Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — June 19, 2024

On June 19, 1991, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrendered to police.

June 19, 1778: Continental Army troops finally left their winter encampment at Valley Forge.

June 19, 1834 was the birthday of Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon, who died on 31 January, 1892. He was a British Particular Baptist preacher.

On June 19, 1914, the Hillcrest Mine Disaster: An explosion at Hillcrest mine, Alberta, killed 189 men in Canada’s worst mining disaster.

On June 19, 1917, the British Royal Family, which had strong German ties since George I, renounced its German names and titles and adopted the name of Windsor.

On Jun 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed 73-27, overcoming largely Democrat opposition. This followed a famous 74-day filibuster that was led by the Southern Democrats. (See the roll call.) Notably, Barry Goldwater opposed the bill because it would expand the size of the government.

Today’s feature article was written by SurvivalBlog Editor James Wesley, Rawles (JWR).

I’ve just put all of the percussion revolvers in our Elk Creek Company inventory on sale.  No paperwork is required. These can be mailed right to your door, in most states.  This sale ends on Tuesday, June 26th, so order soon!

We are in need of entries for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



D-Words: Countering American Decadence

It is abundantly clear that we are living in a decadent society.  Though I may sound like a dystopian taxonomist, I’ll add some more “Ds” to the list, to encapsulate America in the early 21st Century:

  • Degenerate
  • Disaffected
  • Democratic (founded as a Republic, but now we hear that it is “our Democracy.”)
  • Despotic
  • Demagogic
  • Depressed/Depressing
  • Debased (especially our currency)
  • Deluded/Delusional
  • Defrauded
  • Decrepit
  • Disenfranchised (our votes are now either not counted or ignored)
  • Despicable
  • Disillusioned
  • Drifting
  • Devaluation (of human life)
  • Dissident
  • Divergent
  • Decomposing/Decomposed
  • Disagreeable
  • Dastardly
  • Dissolute
  • Depleted
  • Distorted
  • Deplorable (a term that is misapplied by statists to describe honorable, traditional people)
  • Depraved
  • Disrespectful
  • Defiant (note the utter defiance of the “Pride” movement.)
  • Deluded/Delusional
  • Discouraging
  • Dismayed
  • Dependent
  • Dishonest
  • Deranged
  • Despondent
  • Duplicitous
  • Disconcerted
  • Drugged (See the statistics for both prescription drugs and illicit drugs.)
  • Dissipated
  • Dishonorable
  • Dejected
  • Disingenuous
  • Derelict
  • Discordant
  • Demented
  • Disconfirming
  • Dispirited
  • Dark/Dark-Hearted
  • Distasteful
  • Disconnected (and overconnected.)
  • Dictatorial
  • Desecrated
  • Damnable
  • Discontented
  • Disheartening
  • Declining (in education, quality of life, et cetera)
  • Discriminatory (now, ironically, in reverse)
  • Disturbed/Disturbing
  • Distorted
  • Dilapidated
  • Disobedient
  • Demonic/Diabolical/Devilish
  • Dystopian
  • Distracted
  • Dismissive
  • Debauched
  • Diluted
  • Disintegrated
  • Dirty (often pornography-addicted)
  • Dissonant
  • Draconian
  • Distressed/Distressful
  • Déclassé
  • Discordant
  • Disgusting
  • Dreadful
  • Disoriented
  • Dysfunctional
  • Detrimental
  • Dimwitted (See: Idiocracy.)
  • Discouraging
  • Dysphoric
  • Discredited
  • Dyspeptic (especially in our nation’s eating habits)
  • Dwindling
  • Displeasing
  • Defeatist
  • Disastrous
  • Deteriorating/Deteriorated
  • Defective
  • Disharmonious
  • Devious
  • Detestable
  • Demoralized
  • Diseased (Let’s not forget those diseases that are now intentionally administered)
  • Diminishing/Diminished
  • Deceptive

The last “D” on that list deserves special attention.  I’m often quoted as saying that we are living in the age of deception and betrayal. It is now a certainty that we are being systematically deceived and betrayed by all of our major institutions: all three branches of government, news media, the education system, the entertainment industry, mainstream churches, and Internet platforms.  The Powers That Be want to subjugate us under a totalitarian global government, and increasingly they want to kill us.

