Zombie Plan Archive
Disclaimer: There is no intention by the author to make incorrect/false statements; I may know more than the average person but I am not a firearms “expert” by any means so please check every statement and claim I make here before accepting it as fact. We all make mistakes and there is always someone who knows more, we should all be eager to learn from them (anyone reading this please do not hesitate to inform me where I am incorrect). Also, many states don’t understand what the word “infringe” means so for many this build may be illegal so be sure to know your state laws, regardless of how stupid, immoral and unconstitutional they may be (I am looking at you NY, NJ, MD, CT & CA).
I decided to build a completely new AR15, I wanted to make it as compact as possible while avoiding the regulation heavy SBR (short barreled rifle) paperwork exercise and 9 month limbo. I have fired 5.56 AR pistols as short as 7.5″ and many are ridiculously loud and breath fire (the powder is still burning when the round exits the barrel and the shorter barrel means the exit is closer to the explosion). Barrels that are 10-10.5″ long are the shortest one can typically go without the pistol becoming impractical while using the same loads one would use for their rifle.
I already have an AR15 rifle chambered in 300 Blackout and I am a big fan of the round. It is a .30 caliber round coupled with a 5.56 case that is cut down (by 10mm); the neck gets resized with a very slight taper. Looking at the picture below from left to right, three 300BLK (7.62X35), one 5.56NATO (standard AR15) and 7.62X39 (typically fired from an AK47).
It fires a rifle bullet but overall the cartridge acts very much like a pistol/rifle hybrid round. It was developed by AAC to be a short range round; with the goal that it would excel when being suppressed while minimizing the changes needed to the M4 platform to implement it. Because of these characteristics I knew what I wanted what the barrel of my AR to be chambered in.
Because of its OAL and use of the 5.56 case; the lower, upper, BCG and magazines used with 300BLK are the same as almost any AR15 chambered in 223/556. But the 300BLK is a slightly different animal; the bullet is 2-4X’s the size of a 556 with a shorter case so less volume is available for powder when compared to a 7.62X39 or 308 Win. When reloading 300BLK I use the same powder I would use to reload 357 magnum. I did some research and found that an 8″ barrel in 300BLK would be as short as I should go to balance out my desire to minimize size and maintain practicality.
I purchased a new blemished stripped lower (the lower is what is stamped and considered the firearm) because it was significantly less expensive, the imperfections were unnoticeable until pointed out and after a few days at the range it will all look the same anyway. Note: When buying the lower specify that it will be used to build a pistol. As I understand it; a stripped lower can be used to build a pistol or a rifle but once it is used build a rifle it can no longer be used as a pistol (legally), an SBR is different and won’t cover them here. I purchased a standard MIL-Spec lower parts kit and a pistol buffer tube assembly. This is all that is needed to build a pistol lower assembly. I added a set of YHM take-down pins to replace the ones in the standard parts kit; they are designed to make it easier to break down the firearm (see closeup pic further down) as well as a Hogue rubberized grip and SigTac SB15 stabilizing brace (more on that later).
After a little work this is what it should look like.
Be careful, there can be some tricky parts and if this is your first time it is more than likely that during assembly at least one small part (detent pin) will be launched by one of the springs into the corner of your basement/garage never to be seen again. I suggest spare parts kits as well, they can be had on Midway or Amazon for $10-15. Roll punches and a brass hammer are also recommended. There are exhaustive instructions and tutorial videos available on the internet so I am not going to rehash them here. Some basic tools, a few specialty tools and basic mechanical aptitude is all that is needed.
Here is one of the YHM take-down pins installed.
As you can see I also have the SigTac arm brace. It looks like a stock but it isn’t, it is designed to straddle your forearm and be tightened by Velcro.
Sig provides a copy of their determination letter from the ATF. It is also legal (at least at this time) to “shoulder” the brace. A link to the determination letter regarding this specific issue is provided as well.
Determination Letter regarding the Sig Sauer SB15 brace not being a stock. (click HERE for PDF)
Determination Letter regarding “shouldering” of an AR15 pistol as well as “shouldering” SB15 brace.
To see a copy of this determination letter go HERE.
