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.

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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

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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.

Technicals:

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

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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.

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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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So It Begins: Dallas and the Emerging 4GW in Vichy America by Bill Buppert

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Take your choice – there is no other – and your time is running out.” – Atlas Shrugged

Publisher’s Note: I love Rage Against the Machine as long as I don’t read the lyrics and the commie fanboys who make up the band. Blooded the Brave is far better and you should give them a listen.

I am going to predict that the incident we saw in Dallas this week is going to start to repeat itself ominously across the country. Dorner was an outlier but a harbinger of things to come.

I have often wondered when I see the videos or read court transcripts of women and children maimed and killed by police, where are their male kin and husbands? In my travels planet-wide, nothing sets a man’s mind more firmly than seeing his women and children brutalized or killed and the malefactors going unpunished.

Historically, a thorough study of Vichy France has startling parallels to the US today. Many are going to be saying this is all about race and the very same who would be doing so would be decrying connections to the South and the Confederacy if the shooter had been a white Sons of Confederate Veteran sporting a Bonnie Blue and shouting Deo Vindice as he fires away. Neither supposition is correct, the state wants the divide and conquer possibilities of racialist and language demarcations. This is only about an occupying force of badged and armed government bureaucrats with a license to kill with impunity. A de facto and de jure government army whose prime directive is to ensure compliance to political diktats. Nothing more complicated. Once the dust settles, many will discover that unfettered and unregulated access to small arms will solve many of the problems the government has created,

A decnt read on another view in stages of insurgency.

Update: 082210JUL16: It appears the single shooter used an inexpensive SKS that was 100% compliant even with the new hoplophobic laws the Orcs and their masters adopted in Kalifornia, Sauron’s west coast division. Interesting that the shooter had his head on straight in fighting conditions to reload via clip during the melee.

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Update 101012JUL16: Now it appears to be a Saiga AK-74 clone that fires a 5.54mm round.

What one man can achieve with a gun:

Heinrich Severloh

Simo Hayha.

Jack HInson.

As a matter of fact, unpunished aggression that is rewarded with protection and laurels corrodes the soul of every person involved.

There are unpleasant choices ahead, choose wisely. Your very soul depends on it. -BB “Let’s look at our immediate neighbors to the north, Canada. The total number of citizens killed by law enforcement officers in the year 2014, was 14; that is 78 times less people than the US.

If we look at the United Kingdom, 1 person was killed by police in 2014 and 0 in 2013. English police reportedly fired guns a total of three times in all of 2013, with zero reported fatalities.

From 2010 through 2014, there were four fatal police shootings in England, which has a population of about 52 million. By contrast, Albuquerque, N.M., with a population 1 percent the size of England’s, had 26 fatal police shootings in that same time period.

Let that sink in. Law enforcement in the US killed 92 times more people than a country with nearly 1.4 billion people.”

Source.

Five Dallas cops dead yesterday in an ambush. A number of others injured. The talking heads characterized the use of a pistol as sniping which is yet another indicator that most observations by the media are simply dead wrong in both circumstance and modality.

Another lone gunman in Dallas. Go figure.

Sniping is ordinarily precision application of a long arm in surgically removing, suppressing or harassing potential and real threats. It is far too early to grab a clue or trail of evidence that points to either motive or operational craft of the assailants.

This appears to be a hasty or deliberate ambush, most like an opportunity for the latter to be practiced with the skill of the former.

The usual suspects are all aflutter at the audacity and hubris of such an individual(s) because this is the same media and audience that doesn’t bat an eye when their black and blue line maims and murders at will. Even in circumstances where innocents are mowed down or bystanders struck, it must be a lack of training or error, certainly not malicious intent or gross negligence.

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Guest Post: Apocalypse Mindset: Don’t Let It Get You Killed by John Meyers

Publisher’s Note: It appears BREXIT is reality and all the usual suspects are bleating and mewling that the sky is falling because a political subsidiary of a larger psychopath collective has dared to divorce it self from the theft and oversight of the fetid EU. Good for them, now we can consider DisCoXit (District of Columbia Exit).

