Letter: Survival Anxiety

Mr. Hugh,

I have a response for those who are having an anxiety attack over what R.W. said about his method of taking down a compound. The answer is that I have been planning for people like this. About a year ago I bought material and built a new compound fence. This fence is made of cattle panels that are supported by 8 foot long 4×6″ posts and 4×4″ posts set 24″ deep in clay on 8′ centers. The 4×6 posts are where the cattle panels join each other. The panels are nailed to the posts on the outside with 2-1/2″ long staples. Along the top of the cattle panels are 2×8″ boards that are 16 feet long that are nailed to the posts on the outside of the posts on top of the cattle panels with 20d galvanized nails. The cattle panels are stapled to the boards from the inside. The cattle panels are 50″ tall and touch the ground. Bolt cutters are needed to cut the cattle panels. Above the cattle panels are two runs of electrified four point Gaucho barbed wire. I chose this brand because it has a high tensile strength, good grade of galvanize coating, very sharp barbs, and has a tremendous “spring-back” when cut. This fence is electrified by either 3,000 volts of pulsating direct current or when attacked by a 110 volt AC current by an inverter through a 100 watt light bulb. The light bulb comes on when the wire is contacted by a “varmint” or grounded and prevents the inverter from tripping and also provides an immediate warning of contact. I have on hand enough steel “T” posts and 3′ wide metal roofing to construct a 4′ high dirt berm 2′ wide around my house with my tractor and loader. I have enough sand bags to cover my windows. I’m also building a 25-foot elevated platform that can see 270 degrees around my property through 200 yard minimum open fields. The other 90 degrees is heavily wooded thickets for escape or to sneak around attackers. I will tie stray dogs in this spot, so they will bark at strangers. The watch point will be fortified with steel plate and sandbags. We have enough snipers to snipe anyone approaching. Our snipers are deer hunters who easily make 200 yard shots. I have neighbors located 400 yards away around me in most directions. When they are attacked, I will attack from stealth positions from the attacker’s rear. As far as a vehicle attack, I’m protected by 8′ deep ponds, or 3′ deep ditches that will be dug when “it” goes down. The entries to my compound are protected by reinforced steel gates that will have a disc cultivator upside down in front of them. If you come for me, I will have a 3-year food supply and unlimited water inside. There are many things in my yard that offer both concealment and cover from snipers. However, we plan to intercept you a mile from our community, when you try to cross the trees cut across the road. My neighborhood is located in a rural setting seven miles from a small town and surrounded by 20,000 acres of tree-covered, timber company land. The access is by one-lane county roads. Most of these defenses were gleaned from the book How To Survive TEOTWAWKI by JWR. -MER