comings and goings of others that may or may not pose a threat. The patrols would normally range beyond any security patrols. In fact, they may cover many miles in and around a city in a single day.
Security patrols are usually sent out to detect threats that may be directed at the base camp or Command and Control Center. A security patrol would be the first to know of an attack directed at the base camp and they would need the means to provide advanced warning to the camp so they can prepare.
A security patrol can become static for a few days to observe an enemy camp, a specific building, or to observe major transportation routes for traffic flow.
If you are trying to survive in an urban environment after the SHTF and all sense of law and order has deteriorated, then it is up to you and your group to protect yourselves and to do that you need organization and personnel.
A major consideration when patrolling in a city are the structures, which translate into hiding places for others in particular snipers. Security patrols may have to clear buildings one-by-one to secure an area to ensure you have a safe zone within the established boundaries.
There is any number of ways to clear a building and your technique may depend on whether or not you need the resources within said building and what type of resistance you expect to find.
Operate in an offensive posture and not defensive. You do not want to be trapped in any building while it’s under assault. You want to be the attacking force, clearing buildings, suppressing the threat before it gets out of your control and always be ready to advance the assault toward any opposing forces.
1.) Isolate the building, if there is a power source to the building such as a generator or solar power, for example, they would need to be disabled.
2.) Do you have the firepower and expertise to breach doorways? Shotguns can be used for breaching doors, or battering rams, or even explosives. All of which take considerable expertise to implement safely and effectively.
3.) Once inside, do you have personnel properly trained to clear the building room by room?
4.) Finally, what is your exit plan if things go off the rails?
Typically, the military and certain law enforcement agencies use what are called fire teams, which normally consist of four people. Along with the fire team would be a support team in place to provide suppressive fire so the fire team can reach the building and do their work without taking direct fire.
The support team in a Prepper group may only be one or two shooters and conserving ammunition must be a consideration, so planning is crucial. You would only be able to provide direct fire, whereas, a military or law enforcement unit could utilize indirect fire as well.
Keep in mind in most cases, your objective is not to destroy the structure with explosives. There may be resources inside you need or intelligence information that can be gathered up. There may or may not be anyone inside the building, but you don’t know until you enter the structure. You have to go into it assuming there is a threat in the building, however.
Breaching a Door
You normally would use shotguns or even heavy caliber rifles to perform a ballistic breach. The order of movement is to have a gunner that breaches the door and for the time being they are called number one and following, the gunner is two, three, and four.
Once the door is breached, however, the gunner steps back and number two steps through the door first and assume the number one position. The gunner assumes position number four because usually they would have the heaviest caliber weapon for breaching, and then they would help provide additional cover for the extraction or to provide an emergency egress if needed.
A ballistic breach is the most practical for a Prepper group unless you have access to explosives, but then the order of movement would change once explosives are introduced into the mix.
Then there is what is called a mechanical breach, which would in most cases, take longer, and as such, you would need extra shooters to provide cover for the team as they either use a battering ram on the door, or attempt to take it apart using pry bars, cutters, or sledgehammers.
If you establish a base camp in a city, you have to establish a perimeter. Any buildings inside that perimeter have to be cleared and declared safe, otherwise, you have no idea of the threats that may be looming literally next door, so learning how to clear/secure a building must be an essential part of your Prepper group training.
Having military or law enforcement trained personnel in your group would give the group a greater advantage.
A security patrol, for the most part, would be responsible for clearing the buildings while the Recon patrol identifies buildings of interest, buildings that may have resources or enemy personnel inside.
All of the above is determined by the mission and you as the group leader must determine the mission if you plan to set up camp inside of a city. Decisions are based on your group’s number of personnel, types of buildings, how much area you want to control, and size of any opposing forces.
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