“Fuck You, That’s Why”: A New American Chapter by Bill Buppert

I’d like to suggest the soundtrack for the new America that is emerging.

I’ve covered my thoughts on rule of law, obedience and refusal unto death to not comply. These are the building blocks to create systems that stymie the political control of human beings.

My interest in politics is always a matter of self-defense. Politics is nothing more than a sophisticated way to describe a violence system that uses coercion through threat and force to steal from its geographical inhabitants and regulate every aspect of their lives. It molds society through sheer naked aggression and blood lust; a willingness to kill a subject for violating a seatbelt law or not obeying a badged Praetorian in the pay of the state.

And politicians are violence brokers and nothing more. There is no such thing as a statesman, a mythic fiction foisted by court historians through the ages to champion their country’s psychopaths in suit and tie.

There are a number of factors that make this possible. The factory school cartel controlled by the government is a key element of the imperial conditioning process that encourages humans to be so susceptible to the weird and odd hybrid of the Stockholm Syndrome and Milgram experiment that makes Western countries so unbearable.

The latest political circus has finally proven beyond a shadow of a doubt the kabuki theater that is the “two party” system in America; a mere flimsy superstructure to the Deep State that actually controls the vast plantation entity that is the US.

I find Trump just as obnoxious as the harridan from the Clinton crime family but do enjoy the fuck you attitude of the vote for Trump. Most don’t seem to realize that changing the meat puppets in DC does not a change make. But many are waking up to the reeking stink of corruption that is the entire collectivist swamp of Mordor on the Potomac. The leviathan will continue apace and the government will simply get bigger and more intrusive.

The non-aggression principle holds that no initiated aggression through force or fraud is moral and may demand reciprocal violence to stymie the threat or actual use of violence.

This is not pacifism, this is life as we know it. Pacifism is a sure-fire path to extinction for all its practitioners.

But the government keeps pushing and hitting and stealing. Pushing.

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Defeating Doomsday Derp: Tactical Tidbits for Threepers by John Meyers

Publisher’s Note: Like John, I too have evolved beyond the Threeper parchment worship and infighting that pits various factions within in eternal handbag fights. Even the late Mel Tappan would be embarrassed by the equipage and carriage of the incipient insurgents. I would like to add that when it comes to pistol carriage, carry it everywhere including your home. Two reasons for this: it generates unconscious competence and you never know when you will need it. You don’t head to work in the morning and inform your wife you’ll be having a head-on collision on the way to work and will be late for dinner.

Dry fire is the king of practical training in these difficult times of ammo scarcity and price spikes.

And I want to assure my friend, Max V, that the reference to TFBC has nothing to do with him. -BB

I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for the Three Percent (III) movement even though I have ideologically evolved past it. Nonetheless if you want to pluck my heart strings just mention Samuel Whittemore or the British defeat at the Battle of Kings Mountain. I’m guaranteed to succumb to the romantic notion that there still is a Remnant in these united States that retains that fighting spirit of the Revolutionary generation or perhaps the tactical prowess of guerrilla tacticians like Francis Marion or Daniel Morgan.

Having a naturally conservative disposition with affection for history and certain traditions, I generally don’t see too much of the fighting spirit of the original III being translated into modern weapons handling, tactics and procedures. Much of what is still being pedaled in the Threeper world is based on Mark Koernke YouTube clip’s of pudgy militia men patrolling in M81, ancient ALICE gear and whatever assortment of “North Idaho Sniper Rifles,” (Scoped SKS as John Mosby tells us) Kalash’s or M1 Garand’s they can push into service. Hello, the 80’s called and they want their tactics back.

There are several people out there that I consider separate from the mainstream firearms training industry and more aligned with the preparedness or III world, including John Mosby from the Mountain Guerrilla Blog and Max Velocity, (and some others who probably don’t want to be named publicly) that are doing a fine job of mitigating a lot of these unfortunate Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) that are rampant in that community.

Lets cut to the chase. The Derp can be deafening at times. In an effort to help combat some of this and save a lot of folks a lot of heartache, I am tossing out a few tactical tidbits for those interested. (All while staying in my lane of course)

“It costs to much to train.”

