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Over the years I've had a few experiences that have led me to better understand what I call the "Preparedness Continuum".  I first recognized this concept when I was approached at a self reliance expo in Dallas by a person who had come to the conclusion that the world was going to end and they needed to prepare.  The problem was that this person had only just figured this out in the past day and they were scrambling to purchase and learn everything they needed in a matter of hours.  Going from fully unprepared to fully prepared is a process that cannot be completed in a short period of time.  I urged this person to first go and buy food storage and water filters; then a gun; afterwards we would talk about what armor would best suit them.

I had another experience when I first started advertising online several years ago.  I'd invested some advertising dollars both with Alex Jones (radio personality) and Glen Beck (TV and Radio personality).  Both advocated preparing and I'd errantly believed that both would be great sources to find potential customers.  What I discovered was that most Glen Beck (GB) listeners (I know I run the risk of offending a few people here) were at the far left side of preparedness, and many Alex Jones (AJ) fans were closer to the right.  While both demographics were interested in preparing for calamity, one group was just beginning their journey, and the other was closer to the end.

The GB audience are normal people just beginning to prepare; a typical listener may only now be starting to get a 72hr food supply or a few weeks of groceries.  They may or may not have decided to purchase a firearm yet.  This group is sincerely trying to figure out how what kind of food they should be storing are maybe just figuring out that extra medical supplies might be useful in an emergency.  These folks also might still believe that a worst case scenario would mean a week or two of no grocery shopping, and that they only need to be prepared enough to tide them over until the National Guard comes to their rescue.  Don't laugh!  We all likely started somewhere close to this point in our preparedness journey, and I don't say this to insult or mock anyone's idea of what the future holds.

Contrast the GB audience with the AJ audience and it's easy to see the other end of the spectrum.  These guys and gals have spent countless hours researching nearly every aspect of preparedness.  They've read numerous books and manuals on shelter building, gardening, combat tactics, off-grid medicine, solar energy, martial law, bugging out and more!  This is the group that has already purchased long term food storage, several guns for each family member, a bug out vehicle, and military camoflauge clothing.  These people have trained and keep themselves physically fit, ready for a disaster. This is the groups that owns body armor and trains with it regularly.  They keep Col. Cooper's awareness color code in mind as they go out from their house and as they park their cars at work.  They carry their get-home bag in the car's trunk and are secretly purchasing ammo and store electronics like night vision in faraday cages.

Consider for a moment, where you believe you are on the continuum.  Are you closer to the right, middle, or left?  We can all improve in our preparations.  It's not a destination, but a continual process that we need to work on every day.  Are you at the point where you've purchased an AR-15, but don't have any real tactical training experience?  Are you at the point where you own a gas mask and CBRNE suit, but haven't tried wearing it or shooting a gun in full gear?  Are you living full time at your retreat already, but need to develop a tactical plan?  Or are you still flushing out your year-supply of food?  Recovering from an injury and need to get back into better shape?  Are you well rounded on your tactical gear, but haven't purchased body armor yet?  What about a helmet?  Night vision? 

www.InfidelBodyArmor.com offers equipment that can help you along your preparedness journey.  We also have teamed up with Briggs Core Dynamics to provide training and consulting.  We've written books and produced films to help you learn.  Team Infidel is a resource chocked full of opportunities to improve. 

No matter where you are in the Preparedness Continuum, I urge you to do something today.  Do something to improve your ranking and level of preparedness.  Infidel is having a sale right now on many items.  My hope is that we can be a part of your journey.  Please consider purchasing equipment from us, or registering for a training course
 
Training? For training on use of firearms and armor in a combat role, you'll need to search out qualified instructors not commonly found at your local gun range.  You'll want to find teachers that have been in Special Operations, like Green Berets, Rangers, SEALS, etc.  I highly recommend you go to www.TrainingAlliedGroup.com to see what instructors are available in your area.

Respectfully,

Chad Cooper, CEO

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Today's Article is on Shot Placement.  Plus we have a GIANT sale you don't want to miss.

45 ACP is bigger!

 

9mm has a high capacity!

 

What if I told you it doesn’t really matter? That with modern defensive ammunition the war between 45 ACP and 9mm is largely indifferent. In fact when it comes to most calibers size rarely matters in the first place when it comes to hitting a bad guy and putting him on the ground. Certain calibers certainly have some advantages in different situations.  Read more at the bottom of the e-mail to see what calibers we recommend and where to shoot the bad guys.

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Shot Placement

Today's Article is on Shot Placement.  Plus we have a GIANT sale you don't want to miss.
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45 ACP is bigger!

 

9mm has a high capacity!

 

What if I told you it doesn’t really matter? That with modern defensive ammunition the war between 45 ACP and 9mm is largely indifferent. In fact when it comes to most calibers size rarely matters in the first place when it comes to hitting a bad guy and putting him on the ground. Certain calibers certainly have some advantages in different situations.  Read more at the bottom of the e-mail to see what calibers we recommend and where to shoot the bad guys.

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Shot Placement
 

Quick, which caliber is better for self-defense, 45 ACP or 9mm?

  

45 ACP is bigger!

 

 9mm has a high capacity!

  

What if I told you it doesn’t really matter? That with modern defensive ammunition the war between 45 ACP and 9mm is largely indifferent. In fact when it comes to most calibers size rarely matters in the first place when it comes to hitting a bad guy and putting him on the ground. Certain calibers certainly have some advantages in different situations.

  

For example 40 S&W and 10mm have better barrier penetration that 45 ACP and 9mm.

 

 45 ACP is the easiest pistol caliber to run suppressed.

  

And 9mm does have the most capacity.

  

7.62 NATO is a better cartridge at longer range than 5.556.

  

These are all advantages to that particular caliber and in certain situations are advantageous. However, if we get into simply gun fighting bad guys, and what’s capable of stopping them the size of the round really doesn’t matter much. There is no such thing as ‘stopping power’ and most modern ammunition will put a bad guy down.

 

 So why don’t we all use 22 LR and call it a day? Well, first off rimfire isn’t that reliable. Secondly, the round does need to have enough mass and velocity to penetrate deep enough to strike a vital organ. The FBI uses ballistic gel to determine how deep a bullet can penetrate, and they require their rounds to penetrate at least 12 inches of ballistic gel. The smallest caliber that reliably penetrates 12 inches of gel is the 380 ACP and that is only in certain loads.

 

Size matters to a degree, but only to the degree, the bullet can penetrate after being fired. For prepping and SHTF type scenarios I typically advise 9mm and up, for reliable penetration. What is more important than bullet size is shot placement.

  

Shot placement is the ability to hit a vital area of the body. Poor shot placement is a shot that does not have an immediate, or near immediate effect on the threat. Shot placement is important not only for self-defense but for hunting animals as well. Your goal regardless of what you are shooting is to stop your target as quickly as possible.

 

This means targeting the most critical organs that you can accurately hit. This is why we write off the headshot for most shooting situations. Heads are small targets that are easy to miss, and you are responsible for that projectile when you miss. This leaves us with the heart and lungs, positioned conveniently in the center mass of most living creatures. Shooting at center mass and aiming for the heart and lungs bleeds into the concept of aim small, miss small.

  

This means you aim a smaller target within your target. So if a deer is your entire target, aiming at the heart and lungs is the aim small concept. This means when aiming at the deer’s heart if you miss the heart you are still likely to hit the animal, this is the miss small concept. So even if you miss the heart, but hit the target it is wounded, and the shot you fired is accounted for.

  

On the Human Predator

I’m not teaching you anything new here when I say the lungs and heart in a human are in the chest. In most situations aiming at the chest is the most natural shot to take. When you expand your arms forward they are most often in line with most people’s chest.

  

Let's say you can’t target the chest. For example, they are wearing body armor. In this situation, it is still a good idea to hammer them in the chest. Armor may save their lives ultimately, but it is going to hurt pretty bad even through armor. This knocks them off target and allows you to target a vulnerable area. Primarily the head. If you are close enough or skilled enough to target the head this is the preferred option.  

 

Alternatively, if you don't feel confident in a head shot, or because there are innocents behind the threat, you can go for a pelvic shot. The pelvis is basically a load bearing wall of the human body. Hitting this area is unlikely to kill your opponent but can incapacitate and immobilize an opponent. Since the pelvis is often at a downward angle of aim if you miss the projectile is likely to strike the ground.

 

On Animals

Most animals in the United States that have four legs are easily dispatched with most common calibers of firearms. Very few animals require a magnum caliber rifle to dispatch. Some animals, like bears, are not easily dispatched via standard handgun but can be dispatched by most full-powered rifle rounds.

  

The key to success is striking the same heart and lungs. This is a more humane and more efficient method to bring down game. Typically right behind the front legs lay the heart and lungs of an animal. A well-paced shot this area will often take the animal down almost immediately. If the animal is facing you, you can usually reach the heart easily though the front of the chest.

 

On Target

Before it was called shot placement, and there was a science behind it, people simply used to say shoot what you can hit your target with. It's simple advice, and it’s easy to follow. Carry a caliber that can reach the vital organs, and then learn to use it.

 
 
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Quick, which caliber is better for self-defense, 45 ACP or 9mm?

  

45 ACP is bigger!

 

 9mm has a high capacity!

  

What if I told you it doesn’t really matter? That with modern defensive ammunition the war between 45 ACP and 9mm is largely indifferent. In fact when it comes to most calibers size rarely matters in the first place when it comes to hitting a bad guy and putting him on the ground. Certain calibers certainly have some advantages in different situations.

  

For example 40 S&W and 10mm have better barrier penetration that 45 ACP and 9mm.

 

 45 ACP is the easiest pistol caliber to run suppressed.

  

And 9mm does have the most capacity.

  

7.62 NATO is a better cartridge at longer range than 5.556.

  

These are all advantages to that particular caliber and in certain situations are advantageous. However, if we get into simply gun fighting bad guys, and what’s capable of stopping them the size of the round really doesn’t matter much. There is no such thing as ‘stopping power’ and most modern ammunition will put a bad guy down.

 

 So why don’t we all use 22 LR and call it a day? Well, first off rimfire isn’t that reliable. Secondly, the round does need to have enough mass and velocity to penetrate deep enough to strike a vital organ. The FBI uses ballistic gel to determine how deep a bullet can penetrate, and they require their rounds to penetrate at least 12 inches of ballistic gel. The smallest caliber that reliably penetrates 12 inches of gel is the 380 ACP and that is only in certain loads.

 

Size matters to a degree, but only to the degree, the bullet can penetrate after being fired. For prepping and SHTF type scenarios I typically advise 9mm and up, for reliable penetration. What is more important than bullet size is shot placement.

  

Shot placement is the ability to hit a vital area of the body. Poor shot placement is a shot that does not have an immediate, or near immediate effect on the threat. Shot placement is important not only for self-defense but for hunting animals as well. Your goal regardless of what you are shooting is to stop your target as quickly as possible.

 

This means targeting the most critical organs that you can accurately hit. This is why we write off the headshot for most shooting situations. Heads are small targets that are easy to miss, and you are responsible for that projectile when you miss. This leaves us with the heart and lungs, positioned conveniently in the center mass of most living creatures. Shooting at center mass and aiming for the heart and lungs bleeds into the concept of aim small, miss small.

  

This means you aim a smaller target within your target. So if a deer is your entire target, aiming at the heart and lungs is the aim small concept. This means when aiming at the deer’s heart if you miss the heart you are still likely to hit the animal, this is the miss small concept. So even if you miss the heart, but hit the target it is wounded, and the shot you fired is accounted for.

  

On the Human Predator

I’m not teaching you anything new here when I say the lungs and heart in a human are in the chest. In most situations aiming at the chest is the most natural shot to take. When you expand your arms forward they are most often in line with most people’s chest.

  

Let's say you can’t target the chest. For example, they are wearing body armor. In this situation, it is still a good idea to hammer them in the chest. Armor may save their lives ultimately, but it is going to hurt pretty bad even through armor. This knocks them off target and allows you to target a vulnerable area. Primarily the head. If you are close enough or skilled enough to target the head this is the preferred option.  

 

Alternatively, if you don't feel confident in a head shot, or because there are innocents behind the threat, you can go for a pelvic shot. The pelvis is basically a load bearing wall of the human body. Hitting this area is unlikely to kill your opponent but can incapacitate and immobilize an opponent. Since the pelvis is often at a downward angle of aim if you miss the projectile is likely to strike the ground.

 

On Animals

Most animals in the United States that have four legs are easily dispatched with most common calibers of firearms. Very few animals require a magnum caliber rifle to dispatch. Some animals, like bears, are not easily dispatched via standard handgun but can be dispatched by most full-powered rifle rounds.

  

The key to success is striking the same heart and lungs. This is a more humane and more efficient method to bring down game. Typically right behind the front legs lay the heart and lungs of an animal. A well-paced shot this area will often take the animal down almost immediately. If the animal is facing you, you can usually reach the heart easily though the front of the chest.

 

On Target

Before it was called shot placement, and there was a science behind it, people simply used to say shoot what you can hit your target with. It's simple advice, and it’s easy to follow. Carry a caliber that can reach the vital organs, and then learn to use it.

 
 
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S.T.O.R.M The Mission

We set out to provide top-notch training and simulate a war-time environment to give you the opportunity to test your skills in a force-on-force environment.

Imagine being given orders to conduct reconnaissance against enemy troops in hostile territory with only a small team of six operators to assist.  No UAVs, Satellites, Air Support, or Artillery.  Just you and your team vs. the bad guys.  You'll need to dig deep on this and rely on your training and team work to get you through.

STORM is short for Survive, Target, Observe, Resist, and Maneuver.  And you need to do all those things to complete the course successfully.  It's a two-day course conducted in the desert foothills of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona.  The course is on the Arizona National Guard Shooting Range in Florence.

Day one you'll receive several briefings and learn Land Navigation; essential for you to reach your target.  Pace count, map reading, routes, and terrain association.  Then we'll cover patrol techniques including your emergency actions and duties should you come under fire.  You'll be briefed on exactly what to look for and how to report it in a concise manner.  You'll plan an emergency escape and evasion route in case you're discovered or come under fire. 

Then, when the time is right, you'll begin your mission and see how you fare. You'll be getting back to base pretty late- we recommend camping on site, but there's a hotel nearby in case you need it.

Day two we'll cover lifesaving actions in combat first aid.  You learn how to apply a TQ and chest seals as well as other essential first aid actions.  The reason you'll be learning this is while you and your team are convoying, you'll come under enemy fire and your driver will be injured!  You'll need to take emergency action to escape alive.  Finally, we'll conduct a hooded box drill which will test your ability to react and engage hostiles in a moment's notice.

The action will be intense and you'll be guided the entire way by professional warriors.  We will use both live ammunition and simunition rounds during the training. With full authority of the National Guard, you're range safety officers will ensure everyone has a safe event.  You will learn and gain vast experience during these two days.

We have limited the course to just 12 students and it's 1/2 full right now.  Training "outside of the box," is key to developing the skills needed for survival. 

Not quite sure if you're up to par for this course?  No worries.  We're conducting a 2-day rifle/pistol course two weeks before STORM at the same location in order to give you the chance to polish off your skills (or learn them for the first time).  We'll cover essential weapon manipulation (draw, holster, reload, and malfunctions), movement to and from contact and team work. Even if you're a pro shooter, you're guaranteed to learn and become a more proficient shooter and team member.