Countering the Crowd

As America continues its slide into decadence, I encourage my readers to stand up for righteousness and make life choices that most people would characterize as contrarian. Our sinful society is driven by its lusts. We need to consciously turn away from those lusts. (To “repent” means to turn away.) Don’t be afraid to diverge from popular opinion and our nation’s current obsession with glamour, celebrity, wealth, scandal, and salaciousness. Consider: What can we change in our lifestyles to reverse this decadence? How can we change our mindset, to counter the herd-like behavior of the crowd?

Our Own “D” Word

The time has come to employ our own “D” word: Divorce. We need to divorce ourselves from those aspects of our society that are leading us toward subjugation.

  • Part of this divorce is choosing how we spend our time and direct our attention. Shun that which is negative. Immerse yourself in God’s word (the Bible). Limit your exposure to the mainstream media. If in doubt, tune it out. That includes wasting your time watching funny cat videos.
  • Part of this divorce is choosing our associates wisely. Keep in godly company! Avoid anyone who would drag you into the mire. Pay attention:  Beware of those who use foul language, those who abuse drugs or alcohol, those prone to idleness, those who live a life of excess, and those who are obsessed with popular culture.
  • Part of this divorce is geographic. Wisely choose where you live and travel.  (See my writings on The American Redoubt.) I chose to move my family to a very lightly-populated rural area, on the edge of wilderness.  Granted, that level of isolation isn’t for everyone, but it has worked well for us.
  • Part of this divorce is through invisibility. We need to keep a low profile and remove ourselves from the gaze (and ire) of hostile jurisdictions. Do not enroll or otherwise engage yourself with systems that feed your personal details into databases. Do not answer questions from pollsters. Do not sign up for “free stuff.” (If something is offered “free” on the Internet, then odds are that your personal details are the product.)
  • Part of this divorce is monetary. Get your money out of banks and dollar-denominated assets. Invest in tangibles. Use silver for barter. Do not use government-issued cryptocurrencies (CBDCs)!  Push your elected representatives to reinstitute a sound currency. A “buck” should once again be silver!
  • Part of this divorce is dietary. The American diet is chockful of food additives, processed foods, and artificial ingredients.  We need to adopt a more wholesome diet.  Grow a family garden and plant your own fruit and nut trees. Raise your own meat. Avoid all fast food and junk food.
  • Part of this divorce is political. We must no longer place our trust in major political parties. They have both been thoroughly coopted and no longer represent our best interests. If in doubt, vote out all incumbent politicians.

I will leave you with some insightful words from Thomas Jefferson:

“Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty, intended to have been deposited with three branches of magistracy, but found inadvertently to be in the hands of one only, will soon be discovered to be sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them… They [the assembly] should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.”

Please pray that America escapes its decadent state. Do your best to counter it! – JWR



SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets

This weekly Snippets column is a collection of short items: responses to posted articles, practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. Note that we may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters.

I’ll start today’s column with a video about our kind of guy, serving as a representative, in Washington, DC.: Off the Grid with Thomas Massie.

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A Practical Tip From JWR:  To avoid confusion with your family’s pairs of mud boots, use a quick blast of spray paint on the rear spine of each boot, using a contrasting color for each pair. In the long run, this will prevent mixing up pairs — especially those pairs that are close to the same size.

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I highly recommend the Ghostnet communications protocols that are being formalized by S2 Underground. There is a new video update available. Going digital offers the best communications security and data connectivity for a collapse situation. Buy the gear, print out (and laminate) the reference pages, and get regular practice with your friends, neighbors, and relatives! – JWR

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Reader F.J sent this item: Stranded windsurfer rescued after spelling out ‘HELP’ on Santa Cruz-area beach.

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Reader C.B. sent us this sign on the times: Tupperware Announces Closure of Last U.S. Factory, Moves Production to Mexico. JWR Adds:  Whenever I go to thrift stores, I always keep my eyes peeled for large-volume Tupperware boxes — bread boxes in particular. They have umpteen uses. In addition to storing food items, they can also serve well for ammunition and small tool storage. Just throw in a packet of silica gel desiccant, and you’ll be good to go.

Continue reading“SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets”





Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — June 18, 2024

On June 18, 1682, English-born Quaker William Penn founded Philadelphia, in the Pennsylvania Colony.

On June 18, 1767 English sea captain Samuel Wallis sighted Tahiti. He is considered the first European to reach the island.