Recently an article I penned generated several comments about how certain shooting drills are not really things Threepers should be practicing.   Things like Non-Standard Rounds (NSR), FAST drills, VTAC 1-5 drills, 2-2-2, High Smith Rifle Drill, 2-2-4-2-2, Bill drills, Mozambique, cadence drills, etc. The argument was that you can’t do a drill that uses 15 rounds (although it works skills that may save your life) because it requires a little bit of expense on ammo and such drills can only really be done effectively by .mil or cops because they have free ammo to shoot as much as they want. Mundanes such as us do not have an ammo sponsor. And furthermore, when SHTF (that’s as subjective as what the term “constitutional” means) ammo will be limited, so shooting a lethal threat till they stop doing what they are doing is a no-no.

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Communication Breakdown by Bill Buppert


Publisher’s Note: I want everyone to play close attention to revelations surrounding Comrade Comey and his Stasi antics in protecting the Clinton crime family and by extension the entire sordid structure of the American political class. The FBI has always been a state security service for protecting the expansion of power of the government much like the NKVD and KGB. Some may scoff at such a comparison and point to the “political” nature of the Russian security apparatuses but a reflective human would adduce that all malum prohibitum crimes are by their nature and implementation political transgressions.

I officiated the marriage of my middle son, Connor, in north Idaho this month and it was great to get the clans together. Yes, I am an ordained minister and Asatru gothi.

I am fortunate in that all my new in-laws are close friends and two of our children have married classmates who were home educated with them in our tight little private education community. Chloe and Connor have known their new spouses since they were 12 and 10 respectively. None of them have darkened the halls of a local mind laundry.

All my boys are native-born abolitionists and accomplished marksmen.

The Wry Guys

The Wry Guys

On a lighter note, I recently got a T-shirt from Wry Guys and some cool patches from the clever lads at 144:1. I accept no advertising at this site but will recommend folks occasionally who I enjoy commerce with. -BB

Politicians have become so bullet-proof that they can do anything and still get away with it. Anything.

Both candidates for the Offal Office are uniquely unqualified to be human beings much less lead others against their will. Your own confirmation bias and intellectual filters will reveal your predisposition for you. Think of the colossal conceit that informs having a unitary body of apparatchiks having the ability to push around who they wish and ultimately get away with caging or killing the unwilling. Despite the colored rags, bad music and obedience training in the mind laundries, this is the raw reality behind the US government and its state satraps.

Strip the theater and sound and fury of the Kabuki known as American politics and you discover just how much you have surrendered in the process. You have quite literally slipped a leash around your neck, fastened the manacles to your limbs and abide by a contract that let’s your precious government tax, regulate, fine, kidnap, cage, maim or kill you as they wish and you will simply have to be satisfied with whatever condition you and your kin end up in.

99 years ago the Bolshevik revolution weaponized Lincoln’s government supremacist fever-dream into a blood-soaked reality in which the state became the supreme arbiter of every aspect of a human life. In this progressive utopia, the worst aspects of Tsarist authoritarianism was harnessed to the new scientific miracle of government ownership and regulation of everything. That particular experiment sort of died in 1989-91 and the Russians get the silver medal in the collectivist Olympics since the US version has managed to hang on to its iron grip on power.

At the beginning of the twentieth century all the usual government apologists both left and right scurried about and erected their Rube Goldberg machines to make plantation ownership easier to administer for a few political talking heads in league with their legions of flying monkey bureaucrats.

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Village Praxis: Controlled Pairs vs NSRs by John Meyers

Publisher’s Note: The approaching Endarkenment continues to rotate America around the drain of history rapidly careening toward dissolution and possible civil war. You can have all the kit you can afford but if you can’t wield it effectively, it’s worthless and simply will provide new kit for the better trained predator that takes it from you. Training is fundamental aligned with the mental toughness necessary for the approaching storm.

Keep in mind that the threat may very well be armored. Train for every possibility. John is a personal friend and when it comes to weapons, he knows what he is about.

I wanted to make sure my readers support the entrepreneurial efforts of 144:1, he produces unique morale patches that speak to the original resisters in the 18th century.

Just finished Ben Stone’s excellent book, SEDITION SUBVERSION AND SABOTAGE FIELD MANUAL No. 1. Buy it soonest.

If you’re voting this fall, please be sure to apologize ahead of time for your behavior to family and friends and explain to them that you do indeed have a preference for evil but simply evil light or low calorie malevolence. -BB

A large portion of defensive firearms training and doctrine today places a huge emphasis on a technique known as the Controlled Pair. I’d like to submit that Controlled Pairs are not always the answer to all problems.