Want in?  Here's what to do.  You need to call the lead instructor Scott (407)919-8215 and give him your credit card number to hold your spot.  Then you'll need to send in an application form. If you click the link below, you'll be taken to a pdf form that you can print out.

Course Dates:
2 Day Pistol/Rifle Course Feb 3-4th
STORM Course Feb 18-19th

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Breaching

 
Breaching is an incredibly valuable tool to have in the survival arsenal. Since the War on terror began we’ve drastically changed the methods we gain entry to hard targets. We have multiple methods to deal with multiple situations. The military uses breaching in an offensive manner designed to take a building. As a prepared person, and future survivor breaching can be incredibly handy.
 
 
Offensive situations where you must take a building are likely to be quite rare. In general, if you avoid taking a building by force I suggest it. The risk of kicking down a door and getting shot is very real, and I doubt there will be a hospital anywhere near to treat a gunshot wound. What breaching is handy for is getting through locked doors for more peaceful reasons. You may need to make an entry for scavenging purposes, to establish a place to sleep, or to get out of the elements. You may need something vital and meet a locked door. You can go nuts trying to kick it out, waste energy, and possibly hurt yourself. At the very least you’ll be inefficient at getting in.
 
 
A little bit of know-how, and a little practice if possible makes a big difference in how to gain entry.
 
 

Ballistic Breaching

One of the most common and most effective forms of breaching is the ballistic breach. For the prepper, a small arm is most commonly use, and the shotgun is by far the most popular. In Afghanistan, there wasn’t a lot of traditionally locked doors, but padlocks were everywhere. A shotgun loaded with buckshot worked damn well with a shot or occasionally two. Double 0 and Number 4 works well, and there are dedicated breaching rounds that are a bit safer.
 
 
The key to taking a padlock off is to shoot at a downward angle into the lock at relatively close range. The danger here is lead splatter, so proper protective equipment is advised, especially glasses. If the padlock is on a garage door and on the I’d switch to slugs and back off about ten feet for safety.
 
 
On normal doors, you have two options, the hinges and the handle and locks. The handle and lock area is preferred because it’s always available. Sometimes hinges can be hidden and this makes it difficult to properly aim.
 
 

Door Handles and Locks

 

Wood Doors

When shooting out a door handle and deadbolt you want to aim between the door frame and door handle and unleash two shots of buckshot and then attempt to open the door. Repeat this process until the door opens. Don’t be afraid to destroy the frame a bit on a wood door.
 

Metal Doors

With a metal door, it is preferable to aim directly downwards and into the lock and door handle area. Use the same two shot and attempt pattern. You want to aim downwards and avoid the frame because if the metal warps from being shot it can jam the door, and make opening it even harder.
 

Hinges

You want to place your shot directly into the center of the hinges. Blast each hinge with a single shot and attempt to open the door. Repeat until the door comes down. The same rules apply with metal doors here; the frame can easily warp and jam the door shut. I wouldn’t attempt this method unless the hinges are on the outside.
 

Mechanical Breaching

 

Picking

Mechanical breaching involves the use of tools that range from a lockpicking kit to a winch and a truck. Mechanical breaching often takes more work than ballistic breaching but is safer than ballistic. Since there are so many methods of mechanical breaching we’ll focus on the lower skilled methods. Lockpicking is an excellent skill, but not one I can teach in a single article.
 

Sledge

The simplest method of mechanical breaching is slamming a sledgehammer into the door to break it open. When hitting the door, you should aim above and slightly behind the door knob. If a deadbolt is present, aim between the deadbolt and door handle. If the door opens inwards this is an easy method, if it opens outward you’ll be working harder.
 

Pry

A halligan tool is basically a multi-use pry bar, crow bar, miracle tool. You slam of the various points of the tool between the door and the door frame and pry the door open. When combined with a sledgehammer you can hammer the wedge point of the tool deep into the frame and pull it outwards. This is the best technique to open outward facing doors. 
 

Break and Rake

When possible you should always take the fastest, most effective route. This is usually a large window. A window is easier to break than a door. To successfully break a window, you want to use a technique called break and rake. There are dedicated tools for this, but something as simple as a real metal rake or a garden hoe works. Smash the glass and use the rake to break the glass down around the edges. Clear all of the glass around the windows before making entry. 
 
 

After the Breach

The breacher should always be covered by a security person, or preferably two. One facing the door when it opens, and one watching the breacher’s back. Breachers are always vulnerable and should be protected when possible. Difficult doors may also require multiple people to open. Once the door is down entry should be made rapidly with weapons ready. This allows you to take a building or room and avoid being harmed.
 
 

Taking the Easy Route

You should only take a door down when absolutely necessary. Assess the building and attempt to take the easiest and safest method to access it. This could include windows, weak walls, or finding the easiest door to open. A garage door with a padlock is easier to get into that a metal door with a deadbolt. Also using gloves, glasses, and ear protection is always recommended, especially glasses. Exercise common sense and safety with every breach you make.
 
 
 
 
 
Final Word
 
Be a warrior and be ready for whatever comes.

Remember:
 
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2) Everything is your responsibility.
3) Save who needs to be saved.
4) Kill who needs to be killed.
5) Always be working.
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Gear Familiarization
So you’ve done you research, your due diligence and you’ve gotten your load up down. You have your long arm, an optic, maybe a light of some kind for it. Next you’ve got a good sidearm holster, and maybe even a weapon light for your handgun. You’ve a plate carrier, body armor, and your plate carrier is set up to your liking. Mags mounted and ready. Good to go right? Game over, you're done right? No, no you are not. The next step is training to actually use your gear.
 
The Test
Just because your gear runs well in your living room doesn’t mean it runs well in the real world. What this means is you need to get out there and use and abuse your gear the way you intend to run it when the balloon goes up. You need to get out there, plate carrier loaded, weapon ready, and hit a live fire range with it. At a minimum you need to practice multiple position shooting. This means going into the prone position, taking a knee, and firing from behind barricades, and other forms of cover.
 
Next you need to test your ability to do reloads, weapons manipulation, control, and the ability to accurately engage with your weapons. You have to do all this while wearing your load out. These tests will show you if your gear really works, or if you need to make changes. These tests are incredibly valuable. In my time in the Marine Corps I found the value of these tests as my load out evolved. I learned how to set my load up for running a machine gun, I then learned how to set up my kit for a rifle, then for a rifle and grenade. The only way I knew my load out would work is by actually using it.
 
You need to learn if your gear is going to fall apart, if your weapon and magazines are going to fail, or if your pistol holster is going to chafe your leg over a long day. (Thigh rigs chafe terribly)

Use your gear in the dark!  That's a great test to see how well you can manipulate your weapon.
 
Learning your Gear
Once your load out passes the test and you are genuinely comfortable with your gear it’s time to learn how your gear works. This means you get out there and use it, over and over, and over. Once your gear is working for you, keep it where it is, and start your training. Your gear needs to stay the same as much as possible once you start training.
 
The reason being is that you need to start building muscle memory. Muscle memory means that you can do something like reloading your rifle as naturally as scratching your knee. You don’t have to look, you don’t have to think about it, you can just do it. This muscle memory should extend to every piece of your gear. This includes drawing your weapon, getting into your medical kit, drawing your knife, using any and all electronics you have without having to even look at it.
 
You need to know the inside and out of your electronics. This includes GPS units, weapon mounted flashlights and laser aiming modules, as well as night vision devices. You need to be able to activate these items in the middle of a fight, or in the dead of night. Do the batteries need to be changed? Can you do it in the dark, when your hands are frozen or when you are wearing gloves?
 
Training
This training needs to be done methodically and in a structured manner. Time needs to be dedicated to every little thing. Once you figure out how to clear a malfunction or draw your pistol, do it the same way, over and over. Take the time to dedicate a few minutes to every particular skill. Even when you believe you have ‘mastered’ it, keep practicing it. Once you feel confident in all your skills feel free to make things more difficult.
 
Do it with your eyes closed. Do it in the dark. Do it all while wearing a set of night vision goggles. If possible do it on a live fire range. Load your magazines with random dummy rounds to simulate malfunctions. Load your magazine only a few rounds at time to aid in speeding up reloading skills.
 
The simple fact is that the little things will make you excel. We used to preach ‘Brilliance in the basics’.  The complicated, and sexy moves look cool, but they all rely on the basics. When hell is raining down, when you're scared, tired, hungry, and thirsty, the basics are what you will fall back on.
 
As a young Marine, I got really sick and tired of hearing, “Brilliance in the basics”. However, once the bullets started firing what did I do? What was important to winning that fight? The basics. The basics or reloading my machine gun, the basics of using my gear appropriately. Like how to mount night vision on my helmet, how to mount a thermal optic on my machine gun. These things sound simple, but get out and do it. Get out and do everything you can to learn your gear, inside and out.
 
 
Final Word
 
Are you serious about your preparation for combat?  If so, you should be exercising and training regularly.  Get the combat mindset now!

Remember:
 
1) Nobody is coming to save you.
2) Everything is your responsibility.
3) Save who needs to be saved.
4) Kill who needs to be killed.
5) Always be working.
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Breach like a Boss
 
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Breaching

 
Breaching is an incredibly valuable tool to have in the survival arsenal. Since the War on terror began we’ve drastically changed the methods we gain entry to hard targets. We have multiple methods to deal with multiple situations. The military uses breaching in an offensive manner designed to take a building. As a prepared person, and future survivor breaching can be incredibly handy.
 
 
Offensive situations where you must take a building are likely to be quite rare. In general, if you avoid taking a building by force I suggest it. The risk of kicking down a door and getting shot is very real, and I doubt there will be a hospital anywhere near to treat a gunshot wound. What breaching is handy for is getting through locked doors for more peaceful reasons. You may need to make an entry for scavenging purposes, to establish a place to sleep, or to get out of the elements. You may need something vital and meet a locked door. You can go nuts trying to kick it out, waste energy, and possibly hurt yourself. At the very least you’ll be inefficient at getting in.
 
 
A little bit of know-how, and a little practice if possible makes a big difference in how to gain entry.
 
 

Ballistic Breaching

One of the most common and most effective forms of breaching is the ballistic breach. For the prepper, a small arm is most commonly use, and the shotgun is by far the most popular. In Afghanistan, there wasn’t a lot of traditionally locked doors, but padlocks were everywhere. A shotgun loaded with buckshot worked damn well with a shot or occasionally two. Double 0 and Number 4 works well, and there are dedicated breaching rounds that are a bit safer.
 
 
The key to taking a padlock off is to shoot at a downward angle into the lock at relatively close range. The danger here is lead splatter, so proper protective equipment is advised, especially glasses. If the padlock is on a garage door and on the I’d switch to slugs and back off about ten feet for safety.
 
 
On normal doors, you have two options, the hinges and the handle and locks. The handle and lock area is preferred because it’s always available. Sometimes hinges can be hidden and this makes it difficult to properly aim.
 
 

Door Handles and Locks

 

Wood Doors

When shooting out a door handle and deadbolt you want to aim between the door frame and door handle and unleash two shots of buckshot and then attempt to open the door. Repeat this process until the door opens. Don’t be afraid to destroy the frame a bit on a wood door.
 

Metal Doors

With a metal door, it is preferable to aim directly downwards and into the lock and door handle area. Use the same two shot and attempt pattern. You want to aim downwards and avoid the frame because if the metal warps from being shot it can jam the door, and make opening it even harder.
 

Hinges

You want to place your shot directly into the center of the hinges. Blast each hinge with a single shot and attempt to open the door. Repeat until the door comes down. The same rules apply with metal doors here; the frame can easily warp and jam the door shut. I wouldn’t attempt this method unless the hinges are on the outside.
 

Mechanical Breaching

 

Picking

Mechanical breaching involves the use of tools that range from a lockpicking kit to a winch and a truck. Mechanical breaching often takes more work than ballistic breaching but is safer than ballistic. Since there are so many methods of mechanical breaching we’ll focus on the lower skilled methods. Lockpicking is an excellent skill, but not one I can teach in a single article.
 

Sledge

The simplest method of mechanical breaching is slamming a sledgehammer into the door to break it open. When hitting the door, you should aim above and slightly behind the door knob. If a deadbolt is present, aim between the deadbolt and door handle. If the door opens inwards this is an easy method, if it opens outward you’ll be working harder.
 

Pry

A halligan tool is basically a multi-use pry bar, crow bar, miracle tool. You slam of the various points of the tool between the door and the door frame and pry the door open. When combined with a sledgehammer you can hammer the wedge point of the tool deep into the frame and pull it outwards. This is the best technique to open outward facing doors. 
 

Break and Rake

When possible you should always take the fastest, most effective route. This is usually a large window. A window is easier to break than a door. To successfully break a window, you want to use a technique called break and rake. There are dedicated tools for this, but something as simple as a real metal rake or a garden hoe works. Smash the glass and use the rake to break the glass down around the edges. Clear all of the glass around the windows before making entry. 
 
 

After the Breach

The breacher should always be covered by a security person, or preferably two. One facing the door when it opens, and one watching the breacher’s back. Breachers are always vulnerable and should be protected when possible. Difficult doors may also require multiple people to open. Once the door is down entry should be made rapidly with weapons ready. This allows you to take a building or room and avoid being harmed.
 
 

Taking the Easy Route

You should only take a door down when absolutely necessary. Assess the building and attempt to take the easiest and safest method to access it. This could include windows, weak walls, or finding the easiest door to open. A garage door with a padlock is easier to get into that a metal door with a deadbolt. Also using gloves, glasses, and ear protection is always recommended, especially glasses. Exercise common sense and safety with every breach you make.
 
 
 
 
 
Final Word
 
Be a warrior and be ready for whatever comes.

Remember:
 
1) Nobody is coming to save you.
2) Everything is your responsibility.
3) Save who needs to be saved.
4) Kill who needs to be killed.
5) Always be working.
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Contractors take part in a firefight in Najaf, Iraqi 2004
Hello, I sent this out to you yesterday with high hopes that you'd join us in Feb.  The course is going to be so awesome, I can't wait.  If you haven't already, give Scott a call to discuss: 407-919-8215

Chad
 

S.T.O.R.M The Mission

We set out to provide top-notch training and simulate a war-time environment to give you the opportunity to test your skills in a force-on-force environment.

Imagine being given orders to conduct reconnaissance against enemy troops in hostile territory with only a small team of six operators to assist.  No UAVs, Satellites, Air Support, or Artillery.  Just you and your team vs. the bad guys.  You'll need to dig deep on this and rely on your training and team work to get you through.

STORM is short for Survive, Target, Observe, Resist, and Maneuver.  And you need to do all those things to complete the course successfully.  It's a two-day course conducted in the desert foothills of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona.  The course is on the Arizona National Guard Shooting Range in Florence.

Day one you'll receive several briefings and learn Land Navigation; essential for you to reach your target.  Pace count, map reading, routes, and terrain association.  Then we'll cover patrol techniques including your emergency actions and duties should you come under fire.  You'll be briefed on exactly what to look for and how to report it in a concise manner.  You'll plan an emergency escape and evasion route in case you're discovered or come under fire. 

Then, when the time is right, you'll begin your mission and see how you fare. You'll be getting back to base pretty late- we recommend camping on site, but there's a hotel nearby in case you need it.