June 18th is birthday of Pastor Douglas Wilson. Born in 1953, he is the pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and a prodigious author of books and articles on Reformed theology.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Extending The Life of Flooded Lead Acid Batteries, by Tunnel Rabbit

The following described method is for those of us with more time than money. But this may be an increasingly valuable skill in a prolonged austere environment. Note that this pertains only to 12 VDC flooded lead acid batteries, including semi-sealed or “maintenance-free” batteries. This will be a succinct tutorial.

This is an old-school method, a technique of a bygone era. It is nothing new, but old school and time-tested. I have more than 40 years of experience in the automotive world. I’ve known about this since the early 1980s. My success rate is now at 70 percent, yet how I define what is a success is highly imprecise, or generous. Given the high cost of a typical automotive battery is now between $150 to $175, and given that in an austere environment any battery that contains a useful amount of electrical power, that battery has more value than what is considered serviceable today. If it can hold enough power to run a single transceiver for several weeks, then it is useful in my book.

To restore a battery to near new or to a level that it will reliably start a vehicle in cold weather, then my success rate is about 50 percent. I have also restored 10-year-old deep cycle flooded lead acid batteries used for a PV System from completely “dead” to a good condition where the resting voltage is 12.6VDC and its capacity is about 90 percent of what factory fresh batteries provide. Large deep-cycle batteries are now quite expensive. In the last month, I’ve recently restored 20 batteries back to serviceable levels. This means that I have saved a significant amount of money and I now have a stockpile of batteries for the coming collapse of society. Many of the batteries were purchased at an automotive parts store for just the price of a “core” charge — which is based on the scrap value of lead.Continue reading“Extending The Life of Flooded Lead Acid Batteries, by Tunnel Rabbit”



SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies located in the American Redoubt region that are of interest to preppers and survivalists. Today, the emphasis is on some recent bear news.

Region-Wide:

Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones and Estimated Range.

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This writer obviously didn’t solicit any opposing opinions: Wildlife Activists Urge Continued Grizzly Bear Protections.

Idaho:

Island Park man shoots grizzly in defense-of-life.

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Idaho Wardens Kill Bear In Crowded Park; Is Region In For Another Busy Bear Year?

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Published in February: Idaho pushes for grizzly delisting.

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Judge could soon set trial date for man charged in killings of 4 University of Idaho students.

Continue reading“SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt”





Preparedness Notes for Monday — June 17, 2024

On June 17, 1579, English navigator Francis Drake landed on the coast of California at Drakes Bay, and named it “New Albion”.

Sad News: I just heard of the untimely passing of George “GEO” Cox.  You may know of him by way of his very informative YouTube videos, posted under “Iridium242“.  Many folks in Nevada knew GEO as a founding member of the Nevada Shooters Forum. What a great loss to both the prepping and shooting communities. He will be missed!

Today is the birthday of Dean Charles Ing (June 17, 1931 – July 21, 2020). He was an American author, who usually wrote in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres. His novel The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989) was a New York Times bestseller. He was a former member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy. He wrote more than 30 novels, and co-authored novels with his friends Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, and Leik Myrabo. His novel Pulling Through was one of my inspirations for writing Patriots.

On June 17, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill began.

June 17th is the birthday of Libertarian economist Harry Browne. (June 17, 1933 – March 1, 2006.)

This is also the birthday of musician Red Foley (born, 1910, died September 19, 1968). His patriotic song Smoke on the Water topped the music charts for 13 weeks in late 1944 and early 1945, and charted for 24 weeks. This song, which describes the doom of tyrants, would be considered quite politically incorrect these days.

June 17th is also the birthday of novelist John Ross, who was born in 1957. He is best known as the author of the novel Unintended Consequences.

Because of a change in direction at Trident Media Group (my partner publisher) my novel Land Of Promise, will only be published in trade paperback by Amazon.com for one more month, at just $11.99 per copy. The last day of the sale (and of Amazon Print on Demand ordering capability) will be July 12, 2024. Thereafter, it may only be available as an e-book. I will try to get it back in print in trade paperback format within a few months, but I can’t make any promises.  So order your copy (or copies) soon!

Today’s feature article is a review penned by SurvivalBlog Field Gear Editor Tom Christainson.



Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Plain Edge Folding Knife, by Thomas Christianson

The skeletonized spine of the Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Plain Edge folding knife provides a strong but lightweight blade for this excellent folding knife. Like the Spyderco hole, the cut-outs in the blade provide the thumb with a consistent friction point for reliable ambidextrous one-handed deployment without snagging on clothing or impeding the cutting action of the blade.

