Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016--A Quick Run Around the Web


  • "Martial Arts as Self-Defense for Preppers"--Prep-Blog. The author gives his opinions about various types or styles of martial arts and their usefulness (or lack thereof) for self-defense. He also warns about "black-belt factories": dojos or schools where it is almost impossible to fail to advance in belt levels because the focus is on maximizing profit, not teaching techniques. 
  • "Get to cover? A requiem for common sense."--Monderno. Some thoughts on how the use of cover should and shouldn't be taught in self-defense courses. Just a taste:
Cover is any object that can stop incoming fire for an indeterminate amount of time.  You’ll notice that there is no size included in that definition.  Size of cover is a luxury.  Multiple objects of cover to choose from are a luxury.  Superior cover in close distance is a luxury.  We want the luxuries of cover, but we must also be prepared to fight without them.   So if you are trying to shoe horn military tactics for cover into non-military settings, maybe question the mission and goal, because not everything translates.  In fact, very little does.  Everything I learned about cover in the Infantry was based on the premise of a fire team or squad or larger element.  If the foundation for using cover is based on the luxury of multiple team members, do those same techniques apply to the single officer or single mother?  Is the equipment, mission or environment the same?  No, likely it’s not.  You cannot repurpose military techniques for solo civilian use.  Sure it makes for good entertainment and a weekend warrior experience out in the woods, but it’s not nearly as useful as tailoring the lesson to the realities of the student, as opposed to pushing a tailored reality onto the memories of the student.
  • "How to Help a Cop During a Life-Threatening Struggle"--Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training. Apropos given the events in Dallas. Mr. Ellifritz has reposted an article discussing how to safely approach a situation where you may want or need to provide aid to a police officer--at least from the point of view of the officer not shooting you.
  • "A Serious 2-way Radio for the Non-Ham Preppers: Cobra MR HH450 All Terrain"--Security and Self-Reliance. This site is a good source for information on radio communications. The author provides a review of the Cobra MR HH450 unit, including pro's and con's, and discusses why it is good for a survival group.
  • "Surface To Air Communication"--Neo-Survivalist. Sometimes, in a wilderness emergency or in the wake of a disaster, you might need to communicate with someone flying overhead, but without benefit of a radio. The author sets out signals used for communicating with searchers/ rescue personnel in an aircraft.
  • "SHTF Intelligence: Getting Started (Part One)"--Forward Observer. This article starts at the very basics of explaining intelligence and how to use it, including an introduction to the intelligence cycle.
  • "How to Tie a Handcuff Knot"--Modern Survival Online. The author describes how to tie a handcuff knot to restrain a person, as well as tips on escaping from a handcuff knot.
  • "4 MUST Have Items In Every Medical Kit"--Loadout Room. Those being: tourniquet, hemostatic gauze, pressure bandage, and chest seal. Read the article, though, for more details.
  • "Sleeping Bag Care"--Blue Collar Survival. The author covers ground preparations, and tips on keeping a sleeping bag dry and clean; as well as maintenance and storage tips.
  • "The Cross-Bow"--Le Survivaliste. The author describes the pro's and con's of a crossbow, including why it is not an effective weapon post-SHTF but may have uses for hunting. The site is in French, so you will need to use Google translate.

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