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Reader Request: Class Announcement

I’ve been promising readers on Patreon, that I was going to do an open enrollment class or two this summer/fall. We got the venue lined up, so I will be doing two open enrollment classes this fall, on back-to-back weekends, in vicinity of Idaho Falls, ID.

Clandestine Carry Pistol will be 22/23OCT. This course covers a range of relevant skills for the personal protection/antipersonnel applications of the pistol. Students will need a handgun of their choice (Seriously. I don’t even care if you wanna carry a single-action revolver…) and 500 rounds of ammunition (I don’t know that we’ve ever actually fired the entire 500 rounds in a class. We’re not here to make noise. We’re here to learn to utilize that ammunition most efficiently).

Coursework includes basic, intermediate, and advanced training drills for drawing from concealment, addressing single and multiple threats at varying distances, and the use of basic combatives skills to “fight to the gun.”

Cost for the class is the same $500/student that it’s been for over a decade now. Contact me at Warhammer6Actual@protonmail.comfor enrollment information.

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Fundamentals of Fieldcraft will be held 28/29/30 OCT, also in vicinity of Idaho Falls, ID. This course will cover field movement as an individual and small-team element, including movement formations for combative patrolling and moving with noncombatants. It will cover field living skills, ranging from food selection and preparation, fire and stove use, shelter construction, hide site selection, and equipment selection, among a host of other skills inherently required to not just survive, but thrive, in a field environment.

Cost for this class is also $500/student. Contact me at Warhammer6Actual@protonmail.comfor enrollment information.

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Focus on Fieldcraft: Fueling the Post-Grid Machine

https://www.patreon.com/posts/69259487

Building Your Support Networks: UW Resistance and Support Networks for Preparedness

Doctrinally speaking, the infrastructure of a UW/Resistance movement encompasses the physical structures of the “area complex” and “guerrilla base(s).” The “area complex” is defined as a clandestine, dispersed network of physical facilities that support the resistance activities in a given conflict zone. These physical facilities may include medical facilities, such as “guerrilla hospitals,” as well as safehouses, vehicle cantonments for the storage of transportation vehicles (including maintenance facilities therefore), food storage and preparation facilities, and etc…

The area complex is not comprised of such facilities in liberated zones, but specifically those in contested or denied territory. This clandestine infrastructure allows the resistance a small measure of freedom of movement, and the ability to operate effectively in these areas because of the support network availability throughout the area of operations.

In order to adequately support resistance activities, this area complex should include security system networks, guerrilla bases/camps, logistics, communications, and medical facilities and networks, information operation (IO)/PSYOP networks and production facilities, and a transportation network capable of moving either personnel or materials throughout denied/contested areas without being compromised or intercepted by regime security forces.

The correlation between the needs of an UW guerrilla force, in this regard, and the prepper planning to function effectively in a post-grid environment, should be self-evident. “No man is an island,” as John Donne famously stated, and nobody…or even a small nuclear family of bodies…is capable of filling all these necessary gaps in preparedness, no matter how wealthy, or how long they’ve been preparing for. By reaching out and establishing productive, mutually beneficial relationships within your communities, you increase your chances of survival success exponentially, simply because you build an intrinsic level of access to goods and services you’d otherwise not have ready access to.

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Campfire Chat–18JUL2022

I have been reading the Prairie Traveler book (by Marcy). Why SILK scarves? Why not cotton or linen?

Silk insulates way better, and doesn’t cling to the skin as badly when when wet. It’s why cowboys wear silk scarves. It’s also more comfortable against the neck when dry and cold. You want BIG scarves. Don’t get the little dinky, 36×36 inch ones that you can find at the local Western Wear store. You want 48×48 inches minimum, and perhaps even bigger. A bigger scarf means more material, and more material means more insulation. More insulation means you stay warmer.

The larger scarf also provides a much better shemagh function in the heat. It’s big enough to actually cover your hat and head, and still wrap loosely around the neck to provide shade as well, to help reduce sunburn on your neck, face, and head.

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Hi John, thanks for openly sharing your knowledge with us. Always educational and motivating. Have never been to a formal firearms training course. Massad Ayoob Group has a pistol training class in our area this October. I know he’s been around a long time and is well published, any word on his training courses? Thanks.

While I have some things I disagree with Mr. Ayoob about (at least as far as his published work, since I’ve never met him in person), I would highly recommend his course, especially for a first course, for general defensive handgun training. He, of course, comes highly recommended by a number of people I have a great deal of respect for.

