Thursday, November 19, 2015

Brainstorm: Urban survival tactics

There will be a closed Brainstorm event for Annual members only focused on urban survival tactics on Saturday; I've tentatively scheduled it for 7 PM EST. I am waiting to hear back from the two panelists I have invited, both of whom have extensive urban tactical training and military experience. We will be discussing the Paris attacks, the possibility of future attacks in the USA and likely targets, and what we in the West can realistically do about the reality of 4GW in our hometowns.

If you're interested in signing up to be an Annual member, you can do so via the Castalia store. Benefits include a free pass to both the Game Dev and Business Startup courses.



Blogger Nate November 19, 2015 9:23 AM  

This is a good time to start thinking about taking a weapons course. If you've never taken one or you're an old pro... there is always something out there you can pick up... and its a fun way to spend a weekend.

look around your area. I'll bet you'll find some good stuff available.

Blogger Carl Philipp November 19, 2015 9:31 AM  

I'll have to look into weapon carry laws in NYC. How much I can get away with. I know I can't carry an 18 inch machete in public.

If I buy an annual Brainstorm membership, does it last until 1 year from purchase date, or until the end of December? I've seen "annual" memberships that work both ways.

Anonymous Geoff November 19, 2015 10:18 AM  

Thanks for the kick in the behind. I've been procrastinating signing up for the Annual Membership, but no longer. This is exactly the type of Brainstorm I need.

Blogger VD November 19, 2015 10:24 AM  

If I buy an annual Brainstorm membership, does it last until 1 year from purchase date, or until the end of December?

One full year.

Anonymous Lukas Brunnor November 19, 2015 10:45 AM  

This is a good time to start thinking about taking a weapons course.

Has anyone here had any experience with Moutain Guerrilla? I've read that blog on and off for several years and he offers not just weapons training but various combat and survival related courses as well. Seems like he knows his stuff. His view on the AR/AK debate is definitely worth a read and a good place to start if you haven't been over there.

An Ilkmoot at such a place would be a great idea.

Blogger Nate November 19, 2015 10:52 AM  

"I'll have to look into weapon carry laws in NYC."


Anonymous Burromir November 19, 2015 11:04 AM  

Re: Brainstorm - do you have to show up for the live stream or can you view them at your leisure?

Blogger VD November 19, 2015 11:19 AM  

Brainstorm - do you have to show up for the live stream or can you view them at your leisure?

It's live. Sometimes there are transcripts.

Blogger Master debater November 19, 2015 11:30 AM  

I mostly lurk here but this is a topic I know something about. Did a year in Afghanistan as an 11B but I live in NYC so I've been able to interpret many of the skills over to urban situations. Specifically the driving skills. A good resource on the east coast is "on point tactical tracking". They do several urban EE type classes. The founder ,Kevin Reeve, used to run Tom Browns tracker school. If you haven't read about him you should.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 19, 2015 11:50 AM  

"I'll have to look into weapon carry laws in NYC."

Look all you like but it is still going to be a highly capricious "May Issue to Residents Only" "Fuck no we don't honor other carry permits," place. The application fee is ridiculous and if they turn you down they are keeping it.

They do have to say in writing why they are turning you down and it can be overturned in court if found capricious but they know the right wording to avoid that, so it almost never happens.

Blogger SirHamster November 19, 2015 1:24 PM  


I hope you can get the transcripts out soon, because my schedule hasn't permitted me to attend many of the recent Brainstorms.

Love the value of this program, you've got my sub for next year if this quality is maintained.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 19, 2015 1:26 PM  

Sort of on topic.

Apparently today is National Ammo Day.

Blogger Carl Philipp November 19, 2015 1:46 PM  

@6 because I live and work there.
@10 thanks for the heads up. I'll also have to look up what rules my place of employment has - I'm hoping they don't have a restriction on even small legal knives or some bs like that.

Blogger Master debater November 19, 2015 2:11 PM  

Why would you care about work restriction? They have no law enforcement authority.

