2017 Tactical Tools You Haven’t Seen

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2017 Tactical Tools You Haven’t Seen The question is: can we produce an article about new tactical tools for 2017 that doesn’t include a knife or a flashlight. There are some incredible tools hitting the market every year. The tactical market is deeper than what we often get a look at. When you hear the …

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Noise and Light in a Survival Situation: How to Stay Hidden

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If you have served in the military then you are very familiar with the terms light and noise discipline. The military takes this seriously, as should you, or anyone else who has to move about at night and must stay concealed from an enemy or anyone that may be a bit too inquisitive. Military vehicles […]

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Video Monday: Should you learn how to conduct security patrols, SUT, Team skills, etc…?

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  While searching for a video for you today, I found one that I think may answer the question that many of you ask yourself.  Why should I learn…

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Body armor life saving tactical gear!

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Body armor life saving tactical gear! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! Hey guys and gals, on this episode of “The Prepping Academy” we’re covering fun life saving tactical gear. That’s right, we are talking body armor. We have a special guest expert on this topic joining us in this show. It’s going … Continue reading Body armor life saving tactical gear!

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Tactical Gear List & Considerations for SHTF

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Written by Orlando Wilson on The Prepper Journal.

The below personal tactical gear list is taken from a proposal I put together for counterinsurgency / tactical team in West Africa a few years ago, this should give you a few hints on kit etc.

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Surviving in the dark will be much harder than you think, here’s why and how you can improve your chances.

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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,…

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Counter Tactics How to Avoid Trouble Once the SHTF

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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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Tactical Gear for Preppers – What You Wish You Had

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Prepping is the act of staying well prepared in the event of war or an emergency.  That being said, preppers are a fickle bunch.  We run the gambit from veggie growing gardeners who want to provide for their family to full-out “I’m ready to fight during the end of days” warriors. Tactical gear is important

Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs

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Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs What you wear and the gear you use can be much more than just a preference on how you look. Using quality gear has been a hallmark of the military and law enforcement for a long time. It is easy to see why, since gear reliability can be …

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Holiday Gift Guide

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I was asked to put together some of my favorite product recommendations for my first ever Holiday Gift Guide. Please enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In no particular order   Griffin Read More …

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Post SHTF tools of the trade: What you will need to fight back!

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, were going to look at what you will need to fight back and survive in a post SHTF world.  With the US Election rapidly coming,…

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What You Need For A Secure Storage Room

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Another Guest Post today. This one from the folks at Delivering Customers on a Secure Storage Room. Hope you enjoy. — What Should Your Secure Storage Room Contain? The Secure Storage Room: What you Need Read More …

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Getting Into Tactical Shooting With Lucas Apps Episode 113

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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.

 

Topics

  • 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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Situational Awareness: How to Protect Yourself by Developing your Situational Awareness

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The truth about situational awareness, what you can do to develop the mindset, and why it’s the single most important survival skill you can have. […]

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Preparing your survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider. Part 3: Security.

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at Part 3 in our series.  In this one, we are going to discuss Camp Security and what you need…

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Preparing your survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider. Part 1

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Hello my friend and welcome back to today’s post.  Today we are going to look at preparing your Survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider.  It is part one of a…

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The reality of bugging out…It’s not as simple as it sounds!

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Hello my friend and welcome back to today’s post!  Today we are going to discuss the reality of bugging out…It’s not as simple as it sounds! Many people have different ideas about just what…

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Preparing to survive the coming Presidential Election!

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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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What the heck is going on with Walmart?

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Something I need to share with you is about the tunnels that have been rumored to exist that run for hundreds of miles underground and are connected with Walt-Mart in some way.   A very close personal friend of mine that I trust 100% has recently confirmed to me that …

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5 Rules Before You Practice Survival Skills This Summer.

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, I want to offer a few words of advice before you head out to practice your survival skills this summer. Practicing your survival skills is important, but doing it the smart way is even more important. With that said, grab yourself a cup of coffee and …

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What medical supplies should I have in my personal “Tactical Trauma Kit”?