A Controlled Pair is when the shooter is engaging a threat and fires two rounds in rapid succession. The second shot in the pair, is fired as fast as one is able to acquire a clean sight picture and align their sight(s).   This Controlled Pair method came about after the “double tap” technique. The problem with the double tap was that the second shot in the pair was fired off before a second accurate sight picture was acquired. You’d get one shot in the thoracic cavity, and another in the lower gut for example. Hence the controlled pair was ruled king in many circles.

Here is the problem. Training only a Controlled Pair response does not solve the problem of a non standard response. What if 2 rounds do not stop the threat? If every up drill you do on your flat range work consists of 1 or 2 rounds, you are ingraining a 2 round response when its show time. While you spray 2 rounds at a dude, pull your gun back to the compressed ready or drop to low ready with a carbine, because “the drill is over,” that threat may be sending rounds into your face because those 2 rounds didn’t stop him.

Most people agree that generally you default to the level of training that have mastered when engaged in a fight. Hence if all you know is a 2 round response to a lethal threat, you will most likely do that when engaging a lethal threat. This is where the Non-Standard Response (NSR) drill, Mozambique/Failure to Stop drill and VTAC 1-5 drills really shine.

In the NSR drill, on an up command, you don’t engage with 1 round or a double tap/controlled pair. You engage with say 2-5 rounds, and change up the round count on each drill.   On a VTAC 1-5, you’ll set up 3 targets. You’ll engage the left target with 1 round, the middle target with 2 rounds, the right target with 3 rounds, the middle target with 4 rounds and the left target with 5 rounds. The goal of these types of drills is to help you vary the number of rounds, and break the habit of a standard Controlled Pair response.

Consider training NSR’s more than Controlled Pairs. There definitely may be a time when you may have to engage multiple threats with 2 rounds each before reassessing and sending more pills to whoever needs it. But the NSR offers a much better training regime to help you with assessing the level of love armed threats to your life or liberty need. And remember accurate hits end fights. Do your best to be fast, but accuracy is final.

Head up, gun up.

About the author: John Meyers traces his Appalachian ancestry back nine generations to the 1750’s. He lives with his family on the high ridges of the Smoky Mountains.

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Forever Wars and Armed American Government Supremacism by Bill Buppert

“War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society these irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.”

-Randolph Bourne

Technically, ever since the shots heard round the world when the British colonials fired on the British government occupation soldiers on a weapons confiscation mission outside Boston, the American project has been at war with its inhabitants or elsewhere around the planet for its entire existence. A brief foreign expedition against pirates from 1800-1806, the war with Mexico in 1848, a number of brief forays overseas to include an abortive expedition to Korea in 1871 paved the way forward to the extra-contiguous colonial march elsewhere in 1893 and 1898 that would simply usher in a new era of meddling and blood-letting on a planetary scale.

I’m convinced that the late-blooming extra-contiguous meddling took place before the end of the 19th century because the central government was busy exterminating the original inhabitants and spreading the Marxoid Constitutional gospel to all the new immigrants fleeing Mordor Westward at the end of a gun. The West was a great experiment in non=Constitutional manacles and strangulation..

War is the health of the state and the single most effective means for government to maintain and expand power other existing and newly conquered people. The wretched Constitution codified slavery directly for non-white peoples and more subtly by giving the central government unlimited taxing authority. Regulation is the handmaiden of all tax regimes. It is no mean coincidence that the Posse Comitatus Act passed in 1878 saw domestic policing authority in the United States start to shift from mere slave patrols to formally peppering the settled areas with uniformed patrols that extended their charter beyond returned fugitive slaves. Larger metropolitan areas had police starting in the 1830s but it was an unknown phenomenon in the hinterlands and rural areas. That would change after the War of Northern Aggression.

Once the central government in DC completed its Lincolnian project of complete domination of the landmass between Mexico and Canada, the Posse Comitatus Act necessitated the creation of paramilitary organizations directly related to the authority of the government to enforce taxation and regulation hence the increasing use of domestic policing forces.

Excepting defense of native soil from invasion, most conflicts throughout history have been disputes between plantation owners over deed ownership of lands and the hapless residents inhabiting them.

History proves that whatever an empire does abroad, it will bring it home with a vengeance hence the sad state of totalitarianism that’s engulfed the British Isles and bleeds like a cancer throughout the West.

