posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 02:02 PM
Well, theLibra asked me to put up a quick diatribe about defensive tactics. Well, here it is. this isn't about what weapon is the best, which gun you
should get- it's up to you to get a weapon you're comfortable with. If a hunting rifle is good for you, go for it. The World Wars were fought with
bolt actions. If a horseshoe on a rope is your weapon of choice, go nuts. Be aware of your weapon's limitations, and the legality of it in your
jurisdiction. Remember- a weapon that gets confiscated and you two years less a day in the pen isn't a damn bit of good on Judgment Day. As a
prelude, I will recommend that you have at least one weapon, preferably with a good blade and a sidearm as backup.
For Americans, you really don't have much of an excuse not to have a primary weapon, a sidearm, a good knife, and lots of practice.
However, for those in jurisdictions with strict gun control laws, you might be a little stuck as far as defense is concerned. In the place of
firearms, common choices are wood axes, baseball bats, shovels and other miscellaneous bludgeons All the below still applies,however. Good luck.
In addition to personal kit, all members should have at least a small personal first aid kit, easily accessible by first aiders. Two compression
bandages per person, at least, in addition to small stuff like band aids. Canteens and camelbacks get bonus points, because fighting is thirsty work.
Latex gloves in exterior pockets are also advised, since you don't know what's out there. Blood-borne diseases, dog poo...it's a nasty world out
there. Why should everyone have first aid supplies on them? well, if you get capped, someone like me is going to come up, pull them out of your
webbing, and patch you up as best as possible with YOUR supplies. So make sure they're near the outside.
What this thread IS about is the method in which these devices are applied in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others. There are two
basic schools of thought on the subject, not neccesarily exclusive to one another. Both follow natural patterns. Some survivalists advocate a stealthy
approach to defence- hope the Bad Guys pass you by, hiding, and generally not attracting attention to yourself in oder to get by. The other school
doesn't bother with that- big teeth, big spines. Their objective is of course to make themselves as inhumanly unattractive prey as possible. There
are mediums in between- wearing CADPAT in the woods gives you some degree of cam and helps you avoid attention, but the AR15 in your hands might make
the Eaters armed with shovels think twice about jumping you.
In either case, this isn't a solo undertaking. Know what a single sentry is? Bait. A single sentry or stray soldier is a freebie. The bare minimum
'safe' number of people in a group is two, and that's dire-straights type situations only. Optimally, survivalists operate in groups between eight
to twelve, and no larger. Too many folks attracts attention, too few leaves you vulnerable. For sentry, two is a good number, three is better, four
better yet. In a platoon-sized group (Lord forbid you acquire one) a whole section should be on guard every time you stop, bare minimum. For those of
you who are lost, this is the unit system conventionally used henceforth: a fireteam is two people, a section eight to twelve, platoon thirty six to
fifty. All persons in your group should be paired off, with someone to look after them, into fireteams. A buddy looking out for you doubles your
efficiency in the field, trust me.
Some things your group must have to make it at least a properly prickly proposition are a leader, a chain of command, and a medic. Nothing makes a
hastily cobbled together group huddle up and cringe like a well disciplined, well armed team working all in unison for a common cause. Discipline is
key. After that, you need at least one trained first aider every four people, if at all possible as many first-aiders or paramedics as you can lay
your gloves on. People WILL get hurt- slips, falls, cuts, burns, stab wounds, everything. Count on it. Your task, as defenders, is to keep as many
people in the fight as possible, under a well-disciplined leader with a clear chain of command. Everyone doing what they want or think is best is a
recipe for disaster.
So I've talked about small issues and basics, but you're saying 'this isn't real-world! This is just basic advice for newbies!'. You'd be
surprised how often people ignore this as fantasy. I'm talking optimum situations, of course, and when the SHTF, well, you won't have this. You'll
have to aim for it.Hell, prepare, how's that for an idea? a group, set an RV, and hope for the best. Good luck, troops.
More to come.