In my mind’s eye, I’m Rambo. Hard, built like a tank, can hold out an M60 like it’s a pistol… just give me a bandanna and a big knife, and I can kill every bad guy in sight.
In truth? I’m an mid-50’s old guy who needs to drop quite a few pounds, with iffy knees who’s always been slow and kind of clumsy.
I would have ZERO chance against trained, organized forces. Nada. None.
Here’s the thing, though.
I know it. I recognize it. So… I don’t waste my time, effort or money trying to pretend I am something that I am not nor will I ever be.
I was inspired to write this by this excellent article (CLICK ME) on the (also excellent) Ask A Prepper website about 5 prepper myths that they bust. I encourage you to read it, the author makes a lot of great points.
In the article, author James Watson states “You are no match for a gang of armed thugs. You may be a veteran, you may be highly trained, but you have a weakness that is never discussed on tactical forums. You have a family.”
He goes on to talk about “acceptable losses”, something that is a part of the military mind set. “Who is an acceptable casualty? Your wife? Little Timmy? I mean, you don’t even want to lose your brother in law.”
That’s a heck of a good question, and one I think everybody who wants to pretend they are Rambo needs to think about.
I also have a friend who’s a Marine officer, a man who’s dress uniform has more than one medal for valor earned in his three tours to the sandbox. I know this man, the quality of his character, and I understand that I am not in any way even remotely close to being competent to even have a tactical discussion with him, let alone think about facing somebody like that in a combat situation.
So… am I opposed to tactical training? Absolutely not. I’m all in favor of it, for many reasons. I do believe that we all have the right to self defense, and I think tactical training can help to improve what little skill and ability we may have.
I’m all about firearms training, not only for improved shooting performance but also safety and efficiency.
Where I differ from a lot of people in the prepper/survivalist community is in the fact that I have no illusions about how I would hold up if I tried to live the “paramilitary” life.
I could stand behind a barricade with my neighbors and help defend my town. I could do my best to keep a low profile and not be noticed. Other than that? Dead meat.
Having said that, I can’t realistically imagine where I would be trying to do that. If we have any kind of major collapse, people running around in the woods playing soldier are going to be living a very exciting, and very short, life.
Even for the ex-military types, unless they are single and don’t have people that depend on them, they are not “war fighters” in a post-collapse world, because they are no stronger than the weakest member of their family.
Spice and I will stand together if it ever comes to that, but we will stand, in defense, behind cover, in our own town… with our neighbors around us…
We will protect our home from intruders.
Other than that? We will let others be Rambo.