You Don’t Need a Gun for Self-Defense

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As the old saying goes, “Amateurs talk Hardware, Professionals talk Software.”

Train Realistically, Safely and OFTEN!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

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I admit the title of the article is a bit of a clickbait. If you are an avid reader of my blog, you are likely not my target audience. But I hope you share it with someone who might think that a firearm is the solution to their self-defense needs. The post You Don’t Need…

You Don’t Need a Gun for Self-Defense — Shooting-Performance.com

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Apache Tactics

APACHE TACTICS

 

You can never read enough about Guerilla Warfare tactics and history.

I would urge everybody to invest in a flash drive where you can keep reference materials like this handy.

I would also urge all my readers to go over to Active Response Training and sign up for email alerts.

Every month they post Free Amazon Kindle e-books. The genre’s are mixed but mainly involve Prepping, Tactical Shooting, Self-Defense Strategies, Crime Awareness, Self-Help, Crime Fiction, Post-Apoc Fiction, etc. It’s a really easy way to build you a nice library of reading material for FREE. I have been doing it for a few years now and have over 1,000 titles in my digital library. (Heads Up: These books only remain FREE for a very limited time, so the best time to download them is the day you get the notification email!)

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

An Interesting Tool for Delaying Actions…

Excellent Ideal.

Buy Yours Today!

I bought several dozen of the large ones a few years back and then did some modifications to them with a grinder and dremel tool. Basically I barbed them like a fish hook so when they did puncture something it hurt twice as bad and was a real bitch to get out.

I am not interested in just making somebody feel bad for a while, my goal is to cripple them and make them COMBAT INEFFECTIVE!

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Lot of 3 Rare Ancient Roman Military Caltrops (3) - Catawiki

For those who are unaware, the above graphic is of an ancient Roman tool used to stop cavalry charges, or human wave infantry charges when outnumbered.

It’s called, simply, a ‘Caltrop.’

I was REALLY surprised at how many people make these things for sale for use by collectors, reenactors, or Joe Shit-the-Ragman for home or neighborhood defense.  Here’s an example:

QUICK AND DIRTY CALTROPS | Northwest Firearms - Oregon ...

I like these, as they’re simple.

These are nice, too!

10 Small Caltrops - Road Tire Spikes Stars Immobilizers - 5 colors - Heavy Steel

Small are for bad people coming across your lawn, or in the dark, your driveway/sidewalk – Large are for bad people coming at your home or neighborhood in vehicles.

SUPERB passive defense measure.

Remember, in non-emergency times, all local, state and federal laws may impact your use of these ancient tools!

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Tactical Tourist Need Not Apply

I had a guy email me recently asking me:

“Is it really that bad that we need to own all these weapons and train to protect ourselves every weekend? Our parents did not do this stuff, why are we? Are we getting duped into thinking that this TERRIBLE EVENT everybody is talking about is going to happen to us at any minute, so we better be ready and spend our hard earned money on training and weapons that could be going into an IRA or our Kid’s vacation fund?”

It was an intriguing question, I must admit.  It was intriguing to me personally because honestly, I had never thought about it.

It had always been my lifestyle to train.

Yeah at first like most folks it was a hobby, then pretty quickly it became a way of life; and therein my friends lies the rub. The key to really understanding the mentality behind this amazing sub-culture of “tactically minded civilians” is understanding it’s their LIFESTYLE!

You see if it is anything else but a lifestyle, lazy human nature will eventually kick in and suddenly the drive and fortitude to continue will dry up. Your training will become intermittent and worthless and eventually you will become that lowest form of animal, the basest of all creatures; the “tactical tourist.” This person is a member of every tactical or prepper forum out there and is never short on opinions on how to be the deadliest form of mall ninja imaginable.

He is one of those guys that likes to argue why one instructor is better than another or why one instructor’s platform is superior to another. Blah, blah blah. He may have started down the right path, the path to becoming a prepared and dare I say “Dangerous” civilian, but somewhere along the line he slipped off and started following a trail very similar, a trail that petted his ego and made him feel good about himself, but in the end he was no more prepared than when he started and the only thing scary about him is his bank account. It’s a sad but common story.

OK, so you know when you make a statement like this there is one finger pointing at you and three back at me, right?

The solution is quite simple.

You have to STOP talking and START Training.

YOU (not somebody else) have to develop goals of what you want to learn and accomplish and find QUALITY people with solid backgrounds to teach and help you and GET TO WORK!

Compare the time you spend arguing/jawing about a topic or trainer and the time you actually spend TRAINING on that topic.

You will often find the results woefully out of balance.

Get off the inter-web and get out of the tactical training”cult of personality” circus. When I first started, I had no ideal of what I needed to learn, so I learned a little of everything. Modern technique, point shooting, krav-maga, sambo, filipino knife, combative knife, systema, tomahawk fighting, how to pick a lock, how to bypass a siphon block, etc. And as time went on, I tailored and developed COURSES OF FIRE for each weapon system I owned.

Remember: Your skill sets need to be all encompassing, not just WEAPON oriented, but FIGHT oriented.

Your dry to live fire ratio should be like 70/30.

Dry fire is something that can be done practically anywhere so do it!

Your drills should change frequently.“Never get stale or satisfied” was a motto I once read on a gym wall, and I try to apply that to all areas of my life.

Adapt your training to what your enemy is doing. For example, in the military, if VBIEDS (Vehicle Born IED’s) are on the rise, then “How to Assault/Stop/Disable a moving or static vehicle” becomes priority on the training calendar. As civilians we need to do the same. If Active Shooter or Home Invasions are on the rise, we need to hit that head on with SITUATIONAL Force on Force drills.

Lastly, and this is a big one lately. Let’s all stop the useless jabbering about what MIGHT happen in the world and start training to deal with the worst possible case scenario.

From a practical standpoint this is a much better use of our time and resources. Do you honestly think that our enemies are wasting time jabbering about the POSSIBILITIES of what will happen in the future or are they just training to kill us in the most efficient way possible?

The gauntlet has been laid down and TIME is short.

The life you save could be your own So TRAIN Hard, Realistically and Often!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous.

 

A Challenge of Logistics: Ammo in Guerrilla Groups

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Almost as predictable as the rising of the sun is the issues of keeping a guerrilla group supplied. In every historical account I’ve read and personal encounters training and patrolling with the Kurdish Peshmerga and even the Afghan Border Police (which is little more than a government sanctioned militia) the number one issue boils down to logistics. In all cases, its not even having a combat load of ammunition for a patrol- they barely have ammo to even train, much less sustain a firefight for long. Such is life. Today many are finding themselves in a similar situation. Ammo, for the most part, is short and expensive where you can find it. The guns don’t seem to be the problem- 5.56 and 9mm are the new 22 Long from the era of Obama. Taking that into account, how many here in the States actually have a realistic picture…

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