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The lie of the Gun Fighter & a "Sucking it up" Load.

Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 2, 2019 at 11:45 AM

(Not Me Below)

This is a great picture of a US Army OPFOR soldier preparing to train but make no mistake this will not be you hauling an RPG-7 and kitted up to save the day from Tyranny the day the hammer drops.

(Not me Below)


There's 3 non specific factors that dictate what I pack in my load for when the hammer drops in regards to a rural evasion plan. These 3 factor will support one another to keep me going . My kit is never based on a "sucking it up" factor of going light. If you go out with a plan to simply go light to "Suck it up" you've already put yourself on a path of being in a deficit right from the start that will continue on a downward spiral until a situation presents itself that you will not have the kit or resources to counter and recover from.


1. Physical conditioning.

2. Supplies/Kit and Survival Pods

3. Field experience and continuous training.


For some reason I have to keep reminding ppl who have contacted me that the Evader is not a gun fighter. Yes you must know your weapon and be able to answer with it as effectively as possible when the time comes and you must be able to maintain this weapon but gun fighting is not the mission. The mission is to survive the initial opening stage of the hammer dropping and to plan for whatever is next- PERIOD. Whats more is if you go out with purely gunfighter kit like so many "gun fighters" advocate around the net-you will die tired, cold, and hungry shortly after you wasted the gazillion round of ammo you packed-assuming you made it that far. You cannot eat ammo and mags and patrol packs make really bad sleep sacks. As an Evader fighting is what I want to avoid. Even the principles of unconventional warfare that ppl claim they will be into dictates that fighting is the last stage and must be avoided until training and PREPARATIONS are COMPLETE enough to allow it, yet everyone focuses on guns as an Evader rather then food stores and material support to remain functional. Whats more is that Im not a gun guy. Guns are not a hobby for me. Its simply a tool in my box of tools to reach the ultimate objective of staying alive...

(That is me)


1. Physical Conditioning.

This is by far the most import part of any plan to survive the hammer dropping. You simply MUST commit to PT now or nothing you do will matter later. You will fail. If you're too tired to function effectively you'll rip through any food you have, you will probably not be able to carry the load you tricked yourself into thinking you could haul, you will make irreparable mistakes, you will be woefully lethargic effecting your alert level, sense functions and your over all judgment. Your physical level and how you will handle it should be the last thing on your mind when you go out the door as an Evader but its by far the absolute most important aspect of it ALL- and the least addressed. If sucking wind and bending over looking at your feet is the first thing that happens to you when you kit up in times of peace, you have a big problem. If you were training properly to sort out the details you already know how everything you do will be based on how much PT you committed to before the hammer drops. But take care to note that PT doesn't mean you're a fuking tractor and can haul everything you need. No one will have everything. Continuous PT aligned with the other two factors I mention will dictate to you what you can and cannot take with you as it relates and it will sort out the priorities for you.

Ammo Can Survival Pods

2. Supplies/Kit and Survival Pods.

All that physical activity takes fuel and, fuel is burned thus it needs replaced and you need real thorough rest. Shivering every night under a silly foil poptart wrapper sold as a "emergency space-blanket" you took from a gunfighter chest rig is not real rest nor is it realistic. There's simply too much of the chest-rig/water bladder day micro- pack BS going around. I think the internet Echo-Chamber is going to kill more people then marauders and bullets.. This is where kit and supplies come into play after you've fled when the hammer drops. Remember Rogers Rangers died from starvation in droves because their food was destroyed or plundered by the OPFOR, and Hiroo Onoda had to steal to supplement what they could not gather from the jungle. The evader will need supplies. Over all kit is based on what supplies and support are working behind you that you have the ability to prepare for before hand- Selecting kit is NOT what you think you need from a tacticool guess or what someone else claims you need. Your plan tells you what you need-you don't tell the plan what it needs. If you have 12 cans of food stashed in the forest that's 12 meals waiting for you and less weight you need in your kit. How easy is it to stash 12 cans in the forest? Ridiculously easy. That translates into energy saved and a mountain of other benefits. What if you could stash 50? See where Im going with this? Chances are hunting and gathering will be too dangerous at the beginning but eventually harvested resources and what you supply before hand will augment one other with a time and a need to use both.


