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    Yes...I know the old story of the indian and the arrow. And yes...skills are the most important aspect of this, but proper equipment will not only help you develop those skills but also express them better. That said, we have been discussing streetcraft in light of the new hostilities in the ongoing CW2. So guys list items upon items of useful kit...and I agree that having some of these things on hand would be great...but I believe the most valuable piece of gear in internal. It is an open, devious, and devilish mind.

    The reality is that other than vehicle carry...and having to go get something (which dictates a proactive response), we will often find ourselves in a situation for which we are not specifically prepared. And in that moment we will have to adapt and use what we have or can find. An example is the carry of medical gear. All easily done in your 5.11 tuxedo, patrol uniform, or Kuhl attire...but what about when you are out to dinner with a lady...or at a social function requiring suit and tie? Unlikely you will have your four additional mags, Randall Knife, squad level trauma kit and 300 BO "pistol" with you.

    So what then?

    This is where the open, devious and devilish mind comes in. Americans are trained since birth to obey, do as they are told, stand here but not there, that sort of thing. The entire fabric of society is based on rule compliance and the so called "honor system"...as if obeying arbitrary rules unconditionally was somehow honorable.

    So consider first how those arbitrary rules might contribute to a tactically unsound situation. Be open to the realistic possibilities. Did nobody think an SUV could drive through a parade? Specially the police? Be open to how the rules, laws and directives may create an untenable and dangerous environment...and then figure out ways to circumvent them.

    Americans also have the concept of the straight forward direct attack firmly locked in their minds. Maybe from the era of John Wayne and Audie Murphy. But that was Hollywood and the indirect attack is often the best avenue for success. The man with the well concealed Walther PPK will not get a second look as he enters the establishment that prominently displays the "No Guns" sign...but the gent in the gun clothes with the overly large "duty gun" might not. Be devious. Your mission is to accomplish your mission...whatever it may be...not to challenge a law or a rule.

    Finally...think like an outlaw, a thug, or a criminal. The rules are not an impediment to them, so do not let them be an impediment to you. Stand where you please...go in the out door...do things like that and get your mind right about doing them. Let go of the Dudley Do-Right mentality as it will not serve you in the coming struggles. As the British SBS motto says..."Not By Strength - By Guile"
    Gabriel Suarez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel Suarez View Post

    Finally...think like an outlaw, a thug, or a criminal. The rules are not an impediment to them, so do not let them be an impediment to you. Stand where you please...go in the out door...do things like that and get your mind right about doing them. Let go of the Dudley Do-Right mentality as it will not serve you in the coming struggles. As the British SBS motto says..."Not By Strength - By Guile"
    Man, I really hope for good peoples' sake they already have grasped this. If not, they are well behind the curve and it will cost them and the ones they love.
    I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me. - Andrew Jackson

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    If you can't weaponize a red swingline stapler...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkface View Post
    If you can't weaponize a red swingline stapler...
    Man, I'd be tempted to grab a shoestring, tie the stapler to it, and then make some remark about swinging it on a line while beating my adversary about the head and shoulders. Makeshift flail. "Hey, Mr. Commie, why do you keep flailing about? Worried I'll swing my line at you?"

    (I'll see myself out now.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkface View Post
    If you can't weaponize a red swingline stapler...
    My God, I have one within one foot of me right now...imagine the possibilities.
    I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me. - Andrew Jackson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel Suarez View Post
    So consider first how those arbitrary rules might contribute to a tactically unsound situation. Be open to the realistic possibilities.

    There were a couple moments in my early years that solidified this concept for me.


    One was when I first saw someone I knew carrying illegally in California. I mentioned the legality and his response was just a grin and "so?". That taught me how some laws/rules aren't in my best interest and to think about them instead of blindly following them.


    Next after Columbine I stopped doing any firedrills. Everyone in one spot...no thanks I'll sneak home (great E and E practice). And during school lockdowns, I took note of alternate escape routes and carried a padlock...


    Tools make the job easier but the mind matters more.

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    I moved here from a shit hole country. The first thing that amazed me was on the bus people stayed behind that yellow line while the bus was in motion.

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    Someone’s sig line ties to this very well, “the government selectively enforces its laws, so I selectively follow them.” (Or something close...)

    It’s no longer “can you do something,” it’s “how do you not get caught.” Take a lesson from the hoard of thugs that just ransacked a Nordstrom’s. I don’t mean loot, rape, and pillage. I do mean consider where you are and the realistic law enforcement response, should you find yourself in that same situation... and it’s your store... and your daughter is running the register...

    Situational awareness amped up to a new level.

    Oh, and regarding the stapler... reminds me of the scene in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci, with a pen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkface View Post
    If you can't weaponize a red swingline stapler...
    If I'm in a place where that's an option there's a LOT of better things to grab.

    I'd rather beat someone with an office quality keyboard (or better yet one of those old IBM keyboards) than a stapler.

    I just don't see it surviving more than a hit or two, and cutting/beating up my hands as it goes.

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