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Mission, Purpose, & Asking Questions


wquon

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If you like wasting time & money, this post is not for you ;)

 

In general, most people I talk to do not have a purpose for their gear, guns, preps, or logistics. Most of the time I think its due to lack of experience in a given subject & they end up not having a reference point of what to do & not to do.

A good example of this is the detail of a question when asking for advice, or realistic expectations.

poor example; I'm looking for a flashlight, any suggestions?

good example; I'm looking for a headlamp. 1000 lumen, 4+ hour runtime, rechargeable (type C), & water proof for at least 3 meters. got any brand suggestions?

poor example; where can I get a light that's 5000 lumen & will run for 3 nights? must be the size of a bic lighter.

good example; I want to find a light but have no clue where to start. I'm going to be hiking a few days, weathers going to be around freezing.

If you find yourself in a forum asking a generalized question & there are folks on there asking you specific questions so they can narrow down an answer for you, you have a better chance of getting quality answers from them vs the other folks that tell you something that have no clue what context & situation your use is in.

 

Look for updated training & be careful who you listen to. One of the positive of being at war for the past decade is that we have honed that skill set, & there are war fighters that are teaching it in the private sector (not all are the same). If you are new to guns & gear I would advice going to get pistol, rifle, medical & small unit training before buying stuff. Who you listen to is a big one too, most folks that are vets did not serve in the compasity of combat. There is a rather large gap between a veteran & combat veteran. On top of that, each war has been a bit different & as such information traded should be applied to the appropriate situation. Those that fought in Nam do not have the same experiences as of those that fought in the middle east.

I'll give examples & reasons for my rifle & gear further below.


 

Preps & logistics, what the heck does that mean? For this I'm going to refer to it as food, water, location now, & location later.

Food is always good & there are many ways of doing it. The main limitation is storage, & will you have to move it? Without getting too in depth on scenarios, people need to strive for 1 year of food & water per family member, & the ability to move it or have it where it's needed.


 

My examples;

My rifle is a 5.56 AR. My purpose for it is to be a 24 hour capability, mid-close range, rugged, & relatively light rifle. 24 hours = illumination & night vision capable. mid to close = accurate enough inside 100 yards. rugged & light = its reliable, minimalistic, & weight is saved if it doesn't effect the integrity of the rifle.

My gear is light, modular, & affords me high mobility. I will be posting a whole other topic, discussing this, at a later date.

 

Hope this help folks to be better assisted, & save some time & money.

 

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Austin895

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I've seen the sentence "One of the positive of being at war for the past decade ......." My problem with that statement is the people we have been fighting with are not exactly a standing army. Yes, we have learned a lot over the past decade or so, but we don't need to get complacent. We are fighting insurgents, that are using hit and run tactics, and booby traps. 

We are going to learn a whole lot of new things if we ever go to war with a nation state that has armor, air assets, artillery, navy, etc. I just don't want people to think that fighting goat herders has made us a finely tuned war machine. 

For example, When the military sets up a FOB currently in Afghanistan. Do they install a SAM battery at the FOB? The answer is no, because the enemy doesn't have an Airforce. Our navy doesn't have to worry about a war ship bombarding them. The combat engineers are not digging tank traps, because the enemy has no tanks. So it's going to be an entirely different world if we fight an real nation state. 

 

 

 

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wquon

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8 hours ago, Austin895 said:

I've seen the sentence "One of the positive of being at war for the past decade ......." My problem with that statement is the people we have been fighting with are not exactly a standing army. Yes, we have learned a lot over the past decade or so, but we don't need to get complacent. We are fighting insurgents, that are using hit and run tactics, and booby traps. 

We are going to learn a whole lot of new things if we ever go to war with a nation state that has armor, air assets, artillery, navy, etc. I just don't want people to think that fighting goat herders has made us a finely tuned war machine. 

For example, When the military sets up a FOB currently in Afghanistan. Do they install a SAM battery at the FOB? The answer is no, because the enemy doesn't have an Airforce. Our navy doesn't have to worry about a war ship bombarding them. The combat engineers are not digging tank traps, because the enemy has no tanks. So it's going to be an entirely different world if we fight an real nation state. 

 

 

 

Due to reasons, I'm not going to answer this outright. You should be able to glean an answer from this list.

 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpVumhs6kj2teIsCOd_NvE0IiYTjOkgi0

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Austin895

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Next time you have a link to a video or playlist. Can you please not include anything with James Yeager in it? But, I do like forward observer a lot. 

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Blackjack

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21 hours ago, Austin895 said:

I've seen the sentence "One of the positive of being at war for the past decade ......." My problem with that statement is the people we have been fighting with are not exactly a standing army. Yes, we have learned a lot over the past decade or so, but we don't need to get complacent. We are fighting insurgents, that are using hit and run tactics, and booby traps. 

We are going to learn a whole lot of new things if we ever go to war with a nation state that has armor, air assets, artillery, navy, etc. I just don't want people to think that fighting goat herders has made us a finely tuned war machine. 

For example, When the military sets up a FOB currently in Afghanistan. Do they install a SAM battery at the FOB? The answer is no, because the enemy doesn't have an Airforce. Our navy doesn't have to worry about a war ship bombarding them. The combat engineers are not digging tank traps, because the enemy has no tanks. So it's going to be an entirely different world if we fight an real nation state. 

 

 

 

I haven't watched the playlist, but I'll answer it. You've been fighting insurgents. You should know their tactics, and even more importantly you know the tactics of the enemy with heavy armor and air support...and therefore you have some idea on how to defeat that enemy. It is quite likely that if there is a second Civil War, or a revolution, that it will start out as an insurgency, and it is quite likely that in the event of an actual Civil War, that those Patriots stuck in areas that do not secede from the Union will likely engage in an insurgency.

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Austin895

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You very well may be right. My back ground as an 0352 TOW Gunner, my job was to take out enemy armor. We trained everyday on some aspect of that. Then as excited as we were to fight enemy armor in Iraq, it never transpired. We were relegated to patrols and the hit and run fighting. We didn't get the fight we thought we were going to get and trained for. So what we know of tactics of the enemy with heavy armor and air support is only from a training manual. We never were able to test it out in real combat. 

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Blackjack

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16 minutes ago, Austin895 said:

You very well may be right. My back ground as an 0352 TOW Gunner, my job was to take out enemy armor. We trained everyday on some aspect of that. Then as excited as we were to fight enemy armor in Iraq, it never transpired. We were relegated to patrols and the hit and run fighting. We didn't get the fight we thought we were going to get and trained for. So what we know of tactics of the enemy with heavy armor and air support is only from a training manual. We never were able to test it out in real combat. 

You already mentioned one valuable tactic about digging tank traps. That's info that an insurgency can use, and now prepare for, if and when tanks are used on them.

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wquon

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18 hours ago, Austin895 said:

Next time you have a link to a video or playlist. Can you please not include anything with James Yeager in it? But, I do like forward observer a lot. 

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Austin895

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It's America, if you like James Yeager, then you have the right to like James Yeager. Don't let anyone tell you differently. 

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