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Armed Citizen generic Multicam/MTP Patch
New 8cm x 5cm, velcro backed high qualitypatch made by military supplier.
There is patches for almost everything and everyone but broken down, none for the basis of society, that one rifle owning citizen...YOU.In a globalised world where we are all being sold out by political, corporate and media incompetence, cowardice and dishonesty, the armed citizen, the guarantor of freedom, safety and democracy is one of the few remaining, steadfast and potent values we can count on in any scenario of social decline, foreign, domestic or corporate take over.
This against mounting worldwide governmental pressures to suppress the ancient concept of armed citizenry. One wonders why...?!
With all the budget cuts the same powers may well have to fall back on the armed citizen in emergencies...see London riots where the government lost control of the streets to pure anarchy.
You have concluded for yourself to take on the responsibility to guarantee your personal freedom, safety and right to democracy by responsibly owning a firearm and training with it.
But making this choice also ensures these values apply to those close to you and around you.
You also become the basic building block other armed citizens can rally around as a last line of defense in an emergency.
You become part of this unspoken and reasonable gun brotherhood that can be counted on to rise in times of need and emergency in a collapsing society.The Armed Citizens patch was designed with these thoughts in mind.
The general shape is reminiscent of the Infantryman Combat Badge.
The US/CSA civil war era laurel wreath shape was chosen as a historic reminder that freedom and beliefs have to sometimes be fought for.
The wreath elements can be laid out to be laurel leaves of victory of the citizen, being the true sovereign over government and politics in a functioning democracy or being similar to grain, a reminder that we fight for our land or home and the harvest of our hard work we intend to protect. Also reminiscent of an ancient roman wreath it symbolizes culture, heritage and values of our civilization.
The current M4 Rifle version of the AR-15 / M16 was chosen as a symbol of armed citizen responsibility and readiness. The power to ensure personal safety and freedom and that of others.
Approximately 8 Million AR-15s have been built over the past decades and it is the most versatile and adaptable arm available today that can be homebuilt, underlining the independent concept of armed citizenry.Be part of the ancientfree brotherhood and make a statement with your Armed Citizen patch.
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1. Standardized – recognizable
2. Positive unit identification
3. Promotes unit pride
4. Fast to obtain
5. Reduces possibility of friend-on-friend incidents in the field
6. Promotes unit cohesion
7. Promotes professionalism
Some Quotes thatinspiredthis patch design:George Orwell: "That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."Swiss Major Hans von Dach in Total Resistance: "As long as somebody armed roams our forests, freedom has not perished."
Unknown: "An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject."
Churchill:"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.""I am convinced that every man of you would rise up and tear me down from my place if I were for one moment to contemplate parley or surrender. If this long island story of ours is to last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood on the ground.""Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour!"
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."
“If every person has the right to defend–even by force–his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.”
The Ranger Creed
“…I am expected to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.”
and of course applying to all responsible Armed Citizens the sacred Riflemans Creed by Major General William H. Rupertus:
The Riflemans Creed This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is ours and there is no enemy, but peace!
Armed Citizen Basic Combat Equipment
(simple, multifunctional, light, reasonable)
by Lt. Col T. Raymann
The fighting philosophy should be simple. For the armed citizen violent threats like social unrest, crime and natural disaster are more the resistance /guerilla type scenarios to be encountered.
You will be fighting alone or in small groups with no or little support. The weapons, equipment and tactics must reflect this simple truth.
There will be no logistics to back you up. Hence build a kit that is simple to repair and maintain and made for your terrain and situation, not somebody else’s. The kit must last a long time because it may have to in
Spare/Emergency T-Shirt, underwear and socks kept watertight in pack.
Halve length underwear covering tighs for long marches.
Long underwear for cold weather
Socks (two pairs, recommended padded Grenadier type)
Combat Boots/Tactical low cut boot (1-2 pair)
Tactical Gloves (shooting/working glove like Nomex type)
Combat fatigues (two sets BDU Trousers and Shirt).
Smock / Field Jacket impregnated, alternatively Poncho and liner or Rain Jacket.
Boonie or Patrol hat
Recon wrap / head wrap
Pair of Knee protectors.
Commando Rig / Assault Vest (min 4-6 magazine capacity and hydration bladder compartment) /Alternatively Magazine Bandoleer for 4-6 magazines.
Patrol pack / Rucksack 25-45L /
A lighter, some normal matches and 3m string (to avoid depleting survival items unnecessarily)
Pencil, Biro, Permanent Marker
Ear protection (plugs)
Compass and case (learn how to use the compass beforehand!)
Flashlight w/ extra batteries / Dynamo torch / dynamo head torch Carabineer Hook for climbing
Fire King / Swiss Army Notkocher Mini Stove
Adjustable Spanner (compact but good size to complement Multitool, for turning gas or water on or off in survival situation).
