How to Pack a Rucksack

A light infantryman’s pack is his life. One of the biggest focuses of the upcoming Jäger Course is living for a week out of your rucksack, carrying everything you need to survive and conduct operations during that time. This is not meant to break you by carrying a lot of weight. On the contrary, IContinue reading “How to Pack a Rucksack”

The Minuteman’s Guide to Countering Armored Vehicles

Since the first tanks and armored cars appeared on the battlefields of WWI Europe, infantrymen have been forced to find ways to deal with them. The modern minuteman is no different, and any prolonged civil conflict in the United States is bound to see armored vehicles used in one form or another. I’m not evenContinue reading “The Minuteman’s Guide to Countering Armored Vehicles”

Guardian Angel; The Covert Overwatch Position

The concept of a “guardian angel” was taught to me by the Marine Corps very early in my career, and I had the opportunity to observe its use in many different contexts. While the idea of an overwatch position is not a uniquely Marine concept, I believe that the Corps’ take on the subject meritsContinue reading “Guardian Angel; The Covert Overwatch Position”

Announcing the Jäger Course!

Gentlemen, it’s finally here! After over a year of refinement, scheduling conflicts, and prayer, I am pleased to announce that the long awaited Jäger Course is finally on the training schedule for May 8-13, 2023! The Jäger Course is an immersive 5-day training event where you will survive off of only what’s in your pack,Continue reading “Announcing the Jäger Course!”

On Weapon-Mounted Lasers Part II

In Part I, I briefly covered how to use and zero weapon-mounted aiming lasers. Today I will discuss the tactics and techniques of night fighting, with and without lasers, in the face of an adversary who is similarly equipped. Laser Discipline Rule number one of wearing night vision is to not assume that you areContinue reading “On Weapon-Mounted Lasers Part II”

On Weapon-Mounted Lasers Part I

Night vision devices (NVDs) are game-changing pieces of kit. The ability to see in very low light situations is invaluable, but the military discovered that it is almost impossible for troops to use their weapon sights while wearing NVDs. This is when weapon-mounted lasers came into being. We’ve come a long way since the PEQ-2Continue reading “On Weapon-Mounted Lasers Part I”

The Team Leader

Anyone who studies small-unit tactics has to acknowledge one thing; they require a small unit to work. It’s been said before by myself and others in the training community repeatedly that you need to network and establish a group. Implied within that statement is that someone within that group must step up in a leadershipContinue reading “The Team Leader”

Gear Standardization for Prepared Citizen Groups

If you look at a photograph of a squad of US Marines, you will see that everyone has the same uniform, weapons, optics, and load-bearing equipment (excluding special weapons like automatic rifles). This is partly due to logistical simplicity of the military buying a single piece of kit for everyone, and partly due to effectivenessContinue reading “Gear Standardization for Prepared Citizen Groups”

How to Use Shooting Competitions for Training

Shooting competitions come in many different forms. Cowboy action matches, USPSA pistol matches, run and gun events, etc. Using competitions to improve shooting skill is a wonderful American tradition. However, there is a tendency in the competitive shooting community to lean very hard into the competitive aspect at the cost of realism or training value.Continue reading “How to Use Shooting Competitions for Training”