Part One of “A Surge in Violence” discussed a federal law enforcement response and a philosophical commentary.
The violence currently being promoted by Democrat run states, cities and counties is a last ditch effort to create dissatisfaction with the Trump Administration. It’s not even thinly disguised. The Democrats are using black people as puppets (as usual) but when you view the riots in places like Portland, Oregon, most of the communists arsonists and activists are white.
One side benefit of the current situation is that gun store shelves are bare and you will find it nearly impossible to buy ammunition either at a store or on-line. I was recently able to purchase some .454 Cassul, but most calibers are sold out – even in the more obscure and boutique ammo outlets. American citizens are arming themselves in a wave of “defund the police frenzy”. If the police aren’t there to protect you, who is? The answer is that it’s up to you to look to your own defense and that of your family, friends and neighbors.
There are a few things that you need to consider. If you were in the military, or wore a badge, these thoughts will be mundane. If not, maybe they will help.
(1) Understand the difference between cover and concealment. Walk the space around where you live and think tactically on this subject. Cowering behind a bush may offer you some concealment, but it will not offer you any protection. An automobile offers some concealment and cover but many calibers will pass through-and-through. A cinderblock wall offers some cover and concealment but many calibers will pass through and through.
(2) Buy a trauma kit and keep it handy. Study how to apply it in the event you or somebody close to you is hurt.
(3) Most of the people you know will be nearly worthless in a violent confrontation even if they’re armed. They will not think of the people attacking them as simply meat that needs to be harvested. You can’t blame them for this lack. Mental toughness and a willingness to defend that which you love can be developed, but not without training. You can train yourself and you should do that. You will fight the way you train.
(4) Have a plan. Many years ago, when I lived in Orange County, CA (a nice area), I ended up in Los Angeles for work a lot. One concern that I had was that in the event of an earthquake, the freeway overpasses would pancake down and I would have to walk home. Twenty or thirty miles doesn’t sound particularly daunting unless you are considering what you might have to walk through. So I kept my earthquake kit in the trunk of my car. It included boots, water, energy food, clothing that would allow me to blend. I had body armor for work, firearms and ammo, but I knew that I would need more than I usually carried. So my load-out focused on ammunition for my rifle. If it’s a choice between food and ammo, carry ammo. Better to have and not need than need and not have. Make sure that your load bearing gear can bear your load.
(5) Make friends. Even though most of the people you know will be worthless in a fight (see 3 above), fighting as a fire team is better than a solo effort. Go to the range with friends, practice with them, and discuss your plans.
(6) There is a value to weapons blends. It’s not “combined arms” per se, but there are advantages and disadvantages to every single weapon. Range, penetration, rate of fire, capacity to carry ammunition, etc. are all factors that you need to consider if you are fighting alone or as a team.
Heavy weapons are nice to have. A .50 caliber rifle may have a very long range, but it is also good at closer ranges because almost nothing offers cover from a .50 BMG round. A .50 BMG armor piercing round will penetrate 6″ of sloped tank armor at point blank range. From a civilian point of view, it will go through telephone poles, automobile engine blocks, homes, and anything that somebody might be hiding behind. A .50 BMG AP round will go through-and-through a Navy destroyer (big ship) depending on what it meets on its path. A .50 caliber rifle will have a slower rate of fire, it’s heavy to carry and optimally it works as a crew-served fire team with people protecting the shooter and directing the shooter (spotter), but it’s nice to have around.
(7) Thoughts on Ammo – .50 BMG ammunition legally available will stop any light skinned armored vehicle. The same can be said (to a lesser degree) with .30 caliber rifles armed with ammunition developed for that purpose. My point here is that not all ammunition (of the same caliber) is created for the same purpose. Understand what ammunition you have, what your friends have and what its capabilities are.
(8) Store water. If you take medicine, store that too.
(9) Build modular kits based on your particular needs and have them available in duffle bags or backpacks that you can throw into a car or move with as needed.
(10) Train – train – train
If you never have to fire a shot, you’re ahead of the game. If your training never comes into play, that’s a good thing. But pretend that you’re going to need to do all these things so that IF it comes down to it, you’re not worthless and you’re not bowled over by a mob.