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, were going to look at the Personal Tactical Trauma Kit and what you should have in it at all times.  This was a question that was asked by one of my readers and one I think is worthy of discussion so sit back and grab a …

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When Martial Law is declared and they come for your guns!

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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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Why every Prepper needs to learn Gorilla Tactics now.

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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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Using Airsoft As Prepper Practice!?

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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!?

What is the optimal number of people for a Survival Group?

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Well hello my friend and welcome back!  I received an email from one of my readers this morning asking what the optimal number of people you need for a Survival group.  That is a very good question and it is also the subject of today’s post so set back and grab a cup of coffee …

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A few ideas for improving your Retreat security.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today I want to share with you a few ideas for improving your retreat security.  While doing research for different post ideas, I sometimes run across ideas that are unique and worth sharing.  That is what today’s post will be about so grab a cup of coffee and have …

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Time is short, prepare now while you still can!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  I’m worried and I believe time is short, you need to prepare now while you still can!  Every day I watch the news from several news outlets including some of the off grid news sources.  What I have been seeing has me concerned and that is the topic of …

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Tips for using Camouflage when SHTF hits.

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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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Bug out trailers come in all shapes and sizes, but chose wisely

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to discuss bug out trailers.  Bug out trailers come in all shapes and sizes, but choose wisely because they are not all created equal.  Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit, won’t you. When it comes to bugging …

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Being able to communicate in tactical situations is critical and what you need to know.

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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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How to survive a one-on-one confrontation after SHTF hits.

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Hello my friend and welcome to today’s post!  I get some pretty good questions from some of the readers of my blog.  A question I recently received was “How do you survive a one-to-one confrontation after SHTF hits and that will be the subject of today’s post.  Sit back and grab a cup of coffee …

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Knowing your enemy is the first step to surviving when SHTF hits!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today we are going to talk about how knowing your enemy is the first step to surviving when SHTF hits!  No matter if it is FEMA, DHS or Raiders, it is the key to success in surviving any fight. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while …

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Practice, Practice, Practice, but please be careful!

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another of our post.  We all know that it is important to practice our skills as often as possible, but please don’t take unnecessary risk when doing so!  This is the subject of today’s post and I hope you find it helpful, so set back and grab a …

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What is a tactical call sign and why on earth do I need one?

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another post.  What is a tactical call sign and why on earth do I need one?  This was a question I received from one of my readers.  And it is also the topic of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we …

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Avoiding Terrorism at home and things you should consider!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! The deadly terror attacks in France and now Belgian has once again brought terrorism to the forefront of the news.  It also speaks to the fact that no one is completely safe anymore.  We all need to vigilant in our day to day lives and this is the subject …

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Getting and keeping the tactical advantage after SHTF hits!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post we are going to discuss how to get and keep the tactical advantage when defending your bug out location.  I think you will find it very interesting and I hope you will enjoy it, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we …

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Fatigue will get you killed in a survival situation! Here is how to prevent it.

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another one of our post. I think that most of us realize that fatigue will get you killed in a survival situation, but the question is how do you prevent it?   This is going to be the topic of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee and …

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Picking your way through SHTF.

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Hello my friend and welcome back.  We all know that when SHTF hits, there will be a lot of locked doors and your very survival may very well depend on your ability to get through them.  In today’s Video Monday were going to look at using Paperclips to open locks.  This video is from Black Scout …

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Avoiding Detection In SHTF

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Avoiding Detection In SHTF

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…..

Security

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.

Cooking

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.

Lighting

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.

Sound

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.

Camouflage

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.

Smells

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.

Heat detection

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.

The darkening storm is getting closer…Be ready!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post we are going to look at the darkening storm that is converging on our country and what we can do and should do to prepare for it.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we chat. Every morning when I wake lately …

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OFFGRID Survival Launches Gear Store at OFFGRIDtactical.com

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OFFGRID Survival, a Global leader in Survival and Preparedness Training, announces the opening of their online retail store, OFFGRID Tactical. The online store will carry the OFFGRID Survival product lines, along with tactical, firearms and survival related apparel, signs, decals and gear. “We developed the online retail store with our readers in mind. We are […]

Prepper group or Militia, what’s the difference? Some people just don’t know!