 A Yale law professor acknowledges in a mainstream left-liberal publication laws no matter how banal must be wiling to kill to enforce. Hence the police state that is Amerika today. Folks who frequented this site have arrive t that obvious conclusion years ago.

 Read the preface for a great introduction to James Scott’s work and Irish Democracy. He is nowhere near being a libertarian abolitionist but he asks poignant questions despite deviating wildly from the moral certitude of his inevitable conclusions.

 From his tepid and rather confused “Two Cheers for Anarchism”:

 “Quiet, anonymous, and often complicitous, lawbreaking and disobedience may well be the historically preferred mode of political action for peasant and subaltern classes, for whom open defiance is too dangerous….One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called “Irish Democracy”—the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people—than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.”

 We need more Irish Democracy in America. It took the denizens of Eire over 800 years to trade their foreign socialist shackles from England for domestic collectivist manacles they wrested upon themselves. Maybe America can take less time than that to sunder the tentacled embrace from Mordor on the Potomac.

Update 032003JUL16: Max Velocity speaks to the issue here.

John is a long-time personal friend and benefactor of the ZG underground. This post deserves long reflection and should help triage priorities for the coming Endarkenment. -BB

Scenario games and “what if’s” dominate conversations in the preparedness culture.

Working through various situations in our heads makes perfect sense. It helps develop a key tool: Mindset.

What these Kim’s games generally lack is context. These conversations assume everyone in the discussion has the same conception of what the event will be, or the even broader question of what exactly SHTF means. It’s all subjective and situational dependent. There is no answer to “what if…?” The context must be defined.

A mundane question such as ‘what is the best combat load out?’ will morph into a three hour back and forth about this or that rifle, which plate carrier is more Gucci and what type of underwear is the most efficient at wicking ball sweat. The whole time I sit back listening and thinking: “Well what is the mission? What is the event? Who, What Where, When, Why?” Essentially going over the civilian version of METT-TC in my head. It is never lined out. One person is envisioning the proverbial horde of mutant cannibalistic biker gangs ravaging the countryside, ala One Second After. Another’s context of the event is a full on invasion of CONUS by Daesh or the Haqqani Network. And another is thinking “Jeez, I thought SHTF was when I lost my job last week.” Context is critical. But one thing is true about nearly all these conversations. It tends to always focus on the absolute worst scenario imaginable, despite minor variations in each persons head.

What this community needs is an accurate threat analysis. Threats need to be defined and essentially listed out from the most likely to the least likely to occur. One is more likely to encounter a profit crime on the street, before ISIS shows up in your bedroom. You are going to encounter a home invasion or an active shooter before an insurgency against the US state or Mad Max II.

After running this through my brain for a couple years, I concluded that an apocalypse-only focus may get you killed in the streets. With this in mind I am no longer focusing on the most cataclysmic and unlikely event as my training priority.

After attending a number of classes over the years, I found that it was not uncommon at all to see half or more students, upon finishing the class, pack up their gear, lock up their rifle, separate the ammo then drive home without a CCW on their person. During class they had chest rigs for days, but not even a J frame to stick in their pocket when they return to normal life. The class made them better off to fight the Zombies invading their neighborhood, (if they had plenty of advance notice to prepare of course, to strap on their war kit and get in the proper fighting stance) but they were completely unprepared to defend themselves from a normal street criminal, the much more likely scenario.

Their mind was in “One Second After” scenario mode. They were ready to go SBU prone with their fire team, but lacked ECQC skills and tools to combat the all more likely scenario of the Stop and Rob they bought that Gatorade from being violently robbed. A robbery that was committed not by an ISIL operative yelling ALLAH SNACKBAR! But by a normal looking middle-aged white guy, who decided to initiate the robbery by smashing a wine bottle from the rack over their disarmed and situational awareness deprived head.

I got news for you. The Shit has JUST Hit The Fan the moment that wine bottle busted over the guys head. (So much for that “Truck Gun”)

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