Emergency Sleeping bag (recommended Pro Force Emergency Survival Bag OD)
Dust Goggles/Shooting glasses with side protection
Camo paint or burnt cork
Waterproof/survival matches for emergency
Entrenching tool compact
Gas mask + Filter
Mini Monocular / Binocular (min. 10x25)
Plastic Spork / metal knife, fork, spoon set
Collapsible Canteen with metal Canteen Cup that can double as mess tin
Industrial seal bags 2-3 sizes (water bags, collecting things)
Small hotel type soap
Travel tooth brush & paste
Dental floss (also for sewing, fishing line, lashing branches for improvised shelters)
Tooth cleaning chewing gum (also great when you have to save precious water)
Washcloth or small towel
Field Dressing (Israeli type recommended)
First aid kit (Like Highlander or Webtex Mini Pack: Pouch Water resistant, assorted plasters water resistant, Low Adherent Dressing 5cm x 5cm, Safety Pins assorted, Antiseptic Wipes, Strip Fabric 4 x 1m, 15g Disinfecting Cream, WOW Bandage 7.5cm x 5m, Micro porous Tape 1.25cm x 1m, Pair Vinyl Gloves, Scissors, Tweezers. Compede Blister pack, Sutures, Pain Killers, Anti Diarrhoea, small 25g Vaseline good for injuries, sores or as gun lubricant/protection)
Combat Knife (bayonet orsheath knife, Israeli EOD plastic knife usefull mine detection, concealed backupknife.)
Pistol (min.4 mags + 50 rounds)
Rifle (min. 6 mags + 300rounds, also recommend a stock pouch for one spare mag)
Cleaning kit & lubricant (if possible multi calibre set like Otis, recommend Ballistol as it can double as disinfectant also.)
Survial Tin Kit (Signal mirror, Tin hanging handle, Tinder, Water bags/Condoms,
Single edged razor, Adhesive plasters, Water resistant tin, Vinyl/Electrical tape black
Button compass (second for backup!), Hacksaw blade, Waterproof Matches, Pencil, writing paper, Water Purification tablets, Snare wire, Candle, Ranger Flint & Striker, Fishing kit, Whistle, Sewing kit, Safety pins, Commando Wire saw, small pen knife)
(Recommended: BCB Military Survial Tin not Combat Version! Also BCB Go Pack.)
1.Special attention should be paid to acquiring good cold weather and rain gear.
2. getting caught with all this equipment under conditions of martial law can get you in plenty of trouble. Hide it well.Gear Carrying Rules for Patrols:
1. keep your load as light as possible
2. know your equipment
3. assemble the equipment properly
4. know the location of every item on your person and in your equipment
5. include personal medications.
The Armed Citizen basic thoughts on Tactics and Organization
Armed Citizen (AC)
3AC = Section
9AC = Fighting Patrol
27AC = Independent Company
A typical Armed Citizen section operates as anything from a lone individual to a small group. The basic characteristic of the structure is that there is no explicit communication between cells which are otherwise acting toward the same goals. Members of one cell usually have little or no specific information on who else is agitating on behalf of their cause.
The concept of the three fighter section is recommended for an Armed Citizen patrol, the philosophy being that three men is the minimum number that can be combat effective.
Each patrol is a self-contained cell, expected to be self-sufficient and operationally autonomous in the case of emergency, generally operating within a 15-mile radius of a Operational Base
A single section is used for patrols, two to three sections can conduct an ambush, three to twelve sections can combine for a raid.
In a defensive mode one member of the section is on guard, the second on support and the third resting, every 8 hours the roles rotate.
Each section provides its own security and depending on circumstances its own sustenance.
As a rule of thumb 5 sections are combined for an operation after which they immediately displace, disperse and go back to low echelon (guerrilla) tactics.
The armed citizen sections should be part of an “organization without an organization”, share common goals but have wholly independent leadership. No names, nothing written down, everything of potential intelligence value is committed to memory.
The leaderless resistance or phantom cell structure is of interest here, in which small, independent groups, including the case of individuals, challenge an established adversary.
Leaderless cells lack offerirectional, vertical command links and operate without hierarchal command. While it lacks a central command, the concept does not necessarily imply lack of cooperation.
As a result, leaderless cells are largely insusceptible to informants and traitors as there is neither a center that may be destroyed, nor links between the cells that may be infiltrated.
The strategy is simple and difficult to stamp out.
The concept of leaderless resistance was reportedly developed by Col. Ulius Louis Amoss, an alleged U.S. intelligence officer, in the early 1960s. An anti-communist, Amoss saw leaderless resistance as a backup for the possibility of a communist seizure of power in the United States. Given its asymmetrical character and the fact that it is often strategically adopted in the face of an obvious institutional power imbalance, leaderless resistance has much in common with guerrilla warfare. The latter strategy, however, usually retains some form of organized, offerirectional leadership and is often more broad-based than the individualized actions of leaderless cells. In some cases, a largely leaderless movement may evolve into a coherent insurgency or guerrilla movement, as successfully occurred with the Yugoslav partisans of World War II. In the same conflict, the British leadership had extensive plans for the use of such resistance in the event of a successful German invasion.
Collins Gem SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman (can be carried)
-Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams by Christoper E. Larsen (Basics for everyone)
-Special Forces guerrilla Warfare Manual by Wimberly Scott
-Total Resistance by Major Hans von Dach
-US Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook FM 31-21
-Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival by Max Velocity (Nitty Gritty of squad tactics, superb kick start on subject)
-Holding your Ground, preparing for Defense when it all falls apart byJoe Nobody (Basic thoughtsfor people with no military experience)
-Without Rule of Law, advanced skills to help you survive byJoe Nobody (Basic thoughtsfor people with no military experience)
-The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine by Joe Nobody
(Do notturn downold versionMilitaryManuals 40s - 80s, they could suddenly bevery relevant in a low or no-tech scenario where you need hands on know-how!)