The upper assembly includes the upper (also an inexpensive blemished version) with ejector dust cover and forward assist already installed, an 8″ barrel (1/7 twist), rail, flash hider/muzzle brake, gas block, tube, BCG (bolt carrier group) and charging handle. I purchased the barrel from Aero, a DPMS BCG, a knock-off Noveske muzzle cone, a Vltor handle and the rest are components from YHM.
Assembly is pretty straight forward, instructions are everywhere on the internet and many of the components manufacturers offer installation instructions on their websites. The main issue is to follow the torque guidelines to avoid damaging your components.
Now you can install the BCG and charging handle, pop out the take down pins and fully assemble the pistol.
I am also adding an angle fore-grip and F/R MBUS’s from Magpul.
Determination Letter for AFG can be found HERE.
To remain legal DO NOT install a vertical grip to the rail, this is one of the features that would make it an SBR. The ATF has determined that angled grips are not vertical grips and can be used on pistols. A copy of the ATF’s determination letter is available at the link above. The ATF has ruled that “shouldering” the SigTac brace does not violate any laws or make the pistol an SBR but to make sure not to violate the law it is best to not modify the brace in any way whatsoever. As an extra measure I am going to write to the ATF regarding these issues so that I can get a personal reply and have a concise determination letter addressed directly to me.
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I have also included a cost breakdown of this particular build for anyone interested; I think it is a very reasonable price. I found my components for good prices and took my time sourcing them; for anyone doing this I cannot guarantee those prices can be matched by the vendors you choose but it shows a quality AR15 pistol can be built for less than $1000.
The overall length of the entire firearm is 26″ and quite a sight to be seen. After seeing the muzzle cone installed I am considering switching the carbine length rail for a mid-length one that is about 3″ longer. I am also considering what additional optics I want to add. I have included screenshots and links to all the pertinent ATF letters. I plan on carrying copies of all of them (until I get my own reply) with the firearm because there are way too many so-called experts out there who don’t know sh!t about the law, many of them being gung-ho LEO’s. We all want to make sure we don’t get shot and stay out of Federal Pound Me In The Ass Prison.
It is said that “war is the health of the state.” Because government’s goal is always to grow in size, influence and power there is a need for constant war to justify its continuous and infectous propagation.
A Cold War that has been going on for years, became clearly visible to me yesterday (while describing the events in Nevada to a few friends that were new to the developments there). The Cold War I am referring to is not the one with Putin’s Russia over issues such as Syria or Crimea or between the US government and all the brown skinned terrorists hiding under our beds hating us for our freedom. It is between the US Government and the American people who seek true freedom, sovereignty along with a constitutional and restrained government.
The US government has been stockpiling ammo for years. The Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned us about is one of the most powerful groups in the US. The alternate media has been calling them on it but the captured mainstream media rarely mention it. These ammo purchases would not seem ludicrous at face value because practice ammo is constantly needed for training and qualification but the fact that they are buying hollow points and the quantity is in the billions (HERE) is what is problematic. Either they are wasting money by shooting paper with HP’s, they are driving the price of ammo up to keep it out of our hands, or they don’t intend to be shooting paper.
The truth is likely (d) all of the above; the paper targets purchased by some departments that depict children, elderly and even pregnant mothers as the “threats” tell us a lot. No More Hesitation targets pictured below (story HERE).
Small arms is only the tip of the iceberg. It his becoming commonplace for towns of only a few thousand residents to have thier police department receive a free MRAP from the Federal Government. These rolling mine resistant armored cars will be used to pacify the disorderly conduct of an uppity citizenry. Seeing something like this just makes you feel safe, doesn’t it?
On the other side, Obama can officially depict himself as firearms salesman of the decade (HERE).
Since he was elected, nearly every year there has been a new record for the number of background checks and firearms purchases only to be exceeded and a new record set the following year. Even when prices skyrocketed after the Aurora Theater Shooting and Sandy Hook Tragedy, sales of AR-15′s, P-Mags, 5.56, AK-47′s, 7.62 have been very strong. People who aren’t even fans of firearms are recognizing the need for them. It is common for people I know aren’t gun enthusiasts asking me for recommendations. People are stockpiling ammo and learning to reload their own. The BLM fiasco at the Bundy Ranch was a stark reminder that there are militia in this country that are very serious about preparation and their convictions.