Day two we'll cover lifesaving actions in combat first aid.  You learn how to apply a TQ and chest seals as well as other essential first aid actions.  The reason you'll be learning this is while you and your team are convoying, you'll come under enemy fire and your driver will be injured!  You'll need to take emergency action to escape alive.  Finally, we'll conduct a hooded box drill which will test your ability to react and engage hostiles in a moment's notice.

The action will be intense and you'll be guided the entire way by professional warriors.  We will use both live ammunition and simunition rounds during the training. With full authority of the National Guard, you're range safety officers will ensure everyone has a safe event.  You will learn and gain vast experience during these two days.

We have limited the course to just 12 students and it's 1/2 full right now.  Training "outside of the box," is key to developing the skills needed for survival. 

Not quite sure if you're up to par for this course?  No worries.  We're conducting a 2-day rifle/pistol course two weeks before STORM at the same location in order to give you the chance to polish off your skills (or learn them for the first time).  We'll cover essential weapon manipulation (draw, holster, reload, and malfunctions), movement to and from contact and team work. Even if you're a pro shooter, you're guaranteed to learn and become a more proficient shooter and team member.

Want in?  Here's what to do.  You need to call the lead instructor Scott (407)919-8215 and give him your credit card number to hold your spot.  Then you'll need to send in an application form. If you click the link below, you'll be taken to a pdf form that you can print out.

Course Dates:
2 Day Pistol/Rifle Course Feb 3-4th
STORM Course Feb 18-19th

Call to provide your payment information to reserve your spot and e-mail your signed application.
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  2. Training Opportunity:   Nov 19th-20th.  Fowler, Indiana.  Combat Pistol & Carbine course.  Reserve your spot today by calling 407-919-8215 or e-mail today
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Ambush!!

 
The keys to a successful ambush are:  surprise, coordinating fire, and control.
  1. Surprise allows the ambush force to seize and control the situation.  Surprise is the number one most important factor in an ambush.  You achieve surprise through planning, preparation, and execution.  Only attack when, where, and in a manner the enemy is least expecting.
  2. Coordinating fire.  Positioning weapons (including booby traps) to maximize the effect in the kill zone will prevent enemy escape and should bring a high volume of fire into the kill zone, resulting in complete destruction of the enemy force.  Those initiating an ambush should use extreme violence of action.
  3. Control. Noise and sound discipline patrolling to and from the ambush area, as well as at the objective, are essential.  You should also exercise control in waiting for the enemy to fully enter the kill zone before firing. Also, leaders should control their unit to either effectively withdrawal or assault through the ambush.  Exercise patience and self-discipline by remaining still and quiet while waiting for the target to appear. Endure insect bites and thirst in silence, resist the desire to sleep, ignore cramped muscles, and limit/control normal body functions.  Resist the temptation to open fire before the signal is given.
Besides killing and wounding the immediate enemy, ambushes can have a rippling effect on their compatriots.  Constant ambush activities force the enemy to divert from their primary missions and reduces their overall effectiveness.  Ambushes can cause the enemy to divert their attention from offensive maneuvers to defensive, becoming more cautious in their activities.  Enemies may become reluctant to go on patrols, convoys, or move in small groups.  They may avoid night operations and lose overall moral and fighting effectiveness.

To learn more about ambushes and other light-fighting techniques, read the book Driven 2: the Survival Guide available at www.TeamInfidel.com

Chad
 
 
Final Word
Things are really moving fast.  If you're paying attention to the news, you'll see that there's so much going on and the balloon could go up any day.  No matter who wins the election, there could be mass riots and revolt.  Russia is not playing around.  Pakistan and India are on the brink of nuclear war.  We are facing thousands of cyber attacks each day- any one of which could bring down the banking system or electric grid.  Don't just sit idly at your computer.  Get up and do something to improve your situation.  Train, buy equipment, build, relocate, buy food, metals, ammo, guns, form a group, train, workout, build your faith, help others, etc.  And remember:
 
1) Nobody is coming to save you.
2) Everything is your responsibility.
3) Save who needs to be saved.
4) Kill who needs to be killed.
5) Always be working.
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  1. Training Opportunity:   Nov 19th-20th.  Fowler, Indiana.  Combat Pistol & Carbine course.  Reserve your spot today by calling 407-919-8215 or e-mail today
  2. Active Shooter Kit Special The most popular kit to date.  We have it on SALE right now for just $391.19.  You get everything you need: Plate Carrier, Armor, Mag Pouches, and IFAK for one super low price.  Plus, it ships FREE.  http://infidelbodyarmor.com/specials-c-31/active-shooter-kit-special-1-p-212
  3. Get trained now folks.  The Driven DVDs and Books can help you; so can our training events.  I'm not getting rich on this people.  I'm doing this so you can learn.  Please take advantage of the opportunities NOW while you still can.
  4. Equipment. This weekend we had a few students learn the hard way of what works and what doesn't.  Some things you can skimp on, but others you shouldn't.  Infidel tests and vets every piece of equipment we sell and it comes with our lifetime warranty.  I invite you to consider www.InfidelBodyarmor.com for your equipment needs.
  5. Smoke Grenades. All colors are now in stock.  Coupon code: SMOKE this weekend only save an ADDITIONAL 5%.
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Team Work: Do It Now

 
Anyone who’s ever held a gun in their hand and made a living doing so will stress the importance of training. You’ll hear it from NCOs, veteran police officers, firearms instructors and anyone who’s seen the elephant a time or two. They say this because the better you are at a specific skill the better you can do it under stress, and the more efficient you will be under fire. Training individual skills is certainly a critical component, but training as a team is as important, if not more important.
 
Team based training can be quite difficult, but is a necessity. There are two major reasons why one would train as a team. The first is, of course, tactical proficiency. The second is to build unit cohesion.  What you’ll often see in the military is team-based exercises, from PT to live fire ranges, that stress both reasons.

 
Tactical Proficiency
This is often the most stressed aspect of team training and practice. Tactical proficiency within a team works two ways. Individual skills will be stressed at all times, ensuring that the training standards are being met and the team is learning to operate with one another. Individual skills include marksmanship, reloading, use of cover and concealment, movement, and a whole list of other important individual skills.
 
Team based skills need to be built as well. Team based include patrolling. The team and squad need to train together to learn their positions in the patrol, proper disbursement between squad members, and immediate reaction drills.
 
Immediate reaction drills are the actions taken by the squad when they encounter extreme situations. These drills include what happens when the squad takes fire, when they encounter an explosive device or what to do when someone is wounded.
 
For example, immediate action drills for taking fire. The squad needs to know which team is the base of fire and which team will maneuver first. Individuals need to learn to alert the squad when they are reloading, and team leaders need to recognize situations where they need to increase or decrease their rate of fire. This means the squad must also be capable of engaging targets and maneuvering safely, which is something that will require tons of fire and movement training. Both live and dry fire.
 
When you move in complicated MOUT scenarios you need even more practice. No one clears a room or a house alone. Members of a team must learn how to clear a room, and how to move with speed, aggression, and how to be fluid together inside a building. A squad clears a room and a building, a bunch of guys stumble around trying to figure it out. Use the manuals, use experienced personnel. Train as individuals first, and then train as a team.
 
You and your team need to begin to develop operating procedures for patrolling, fire and movement, defensive encounters, ambushes, MOUT, and everything in between. The biggest skill a team can and should develop is communication. Always be communicating. Develop, train, and perfect.
 
Unit Cohesion
Unit cohesion is more than being a team capable of achieving a tactical goal. Now, that is an important goal to have, but tactical proficiency cannot be accomplished without unit cohesion. Unit cohesion is the ability to work as a team. It’s not something that can be taught, but something that can be encouraged and can grow.
 
Unit cohesion is the ability of the team to work together and like each other. The team does not need to be super friends, but they need to be capable of working with each other as professionals. Unit cohesion is also having an idea of what your teammate will do when something happens. This means team member one should know that team member two prefers to button hook, rather than cross.
 
Unit cohesion is the ability for team members to know when something is wrong with another member. Unit cohesion is also the team’s ability to come together in stressful situations and succeed. This doesn't mean you need to be the stereotypical bonded brothers, some may be, but others will not. That’s okay, families do not always get along, but they can come together.
 
Unit cohesion is the very core of teamwork. Through shared hardship, the unit will come together as a team through sweat, blood, and misery. Teams do not come together until they face that shared hardship of training.
 
Building unit cohesion will create great tactical proficiency. Building tactical proficiency will build greater unit cohesion. They both work hand in hand with each other to build a better fighting unit.
 
Final Word
Things are really moving fast.  If you're paying attention to the news, you'll see that there's so much going on and the balloon could go up any day.  No matter who wins the election, there could be mass riots and revolt.  Russia is not playing around.  Pakistan and India are on the brink of nuclear war.  We are facing thousands of cyber attacks each day- any one of which could bring down the banking system or electric grid.  Don't just sit idly at your computer.  Get up and do something to improve your situation.  Train, buy equipment, build, relocate, buy food, metals, ammo, guns, form a group, train, workout, build your faith, help others, etc.  And remember:

1) Nobody is coming to save you.
2) Everything is your responsibility.
3) Save who needs to be saved.
4) Kill who needs to be killed.
5) Always be working.
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I hope you tuned in last night to the FREE showing of Survival Escape & Evasion. I know I really enjoyed watching it again. As a member of Team Infidel, I try hard to bring you as much tactical survival information as I can. I truly hope you enjoy these benefits. Here's what going on for the coming week.
  1. Infidel Training Camp. 8-9 Oct has 4 slots open. Learn speed shooting, transition to pistol, bounding in teams, shooting on the move and much more. This is a two-day class and camping is permitted at the range. To learn more: http://infidelbodyarmor.com/infidel-training-ezp-57
  2. Active Shooter Kit Special The most popular kit to date. We have it on SALE right now for just $391.19. You get everything you need: Plate Carrier, Armor, Mag Pouches, and IFAK for one super low price. Plus, it ships FREE. http://infidelbodyarmor.com/specials-c-31/active-shooter-kit-special-1-p-212
  3. Get trained now folks. The Driven DVDs and Books can help you; so can our training events. I'm not getting rich on this people. I'm doing this so you can learn. Please take advantage of the opportunities NOW while you still can.
  4. Water Filters. More wars have been fought over water than anything else. Ensure your water security and have at least 3 ways to make it drinkable. Consider a water filter from www.Internetprepper.com. or buy online at Amazon.com
  5. Surgery. Many of you know Corrie, our shipping manager. She is having a pretty serious surgery on Tuesday. Prayers and thoughts will be appreciated. Also, we'll have about a week of shipping delays after that so she can recover.
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This weekend marks our first-ever Infidel Training Camp. We'll post pics next week for those who missed it. Learn more: Infidel Training
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Responding to a Mobile Attack

If the following vehicle is truly malicious, and goes into attack mode, they may get on your tail and force you into a ditch or down a road into an ambush, or they may begin shooting at you. The chances are, however, that they really don’t want to violently kill you, they just want to achieve their goal of getting your resources (food, water, fuel); which, in a world without rule of law, is the same as killing you if you don’t have those resources. In normal life, if someone threatened you with a gun and asked for your wallet or car, you should swallow your pride and give throw it to him and run (that’s your best chance of survival). In this new world [assuming societal collapse], however, you must fight back.

If someone is really trying to kill you, they won’t stop until they’ve succeeded or the danger has become too great for them to continue (or they’re physically unable to). Your job is to make him change his mind. If he’s gone into attack mode and has tried to ram you or shoot at you, you should respond with overwhelming firepower and increase your distance from the threat, while still driving in a safe manner. Shooters should aim at the cab of the vehicle. Vehicle occupants not shooting at the bad guy should be on the floor as low to the ground as possible. Your driver should keep driving; if your vehicle gets stuck or you wreck, you’re going to have to fight from a disadvantaged position. Don’t wreck on account of driving beyond your driver’s or your vehicle’s capability. It’s always better to keep moving and keep trying to get away from the danger than to stop and shoot it out from a static location.

If you are still driving in convoy and someone aggressively tries to ram you or shoot at you as described above, the rear security vehicle (the one under fire), should not allow the attacker to overtake them. The rear vehicle’s responsibility is to protect the convoy’s most important cargo (the occupants of the middle vehicle). The occupants should be shooting at the enemy vehicle and driving at a safe speed as previously mentioned.

While this is happening, the middle and front vehicles can speed ahead and set up an ambush. They should get out of the vehicles and take cover as appropriate. They’ll allow their security vehicle to pass, and then when the enemy vehicle comes around the corner, they can all open fire on the enemy vehicle.
Hitting a moving vehicle is not as easy as it sounds. Let me briefly illustrate my point. Assume a vehicle is traveling 50 mph (73 feet per second) and you are 200 yards away shooting a NATO 7.62 cartridge from your SCAR17. If you are perpendicular to your target, you will need to lead your target by 18 feet! (He’s going to travel 18 feet in the .25 seconds it takes for your bullet to reach him).

Rather than lining up perpendicular, you should try to line up as parallel to the enemy as possible and shoot at him straight on. He’s still going to travel about 18 feet before your bullet reaches him, but he’ll be driving into your bullet (killing him .000875 seconds faster than if he were standing still).

The preceding text was taken from a chapter in Driven 1. To order the complete book: www.DrivenDVD.com
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  1. Infidel Training Camp. 8-9 Oct has 4 slots open. Learn speed shooting, transition to pistol, bounding in teams, shooting on the move and much more.  This is a two-day class and camping is permitted at the range. Our Training camp for Sept 24-25 just got 2 openings.  To learn more: http://infidelbodyarmor.com/infidel-training-ezp-57
  2. Fat Bastard. We just became a dealer for Born in Fire.  These are Top of the Line knives.  They won't be for everyone, but if you want the best, these are for you.  http://infidelbodyarmor.com/knives-tools-c-13/bastard-series-p-236
  3. TERMN-8R radios are back! (Now say it again in Arnold's voice.) They've finally got their act together and complied with FCC rulings.  Which means that the radios had to make a minor modification- the MURS mode is now separate from the other modes (you hold down a button during start-up and it switches modes).  Other than that, they are the same radio: Waterproof, Frequency hopping, GMRS, FRS, MURS, and HAM frequencies.  Probably the best radio ever made for preppers.  We're ordering them now and will have them available in the next month!
  4. Active Shooter Kit Special The most popular kit to date.  We have it on SALE right now for just $391.19.  You get everything you need: Plate Carrier, Armor, Mag Pouches, and IFAK for one super low price.  Plus, it ships FREE.  http://infidelbodyarmor.com/specials-c-31/active-shooter-kit-special-1-p-212
  5. We've heard rumors that US Congress is thinking of taking up legislation to ban armor again.  In today's political climate, anything is possible.  Know that we guard your information and will not reveal your purchase information to anyone without a court order- and even then we'll fight it.   I took an oath to defend the Constitution and any order like that would be a violation of the 2nd and 4th Amendments.
  6. Get trained now folks.  The Driven DVDs and Books can help you; so can our training events.  I'm not getting rich on this people.  I'm doing this so you can learn.  Please take advantage of the opportunities NOW while you still can.
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Violence of Action

by Travis Pike
If you’ve spent time in a combat arms field you’ve heard the term violence of action. Violence of action as a phrase has been used in the Army’s MOUT manual. Violence of action was tossed around hundreds of times when I was in the Marines. As a young boot private or private first class I had no idea what the hell that meant. I yelled rah and went with whatever training we were doing.
 