You will also need sleep kit, rain kit, cooking kit and shelter you can take with you. Like hunting and gathering you probably will not have the opportunity to have a fire or build a shelter until things stabilize and you know your plan is working. You could be jammed under a pile of fallen trees wrapped in a poncho and a sleep sack, sucking cold ravioli from a can or maybe you can heat it with your fuel stove for a little comfort. Or maybe you just layered up in warm layers and a rain suit and you're curled up under a bush in the rain. YOU JUST CANT KNOW but you need to be prepared for the variables. You maybe have a full on basha set up and a nice sleep sack to crawl into some night but you will not survive going light as an Evader tooled for Gun Fighting.. Your plan (and eviroment) dictates the kit you take and your immediate threat level dictates what kit you will use from your kit and when. One thing is clear you will need proper kit spaced out from your pocket kit to your rucksack kit to fill all basic rolls on all level..


I would also recommend training with your kit at different levels. However, always keep safety in mind.

1. Pocket kit Drill

2. Pocket kit and LBE Drill

3. Pocket kit, LBE and Rucksack Drill


Training and planning will lay out what you will be going out the door with. Not a preconceived idea based on conjecture and internet echo-chamber fantasy. The more you prepare now the less you will worry about later. If you bounce out the door with no support you will inevitably have to carry more kit and resources with you- Now you've set yourself up for a huge deficit becuase it will grind you down. In Vietnam it took 12 support troops in an antiquated paper pushing system to support one man in the field so when the hammer drops what will you do to support yourself if you go gun fighter style?? The answer is you cannot support yourself in an total gunfighter mode surviving off a few energy bars, a couple bottle of '5 Hour Energy' and a hand full of peanuts. If you have a base support system in place now this will enable you to worry less about supplies- Its that simple.



3.  Field experience and continuous training.

Now you take your self imposed PT standards and the kit you think you want based on your level of support, your enviroment and you go train. The more you train the more things will fall into place. Creating and sticking to a continuous plan will show you the deficits in your plan (take care that it can also teach you bad habits!). It will show you your weaknesses in your PT, your kit, your mental level, your perishable skills, your motivation (or lack there of) and just about all other aspects. This factor (Number 3) is like the watch tower for the other two, and in a way its the catalyst for improving and adjusting all three -and it NEVER STOPS, especially as we age. When you train you will develop skills but one should be careful to focus on practical skills and not the latest trendS from survival "artists" and the endless Gun Fighter propaganda out there. Primitive skills are often held up as the end all-be all of survival prowess but IMO anyone overly adhering to a paleolithic survival style is buying a ticket to being dead, just as on the other side of it I see anyone going out to Evade thats looking at it from a Gun Fighter POV is asking to die as well. When the hammer drops continuous training will have shown you your weak areas and strong areas so you can find balance. Thus it offers you choices to weigh and measure who you are to address your abilities and inabilities. You'll not get that perspective from buying piles of gear and inaction.


Strengths and weaknesses-WE ALL HAVE THEM. When you make a plan to regularly get out you will soon start to see where skills and kit will go hand and hand to compensate and support one another so the ends in a plan meet up and function. Its literally a balancing act disguised as jigsaw puzzle but its totally possible to put together and execute..



IVARR


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6 Comments

Reply Ivarr Bergmann
11:19 AM on August 29, 2019 
Ramon says...
great insights and motivation as usual, thanks! ATB up there!



Good morning and thank you.. Greetings from Alaska..
Reply Ramon
11:08 AM on August 29, 2019 
great insights and motivation as usual, thanks! ATB up there!
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:03 AM on May 28, 2019 
Uvall says...
I agree with this post. You make some really good points. There is so much of this gunfighter mentality out there. They just assume that when the hammer drops they will have this large support structure. I don't see it.


I haven't seen one yet that sees it for what it really is either.. To a hammer-everything is a nail- Id rather be a quality multi-tool...Thanx for stopping in!
Reply Selfreliance Quest
7:03 AM on May 28, 2019 
I agree with this post. You make some really good points. There is so much of this gunfighter mentality out there. They just assume that when the hammer drops they will have this large support structure. I don't see it.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
9:04 PM on May 2, 2019 
Lone Wolf says...
THIS is gold!!! I have gotten away from the gunfighter mentality. Down scaled the chest rig big time to only four mags. I carry a medium ALICE with MOLLE modifications. I'm 63 years old...can still move and carry the stuff...I don't like it but I do it...someday...maybe soon I will have to reduce the load...but not today.


I think 4 mags is plenty. If you don't have a 1st contact mag I would recommend it if you have the means.. and much respect for being your age and adapting.!

Ivarr
Reply Lone Wolf
8:59 PM on May 2, 2019 
THIS is gold!!! I have gotten away from the gunfighter mentality. Down scaled the chest rig big time to only four mags. I carry a medium ALICE with MOLLE modifications. I'm 63 years old...can still move and carry the stuff...I don't like it but I do it...someday...maybe soon I will have to reduce the load...but not today.