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The picture on the left shows just one of the many people caught up in this travesty. Again, humping all that extra weight leaves no room for food, especially when this particular person is using the old Vietnam issue ALCE rucksack—one that I am very familiar with. Familiar enough to understand that it isn’t designed to have a lot of storage space.
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It’s really disconcerting that so many [ so called ] urban survivalists are caught up in the ever growing movement to go shopping for ―survival‖ gear. I have literally watched thousands of youtube videos of ordinary people setting up their Bug out Bag—and the vast majority of them are, it seems, a little confused as to what one should really be carrying in their BOB. Though I applaud their forward thinking efforts to insure their families survival, the fact remains that much of what I see going into Bug Out Bags is frightening, especially when the survivalist has a family that he will be dragging along. The individual above has some good ideas about survival—it s just that his BOB is full of stuff that is both heavy, and leaves no room for food. His total food supply consists of some rice and a few cans of soy meat products. That’s It—nothing else to eat. That is the problem with most Bug Out Bags. The people building them get so caught up in buying survival gear and fancy little gizmos—they forget that having an adequate food supply supersedes all of that gear. When the chips are down, the food will be more important than anything else. In order to determine what goes into a Bug Out Bag, it first becomes necessary to understand the very nature of the bag itself. The Bug Out Bag is simply a means to and end—a way to evacuate the area, and head to a safer location.. Anything other than that is a ―Pioneer Bag‖ that is built for extreme ―End Of The World‖ survival scenarios. The most critical aspect of Bugging Out is having someplace to Bug Out to… It would be a shame to make all of those survival preparations, and not have a safe area or retreat in mind. The person attempting this kind of Bug Out will be facing some very extreme situations.
So what’s the answer—how can one prepare for all eventualities? It all comes down to basic survival planning.
1) What is the biggest threat that you are facing. 2) Where will you be evacuating to, in the event of an emergency? 3) What indicators will force you to evacuate the safety of your home? 4) How will you execute the Bug Out strategy? 5) How far away will you be travelling? 6) If on foot, how long will it take you to reach the safe area? 7) What types of threats will you face while Bugging Out to your safe area? 8) Will you be Bugging Out alone, or will you have other family members with you? 9) What is the overall feasibility of bugging out with your children ? These are the first questions that must be addressed in order to arrive at a credible survival strategy. Failure to address these problems will ultimately seal the fate of anyone attempting to drag themselves through a crisis situation.
There are three types of Bug Out Bags:
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Some of the problems that I see with other people’s survival plans are as follows: Lack of survival planning. Not understanding that a crisis could develop in winter months when edible wild plants aren’t available. Not developing enough primitive survival skills. To much reliance on battery powered gear, and fuel powered stoves. Not being healthy or in-shape enough to make a 100-mile cross country trek. Failure to recognize that other survivalist will be doing exactly the same thing that they are doing. To much weight in the pack, and not enough food supply. Overly infatuated with multiple firearms and excessive ammunition supplies. Constructing a Bug Out Bag for themselves, and not for other family members. Failure to understand that hunting , fishing, and trapping in a survival situation might not be tactically feasible to the overall safety of themselves, or their group.
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Surviving In The City
By Franke Schein
When The Shit Hits The Fan, the majority of people will most likely be trying their very best to flee the cities. But is that really a tactical necessity during situations such a medical pandemic, mass rioting, earthquakes, and other threats that leave the cities nearly intact? Everything that one will need to survive is contained within the city. It’s just a matter of locating it, and acquiring it for your own personal use. But there might be some inherent dangers involved in trying to shelter in the city, or at a minimum, the crisis itself might prevent moving around foraging for survival subsistence supplies. Remaining in the city is a choice that might be forced on you by outside events. Martial law, travel restrictions, clogged evacuation routes, and even family health problems might prevent you from getting out of dodge. It will then become necessary that you have both the skills, and knowledge to survive under those conditions. Knowing what to do in that kind of survival situation is critical—and should also be part of your overall survival planning. It may very well come down to the fact that sheltering in place will be your only viable option. This is prime ―Long Term‖ survival planning that requires critical thinking.
The fact remains that just because a person puts together a Bug out Bag—doesn’t make them a survivalist. At the very most, an experienced survivalist can carry approximately 30-days worth of food supply in a pack. After that food is gone, the situation becomes extreme. Falsely thinking that food supplies can be supplemented with small game hunting and trapping is foolish. One must consider that external elements might prevent the survivalist from acquiring game supplies. Forest fires, flooding, martial law, and a plethora of other scenarios could develop that prevent or inhibit subsistence hunting. Even something as simple as firing a weapon could attract unwanted attention from other starving survivalists, who will most likely, and promptly arrive to investigate gun fire heard in their area. That certainly predicates another approach in the initial survival planning. An approach that details resupply areas, enroute safe areas/rally points, and provides some means for the adventurist survivalist to restock dwindling food supplies.