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Been reading Dies the Fire based on comments from one of the campfire chats. Its interesting to say the least, but its got me to thinking. While the chances of some cataclysmic event rendering modern gunpowder useless is extremely small; however long term logistics and supplies are something to consider. Curious what your thoughts or plans are for non-combustive protection? Im considering making a more earnest effort into traditional archery among other things. Just curious what your thoughts are on it.

To continue reading: https://www.patreon.com/posts/69259570

New Articles are up!

Three articles and two videos this week, at Patreon. We discuss night fighting, scenario building for FoF training, historical knife models for contemporary use (video), and a video on “tomahawks, hatchets, and Axes,” and their role in preparedness, along with the weekly Campfire Chat in which I answer reader questions and comments.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/68967238

Updates

I don’t spend a lot of time posting over here, because I’m busier than the proverbial one-legged man in the ass-kicking context, building a new Doomstead, back in the western mountains, but I’m trying to remember to at least occasionally link Patreon articles over here.

If you’ve been missing the old Mountain Guerrilla content, and want to see what we’ve been up to (including multiple weekly videos!), check it out.

Last Week’s Weaponscraft Wednesday post:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/68080740

Ongoing discussion and update of the classic 1913 “Night Movements” manual from the IJA:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/68029215

And, the first in a series on fieldcraft as “basic human life skills.”
https://www.patreon.com/posts/67436690

Guerrilla Gunfighter 3: Training Drills for Building Skills

In this third installment in the Guerrilla Gunfighter series, Mountain Guerrilla John Mosby teaches you the drills he uses to develop and refine real-world shooting skill with general preparedness rifle and clandestine carry pistol. Based on his experience as a veteran SOF soldier, alongside his every day use of rifles and pistols on the farm and in the wilderness, there is no fluff or bullshit. Just the same range of drills that John uses himself and in his classes, to pass on the ability to deliver fast, effective hits with the gun of the day. Not limiting himself to modern fighting rifles, John calls on his SF experience, and offers modifications for each drill, so you can “run what you brung,” even if that is a lever-action rifle, or a pump-action rifle or slug gun.

With a forward by Viking Preparedness’ Pastor Joe Fox, retired SF Major.

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/john-mosby/guerrilla-gunfighter-3/paperback/product-yqj64e.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Exclusively available through Lulu.com fulfillment, so there’s no way for me to fuck it up and get orders lost or misplaced.

Skull-Stomping Sacred Cows: Afghanistan

Over the last two days, I’ve watched the news a little bit, after receiving numerous phone calls and emails from friends, acquaintances, and family members, about the debacle in Kabul. For those that have somehow managed to avoid hearing the news, the US-backed Afghan “government” collapsed, as the Taliban entered Kabul, having already taken most major cities in the country (they already owned the countryside). We got to see the American Embassy evacuated, in a blow-by-blow replay of Saigon, 1975, despite POTUS’ earlier assurances that there was no way that was going to happen.

A lot of people are—figuratively, if not literally—suffering a great deal of angst over that. I know where they are coming from. I’ve seen some social media posts from really smart dudes, with really solid, meat-eater, bad motherfucker credentials in the SOF world, bemoaning this turn of events, as if it were somehow not completely fucking predictable, to anyone with an IQ high enough that they manage to breathe under their own power.

One of my great friends called me last night. While most who called seemed to want to project their own thoughts and prejudices on the subject, so that I could validate them because of my (long ago) experience in that country, this friend just said, “Tell me what you’re thinking.

So, I did. I told him, I think a whole lot of people had a whole lot of ego and identity invested in the crackpipe dream that Afghanistan was somehow going to end in some way other than it has. Some of that was professional ego. It’s hard to spend the major part of your career—or all of your career—embroiled in an effort, only to find out that your retirement “party” is the final admission of failure. Some of that was the patriotic fervor of “But, we’re ‘Murica! We can’t lose, because God loves us!” Of course, that ignores the fact that the Taliban are firmly convinced, just as vociferously, that “We can’t lose, because Allah loves us!”

I told him that, obviously, there’s a little bit of the gut punch feeling to the whole thing. I mean, I’d seen the video footage from Saigon in ‘75, but I wasn’t aware of that until at least a decade after it occurred. Watching it live is a little surreal, and the utter, absolute waste is disgusting. The waste of life, and the waste of resources and the waste of opportunity that those previous wastes created.

Finally, I went on to point out that I have three major thoughts on it:

(1) I lost friends in Afghanistan, while there myself, and many more after I left. It’s human to take a moment to grieve the waste of the lives of our friends and comrades. It’s human to think of tour friends and comrades who have lost limbs, literally leaving a piece of themselves on the battlefield.