The 3.25 inch, 420HC, saber-grind, drop-point blade comes out of the box shaving sharp. Two Kraton SoftGrip inserts provide the slender but sturdy polycarbonate handle with an excellent grip surface.

Priced at $47 at the time of this writing at www.gerbergear.com , the knife provides an outstanding value for an American-made knife.Continue reading“Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Plain Edge Folding Knife, by Thomas Christianson”



Recipe of the Week: Schwabisch Potato Salad

The following recipe for Schwabisch Potato Salad is from SurvivalBlog reader Kurt W.

Kurt says:  “This recipe comes from the border region between Germany and France.  It uses vinegar rather than mayonnaise, so it makes it safer to bring for summertime picnics and church luncheons.”

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup finely minced yellow onion (about 1 small)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
Directions
  1. Place potatoes and 1 tablespoon salt in a large pot and cover with cold water until water level is 1 inch over the potatoes. Set over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until a fork or paring knife can be inserted into potatoes with very little resistance, 10-15 minutes.
  2. Strain potatoes and set aside.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving as much rendered fat in the pan as possible. Pour out all but about 3 tablespoons of fat from the pan.
  4. Add onions to pan with bacon fat and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, mustard, 2 teaspoons of salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  6. Place potatoes, bacon, onions, parsley, and chives in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss gently to combine. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
SERVING

Best served immediately, while still warm. But it is suitable to chill and use for picnics.

Do you have a well-tested recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? In this weekly recipe column, we place emphasis on recipes that use long-term storage foods, recipes for wild game, dutch oven recipes, slow cooker recipes, and any recipes that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!



SurvivalBlog Graphic of the Week

Today’s graphic depicts Persistent Poverty, by county. Sadly, there is a high correlation with Indian Reservation lands and former plantation lands with depleted soils. (Graphic courtesy of Reddit.)

The thumbnail image below is click-expandable.

 

 

 

Please send your graphic ideas to JWR. (Either via e-mail or via our Contact form.) Any graphics that you send must either be your own creation or uncopyrighted.





Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 16, 2024

On June 16, 1779, Spain declared war on Great Britain in support of France and the United States, starting the Great Siege of Gibraltar which went on to last 3 years, 7 months and 2 weeks.

Today is the birthday of pioneering economist Adam Smith, in 1723. He was born in Kirkaldy, County Fife, Scotland. He died July 17, 1790.

I heard that Good2GoCo.com has ceased doing business. My apologies to anyone who received Good2GoCo purchase credits as part of their SurvivalBlog writing contest prizes and didn’t have the opportunity to spend them.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. A $300 gift certificate from Good2Goco.com, good for any of their products: Home freeze dryers, pressure canners, Country Living grain mills, Emergency Essentials foods, and much more.
  3. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Warrior Poet Rifle 1 — A Course Review, by N.C.

I have previously written a review of the Warrior Poet Society streaming service. And, after much deliberation I bought the expensive (to me) in-person training for “Rifle 1”. What follows is my experience, some suggestions and lessons I learned.

The Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) Summary

Warrior Poet training is excellent value for your money. I have zero regrets paying the money, Scottish genes notwithstanding. It has already made me a better shooter and set me on a path to get even better. I’ve seen other casual shooters changed for the better after trying Warrior Poet training. I hope to become like them and I will work so that I will be.

I received no products, discounts, or benefits from this positive review. I did ask the lead instructor if there were things he would prefer I leave out or make sure to include in my After Action Report and he said: “No, just give your honest opinion” and so I will.

Coherent Cumulative Curriculum

Warrior Poet’s curriculum is built around the idea that loving protectors may, with ethical and legal restrictions firmly in mind, have to use force to protect life. This means a gunfight, and to get better at gunfighting you must at least simulate gunfighting. The 1 and 2 level courses are aimed at giving you the fundamental skills to shoot, move, and utilize cover so that you can then simulate gunfights at their level 3 force-on-force courses.

The curriculum is specialized. They are teaching you how to use AR-style rifles, quickly, at close range, while in and around structures. They emphasize rifle use in what many consider pistol distances because they believe that is the use case most relevant to prepared citizens. The longest shot inside your house is probably the longest shot you will face. If you are primarily interested in reaching past that distance this course will be of limited value to you, although they are exploring a separate more long-range rifle course which piques my interest. For now, the rifle curriculum is focused on close range.Continue reading“Warrior Poet Rifle 1 — A Course Review, by N.C.”