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The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two: The Underground

The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two:

The Underground
Concepts, Methods, and Skills for Living in A Collapsing Society

Volume One of The Reluctant Partisan focused on the rural guerrilla skills needed to establish security for retreat locations and rural communities. Volume Two follows the doctrinal construction of an insurgency by covering the underground.

This volume focuses on urban skills needed for surviving the continuing collapse of the socio-economic and political/legal order in our world. According to the US Census Bureau, over 80% of Americans live in areas defined as “urban.” The rest of us have to go to town at least occasionally, to buy groceries (and take the wife to a movie!).

Absent an epic, immediate event, such as an EMP event, or sudden nuclear exchange with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect a) everyone to move to the country, giving up high-paying jobs for subsistence wages in the boondocks, and b) to quit going into town for groceries and other needs and desires.

With the events occurring in Ferguson, MO and other urban areas, the importance of community defense organizations that allow people to rely on themselves and each other for survival are all too obvious. Whether you’re fighting cannibalistic San Franciscan rioters in order to get home from work, or trying to escape the urban madhouse, from direct-action defense to intelligence collection and assessment; from building resilient, cellular networks of trusted associates, to developing an autonomous economy within—and outside of—those networks, to communications concepts and other tradecraft, Volume Two of The Reluctant Partisan picks up where Volume One left off, and keeps swinging from the floor.

From general and specific discussions of the specific skills needed to establish and utilize a functioning cellular underground in an urban area, to drills and practical exercises needed to master them, along with one of the most popular features of Volume One—the POI that I use to teach classes—Volume Two promises to be better, more user friendly, and more useful in general, than Volume One was.

As we did with Volume One (only better, because I’ve learned from most of my mistakes along the way, and hopefully have improved….), in cooperation with Sam Culper and Forward Observer, we’re going to offer a one-time, limited-time chance to pre-order the ebook version. This is a pre-sale event. Sam will open the link in the FO Store on 1DEC14 and it will stay open until 14DEC14, to order the ebook. It will be delivered to your inbox on 25DEC….Yep, consider it a “Christmas present” from John (except, well you’re paying a small fee for it, of course).

The cost of the pre-order will be $15.00. After the pre-order period ends, there WILL BE NO MORE EBOOK VERSION AVAILABLE!!! The hard copy (not hard cover…) will go on sale 1JAN15, and be ready to ship at that time.

Improvements (besides new information, obviously):

1) This will be a full-size 8.5×11 book, so the small font size will be a non-issue.

2) The shipping and order processing issues we’ve had to deal with recently have been remedied (see my notes at the bottom on these issues), so the book will be to you much sooner after you order it.

I’m currently working on the final revisions on most of the book, with two chapters that I am completely rewriting. This volume currently sits at 450+ pages. It may lose a few, but it’s more likely to end up running closer to 500 pages. It’s going to be a BIG book. It’s been a lot of work—perhaps harder to organize and write than the first volume was. I don’t know what the final hard copy price will be, until I get the complete work to the printer and get a quote from him. It SHOULD be less expensive than Volume One, despite the size differences, but don’t hold me to that.

So, what’s in the book so far?

Introduction: “I’m Rick Jam…..errr…Nostradamus, Bitch!”

  • Where we are on the Scale O’ Doom

  • How that affects Life and Preparedness

Chapter One: “Let’s Get DOWN!”

  • What is the Underground, and how does it apply to Survival Preparedness?

  • Cellular Network Construction. You’re already doing it, and you don’t even know it.

  • Recruiting: Be selective now, and you’ll find more good people as you need them, I promise.

Chapter Two: “We don’t need no steenkin’ training!”

  • Training and Education within the underground

  • Core Cadre as a training and education force multiplier

  • Direct-Action Training Considerations

  • Finance and Procurement Training Considerations

  • Propaganda/PSYOP/MISO Training Considerations

  • Intelligence and CI Training Considerations

Chapter Three: “All ‘Bout the Benjamins”

  • Historical trends in funding the underground

  • Your Storage Preps are NOT a revenue source.

  • Barter goods,” as you know them are bullshit.

  • What the black market REALLY wants, and what you can get for it.

  • Finance and exchange within and without the network.

Chapter Four: “Eat Their Brains!”

  • The Importance of PSYOP/MISO

  • The PSYOP Process

  • It’s not about convincing each other.