LTC thoughtson our times:
The social divide is widening ever more each day, this is reality. The people have been left behind by governments and corporations with short term, theory based or just downright dishonestagendas only they understand and what’s more, that don’t work long-term. Globalisation was out of control to start with, as it was ahead of our time to be implemented. it has generated it's own dynamic, that has no consideration for the people it was originally thought for.
Humansare becomingthefuelin economic furnaces, burnt for the profit of a small socially and politicallyincompetentelite or keptlingeringin healthcare systems feeding financiallyoff the living dead. Education is becoming a financiallyregulated commodity only thoughtfor blindly.
Who hasn't learned from globalisation is dammed to repeat it, day after day, as a modern corporate slave.
Our own money earned with lifeblood and energyat the mercy of our "betters" with theirboot in our neck,feedingthe verysystems that just further wring out us the individual. We have become living dead in this financialcircuit of death.
Is this the life and world we want? The independent thinkers left must brace themselves to become the torch bearers of civilised,socially competent valuesin a coming dark age. This is a holy duty we owe to ourselves and future generations.
LTCT. Raymann on the SIG SP 2022The Swiss, locked away behind the alps, limp behind the world in business, life and social aspects. The one thing the world has been limping behind the Swiss in though has been in quality handguns and rifles.
If you want an out of the box go-to-war rifle or handgun: SIG most certainly is the address.
I can remember days not so long ago when most shooters outside Switzerland didn't know SIG…and inside Switzerland nobody knew anything else...unbelievable today in the age of the internet.
The classic SIG210 has left it's mark since 1949.
The immortal and indestructable SIG P220 was introduced in the Swiss military in 1975 and soldiers on to this day.
In 1984 the SIG P226 reached over the pond for the limelight trying to replace the 1911 in the US…didn't take place, but SIG came to wider attention.
(The ultimate 1911 today being the SIG 1911 TacOps by the way!! You'll never look back...)
Since then the "world wide serious shooter community" has been stuck in a hype to save up their pocket money for a full steel SIG 220, 225, 226 or 228.
It is astounding that this trend ist still going strong. Quality will tell.
Yes, you pay a lot for a SIG…but then as per Swiss tradition you get your moneys worth back over the counter in form of life long quality.
In wishi-washi globalised terms: A win-win situation.
While everyone is lost in a fog of commerce to afford a traditional heavy metal SIG and to choose from among all the full steel variants on offer today, there has been a silent and unobtrusive newcomer to the scene. The SIG Pro.
The Swiss and SIG arn't completly stupid! They did notice people where struggling to afford their 200 series.
In 1998, SIG SAUER announced that they had developed a polymer-framed version of their SIG "classic" design.
The first ugly SIG Pro's always seemed to me to have come off the workbench prematurely, missing certain touches. It certainly did not have the allure of the Flagship P226. Rightly or wrongly, the SIG Pro got a reputation as the SIG you can still buy when you aren’t able to afford a P226. But since we're all saving ourselves to death these days to be commerically & politically correct this has become socially accepatble if not to say common sense.
The SIG Pro was a full-sized service pistol designed for military and law enforcement, featuring a smooth double action/single action trigger and the familiar sights and ergonomics of those legacy SIG pistols. SIG joined Glock and HK as one of the few major firearms manufacturers to embrace a polymer frame at that time. In one way, the SIG Pro was way ahead of its time, featuring a replaceable back strap to change the thickness of its grip to fit both large and small hands. The next time you read a manufacturer’s claim that their gun features new innovative replaceable grip inserts, remember that SIG did it 1998!
The SIG Pro has evolved over the years. Created by SIG and J.P. Sauer & Sohn it's father pistol was the SP2340, originally developed as a .40 caliber gun in 1998. A year later, the SP2009 was introduced as a 9mm, followed by the modified version called the SP2022 in 2002.
When first introduced, there were many competing designs for methods to attach a light or laser to a pistol. By 2003, the Picatinny rail had won out. When SIG released their latest version of the SIG Pro that year, designated SP2022, it featured the standard rail molded into the frame as well as a few other improvements, including a decocker that was easier to manipulate. SIG finally got a grip on the weight and price issue of it's classic 200 series with the SIG Pro.When SIG introduced the P250 series of polymer framed, modular pistols in 2009, the marketing hype surrounding those guns made it easy for potential customers to forget that SIG had already been making polymer guns in the same calibers for a decade. It seemed like the SIG SP2022 was destined to be one of the best-kept secrets of the pistol world.
Then an odd thing happened. The P250’s double action only trigger is proving unpopular with many shooters and despite the fact that you can get a new P250 for the price of a used Glock, they haven’t caught on with many law enforcement agencies or any military units. At the same time, the street price of the all-metal "classic" SIGs like the P226 has skyrocketed to hundreds of dollars more than it was just a few years ago. So many polymer-framed pistols are on the market now that they are the rule rather than the exception and this has helped wash away the stigma of the SIG Pro as a "poor man’s P226." With its solid performance history, traditional feel and competitive pricing, the SP2022 slowly began to climb up the sales charts as one of the top selling firearms. Now the secret is out—the fully matured SP2022 is one heck of a pistol for the money you’ll spend to get one.