It would take a deployment and experience pursuing and punishing the Taliban across the Helmand province to really understand what violence of action meant. Violence of action might not be grammatically correct, but it is important to understand and to use. Violence of action is the controlled, but the unbridled use of speed, aggression, and violence. It is controlled chaos.
 Violence of Action: Get Trained
How can something be both unbridled and controlled? It’s controlled by aiming it at a specific target, and once that target is locked on, the use of speed, aggression and violence are applied as hard as possible. If it was unbridled and uncontrolled it would be used against everyone everywhere. This would mean attacking civilians and other noncombatants.
 
Violence of action is a mindset you can apply to any fight. This can be a massive battle or a one on one fist fight. Whoever is faster and more aggressive in a battle is more likely to win. When we fought the Taliban in the Helmand province we realized we couldn’t stay still and duke it out with them all day. The basis of modern combat is to close with and destroy our enemy with fire and maneuver. Fire and maneuver, the very basis of small unit tactics. Fire and maneuver are the brain portion of fighting, violence of action is the heart and soul of fighting.
 
This means moving fast, and fighting aggressively. This means constantly pushing forward and laying down fire on your enemy. You continue to press the momentum of your attack, or even your defense. In a gunfight one of the deadliest things that can happen is indecision. It’s best to make the right decision, it’s okay to make the wrong decision, it’s absolutely terrible to make no decision.
 
Make a decision and follow through with it. This also ties into violence of action. You need to physically move fast and you need to physically fight hard. Violence of action doesn’t end at being physical. Violence of action applies to a specific mindset. You need to think fast and always err on the side of aggression when decisions need to be made.
 
Violence of action means nothing short of a vanquished enemy will stop your attack. Violence of action means striking first, and striking as fast and as hard as possible. Then, you keep the pressure on your opponent as long as necessary to defeat them. Apply violence of action to a physical fight, not a gunfight.
 
You strike your enemy, and you land a solid blow across the bow. You knock the guy dizzy for a minute. However, you don’t stop and wait for him to recover. You attack again before he ever has a chance to recover. You keep attacking until he hits the ground and doesn’t get back up. You pursue him, blow after blow until it is over.
 
Ender’s Game is a notable book on the Marine Corps reading list. One of my favorite quotes is from the titular character who says, “I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.” This was Ender’s justification for beating a bully. Not just beating him, but applying violence of action to him. He didn’t just beat this bully once, he beat him in every fight that could ever come from this bully. He beat him so savagely he actually kills him, something he discovers later.
 
I’m not suggesting elementary school kids kill each other in schoolyard brawls. I’m simply using this as one of the more common examples. Ender realized he had to use violence, and if you are pushed to using violence you might as well use it all. When you commit to a violent act, fully commit to it, and use speed, aggression, and violence to destroy your enemy. Never deviate from this mindset once you’ve committed to it. You may start losing, but you must stay fast and aggressive. Even if you are forced to retreat, retreat aggressively and swiftly.
 
If you can’t retreat, double down on your violence. Bite claw, shoot, knife, bayonet, spit and scream as much as you have to. Hesitation means death. Indecision means death. Violence of action doesn’t always mean you’ll win, but it will increase your chances significantly.
 
You want the definition of violence of action? Hit the bastard first, then hit him, and then again, and so on and so forth.
 
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1) Free Chapter of Driven. On the Internet we often expect to get all of our information for free.  Should we?  and more importantly, can we trust the info we get?  There's no end to YouTube videos and commentary on blogs and forums from "experts" that seem to know it all.  Maybe they really are Delta Force Sniper Seal Team 7 Operators, or maybe they are just "Keyboard Commandos".  My point is that it takes time, money, sweat, and blood to learn the skills that we teach here at Infidel.  I for one believe that nothing in this world is truly free.  Information is one of those things.  That's why we charge for our video and book rather than just publish it for free.  I need to compensate myself and my contractors and employees for our efforts.  Today, however, I'm sharing a chapter of Driven 2 with no strings attached...AKA...Free.  Why?  I'm hoping that you'll see the value in the sample chapter and realize that the book and DVD are more than worth the $39.98 we charge for them.  So, scroll on down to the bottom of the e-mail and read on!

2)  White Smoke Grenades are now in-stock (all other colors too)!  These run out VERY fast.  Smoke is essential for infantry-type operations to provide concealment while you maneuver. 


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Chapter 1: Pre-Combat Actions

 
Before heading out into battle, you should have a plan.  Please refer to Chapter 14 in the first book for information about mission planning.  What we’re talking about in this chapter is not “the plan”, but the nitty gritty of ensuring you have packed the right equipment and that it is mission ready.
 
[In the video] Our heroes conduct a Pre-Combat Inspection or PCI.  A PCI does a few things for us.  First, it allows the team members to review all their equipment and ensure it’s in working order.  They’ll check to make sure magazines are topped off, batteries are charged, water bladders are full, and all equipment is functioning.  For instance, they’ll conduct a radio check to ensure their radios are working and that they are on the correct frequency as designated in the mission plan.  Second, a PCI is conducted to minimize noise during patrols.  Patrol members will jump up and down to identify any noises like squeaky buckles or metal-on-metal clanging.  Manmade noises standout amongst the cacophony of natural noises created by nature.  Ideally, you would create a checklist of all the items you intend to bring with you on a patrol, and you’d follow that checklist for each person.
 
Here are a few of the items you may consider for a PCI, with the understanding that every mission is different and you should adjust to the mission:
 
  • Helmet (fitted and all straps/buckles in working order)
  • NODs (Night Vision Equipment- mounted, functional, tied down)
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Weapon (zeroed, clean, function tested, sling attached)
  • Optics (zeroed, extra batteries, tied down)
  • Lasers (zeroed, tied down)
  • Magazines (min 6, 30 rounds per weapon)
  • Weapon Cleaning Kit
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Happy Infidel Friday!  I've got Five big announcements to share with you today.

1) Driven 2 is officially released!  We're filling orders as quickly as possible.  As a reminder, Driven 1 included a DVD and Survival Guide.  Driven 2 has a new DVD and a new Survival guide as well.  We present survival scenarios in a very realistic video and demonstrate proper tactics in hour feature length video and discuss them at length in the Survival Guide (the illustrated books are ~150 pages each!) To learn more, click HERE.

2) The First Annual Infidel Training Camp is this Sept 24-25 and Oct 8-9.  It will be held in Fowler Indiana.  I have to tell you the response has been incredible!  We've had so much interest, that we're bringing on two more instructors for the weekend.  The training cadre now include Army Rangers and Special Operations veterans (including a sniper).  This is going to be epic!  There are still a few slots left, so if you want to get in on this, call Scott (407-919-8215).  You'll need to fill out the Application and get it to him ASAP. For more information click HERE.

3) We're sponsoring Freddy Osuna in Indiana for his course entitled "Weaponize the Senses". Nov 12-13th. If you live in the area, now is the time to get some of the best tracking training you'll ever get.

4) We're doing another Gun Give-Away!  Enter to win a CORE-15 AR-15 rifle.  If you happen to live in a non-gun friendly state (shame on you), you can still win a gift card for the same value as the gun to purchase whatever you want.  To enter the contest, click HERE.

5) We have a very limited supply of lightweight level III+ armor left.   We have a resupply of White Smoke Grenades coming in next week.  Preorder now!  If you want some, now's the time to get it.

Lastly, I ask that you please share this with your friends and family.  E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are great tools to share, but also word of mouth! 

We're a small veteran-owned and run company and depend on YOU to keep our families fed.  I am humbled daily by the success Infidel has experienced over the past 4 years.  Thank you so much for your business and loyalty over the years.

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Don't miss out on today's DEEP savings, but remember: Purchases ≠ Preparedness
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Purchases ≠ Preparedness

That's probably the last thing you'd hear from a retailer selling preparedness items, but it's true.  Don't confuse your purchases with preparedness.  Guns, knives, clubs, sticks, rocks, alarms, don't work by themselves. 

Remember the saying "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"? You need to take action and train, so you can take care of business when the time comes.

Since day one I've counseled to get good equipment and then train with it.  The Driven 1 and Driven 2 DVDs and Books can be used to help you decide what training you may need in various survival situations. But you can't stop learning when the movie ends!

I've lead by example; I've made training videos; and now I'm making you aware of hands-on training opportunities.  Why?  Because this is getting real.
Here's what's on the calendar for training opportunities:
  1. Infidel Training Camp (Sept 24-25) Fowler, IN
  2. Infidel Training Camp (Oct 8-9) Fowler, IN
  3. Weaponize the Senses (Nov 12) Oxford, IN
  4. S.T.O.R.M. (Feb 18-19) Florence, AZ
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Labor Day Sale! Now though Monday. 10% off OR $20 off.  *Exclusions apply

Infidel Training: We're going to make this real.  S.T.O.R.M. (Survive, Target, Observe, Resist, and Maneuver) is officially on for Feb 18-19th in Florence, AZ. This is an advanced course with day and night land navigation, patrolling, vehicle operations, and force on force. Don't delay in registering. 
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Driven DVDs and Books:  This is designed to get you thinking about your skills and what you need to improve on.  If you are serious about your training, you need this information.  www.DRIVENDVD.com 

Watch the Trailer for Driven 2.  Real Warriors. Real Training.
Room Clearing 101. The Basics.
In a modern society, the rise of civilization has been marked by the rise of bigger and bigger cities. We live in an age of unparalleled construction, in a time where the majority of people live in urban environments. In a situation where the rule of law has failed, you are likely to be forced to move over some form of urban terrain. You can, of course, avoid major cities, but small towns, suburbs, and medium sized cities are going to be excellent locations for grabbing supplies. Avoiding urban areas is smart, but it’s not possible or realistic to plan that way.
 
Room clearing is a basic tactic your team should be familiar with. Room clearing is a skill that can save lives when searching for supplies and goods. It’s handy to know simply when moving from room to room in an area that’s not known for being friendly. There is an art to room clearing, it has to be fast, and efficient. It also needs to be effective. The most important thing to remember is that everything is flexible when it comes to clearing rooms and MOUT in general. There are very few rules in MOUT that cannot be broken.
 
First things first, always remember what kind of buildings you are clearing. Have a general idea of what the building is made from, and what bullets can do to them. This allows you to keep in mind what is cover and what is concealment. Realizing that plaster walls do not stop bullets will ensure that you don’t make a fatal mistake.
 
Rules of Twos
When clearing rooms or buildings you should never do it alone. A team of at least two people is the minimum you should use to clear rooms. This is one of the golden rules you do not want to break.
 
Stacking
When stacking on a room you need to know which way it opens. If it opens inwards you can basically be on either side of it. If it opens outwards, you need to be on the same side as the door knob.
 
You and your team stack on the door. A stack is a single file line that places your team parallel to the room’s wall. The first man will be closest to the door. His rifle will be pointing at the door, completely up and ready. The second man will position his firearm at the low ready, careful not to flag the first man. If you additional men, the third man will cover the area to their flank, and the fourth man covers the rear.
 
The first man controls the stack in most situations. The rest of the stack acts off of him. When he moves the stack follows respectively. When entering the room the first man will either cross or button hook.
 
A cross is when the shooter enters the room and maintains the direction they started with. A button hook is when the shooter enters the and turns to the opposite direction. This is essentially turning back towards the stack, but you have a wall between you and them. The second man will do the opposite of the first. So if the first man button hooks, the second man crosses. The second and fourth man should provide security for the two men until they are called into the room. This must be done rapidly; the second man needs to be right on the tail of the first man as he enters the room.
 
Fatal Funnel.
The first thing the first man should do is clear the fatal funnel. This is another golden, unbreakable, rule. The fatal funnel is the area immediately in front of the door, and 15 degrees to the left or right when applicable. The fatal funnel is the deadliest portion or room clearing. From the funnel, a defender can kill the man in the doorway. So the first man has to clear the fatal funnel. During training, we were punished harshly by our squad leader when we failed to clear the fatal funnel. The upside was that I got great at push-ups. 
 
The Walls.
When making entrance to a building the fatal funnel will be cleared first. From there the shooters entering the room will clear the immediate area along their respective walls. They will start with the nearest corner and continue to clear to the farthest corner. The end result will be the shooter on the left aiming at the furthest right wall, and vice versa. This creates an interlocked field of fire and ensures the room is completely clear. The shooters need to use the pieing technique as they clear from corner to corner.
 
The first two men dominate the room. They take two steps into the room and one step away from the wall. They hold the room and ensure it is cleared. If there are multiple rooms the third and fourth man are called the clear the next room. The third and fourth man now become the first and second room for the next room to be cleared. The third and fourth man are the former first and second.
 
Clearing rooms in a building needs to flow like water. With good communication. Have a series of simple commands that relay clear and concise instructions. Simple commands that are not easily confused. Commands for when the room is clear. Commands for some wounded or hurt, commands for reinforcements.
 
The men clearing the rooms should also provide any actionable intelligence. This involves calling out additional doorways and windows. So when entering a room when you see a door you identify it. Say something like “Doorway right.” to let the men behind you and with you know what is going on.
 
Once you breach the first room, it’s critical the clearing continues. Once you make that first breach the people in that building know you are there. You need to continue clearing, quickly, violently and efficiently until the building is clear and you can establish security and do what you came to do in said building. You should do your best to clear the entire building to the best of your abilities before searching or establishing a bivouac.
 
You can mark the room clear with some easily identifiable method. This could be throwing something on the floor, or marking the room with spray paint. This way if you come back you know it has been cleared.
 
My squad formed our own specific SOPs, but they were easily adaptable. These tactics allowed to effortlessly communicate with each other while kicking in doors and clearing rooms. Simple commands made all the difference in our success. This communication would useless if had not been drilled into use over and over.
 
The Army Has 11 Room Clearing Principles that are an excellent place to start.
 
  1. Move tactically and silently while securing the corridors to the room to be cleared.
  2.  Carry only the minimum amount of equipment. (Rucksacks and loose items carried by soldiers tire them, slow their pace, and cause noise.)
  3.  Arrive undetected at the entry to the room in the correct order of entrance, prepared to enter on a single command.
  4.  Enter quickly and dominate the room. Move immediately to positions that allow complete control of the room and provide unobstructed fields of fire.
  5.  Eliminate all enemy in the room by fast, accurate, and discriminating fires.
  6.  Gain and maintain immediate control of the situation and all personnel in the room.
  7.  Confirm whether enemy casualties are wounded or dead. Disarm, segregate, and treat the wounded. Search all enemy casualties.
  8.  Perform a cursory search of the room. Determine if a detailed search is required.
  9.  Evacuate all wounded and any friendly dead.
  10.  Mark the room as cleared using a simple, clearly identifiable marking in accordance with the unit SOP.
  11.  Maintain security and be prepared to react to more enemy contact at any moment. Do not neglect rear security.
 
 

 

Survival Series Part 2: Guns, Gear, and Action
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Wow! What a week.  The response for the Infidel Training Camp has been awesome and tells me that you guys really are interested in getting training and not just buying gear!  That's the way it should be. 