Anonymous Alas November 19, 2015 2:50 PM  

@14 They have "fire your ass" authority which matters to most people.

Blogger Mo November 19, 2015 2:56 PM  

This is a good time to start thinking about taking a weapons course.

A semi-related point on arming/training your wife or daughter. If you've never trained a woman to shoot before -- consider turning her over to someone who has. My husband had never taught a woman to shoot (I don't think he'd ever even gone shooting with a woman) and I spent a year or two thinking I just couldn't handle a pistol. I could never manage the slide without looking like a total spaz. One session with a trainer, and it was a cinch. It dinged his pride a bit, but he got over it pretty quick.

My original S&W .357 magnum will always hold a special place in my heart, but I looooooooove my Springfield XD .40.

Our Christmas presents to each other -- a tactical training course.

I'll have to look into weapon carry laws in NYC.

Speaking as a refugee from the People's Republic of NYC...don't bother. If you want it, you can't have it.

Blogger Master debater November 19, 2015 3:58 PM  

Sure. But they'd only know about a weapon after defending yourself. Which raises the question. If you truly need to defend yourself, does an employers "policy" really enter into it?

Blogger Carl Philipp November 19, 2015 4:15 PM  

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Blogger SciVo November 19, 2015 5:20 PM  

I would say that when it comes to a natural right, your employer's opinion doesn't matter; only their behavior does. So I wouldn't bother looking into their policy, if it's something that you would do and keep discreet either way.

Blogger Lukas Brunnor November 19, 2015 7:04 PM  

Was this Brainstorm cancelled? I never received an email invite.

Blogger LP999/S.I.G. Burnin' Up! November 19, 2015 9:43 PM  

Are the panelists positive on being trained with both the blade and fire arms? Is it ideal if one can attempt training (including good maintenance) of both gun and sword/knife?

For example, working knowledge that many of fathers instilled in their kids of countless uses for a simple pen knife to some fencing/use of fire arms.

Blogger TheRedSkull November 19, 2015 9:57 PM  

Bad news: James LaFonde's urban collapse scenario.

Doesn't sound like cities are too survivable. Whites are not allowed the right of collective self defense.

Blogger SirHamster November 19, 2015 10:03 PM  

Was this Brainstorm cancelled? I never received an email invite.

Date is tentatively this Saturday.

Blogger Artisanal Toad November 19, 2015 10:39 PM  

and what we in the West can realistically do about the reality of 4GW in our hometowns.

First, recognize that we're at war. If that doesn't happen, it's over. I'm not one of your participants, so I'll just offer my thoughts now and you guys can choose to discuss or not discuss as you wish.

No discussion of such events can realistically evaluate solutions without a discussion of the "man in the middle" which is the security apparatus of whatever state has jurisdiction. Differing political viewpoints will assess the situation differently (duh!) but the fact remains that in the vast majority of the situations the security apparatus of the state is the ally of the invaders by simply upholding the laws that never envisioned such an invasion. Any person who is engaged in resistance to the invasion is subject to detainment, arrest, prosecution and punishment under a legal rubric that has no exception for the current circumstances. This situation has a significant deterrent effect on resistance. However, technology is opening Pandora's box. The problem, in this case, is Pandora is a nympho-maniacal slut.

Carrying weapons is a reactionary defensive protocol for people subject to draconian rules. What about offensive action? Without offense there is no victory.

The essential forensic assumption at any time a weapon is fired is there is a human holding the weapon. From a technology standpoint this is no longer reliable but that's still the way it is. If a remote-control drone can be built and operated with OTS tech, it is trivial for a nearly identical remote-control tech to be developed to operate firearms from a remote site using wireless control. When the platform plan using common components and open-source code is released, you have a game-changing situation because the shooter can literally be separated from the weapon by thousands of miles. 3D printed weapons is nothing compared to this.

Yes, I know, that sword slices both ways, but it's a numbers game in a genocidal conflict.