The SP2022 is a killing machine, waiting away to have its trigger squeezed. There is no safety, no hassle to slow you down when you need it.
This pistol shoots fast and steady. Accuracy with the SP2022 is flat out excellent.
An empty mag leaves more weight forward on the heavier stainless steel slide atop a polymer lower receiver. The balance is PERFECT for this setup, helping steady the pistol through muzzle rise during rapid fire.
The 2022 has a larger trigger guard than the 200 series guns. Great if you're using gloves.
It’s a good "go-to" weapon for home defense: there are a lot of rounds to be had by your side in the flash of a moment.
One of the other things that sell one on this gun is the ease of ability to reach all the mechanisms. Ergonomics just great. While holding the gun in one hand one can easily reach the large slide release, the de-cocking lever, trigger and magazine release. The classic SIG's are made for big fists, the 2022 opens up SIG to rest of the market with medium or small hands.The 2022 pistol has proven its worth as a tactical sidearm.
The Swiss Military has introduced it as the Pistole 03, the French bought 250'000 the largest single order for service handguns since World War II. Portugal, Malaysia and Columbia being further users. In 2004, the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command at the Rock Island Arsenal awarded SIG SAUER a contract for 5,000 SP2022 pistols chambered in 9mm.
The mighty French contract brought the price down. SIGs parental neglect and their new unwanted P250 have pulled the price down further.
The SIG SPC compact model hitting the market with it's minutly shorter barrel has brought the price down again. The SPC 2022 hardly deserves the name "compact". Chopping off 7mm at one end and adding a flat plate magazine, is a belated SIG attempt to redeem the child they themselves never really loved, but suddenly notice is earning them money and respect.
To anyone with any sense of reality the SPC model is a standard SIG 2022 just missing 7mm (0.275 inches!) in lenght. If this knocks off another $100…go for it! The SPC also comes with a factory steel guide rod as per market demand.
So while watching everyone scramble to lay out hard earned cash for a 200 series, the SIG 2022 stands in the shadows mildly amused at the goings on and offers the full SIG reliabilty package at halve the cost.
All you need to do for it, is leave the globalised main stream and do some good old fashioned common sense (!) thinking on your own. This in itself calls for a certain type of person these days. I call them "torchbearers of reason" in the globalised dark age of unneeded change and chaos.
Ergo: Common sense person + SIG 2022 = a heck of a lot of character.
Show me your gun and I'll tell you who you are!
The SIG SP 2022 is completly and utterly underrated and will satisfy most amateur to professional gunslingers who are looking for an affordable pistol for multi-use defense.
You can't go wrong with this purchase, especially for the price.
It is a perfect combination of affordability and quality while being an ideal pistol. It is safe, simple to operate, affordable, accurate and out of the box dependable.
The 2022 is already an understated classic in its own right for those thinking individuals who understand it and reality.
The SIG 2022 is the unlikely hero nobody suspected, just waiting to be given a chance, to go to hell and back…
LTC T. Raymann thoughts on the Ruger Scout Rifle.
The Ruger Scout Rifle intrigues on first sight.
The do it all rifle, with the do it all .308 cartridge.
The classic M-77 Mauser style tried and true bolt action ignites your desire to crank it, as if generations of Riflemen in your genes are calling out.
A rifle with character, but one that doesn’t give away its identity too lightly, while taking surprisingly little time to grow on one.
A testament to the gun’s design, handling and shooting qualities.
If you’re ex services, experienced with rifles, or somebody just starting out on the subject of Survival, Prepping or Home Defence, this design deserves your consideration and will speak to the ancient hunter-gatherer-warrior in you if you take the time to study it.
Your instincts just tell you, you can’t go wrong with the Ruger Scout Rifle. It covers all eventualities in a time proven, adaptable and deadly combination.
Remember George Orwells: "That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."
One just sees the Ruger Scout Rifle hanging on that wall!
Another point that fascinates with the Ruger Scout Rifle, is how even in severe anti- gun Environments (UK, Ireland, Australia, many European countries…) one can buy a Ruger Scout Rifle! There’s no stopping it in any Environment. True to scout tradition it infiltrates, if not seeps into its opposed legislature like a Fifth Column through a misty forest.
The versatility of the design has created a worldwide brotherhood of users that thrives even against the globalised anti-gun movement.
In the hands of a lone hunter, scout, sportsman or explorer, the Scout functions superbly for survival, defence, sniping and bringing down game. It is not an assault rifle by any definition and was never intended to be anything of the kind. The Scout is, first and foremost, not a military weapon but a hunting rifle. This doesn’t mean it can’t go asymmetric if called on. It just keeps this aspect gentlemanly low profile.
The Mauser System can be operated with 14-16 aimed shots per minute by a skilled operator according to British tests at Hythe 100 years ago.
With an old fashioned patrol load of 100-150 rounds a determined scout could make himself felt.
Price, versatility and reliability make the Ruger M77 Scout Rifle the most cost effective backup, survival or prepper Rifle one could think of.
No it’s not semi-auto, but it packs some massive punch and 101% function guarantee for the price. It is short, light, handy and user friendly. It actually bonds with one.
A thinking man’s gun or the politically correct “guerrilla” rifle.
Because it is so light and compact, it is a pleasure to carry, which means you aren't apt to get caught without a rifle when you need one and capable of hitting man-sized targets out to 450 meters without scopes.
