Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tips to Surviving Martial Law (part 3)

I really didn't expect this to turn into a 3 part issue but I wanted to impart some final thoughts on the subject. I will not rehash the last 2  blogs if you have not read them you are free to do so at your leisure.
I have had some private conversations about this subject and the comment has been made "what about our fore-fathers fighting off the British armies" because as you know it was basically civilian's fighting off trained troops. There were some very basic differences, First of all it was not one family or a small group of 'like minded individuals' fighting them off, it was a fairly organized militia with leadership to keep them together. Second of all, the civilian soldiers had weapons which were identical (for the most part) to the British army.  Today we (the general population) do not have near the weapons and technology our modern armies do, However if  you have a few thousand troops and a stash in your garage of automatic squad weapons, tanks, shoulder fired rockets, Apache helicopters, GPS guided rockets and bombs, grenades etc and the ability to arm all the troops with almost unlimited ammo you might have a 20% chance of staying alive 24 hours. If you want to draw an analogy it would be like Mel Gibson in the movie 'Patriots'  fighting the Brits with a sling shot and a pocket knife.
I am not going to say "roll over and give up" but you do need to be smart. Down the road there may come a time to take a stand but it will come at a very high cost.....very very high indeed.
We all read about the KIA's in Iraq and Afghanistan and how the insurgents (guerrilla  fighters) are giving us so much trouble, well I can tell you as someone who has been there the ratio of their KIA to ours is about 5:1 ...... not very good odds and they actually have some advanced weapons.
If you study military history, tactics have changed drastically over the last few centuries. Even WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq etc were all very different so you can expect it will still change a lot in the future so stay flexible and learn as much as possible. One thing that does not change is 'timing' and 'surprise' both are your allies. You have to have both to have your best odds of survival. 'Surprise' is easy, 'timing' is not.
I can assure you I am not one to give up without a fight but you have to pick your fights and you don't show up to a gun fight with only a pocket knife because they sure would be surprised but it would not be good timing.

17 comments:

  1. I have just found you site.
    I have found that 444 marlin brass works well for 410 reloads, cap with bees wax.
    I haave always said when or if they come for my guns I will give them up short a few parts.

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    1. Anon, Thanks, I have heard you could 444 brass as well I guess it is harder to come by. Excellent point about about taking parts out of guns, make sure they can't be used by anyone else.

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  2. Patience and Endurance would also be critical allies if only so that we wait until the sling-shot and pocket knife has a chance.

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    1. Odysseus, Exactly the point, that's where patience and endurance provide the correct timing.

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    2. Dammit Duke, now my brain can't switch-off "problem solving" on this, and the only answers are incredibly nasty(not gonna go into it).

      I pray so hard it never comes to such a pass.

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    3. Odyesseus, I pray in never happens either, most have no clue how bad it will get.

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  3. Very sound advice. Hope the hoople-heads pay attention.

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  4. Duke, in line with your advice here is something cheap (price wise) for something that's disposable, for those who want ideas.

    http://www.jgsales.com/-p-1059.html

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    1. Matt, funny thing, I actually like the look of those little revolvers. I wouldn't mind having one to play with. I have been told (but don't know for sure) that they will fire the 32-20 cartridge. Thanks for the link.

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    2. Duke, I'm with you on that. I like the looks of it as well. I was just posting that as an example of something to surrender as a low cost item vs a $1000 dollar weapon.

      I'd kinda like to have one as well.

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    3. I know there are also 32acp cylinders out there for them, personally I think it's too bad they screwed up the execution of that gun since it had a couple of good ideas for improving the revolver concept.

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    4. Matt, I agree.
      Odyesseus, I did see they had 32 ACP cylinders, I guess there is no way to shoot 'em cheap.

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  5. Dear Duke - i have very-much enjoyed this 3-part series as i find your advice very excellent and useful. thank you for taking the time to write these posts. and i would thoroughly enjoy, and gain useful knowledge, from any additional ponderings that you have in these matters. again, thank you.

    your friend,
    kymber

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  6. Kymber, as always you are too kind. Thank you my friend. I don't always have the best answer but I try to 'spread the wealth around' when it comes to information.

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  7. Sun Tzu: ... the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.

    Just to echo what you have said already. I highly recommend that everyone reads Sun Tzu. Tactics might have changed but the principles of warfare have stayed the same for centuries.

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    1. mmasse, very true, if you are in a fair fight your tactics suck.

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