Read it and weep for the mountains of corpses piled high to sate the bloodlust of American ambition to rule.

None of these conflicts speak to the domestic wars waged against the polyglot of non-aboriginal people who happen to live in the tax jurisdiction known as America.

Please take a look at Jim Davidson’s USA, RIP essay he wrote back in 2001 for an excellent post mortem that details the early death throes to 1868..

C&I: What surprised you in your research into the Apache Wars?

Hutton: The unrelenting depravity and deceit on the part of the federal government truly amazed me. I’m fairly jaded and cynical about our government, but when the president of the United States, the despicable Grover Cleveland, invited a delegation of Apache leaders to the White House (including Chatto, who had been one of the most important Army scouts in the Geronimo campaign), and then after meeting with them ordered their arrest and imprisonment in Florida, it even boggled my mind. The icing on the cake was that Cleveland gave Chatto a “peace medal” before sending him off to imprisonment. Chatto’s crime was that he was a Chiricahua Apache.”

America has been at war for 93% of the time: 222 out of 239 years since 1776

To put this in perspective:

* Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.

* No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president. Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered “war presidents.”

* The U.S. has never gone a decade without war.

* The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.

Aboriginal extermination campaigns have been ongoing from first landfall in 1492 to the founding of the colonies and eventual divorce in 1783. They continued apace until 1923 (Posey War [Ute and Paiute]).

And here is the year-by-year timeline of America’s major wars:

1776 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamagua Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War

1777 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War

1778 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1779 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1780 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1781 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1782 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1783 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1784 – Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War, Oconee War

1785 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1786 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1787 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1788 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1789 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1790 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1791 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1792 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1793 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1794 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1795 – Northwest Indian War

1796 – No major war

1797 – No major war

1798 – Quasi-War

1799 – Quasi-War

1800 – Quasi-War

1801 – First Barbary War

1802 – First Barbary War

1803 – First Barbary War

1804 – First Barbary War

1805 – First Barbary War

1806 – Sabine Expedition

1807 – No major war

1808 – No major war

1809 – No major war

1810 – U.S. occupies Spanish-held West Florida

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Village Praxis Series: Non-Discreet Body Armor by Bill Buppert

Publisher’s Note: “Alex, I’ll take Sweet Meteor of Death and Cthulhu for 2016, please. At least as candidates, they’re honest.”

Time to tend to your G3: guns, gold and groceries.

The perfect storm of the Offal Office taking the next step in genocidal psychosis and forcing the ingress nation-wide of literally thousands of ISIS militants and sleepers to polish the PC turd, things have no chance of not getting sporty. I also recommend the short novella by William Forstchen call Day of Wrath to get a fictional snapshot of what Sauron in Mordor on the Potomac has in store for the mundanes with their Frankenstein creation of weaponized Salafist Jihad.

Your echelons of engagement are measured from face-to-face distance to thousands of meters; you need to start making assessments of your skill sets matched to the tools you can afford to bring to the coming festivities. Your acuity with hundred-year-old Lee Enfield is far more valuable than having the latest fancy tactical kit. -BB

“This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty – the cause of humanity.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Body armor is an ancient component of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the warrior that has been around for thousands of years. We’re fortunate in the modern era to find that we have a wide variety available to non-government Helots until the state decides the mundane should have no passive personal protection.

I’ve elected to discuss only overt armor that is not concealed. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the “Michael Collins wear” possibilities for available armor that is more discrete. The irony of armor is that it causes great fright to the masses of mundanes yet it is characterized by the singular feature of being passive protection incapable of harming anyone. Like the curious status of firearms suppressors in America (as opposed to its unregulated use in New Zealand) and the mania of cosmetically offensive firearms, the symbols make the rulers fill their pants. Much of this is informed by the institutional cowardice and opportunism of police departments.

I’ve discussed the philosophical implications of body armor here.

There are multiple levels of protection for ballistic prophylactics which is distinctly different from cut protection. I would urge everyone to consider not only armor for yourself but your entire family and advanced practitioners should consider getting a variety of sets for different mission profiles.

Figure 1

All equipment selection looks at mission profiles to determine what you need. I have deployed to the Middle East on a number of occasions including last year and the deployment kit for combat theaters is not much different from your assumptions here in the USSA. Ten years ago, I would have to come to a different conclusion but I consider the homeland to be a potential theater of war with the same problem sets one has encountered in the Middle East in the last generation.

