Self-defense in a “flash mob”‏ / Riot?

Ferfal,
Do you have any thoughts about how a CPL/CCW/CHL holder should react in a flash mob situation that turns potentially violent? I know that the best scenario would be to leave when the mob begins, but say you’re trapped in a store when they start trashing the place, and they see you and decide you’re to blame for their economic troubles and start to come at you. In such a situation, your life is in definite danger, but you can’t just start shooting indiscriminately. Any advice? With the Ferguson ruling expected any day now, things might get interesting in a hurry.

Dan
Hi Dan,
Its an interesting topic. Right now we’re waiting to see what happens in Ferguson but this can truly happen anywhere. Between riots, looting and flash mobs, its important to know how to react, what to do and what NOT to do.
First, get proper training. Even before buying a gun, learn how to use it properly. Shooting cans with your cousin or uncle does not constitute professional defensive shooting training. If you haven’t been properly trained, no matter how well you think you shoot you still haven’t don’t know how to FIGHT with the gun, and that’s very different from target practice and hunting.
Second, its important to actually carry your weapon at all times whenever possible. I have said so many times but its worth repeating. The gun left in the safe will do you no good, it’s the one on your hip that matters when the chips are down.
When it comes to dealing with a mob, the first thing to keep in mind is that drawing a gun is the last thing you want to do. Stay calm, its probably not about you and if its not about you don’t change that by bringing your gun to the equation. Leave it in your holster for now. Whenever possible, leaving, even running is better than shooting someone. I’ve been caught in a number of protests, roadblocks and lootings. In most cases you are better served by remaining calm and moving away from the group. That alone works beautifully well. When it comes to getting trapped, try to avoid that as much as possible. Whenever walking into any room, always identify at least two exit points. The one you just walked through would be one, but find another one. Fire or riot, you still need to know how to escape.
If the violence is directed against you and you can’t escape, we’re talking about a pretty bad series of events where many mistakes were already made. In this case, with your safety at risk and a reasonable fear for your life, you can bring out your gun. This doesn’t mean you start shooting, but it may still help, as guns often do. No one wants to get shot, and with your gun drawn you may have bought a few seconds given the surprise/fear factor guns usually have. Make the most of those seconds, move away fast. If you wait too long those nearby may lose that fear, become more bold and try grabbing you forcing you to escalate. Of course you want to avoid this as much as possible. If that’s the only option left and its either shoot or get killed, shoot the closest, most violent attacker first, quickly move to the second one and assess the situation before engaging again. One guy dropping after getting shot usually causes those around him to reconsider their actions. How cool and in control you remain will decide if they rush you or not, so you better know what you are doing and do your best to stay in control.
Maybe the most important thing to keep in mind regarding such a delicate situation is training. Proper training will be crucial so as to control the situation, have enough confidence, project that confidence towards the mob, and ultimately have self-control so as to know when to shoot and when not to. Untrained, nervous people are far more likely to mess up, maybe even accidentally shoot, effectively escalating the situation.
Get training, carry your weapon and stay calm!
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Winter is Coming… at least 10 dead already

Folks, be careful out there.


I hope you have all followed the advice mentioned here before several times. Stock up on basic supplies such as ready to eat food, water, medical supplies, radio, flashlights and batteries. Have alternative means of heating, enough fuel and backup for those. Have a generator, but don’t forget a kerosene heater or a Mr. Heater as your backup’s backup.
Keep in mind the main causes of death that repeat themselves each winter:
*Heart attacks while shoveling snow: Take it VERY easy and take breaks often.
*Exposure: Either because of a mental illness, underestimating the weather conditions or simply ending up trapped in your vehicle in the middle of the storm.
*Car accidents: Avoid going out if possible, get your tire chains and be very careful of black ice.
*Slipping on ice when walking: Lots of injuries and broken hips because of this.
Take care people!
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Thrunite T10T Titanium: Functional, Elegant & Affordable

How useful are flashlights? Let me put it this way: While installing the included clip I dropped one of the small hex screws and had to use the same flashlight I was attempting to install it on to find said screw under the table. I just don’t understand anymore how anyone can function without a flashlight in their pocket.
As it happens with most everyday carry items, flashlights eventually become more than just a tool and it becomes a personal totem, a lucky charm of sorts. We want out gear and tools to work and work well. Be rugged and durable. But if they can look good while doing so that’s even better. In the world of EDC, aluminum is cheap, stainless is tough and classy (though heavy) and titanium means premium, combining both durability and light weight. The Leatherman Charge is a perfect example. Its durable, practical, yet no matter how much you use it, it still holds on and still looks good, providing a small bonus pleasure whenever you clip it to your pocket. EDC items must be functional above all things, but if they also look good and you enjoy having them around then that’s even better.