Here’s the thing though…Officially, almost 2500 US troops lost their lives in Afghanistan. Of course, many more died, after leaving the battlefield, from PTSD-related suicide. Nor does that figure include contractors who were killed in theater. But, here’s the thing….that has been over the course of 20 years. In July of 1863, there were 3,155 killed, in three days, at a little Pennsylvania village called Gettysburg. At Antietam, Union losses were 2,108 killed, while the Confederacy lost 3,281…in a single day, 17SEP1862.

What people are overlooking is that we all volunteered. Nobody who went to Afghanistan was drafted and sent there against their will. When we signed on that dotted line, and accepted the paycheck from the government, we knew that serving in the military could result in death or dismemberment. Do recruiters lie? Fuck yes, they do. Do the recruiting commercials gloss over the realities of the potential for death or dismemberment, and focus on cool guy action sequences and offers of “free” jobs training and college money? Of course they do. That’s what they do. If you enlisted, and didn’t understand the potential risks, the only people you can blame for that is your own parents and mentors. It’s not been any sort of secret, for decades, that American popular culture and the political class, looks down on the military as cannon fodder, and little more.

I get the “patriotism” angle. I’m from a military family. Every single generation of my paternal family has served in the uniforms of this country’s military, since the Revolutionary War onward. My younger brother and I both wore the uniform (me for 10 years, him until he retired at 22 years). Despite a father and grandfather, and a family legacy, that all encouraged our enlistments, as opportunities for service; despite being innocent, naive, rube, farm kids from a small, conservative, patriotic community in the rural South, we still knew the potential risks of enlistment. We got it, and we still volunteered for the job.

Honestly? If I didn’t know them personally, and consider them a friend and comrade, it’s hard for me to muster up much give-a-shit for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who lost their lives, if I didn’t know them in life. I certainly don’t give a shit about the Afghans.

I get the “patriotism” angle. I’m from a military family. Every single generation of my paternal grandfather’s family has served in the uniforms of this country’s military, dating back to the Revolution. Despite that; despite a father and grandfather who encouraged our enlistments; despite being innocent, naive, rube, farm kids from the sticks, we still were informed, and knew the potential risks of enlistment. We got it, and we still volunteered for the job.

I get the “patriotism” angle. The first lullaby I have sung to each of my children, the first time I’ve held them, minutes after birth, was “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I make my children—even the three- and six-year old, stand at attention when the colors are presented. I get it.

Realistically, the only Americans (because, let’s be honest, I don’t give a fuck about the Afghans. I can respect them as mountain folk and a warrior culture, without giving a fuck about what happens to them…) who suffered the losses of the last twenty years, and can honestly say, “Wait a minute! I didn’t volunteer for this shit!” are the children of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and contractors (see below) who died, or were permanently scarred by their experiences. They didn’t get a voice in Daddy’s (or Mommy’s) career choice. So, sure; take a minute and grieve for your buddies who died. But, if you need to grieve for strangers that you didn’t personally know, even though they wore the same colors you did? Save that for the children who were fucked by fate. They didn’t have a choice. They didn’t have a voice.

(2) Lots of people are blaming all of this on Biden. Hell, even CNN, as I type this, is very vocally blaming Biden. To be sure, he’s a tool, and the dude was dumbfuck enough to want the job. To be sure, as even he admitted (to his credit, as much as it pains me to acknowledge), he’s POTUS, and “the buck stops here.” (Of course, he immediately started flailing, trying to pawn the responsibility off on the military, but of course he did…).

To be sure, he’s the one responsible for ignoring the guidance of the military advisors, and insisting on a total withdrawal, instead of leaving a small footprint on the ground, with a QRF and advisory force (which, to be fair, would present its own, even greater margin for debacle…). To be sure, he’s the one that is responsible, as the CinC, of calling for—or just allowing—a rushed, unannounced, middle of the night evacuation of Bagram Air Base.

To be sure, he’s the one responsible for having intelligence advisors that allowed themselves to be “shocked” by the speed with which the Afghan National Army folded, and allowed the Taliban to roll across the country so rapidly.

But…here’s the thing…We all KNEW this was going to happen. From a complete lack of a coherent strategic vision from the beginning, to the piss-poor job we have done at managing unit rotations over the last eighty years ( remember when servicemen were enlisted “for the duration, plus X months?” Pepperidge Farms remembers. Remember when units deployed to a combat theater and remained there until the task was complete? Pepperidge Fucking Farm remembers!); from the complete lack of will in the American populace and the political machine, to the whole “Graveyard of Empires” thing…we all KNEW this was going to happen. Period.