In the US Version the box magazine and the flash hider give it that distinct military look.
In the Export Version without flash hider the extended barrel compensates with added reach.
Jeff Coopers thoughts behind the Scout Rifle:
“The natural habitat of the general-purpose rifle is the field, the forest, the desert and the mountain– not the shooting shed with its bench rest. To be really useful a rifle must be as short, light and quick to use as is technically compatible with adequate power and useful accuracy. What matters is not what the equipment can do, but rather what it will do in the hands of its operator under field, rather than laboratory, conditions.
A ‘one shot – one kill’ principle in the neatest possible package.”
Universal ammo availability is at the heart of the Scout Rifle‘s .308 calibre. It’s a strong argument and certainly true that a general-purpose rifle must be fed, and that you’re more likely to find NATO military ammo than exotic hunting ammo in most out-of-the-way places.
The .308 Winchester is one of the most successful hunting cartridges in the world.
It has gained popularity in many countries and serves police and military marksmen, Palma competitors, F-Class shooters, and deer-hunters equally well.
The .308 Win delivers superb accuracy along with outstanding barrel life, it's not unusual for a .308 barrel to return 5,000+ rounds of accurate service.
One reason the .308 Win is so popular is the availability of inexpensive 7.62x51 military surplus ammo. A 7.62x51 chamber is NOT the same as a SAMMI-spec .308 Win chamber. Nonetheless it is normally safe to shoot 7.62x51 NATO-class ammo in your .308 Win because current .308 Winchester rifles are designed for higher maximum pressures.
And if you want "out of the box" precision in a factory rifle, the .308 Win is hard to beat. While it may not be the "ultimate" 1000-yard cartridge or short-range paper-puncher, the .308 remains one of the best cartridges in the modern arsenal, with versatility that few other calibres can match.
As a "do-it-all" cartridge that can take game, win shooting matches, and defend against foes, the .308 Winchester has few rivals.
Just owning a gun doesn’t make you a gunfighter. Even being a skilled competitive shooter doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily equipped to win a gunfight. The operative word is not “gun”, it’s “fight”. All the skill in the world is useless without the proper fighting spirit. Marksmanship and attitude are both ancient components of a true rifleman.
For your interesttwo Articles from recommended survivalblog.com:Letter Re: Small Unit Tactics in a Post Collapse Environment
In addition to the points you made in reference to stealth and scarce ammunition supplies post collapse, in your commentary on the named article, I would make a second point:
While the squad level tactics described have proven to be rather effective for active duty military in offense; the average Joe and his family unit will most likely not have those kinds of numbers. The average familial size seems to be right around four, these days. So unless one is lucky enough to have found/joined/founded a group for this purpose, when it gets to be Schumer time the average Joe will find themselves with a fire team at best, in most cases. Do not mistake me, here, if you got a thirteen man squad, or more, great. But most won't, so other tactics are perhaps more appropriate.
I would frankly be more inclined, speaking as a veteran myself, to highly recommend the average family/small group employ an adaptation of ST:A (Scout Team: Advanced), fire team recon, or LRRP doctrines. Which is to say concentrate on detection over engagement, stealth over owning ground, and strict employment of the sound/light/motion/trace "disciplines". For those who aren't familiar, trace discipline can also be called trash discipline or "policing your line of advance". It simply means don't leave any trace that you were there; burn, bury, or carry with you any trash or spent brass. In short, get in-do your business-get out, preferably without having to engage, especially if the other side is physically entrenched. If you must engage at assault ranges, then somebody goofed and goofed badly, in my experience. Of course, if one must engage, do so authoritatively, and with prejudice; in other words don't just hit your target, drop them, so they don't get back up. Then break off the engagement as quickly as is possible. Obviously, further adaptation will be needed for such things as movement connected with resource gathering, and so forth. Cutting firewood in quantity leaves a lot of trace and will have a huge sound signature, for example.
I would also very highly advise these small groups to train all their members as designated marksmen, on top of whatever other skills are possessed, in order to foster the habit of observation at distance. This allows for long range engagement from behind cover, followed by a break contact movement while starting from that same cover. (Assuming there's cover to be had.) This is in keeping with what I've written previously concerning keeping a low profile. Simply put, the average family unit will just not possess, most likely, the numerical assets to engage at squad level or higher, with much degree of success. Huge families and so forth are more an exception these days than they were when I was a child.
When it comes to family, there's no such animal as "acceptable losses."Small Unit Tactics in a Post Collapse Environment, by Gunfighter
The time may come when all order and civility have broken down into chaos and unrestrained evil. You were a wise prepper and worked through your list of lists, acquiring all of the necessary knowledge and tools for survival. All of your bases are covered. Your survival retreat is intact and manned by your entire survival group. Each individual is most likely capable of firing a weapon and you probably have a survival retreat defense plan in the event a band of raiders, or some other group of people who wish you harm, decides they want to take what isn’t theirs. One skill may have been overlooked however… What is your plan, if a group of individuals must leave the defensive perimeter of your survival retreat? How do they mitigate risk before departing? How do they act and move? How do they posture themselves for a high rate survivability? What actions do they take in the event of being engaged in a firefight? These are all valid and relevant questions that need solutions in a post collapse Environment. Tactical movement skills necessary when moving off of a retreat, on foot and overland, include: bounding, bounding over watch, movement to contact and react to contact. These terms may be foreign but I assure you, you will feel more confident and better equipped with some small unit tactics knowledge after reading this article.