This means that the use of military weapons and the .30 caliber protections against employed weapons by potential foreign interlopers and the potential for US government deployment against taxpayers and mundanes is not only likely but probable. The main threat comes from American police departments and a lesser threat in domestic deployment of US military against the residents of selected individuals and states targeted by the Federal government.

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Punish and Suppress: Police Unions are the Red Army by Bill Buppert

Publisher’s Note: I’ve been on vacation and many thanks to Skip for stepping up with his illuminating posts.

I continue to be amused at the media circus surrounding the sound, fury and misdirection of the apex predators and violence brokers grasping for the keys to the Offal Office once the first black female Rezident relinquishes the reins for a new set of psychopaths to fool most of the people all of the time.

Our Village Praxis efforts have been experimenting in the basement and the question of knife attacks in the USSA will start to loom larger as certain violence prone religionists step forward to advance their theology in the most direct fashion possible.

America’s closest Arabic ally in the Middle East, the House of Saud, has been ground zero for Wahabbist Salafist jihad fetishism since its creation and is inspired by the 18th century Muslim evangelical, Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab, and one can lay the blame for the devilish coalition to any number of prominent American political dynasties like the Busheviks or the Clintons and a host of neoconservative apparatchiks who serve both of the clown posses in the Republicans and Democrats.

Knife attacks and bladed weapons assaults should start to ramp up with the same frequency the recent refugee influx has caused in Europe, some claim seven of those ten refugees arriving at the gates of Vienna will eventually make their way to government sponsored enclaves in the US.

Of course, every serf should carry a gun but some of our brothers and sisters are in hostile territory on the west coast (Marxism in the Pacific Ocean) and the American Soviet regions in the NE. What to do? Sjamboks or litupas. Many a snake at the Buppert ranch met its end at the tip of one of these. A few hours of practice allows one to use these against knife attackers and be quite effective, I would also suggest the expandable batons as an option. Be aware that once Helots start defending themselves against the gremlins, be prepared for a government response rushing to protect the malefactors much as we have seen recently in the attacks in Idaho, the very backyard of Rawles’ legendary redoubt where police worship still blinds otherwise sensible men to willful self-emasculation and prostation before authority.

“Mike Vanderboegh, husband, father of three, and founder of the III% movement passed peacefully in his beloved Alabama home today.”

Go with the Gods, Mike, and save a seat for us in the Great Hall in Valhalla. Destiny is serial killer, we all need to die well. –BB “Let’s have some precision in language here: terrorism means deadly violence — for a political and/or economical purpose — carried out against people and other living things, and is usually conducted by governments against their own citizens (as at Kent State, or in Vietnam, or in Poland, or in most of Latin America right now)…

– Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

“Сегодня терроризм — это такое спекулятивное слово, методы самые подлые и засекреченные. Ими может воспользоваться каждый, свернуть на кого угодно, и никогда не докажешь, кто виноват. При этом все будут говорить “мы боремся с терроризмом”, при этом борясь против терроризма теми же террористическими методами.”
– Надія Савченко

The state of Illinois is now adopting the quaint new “Comply or Die” meme that the American police state has adopted as its latest campaign to convert the reluctant serf to a more subservient position to fellate the state. One is never surprised anymore at the increasing brazenness of the US government and its slack-jawed adherents and apparatchiks in the state provinces to tighten its grip.The IL mind laundries continue the public service of enstupidation.

I find the best way to unearth the pretense behind such Orwellian nonsense is to dig for root causes. For instance, one has to wonder first and foremost why so many mainstream Americans even tolerate the very notion of sending their urchins to government schools to begin with. I’ve always been amused when the self-proclaimed conservatives complain about the quality and faux learning that takes place in the mind laundries.

Yet time after time at the local level, the morning drive-by talk shows on “conservative talk radio” ramble on about the state of the schools and urge more money or new reforms when even the most dim-witted among them knows you can’t repair government schools; you raze them to the ground and you fire every teacher and don’t let them near a child again since they have committed a mass form of intellectual child molestation that makes them no better than Soviet bureaucrats eager to please their masters and work as little as possible.