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Hello my friend and welcome back. In today’s post we are going to look at a question one of my co-workers asked me today.  Her question was “What is the difference between a Prepper Group and a Militia?”  I was stunned.  I just assumed that everyone knew the difference which was naïve of me, I …

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Martial Law Survival Strategies You Should Know – By Bob Rodgers

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June 25, 2015 by Bob Rodgers We live in uncertain times and with constant threats knocking at our doors. One day, we might live under Martial Law and although the use of Martial law should bring end to the scenario that imposed it, most of the times it will lead to further violence and chaos. … Continue reading Martial Law Survival Strategies You Should Know – By Bob Rodgers

Don’t fall for Government Propaganda about prepping!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! I have been recently working on creating a Prepper Coalition in my area and have been surprised at some of the things I’m hearing from the Prepper Community on the subject.  It seems that the Federal Government has been working overtime with their distribution of propaganda aimed at Preppers.  …

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Preparedness: The never ending cycle we follow.

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another post.   I recently took a course on preparedness to improve my ability to stay prepared at all times.  What I learned was so important that I decided to share it with you in today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we …

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Reconnaissance and Security Patrols In an Urban Area When the SHTF

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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.

The Objective

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.

Considerations

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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Book: The Tactical Advantage: A Definitive Study of Personal Small-Arms Tactics

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See larger image The Tactical Advantage: A Definitive Study of Personal Small-Arms Tactics Read this book and learn the combat-proven techniques big-city cops use to stay alive and effective when the bullets start flying. Maintain the tactical advantage in any situation by knowing how to search buildings for armed intruders, use cover and concealment, maintain proper distance intervals and much more. Read this book and learn the combat-proven techniques big-city cops use to stay alive and effective when the bullets start flying. Maintain the tactical advantage in any situation by knowing how to search buildings for armed intruders, use cover

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What type of knives should I have in my preps?

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Hello my friend and welcome to today’s post! I recently received a letter from a reader asking “What type of knives should I have in my preps?”  While thinking about this question, it occurred to me that I really haven’t seen a defined list of knives that Preppers should keep. So in today’s post, we …

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Survival Fencing and what you should consider when building one.

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Hello my friend and welcome back again! While talking to a friend of mine the other day, the subject of fences came up and it got me thinking. Just what is the best fence to use at your retreat and why? This is going to be the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup …

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TacLace Review

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In today’s environment, it is wise to find things that make your life easier and sometimes even faster. TacLace enables me to do just that. Even though the Minutemen started sometime around 1645 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony as Training Bands for rapid deployment, they were better known to be around the time of the American … Continue reading

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Will President Obama ever actually leave office?

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Hello and welcome back my friend! Back when Obama first took office for his second term, I told many people who I don’t believe he will ever willingly leave office.  I still believe that to this day and  in today’s post we are going to look at why I think this is true and what, …

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Read, learn, Practice and never stop!

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Hello my friend and welcome back today! In today’s post we are going to talk about the importance of learning and practicing new skills.  I am constantly amazed at how many people read about how to do something and yet never practice what they read to help set it in their memory.  This is a …

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1000 LIKE FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

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1000 LIKE GIVEAWAY!!! We will give away a NcStar Tactical Red/Green Dot Sight with Cantilever Weaver Mount after we reach 1000 likes! We will pick one person from page likes once we reach 1000. Like and share for a chance to win!!!!!!! Visit our facebook and like and share to win!! OUR FACEBOOK! CLICK HERE TO … Continue reading 1000 LIKE FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

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Coming soon! New merchandise on the way!  We will ship items worldwide as soon as we get our web site and stock in. And will have merchandise available locally in Gillette, Wyoming soon as well! With everything from rifles, tactical gear, pistols, helmets, plate carriers and accessories. Also prices will range from inexpensive toy versions, … Continue reading AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

Survival Communications for the frugal Prepper!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at survival communications and what the frugal Prepper should know about them.  You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a top-notch communications setup.  It can be easy and inexpensive if you know how.  Grab a cup of coffee and have …

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COMING SOON! MICH 2000 IIIA $269.00

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Coming soon to OTS Preparedness – United Shield ACH/MICH Level IIIA Helmet $269.00 The Brand New ACH/MICH helmet is low profile and provides excellent compatibility with communications equipment, gas masks and especially helmet mounted night vision goggles. Available in black ,tan and OD green. The helmet is constructed from para aramid material and provides lightweight, … Continue reading COMING SOON! MICH 2000 IIIA $269.00

More Power or not, that’s the question!