  • If you scare the sheep, you’ll have to chase them down to save them.

  • Teddy was wrong. Sometimes you need to speak loudly and carry a big stick.

Chapter Five: “Teacher’s Pet”

  • Intelligence and CI cells within the network

  • Fundamentals of Military Intelligence

  • Fundamentals of CI

  • Intelligence Collection: IR/PIR/etc

  • Intelligence Analysis Considerations and Methods

  • Communications for Intel Distribution

Chapter Six: “Hey, Let’s Play Doctor!”

  • Strengths of the Underground for Medical Care

  • Medical Cells in the network.

  • Medical and Nursing Considerations for the Underground

  • An Ounce of Prevention is worth 50 pounds of Cure.

Chapter Seven: “I’m To Old For This Shit!”

  • Passive Resistance Considerations

Chapter Eight: “Leroy Brown!”

  • Cool-Guy Action Figure Direct-Action Cells

  • Operations for Urban DA

  • Combat operations in built-up areas for the DA Cell

  • Vehicle-Mounted Urban patrolling operations for the DA Cell

Chapter Nine: “I’ve Got a Black Belt! (and a couple of brown ones, and even a really cool, metal spiked on that looks like a dog collar!)

  • General Urban Self-Protection Issues for the Underground

  • So, what is this “awareness” shit, anyway?

  • Battlefield Recovery: Combat Rifle with stuff other than AR15/M4

  • Clandestine Carry Pistol: The “Rifle” for the Non-Permissive Environment

  • Unarmed Combatives: When even a pistol is more than you can get away with.

  • Vehicle-Mounted Urban Survival: When you don’t have a DA cell that can ride around with you all fucking day.

Chapter Ten: “Ludwig, you can kiss my ass, I’m outta here!”

  • Escape-and-Evasion cells and networks

  • The Evasion Plan-of-Action for the Underground

Appendix One: “More Shit from the Schoolyard”

  • Clandestine Carry Pistol POI

  • Combat Rifle POI (for the AK, FAL, and M1A)

  • Vehicle-Based Patrolling POI

  • CQB/Room-Clearing, and fighting in built-up areas POI

Appendix Two: “The Big Bad Wolf ain’t getting nothing here!”

  • Hardening and Defending Buildings and Neighborhoods

Recent issues with Volume One:

We’ve had a couple of relatively minor issues with Volume One, and of course, the big one that everyone has complained about. Let’s take a minute and look at some of them, and how I’ve fixed them for the future:

1) Tiny-ass font size: When I sent Volume One to the printer, it was a full-size PDF file, with 12-point text. Unfortunately, when they shrank it down to fit the pocket-size format, the text shrank accordingly. Is what it is…..

For Volume Two, we’re actually going to keep it as a full-size, 8.5×11, book. So, you’ll have nice, big, 12-point text to read easier.

2) Initially, when we started taking Internet orders through FO, Sam C. would forward me all the orders received once a week. I would package the orders, and ship them the following week, when I could get to the post office. This means, many orders were shipping a full two weeks after the order was placed.

We’ve fixed that, by having book orders forwarded, automatically, to my Inbox. This means, orders are going out within a couple days of being placed, not two weeks later.

3) In light of my very vocal, very loud, advocacy of “support local community businesses,” I decided to utilize a (relatively) local printer, instead of an anonymous, online print service like CreateSpace or Lulu. Obviously, either of those would have a) increased visibility to the buying market (I’m pretty sure the 1450+ subscribers to this blog are not ALL the people in the world who would find the information useful and interesting—besides, I KNOW I ain’t sold no 1450 copies…..), and b) made my life much easier by allowing the printer to handle all of the labor in getting the books out. Unfortunately, I am more interested in standing by my beliefs than I am in making a fortune as an author (otherwise, I’d be writing horror or romance novels, right?).

This has actually not been much of an issue (it just takes me a couple of hours a week to package and ship the books), until the last print run. The printer decided to change glues, didn’t like the result, and switched back without letting me know, so some orders got shipped a week later than typical even. I have discussed it with them and this has been fixed so it will be a non-issue in the future as well.

The only other option was ordering a supply to hold on hand. I don’t have room—or funds—to sit on a couple hundred copies of the book that might never get sold….