Teachers are some of the worst unionists in the land but from a red-flag waving, government-gargling and monolithically Communist perspective, no one comes close to what the police unions produce. Cleverly disguised in bilious Lee Greenwood patriotism, these police functions are Orwellian dream-machines of the highest order packed full of self-serving psychopaths afforded an exceptional (in every way) set of rules to abide by, a license to kill and immunity from most any prosecution for levels of sadism and mayhem that would put any mundane in a cage or on a slab.

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The “Jack Burns Rifle” by Skip Lyttle


“But there ain’t many troubles that a man cain’t fix with seven hundred dollars and a thirty ought six.”

– Jeff Cooper, Gunsite Gossip

Publisher’s Note: Skip makes another appearance with a weapon inspired by one of our favorite movies of all time. I’m also impressed at the simple message before its time of the clear and clean vision of the conscientious objector in the film.And the simple but clarion recognition of self-ownership:

Desk sergeant: You mean to say you got no identification at all?

Jack Burns: That’s right.

Desk sergeant: No draft card, no social security, no discharge? No insurance, no driver’s license, no nothing?

Jack Burns: No nothing.

Desk sergeant: Look, cowboy, you can’t go around with no identification. It’s against the law. How are people going to know who you are?

Jack Burns: I don’t need a card to figure out who I am. I already know.

Enjoy. -BB

I’d like to begin with my sincerest apology to Jeff Cooper, but the times are a changin’ while they’ve also stayed very much the same. Having grown up on Cooper’s many pearls of wisdom permeating America’s gun culture, one thing that increasingly prognosticates gun owners is the distinct possibility of a cavalcade of additional prohibitions on the citizens’ tools of liberty, codified with the distinct criminality of a militarized, nationalized, police state doing the bidding of the royals in Mordor on the Potomac. It’s been a decade since the passing of Cooper, yet the threats Americans face have been in motion for far longer, are intertwined with lies and deceipt, have both government and bankster odors all over it, and would take volumes to delve into the why’s and what for’s… Suffice to say, if you are reading, you’ve already explored the voluminous ways freedom is in perpetuity encroached and want to know what’s next. If you are not actively developing a localized group of defensive capabilities, you are drastically behind the power curve and perhaps I may be of assistance in helping catch you up. It is my personal hope and prayer that it never comes to this, but if you do not consider it, remain flat-footed and see what happens. If a million gun owners were to be willing to stand in the Hot Gates, perhaps it would serve as enough of a deterrent that it never comes to pass, unlike the fate of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans.

The first time I watched the movie, Lonely Are The Brave, it never occurred to me the depth, perhaps the volume, no… the totality of just how much spirit Americans had sacrificed for safety, convenience and comfort.

Based on Edward Abbey’s novel, The Brave Cowboy, Kirk Douglas plays John W. “Jack” Burns. The man life couldn’t cage… but was it life that wanted to cage Jack Burns? No, it was the government. It was the feckless people who aimlessly wonder about spouting things like, “There ought to be a law…” It was the notion of civilization, modernization, a nation of laws that wanted to cage or kill Jack Burns, just for being the persona of a man that dares ask, what the hell gives someone the right to impose upon him? Later in his life, Kirk Douglas recalls this project as one of his greatest accomplishments and I’d have to agree with him. This movie personifies what men used to be in America.

Jerry Bondi: Jack, I’m going to tell you something. The world that you and Paul live in doesn’t exist. Maybe it never did… out there in the real world. And it’s got real borders and real fences, real laws and real trouble. And you either go by the rules or you lose. You lose everything.

Jack Burns: You can always keep something.

Spoiler Alert!: If you haven’t watched the movie, stop reading at this point and immediately find an unauthorized form of this movie and watch it post-haste, because I’m about to ruin it for you!

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Ten Questions for Skip Lyttle


Meet Skip Lyttle. He is our beloved village armorer and MacGyver. He’s a self-described voluntaryist, Skip and I have been friends since near the beginning of the new millennium.

Skip has been a student of martial and other fighting arts, and dozens of weapon types, since a young age. He’s been to several survival schools, teaches survival arts, and was a serious prepper long before prepping was cool. He is a self-taught gun builder, and has attended numerous schools including Front Sight and Massad Ayoob Group (I don’t recommend it and neither foes he, we attended at the same time). If you ever visit him, he’s always working on a Kydex project, gun build, or modifying his Landcruiser. He’ll teach you how to throw a tomahawk or knife in his back yard. He is married to the most tolerant woman on the planet, with three teenagers who can probably out-shoot most of the people you know. At no time will he ever refer to himself as an expert because he is always expanding his knowledge. He enjoys bugging out to the mountains and his favorite color is Flat Dark Earth (FDE)… seriously. -BB

What is a home armory?

