Mindset: A Time for Wolves

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A Time For Wolves

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I think this has tremendous civilian operator applications as well. From a purely philosophical point of view, a man can be just at utterly vicious and brutal as his enemy without surrendering his moral code or inadvertently becoming a “grasseater” himself.  As the old saying goes “It takes a wolf to hunt a wolf” is very true in some cases in today’s upside down society.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

Military History: Operation Paul Bunyan – August 1976

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Operation Paul Bunyan – August 1976

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An Obscure piece of Military history that is both entertaining and enlightening as to how friggin crazy the North Korean’s really are.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Practical Solutions to Serious Problems #1: Stopping Skeeters

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I decided to start a recurring series about finding Practical Solutions to Serious Problems we CO’s face every day. If you guys have any ideals on future articles feel free to leave them in the comments.

In this edition we are going to discuss how to solve (at least temporarily) a problem that is on everybody’s mind as of late because of the Government induced Zika virus scare: Mosquitos.

If you live in the deep south like me, you know that Mosquitoes are a giant pain in the ass come summertime. Down where I live, they literally swarm in black clouds on some days. and if you have pet’s, it is a double-whammy because of the very real threat of heartworms.

In the past, my family has depended on the ole’ standby that most people use: spraying themselves down with mosquito repellent that contains that lovely (and toxic) chemical called DEET.

Well, I recently read about a solution that is really practical and actually serves a double purpose: FANS.

In a recent article I posted up about Drones from the Havok Journal, the author also briefly discusses using fans as a mosquito solution:

While we are on the subject of flying pests, did you know that a strong fan will give you a mosquito free back yard? The best fans for the project are re-purposed, see we recycle, squirrel cage fans from HVAC units in homes. You can check with an AC repairman about a used fan. Build a box around it to control the intake and exhaust and you can keep your back yard pest free of noxious flying insects because they simply cannot fly against the pressure of that fan.

Speaking of re-purposing and thinking out of the box, I have a friend who wanted a Port-A-Cool for his backyard but did not want to drop $600 to a Grand for one. He took an old industrial shop fan he found at a flea market and then sits a tub full of ice in front of it with his adult beverages….Redneck Air Conditioning! You get the double advantage of no skeeters and some cool air when it is 100+ degrees!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Surveillance State: Anti-Drone Defenses for the Privacy Minded Citizen

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Anti-Drone Defenses: Some Ideas Are Better Than Others

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This is an interesting and very funny article for the simple fact it raises some very important questions for the Civilian Operator who wants to keep his Private life well, PRIVATE: How do we not only LEGALLY combat DRONES that violate our Privacy around our homes and businesses but also PHYSICALLY Combat Drones that violate our Privacy?

Bottom line: Think like an Insurgent and use Deception and Deceit (and some other very creative methods)

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Armed Citizen Corner: You Are Only A Victim If You Let THEM Make You One

A Very timely essay. Read it twice and then send it to somebody you care about. -SF

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When you need it badly enough, when you want it badly enough, anything can be a weapon as long as you use enough force and violence.

One man kills several, one man kills several, one man…. I do not for a moment doubt the fear in the room. I don’t question the panic that went through the minds of those people when, in a school, in a movie theater, on a train, or in a house of worship, they were ruthlessly gunned down.

I can recognize their genuine emotion but at the same time I am frustrated because people are letting the killer have their way instead of fighting for the right to live.

Don’t point a gun at me and expect obedience. If you point it at me, you better pull the trigger because if you don’t, I am going to take it away from you and use it on you.

During 9/11, one plane out of four didn’t make it to their target. Men, armed only with box cutters, took control on all but one. On that one plane, the passengers, a noble few, knew they were dead, but they made a conscious and heroic choice about the manner of their death and used it to deny the terrorist their victory.

When violence finds you, you have a choice you can take it, or you can attack.

I make one point and one point only. If you are faced with an armed assailant a criminal, terrorist, or other nut job, your life is over. People hesitate because they might be killed or injured. Accept the fact that your life is already over and the only thing you have left to determine is the manner in which you exit.

Find that point of calm amidst the fear and attack!!

  1. Situational weapons awareness: mankind has been dangerous for a much longer time than the invention of gun powder and the firearm. It may be true that you cannot carry anything that appears remotely dangerous, such as on an airplane. But unless you are completely incapacitated, everything around you can be a weapon at need. It might be a poor weapon, but it is still a weapon.
  2. Compassion: Do not expect compassion out of your assailant. In many cases, the hope that your reasonable plea will be heard is a forlorn hope at best.
  3. Know your surroundings: as part of situational awareness, know where you are. One step and you might be out of the line of fire. You face a choice, run away, or fight. What you do then is up to you but don’t panic and just stand there.
  4. Know the circumstances: a bank robber is interested in money. Harming people just makes law enforcement hunt harder for them. Do what you are told and let it go. No heroes are necessary. But if the situation changes or if you are uncertain of what is going to happen, it is tooth, claw, and die time.
  5. Attack: When a deadly threat is presented and you have no room to escape, attack. Come up like sprinter out of the blocks, use whatever resources are around you, and hit them with everything you have. Violence alone is a potent weapon if you are willing.

Here are some examples. Are these foolproof? No because every situation is going to have variables which you cannot encompass in one blog so you have to be mentally flexible.

  1. Carjacked: drive the perpetrator to the cops. What are they going to do, shoot you? If you don’t know where the cops are, floor it. Run every red light and if all else fails, pile drive the car into the nearest tree at high velocity. Whatever you do, don’t just do as you are told. Your body is going to end up in a field raped, abused, and buried.
  2. Someone pulls a gun in a store or other venue: start throwing shit at them. Hell monkeys use the missile assault as a primary defense mechanism because it works. Throw whatever you can get your hands on and pummel the bastard. Don’t just sit there and take it. A gun does not grant authority, it grants fear. Remove the fear and fight.
  3. Home: Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees don’t want to mess with me in my home. Yours should be the same.
  4. Dark alley: WTF are you doing there? Situational Awareness! Don’t put yourself in circumstances that will get you into trouble. Don’t drink yourself into trouble. You want adventure; play D&D. Risking your life for a good time is stupid.

The easiest decision in life is putting it all on the line because you have nothing left to lose. It is also the most liberating and the most dangerous. Fear is a deliberate control used by the criminal and everyone else. When you lose that fear, you can do anything.

I am not trying to save you; that is out of my control. I can only point you in the direction of a potential escape that you have to work on.

If you accept that your life is over, you take the power away from the assailant and give it to yourself. They can still kill you. But now, you are going to make them kill you, not accept that they will.

You might save yourself but don’t count on it. You might save others but don’t hope for it. The best you can do is end well. That is it.

You are only a victim if you let them make you one.