Based on that response, we're offering an optional Night Vision Course during the Infidel Training Camp that's coming up this Sept 24-25th and Oct 8-9th.  We have only 2 spots left.  If you want in on either the Training camp or the night vision course, click here for more information:  http://infidelbodyarmor.com/infidel-training-camp-ezp-57

We have decided to offer a small unit tactics course this Feb 18-19 (tentative) called S.T.O.R.M. (Survive, Think, Operate, React, and Maneuver).  The course is designed to cover worst case scenarios that could be catastrophic to you and your family.   This will be conducted Arizona in rugged mountain terrain (5,000 feet) and is high-stress and physically demanding. It will cover: Land Navigation, Patrolling, Movement to contact, Down Driver, Vehicle Cross load, Moving wounded, Traumatic wound care, Escape and Evasion (night and day), and Hooded box drills.  There will be force on force and land navigation exercises.  You must be physically fit to attend and sign a waiver that you can accept the physical demands of the course.  Cost for Team Infidel Members will be $800 for the 2 day course.  If you are interested in attending, E-Mail us now.  Limited to 10 people. Camping on site is advised, but hotels are in the area. 

Driven continues to be a Top-Seller.  This DVD should serve to open your eyes to skills that you don't have.  You probably don't know as much about tactics as you think you do.  The realistic scenarios should make you think about how you would handle the situation and think about if you actually have the skills to do it.  We want you to be prepared and that means knowledge as well as equipment.  If you haven't purchased Driven 2 yet, you're missing out on a key tool to getting prepared.  To learn more, go to www.DRIVENDVD.com

Watch the Trailer for Driven 2.  Real Warriors. Real Training.

Survival Series

“Fatigues to T-Shirts”

Part 2
Proper Wearing of Gear, Weapons Manipulation, Immediate Actions by Jeff Sabins
  
            Hopefully Part 1 of this series helped you get into a specific mindset (If you missed part 1, click HERE). Using proper planning techniques and adapting to new skill sets is a huge part of survival. With part 2, we will discuss how wearing your gear and manipulating your weapon is just as important in certain scenarios.

PROPER WEARING OF GEAR

  • CLOTHING: Throughout multiple deployments, I personally have been through a number of different uniforms depending on the situation. In Fallujah in 2004, we wore basic utilities that Marines wear day to day currently. In Ramadi in 2006, I wore a fire resistant jump suit. In Marjah in 2010 we wore the frog suits that quite a bit of people are currently using. Each had pros and cons; the idea is to utilize something that is useful in your environment. The jump suit was terribly hot, but with over 30 Improvised Explosive Devices that hit our convoy in that deployment, the fire resistance was well worth the heat. The utilities were also quite hot, but held up to the constant wear and tear of moving all the time. The frog suits were awesome in Afghanistan, helped your body breath through all of the heat. The down fall was they tore easily, and I spent a lot of time trading them out for new ones.
  • COMBAT EQUIPMENT: Whether you’re wearing body armor or a Load Bearing Vest, there are some things you can think about. While protecting your vital organs, you need to also keep in mind the weight. I have had some Marines layer three 2-Mag pouches on their body armor, and then layer a chest rig of another twelve magazines over that. They always regret it a km into the movement.  
    What we teach the young Marines right now is fairly simple. Strong hand is always on the trigger. Weak hand does the magazine change. With that in mind we put our magazine pouches directly on the front of the body armor, with misc. pouches above them. Drop pouch on the weak side and medical gear on the strong. What this does for us is everybody on that team knows where to go for certain items on each individual.
     
    With that being said, I am not telling you how to wear or set up your armor. The key to this whole operation is we train from the very beginning of their Infantry mindset on a certain way to conduct business. As long as they keep training that way with their team, they will always have a greater chance of survival. Pick a way that works best for you, and stick to it. Don’t forget about weight, and don’t always assume you will have a vehicle.

MANIPULATING THE WEAPON

      This is a touchy subject, every gun owner in the country has a certain way they use their weapon. Some pistol owners point their finger, some tuck it. I will tell you a basic foundation for those that haven’t found theirs yet, but this by no means is the say all, be all.
  • TRIGGER MANIPULATION: We preach on pulling the trigger straight back to the rear. Focus on not jerking, but a smooth pull. If I took a pencil and placed it through your trigger guard, I could take both hands on each side of the pencil and pull that trigger to the rear. The same thing should happen with your finger. I don’t believe in telling people which knuckle, or part of your finger that should operate the trigger. It should just fall naturally
  • BREATHING: Learn to calm your breathing down and focus on firing your weapon at the same point of you intake or exhale. This isn’t always going to be the case in survival, so ensure you are doing high stress shoots as well. Although there won’t always be a time for you to settle, take a deep breath in order to fire your weapon. At the same time, even when the ground is erupting all around you, that deep breath and calm reaction might be the difference of you hitting your enemy or not. 

    The biggest problem with manipulation is when the time counts the adrenaline makes it much harder to fire your weapon. Numerous times when I have been under an enemy ambush, I see Marines firing off rounds in any direction as if they are going to scare the enemy away. The key is taken what you have been practicing, and slightly speed it up. Find your target, and ensure you get your sights on them. Fire accurate rounds and kill the enemy. The same thing for survival, just because something goes array, don’t forget everything and let panic take complete control.
 
 

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

            Your immediate action drills need to be hammered out. For us, it’s easy. Near ambush, far ambush, sniper, etc. All it takes is the unit leader to give the command and it’s executed. For survival, it gets much harder. You can prepare for those three main avenues, but there is so much more to prepare for. Here are some to take a look at and create your own Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.
  • Ambush while in a vehicle
  • IED while in a vehicle
  • IED while on foot
  • Ambush while in your home
  • Ambush while in your bug out location
  • Ambush while inside a building looking for supplies
  • Escape routes
  • When encountering another group on the road
  • Loss of power
  • Loss of equipment
  • A member of your group goes down and you need to carry their supplies too
The list could go on and on. The advantage with the military is each company makes their own TTP’s. They train to those TTP’s every day. By not forcing every single Marine to follow the same one and allowing the company level to make their own procedures, this allows for the input of junior Marines and makes them feel as if it was their own. By not forcing certain procedures on them, you get less for a chance of kick back or noncompliance when the time matters.
 
 

 

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First, I want to thank everyone who's purchased Driven 2 (and Driven 1).  The response has been huge.  Thank you all for the kind words.  Driven 2 was a huge step past our initial Driven 1.  From the top-level professionals involved, to the massive crew and support from the community, it was a big undertaking and it came off great.  If you haven't purchased it, you can go to www.DrivenDVD.com and order right now.

If you haven't seen the Trailer for Driven 2, click the image below to watch it.

We have a few slots left in the Infidel Training Camp! Sept 24-25 and Oct 8-9.  For more information go to http://infidelbodyarmor.com/infidel-training-camp-ezp-57

The demand for armor is through the roof right now.  Which unfortunately means a delay for most orders containing level IV or III+ ceramic.  We DO have Level III+ AR550 armor in stock and it's ready to ship! So, if you've been hesitant to place your order- now is the time to get it! www.InfidelBodyArmor.com

Our biggest seller continues to be the Active Shooter Kit Special #1. It's marked down from $513.98 to just $391.19!

Watch the Trailer for Driven 2.  Real Warriors. Real Training.

Squad Communication and Movement
 

Since World War Two American infantry tactics have revolved around the concept of fire and maneuver. If you ever spent any time in the infantry you may be familiar with the phrase, “Movement without fire is suicide, and fire without movement is a waste of ammo.” These are certainly accurate words to live by. Mastering fire and movement is the key to success in a firefight. Obtaining fire superiority and constantly moving on your enemy is the surest way to be victorious while reducing your own casualties. The very mission of the Marine Corps rifle squads is as follows, “To locate, close with, and destroy the enemy, by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat.”
 
Locating, closing with, and destroying your enemy is critical to your survival. Before you can dive into destroying your enemy you need to understand how a team or squad should move. Linked to successful movement is communication. Fire and maneuver certainly sound more high speed than fire, maneuver, and communication. Communication is a critical component to anything involving multiple people and combat, or potential combat. Movement and communication are directly linked.
 
Communication
We’ll cover communication first because it begins at the briefing phase of any operation. Communication methods need to be discussed in detail prior to the launch of the operation. Communication techniques can be broken into three different categories.
 
  1. Covert - This method of communication involves communication methods used in silence. This includes hand and arm signals. Hand and arm signals need to be understood by the entire squad. This means adopting universal, and simple hand signals. Other covert forms of comm include IR signaling with night vision devices.
  2. Overt - Overt communication covers everything from radios to normal speech. This is the most common form of communication. Overt communication is used in situations where stealth is not required, like combat. Overt communication includes orders, target descriptions, fire controls, and target assignment. 
  3. Signaling - Signaling often falls in between overt and covert communication. It’s classified as either due to situational differences. For example, signaling includes using flashlight signals. These signals can easily be seen by the enemy, but can be used covertly as well. Signaling encompasses nonverbal speech and can be gunfire, smoke grenades, light signaling, flares, and more.
Communication needs to be planned accordingly, with every member of the squad understanding what each form of communication means. A solid comm plan needs to be established and understood by all. Imagine if red smoke means to increase the rate of fire, but a squad member isn’t properly briefed and believes it is the signal to pull back. Every piece of communication that is not overt commands needs to be covered. This includes all covert and signaling methods.
 
In any operation, communication needs to be passed to every member of the squad. Communication goes both up and down the rank structure. Everyone is obliged to pass information they glean from both internal and external sources. This includes orders from higher and simple observations of the area. A leader should pass all intel he receives to the squad and the squad should pass all observations up the chain. It is very much a see something, say something form of communication.
 
Communication procedures remain the same in combat. If you see something, say something. You’ll just be doing it louder, and in between gunfire. In combat, it’s especially important to pass orders down the line. If you hear an order, like shift fire, maneuver right, or fall back the squad should all repeat the order to ensure it’s heard. The same goes for major incidents, like man down, reloading, or enemy developments.
 
Squad Movement
During a routine patrol or movement, a squad’s formation should be purposeful, and designed to react to combat. There is no reason for a squad movement to be a bunched up, organized crowd of people. Regardless of the method of movement individual troops should always maintain dispersion to avoid crowding each other.
 
Column
The basic formation is a staggered column. The column offers the most fire to the flanks, and minimal fire to the front. The column is easy to maneuver and rarely restricted by terrain. The column is often the fastest method of movement.
 
Column
 
Ranger File
The Ranger file is a simple straight line of troops. The ranger file column is often extremely long and offers almost zero firepower to the front. The Ranger file is useful when maneuvering is terrain restricted areas that will not permit a column.
 
Wedge
The Wedge formation is one of the most flexible formations. It offers good fire to both the front and flanks. The Wedge is a wide formation that makes control difficult in thick terrains, like urban and jungle. Often times the first team in a squad can assume the Wedge formation with the rest of the squad in the column.
 
 Wedge

 
Skirmishers Right/Left
Skirmishers as examples below is essentially a reverse column, all of the power is face towards the front. This is often used when assaulting a position, or when moving directly towards an enemy position. Skirmishers is also good for crossing open areas.
 
Skirmishers
 
Echelon Right/Left
Echelon formation is rarely used when dealing with a single squad. It focuses fire to the front and to one particular flank. Echelon formations are often used on large movements involving multiple squads or platoons.
 
Echelon
 
Formations, in general, are flexible and can be changed on the fly by the squad leader. This could be done to changing terrain conditions, enemy encounter, or to prevent casualties. Formations are initially set in accordance with the terrain, enemy situation, and general mission. When changing formation the squad leader can use overt, covert, or signaling methods of communication. This communication should be passed from person to person via the same communication method used to initially pass the order.
 
Formations can and should be drilled into every member of the squad. These are simple to practice and can be done in nothing more than a simple field. Formation training should be done with normal gear is possible. Changing formations should be practiced from different formations. Meaning moving into the wedge position should be practiced from the column, and from skirmishers, and ranger file. This should be considered a battle drill and done under a variety of conditions, for each and every formation.
 
Movement and Communication
When it comes to combat and firefights it is very easy to get drawn into practicing individual actions. Individual skills like magazine changes and marksmanship practice is important, but should not be the only form of training. Communication and movement are team-based efforts that need to be drilled with just as much, if not more than individual skills. A team of well-trained combatants will conquer any individual.
 
 
 

If You Open One Email Today- Let it be this one

We've got 4 big announcements!   


Driven Promo

Happy Infidel Friday!  I've got FOUR big announcements to share with you today.

1) We've just hired Kevin Cassidy.  Kevin is a former Marine and has several years of experience dealing with armor of all sorts.  He'll be managing our sales accounts and dealers.  So, if you are interested in becoming a dealer for us, please give Kevin a call and see what we can do to help you add armor to your inventory. 888-608-6605

2) The First Annual Infidel Training Camp is this Sept 24-25 and Oct 8-9.  It will be held in Fowler Indiana.  I have to tell you the response has been incredible!  We've had so much interest, that we're bringing on two more instructors for the weekend.  The training cadre now include Army Rangers and Special Operations veterans (including a sniper).  This is going to be epic!  There are still a few slots left, so if you want to get in on this, call Scott (407-919-8215).  You'll need to fill out the Application and get it to him ASAP. For more information click HERE.

3) Driven 2 is ready for release!  It officially went live yesterday on the website and we're filling orders as quickly as possible.  As a reminder, Driven 1 included a DVD and Survival Guide.  Driven 2 has a new DVD and a new Survival guide as well.  We present survival scenarios in a very realistic video and demonstrate proper tactics in hour feature length video and discuss them at length in the Survival Guide (the illustrated books are ~150 pages each!) To learn more, click HERE.

4) We're doing another Gun Give-Away!  Enter to win a CORE-15 AR-15 rifle.  If you happen to live in a non-gun friendly state (shame on you), you can still win a gift card for the same value as the gun to purchase whatever you want.  To enter the contest, click HERE.

So there you have it!  I encourage everyone to checkout items 2-4. 

Lastly, I ask that you please share this with your friends and family.  E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are great tools to share, but also word of mouth! 

Thank you,

Chad Cooper
Infidel Body Armor, LLC

 

Instant Access to Watch Driven 2

We're ready to ship Driven 2.  We're giving away a free gift with every order.


Driven 1 and 2

At long last we're ready to release DRIVEN 2 and a NEW Survival Guide.

If you liked Driven 1, you're going to love Driven 2.  In this video and book, you'll learn how to:

  • Prepare for a Combat Mission
  • Resist Interrogation and Escape
  • Track and Counter Track
  • Effectively use Smoke Grenades
  • Emergency Contact Drills
  • Convoy Driving
  • Advanced Foot Patrol
www.DrivenDVD.com  Free Survival Bracelet

Every order gets a free Paracord Survival Bracelet!
Driven 2 also includes 5 Free training videos!   

  • Knife Fighting
  • Guerilla Workouts
  • Patrolling
  • Weapon Malfunctions
  • Escaping Binds

“Driven is a one of a kind” Along with the DVD and Survival Guide, as a member you'll have the opportunity to learn from our veteran cadre additional tactics and strategies via webinars and exclusive articles. If you are not 100% pleased with your purchase, you may return it for a full refund of your purchase price.


To order, go to : www.DrivenDVD.com

Thank you,

Chad Cooper
Infidel Body Armor, LLC

 

Training- Put up or shut up

If you aren't serious about gun fighting, don't open this e-mail.

Have you done a significant training event this year?