With the various despicable alphabet agencies like the CIA, DHS and NSA we all knew the government was spying on us and violating the law/rules set forth by the 4th ammendment. Illegal searches, warrantless home entries, porno body scanners have all become acceptable because of the War on Terror and the War on (some)Drugs. Our emails are scanned, our phone conversations and texts are catalogued and stored. But we are told not to worry because it is just the metadata and its for our own good. The scale and structure was not fully understood by many non-red-pill taking Americans until Edward Snowden courageously released this information in detail. There are many sheeple who are opening their eyes a little bit more each day.
Edward Snowden work for the beast only to realize the US government isn’t fighting evil empires, they are the evil empire. Then there are those like Aaron Schwartz who help provide the spread of free information. Former servicemen like Bradley Manning who take the information our owners have collected and hand it over to someone like Assange who will see to it that it is available for the world to see. The life of a spy is often short and painful; the inevitable end willl probably include jail, torture and even execution after years of running, hiding and looking over ones shoulder.
My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.
People are having a rough go at it, inflation adjusted income for the average person is the lowest in decades and the credit orgy isn’t as appealing to many as it was prior to 2007. The issue isn’t that the US government isn’t doing enough to help, it’s that it is doing so much to hinder the people who want to be free. Websites like The Burning Platform and Eric Peter’s Autos are bullied out of existence by the Google arm of the Feds for telling the truth and opening the minds of readers. They literally create regulations and rules to simply act as cement loafers so that those treading water expend so much energy just trying to stay afloat. People are so exhausted from this that they don’t have time to read and think critically; this is not an accident.
Soon the most profitable US business will be the company that mass produces Closed and Out Of Business signs.
Unlike during the first half of the 20th century, new automotive companies sprouting up are a rarity; except when they tout the “green energy/electric car” line that includes subsidies from big government. Decades ago there was innovation because smart people of average means figured out better ways to do things and went at it on their own to create wealth. Now those same people need billions of dollars (or the connections with politicians) just to get started. Legitimate loans are often hard to acquire for these people. The emissions and safety standards just to enter the market are motivation killers. The road blocks are literally so tall these people end up working for the monster corporations like GM who knowlingly continue to produce crappy products that cause deaths.
A perfect example of another affected industry is Healthcare. Obama-care is like a cluster timebomb going off every few seconds until the foreseeable future. Dictating the rules that affect your life by a group sackless bureaucrats.
This lack of innovation and over-regulation occurs in nearly all markets that actually produce a good. The agriculture industry is being destroyed while corporations like Monsanto grow exponentially. Somehow the merger between Time Warner and Comcast will go through and the service provided by this cable monster will actually get worse (one should just cancel their cable anyway) while the price increases. We should not wonder why jobs creating and producing useful products have been steadily run out of America while the few remaining products are produced by the largest possible corporations with tendrils in the government.
The recent Clive Bundy vs BLM incident is a perfect example of a border dispute. Private property rights, rule of law and respect of contracts are necessary for legitimate borders and peace. None of those things exist anymore. The BLM claims the land around Bundy’s ranch and demands grazing fees while not maintaining the land themselves and regulating the number of cattle he is allowed to have down to unprofitable quantities. But it is totally legal because a Federal Court ruled that the Federal Government is the rightful owner of the land; sounds legit to me (sic). Their goal is to regulate him out of business so they can either confiscate or outright buy it up from him just as they have done to the other 50 ranchers that are no longer in that area. This is literally a recreation of Ayn Rand’s Atlast Shrugged.
Bundy didn’t play ball and wouldn’t pay the fees so the feds stole his cattle and tried to fence it over in Utah. They ended up SOL when Utah refused to deal with stolen property. The people literally marched on the Feds position under threat of murder until the BLM backed down.
I don’t want to romanticize and hollywood-up this incident but it reminded me of the crowd of protestors marching past the blockades in V for Vendetta.