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some type of shelter, such as a mountain tent or poncho ―hooch‖. Using either of these types of shelter will be determined by the following: 1. Are you being followed? 2. Are there other survivalist in the area that might spot your shelter? 3. Is the weather sever enough to warrant erecting a shelter? Whatever the case, a shelter comes in handy when it’s raining outside, but sometimes it will reduce your ability to see and hear if somebody is approaching your camp area. Typically I utilize a G.I. Poncho shelter. As you can see in the picture above, I tend to gravitate towards the camouflaged ones that help to break my outline. These types of shelter have been in use by military forces, and they can be built low to the ground.
of saplings are bent towards each other, and then tied off with parachute cord. This gives the shelter much more strength when snow builds up on top, or there is a heavy frost during the early morning hours.
Staying Alive Out There:
The Do’s & Don’t Of Bug Out Shelters
By Franke Schein When it comes to survival security, there is only one sure fired way to accomplish this task, and that means doing things a little different than one normally would. The first , and most important part, is where the nightly camp is set up. Ideally the camp should be away from any roads or trails, have a water source nearby, and be located part way up a steep hillside—preferably among the wildest and sharpest thorns and briars that can be found. Secondly; the camp should be arranged to maximize air flow, and also allow for decent surveillance observation of potential approaches that an intruder might use. The next task is to determine what type of shelter that you will be using. This is probably a choice that will have to be made that depends entirely upon the overall tactical situation that you are facing. Essentially, you could opt to set up a cold camp, or go ahead and construct The picture above shows a typical poncho hooch. There are many ways to build such a hooch, but one of the easiest ways is to simply find two ground saplings and bend them over to form a small arch. The free ends can be weighed down with rocks or a log, or using parachute cord, can be staked into the dirt. The real secret to these hooches, is to keep them as low to the ground as possible. This presents a lower profile,, and also help to protect you from driving rain. The arch also allows you some degree of having the ability to sit up, and move around inside of the hooch. During periods of snowy weather, it’s also possible to build a similar shelter, but instead of using just two saplings, use four saplings. Each pair
Alternatively, one could tie some cross beams at the top and sides of the poncho hooch that will give it even greater strength under heavier loads. I wouldn’t take but a few extra minutes to insure a decent nights sleep.
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Level One: [ 45 to 65 Degrees and Above ] Poncho Liner Level Two: [ 30 to 45 Degrees ] Poncho & Poncho Liner Level Three: [ 20 to 30 degrees ] Poncho, Poncho Liner, and Emergency Space Blanket Anything colder than 20 degrees dictates a sleeping bag be used for staying warm during sleep periods. Both the Poncho Liner, and the Space Blanket can be used inside of the sleeping bag as additional layering and heat retention during extremely cold nights. This precludes having to carry a heavy extreme cold weather sleeping bag, unless of course you happen to live in Alaska where –65 below isn’t uncommon at night.
No matter what type of weapon that you choose to take with you, it remains that ammunition will always be the number one concern. When the ammo runs out—then what. The gun becomes yet another item that you will be forced to carry around that takes up weight and space in your backpack. Humping multiple weapons, magazines, and tons of ammunition is nothing more than a false sense of security, or nothing less than denial of the fact that survivalists require more food than guns. I personally opt for one handgun for self defense purposes, and one long gun for other purposes. The ideal long gun would be a pump shotgun with several different types of rounds, but no more than 40 rounds of shells. My favorite survival weapon is an old beat up Mosin-Naggant Russian battle rifle that fires a 7.62x54R round. This proven battle rifle is capable of taking down large game, as well as being used for personal protection. The down side is that it’s a bolt action rifle, and thereby, urban survivalist tend to ignore this fine weapon because they can’t ―spray‖ a thousand rounds into the wind. Truly, this little bolt action rifle is lightweight once the stock is cut down, and the bayonet is removed. Sandpaper will make quick work of the red lacquered paint, and a small can of sealant wood protection will make this rifle water tight. Ammunition is readily available, and the fact that it cost half the price of modern cartridges, speaks for itself in terms of savings. In a extreme survival situation, the shotgun can be backed up with this rifle, or replaced with a modern semi-auto carbine like the Colt AR-15, or other assault rifle style weapons. The downside to these weapons are the tremendous amount of magazine that must be carried, as well as the amount of ammunition to fill those magazine. I personally believe that having one magazine in the weapon, and an additional 6 magazines is all that is required. That makes it pretty easy—seven 30 round magazines equates to 210 rounds of ammo for the weapon. At current rate, the cost of 20 rounds of .223 here in Alaska is around $12.50 a box. That means 10 boxes will cost $125.00. Consequently, 20 rounds of 7.62x54R cost less than $6.00 a box, and equals $60.00.