Briggs Core Dynamics

Hello, sometimes I feel like I'm preaching to the choir.  We all know we need to train and keep improving our skillsets, but sometimes we need that kick in ass to get'r done.  I've made it a goal to complete AT LEAST ONE significant training event per year.  Here's your opportunity to train with Real Infidels.


Scott Wealing, owner of Briggs Core Dynamics, Army Ranger, star of Driven, and bad ass extraordinaire is hosting the first annual Infidel Training Camp!  This will be held Sept 24-25th and Oct 8-9th.   

Camping is permitted on site. Hotel is 10 miles away.  Range is in Fowler, Indiana

The cost is just $500 for a 2 day course (8 hours per day).  It covers the following:

  • Safety
  • Fundamentals of shooting
  • Drawing the pistol from the holster
  • Malfunctions
  • Transitions
  • Speed shooting
  • Multiple shoots
  • Multiple targets
  • Shooting positions
  • Shooting on the move
  • Shooting behind cover
  • Stress Shooting
  • Discretionary Targeting
  • Bounding in Fire teams

You will need to bring the following:

  • Battle Rifle + 5 magazines + 1000 rounds
  • Auto Pistol + 3 magazines + 1000 rounds
  • Sling for rifle
  • Holster for pistol
  • Body Armor/Chest Rig with mag pouches to hold the magazines
Spots are limited, reserve your spot today.  Call Scott : 407-919-8215 or e-mail today.

This is an excellent opportunity to improve your skills (no matter where you are currently).  At the end of the day, you will have pushed your skills to a whole new level and made new friends and contacts.

Thank you,

Chad Cooper, CEO


 

 
 

Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

If you're happy with your experience shopping with Infidel, I invite you to leave a review on the product you purchased.  I'll ensure that your identity remains secure.  Reviews help others to make an informed purchase- and we post them all.

More Than Shooting: Weapons Manipulation

Welcome back Dustin.  He's returned from Afghanistan and has some lessons for us when we have to convoy (bug out).


Dave Exercising his 2nd Amendment Right

Travis Pike, USMC Machine Gunner shares his advice on weapons manipulation. 

He's written extensively for us about his experiences and we have them posted for our members to read at www.DrivenDVD.com.  The articles are for MEMBERS ONLY.  Not a member? Join today for just $9.99.  The funds go to compensate Dustin and other contributing authors and webinar guests.  It's money well-spent.
 
Team Infidel Members get an additional 10% discount on purchases at Infidel Body Armor! (Perks of Membership!) Join today! Membership is just $9.99/month and pays for itself on your first purchase of $100 or more!  What are you waiting for?

What's up with Team Infidel?
I just read with disgust that the Obama administration has decided to label gunsmiths as "manufacturers" as it applies to the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, which is responsible for ITAR (exports).  Now, under the new rules a gunsmith who engages in threading barrels or making a small gun part but abide by ITAR policies.  This means that there's a lot more possibility of inadvertently breaking the rules
and there's fees associated with complying with ITAR.  The end result is that more gunsmiths will be put out of business.
To read the entire load of BS click the link: http://pmddtc.state.gov/compliance/Applicability%20of%20the%20ITAR%20Registration%20Requirement%20to%20Firearms%20Manufacturers%20(Publish).pdf

In other news, all my guns were just lost in a boating accident.
Infidel Boat
Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


The Importance of Weapons Manipulation

By Travis Pike

Weapon’s manipulation is one of the most critical skills one can have if they are serious about self-defense, survival and prepping. Weapon’s manipulation encompasses every single aspect of your weapon. In the military there are plenty of Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors who are focused on support position, for them skill with a weapon is a secondary, or even tertiary concern.  If you hold a combat arms MOS, like infantry, combat engineers, artillery scout, and the various Special operations guys then the importance of learning your weapon is critical.
 
This isn’t just being able to use a rifle or a handgun. In the military, a mortarman has to know his mortar inside and out an assaultman has to know his SMAW inside and out. I couldn’t possibly write an article detailing the proper weapon manipulation for one person. The wide variety of rifles, handguns, and shotguns make it impossible for me to detail exactly how you should handle your personal weapons. Instead, we will focus on the concept of proper weapon manipulation as it applies to all weapons.
 
Why Weapon’s Manipulation is Important
I was lucky enough to serve with an excellent NCO and squad leader. He drilled into us a high level of expertise when it came to infantry skills. He stressed having a brilliance in the basics in everything, including firearms manipulation. An infantry squad is composed of a variety of different weapons, including rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, handguns, and even rockets and mortars when necessary. Being skilled with your weapon isn’t just for your well-being, but for the well-being of the squad.
 
These drills came into play in combat on a regular basis. When something can go wrong, it will go wrong. As a machine gunner, I had to learn how to manipulate my weapon to keep enemies suppressed. Without machine gun fire my squad could not maneuver and pursue with speed and aggression.
 
 I dealt with malfunctions that dealt with both the weapon and ammunition. For example, I ran into a runaway gun, a malfunction where the gun failures to stop firing when I release the trigger. It sounds fun, but it wastes your ammo rapidly. The training I received taught to recognize the malfunction and how to correct it, even when fueled with adrenaline, excitement, fear, and anger. It turns out that training hard, long, and with great repetition will conquer all emotions.
 
 The same training applied to reloading the weapon, a task that has to be both methodical and done quickly. The same could be said for my ability to set the weapon up on the bipod, and how to get in the proper position to control the weapon and engage my targets. I also needed to be capable of using night optics on my weapon, the PEQ 16 laser aiming device, and how to properly use my sling in both a firefight and during patrols. It is a common mistake to assume that weapon’s manipulation only involves shooting. These are skills I used and relied on day in and day out in combat.
 
These skills were all learned, honed and refined through meticulous training, day after day and hour after hour. We learned these skills through repetition, sometimes dry, sometimes live. Both are critical when it comes to proper training.
 
Even in a firefight, the basics of marksmanship are still important. We were taught that the strength of shooting coming from the fundamentals. Think of the basics of marksmanship on the bottom, the support columns, that allow you to implement the complicated. I trained to shoot from a wide variety of shooting positions. I learned to accurately shoot my weapon behind cover and in a multitude of positions.
 
The vast majority of people I know aren’t using a machine gun, but most the skills are important for using any firearm. For example, being able to swiftly and properly reload a weapon is quite critical. We were trained to practice reloading dry, with snap caps to deactivate any bolt hold open devices. We trained to reload both tactically and for speed reloads. I was taught to reload in a variety of positions, this includes standing, kneeling, in the prone position, as well as behind cover, and even on the move. We quickly learned that gunfights are rarely predictable and essential skills should be trained in a variety of scenarios. Keeping your gun running is critical to any gunfight.
 
The same can be said for malfunctions training. It is another essential skill when you speak weapon’s manipulation. Using snap caps we learned to solve stovepipes, failure to feeds, and magazine failures with rifles, and runaway guns, jams, and immediate action with machine guns. These same skills are unique to different weapons, but should be trained in a variety of different scenarios just like reloads. A gunfight doesn’t stop to allow you to reload, so be prepared to do it on the move, and when you’re eating dirt, and you better do it fast.
 
One thing our squad leader harped on was gross motor skills. Gross motor skills kept them simple and nonspecific. If your skill relies on a certain position or a sole condition, it’s hardly worth learning. The chances of that one situation arising are rare. Gross motor skills are simplistic and easy to learn; they are also adaptable. For example, let's look at a handgun. When the slide is locked to the rear we trained to grip the rear of the slide and pull it back to return the slide to battery. This is a gross motor skill. We did not use the slide release. The slide release is smaller and more difficult to use. It’s also near impossible to do when shooting left handed.
 
We also trained on how to utilize the accessories on our weapons. Once we mounted and zeroed our PEQ 16s they stayed put. The PEQ 16 was equipped with a laser aiming module and a flashlight. We trained to activate the unit with a single hand, while the weapon and our minds were on target. This was critical when observing potential threats and night and identifying them for our squad silently.
 
Weapon’s manipulation as a skill is invaluable when you know you’re going to war, and when you might have a war come to you. Learn how to handle your weapon, your accessories, and your magazines inside and out.
 

To read more articles by Dustin, you can head over to www.Infidelbodyarmor.com/members

Have you seen the Trailer for Driven 2?

You can watch the Driven DVD trailer: https://vimeo.com/168665482/driven2dvdtrailer (link fixed)
Our DVD and book will sellout FAST.  We're also giving away survival paracord bracelets with the first 1000 orders.  So, when I announce that we're ready to sell, I suggest you jump on it!

 

Did you know you can order a  kit or a backpack from us that has everything you'd want already packed and assembled ready to go out of the box?!!!
For more information: http://infidelbodyarmor.com/build-a-kit-c-17/

 

Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

If you're happy with your experience shopping with Infidel, I invite you to leave a review on the product you purchased.  I'll ensure that your identity remains secure.  Reviews help others to make an informed purchase- and we post them all.

RE: AR500Armor Recall

The company "AR500 Armor, LLC" has issued a recall on their armor.


Dave Exercising his 2nd Amendment Right

Over the past few days we've received a number of calls inquiring if armor sold by Infidel was affected by the AR500 Armor, LLC recall.  In short, it is not affected at all.

Here's a quote from the AR500Armor.com website: "AR500 Armor® is voluntarily recalling and replacing, at no cost to our customers, Level III body armor that was shipped between February 23rd 2016 and March 23rd 2016 with a manufacture date of February 2016 or March 2016. Only this armor is being recalled. The body armor can fail to meet Level III standards, increasing the risk of a bullet penetrating the armor causing injury or death. Customers with potentially affected level III products should immediately stop use of the product until you hear more from us."

Please know that ANY and ALL armor purchased from Infidel Body Armor is NOT AFFECTED by their recall. 

Level III steel armor sold by Infidel Body Armor is:

1) Tested by a NIJ certified laboratory prior to being offered for sale (it's tested even before we purchase it)
2) Made of AR550 steel (10% harder than AR500)
3) Laboratory results of our AR550 armor manufactured and sold between Jan-May is available for verification here.

Infidel Body Armor makes every effort to ensure that our armor meets the standards identified to keep you safe from ballistic threats. 

You can purchase Infidel AR550 Armor (with no lead time) at  Infidel Body Armor.

Thank you,

Chad Cooper
Infidel Body Armor, LLC

 

Back From Afghanistan: Convoy Report

Welcome back Dustin.  He's returned from Afghanistan and has some lessons for us when we have to convoy (bug out).


Dave Exercising his 2nd Amendment Right

I tend to lean on my military experience and the combat experiences of others when I start thinking about the chaos we may face in the event of a societal collapse.  We should try and learn as much as we can vicariously so we can improve our own situations when the time comes.

Today's article is by one of our cadre Dustin Jones.  He was a Husky driver and was responsible for finding IEDs while leading convoys of lesser protected vehicles through dangerous territory.  He's written extensively for us about his experiences and we have them posted for our members to read at www.DrivenDVD.com.  The articles are for MEMBERS ONLY.  Not a member? Join today for just $9.99.  The funds go to compensate Dustin and other contributing authors and webinar guests.  It's money well-spent.
 
Team Infidel Members get an additional 10% discount on purchases at Infidel Body Armor! (Perks of Membership!) Join today! Membership is just $9.99/month and pays for itself on your first purchase of $100 or more!  What are you waiting for?

What's up with Team Infidel?Dave with Diesel

Infidel is always looking to improve (that's part of my motto).  We're always looking for new ideas and products that will give us an edge in a survival situation. 

My friend Dave first suggested to me a few years back that we create armor for dogs.  I investigated it at the time, but it wasn't viable for us then. 

I'm happy to say that now we are fully pursuing adding K9 armor to our inventory.  I expect that we will have completed testing our prototype and we'll have enough made up to start selling in about a month! Stay tuned for more info.

Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


Spacing (and pacing)!

By Dustin Jones

                I saw a very different style of combat when I was deployed into Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. There were not many firefights, and none that I took part in, being a Husky driver. Yet we were still fighting an enemy. Every day we came across some sort of IED, trap, and/or indirect fire. Suddenly, it wasn’t about who could shoot better, or had the bigger gun. It became a slow, tedious contest of will, and we ended up falling back on more basic soldier training, like convoy movement, and spacing. This is something we learned from handbooks, and generalized classes before/during pre-mobilization, yet we changed drastically in practice. “Train as we fight” kind of sounds like gobbledygook until you’ve had to do it, then it makes more sense. I may have learned more during my first week in theater than I did the 3 months of pre-mob training before it.

                There are many fundamentals that go into convoy management and execution, but the main thing that I want to focus on—that saved lives—is spacing. Spacing is simply the amount of space between each element in a convoy. Many army manuals teach you about the three elements of the convoy, The Head, Body, and Trail. The Head is normally comprised of the lead vehicle, also called the pace setter/pacer, the Body is the bulk of the convoy, and the Trail comprises the support crew, such as maintenance, medics, and so forth. The first thing we learned when we started running convoys in Afghanistan was to totally do away with the idea of the Trail. We needed to keep everything sandwiched between two gun trucks, at the front and back of the convoy. The pace setter for out convoy would often be switched out between the lead gun truck, and one of the two Husky’s (metal detecting anti-mine vehicles) based on terrain, which gave me a bit of experience being the lead truck some. It is very important to stay consistent on your pacing as well as your spacing. Often, when we were on an open paved road with clear sight-lines—an “improved road,” we rolled approx. 30+ KPH with the lead being a gun truck, our spacing around 75-100+ meters. When we hit dirt, or “unimproved roads,” the huskies would pull ahead, which changed our spacing/pacing dramatically. We maxed our pace at 15KPH, and our spacing tightened to 25-50 meters or so. We also learned to change spacing/pacing based on other terrain other than just the road. We would tighten the convoy up whenever we went into a crowded city, or were near a cliff that blocked our gunners’ sight lines.

                There are two incidents that come to mind that made me realize how critical even some of the simplest training and concepts, spacing/pacing in particular.

                The first took place a ways out from our normal AO (Area of Operations) into a rocky canyon type area. I was the lead Husky, and my metal-detector panels kept getting hit by rocks and boulders. I had to raise them up, and continue using sight alone. I had to pick out the safest route between all the rocks, and keep a steady pace. I kept it slow until we reached our destination. We had another convoy with us, who were tasked on a relief mission with us to pass out supplies and goods to locals. It took several hours, and it was getting late when we started back. Now knowing that our panels were useless, and time critical, as we could not operate in the dark, we picked up a bit of speed on our way back. Inevitably, an IED went off on the 2nd convoy and somewhat injured a vehicle. It was actually a daisy chain of 2-3 IEDS, I would later learn. 1-2 IEDS detonated harmlessly, simply because the convoy was properly spaced out. Instead of having a problem of trying to extract two vehicles and being vulnerable to ambush, we easily hooked the injured vehicle up to their wrecker and continued on without incident.

                The other incident happened a few weeks later, right in our AO, not far from base. This time my battle buddy was the lead Husky, and I was 2nd. We were on unimproved roads leading up to a small town, when I got a hit on one of my panels. I immediately called for a convoy-wide halt and began trying to pinpoint the location of the possible IED. I then heard one of the scariest noises—one my friend described as a “pissed off water hose”—that accompanies an RPG being fired. Luckily no one was hit. There was a small hole about 10 meters ahead of where my battle buddy was sitting in his husky that the rocket had been set up in to be remotely activated. 10 meters! It’s baffling to think that such a short distance meant the different between possible death, or injury. My battle buddy set a good, slow pace, and stuck to his spacing, and it possibly saved someone’s life.