All taxes are theft but school/property taxes are one of the more despicable taxes, they essentially turn every (supposed) homeowner/landowner into a renter. Regardless of any good they might do they are evil for the sheer fact that they have destroyed the idea of true property rights and ownership. Even if you have paid off your mortgage you are not a land owner, try not paying your school/property taxes for a while; you will find out who really owns the land.
84% of Nevada is owned by the Federal Government. How does Mordor on the Potomac own more of Nevada that Nevadans and the state of Nevada combined? With a $17 trillion deficit, I think it is prudent for them to start selling off some of their assets.
Aggression Masked As Diplomacy:
Negotiations are a constant in our world. If terms are negotiated between mindful adults/parties then there can be peace but often dealings and negotiations with the US government involve coercion and the threat of violence. The use of aggressive violence and threat of its use has no place in a free society. The fact that it is part of the normal standard operating procedure of the US should not be a surprise because we are far from being a free society.
People are getting fed up with these tactics. Whether it is people refusing to stand down to police after a shooting, filming the police actions even when threatened with arrest, vocalizing their disapproval at town hall meetings or simply a rancher who has essentially says to the feds ”I don’t recognise your authority regarding this, now fuck off!”
Propaganda/Ad Hominem Attacks:
One of the first steps in winning any war is the dehumanization of the enemy. Once that is successful those who sign the legislation and pull the triggers won’t see themselves as thieves and murderers because their victims are sub-human. These people are the enemy of freedom and the enemy of America.
Libertarians, Tea Party, 2nd Ammendment supporters, etc… are constantly labeled as extremists and one step away from being re-categorized as terrorists.
That picture says it all, hundreds of government agents were up against hundreds of protestors backed by armed militia men not afraid to exercise their 2nd ammendment and point their rifles downrange at a group that might decide to aggressively stand against freedom.
The writing is on the wall, war could break out between the US and America, preparations have been made and the tension is there for it to go from cold to a hot war at a moments notice. This is what characterizes a Cold War to me.
I have been a fan of the zombie genre, NOTLD, Res Evil games etc… for quite a while. The majority of recent history they were a niche. They are less of a niche now, partly because what has been deemed “nerd” in the past is “cool” now. But a great deal of it is the sorrowful, doom filled mood and general malaise that has taken over our lives. Nothing occurs in a vacuum; 25 years ago, this show might not have lasted a single season because the audience couldn’t identify with it and the characters; today it is a juggernaut because so many people do identify with it.
The one “loner” i see in the show (I have only seen thru S3) that has survived is Morgan Jones. He and his son helped Rick in the first episode. he didn’t put down his wife when he needed to and ended up losing his son as well. Once he lost the last thing keeping him human and giving him purpose he went insane and views his existence as a punishment/limbo/sentence that he must serve out.
The questions I am left with when watching this show is, (1) how can we retain our humanity, (2) identify and appropriately deal with the real monsters when confronted by them and (3) not live the remainders of our lives under the weight of agonizing regret?
One of the amazing things about a show like this is that these people were “normal” people and almost everyone can watch this show and see themselves as one of the characters. Then they are thrown into an extraordinary situation; we see their responses and actions and end up amazed and/or horrified because we think of what we might do or allow happen.
Thanks to Jim Quinn for writing on the various topics that he does, he is definitely doing his part by being a loudspeaker and beacon (albeit a doom beacon) and providing a forum at The Burning Platform for discussion and enlightenment.
All joking aside, no one should be actively looking forward to a zombie apocalypse but recognizing an event of that magnitude is possible and preparing as best you can by being strong mentally and physically, being proficient with firearms and other weapons, learning truly useful skills and forging relationships with other like-minded people is a worthy goal that won’t guarantee survival but should allow humanity to continue after the world has been destroyed by the consequences of our rulers.
Posted on 6th April 2014 by Jim Quinn
“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.” – Edward Teller
I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the 600 worthless channels available 24/7 on cable TV. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves. Last year a friend told me I had to watch the show. I was hooked immediately and after some marathon watching of seasons one and two, I understood the various storylines and back stories. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meanings, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In my opinion, the horror and gore is secondary to the human responses to horrific circumstances and the consequences of individual and group decisions to their survival.