New Article up at FO

According to Sam:

“Wow… what an amazing article, dude. That’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

Another FO Podcast

Sam wants to do another podcast interview. What subjects would the readership like to hear discussed? Comment below.

FO Radio Podcast

Sam Culper gave me a call the other night, and did an interview for the Forward Observer Radio podcast. The results are available here:

Clandestine Carry Pistol AAR

Six of us attended Johns Clandestine Carry pistol class. This class was modified by John at the request of the host to focus on the hand to hand techniques and force on force iterations. [Actually, as I mentioned to the host, it was an easy mod, since it more closely followed the actual POI, just in a streamlined and compressed format. –JM] All of the students except one have trained with John at least once prior and two or three have taken 5-6 classes prior to this one [with me, specifically. The host has trained with a metric shit ton of trainers beyond me –JM]. We had 2 students who were 6’2″ or 3″ and about 200lbs, 2 students that were 5’8″ and 260lbs, one student that was 5′ 5″ and a chiseled 150lbs [former collegiate wrestler at a powerhouse wrestling college no less –JM]and one student that was 5’11” 220 lbs. Age range was 25-45 or so. You’ll see why this is important to know later.

Day 1 started with some basic gun handling with focus on grip, 4 count draw stroke and firing from 2 and 3. It was a good refresher and after lunch we moved inside a large building to begin learning some personal defense techniques. I can’t express to you how GRATEFUL I am that we were able to be indoors on a wrestling mat. The rest of the day was spent learning the fence, helmet, dive and arm drag technique. We practiced these slow to get the motions right and then we did it full speed (or tried) to see how it worked in a live situation. Our collective asses were dragging at the end of the day.

Day 2 was dedicated mostly to fighting our way into a more dominant position. John did a great job of explaining the positional hierarchy and how gaining a better position, however small can lead to a win. He also explained and demonstrated how in real life its never pretty and sometimes being in a position where the other party may have you crushed under their weight its not all bad as long as they aren’t able to do serious damage to you from that particular position.

At one point we went full speed with the attacker striking full-force with boxing gloves, but the defender using only the combatives grappling methods we’d learned, with everyone getting a chance to go at each other including John. It was interesting to note that the different body types forced you to change strategy. Full speed scenarios also reiterated the FACT that you will only rise to the level of training you have mastered. I’m not bragging when I say that I was probably the strongest person there at least from the chest up but rather pointing out that I still got my ass WORKED by several of the other students including the ex-collegiate wrestler who weighed 150lbs.

Day 3 ROCKED THE EFFIN HOUSE!!!! It was almost all full contact with UFC gloves masks and G17 sims guns. Everyone carried concealed at AIWB. We put a pair of fighters on the mat while everyone else watched, critiqued, roared with laughter and dodged incoming rounds. Everyone won some and everyone lost some and EVERYBODY left some blood on the mat. Some more than others. We saw some draw fumbles, mags drop from guns, people draw to soon, draw to late, out of battery guns from contact, disarmed and shot etc. All of us went at least a half dozen times or more with varying partners.

Some observations from my perspective. Its much harder than you think to get your gun into the fight from concealment when the other guy is less than 10′ or so. Action is always faster than reaction. Speed, surprise and violence of action really is key (Right, John?). You have to commit 110%. Just because you’re on your back does NOT mean you lose. In fact, depending on the position you may have the advantage. Being on the top does not mean you own them. I literally had a gun stuck up the crack of ass. Fortunately for me my adversary had mercy and did not pull the trigger. I was very happy with most of my draw strokes (I did fumble a couple) and I feel I did very well in the accuracy under stress department. I can say without a doubt that that has direct correlation to my dry-fire practice sessions over the years. So, again master the skills and you WILL perform well.

To sum it up this class was hard, and at times painful but that’s the reason it was so instructive. There is NO substitute for full contact training. If you’ve never gone full speed with another dude trying to kick your ass then you have NO clue. Your paradigm WILL shift.



As of today, all orders I have recieved from FO have shipped. I know some guys were getting a little worried about the delays.

I apologize for them. I was out of town for a week and a half, dealing with a death in the family. I got a little behind on things.

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

The Reluctant Partisan

I’m going to leave this here. If you’ve ordered and read The Reluctant Partisan, Volume One: The Guerrilla, feel free to leave comments, positive or negative, in the comments below.


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