Thrunite T10T
Thanks to its slick looks and titanium construction, the Thrunite T10T does just that, and it does it at a very affordable price. The T10T is a good looking yet tough flashlight, drop tested to 1.5m and water resistant to IPX-8 (2 meters). Dropping it a few times from a height of 5 feet on a wooden floor the flashlight showed no signs of damage, neither did spending half an hour in a muddy puddle. These aren’t extreme tests but the kind of thing that may happen during normal use when accidentally dropped either indoors or out in the field.


The Thrunite T10T reflects that simplicity and elegance both on its exterior design and its user interface. It uses a single AA battery, commonly available. It has a reverse clicky interface, although it can also be used as a twisty when left ON. Clicking on the tail switch turns the flashlight on and clicking again or tapping on the switch cycles through three different modes, low (0.2 lumens/147 hours), medium (20 lumens/39 hours) and high (169 lumens/ 1.5 hours). The memory function remembers the last mode used. You can choose between cool white or neutral white XP-G2 LED.

ThruNite T10T CW 169 Lumen Single Cree Xp-G2 LED Edc Flashlight

ThruNite T10T 169 Lumen Single CREE XP-G2 LED EDC Flashlight $59.95

The T10T comes in a nice presentation metal box. I generally don’t care about packaging, but it does make for a better presentation when giving it as a gift. The light comes with a clip that is easily installed. This is recommended because it makes the light easier to hold on to, you can clip it to your pocket and it stops the light from rolling around on flat surfaces. Thrunite website shows a two year warranty for any manufacturers related problems and service after that with the client paying for the materials needed for any repairs. Included in the box along with the light is a plastic diffuser wand. This works pretty well and given that the light can stand on its tale it turns the EDC light into a lantern. Given the long runtime and the affordable batteries it uses this makes the T10T a very viable option for power outages and emergency lighting.
The Thrunite T10T is available in Amazon or through Thrunite’s website.


FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Dual Citizenship: Why is it so Important?

Hey FerFal,

After reading about your grandfathers interest in this and how much it
helped your family over the years I looked into this for me and mine.

After several dead ends I think we finally have found a way to get an
EU citizenship for our family.

Mostly it seems to be due to a great grandfather that never got
naturalized here in the US.

Going to work on it as a winters project!

SD

That’s great news!
It may not seem like it, but having a second citizenship is one of the best things you can do not only for yourself, but for your family’s future generations. It’s THAT big a deal, and yet so many people just don’t get it.
Having a second passport, especially a European one means you can walk into any EU country like any other citizen. You have the right to live in any EU country, along with all the rights that implies. In fact, citizenship means that if while traveling or living over there you get sick or injured, you have the right to receive free medical care.
In a worst case scenario, multiple citizenships increase the likeliness of having a passport that may get you through the border when needed the most. It means you can open accounts and buy property much easier than just using your American passport. For your kids or grandkids, like in my case, it means unrestricted access to a new world when you need it the most.
So many people fail to see all this, probably because they’ve never been in that situation, but for those of us that have, like myself, and my grandfather, we know how valuable multiple citizenship can be. Don’t think about you never wanting to leave, or just not being interested in doing it. Don’t think about how many years it may take just to it. Years fly by. It’s just another tool, an extremely powerful one at that, in your bag. Just check your family tree, go online and see if you can get any citizenship. If you can, then don’t think just go for it. You’ll thank me one day, or maybe your grandkids will thank you!
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Rural Crime Keeps Getting Worse: What do criminals look for?

In my first book, “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, I explained that when crime gets to a point as bad as seen in Argentina, living in the country doesn’t mean you’re safe. Actually, it’s often the other way around. Living in the city means you’re exposed to more random acts of crime, given the greater amount of people, but in the country and other isolated properties or homesteads you are exposed to some of the more violent, longer lasting home invasions which in many cases end up with the home owner or his family being tortured, either for sadistic pleasure of the criminals, or in case money is being hidden in a secret location.
Yesterday an article was posted in Argentina’s La Nacion news website explaining the growing amount of such incidents. The subtitle literally reads “The victims, due to fear, started leavings their homesteads and farms, and are moving to urbanized areas with more police presence”.
What are they looking for? “They took everything”, says Carlos, a victim from Los Corralitos region in Mendoza. Cattle gets stolen, so does leather crafts made for sale by locals. Cars, firearms, electric appliances, farm and construction machinery, even tractors everything is taken. Sometimes people get attacked when they come back home from the bank, with the money needed for payments.

Loot recovered from a 15 men gang. They had committed over 18 robberies.

The image shown above shows some of the loot recovered from a gang of 15 criminals that specialized in such targets. The article mentions the isolation, solitude and lack of police presence as important factors. Rural crime in the province of Mendoza (known for its vineyards) has increased 300% in the last 5 years.
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Reply: Winter Preparedness: Buying a Generator

In reply to:Winter Preparedness: Buying a Generator

Anonymous said…With the same ~$1000 budget for a generator, you can get 300Watts of solar panels, charge controller, and batteries that will let you run LED lighting and communication.