The small unit tactics that I will discuss here in this article can be tailored to any situation or terrain. These tactics are meant to be used within a loose system or framework. It does not have to be “By the book.” There is plenty of room to adjust the tactics to fit the situation. The number of personnel can vary and does not need to be fixed. The best way to master these tactics is to train to the point where you are comfortable adjusting them to fit the need. Everything I discuss here in this article can be found in multiple military manuals (I will reference as I go) all of which are available to the public. Nothing I discuss will be sensitive or secret in nature. These are simply some small unit tactics that have been used for a long time.
First I will discuss the administrative organization of the group of people leaving the immediate area of your survival retreat. For the sake of continuity when I am referencing this group of people, their number will be nine, and they will be called a squad. This squad of nine personnel will want to posture themselves in such a way that improves all of their chances of coming back to the retreat alive. It is also important the squad be broken down into two smaller elements with element leaders and a leader over the entire squad. The smaller element leaders will now be referred to as team leaders. The overall leader of the squad will be referred to as the squad leader. The two teams within the squad are Alpha and Bravo teams. In this article each team will consist of one team leader and three additional riflemen. The squad leader manages the team leaders and the team leaders manage their individual teams. So in review; there is a squad of 9 personnel, that is broken down into two teams, Alpha and Bravo teams, each team consists of four personnel, one team leader who manages three additional rifleman, the squad is managed overall by the squad leader. It is imperative that survival retreat members elect tactically competent people as leaders for extra-retreat excursions before actually going on, what I will now reference as a patrol.
After SHTF “Old World” leaders may not have what it takes. The positions or offices that once protected individuals as leaders, though they were not capable or proficient as leaders, will no longer exist. The law of the jungle will now be in effect. Those individuals who are capable and competent will be easily recognizable, and out of necessity placed into positions of leadership. I realize that is a lot of information so if you need to, go back and read from the top of this section.Now that the administrative portion is out of the way we can discuss the tactical organization of the teams and squad. Each team, as we discussed before, will be comprised of four personnel. In this article, during movement, each team will be in its own wedge formation with the team leader in front of his team. I would like you to visualize four personnel in an echelon or inverted V formation with the team leader at the front of the direction of movement. One rifleman will be off to one side and staggered behind the team leader with the other two riflemen off to the other side staggered off of one another. I made a simple illustration below:
There is a visual in the Ranger Handbook SH-21-76 under Formations. I highly recommend using a search engine to find images of a fire team wedge before continuing on. Now that the team formation is solidified in your mind, think of Alpha team in a wedge formation followed behind by Bravo team also in a wedge formation. Both fire teams are moving together in the same direction of travel. In between the two teams is where the squad leader is positioned during patrol. This position gives him moderate to high control over the squad. The two fire team wedges combined together with the squad leader is called a squad column fire team wedge. I made a simple illustration below to demonstrate a Squad Column Fire Team
You should have a warm and fuzzy at this point in regard to the squad column fire team wedge. It is important for each member of the squad to know and understand the 5 Principles of Patrolling before heading out from your retreat. The 5 principles can be found in the Ranger Handbook SH-21-76 Chapter 5 Patrols. Even though no one in your survival group may have military experience, these principles still apply and are relevant to any group of people moving through a possibly hostile area after a total collapse scenario. The 5 principles as they appear in the Ranger Handbook are:
Your squad is assembled and spaced out, ready to initiate movement into whatever area that you intend to go outside of your survival retreat. You begin movement at “Patrol speed.” Essentially it can be as slow or as fast as you want, situation dependent and movement technique desired. You want to move at a speed that is conducive for each individual to scan with their eyes the area the squad is moving into, as well scanning the flanks and rear. You also have to decide the current threat level to your squad and how likely it is there are people who wish you harm where you are going. I will skip the Traveling technique because contact with potentially hostile groups must always be assumed in a post collapse scenario but please research this technique on your own if you wish. The squad leader should direct the squad to assume Traveling Overwatch, in which contact with hostiles is likely. In this movement technique, terrain dependent, there are 20 meters of dispersion between personnel and 50 meters of dispersion between fire teams. The lead team should be far enough in front of the trail team to detect and engage any threat to the squad, as to allow for the trail team to not become decisively engaged with an enemy. This allows the trail team to be in reserve and maneuvered by the squad leader to support the team in contact and destroy the hostile force. \
The second movement technique that I will discuss is Bounding Overwatch. This movement technique is used when contact with hostiles is imminent. The distances between personnel and teams remains the same as Traveling Overwatch, but as always can be adjusted situation dependent. During Bounding Overwatch, the forward team will occupy an overwatch position while the trail team bounds to a position alongside or forward of the overwatch team. The overwatch team is static and occupies any cover (object or position that can stop bullets) and or concealment (object or position that hides personnel) it can find, to cover the bounding team’s route, with fire if necessary. The bounds can be successive (the bounding team moves up alongside or online with the overwatch team) or alternating (the bounding team moves up and passes the overwatch team). Once the bounding team completes it’s bound and sets in, it then becomes the overwatch team and the previous overwatch team becomes the bounding team and initiates its bound. These movement techniques can be found in the Ranger Handbook SH-21-76 in Chapter 4 Movement. Search Traveling Overwatch and Bounding Overwatch on an internet search engine to find more information of these movement techniques.