Whether we left now, or ten years ago, or ten years from now. Whether we poured a few billion more dollars, or a few thousand more American GI lives into the meat grinder, we knew, as soon as we left, that the Afghan government was going to fold like a wet suit, and the Taliban was going to overrun the country. Any reasonably intelligent and observant American knew that. I guarantee you that the political class knew it. The military command structure knew it. The Taliban knew it. The Afghan people sure as shit knew it.

I’ve pointed out, in my first book, and in any number of articles on the blog, that the Taliban, like any insurgency, didn’t have to win. They didn’t even have to “not lose.” All they had to do was make sure the populace remembered that, when the invaders (that would be us…) left, they would still be around. They did that. Through the initial invasion, through the surge, through it all, the people of Afghanistan—and it didn’t matter if they are Hazari, Pashtun, Tajik, or whatever tribe, KNEW the Taliban was still there, waiting in the shadows. If they forgot, overawed by the technological might of the Imperial War Machine, the Taliban would wait a few days, and then they’d show up, and chop off a few heads, as a reminder, before going back to sit in the shadows and wait.

The simple fact is, anyone with an IQ above about 68 KNEW this was going to be the result when we pulled out, and it didn’t matter if it was Joe Biden or someone else. Anyone who claims they sincerely believed that there would be a different outcome quite probably also believes that their favorite hooker actually loves them…or they’re lying through their teeth.

(3) I’m certainly no apologist for Stumblin’ Joe, but trying to put all the blame solely on his shoulders, is the kind of stupid fucking propaganda horseshit that keeps us lashing out at our fellow citizens, instead of paying attention to the motherfuckers that are really to blame.

Biden has been in the White House for what? Seven months? The first US SOF officially hit the ground in Afghanistan in early October of 2001. That’s like 238 months…Yes, Joe Biden was a senior senator at that time, and as a member of that “august body” (gag. I just threw up in my mouth), certainly shares some of the blame, but the ineptitude and lack of conviction—even the outright malfeasance—that ended up in the shit show that we’re watching now? That rides on more than just Joe Biden’s shoulders.

If we’re going to blame someone for unnecessary loss of US life in Afghanistan? Let’s go back to January 2002, and blame the GWB administration for not having a coherent end-state goal, and a lack of willingness to simply say, “Hey, fuckheads. We came to knock the Taliban out of power. Our SOF did that in 90 days. Here’s your country back. Y’all go do your thing. We’re out, motherfuckers!” It wouldn’t have changed the final outcome, but it would have reduced American loss of life dramatically. Instead, between the Joint Chiefs insisting that Big Green needed boots on the ground, to justify defense spending, and Cheney wanting to get Halliburton on the ground making bank, it was decided we needed to try some of that there Clinton-style “nation building!” Gots to get paid, yo!

If we’re going to place blame, let’s go back and blame the BHO administration for not living up to his campaign promises to “end the war,” and pull US troops out. We’d still have lost those who were already dead, but it would have stopped the loss of further US lives. But, no, we gotta keep pouring more effort into failure, because sunk cost fallacy is fucking real. “We can’t let those guys die in vain! Instead, let’s go get a bunch more of our own killed instead!”

If we’re going to place blame, let’s blame the DJT administration for the exact same thing. Let’s blame the DJT administration for making deals with the Taliban, bypassing our “allies” the Afghan government, thus ensuring the Taliban that we weren’t actually that concerned about the success of the Afghan government.

If we’re going to place blame, let’s blame every motherfucker that insisted we needed to wait longer to withdraw, because a few more dead will surely stabilize things, and get us out “with honor.” Newsflash: there’s no honor in losing, no matter how you try to gild it.

If we’re going to place blame, let’s blame all the fucking defense contract companies of Ike’s “military-industrial complex” who kept lobbying for more time and money to be spent, because fucking fortunes were being made there! (To be fair, I’m not talking about individual private military contractors. At the end of the day, every single dude I’ve know who went the contractor route, did it because it was a way to stay in the fight, “serving” their country, while actually making a decent living to support their families. I don’t even begrudge that, even if I despise the owners of the contract companies who were cashing in.)

If we’re going to place blame, let’s look at all the congressmen (yes, including Joe Biden) who continued to vote to support the budget requests needed to keep up the charade that we would “eventually” prevail in Afghanistan, “someday,” if we just kept pouring bodies and money into it. Hell, let’s look at the voters who bought into the false dialectic of R v. D, and voted for the warmongering profiteer “representatives’ to get into, or stay in, office, to keep getting bribed by lobbyist money and junkets.