Separate the shooter from the weapon and the only tool the security forces have left is DNA and the hope they could tie someone to the weapon after the fact. That assumes they could find said weapon. And... the problem for the security apparatus is in such a conflict, over time they will truly become the "man in the middle" subject to hostile fire from both sides.

The problem with an IED is it's a single-use weapon and explosives are difficult to come by. Something as simple as a Ruger 10-22 can be silenced easily (oil filter with grease sprayed on the inside) and has a reasonable range of 100 yards in which it can inflict serious damage. Bump it up to the venerable M-1 Carbine and you have a weapon system that will deliver killing shots out to 200 yards. That's a huge cone of fire in which to investigate, especially in an urban setting. Use any of the common high-capacity pistols and you've got a very small package that can be mounted in a surprisingly interesting number of places. The average urban environment is saturated with wireless signal and that's to say nothing of the 4G networks. What are they going to do? Shut off the phones and internet?

Blogger Artisanal Toad November 19, 2015 10:45 PM  

Remember the 1st rule of forensic investigation: a human was pulling the trigger. If it wasn't possible for a human to be there, they don't give the location a second glance. And way back in my hind-brain I'm remembering the wisdom of one of my sniper instructors: "the best place to hide is in an open field. The human mind dismisses it and looks for cover and concealment." How much more so the brain's ability to ignore a location no human could ever be. Like the side of a building or a lamp-post.

A defensive position is always untenable over time because the war is only won by offensive combat. One goes on the defense to consolidate, rest, recover and train in preparation for another offensive campaign. This is more complicated when it comes to defending hearth and home but it simply re-emphasizes the fact that the tactical advantage always goes to the offensive movement. Close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or repel the enemies' assault by fire and close combat. Take the fight to them because if you let the enemy bring the fight to you on his terms and his timetable you're going to get hurt.

I think it was Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest who said "Them what gets thar fustess with the mostess wins." It also seems somehow perversely appropriate to bring up Lord Montrose because it's true: "He fears his fate too much or his deserts are small, who dares not put it too the touch, to win or lose it all." When the trigger is pulled from miles away, what fate does one have to fear other than their own loose lips? That's the game-changer.

I worked in a certain Southern city a couple of years back in which the city fathers decided to plop down the bucks and buy an acoustic gunshot detection system. When they rolled it out they did months of research mapping where the most shooting took place and when they were ready they swarmed those areas with cops. If somebody pulled the trigger the cops got the data in their squadcar within seconds, mapped within 20 feet. If it was a drive-by they got the location, direction and speed of the vehicle. The cops were literally arriving while the shooting was still happening or the idiots in question (IIQ's) were standing there with still-smoking weapons. Interestingly, the cops did some testing and discovered that suppressed weapons evaded their acoustic detectors. The acoustic detectors have their limitations, but they will become more popular as a law enforcement tool in the future.

Research "solvent trap converter" and consider the fact that a large oil filter liberally sprayed on the inside with lithium disulphide grease will suppress the sound of a gunshot better than a top of the line sionics silencer. At a cost of about $6.95 and whatever the squirt of grease cost. The first round pops a hole in the end of the filter. Unscrew and throw it away when finished. Is it illegal? Of course!

But, what if said totally illegal shooting system is installed in an innocuous place and once every few weeks or so (30 round mag) it gets used to deliver a *single* precisely aimed shot that ends a life. Counter-sniper doctrine and practice simply doesn't work on this one. Trust me. A half-dozen such platforms suitably installed months prior (who pays attention to maintenance people?) could render a so-called "no-go-zone" a self-imposed kill zone.

How would that work? Remember, Google is your friend. Take a look at the "Beltway Snipers" and drill down. The economic damage was estimated to be in the Billions of dollars during their 3-week spree. Now, imagine those same bozos had purchased a utility maintenance vehicle and installed a dozen of the devices I've just described (wildly inflated cost of $1000 each). Instead of driving around, they meet every day at Starbux or Micky-D's and use their free wifi to pop a few people.

