I’ve seen a lot over the years. More than I really care for. But what leaves me amazed is the folks in the “Patriot Movement”, the “III%”, and the Militia Movement that believe they will make some grandiose stand ala Lexington Green to face down the evil and corruption we are confronted with. It makes for good fiction and film but is it feasible?
In two words – fuck no. Those fine folks clad in multicam with their ARs, AKs, and other assorted Tchotchkes and gee-gaws assembled as the bastions for liberty are going to find one thing at that future Lexington Green – their wholesale slaughter. And when it happens the “revolution” is going to be televised all right – only it will be portrayed by the MSM as “separatists” “sovereign citizens” “right-wing radicals” “racists” and god knows what else. Large unit tactics of any kind are an easy invitation to easily clean up for unca screwya. “But how, why?” Well here’s your answer:
1. TPTB already have a monopoly on appreciable force. Note I say appreciable. Automatic weapons, air power, armored vehicles, advanced sensors, shit it goes on and on. What does Joe Bagodonuts modern Minuteman have? An AR, maybe with some lower end night vision, and possibly a few items he’s been saving as a trick or two. Stand and deliver? Hell stand and die.
2. You probably won’t get the chance to mass to begin with. You think TPTB don’t know who the majority of folks that are a credible threat to their kleptocracy are? Get real. Unless you operate solely in meatpsace and have absolute OPSEC they know ya buddy. And when things get hairy they’ll come with a warrant for “insert offense here” and you’ll be on your way. Nevermind they don’t have a real reason. They’ll get a judge to sign off on holding you indefinitely (and yes it happens and is happening now).
3. TPTB have been working – and working hard- for the last decade or so fighting a real insurgency on two fronts. In space they cannot dominate in the manner in which they can dominate it here in our good ol’ USA. Those lessons learned have not been lost on them. Quite the contrary they have been transferred to LEOs and Federal Agencies as they have uparmed. Hell local SWAT teams now practice fast roping out of UH60s nowadays.
So what the fuck can we do? A lot.
1. Quit reading and practicing Army small unit tactics straight out of the FMs. You are not going to fight airland-battle, you’re not going to win at the Battalion or Company level fight, and if you get away with a platoon I’ll be damn proud (and quite frankly amazed) of you. How do you beat a superior force? Look at who has done it. The Muj, the IRA, Hadji (and if that offends you fuck off), The Vietcong, and most of our special ops guys. Small unit guerrilla actions will win. So drop FM7-8 and start reading and practicing tactics you’ll find in tomes like the Green Book and anything else you can get your hands on that deals with small (and I mean four guys small). Mosebys blog is an excellent source of info tied up into one package.
2. Learn your AO. Master it. I spend a couple of hours every Sunday just driving down the same old dirt roads I grew up riding my old Honda dirtbike on. They change and if you haven’t seen them this season you can bet things are different. Get every map of your AO and study it. Make notes, plan primary, alternate, and tertiary routes to and from where ever you have to go.
3. Be realistic about your preps and plans. I’m amazed guys will go out and spend a couple of thousand dollars on the latest piston driven rifle when they have something perfectly capable to operate in their terrain. Do you really need a .338 Lapua bolty rifle if you live in woods where the longest shot is going to be around 200 meters? Would that cheaper (especially when it comes to feeding it) 30-06 or .308 do just as good at a fraction of the cost? I’ll cover more about firearms later on. Same thing with food. 10,000 MREs to feed you and yours is admirable but frankly I’ve eaten nothing but MREs for four months and brother let me tell ya – after that long the thought of eating becomes kind of repulsive. Food is another topic for later on. Plan for the defense of your ranch/house/farm (that’s an entire entry unto itself for latter).
4. Network. Know your neighbors – especially if you live out in the boonies. I recently found out a young man less than two miles down the road from me is a kid that spent four years in the Corps. And he has an AR. Shame on me for not knowing sooner. Establish your local comms. Be very careful about whom you hug up to locally. Smaller towns and rural areas are gossip mines and all it takes is for the local SO to hear you have “An arsenal of dozens of assault rifles” for them to come pay you a visit.
5. Stay away from sideshows. I mean guys that blog about their hate for someone else in the movement, or those hawking patches, pins, stickers, etc.. A damn patch ain’t going to make you bulletproof. That bumper sticker is not my idea of OPSEC. And you don’t think TPTB have folks watching these rallies? That T-shirt is a sign that says “credible threat” to them. The sideshow folks have their heads so far up their own agendas that they’ll be lost on P-Day. Don’t get involved in the politics because not a damn one of those sideshow freaks will come and cover your flanks when SHTF.
6. Embrace the combat triad. No matter how old you are. Samuel Whittemore at 80 years old killed three Redcoats crossing his farm and despite being bayoneted, shot, and beaten almost to death recovered and lived another 18 years. Don’t believe nor think you are too old or you will be.
Above all else plan for the worst. Defending your farm from racist mutant zombie ninja bikers? Or the untroops? Have a plan, asses your risks, and develop countermeasures.