The home armory is whatever arms are needed to secure the home from besiegement by bad actors. It should include pistols on your person, so you can fight your way back to your rifle, which you shouldn’t have left behind in the first place (Thank-you, COL Jeff Cooper). It is recommended that arms access, training, and usage span the entire, capable/responsible family, should it occur while one or both parents are not home. The home armory is merely one layer of the security of a home, which should include a place to shelter, physical security barriers like locks, gates, a driveway alert, and an alarm system.

What is the recommended basic load for the concerned subject in America?

The basic load begins with your Every Day Carry (EDC) and extends based on the anticipated threat. A pistol, a spare magazine or two, a light, and a knife are the minimal for EDC, the pistol for sudden and close threats, a knife to back up that primary weapon system in the event of a failure. One or two spare magazines and knowledge of a tactical and combat reload procedure should be practiced often to include a realistic under-stress scenario to inculcate the importance.

Let’s do a gear check of what’s on me right now: Glock 22 and Streamlight TLR-1 in an OWB hand-made Kydex holster, 2 spare 15 round magazines in a hand-made, Kydex magazine pouch, Fenix E12 in front, left pocket, CRKT M21-04 front right pocket, Casio Pathfinder watch, 550 cord bracelet, GI-issue handkerchief, Firestarter, and a Space Pen. That’s pretty much standard for me every day.

What pistol platform and why?

I chose a Glock pistol for its simplicity, ubiquitous magazine availability, and proven reliability. I chose .40 S&W because it has commonality with nearly all local police agencies, which may provide me additional magazines if they were injured or killed during an active shooter/zombie apocalypse scenario. As a secondary capability, I use Storm Lake 9mm conversion barrels to double the calibers of common ammunition without doubling the number of pistols and it also saves money for practice sessions with the family. It did require additional Glock and MAGPUL magazines in 9mm, which are also ubiquitous, even during a periodic and typical gun-panic shortage.

There is nothing wrong with using 9mm, I just chose .40 for current interoperabilty reasons.

What rifle platform and why? Tell us about the evolution from the FAL MBR to the AR platform.

About the time that Bill and I met in 2001, we were both in the Army, there was a resurgence of FAL parts kits and .308 M-80 NATO available in the markets… so, over the course of a few years, I built over a dozen for myself, Bill, and other close friends… but eventually, I became slightly annoyed by their finicky gas tubes, high-carbon-producing pistons, and aged/weak magazines and looked back to the AR platform as soon as MAGPUL developed the .308 PMAG magazine.

One of the major forces behind moving to the AR platform was that I was getting remarried and having children that would all want to shoot something lighter than a .30 caliber battle rifle. I opted for the Stoner design in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm, however, I did lots of study and built the guns, part-by-part, based on a broad range of research and experimentation.


What I ended up with for the 5.56 fleet was a mid-length gas, Bravo Company upper, a standard Spikes lower, with MAGPUL and Troy furniture. I have yet to find a better rear Back Up Iron Sight (BUIS) than the Knight’s Armament rear sight, thanks to watching famed Chris Costa, and his opinion of them in Art of the Carbine.

When I built the 7.62 AR platform, I wanted a shorter barrel than the M110, so I opted for the 18.5” Criterion barrel sold by Fulton Armory because there was a balance between weight and accuracy, plus it was chrome-lined for longer-lasting durability. Since it was built off the DPMS platform, parts were fairly inexpensive leaving room in the budget for a decent optic, the Vortex 2.5-10×50. And other required items for shooting farther more accurately than the typical battle rifle, but for less money than a sniper rifle.

Should one be a gunsmith or have some of those skills?

Having gunsmith training, especially when you want to build or maintain your own pistols or rifles is certainly a plus. At some point, weapons maintenance and repair will be treated as an invaluable skill, so if you are handy with a Dremel and understand how to put things together after you’ve disassembled maybe something you shouldn’t have, you may have a shot at becoming a DIY gunsmith. The best trick I can share with the audience is always cut on the cheapest part when modifying something. It is also important to remember that every skillset learned is less you have to pay or barter for down the road. In a worst-case scenario, one may have to fix or modify non-functioning weapons or to cannibalize several non-functioning firearms as a last resort.