As the end of season four approached, the disbursed characters were descending upon a place called Terminus. They were drawn by the intriguing and hopeful signs posted at various railroad junctions promising sanctuary, community and survival. Of course the name Terminus does not sound very inviting or hopeful. There are multiple possible meanings regarding Terminus. The Roman god Terminus protected boundary markers and sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone. The bones, ashes, and blood of a sacrificial victim, along with crops, honeycombs, and wine, were placed into a hole at a point where estates converged, and the stone was driven in on top. Maintaining boundaries and sacrifice are major themes throughout the series.
The show is set in the metropolitan Atlanta area of Georgia and the surrounding countryside. It just so happens that during the 1830s Terminus was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. That settlement is now Atlanta. Terminus is also the title of the final poem ever composed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem focuses on a conversation between the author and the god Terminus, discussing the author’s forthcoming death. The message of the poem is to resist fear and prepare for death. The destination is worth the journey.
“As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
“Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port, well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.”
We are only given a short time on this earth and the end of the line will be the same for everyone. What matters is how we conduct ourselves during our own journey towards our personal Terminus. Have we served as a virtuous example for our children, sacrificed for others, and benefited humanity or have we displayed greed, avarice and selfishness during our trek through life? As we approach our own meeting with destiny, the actions and morality of individuals will matter. I don’t know the motivations of the writers creating the themes for the Walking Dead, but the show connects with me on a number of levels. I look around and see hordes of zombies everywhere.
Zombification of America
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited
The vast majority of the population in the post-apocalyptic world of the Walking Dead is mindless zombies driven by only their need to feed upon human flesh. They are infected with a disease that disables the cognitive portion of their brains and leaves them as slobbering predatory zombies seeking to satisfy their vile needs. They are referred to as “walkers” or “biters” as they aimlessly roam the countryside seeking human flesh. Everyone bitten or killed by a zombie is infected and turned into a zombie. The only way to stop them is by destroying their brain. The relentless violence and gore is not for the squeamish, but is probably a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale.
As I watch the hordes of hideous brain dead zombies shuffling across the apocalyptic landscape seeking to satiate their basest cravings I can’t help but see the parallels with the millions of mindless tattooed obese slobs waddling across mall parking lots past vacant store fronts staring zombielike at their iGadgets as they seek to satisfy their basest desires at Macy’s and Chipotle. A virus has overspread our country causing a vast swath of the population to gratuitously assuage their every want without thinking of the consequences. The sickness is caused by being imprisoned for twelve years in government run public schools, watching thousands of hours of propaganda emitted by the corporate media, viewing hundreds of brain cell destroying reality TV shows, reading and sending thousands of texts and tweets, and being overwhelmed by the delusional belief spending more than they make, saving nothing, and piling up mountains of debt is the path to success in our contaminated society.
In the show there is no clear explanation as to why the majority of the population have been infected and turned into zombies, while a tiny minority is unaffected and able to think critically and act rationally. It is revealed that all living people are infected with the zombie virus, but it remains dormant in a minority of the survivors. Death by any means triggers the virus and turns the corpse into a mindless flesh eating zombie. There are 318 million Americans and a majority of them fall into the category of zombies in my estimation. Every American has the zombie virus within them. It has been incubated by corrupt vote seeking politicians, control hungry government sociopaths, mind numbingly worthless public education, and the relentless dumbing down through corporate media propaganda and vacuous reality TV entertainment. Once cogent thinking aware citizens have been zombiefied into mindless impulsive consumers.
How can you not see the parallels between American society and the zombies in the Walking Dead? Walk down any city street in America and you see hordes shuffling along staring with blank faces and glazed over eyes at their iGadgets. Black Friday is identical to flinging a freshly slaughtered hog in front of the flesh eating zombies. Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape and proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to an fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor produced microwave they must have to cook their toxic frankenfood created by one of our corporate food conglomerates. The Black Friday crowds actually make the zombies from the Walking Dead seem well behaved. While the American zombies are shambling through superficial lives of pleasure seeking, mass consumption, and a delusional faith in debt based wealth, there is still a minority of rational thinking people who can control their impulses and resist the disease devouring our culture.
“Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.” ― Philip Slater
Collapse Will Be Sudden
“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.” ― Mark A. Rayner – The Fridgularity
What you note after watching a few episodes of the Walking Dead is that collapse happened suddenly. Cities, towns, houses and highways remained relatively intact. The decay and deterioration caused by neglect and abandonment are the only visible signs that modern civilization has ceased. The show highlights the life-threatening difficulty of enduring on a day to day basis without the certainty of shelter, food, water, and fuel. The average asleep American isn’t prepared to last one week without the basics of modern life. They haven’t stocked any food, water or fuel in case of an emergency. Their normalcy bias keeps them from even considering the high likelihood of even a natural disaster caused by a hurricane, snowstorm, or earthquake. Recent examples of most people’s complete helplessness were the snow and ice storms that struck this past winter and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Without power and access to food and water, modern society breaks down quickly, with chaos, looting and anarchy only days away.
It is unlikely that collapse of civilization as we know it will happen due to some extreme event such as nuclear war, super volcano, or asteroid. When our central banker masters of the universe trigger the next financial system collapse, with no monetary bullets of debasement left in their pop gun, the resulting chaos when ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills and EBT cards for 47 million people stop functioning at Wally World will be epic. We got a glimpse into the future this past October when the EBT system went down in several states for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Zombies began to ransack Wal-Mart stores attempting to steal as much as they could get away with. Chaos, anger and criminal behavior was virtually instantaneous. A vast swath of EBT dependent zombies live in our numerous urban ghettos and when the EBT system goes down permanently violence will quickly erupt. Police will be vastly out-numbered, hungry mobs will become armed gangs of violent looters burning down their ghettos, ransacking and plundering businesses, stores and homes, and stealing everything that isn’t nailed down. Visualize the L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict in every urban area in the country.
The fragility of our debt financed oil dependent just in time global supply chain system is beyond the comprehension of the average zombie American. They are too distracted by mass consuming the products dependent on that very same fragile scheme. They are clueless zombie-like dupes who believe $20 bills magically appear in ATMs, Funyuns and Cheetos miraculously materialize on Wal-Mart shelves, gasoline endlessly bubbles up from the ground into the hose they stick in their $40,000 monster SUVs “bought” with a 0% seven year loan from Ally Financial, and that enchanted plastic card with a magnetic strip empowers them to fulfill every craving like a zombie feeding on a dead carcass.
There is a worldwide currency and petroleum war being waged today as too much fiat currency is chasing a dwindling amount of cheap petroleum supplies. The developed world has experienced a century of relative illusory prosperity as cheap easy to access fuel and cheap easy to print fiat currency have led zombies to believe progress and prosperity are their god given right. The most highly educated zombies will be the most shocked when they realize the reality they believed was all an illusion. The Starbucks “Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato” crowd who isolate themselves in their 100% financed 5,000 square foot luxury cookie cutter brick McMansions amidst 200 other identical McMansions occupied by reclusive strangers in enclaves pretentiously named The Preserve at Meadow Lakes, and driving multiple leased BMWs, are about as prepared for a collapse of modern society as a helpless child. The suburban wasteland of strip malls, office parks, and fast food joints is completely dependent upon an endless supply of cheap oil and cheap credit.
The cracks in this delusionary foundation are visible for all to see as Space Available signs outnumber actual businesses, pothole dotted highways deteriorate, sewer lines crack, and houses in disrepair outnumber those being kept up. It takes money to keep a home from deteriorating and it happens to be in short supply for 90% of the population. Despite the non-stop money printing operation at the Fed and the mainstream media fantasy stories of shale oil energy independence, the suburban dream is turning into a nightmare. When the inevitable financial implosion strikes in the next few years, the illusion of progress will come to an end. The inner cities will explode in violence and will burn. The police will be helpless and scared. There will be death on a large scale.