So far, no offensive tactical operations have been discussed. A tactical operation called Movement to Contact is used as an offensive operation to gain or regain contact with an enemy unit. This would be used in the event that you have a general idea where hostiles may be. I do not advise the use of this tactical offensive operation using an element as small as a squad, especially in a post collapse scenario when you have force. In fact, Movement to Contact is reserved for a platoon size element in support of a larger force. With that disclaimer aside Movement to Contact if modified, can be an effective tool for your squad in a post collapse scenario, if the right conditions are met. An example of the circumstance when I would use Movement to Contact would be; if it became apparent that a small number of hostile individuals were in vicinity of my survival retreat and could be approaching. To avoid a firefight at the survival retreat and mitigate the risk of other survival retreat members becoming casualties I would muster the squad and conduct a movement to contact in the direction of the last know location of the hostile individuals. This is still not a perfect solution. Other considerations must be taken into account such as leaving a defendable position and who will remain behind for retreat security. It is just an example of when this offensive operation could be used. Now let’s look at how to conduct Movement to Contact with your squad. There are two types of Movement to Contact: Search and Attack and Approach March. Search and Attack is used on an enemy that is most likely dispersed and is not expecting attack or is expected to withdraw. The overall intent is to deny the enemy movement by saturating the area with platoon, squad, and team sized elements that find, fix, and destroy the enemy. This could prove difficult for a squad to do but against a small number of hostile individuals it is possible. The second type of Movement to Contact is the Approach March. The concept for this technique is to make contact with the enemy using the smallest possible friendly element. Once contact is made using the smallest element and the enemy has committed to the fight, all of the remaining friendly units maneuver on the enemy and overwhelm him. Once again this technique is intended for multiple platoons, squads, and fire teams in support of a larger force. This offensive tactical operation can be altered for use by one squad, given the right conditions.For a the practical application of Movement to Contact for use by one squad it will be necessary to combine the two techniques, as you will recall are Search and Attack and Approach March. It will take some creative thinking to maneuver a squad in order to saturate an area, make contact with only a fire team, and finally maneuvering the remaining team to crush the hostiles. The best solution would be to give clear and concise guidance to your team leaders to get both teams online, Alpha on the left and Bravo on the right. The teams should be in a shallow wedge. The distance between personnel and teams will need to be exaggerated, covering a larger area than normal. This is so that if one team makes contact with the hostiles, the other team will not be decisively engaged. This tactic may entice the hostiles to fully commit before they are aware of the other team. Once the hostiles are committed in a firefight with the first team the remaining team can move into position to bring the full force of the squad’s firepower on and overwhelm the hostiles. Remember that nothing is ever certain and this plan is not fool proof. There are many other ways to address the issue of possible attackers moving in on your survival retreat, Movement to Contact is just one tool in your bag. Consider your options, and then act. For more information on Movement to Contact reference FM 3-90 Tactics, Chapter 4 Movement to Contact or SH 21-76 Ranger Handbook Chapter 5 Patrols. You can also do a search of Movement to Contact in an Internet search engine.
Up until now we have discussed how to assemble your squad, move your squad, and find the enemy. Finally we come to how to destroy any would be attackers. The scenario is you’re squad has left the survival retreat, as it has before. Every member has their head on a swivel looking for signs of danger, rifles at the ready. You’re not looking for a fight, but are ready if one comes your way. You’re focused on the task at hand, whether it is gathering supplies or going to a town meeting your squad is ready to do what it needs to. Multiple individuals a few hundred feet in the direction your squad is traveling expose themselves from behind cover and begin to fire their weapons at your squad. You’re squad’s training kicks in, you begin React to Contact.
React to Contact is a battle drill. A battle drill is defined as an action rapidly executed without applying a deliberate decision making process. Basically it means it is an instinctual reaction that has been engrained into your mind and body. You know what you need to do and you act immediately. Like the scenario I described above, your squad, specifically Alpha team, has been engaged by several hostile individuals to your front or 12 O’clock position. Multiple things occur all in the same instant, upon receiving hostile fire. They are: return fire, seek cover (preferably in the prone) and alert the rest of the squad to the hostile’s location by use of the 3 D’s (shout out: clock direction, distance, and description of the hostiles. This sounds like: “Twelve O’clock, 100 meters, 3 enemies behind a berm). Since Alpha team is in front of Bravo team and the hostiles are to the 12 O’clock position, only Alpha team returns fire. Bravo team will hold their fire so they do not shoot their fellow squad members in the back. Bravo team’s job is to seek cover, echo the 3 D’s, pull security to the flanks and rear, then await further instructions. Alpha team upon contact, will rapidly fire at known, likely, and suspected locations of hostiles simultaneously seeking cover and giving up the 3 D’s. When Alpha team is behind cover, generally online with one another, and engaging hostile targets, the squad leader will move up to their position. The squad leader will get eyes on the hostiles and receive a report from the Alpha team leader. At this time Alpha team will be attempting to gain fire superiority over the hostiles.