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Hello my friend! In today’s post, we are going to take a look at hand-held communications and why more power is better in some cases and not in others.  Knowing the difference could just save your life in an SHTF situation so set back and grab a cup of coffee while we chat. So, what …

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For Us The Living – Book Review

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Recently I was given a free review copy of “For Us The Living: Judgement Day” by R.A. Peters. While there has been a move to do less and less book reviews, I still like a good story and definitely a good book. The main problem I have is, like most movies, there is nothing new … Continue reading

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How to choose the best tactical boot for your bug out?

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Take a good look at your feet right now…

Now imagine darting through metropolitan labyrinth followed by a slow, long hike to your bug out shelter. We’re talking urban concrete, rugged rocky terrains, rural flatlands, maybe a swamp…

A smart prepper is always ready for anything (man-made or natural) and if your current footwear isn’t up to the task you’ll be the maker of your own “Achilles heel”.

Furthermore, people keep focusing on their BOB way too much, forgetting that our main tool for facing (and surviving) calamities is our body, especially feet. To put it into perspective, a rolled ankle is a far more devastating obstacle in a bug out situation than not packing enough ammo.

So, before I start handing out some essential tactical footwear tips, let’s take a moment to deal with an intricate mechanism that is our foot.

What lies “under the hood”?

Our feet are a perplexing mechanism consisting of 100+ assorted muscles, 26 bones and 33 joints. They’re a very delicate piece of machinery that acts as a shock buffer for our body as well as a propulsion enabler.

That being said, getting the best tactical boots for complementing them rather than tying two bricks to your feet might include more pondering and research than you’ve bargained for.

Tactical boots are no stranger to civilian feet due to their protective properties and comfort. They’re optimally designed for fitting the needs of soldiers, hunters, hikers, and, of course, smart preppers.

So, let’s cut to the chase and see how to choose the best tactical boots for a “bulletproof” bug out plan. You want a head start when things like “fair fight” jump out the window, right?

Different kinds of tactical boots

The first, pre-enumerating tip is, “Don’t confuse fancy parade tactical boot and “real” tactical boot made for the situation of war”.

The latter will help you hit the ground running “when it all hits the fan”, the former will just look festive and leave you twiddling your thumbs while an earthquake is tearing through your neighborhood. Enough said.

Before we move on to talk about the types of tactical boots for you to choose from depending on your potential scenarios, let’s make sure we know the basic terms I’ll be using – the “anatomy” of a hiking boot.

Image 1 - boot anatomyNow that we armed with the basic, let’s get to the “meat” of the article – types of tactical boots and how to choose the best for your needs.

Jump boots

They first appeared in the 1940s as a part of standard parachute unit’s outfit.

They’re officially known as “paratrooper boots”, and feature reinforced ankles for injury-prevention alongside tall shanks reaching the calf. Depending on the size, they have 11-13 eyelets followed by heels optimized for airborne units and rubber soles.

Modern versions also feature toe caps for extra protection. You might know them as “Corcorans” after the company first contracted to make them.

So, if your survival scenario involves a lot of jumping over nasty terrain (maybe even a parachute jump), these are your “weapon” of choice.

Tanker boots

They were conceived after the establishment of US Tank Corps by (back then) Captain George S. Patton Jr. as a standard issue for members of the tank crew.

Their biggest advantage is using leather straps for fastening to the feet of the wearer, rather than ordinary laces. This nullified the potential danger of laces coming undone and then tangling in the many moving, exposed parts of the tank.

So, if you’re navigating a forest-filled area with branches and tree-roots impeding your every step, need I say more?