We see the same thing here except that we've got a huge army of gamers who can handle a dozen modules with ease.

Blogger Artisanal Toad November 19, 2015 10:46 PM  

But, wait! You say the signal can be detected and located! Really? I can think of a half-dozen ways to run a network of remote shooters that would give the NSA fits trying to locate them. And I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to tech. I know guys who would consider this child's play given the right equipment.

Now... let's talk about the rolling bombs. Internal combustion engines use a highly explosive substance called gasoline. Want to guess what a tracer round does when it hits the gas tank? Especially if the tank is about empty? Ka-Boom! A few ball rounds to open the tank and get the gas on the ground, then a tracer or two to start the fire. First thing that goes is the tires. Lots of smoke. Then the tank explodes, lots of flame and heat. Again, all while sipping your fru-fru drink at Starbux.

The worst (or best, considering your POV) part about it is the best targets of opportunity are the security forces drawn to the area and the rubber-neckers. That's where the .22's come into their own. Virtually no sound, just damage. Target legs and people go down, nobody knows where it came from. Lots of screaming. Efforts to rescue. More people go down. Security forces are now pretty much required to act. Ka-Boom. Ka-Boom. Civilian population scared shitless and suddenly nobody on the street. Security forces completely intimidated, especially by the fact they are completely unable to deal with the threat.

The reason this works so well in "no-go" zones is such areas have their own security forces. They're usually just local thugs without experience or training. The real security forces are uniformed and official, offering an easy ID. When the locals see their so-called "security" is powerless, they shift back to the legitimate security forces. When the legitimate security forces realize they aren't being targeted, and it doesn't take long, they realize they have someone (anonymous) on their side and gain confidence.

I only have one experience in which the local security forces were contacted during an operation for coordination, but it took less than 5 minutes. In that case I had live shooters in place and my XO coordinated with the locals (he was native). The cops knew they weren't being targeted and knew they had covering fire and it worked out well. Knowing you have overwatch in place is HUGE and it really doesn't matter who they are as long as they're protecting you. I didn't have a chance to follow up on that but I wish I had.

All my experience with real teams using hand-held weapon systems is dwarfed by what could be done with remote-controlled weapon systems. In the real world a sniper fires a single shot and scoots 50% of the time. Maybe he takes another shot. Maybe, just maybe he takes a third, but at that point they're moving out and their movement makes them targets.

In urban terrain this changes a bit but it depends on the opposition and threat. The game-changer is separating the weapon from the shooter in a precision shooting environment.

Blogger Curtis November 20, 2015 2:43 AM  

Guerrilla America =

Mason Dixon Tactical =

Max Velocity Tactical =

Mountain Guerrilla =

The Defensive Training Group =

Blogger Gapeseed November 20, 2015 11:01 AM  

Vox, would love to be a member of Brainstorm and specifically attend Saturday's session, but my schedule is capricious, including Saturday. But urban combat is a great and relevant topic.

As for weapons in NYC, carried guns are out unless you're Donald Trump or Spike Lee. At home weapons are also problematic, but the permits are much easier to obtain. In terms of walkabout weapons, I've heard bo staffs are legal, although proficiency and sideway glances might then be a concern.

Blogger TheMissus November 21, 2015 6:44 PM  

We signed up for Annual Brainstorm last night, but we haven't gotten an invite to this event. Has it been rescheduled?

Blogger MidKnight (#138) November 21, 2015 8:22 PM  

Had to jump out after an hour and a half -

Mindset was repeatedly mentioned - the need to constantly expose yourself to the idea that what you do and decide to do can make a life-or-death difference, and the impact it makes on one's life and preparedness for meeting violence. It sounds like what I've heard related to constant concealed carry - that it makes you live aware of the potential for violence and responsibility of wielding deadly force, and that it ultimately changes your outlook.

Reminds me of ESR's essay on carry and mindset - Ethics from the Barrel of a gun. I've found the lessons apply to many environments where you constantly have to be aware of life and death options.

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