As a General Rule, Crowds are BAD

From the Archives, 2018

At a car show recently held in Victoria Texas, a drunk paroled felon who had been locked up for (wait for it) D.W.I, drove his car into a crowd of people, killing a 65 year old man.

This type of threat where a vehicle is used as the weapon, has become common place in the last few years, as witnessed in the Bastille Day Attack in Nice, France in 2016 , the Hudson River Park Bike Path Attack in New York in 2017 and most recently the Yonge Street Van Attack in Toronto Canada.

Regardless of the motive of the attacker whether it be islamic terrorism or a delusional drunk moron, the end result is the same: Mass carnage.

As John Farnam points out in his recent quip, words like “security”, “protection” and “safety” are words that exist only in the vocabulary of sheeple. It is no longer realistic for the armed civilian to assume any of these things EXIST when you go out in public.

In fact, when you start looking at all of the mass casualty attacks worldwide just in the past five years, the old adage of “there is safety in numbers” is proven a severe falsehood.

In the 21st Century, people gathering in large crowds must now be considered a serious liability to the martial citizen. Apart from vehicle attacks, just look at what happened with the Las Vegas shooting.

The bottom line is this: The only “security” that exist in venues like this is what you, the ARMED citizen create for yourself and your tribe.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Learning from Insurgent Tactics: The Vehicle as a Weapon

From the Archives, 2015

Armored Van used in Attack on Dallas PD 6/13

Armored Van used in Attack on Dallas PD 6/13. Bought on Ebay for $8K

The attack on Dallas PD this past Saturday by a man in an armored van represents a variation on a tactic that has not been seen since the DC Sniper Murders in 2002, where a man and his young accomplice, using a Chevy Caprice sedan and turning the trunk into a “mobile” sniper hide, killed 10 people and critically wounded three others. The two concepts, an Armored Wagon or Van and the Mobile Sniper Hide, have at their core, basically the same concept: To Use a vehicle as a platform for a shooter or shooters to engage civilians and law enforcement, attempting to kill as many as possible. The differences lay in HOW these methods are applied.

The Mobile Sniper Hide (MSH) is a covert weapon, meaning it’s strength lies in NOT being detected, as the shooter engages targets both quietly and quickly as possible, keeping the location of the shooter (and shot) both hid (in the DC Sniper Case, by shooting from the car’s trunk through a small hole). The Armored Wagon on the other hand, OVERTLY engages targets (through gun ports), purposely drawing fire as it rolls on, ie like the Dallas PD attack recently.

The critical keys to remember if the AV concept is to work effectively, is that the engine block must be further bullet proofed (a .50 Caliber round took out the engine block) the tires must be run flats and reserve fuel bladders added.  If the engine or tires get disabled, or you run out of gas at a critical juncture, you are no longer mobile and have no egress options available; you are dead in the water, literally.

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As far as the two concepts go, the Mobile Sniper Hide is a much more effective tool for the lone or small unit of of Guerilla fighters who live in a civilian population that is not controlled by military forces. Less attention is drawn to the vehicle as a whole, making it easier to hit and run (in reference to the One Shot Sniper Method discussed in the book Fry the Brain by John West.)

If history is studied, armored vans (or improvised fighting vehicles) work well in WAR zones, where both the VOLUME of fire coming OUT of the vehicle and the expectation of SUPPORT (from other vehicles and infantry) can be expected to be large. The downside of course is ANTITank and Vehicle weapons such as Mines, IED’s, RPG’s, Javelins and Grenade Launchers. The evolution of the IFV is an interesting study for the CO. Although I typically steer away from Wiki-Pedia, their entry on this subject is quite extensive and for the most part, correct. Read it HERE.

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Another element of the insurgents use of vehicles to achieve a desired aim can be seen currently with the situation in Iraq where a large number of American Humvees that had been given to the Iraqi Security Forces were stolen by ISIS and turned into VBIED’s (Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devices). Read that story HERE

VBIED’s (or car bombs) have been a technique that has seen widespread use by insurgents and terrorist alike. Some of the worst attacks (as far a total number killed) have occurred on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. However, if you ask any American with a sense of history, they will tell you by far, the two attacks that are seared into their memory are The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, both car bomb attacks.

In 2010, a car bomb was detected and diffused in New York’s Times Square, thanks to some street vendors who were paying attention. Just another example of why AWARENESS is our first and primary weapon in self-defense.

 

Bibliography and Suggested Reading

  • Fry the Brain by John West

  • Buda’s Wagon by Mike Davis

  • Bandit Country by Toby Harnden

  • Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough

 

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Reality Check: Are You Good Enough to Take a Head Shot When Everything is On the Line?

Are You Good Enough to Take a Head Shot When Everything is On the Line?

 

A No BS article about the stark reality of head shots.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Why Journalist and Politicians are Frightened by Armed Defense

Why Journalists and Politicians are Frightened by Armed Defense

 

Rob Morse nails it once again.

The Bottom line is pretty simple.

Armed Citizens represent a threat to the liberal/marxist status quo and their obvious agenda.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

U.S. Marines Slightly Loosen Gun Restrictions for Select Corps Personnel

U.S. Marines ‘Slightly’ Loosen Gun Restrictions for Select Corps Personnel

 

Notice the word SLIGHTLY is emphasized here because basically all this ‘law’ does is re-emphasize a law that is already on the books (Military Personnel who hold Law Enforcement positions may carry concealed on a military base.)

What it does not do is make it LEGAL for ANY Active Duty Military Personnel to carry a concealed weapon on base.

I am of the opinion that if you are an active duty military member you DO NOT NEED a license issued by a State agency to carry a Firearm on a U.S. Govt military base!

It’s bureaucratic, politically correct idiocy like this that continues to get innocent people killed.

Once Again, as the latest Church Shooting proves: Bad Guys do not give a shit about Gun Free Zones, and yes, unfortunately that includes U.S. Military bases.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!