Add an inverter/charger and you are more prepared for low-quality power common in collapsing economies that are still limping along. A generator is for running large loads and charging battery bank during long periods without good sunshine. I’d combine my loads that are big (freezer/clothes washer/water pump/power tools) and run a gas gen-set to use them, while the battery is also getting some charge. Morning is a good time to run for a few hours, then do service on genset. 24/7 operation of 3600 rpm genset to be able to flip on a light or watch tv is noisy, fuel-guzzling and wears out the genset rapidly. Disagree that propane is a good alt-fuel for genset: the engine is generally low-compression to be able to use 85 octane “regular” or worse fuel, not high-octane equivalent that propane is. Dedicated propane engine, sure. Propane is almost as dangerous as gasoline, and should not be used or stored where people sleep. Diesel is much less dangerous to store or handle, and the US-Mil thinks so too.
Fusing and transfer switching makes power safer, as does planning ahead.

pdxr13

Renogy 100W Mono Starter Kit: 100W Solar Panel+20' Solar Cable+30A PWM Charge Controller+Z Bracket Mounts

A solar setup sure is a good idea, but the 100W solar panels plus Deepcylce batteries and inverter does add up quickly to the price. LED lights isnt as much of a concern , the problem is more demanding appliances such as the fridge, washing machine and AC. For that, the generator will give you power as long as there’s fuel. With batteries, once you ran out, you’re out of luck until youe recharge with solar or a generator. Of course combining a solar power system with a generator would be the best of both worlds.

FerFAL

 

Winter Preparedness: Buying a Generator

With the deadly Polar Vortex (or is it Artic Blast?) threating to freeze everyone to death we are yet again forced to prepare for this silent, unexpected killer otherwise known as winter. Its not as if it happens every year…
All joking aside for some reason winter season seams to catch everyone by surprise. Most people are just ill prepared even for the most predictable of things. I was reading a post in a forum a few days ago about how someone helped out his neighbor by loaning them a spare generator. Guess who didn’t bother buying a generator for the following winter?
Ideally you would have a solar power setup, a wood burning stove and require as little electricity as possible. But the fact still is in some cases people need electricity for heating, pumping water, cooking and communicating among other things.
When buying a new generator, keep the following in mind:
*Buy Quality
Pay once, cry once. A generator can be priceless during disasters. How people were stealing generators during Hurricane Sandy, even offering sex in exchange for one on Craigslist, goes to show how valuable it can be when you really need one. The last thing you want is for your generator to fail when you need it the most so its important to buy quality products with plenty of good reviews.
You’re probably better off buying a new one with a good warranty than picking a used one which may or may not serve you well, depending on how the previous owner maintained it.
*Get only as much generator as you need
Bigger is not always better. It may just mean that you’re wasting fuel generating electricity you don’t need and you’re going through your fuel reserves much faster than needed.
So as to prevent this, add up the wattage of the appliances you plant to use (check manual or inscription in appliance) and remember to take into account that some electric motors draw three to five times more power when starting than when running under full load. Since you probably wont be starting all appliances at once, simply add the starting wattage of the most demanding appliance you plant to connect.

Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator 7500 Watts/9000 Starting Watts $865.69

*Get a Dual Fuel Generator
Dual fuel generators allow you to use both gasoline and propane gas. This is a big advantage in terms of logistics and cost. For medium to long term blackouts, the cost of fuel is a big consideration and it will add up quickly. Propane is much cheaper. Propane is also much more stable, easier to store and doesn’t degrade like gasoline does as time goes by. It also means that if needed, you can scrounge propane for people’s barbeque among other possibilities.The Champion generator shown below can use gaslone of LPG, which make it 50% to 70% cheaper to run. It has excellent reviews, is sold and shipped by Amazon which gives extra peace of mind and comes with a 2 Year Limited Warranty.

Champion 71531 CARB Compliant Dual Fuel Portable Generator, 9375-watt $999.99

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Kershaw Lifter Review Update: Broken blade tip


After some use the tip of the Kershaw Lifter snapped while cutting some dry hard wood. The geometry of the blade, a narrow tanto tip, allows for some fine precision cutting but also makes it somewhat fragile. Keeping that in mind I wasn’t applying excessive force for but after getting caught in a knot and twisting the blade the tip did snap. I suspect heat treatment problems with this particular knife given the coarse gritty texture of the steel visible on the broken surface. This kind of problem can happen with any knife, there’s always a chance of having a defective unit whenever mass production is involved. For a 18 usd knife, this isnt the end of the world, especially when you have a good warranty and the company takes care of it. I’ll be sending the knife back to Kershaw and expect them to fix it under their warranty. After a few weeks of use, the knife was opening swiftly thanks to the Speedsafe system. It locked well and was a handy all around utility knife. I still think its an excellent budget knife, a good folder within its limitations which every knife has.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.