With tanker boots, canvas or nylon panels were never an option, simply because canvas and nylon are flammable, and that’s the last thing you’d want while trapped in a metal box. So, if extreme heat is a potential scenario in your bug out, these might be your best bet.

Furthermore, they’re all-leather, so in case of a toxic spill, they won’t absorb toxic chemicals and expose your feet.

The tongue is gusseted (sewn to the boot preventing debris from getting in). They also feature steel toe guards, plastic or steel guards (both in the heel and shank) and protective metal insets. As a result, sharp rocks won’t pierce/slice through your boot.

Extreme weather-“friendly” tactical boots

For a good prepper, war is a state of mind even before it gets real. Against nature, other people, the government, economy, odds…

War in the more conventional context, however, is all about location, and it doesn’t always choose the most hospitable ones.

That’s why combat boots for extreme weather circumstances merit a mention. Here are the most commonly used types:

Jungle boots – These tactical boots predate WW2 since they saw the light of day when a small band of Panama-stationed US soldiers was issued a canvas-upper, rubber-soled boot for testing purposes.

They weigh around 3 pounds and weren’t envisioned as boots for preventing water from coming in, but allowing for optimal drainage while keeping sand, mud and insects out.

Ventilating woven mesh insoles were later added for trapping air and “forcing” it to circulate within the boot by the very act of taking a step. The eyelets serve for both water-drainage and extra breathability.

They can also be used in cold weather since breathable insoles will insulate your feet from the ground. Soldiers used them successfully in Venezuela, Panama and many other countries (it was reported they also reduce the outburst of tropical ulcers and blisters).

Jungle boots witnessed the battlefields of WW2, First Indochina War, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, so if you’re up against a jungle-like terrain and climate, these are the best boots to increase your chances of survival.

Combat boots for high temperatures (Desert boots)

The story of desert combat boots in the US begins with CENTCOM’s Commander Norman Schwarzkopf.

He added the following features to the original design from Saudi Arabia:

• A tan rough suede with nylon laces and siding
• 10 Speed-lace eyelets to enable faster tying
• Utilization of Panama-sole pattern of threads
• Steel protection plates were eliminated (these tend to retain heat)
• Drainage vents were also eliminated for preventing sand getting inside the boot

For US forces, these were a staple for battlefields such as Iraq or Afghanistan. They require far less maintenance than regular all-black tactical boots and will provide a comfortable mobility in high-temperature areas.

So, if you’re facing the ugly beast that is a bug out situation in dry, warm, or desert-filled areas, these boots are your ticket out.

Waterproof cold weather tactical boots

Inclement weather can affect the overall performance of your feet in more ways than one, all of them negative. The proper approach is a pair of insulated combat boots.

Their main difference compared to regular weather boots is a layer of GoreTex added. GTX is a special fabric that’s Teflon-coated, yet with millions of microscopic pores for air-exchange.

The main caveat here is getting the right pair for the job, meaning you can get a pair that’s simply waterproof, one that’s optimized for colder climates as well, or one that’s intended for ubercold weather (we’re talking down to -20 degrees F here).

You and you alone know what awaits in YOUR fight ahead, so these will be a perfect choice if the disaster scenario finds you in a rainy, cold or my-good-is-it-cold climate.

Nothing is set in stone – a tight fit in particular

Let me just rattle a few cages here: TIGHT FIT ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE!

Our feet swell up during the day, which is a perfectly normal occurrence. So, a pair of combat boots that was a tight fit in the morning becomes an absolute terror as the day progresses.

Just imagine trying to tug your BOB through a painful terrain (or ANY terrain) with your toes slowly becoming increasingly compressed as you go. Not a very good survival recipe from where I stand.

I made the same misstep once trying to hike the Angel Rock – Chena River trail and ended up regretting the day I was born. My main point is, do your combat boots shopping in the late afternoon and you’ll be comfortable from the get go.