Observing three hostiles the Alpha team leader informs the squad leader he can’t take them without Bravo team. The squad leader acknowledges and instructs the Alpha team leader to continue to suppress the enemy. The squad leader will also tell the Alpha team leader where he intends to maneuver Bravo team. This scenario, in a moderately wooded area, has three hostile individuals about one hundred meters to the 12 O’clock position. They are lying prone and firing from behind a low berm, obscured by brush. To the squads left flank the woods become less dense and the ground slopes downward. To the squad’s right flank the ground slopes slightly upward with several large rock formations on the high ground. The squad leader likes the high ground and the possibility of using the rock formations as cover so he will be flanking to the right with Bravo team. The squad leader moves back to the rear where Bravo team is pulling security and informs them of his plan (the elapsed time from contact to now should be very short, approximately 30-40 seconds. The longer Alpha team spends slugging it out with the hostiles, the higher chances of a friendly casualty and more ammunition being expended than necessary). Bravo team gets up and follows the squad leader. He rapidly retrogrades with Bravo team back the way they came, preferably out of sight of the hostiles but remaining within hearing distance. Once he believes he has gone far enough he and Bravo team move up to the high ground far enough to turn back toward the contact and moves above the rock formations perpendicular to the hostile’s position. Alpha and Bravo teams will essentially be forming an L shape and be able to overwhelm the hostiles with fire from two directions. I have included a simple illustration for an # # Bravo <
Once Bravo team has one bound remaining before assaulting through the objective, the squad leader will give the lift fire signal. Alpha team will pour on an increased amount of fire onto the hostile’s position for a battlefield handover to Bravo team. After a few seconds of cyclic rate of fire Alpha team will stop firing completely. Bravo team will pick up their rate of fire once Alpha team has lifted fire in order to compensate for the reduced volume of fire on the hostile’s position. Bravo team will make the last bound and then collectively get up approximately 35 meters before the hostiles and assault through the objective. Remaining generally online and staying in their individual lanes, Bravo team will quickly move through the hostiles fighting position shooting any armed individuals and clearing any rifles that are found. Once Bravo team has cleared through and has taken up defensive positions 35 meters past the hostile’s fighting position, Alpha team will also pick up and assault through the hostiles fight position. They too will take up defensive positions.
At that point, while maintaining security, execute a 100% check on men, weapons and equipment. This is to ensure everyone, their weapons, and gears are accounted for. Any friendly or hostile casualties can be treated at this time. It would be best to check the bodies for identification to use in notifying any local authorities that may still exist. React to Contact seems difficult and confusing but when actually put to practice it is rather simple. This is only one way it can be done and there are many alterations that can be made. Once the concept is concrete in your mind you can take that base of knowledge and adjust this battle drill to fit the situation. More information can be found in FM 7-8 Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad Chapter 4 Battle Drills and in the SH-21-76 the Ranger Handbook Chapter 6 Battle Drills.
In no way is this article comprehensive or exhaustive on small unit tactics. This barely scratches the surface on the specific tactics I described alone. This article was meant for individuals who may not have considered these things as an important subcategory of their overall survival education. Like I have said several times in my article there are many ways to do the same thing when it comes to small unit tactics. If you master the basics you know all there is to know. In reality there are no advanced small unit tactics. The idea again, is to master the basics so you can operate within a framework of knowledge and modify these tactics to suit your needs and the situation. I urge you to take this seriously because there will be no cavalry that swoops in and saves you at the last second. There will be no “That was a close one!” Either they will die, or you will. It will come down to who is better trained. Survival is most likely when risk is mitigated to the highest degree. I say most likely because it is impossible to avoid risk entirely. Risk mitigation in order to survive can come in many forms. Preparing for all possible situations or difficulties that may arise is the preferred method for survival. I say all of this to emphasize that all facets of preparation are necessary in the full spectrum of survival. Learning to fight as a unit is just one more skilled needed for TEOTWAWKI.
JWR Adds: Learning military tactics could indeed prove crucial, depending on the severity of WTSHTF. However, keep in mind that standard military doctrine is far more aggressive and risky than would be appropriate for most foreseeable situations faced by survivalists. Keep in mind that military tactics are geared toward offensively, boldly, and rapidly taking and then holding ground, while at the same time incurring "acceptable losses." It also assumes that advanced medical care is available rapidly via helicopter Medevac. Modern military organizations also have the advantage of helmets and Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) being available for every soldier. Your mileage may vary substantially. (As a survivalist, your tactical concerns will more likely be primarily defensive, less hurried, and with a premium placed on minimizing casualties.)
Also, keep in mind that unless you are sitting on a stockpile of a lifetime supply of ammunition, then the typical military "suppressive fire" doctrine will probably be either out of the question, or curtailed substantially.
I recommend modifying military tactics to suit your particular circumstances. Typically, this would mean operating with less speed, greater stealth, and an emphasis on camouFlage. Also, depending on circumstances, it would also mean conservation of precious ammunition and pyrotechnics.
Under current U.S. Army doctrine, there is just one Squad Designated Marksman (SDM) per squad. But for TEOTWAWKI, I would advocate having as many as three per squad, especially in open terrain. That will increase your standoff distance and hence minimize friendly casualties. I would also recommend having every member of your patrol wear full ghillie suits in all but the hottest weather.
The bottom line: When you are out patrolling with members of your own family, then the concept of "acceptable losses" takes on a whole new meaning.
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