To be sure, Biden is a tool, and certainly carries his share of the “blame,” but if we’re going to play the blame game, let’s at least make sure that everybody is getting their share of the prize. He just happened to be the dumb motherfucker who was stupid enough to want the job, when it finally ended.

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At the end of the day? Sure, I’m upset, probably. Hell, I may even be sad. But honestly? I don’t really feel either of those emotions at the visceral level. I was long ago resigned to this ending. My only “hope” is that we’re not sending troops back in six months or a year, and dumping more lives into it. They want to kill each other? Let them kill each other. It’s not our fucking problem.

Given the state of affairs in the world at large, and the US specifically, I’d say that right now, we’ve got way bigger problems to deal with here, and they will be even worse in six months, and worse still in a year. Fuck Afghanistan.

A Range PT Drill: “Let’s Play Commando!”

An older training drill we like to run on my home range. I post training drills like this, regularly, on Patreon. If you’re not subscribing, it’ll help give you an idea of what you’re missing out on. –JM


This is a Range PT drill. We got a new neighbor recently, and as we were getting introduced, he mentioned that he’s a powerlifter, and has competed in Strongman competition. We started comparing notes on home gyms, and he offered me an extra Atlas Stone that he had. It’s a little 150# stone, but it was perfect for some of the Range PT stuff we do, so I accepted, and almost immediately came up with a Range PT drill built around it.

One of the issues with Range PT is building drills that replicate the energy systems demands of actual operational requirements, rather than just turning them into “smoke sessions” that are more punitive than educational. This one does a pretty fair job of being educational/developmental.

One of the things the inexperienced often overlook is the requirement to actually commute to work (the fight), before you get to start doing the cool guy stuff like shooting bad dudes in the face. Often, this commute will be simply patrolling to an ORP, and then conducting final preparations for the assault, but many times—especially in recent years—they have involved things like long foot-mobile insertions, from off-set landing zones or laager points, and often those movements will be under load (at a minimum fighting load and assault pack. Often with other loads incorporated). Sometimes, once you get to the objective, the mission requires physically strenuous activities like physically breaching a wall or door, BEFORE you even get onto the objective and start the face-shooting.

This drill is run for 3x, with one minute of rest in between rounds. Target is either an A-Zone steel at 50 yards, or an IPSC/IDPA silhouette at 50 yards, with anything except Alphas counted as misses. I’ve only run it a couple times so far, so I don’t have an established par time yet, but the standard so far is “0 misses,” and run it as fast as possible.

Start with a 100yd stone carry (if you don’t have an Atlas Stone, a sandbag or duffel bag, loaded to 100-150# would make an acceptable alternate). You’re basically coming up with something big, heavy, and awkward to carry. Carry it to the 50 yard line and back. Immediately do 5x tire flips. Our tire is between 350-400#, but any large tractor tire over 250# would work. If you don’t have a tire, substitute 5x burpees instead. Then, run 100 yards (to the 50 and back). Immediately upon crossing the line, you have 5 seconds to “Make Ready” by unslinging your rifle and making sure it’s ready to go to work.

On the signal to begin, shoot the “D-Drill.” This is 5 shots each from standing, kneeling, and prone, at 50 yards, with a mandatory emergency reload somewhere in there (set it up with a 10rd and a 5rd magazine, and let your buddy load the rifle at the beginning of each round). Generally, on the D-Drill, 20 seconds, with zero misses is considered par, with anything less than 15 seconds considered an “expert” run.

As it stands now, my performance criteria for this drill is “you have to continue moving at all times, with no stops. You cannot set the stone down, and you have to ‘run’ the entire run portion (‘running’ is delineated from walking by the fact that at a run, only one foot can be in contact with the ground at any time, whereas in a walk, both feet will be on the ground at the same time). You might run slow, but you have to be running. Finally, a 25-30 second par for the D-Drill portion, because you’re going to be smoked when you get to the shooting portion, after doing a 200 yard insertion, carrying a load for half of it, and then having to “breach” a wall manually….

Good hunting!

Back In The Saddle Again….

Check out the open access article on Patreon. Cool news, including (1) We’re back to doing some open-enrollment classes, and (2) I’ll be posting a little bit of content and updates here, as well as on the Patreon site, but (3) I’ll now be doing videos on Patreon. (4) Two new books coming out, soon. Guerrilla Gunfighter 3 will be out the end of August, or early in September, and Volume 4 will be out shortly thereafter, by Christmas, at the latest.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/54458620