Tell us about EDC? What comprises an individual load and what are your mission profile variations? How about a vehicle load-out for both urban and off-road?

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Guest Post: What To Do About Hillary by Peter McCandless

Publisher’s Note: Hillary is a monster and she doesn’t differ in philosophy one bit from Venezuelan Bernie and his communist nonsense. She is the ultimate product of a political spoils systems that thrives on violence, planetary meddling, and domestic suffocation of any individual initiative.

Peter is a long-time friend. Enjoy.

I dread that my long-time observation on the increasing likelihood of a 4GW mutli-layered and  mix of regional insurgencies may be rearing its ugly head. I hope my prognostications are completely wrong-headed and ill-founded.

Update 171301JUL16: I will be going to dark until the first week in August to finish some projects and complete the seemingly never-ending editing process on two books. I recommend you take the time to inventory your G3, conduct PCIs and get ready for the coming Endarkenment. -BB


As of this writing, the question of whether Hillary Clinton violated the law with respect to her official emails while Secretary of State remains in the hands of the FBI investigators. Some, most notably (former) Judge Andrew Napolitano, have opined that there is no doubt she broke federal law and that an indictment is certain. Others have suggested that Hillary will never be indicted for no more specific reason than the Clintons have a virtually unbroken record of escaping accountability for their misdeeds spanning more than 25 years in public office.

M ost recently, and as no surprise, President Obama publically endorsed Hillary for President. As this clearly suggests that he cannot be unbiased with respect to her guilt or innocence, some have suggested it is time for a special prosecutor to be appointed to objectively investigate her actions with respect how she handled or mishandled classified (or, at least, very secret) email as Secretary of State.

Andrew McCarthy, a former prosecutor with the Department of Justice, writes in National Review, June 11, that a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary’s email scandal would be a bad idea. He argues that a truly independent prosecutor would not be a part of the Executive branch of the government and would therefore be unconstitutional, since all prosecutorial power is given to that branch. On the other hand, were Obama to appoint a special prosecutor within the Executive branch, such a person could not be independent since he or she would ultimately answer to Obama. What McCarthy argues in favor of is impeachment of Mrs. Clinton. While she obviously cannot be removed from an office she no longer holds, impeachment in the House of Representatives, followed by conviction in the Senate, could officially preclude her from ever holding federal public office again. McCarthy, however, concedes that it is highly unlikely that the Republican controlled Congress has the will to begin such proceedings, given their inability to stand on principle against any of the actions of the Obama administration over the last seven years, which they oppose.

Andrew Napolitano, quoted in World Net Daily, June 9, argues for a special prosecutor stating, “An independent counsel would alleviate conflict because an independent counsel is not answerable to the director of the FBI, is not answerable to the attorney general and is not answerable to the White House.” He claims that an independent counsel could be established by giving the selected individual his or her own budget.


Who is right? If, indeed, Hillary has committed even 5% of the crimes of which she is publicly accused, how could her political career be ended once and for all? Perhaps neither McCarthy nor Napolitano have the right prescription for dealing with a former high-level government official accused of wrongdoing. Despite the claim virtually all Americans have heard ad nauseam since elementary school, there are no “checks and balances” within government. That our federal government is a monolith of unrestrained power is evident to anyone, American or otherwise. The hope that one part of the government will reign in or hold accountable another part (individual or group) is worse than a bad joke. No one in government, elected or appointed, will admit that his or her power and budget comes at the expense of those who are not in government. In fact at this point in history, even few people outside government will publicly admit what is painfully obvious to anyone who gives it a moment’s thought: all government is based up threats of violence against anyone who doesn’t want to comply with its dictates or fund it. Perhaps the only real way to deal with any would-be-president is to allow the know-nothings to “elect” her and then those of us fed up with the charade of government could promptly refuse to uphold the state which she proclaims to lead. Imagine, for example, if initially a trickle of Americans refused to pay income tax henceforth, refused to use phony-baloney Federal Reserve notes, and refused to obey all other laws that are morally repugnant to them? Imagine if that trickle became a creek, a stream, and finally a roaring river of civil disobedience to the very people who have undermined our security, destroyed our economy, and impeded progress in countless ways? Imagine, if Hillary became the President of a government that, within a few weeks, dissolved under her very feet? That would be a fitting end to her political career.

Peter H. McCandless Las Vegas

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