|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on April 17, 2019 at 10:25 AM|
This was a good comment. I was totally amazed at how many ppl watched the video or saw my pictures (and without listening or reading) thought my M4 with the D-60 was going to fill a SAW roll because it was on a Bi-Pod. I have to wonder sometimes if anyone really pays attention to the message Im putting out. The Bi-Pod in the video was simply used in making the video and in the field its simply to keep it off the ground. Yet loads of viewers minds went strait to gun fighting and the drama ensued. Comments were deleted and ppl were banned. Ill be the one to say this and I don't care who it angers but this whole concept of conventional use of firepower will not work after the hammer drops-For all the gun fighters and Evaders in general- The wolrd will not be the same and (ammo) supplies will not be excluded from that fact. .
After the purge and the new social equilibrium has been set I just don't see large armies or even groups having at it with sustained firefights. I don't see resources or manpower supporting such actions. I see lots of melee and ancient weapons like bows, bayonets, crossbows, spears, catapults and atlatals showing up and being used and I see firearms taking a more specialized and precision roll, or as simple deterrent as group resources dwindle and they start attacking each other for materials of survival. I can also see siege warfare being reintroduced. I also see tactics and strategies used by Frontier Rangers being brought back. And just how they suffered from lack of supplies- so shall the survivors that enter the new social equilibrium if the thought habits of people don't change. History shows us answers to the future...
But to my original point- As an Evader If I can break contact without firing one single shot- I see that as a huge victory. When I shoot, I shoot either 3 round bursts or single shots usually in very rapid succession in practice but always controlled and deliberate- AND I use Iron sights. The D60 is simply to save me time. As mentioned if I'm dumping this mag into OPFOR I'm probably truly fuked and the end results wont matter anyhow. In the future I see, I can see the employment of scoped rifles taking the place of SAWs and LMGs when surviving groups engage one another.I can see lots of old things becoming new again. I see OPFOR behavior changed by small specialized teams of sharp shooters placing critically selected shots on targets to get them to act the same way as loads of ammo being thrown at them would have done in the past in times of supply and plenty.
2 shots each.. Make'em count!
lets touch on weight:
Weigh that's carried is the translation and transmission of energy gained from consumption of food. The more weight you carry over X distance+ X weight+X terrain = The more food you'll need to remain functional. This will vary from individual to individual. Burning energy is just a mathematical fact that no romanticized Post-Apocalyptic fictional mind fuk fantasy can change.. I have yet to see anyone really constructively address the fact that we're all going to be looking at a half eaten stale cookie we found on the floor board of some abandoned car as a glorious glutenous indulgence because food will be a basic-not easily acquired or even tasting palatable all the time, but yet a priority above all for long term survival no matter who you are. You will have to eat at least twice a day but yet i see ppl packing ammo, armor and other tacticool paraphernalia over food and survival supplies, chronically. If you're a Rural Evader your armor is being unseen. Security isn't provided by firepower its provided by making intelligent decisions and can be far more productive then hauling around a chest full of magazines. I'm of the experienced opinion that the Rural evader should shun body armor and loads of ammo and other tacticool paraphernalia in favor of speed, agility, adaptability and energy conservation. 4-6 reload mags for a rifle and 4 for a pistol should suffice- The EVADER IS NOT A GUN FIGHTER. I constantly see scant LBE set ups that don't even have so much as a basic pouch for even minimal sustainment or survival items. I continually see LBE rigs geared 100% for fighting that are mostly emulating what they see soldiers or other out there doing on the net. The owners never take a second to consider they will probably be alone when the hammer drops and what supplies they do manage to take are all tossed into one pack that can be lost at anytime for many reasons. Then what? You've lost your pack with all your sustainment and survival items, plus your water bladder in it and now you're stuck with a plate carrier, 12 mags, small IFAK, and a bunch of stupid stuff shoved into the MOLLE webbing but no shelter, no fire kit, no food etc etc etc. Guess what? You're gonna probably die or become a Marauder to get what you need. You've just reduced yourself in effectiveness and you're now on a downward spiral to becoming a grease stain on the forest floor or a Marauder.
Ok great you can build a shelter- Thats takes energy and water- Both of those are resources you now have to expel energy to acquire because your LBE wasn't properly supplied with your kit divided between your ruck and webbing for this situation. Whats more is you don't know what the situation will be and what if the only shelter that is safe to utilize is provided by a poncho and some cold weather kit you should have in your LBE? The Evader may not have the luxury of time and security to build a shelter. If you've dropped your ruck or lost it the chances are its after something went really bad and the Evader will probably be on the move. The Evader needs to have something with him thats self contained and portable in their LBE. Shelter can sometimes be easy. You can put a contractors grade black trash bag in your trousers cargo pocket that will be a threshold barrier between you living and getting dead in many situation.However I recommend something more durable and longer lasting.
An example of splitting your resources:
I keep my Mess Pot in my rucksack. Its my main go to for water boiling and cooking. However I carry a canteen cup (and water purification kit) in my canteen pouch on my LBE rig so in the event Im without my rucksack I still have something to fall back on that is a self contained resource I'm carrying with me. Another example is my knives and choppers. I keep my main chopper (The Marine Raider Bowie) on my Rucksack and I keep the Kbar on my body so Im never with out. I also keep a lock-blade in my pocket. The Evader needs to spread this out to increase his functionality in times of strife. By the same rule I generally carry some wool items in my buttpack and a poncho in the event Im without my sleep sack- This can also be utilized under high threat situation when unpacking your ruck to mae RON isn't practical or safe.
Im of the mannerism of making each shot like its my last bullet regardless if my D-60 is filled with SS109 steel core or cheap Tula 223 rounds. Wasted shots is NEVER an option. I don't care if I have 5000 rounds stashed elsewhere- Its not the point. I cannot carry that much so making do with what I have and respecting that fact improves my defensive capabilities and highlights my inabilities putting them in my face to understand and adapt to. This will take me far with conservation and proper use of my allotted ammo compliment I have on me. Forming proper habits will decrease my making mistakes thus making the inevitable mistake may not be as so catastrophic. Things will become second nature leavening my already stressed brain room to think more clearly thus make better decisions on the fly and as an overall habit..