Clandestine Communications Part Two: Steganography – A Smile is Worth A Thousand Words (Literally)! by Patriotman

Given the current climate and direction of the United States, I believe all American Partisan readers would agree that knowing clandestine communication methods is a useful arrow to have in our qui…

Source: Clandestine Communications Part Two: Steganography – A Smile is Worth A Thousand Words (Literally)! by Patriotman

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L.A. Jade Helm v2.0

“WTF Is Going On In Downtown LA?”: Army War Drills Continue Across Los Angeles

 

Won’t here this on any of the Fake News Cartel stations…why?

Besides SOF training drills, they are also sharpening up for a critical domestic incident such as mass civil unrest, rioting and looting.

Prepare Now.

Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Basic Requirements Applied To Survivalists

A Great Outline for INDIVIDUAL Task.

So often training of this type focuses on SUT (Small Unit Tactics) without first addressing Individual skill-sets.

 

I have selected what I believe are the realistic tasks that a Survivalist who mean to go into harms way should have a basic understanding of, if not at least a basic proficiency in.

Source: Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Basic Requirements Applied To Survivalists

7 Signs a Weapon is Being Concealed

7 Signs A Weapon Is Being Concealed That You Should Know

Extremely practical knowledge every armed and unarmed citizen needs to know.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

Are You Adding More “Suck”or “Skate” To Your Training?

I got asked this question the other day by a very close friend of mine I served with and it got me to thinking seriously about my current combative training routine. (and understand when I say “Combative” training routine I am referring to my ENTIRE martial training: Empty Hand, Stick, Knife, Gun.)

Now before I jump into this let me explain one other thing for all my non-military readers. The terminology “Skate” is military jargon that refers to a person who is SHIRKING their duties when they are supposed to be WORKING. To put it simply, SKATE=LAZY!

OK, so first things first, and this is important to answer in any training scenario:. WHY are we wanting to make our training more difficult? Is it to pet our ego? Is it to impress our friends? No, of course not. We are making our martial training more difficult and challenging because that is the way the world works. The Real World is Brutal! Keeping your training REALISTIC (but at the same time PRACTICAL) ensures that you are going to be in the best SHAPE (both physically and mentally) to not only face what this crazy world throws at you, but also kick’s its ass.

STRESSORS

OK, so one of the most practical ways to add REALISM to any training drill, regardless if it is with a firearm or not, is to add STRESSORS to the drill.

STRESSORS typically fall in one of three categories:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL: This is anything to do with the environment around you where you are fighting. Weather conditions (Cold, Hot, Rain, Snow) Condition of the Ground, Condition of the building where you are at, etc.
  • PHYSICAL: This is anything to do with your physical body. This can include increased heart rate, tunnel vision, loss of hearing, loss of the use of the an arm or hand, etc.
  • TIME: This is the most practical stressor used in firearm drills. By adding time we create the need to be fast but efficient and accurate in our movements and shots. Competition shooting uses this stressor (via a shot timer) as the baseline in which to measure shooting competency.
  • DISTANCE: Most folks believe this stressor is unique only to firearm drills, but it also works with empty hand and knife drills as well.

Here is a clip from Pat McNamara where he uses all Four of the above stressors together to create a very realistic handgun drill.

*Notice how the simple use of MOVEMENT with dumb-bells adds an increased heart rate, which effects the mechanics of making a good shot, combine this with DISTANCE (when you have to shoot more accurately you have to shoot slower) and this drill can be a real ass kicker.

So we can see very clearly that by keeping in good Fighting Shape (strength and cardio) we can not only rest assured we will be able to fight somebody more than 2 minutes without becoming winded but also be able to make good solid hits on target after moving.  Remember when Stress floods our system, our heart rate increases, which in turn increases our breathing, which as we all know, is one of the main factors effecting accuracy with a firearm! *Bear in mind anytime we use DISTANCE as a stressor it will effect the TIME it takes to make an accurate shot.

In the next article I will discuss Square range versus Real World Mentality and why Movement is so important.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

 

Slow= Dead!

Army Issues Lighter Armor For Bigger Wars

Body Armour is a subject I don’t hear a lot of tactical trainers talking about nowadays and that has always puzzled me. I mean to train realistically we need to understand that rounds are not just going to be OUTGOING but also INCOMING with great frequency; therefore we need to be prepared to deal with that, not just in teaching the importance of COVER, but also PERSONAL PROTECTION (IBA) and TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) applications.

The legalities of owning body armour in most states are pretty much the same as owning a firearm; as long as you are not a criminal turd with a felony record, you are OK.

The simple reality is if you are a martial civilian who is interested in keeping yourself and your family safe, you and every member of your family need an IBA, it’s that simple.

So the million dollar question is, where do you start? Like anything new, the first thing we need to do is educate ourselves,

This article from The Prepared is a good start.

Now after you purchase your IBA don’t pull the Ole’ ‘Couch Commando’ trick and throw that vest in the closet with all your other SHTF  gear! No, make that IBA part of your everyday training regimen! After all when the hammer finally does drop, you are going to be fighting in it, right? So follow the tried and true protocol of always train with the same clothes and gear you would be using in an everyday SHTF situation.

I would also add this final caveat: incorporate a lot of movement drills with your IBA with rifle and pistol.

Learning how to move effectively and efficiently with a vest on is a skill-set EVERY rifleman needs to have under their belt.

Remember: Stay Realistic with your training by always asking HOW CAN I INCREASE THE SUCK FACTOR FOR THIS DRILL?

 Our main goal when we go to train is not to stroke our ego or impress our friends, but to SHARPEN our SKILLS, and if you guys know anything about sharpening a knife, in order to get that blade sharp, we must first break down what is there so we can begin to HONE it!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

Guerilla Warfare History: Interviews with Hackworth and Giap

These are two interview transcripts I found on PBS from a 20th Century Historical Timeline Documentary

One is with Colonel David Hackworth, United States Army Retired and the author of About Face.

The other interview is with  Vo Nguyen Giap, a Viet-Minh General.

Guerilla Warfare History is of extreme importance to the Civilian Operator. BOLO for more articles like this soon.

 

Interview with Col. David Hackworth
U.S. Army, South Vietnam

 

Interview with Vo Nguyen Giap
Viet Minh Commander

 

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!