Here are some other essentials regarding trying your new boots for size:

• Wear your favorite type of socks while you try them on. Their thickness can affect the overall fit like you wouldn’t believe
• See if the insole matches your foot once you’ve taken it out. It should fit your foot in both size and ergonomics
• The feeling your boots provide should be snug, not tight. Try walking around a bit and see if they rub some of the pressure points the wrong way. Take a look at the image below as a reference for pressure points
• Before lacing the boots, there should be enough room behind your heel to fit your index finger
• During the lacing, you should feel your heel slowly being pushed backwards, filling that gap
• There should be extra room in the front, so your toes don’t touch it
• When you’re all laced-up, your heel and the boot should move as one. Any rubbing in that area will bring on a blister-bonanza

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I hope I’m crazy, but what if I’m not?

I’ll illustrate my thoughts on preparedness with a single quote from Abraham Lincoln: “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 sharpening the axe”.

Preparedness for as many disastrous scenarios possible is the key of smart prepping way. A right choice of footwear can make or break your success chances should any calamity strike, so spare no expense (money and time-wise) to turn the tables in your favor.

In a word, don’t wait for the rain to start building your ark.

I hope we never have to put this information to the ultimate test, but we’ll certainly have much better odds of survival should such times arrive.

Stay safe.
James Menta @ SoleLabz.com

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What Exactly Is a Tactical Situation?

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Tactical Situation

Full Definition of TACTICAL

1.

Of or relating to combat tactics: as

A. (1):  of or occurring at the battlefront <a tactical defense> <a tactical first strike> (2):  using or being weapons or forces employed at the battlefront <tactical missiles>

B. of an air force:  of, relating to, or designed for air attack in close support of friendly ground forces

2.

A:  of or relating to tactics: as (1):  of or relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose (2):  made or carried out with only a limited or immediate end in view

B:  adroit in planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose

Used In A Sentence:

  • They gained a tactical advantage by joining with one of their competitors.
  • He made a serious tactical error.
  • The planes provided tactical air support for the soldiers on the ground.

Definition and examples courtesy of: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactical

The word tactical is used a lot, and is often times used to describe weapons, such as knives, firearms, and survival gear. When manufactures/retailers put the word “tactical” in the same sentence with a knife, firearm or any piece of survival gear they can raise the price and some are happy to pay.

The word conjures up images in your mind, images of SWAT teams, soldiers, and of tattered and gritty men, and women taking the fight to the enemy. This is why many retailers use props to sell their items. Camouflage clothing is big today, and so many retailers use it so certain images pop up in your mind, subliminal advertising.

There you are in a tactical situation covered head to toe in tactical camouflage, teeth barred, and the tactical knife they want to sell you is clutched in your teeth, this of course is the images they want you to see, so they can dip deeper into your purse or wallet.

Articles on survival and even on prepping use the term tactical loosely, how to use a flashlight in a tactical situation, communication in a tactical situation, noise discipline in a tactical situation and the list goes on.

How the word should be used however: “How to gain a tactical advantage over the person or persons who wants to steal your supplies”.

The word tactical in the marketing world is nothing more than a buzz word, a marketing term. A tactical rifle, for example, may cost you more than say a common run of the mill hunting rifle. They both do the same thing. Both can be used to hunt with, defend your home with, and used for target shooting. The so-called tactical one may have a better or perceived better paint job, because it is subdued black, has some fancy looking rail, more magazine capacity or a glow in the dark front sight.

Of course accessories will raise the price, but are they tactical accessories or just, well accessories. Maybe you don’t need tactical but practical.

When retailers market tactical firearms they want you to envision yourself in combat, because what they are saying without saying is that the difference is, one is a combat rifle and the cheaper, oh so pedestrian rifle is not. If you happen to find yourself in a “tactical situation” without a tactical/combat firearm, then you will come out on the losing end, this is what they want you to believe anyway.

Actual combat/military issued weaponry is of course different from civilian versions. If you have great connections, and do not mind violating numerous state and federal laws then you too can have one or two, otherwise, you have to pick from what the retailers call tactical but legal weapons. If you have the proper permits and licenses you can own certain military grade firearms however.

The word tactical sells, plain and simple. There are of course pieces of equipment that can give you the advantage when in a firefight, but training and experience usually carries the day. Without training and skills, you can have a tank parked out front and someone with a .22 bolt action single shot rifle could win the fight.

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