                There were many other incidents involving indirect mortar fire and such, that didn’t stick out as much, but it’s worth noting that any sort of indirect combat (IEDS, Mortars, RPGs(unless in open combat)) is more damaging the closer your vehicles are together. You have to think of the varying explosive radius's of each. Another key thing that spacing/pacing does for you is keeps cohesion and reduces confusion in case of an event. It’s much easier to keep order when soldiers can see each other, in case of a radio going down, or a vehicle becoming disabled.

                Spacing/pacing is still important on foot as well, but I spent most of my time in or around a vehicle, so I will leave that lesson to someone more experienced. To summarize, keep a consistent pace so that you’re not getting the “slinky effect,” and also keep proper spacing between your vehicles. Survival can come down to a few seconds, or a few meters.

To read more articles by Dustin, you can head over to www.Infidelbodyarmor.com/members

Have you seen our trailer?

You can watch the Driven DVD trailer: https://vimeo.com/168665482user41803298/driven2dvdtrailer
As with my warning about not procrastinating your armor purchase, this DVD and book will sellout FAST.  We're also giving away survival paracord bracelets to the first 1000 orders.  So, when I announce that we're ready to sell, I suggest you jump on it!

 

Did you know you can order a  kit or a backpack from us that has everything you'd want already packed and assembled ready to go out of the box?!!!
For more information: http://infidelbodyarmor.com/build-a-kit-c-17/

 

Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

If you're happy with your experience shopping with Infidel, I invite you to leave a review on the product you purchased.  I'll ensure that your identity remains secure.  Reviews help others to make an informed purchase- and we post them all.

This is Why You Don't Procrastinate

Hello, the 2nd Amendment is there to guarantee all the other rights.  When it's gone, all the other rights go with it. 


Dave Exercising his 2nd Amendment Right

Shooting guns is fun, and so is hunting, and clay shooting, and 3-gun competitions.  But that's not the purpose of the 2nd Amendment.  It's there to fight against a tyrannical government and to ensure that we can exercise our other rights.  Be sure that you have the tools you need to throw off an oppressive government when the time comes.

We have many of those items on sale and Team Infidel Members get an additional 10% discount on these as well! (Perks of Membership!) Join today! Membership is just $9.99/month and pays for itself on your first purchase of $100 or more!  What are you waiting for?

What's up with Team Infidel?

If you've been to any tactical website or brick and mortar store recently, you'll notice that the shelves are a little bare or there's a lead time to get the items you want (if the store is being honest).  Since the shootings and bombings these past two weeks, we've been extremely busy.  We've sold out of all our level III+ and level IV armor and we're getting low on level III and IIIa.  We've reordered supplies to stock more, but logistics and increased demand on the raw materials mean longer lead times for us.  If demand stays the way it is, there's 2-4+ week lead time on the level III+ and IV armor.  And once the level III is out, it will be about 3 weeks to get more.

The lesson here is this.  Don't put off buying something because you don't need it now.  Plan for the future.  For instance, those who purchased last month when things were "normal" got their orders shipped out next business day and now have armor.  Those that didn't, but are now trying to buy what they need, are stuck waiting up to a month for it to come in.

My advice: If you need armor, order it now.  There's a waiting list now for the III+ and IV (we still have level III as of this e-mail).  The sooner you get in line, the sooner you'll get your stuff.  With Sept 11th anniversary coming up, the elections (November 8th) and the end of the Shemitah year(October 2nd), things are likely to get worse, not better.  I'm not trying to be all doom and gloom or use scare tactics to get you buy stuff.  I honestly think we're in for rough days ahead and I want you to be prepared.

Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


Unintended Consequences

Excerpts by John Ross (printed in 1995)

"America has served as a beacon for oppressed people all over the world.  We have led by example, and we have watched our example of individual freedom be embraced by others who cherish liberty.  It is a bitter irony that today, as we watch the Soviet Union disintegrate and we watch people all over the planet throw off their yokes of oppression, we ourselves stand meekly by while our own government slowly strips us of our final guarantee of freedom."

"Another shameful thing involves those of you who have always thought of yourself as supportive of law enforcement.  You must realize that when the police are ordered to violate your rights, they are not your friends.  Do not hope police officers will resign instead of carrying out orders the dislike.  They will not.  The State Police did not resign thirty years ago.  Instead, they used tear gas, Billy clubs, and German Shepherds on civil rights marchers.  Federal Police in Waco, Texas last year did not resign.  Instead, they used machine guns and tanks on a group of people they suspected had not paid a $200 tax, and then burned all eighty-six of them alive.  In Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Chicago, the police are not resigning.  Instead, they are conducting warrantless searches in public housing projects.  They are seizing guns that have not been stolen, and they are seizing them from people who do not have criminal records.  Federal forms for applicants to the Special Forces contain the question 'Would you seize weapons from U.S. citizen if ordered to do so?' I guarantee the answer they're looking for is 'Yes', not 'No'."

"The recent policies of raising your taxes, banning your guns, seizing your property, and chilling your freedoms are the last gasp of an evil monster.  That evil monster is socialism, and it is dying.  I want to see every one of you at the funeral.  Thank you."
   _________________

Chad again.  There has been a tremendous show of support for police officers since the Dallas, Baton Rouge, New York, Minnesota and others.  I think that's great and I support honest law enforcement officers.  We all need to encourage and support those who defend justice.  I offer a warning however.  We should not provide unconditional support to law enforcement.  We should support law enforcement personnel and agencies only so far as they uphold the Constitution.  When they fail to uphold the Constitution, they will not receive my support.  As many of you know, I'm a former police officer and US Air Force Veteran and I have studied the law and understand my rights.  Many of my customers are police officers.  My hope is that my words will encourage you to continue to uphold the law.  I urge you (and everyone) to re-read the Bill of Rights and pledge to protect our rights against all enemies foreign and domestic. 

Driven 2 is nearly ready for release.  ETA is one week.  Get ready!!!

You can watch the trailer for it here: https://vimeo.com/168665482/driven2dvdtrailer
As with my warning about not procrastinating your armor purchase, this DVD and book will sellout FAST.  We're also giving away 1000 survival paracord bracelets with every order.  So, when I announce that we're ready to sell, I suggest you jump on it!

 

Did you know you can order a  kit or a backpack from us that has everything you'd want already packed and assembled ready to go out of the box?!!!
For more information: http://infidelbodyarmor.com/build-a-kit-c-17/

 

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Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

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Hello, Today you can read a first-hand combat experience involving a convoy.


Smoke Grenades

Smoke Grenades are in stock and ready to ship (all colors including white, black, red, purple, green, blue, and yellow (and pouches)).  Smoke has SO many uses.  Cover, Signaling, Distraction, Training, etc.  In combat, the first thing you do is return fire and move.  The second thing you do is pop smoke.  You have smoke right? http://infidelbodyarmor.com/smoke-grenades-c-33/

Team Infidel Members get an additional 10% discount on these as well! (Perks of Membership!) Join today! Membership is just $9.99/month and pays for itself on your first purchase of $100 or more!  What are you waiting for?

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With all the shootings and protests and crap in the news, it's no wonder that there's a rush on tactical stuff.  Police Officers are spending their own money buying armor that their agencies won't.  Even regular people who aren't in the industry are purchasing armor and night vision in case it all goes to hell.  We're getting resupplied for armor and will resume shipping on Monday.

I've been thinking more and more about convoying and getting to a bug-out location.  While ideally you'd be already living at your primary retreat, you'll always want a plan B or C (unless you plan to die in place at your "Alamo").  While traveling a direct route might get you there in a few hours, taking back roads, unforeseen detours, etc. might force you to overnight somewhere you didn't plan on.
camo netting
For this reason, I've just added a new product to the offerings: New-issue British Camo Nets, that are big enough to cover two or three vehicles.  It's got a lot of uses besides providing camo for your vehicle (I like multi-use materials) like ghille suites, masking an LP/OP, etc.  Click on the image to learn more.

Prices start at $359.99 and ships free in the continental US.

Available in Desert or Woodland.

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Chad Cooper, CEO


The Art of the Convoy

by Jeffrey Sabins

After leaving the School of Infantry as a 0331 Machine Gunner, most young Marines head to a rifle platoon. Chances are pretty good that they will spend the next three to four years carrying an M240 Medium Machine Gun during dismounted patrols and reacting to contact on the ground. I had a different opportunity, I was sent straight to CAAT (Combined Anti-Armor Team) platoon in Weapons Company. This meant that I would spend the next few years of my life on the top of the truck in the turret. I would have the opportunities to employ the M240 Medium Machine Gun, the M2 .50 caliber Heavy Machine Gun, and the MK-19 40mm Grenade Machine Gun. This meant a few things, more like three pretty big things. One, I would have the time of my life employing some of the greatest guns in the military. Two, I would have an opportunity that most men don’t get to achieve, and that is actually fighting the enemy in combat for my country. Lastly, I would experience things that my mind could never imagine. I would experience Improvised Explosive Devices, kill zones, trucks rolling over in canals, and much more. The life of convoy operations is rewarding and terrifying rolled into one.
           
Before ever going on my first deployment to Fallujah Iraq, I had to go through a number of training evolutions learning the art of convoys and how they operated. There was a time that I thought life would be easy with no walking, shooting at people who shot at me, and when times got rough at least I had a truck to protect me. I, of course, was dead wrong. During these convoy training events I learned about the following key points…

DISPERSION
The art of dispersion is huge when talking about convoys. If there is too much space between each vehicle, you have a chance of losing each other and not have mutual support. If you’re too close together, then one Improvised Explosive Device can take out multiple vehicles, or friendly collisions and multiple vehicles in one kill zone can occur. The fact is, when you’re talking about dispersion there is no real set answer. Once you pick a distance, you need to train and practice for that distance. When picking a distance, either pick a set distance or a roving distance. For example, a set distance can be fifty meters, in between each vehicle of the convoy. A roving distance can vary between twenty five to fifty meters, always changing within the convoy.

REACT TO AN AMBUSH      
When dealing with trucks in a convoy, there is one huge aspect that many people tend to forget. You are a huge target! When you have five people inside of a truck, you have one spot to fire automatic weapons and RPG’s at. So when you are that big of a target, you can expect to get shot at quite a bit. Reacting to an ambush is fairly simple in a convoy though. The first reaction is to drive out of the kill zone and get out of the ambush. This is common when engaged by snipers, since if you decide to dismount and fight back, without knowing the enemy position you can expect to gain casualties. The second way is to have the truck nearest the enemy fire return heavy fire from the turret mounted weapon. If decided to dismount, the individuals from the opposite side get out first and lay down fire while the others two cross the inside of the truck and get out from the same side as the first two.

IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
Reacting to IED’s is also fairly simple. If struck by an IED, the truck in the kill zone needs to get out of the kill zone if able. If they can’t, then others need to sweep for IED’s until they can hook up and pull that truck out of the kill zone. There is a good chance that if there is an IED strike, then an enemy ambush is close behind. The last thing you want to do is send everybody running to the hit vehicle and take a chance of a second IED going off.

REAL LIFE EXAMPLE
            In 2006 while deployed to Ramadi Iraq, we were on a mounted patrol with four trucks doing a presence patrol. This was to show the locals that we were providing security and protecting them while actively looking for enemy fighters. This day we happened to be inside the city heading down a side road turning right onto the main route back to base. Being that we were inside the city, our dispersion had to be around twenty meters apart so we could keep an eye on each other while taking so many turns in the city. At this time, the first vehicle just took the right hand turn on the main route when they got struck by and IED and disabled their vehicle. Although communication went down, our protocol was to shoot a green flare in the air if all occupants of the vehicle were safe and ok.

            Once we immediately saw the green flare, the first truck started to receive heavy automatic fire from the immediate front. While this was occurring, our second vehicle had made the turn and pulled on the left side of the first vehicle to give them support and help the occupants. My vehicle, truck three, pulled into the intersection to allow me to fire the MK-19 40mm Grenade Machine Gun into the enemy ambush. Truck four did not make the turn and provided security to the rear. This resulted in the enemy ambush to immediately become neutralized and allow us to get the first vehicle safely back to base.
 
The key to convoy operations is to come up with a set procedure, and train, train, train. No matter what the situation, a prepared convoy is a safer convoy!

 


 

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Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

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Independence Day Special

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Today's e-mail is just to let you know about our Independence Day specials.  We've marked down a bunch of stuff.  Check it out:
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Did you know you can order a  kit or a backpack from us that has everything you'd want already packed and assembled ready to go out of the box?!!!
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Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

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Army Ranger Reveals How to Travel Like a Ninja

Hello, it's INFIDEL FRIDAY!   Planning a trip this summer? Don't do it without reviewing this checklist.


 

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I'm likely sleeping off my jet lag as you're reading this.  I've just returned from a month-long vacation to the Philippines with my family.  Before I left, I followed an extensive checklist designed by my friend Scott.  Scott owns Briggs Core Dynamics, a weapons training school.  However, Scott does much more than weapons training, it's more like life training.  He's been instrumental in the filming of Driven.

Speaking of Driven, here's the latest.  We are pushing for a July 4th release date for Driven 2! 
This is going to be epic!  If you guys have watched the first one, your are going to absolutely be blown away by the newest release.  Driven 2 picks up where the first one left off and we cover so much like tracking, evading, escaping, interrogation, hiding from thermal, knife fighting, etc.

Plus, for everyone that purchases Driven 2, there will be FIVE bonus sections you don't want to miss. (Knife fighting, Guerrilla Workouts, Weapon Malfunctions, Patrol Planning, and Escaping Binds).

Additionally, the first 1000 people who order will get a BONUS survival gift with their order.

I expect that Driven 2 will sell out very quickly.  It's not for sale just yet, but the website has been overhauled and you'll be able to purchase at www.DrivenDVD.com

Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


 


Overseas Checklist 


By Scott Wealing

Planning a big vacation overseas?  Doing some work overseas?  Here's what you should do:

 Planning Prior to Trip:
  • Immunizations- make sure that you are up to date.
  • Complete a BCD Biographical Profile packet. (contact Briggs Core Dynamics for this)
  • Make 6 color copies of your signature and picture pages of your passport. Leave 2 copies with BCD or your ICE contact, keep 2 copies with you at all times and leave the other 2 copies with a Person of trust at home.
  • Gather as much information about the area that you are traveling before you leave. 

 
Day of Departure:

  • Insure all communication equipment (cell phones) are charged and if possible carry extra charged batteries.

 
Upon Arrival:

  • Call your point of contact in the US as soon as possible.
  • Contact your local POC.
  • Be observant, look for signs that you are under surveillance.
  • Follow everyone else and become part of the crowd.
  • Don’t speak unless you have to. This will leave doubt that you are an American (You may say that you are Canadian). The less people that know you are an American the better.
  •  Don’t become too impatient, arrogant or overbearing. This will flag you as an American.