The Survivalist Dilemma
By Franke Schein It’s all to easy these days to get caught up in the trend of carrying around multiple firearms, multiple magazines, and hundreds, if not thousands of rounds of ammunition. This can be, what makes or breaks a real survivalist. The fact that so many survivalists are placing their faith into the hands of their weapons, and forgetting basic wilderness primitive survival skills—is scary in itself. It also shows that they actually haven’t done their survival planning, and are ill equipped to actually make it out there if The Shit Hits The Fan, like everybody thinks it will. Survival really isn’t about guns. Even though guns play an important part of any survival scenario, they come second to everything else when you consider their practical ity and usefulness.
A decent 12-gauge shotgun, and approximately 40 rounds of (mixed) ammunition will be enough to allow the average survivalist to get into his safe area. The addition of a handgun, also improves his firepower capability, and the fact that limiting the ammunition to be carried—will increase the amount of food supplies that can be carried during the Bug out Phase of the survival plan. Ammunition and extra weapons should be stockpiled at the retreat, or in containers along the movement-escape route. Those inexpensive surplus ammo cans can be filled to the brim with ammo, and then buried along the escape route. This prevents having to carry extra weight that is sacrificed for food.
Handguns play another distinct role in survival situations. It doesn’t really matter what kind, or what caliber, as nearly any handgun is better than nothing when it comes to self defense. Most people tend to prefer the large heavy caliber-semi automatic handguns like the Colt .45acp or the .44-Magnum revolver. Either of these will perform as expected, and both are a welcome addition to the survival armory. No matter which type of survival guns that you decide to use, always remember that your weapons are to be used as means to get out of trouble, as opposed to getting into trouble. Those [so called] survivalist that pack multiple firearms and ammunition are just looking for trouble, or seriously infatuated with their guns. These are the people that will probably run out of food first, and then attempt to use their weapons against others, in order to feed their starving families. Hell—if you are smart, ya’ might even trade them a $6.00 sack of rice, for a $2,000.00 assault rifle. Provided that their hungry enough and pose no threat to you and yours.
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Food For Thought…
Executing a well planned Bug Out operation means that you will be spending a lot of time with boots on the ground—and we all know that humping heavy a rucksacks through a thick forest, or even a sprawling hot desert, will eventually take its toll on the physical body. Notwithstanding the rigors on the feet, one must also realize that Bugging out will have the same excessiveness on the human mind. It’s easy to get used to walking a certain way, easy to get caught in the psychological trap of doing the same things, the same way—time after time. But in a survival situation that doesn’t hold water. Movement should be slow, but deliberate. If at all possible, walking noise should be kept down to a bare minimum. Stay off the trails and roads. These places will lead to discovery and death. If it’s absolutely necessary to use a roadway or trail system— then parallel it from a distance. Equipped with a map and compass, or a GPS unit, that task can be simplified—thereby making it much easier to stay on the intended route. Keep your feet dry; wash them every day. Even if it’s just a matter of removing your boots and socks, and dipping them into a stream.
Hydrate yourself when ever you feel the need. Having an adequate water intake, is what your body will require under high duress and physical situations Resupply your canteens every opportunity that presents itself. Don’t pass a running streams or pond water—thinking that you’ll hit the next one. There may not be another one for days. Keep your eyes on the ground for signs of boobytraps, wireless alarms, and trip wire traps/alarms. Setting one of these off will announce your presence to the world. Even though it’s a difficult job, the point man, or even yourself— must always keep in mind that you will be sharing the woods with other people. Don’t foolishly think that you will be alone out there. Stay off the ridgelines, and out of direct sunlight. Both of these areas will make you more visible at distances beyond normal eye sight. Use the shadow as much as possible, and move deliberately through danger areas that pose certain risks.
