Author Archives: Treaded

About Treaded

Semi-retired career and contract troop. I own and maintain my own small ranch out here in beautiful rural America.

Motivator: Gangs Growing In Rural Areas And A Word About LEOs

A Deputy Sheriff (we’ll call him Deputy Prepper) sent me a link via the blog to a very interesting article.  Take a moment to read and absorb it.  Then ponder its main points: Gang related crime has grown as much … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part VI: Using Water To Our Advantage

Over the last few entries we’ve kind of moved back and forth over man-improved and man made obstacles.  We’ve covered hills, slopes, roads and trails, and bridges.  Now we’re going to examine a few ways to use water as a … Continue reading

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By Request: Caltrops

When CA at WRSA posted a link to Part V of the defensive obstacles entry he also posed a request for a cheap and simple method to construct caltrops.  For the uninitiated a caltrop is a small device that no … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part V: More On Slowing The Threat Down on Roads and Trails.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get this next entry up but life has been eating my time up.  Anyhow in this entry we’re going to look at a couple of other ways to “block” a road and slow … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part IV: More On Roads And Bridges

In the last entry we covered what man-improved obstacles were and some ways we could cut (severe) trails.  In this entry we’re going to examine another (and probably easier) way to block trails and bridges.   I’m also going to present … Continue reading

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A Quick Update

Just a quick update – I’ve been busier than that one legged guy everyone talks about this week putting in a new well and getting four new calves situated.  Once I get caught up around here I’ll finish up the … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part III: Placement And Man-Improved Obstacles

In the last entry we covered what natural obstacles were and why they work.  In this entry we’re going to begin to address man-improved obstacles and their placement.  Remember a man-improved obstacle is one that implies a natural obstacle has … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part II: Understanding Natural Obstacles

In the last entry we identified three categories of obstacles (natural, man-improved, and manmade).  In  this entry we’re going to look at natural obstacles and try to gain an understanding of why they work and how they impact a threat … Continue reading

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Defense – Obstacles Part I: Introduction

So far we have covered fields of fire and observation, cover and concealment, and now it’s time to tackle obstacles.  Note I’m going to venture a bit away from normal military doctrine in covering obstacles.  What is an obstacle?  An … Continue reading

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Defense: Farm and Ranch Concealment Theory 101

In the last entry we examined developing cover in and around our immediate area of operations (which as usual is our ranch or farm).  Referring back you’ll remember cover is the first part of the C in OCOKA (Observation and … Continue reading

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