Suburbia will turn into a lawless landscape where neighbors turn on each other, as they have failed to create real communities. The isolation and seclusion which have marked suburban existence for the last thirty years will contribute to the creation of criminal gangs looting and pillaging stores, businesses and unprotected homes. After the collapse the only people likely to survive relatively unscathed are rural folk. Farmers, ranchers and those capable of living off the land have the abilities to endure a breakdown in our modern society. These people are prepared, know how to use firearms and create communities of self-sufficiency. No one will thrive in the world coming our way, but those not dependent upon or tied to our modern societal paradigm have a better chance to survive.
“If people feel lost and alone and helpless and broken and hopeless today, what will it be like if the world really begins to come apart at the hinges?” ― Brandon Andress – And Then the End Will Come!
Individualism vs Community
“The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs.” ― Jared Diamond – Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Our society has always glorified rugged individualism. We celebrate individual accomplishments and make heroes of those who have gone it alone and triumphed either in business, politics, sports, or the arts. Overcoming tremendous obstacles and going it alone in the face of adversity has been the narrative Americans admire and seek to emulate. Even the reality TV shows about preppers focus on individuals who plan on going it alone when civilization enters collapse mode. These rugged loners take pride in individualism, build bunkers, amass small arsenals and stockpile food and supplies. They will likely survive the initial onslaught of collapse and first wave of violence. But how long can an individual expect to survive alone in a Walking Dead environment? The traits which were appropriate and rewarded in modern society will be inappropriate and fatal in a post-modern society. A lesson from the show is clearly that a community of like-minded individuals working together has a better chance at long-term survival than a loner. Just make sure you join the right community.
With hordes of flesh eating automatons roaming the countryside it was essential for the living to form communities in order to fend off the zombies, protect each other, provide shelter, and forage for food. An individual alone had no chance at survival as falling asleep would ultimately prove fatal if a zombie stumbled upon your camp. The group led by Sheriff Rick Grimes eventually creates a community within the gates of an abandoned prison. The irony of seeing mindless throngs of soulless killers attempting to breakdown the fences to get “into” the prison is not lost on the audience. At first, the occupants of the prison would leave on foraging/pillaging missions to nearby cities and towns attempting to find food, medical supplies, gasoline and any other essential necessities of life. Eventually Hershel, the wise old man of the community, convinced Rick that cultivating the soil, sowing seeds and growing their own food was the only chance for their community to thrive over the long haul. Working with your hands is refreshing to the soul. Jesus’ Parable of the Sower immediately comes to mind.
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, some an hundred. He said unto them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. — Mark 4:3-9
Some communities are evil at their core and will commit malevolent atrocities. Some communities will appear ethical, but when hardship strikes they will fall back to their wicked ways. Communities of those addicted to riches and wealth will ignore the pleas of the downtrodden and wail and gnash their teeth when their worldly wealth evaporates. A fruitful community that chooses decent honorable leaders, adopts a moral code, treats all members with respect, encourages hard work and accountability, and plans for the future, will reap the benefits of sustainability and stability. Cultivating a good community is difficult, requiring sacrifice, compromise, hard work, difficult choices, and depends upon the goodwill of all members. Rick tried to become a farmer, but Carol saw the future clearly telling him, “you can be a farmer, you can’t just be a farmer”. A peaceful happy ending was not to be.
The community of Woodbury, led by a despicably evil man referred to as the governor, gave outward appearances of stability and health. But it was ruled through fear, intimidation, vindictiveness and evil. Leaders like the governor arise during desperate times when the weak seek someone who promises to save them and keep them safe. Leaders like the governor are far more savage, ruthless and dangerous than the flesh eating zombie hordes because they kill with malicious intent, fully knowledgeable of the consequences of their actions. Eventually good communities led by good people must stand up and fight bad communities led by evil men, no matter the consequences. Under dire circumstances and an uncertain future we will need to decide what kind of community we will be. What kind of people we will be. Will we fight for a better future for our children? Can we retain our humanity or will we become no better than the walking dead?
“What fascinates me is not so much humanity’s engulfment in darkness, but what kind of culture we will construct from the rubble of this one.” ― Carolyn Baker – Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times
Who Are the Real Walking Dead?