Watch for signs of activity around you. Learn to recognize the signs that you are following somebody’s route. Little signs, such as broken branches, twisted leaves, crushed grass, and foot prints in the dirt, as well as rocks that have been stepped on—will let you know if there are other people in the area. Never shoot your weapons unless you are forced to. Don’t build a campfire unless you have no other choice. Then put it out as quickly as you can, and move out of the area rapidly. Smoke will always attract somebody’s attention. The best time to use a campfire, is when it’s raining. Both the moisture and wind (if any) will help to mask the smoke and it’s associated scent. Don’t use a hatchet, axe, or saw when setting up camp. Likewise, don’t break branches across your knee. Both of these sounds carry a long way—especially at night when the air is thinner. Pickup dead branches that you need for your campfire. Learn to build a ―Dakota Fire Hole‖ to build a nearly smokeless fire. It saves fuel, and will not smoke as much as a regular above ground camp fire. While enroute, always stop often to rest. This is also a good time to remain motionless and listen to what is going on around you. It should come as no surprise, when you hear the sounds of other people around you.
The Red Dots indicate a deviation from the original path that you are travelling. You make at least two turns across your path, and then return to the original route. At each turn, it’s a good idea to hunker down and wait for at least five minutes before proceeding to the next turn. This gives you a chance to see and hear what’s going on. Movement must be matched to suit the terrain, and your physical condition, as well as the overall tactical situation. It may be that there are people coming up behind you, but they have no idea that you are already ahead of them, even aware of them. It might be wise to allow them to pass, or detour further off their track. That is a tactical situation that you will have to make on the spot. As a very minimum, I would personally like to have a ―look-see‖. At the people trailing me, and then deice what my next course of action will be. If they look like survivalist just Bugging Out, then I will allow them to pass unmolested. If they appear to be a para-military unit tracking me—then another decision must be made. The most important decision will be if I will continue my original Bug out, or lead them away from my Safe Area. They could be trying to follow me to my supply stockpile in the safe area. Always a possibility that must be considered.
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Danger Areas: Open fields or clearings. Crossing Bridges Cross a roadway or trail. Going around inhabited structures or villages. Walking on rail road tracks. Each of these danger area will allow other people to spot your movements, and potentially intercept your planned route of march. Getting caught in an ambush because you crossed a bridge without first checking it out, would be a dumb rookie mistake.
Use the Triple Loop-Back technique to determine if you are being followed by another party.
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Typically a scout section will enter the target area under the cover of darkness, proceed to their predesignated objective rally point, and from there move into the assigned overwatch area—where around the clock surveillance is conducted for a designated tome period, or until certain requirements have been achieved. The scouts must be totally self sufficient during the operation. There must be 100% noise and light discipline, as well as remaining out of sight, by even casual observers.
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In today’s modern war theater, having up to date intelligence is one of the more critical roles in guerilla warfare. Knowing enemy movements, location, and infrastructure augmentation is necessary to counter any perceived threat, or to organize and execute offensive operations. A three man scout section is the critical eye and ears of any militia unit. These three people are highly trained specialist whose job entails closing with the enemy, gathering (HUMINT) Human Intelligence, and sending that intelligence down the line to command. Three men with minimal gear, travelling fast, and getting close to enemy formations and positions is worth all the tea in china. The scout section’s job is to gather vital intelligence data while remaining hidden in the shadows. Information such a troop strength and disposition, number and types of vehicle, crew served weapons, as well as other raw intelligence, is the bread and butter of these types of operations. Scout sections are lightly armed, and must be capable of sustaining operations for a minimum of 21 days out in the field. By utilizing overwatch positions, hidey -holes, and the emplacement of remote cameras, the scout section is able to effectively provide the theater militia groups with real time intelligence information.
One of the most rigorous parts of the recon, is that each scout must have the ability to remain in the same position for an extended time. This usually means constructing a sniper hole that will serve as a camouflage d position throughout the scout’s extended operation. Eating, sleeping, defecating, urinating, and down-time are all conducted within the position itself—in order to prevent unnecessary movement within the operational area. Movement that could be spotted by the enemy. The members of the scout section should be hearty men that thrive in stressful environments, have the knack for extended black operations, and have the skills to get close with the enemy, sometimes at ranges of less than 100 yards.
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This is one of the most effective, yet simple to build small game traps. Having several of these staked out around the survival area will usually yield a small bounty of survival food. It consists of three pieces of wood, a small length of wire, and some parachute cord. The wire noose can be adjusted to fit the size of the game that you are trapping, and by using wire instead of rope for the cord, the trap is much The trap can be baited with some aromatic bait, or used without bait on more effective. game trails. If built large enough, this trap can even be used to entangle Place this trap along animals trails or deer sized animals. The trigger also works for several different types of man around small game nests, and you will Traps equally as well. be rewarded with extra food supplies
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