 
During Your Stay:

  • First and foremost, go to the US embassy to register so they are aware that you are in the country.
  • Get a cheap cell phone, sim card and time for your cell as a way of communication (if yours does not work)
  • To call the US dial 00 1 area code + number
  • To receive a call from the US dial 011 243 and the number they are calling
  • Everywhere you go, always be in a group of two or more.
  • Only drink bottled water. Make sure you see them open it.
  • If you go out to eat, always try to eat at a big restaurant where the meat is imported.
  • Always keep a list of emergency numbers with you.
  • If you invite someone to dinner invite their family as well.
  • Feel your way around before you assert yourself on others.
  • Observe everything before you do it.
  • Always negotiate prices, it is part of the experience and it will save you money.
  • As an American, be ready to pay three times the regular price for everything you buy.
  • Don’t stay in one place for to long. Stay on the move as much as possible.
  • Vary your routes as much as possible. Don’t become a creature of habit. Use P.A.C.E
  • If you are over there as a business man, act like a business man. Don’t dress in a manner that would lead people to believe that you are anything else.
  • Don’t say or do anything to anyone that might make it harder on the next person going over.
  •  Never leave your hotel room without locking up all paperwork, securing computers and taking all money with you. Take a lockable case.
  • Don’t leave your home address on anything.
  • Carry passport with you at all times.

 
Before Returning Home:

  • Be sure not to bring anything home that would raise any eyebrows going through Customs in any country.

        
Day of Flight Home:

  • Insure all communication equipment (cell) is fully charged.
  • Relax and have a safe flight.
 

 

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Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

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Navy Seal's Weapon of Choice

Hello, it's INFIDEL FRIDAY!   What weapons do the Navy Seals use?  Read below to find out.


 

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Where's in the world am I?  I'm on a small Island in the Philippines right now, likely sipping on a cold beverage.  Hang in there, my vacation is almost over.

People always ask me what type of guns I own and which I prefer.  The saying goes "The best gun is the one you have in your hand."  And I completely agree.  There's a gun designed for every situation, and you should choose your guns wisely.  They aren't cheap so you should make an informed decision when you decide the pull the trigger.

Todays' article looks at what the Navy Seals use.  Granted we can't get our hands on some of the full-auto toys that they can, but we should look at what they use as a potential model for how we build our arsenal.

Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


 


WEAPONS OF THE NAVY SEALS

By Eric Poole

Nothing gives a weapon system more credibility than a stamp of approval by the U.S. Navy SEALs. These Tier 1 operators use an extensive array of weapon systems that, in some cases, were developed specifically for their mission requirements. The controversial Colt M4A1 carbine remains the standard issue weapon for SEALs while pistols are carried as a secondary tool. A SEAL team’s weapons choice is always dependent on mission requirements and what follows is short list of tools commonly found in their kit:

mark-23-li.jpgHANDGUNS:
HK Mk 23 SOCOM .45 ACP

The HK Mk 23 was a pistol developed specifically for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and was officially adopted in 1996. The Mk 23 was chosen for supreme accuracy, reliable functioning, corrosion resistant properties and terminal ballistics behind the .45 ACP. It stood against various torture tests including a separate unlubricated 96-hour surf and saline mist tests, 30,000-round +P ammunition endurance firing, drop tests, 450 accuracy test firings, submersion in sand, sludge in temperatures ranging between 160 degrees and -60 degrees Fahrenheit. The extended barrel features threading designed to accept a KAC suppressor.

SPECIFICATIONS: Heckler & Koch Mark 23
Caliber: .45 ACP
Weight (w/ suppressor): 4.22 lbs.
Length (w/ suppressor): 16.56”
Barrel length: 5.875”
Magazine capacity: 12 rds.

071019-n-6552m-024.jpgASSAULT RIFLES:
Colt M4A1 5.56 NATO

The Colt M4A1 is a SEAL’s primary weapon and features the SOPMOD (Special Operations Peculiar) accessory kit including a six-position Crane collapsible stock. More compact than the U.S. Navy’s standard issue M16A2, the modular M4A1 can be reconfigured by the user for missions with a grenade launcher, shotgun, various optics, lasers and illumination tools. Capable of both semi-auto and full-auto modes, the M4 has a rate of fire between 750 and 900 rounds per minute and uses a quick-attach suppressor. Additional enhancements are currently being considered.

SPECIFICATIONS: Colt M4A1
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Weight: 5.6 lbs.
Length: 33” (stock extended), 29.8” (stock collapsed)
Barrel length: 14.5”
Magazine capacity: 30 rds.

070907-n-6477m-113.jpgSNIPER RIFLES:
Knight’s Armament Mk 11 SWS 7.62 NATO

The Mk 11 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is based on the highly accurate SR-25 also produced by KAC. The Mk 11 was developed to meet a solicitation placed by the U.S. Navy SEALs. Featuring controls like the standard issue Colt M4A1, the Mk 11 is a unique semi-auto-only sniper rifle that can be suppressed and is capable of delivering effective precision beyond 1,000 yards.

SPECIFICATIONS: KAC Mk 11 SWS 7.62
Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Weight: 15.3 lbs.
Length: 45.5”
Barrel length: 14.5”
Magazine capacity: 20, 10 or 5 rds.

m82a1.jpgBarrett M82A1 SASR .50 BMG
Procured in time for the first Gulf War, the M82 made a reputation for long range and deep penetrating effectiveness against hard targets. Adopted as the SASR (Special Application Scoped Rifle), it has expanded capabilities with EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and as extreme range anti-personnel rifle. This short recoil, rotating bolt semi-automatic rifle delivers high energy and was famously used in Somalia by the SEALs in 1993 against many enemy vehicles.

SPECIFICATIONS: Barrett M82A1 SASR
Caliber: .50 BMG
Weight: 31.0 lbs.
Length: 48 or 57”
Barrel length: 20 or 29”
Magazine capacity: 10 rds.

us_navy_seals_in_from_water.jpgSUBMACHINE GUNS:
HK MP5N 9mm NATO

The compact MP5 continues to be popular among elite counter-terror organizations. Operating from a unique roller-delayed blowback system, the MP5N was developed by Heckler and Koch specifically for the SEALs. This “Navy” model fires from both a closed and locked bolt in semi-auto, burst, or full-auto modes. The 800 round-per-minute MP5 is extremely accurate and provides a superb option for CQB operations earning praise from the SEALs for its controllability, smooth operation and accurate shot placement.

SPECIFICATIONS: HK MP5
Caliber: 9mm NATO
Weight: 6.47 lbs.
Length:  27.25” (stock extended), 21” (stock collapsed)
Barrel length: 8.85”
Magazine capacity:  30 rds.

m240-2.jpgMACHINE GUNS:
FN M240 7.62 NATO

The M240 is a widely used machine gun that has been seen service ranging from a base of fire to coaxial configurations supporting main guns on armored vehicles. It is known for its high reliability and operates from the open bolt. The M240 features an adjustable gas system that fires between 650 and 950 rounds per minute and the M240B and M240G models feature a bipod. Even though it is heavier than the M60, the M240 is expected to completely replace the M60 due to its easy maintenance and impressive reliability.

SPECIFICATIONS M240
Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Weight: 27.3 lbs.
Length:  49”
Barrel length: 24.68”
Magazine capacity: N/A

 

 

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Infidel Body Armor is committed to assist you in gaining knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency or a SHTF situation- whether that be a global apocalypse or a home invasion. 

Many of our customers have purchased the Driven DVD and Book, which serves as a basis for application of combat knowledge in a bug-out SHTF situation.  If you have not purchased it yet, please consider doing so.  It's on sale for $39.99 and comes with a membership you'll really use.  Click HERE for more information.

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Fight Tips From a Navy Seal

Hello, it's INFIDEL FRIDAY!   Four TIPS from a Navy Seal on how to win a fight.


 

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RADIOI'm probably walking on a pacific island beach right now or exploring a sea cave, or snorkeling.  If you're just catching up, I'm on vacation with my family.  We're in the Philippines and are hopefully enjoying ourselves.  We did have some concerns about going to a 3rd world country for vacation and we definitely prepared in several ways prior to getting on the plane including setting up several backup plans and contacts in case of trouble.  I also enlisted the help of a few friends to help me get in shape.  Yes I want to look good in my swim suit, but I also want to be in good fighting shape- because I'm responsible for the safety of my family and I can't carry a gun.

Take a good read at the article today.  Hopefully, you'll never need these tips, but it's worth knowing and training for- just in case.

Don't let up.  Don't maintain.  Continually improve. 

Chad Cooper, CEO


 


FIGHTING TIPS FROM A NAVY SEAL

[The following is an excerpt from SEAL SURVIVAL GUIDE: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster, written by Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley.]
close-up vulnerable points on face

Violence of action means the unrestricted use of speed, strength, surprise, and aggression to achieve total dominance against your enemy. I'm repeating this to drive home the concept that any fighting technique is useless unless you first totally commit to violence of action. Don't be afraid to hit first, and when you do, hit hard. Remember, you are fighting because this is the best and only option. Pull the trigger -- because you are in a battle for your life! Your instincts, assessment, and situational awareness have told you that you are in mortal danger. You don't know the other person's intentions fully, and you never can. What you can do is survive -- it is your right to not be killed or harmed by another person. As with most things survival-related, fighting has its own set of priorities that need to be addressed at lightning speed.

1. Protect your face.
2. Stay on your feet and keep moving.
3. Hit hard.
4. Haul ass (a.k.a. get off the X.)

Hit Hard

Again, back to violence of action: Make every blow count and you could walk away; otherwise you may be carried away. Punch, kick, elbow, gouge, bite, stab, rip, crush -- you name it, you should do it, because this person is trying to take your life. The only rule in fighting is to live.

Vulnerable points exist all over the body, but remember that the greatest number of them exist from the collarbones up. Within this relatively small area of the neck you have:

• Two carotid arteries that feed blood to the brain.
• The windpipe, which is the airway for breathing.
• The spinal cord, which controls all motor skills for the body.

Your attacker may be three times your size, but if you take away even one of these functions, the fight is over. Even a 250-pound man made of solid muscle will stop fighting if he can't breathe, which is why you must concentrate the full force of your attack on the face and neck area.

Punches

Make a fist as described above and deliver a punch so you are ideally striking with the knuckles of the index and middle fingers and punching through your target, as if you were trying to reach a place a few inches behind where you're aiming. Then immediately return the hand to the defensive position by your face. You will increase the power of a punch by twisting your midsection in conjunction with the blow.

Jab: This is a punch thrown straight out, using your fist on your lead-leg side; it's not the most powerful but is great for maintaining distance.

Cross: A punch straight in from opposite the lead leg -- very powerful.

Hook: An outward arcing punch delivered by either fist -- great for targeting the ear or jaw.

Uppercut: An upward arcing punch delivered by either fist -- great for targeting the chin, and the best for lights-out!

Palm Strike

In addition to the above punches, your hands can also be very effective when clawing or jabbing with fingers, and an open palm strike can be devastating. The palm of the hand contains one of the densest bones in the body.

1. Open your palm; cock your arm back, just as you would for a jab punch.

2. Strike directly at the front of the nose and aim upward. A nose broken this way is much more painful than one that's been hit from the side, and will take the fight out of nearly anyone.

Chokeholds

The rear chokehold method (a.k.a. the sleeper) is a compression grip applied to the throat to disrupt circulation (carotid arteries) and breathing (windpipe), which ultimately causes the person to lose consciousness.

1. It is best applied from behind the attacker by wrapping your left arm around the person's throat, with his windpipe in the crook of your arm and your bicep and forearm on each side of his neck. The positioning of your arm is the key to this technique, so remember, the deeper you can get his throat between your bicep and forearm, the better.

2. Keep your right arm behind his neck and grab your left shoulder.

3. Then with your left arm, reach to grab your right arm's bicep, squeezing tightly, making a full lock, or chokehold.

An alternate method is called the front chokehold, which works when you are facing your attacker.

1. With your right hand, reach across and literally grab the opposite corner of his shirt collar -- not the person. You will have greater control over your adversary this way.

2. With your left hand, reach and grip the attacker's collar on the opposite side. This will make your crossed arms an X in front of his throat.

3. Grip as tight as you can while rotating your hands forcefully inward to achieve the chokehold. You are twisting the opposite shirt collars as if you were squeezing and wringing out a rag.

Fighting an Assailant Who Has a Gun or Knife

If your assailant has a weapon, then your choices in defense will change. Disarming a person with a gun is incredibly risky. It takes a second to pull the trigger, so the best option might be to comply and wait for an opportunity to attack. However, if you are close enough and the situation necessitates you attack, your goal would be to use maximum effort and attack the weapon with the full intention to deflect his aim. Trying to wrestle the weapon from his grip is less likely to work than pushing his hand away, be it up, to the side, or downward.

At this point, you may get the opportunity to strike at vulnerable areas and disable the attacker enough to get off the X. If the person has a knife, again, keeping your distance is the goal. Use your shirt, coat, or whatever you can find to deflect his thrusting arm, which then could provide an opportunity to use defensive tactics.

Haul ass

Although this is the last step in this section, avoiding fights altogether needs to be your first priority. Get off the X and save your fighting techniques for the gym. But you might need to strike first and hard to have the chance to get away. Don't stay engaged if you can escape. The moment you have an opening, take it and leave the scene, because fights can change instantly and drastically.

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Cade Courtley Navy SEAL  

CADE COURTLEY was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He spent most of his young adult life in the outdoors and upon graduation from the University of San Diego he was immediately commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy and began Navy SEAL training (BUD/S). After several intense tours as a Platoon Commander that had him operating around the world, Cade decided to leave the SEAL teams to pursue other challenges. He was the host of the Spike TV and Discovery Channel show Surviving Disaster and appears as a regular commentator on CNN and Fox News.

 

 

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EYES: Are Your Organs Protected?

Who creates and enforces safety standards?
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that has created detailed safety standards by defining voluntary tests for safety eyewear.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopts and enforces these standards. Z87.1-2010 is ANSI’s most current standard for eye protection.
The Military MCEPS Standard, often referred to as the "Ballistic Standard", is governed by the Department of Defense to meet eye safety regulations for all branches of the military.

How can you find compliant eyewear?
Before purchasing any safety eyewear, we advise you to ask for proof. The ANSI standard in Section 2.3.5 states: “The protector manufacturer shall provide test results to the purchaser upon request.” Companies that are serious about safety will have third party test results readily available. Any brand that cannot or will not provide these test reports should not be trusted.
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Below are several (but not all) tests that are required by the ANSI standard.
high mass impact test
HIGH MASS IMPACT
*Section 6.2.2 - Spectacle frames and lenses shall be capable of resisting a 500 gm (17.6 oz.) spike that is dropped from a height of 127 cm (50 in.).
penetration test
PENETRATION TEST
*Section 6.2.4 - Lenses shall be capable of resisting penetration by a weighted needle with a total weight of 44.w gm (1.56 oz.) dropped from a height of 127 cm (50 in.).
 
 
 
HIGH VELOCITY IMPACT
*Section 6.2.3 - Spectacle frames and lenses shall be capable of resisting impact from a 6.35 mm (.25 in.) diameter steel ball traveling at a velocity of 45.72 m/s (150 ft/s).
MILITARY MCEPS TEST "BALLISTIC" STANDARD
Includes the same process as the High Velocity Impact test but increases the speed to 660 ft/s.
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SIMULATES A SHOTGUN
BLAST FROM 33 FEET
 
shotgun
 
* Refers to sections taken from the American National Standard Institute standards for protective eyewear.

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