The central question permeating the Walking Dead is whether the living can maintain their humanity amidst so much horror, brutality, death, and desolation. Can the living continue to show compassion, kindness, mercy and love in a world torn apart by disarray, violence, viciousness and despair? Throughout the series those who haven’t “turned” still have the capacity to empathize, comfort one another, offer succor, and show mercy and kindness. But after enduring unending horrors, cruelty, death and sorrow, it appears some of the characters are “turning” into the very monsters pursuing them.
Every human being has their breaking point. The main characters must commit increasingly heinous acts in order to survive. The walkers have no choice. Their humanity was stripped from them by the virus. The living have a choice. The mental anguish pushes some (Lizzy) over the edge into insanity. Others (Michonne and Carl) are torn by guilt that they have become monsters. Carol justifies her ruthlessness as the only choice for survival – just like the walkers. The seismic shift occurs when Rick, seeing his son being sexually assaulted, goes full zombie and bites the jugular of his captor and relentlessly stabs his son’s attacker. Daryl kills one of the bad guys by crushing his skull with his boot. Many of the characters have made a choice to shed their humanity in order to protect their family and friends. As the series completes its fourth season we are left with a question. Are the zombies really the “walking dead” or are the living really the “walking dead”?
Life is complicated and those seeking simplicity and consistency will be terribly disappointed. The future is not going to be bright for our empire of debt and delusions. Times that will try men’s souls are on the horizon. The choices we make as individuals and communities will matter. Every human being has the capacity for good or evil. We will be alone in deciding whether we gravitate toward the dark side of our character or whether we make a stand for all that is noble and decent. Retaining our humanity during the trials and tribulations that await us will be crucial to creating a community that is sustainable and a future worth living and fighting for. It is clear that Terminus is not a true sanctuary for all. It permeates evil. As all of the “good” people are herded into a single boxcar I couldn’t help but see the parallels of the Nazis herding the Jews into boxcars for their final destination. Passive submission to an evil authority never ends well.
As the door is slammed shut and the protagonists are reunited, Rick declares “they’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out.” Abraham then asks “find out what?” Rick’s “they’re screwing with the wrong people” response confirms his transformation from an ambivalent reluctant leader into a powerful figure who will do anything necessary to protect his family, friends and community. This Fourth Turning has yet to reach its bloody, violent, chaotic zenith. The popularity of shows like the Walking Dead is a sign of the darkening mood change in this country. With our fragile fraudulent finance driven eco-system teetering on the edge, the threat of collapse is ever present. Within one week of a financial system collapse we would enter a Walking Dead like scenario. Each American who hasn’t already been infected with the zombie virus needs to prepare now and decide what kind of person they will become as the collapse engulfs our society. We all exit this world as we entered it – alone. But we have the wherewithal to positively impact the rebuilding of our culture from the rubble of this one. Are you ready to meet the deadly trials ahead? The choices we make over the next decade will determine if this is the end of the line for our civilization or a new beginning..
“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.” ― Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception
I was looking for things that were funny that involved the phrase “fuck winter” and stumbled across this song and am finding myself listening to Barnzy’s other songs. It is like a slow rap with jazz/blues sound to it (interesting sound).
But in all seriousness, fuck winter. At least there are some funny ecards:
Short of obtaining a Tracking Point rifle system I do not know if I will ever be able to develop the skill to reach out 1000 yards consistently but I am working on becoming proficient in the 700 yard range.
Much of the advise is great, pick the right caliber, get quality components, reload your own and be willing to drop some loot on high quality glass (the part I am comtemplating at the moment).
Many of the scopes listed in the article do make good offerings but they aren’t really top notch enough for 1000 yard shots; when making adjustments they will not move in a straight line. I have fired many rifles using Millet scopes and they are of good quality in medium range but I recently used a friend’s that had a Bushnell XRS Elite which moved and adjusted as if it was made by a Swiss watchmaker and was incredibly clear even at 30X’s magnification. Scopes are very similar to camera lens, pretty good ones can be had for $500 or less but admission to freakin’ sweet really can’t be had for less than $1500 (and I am not willing to drop $1600 on a scope like the one my buddy got his hands on).
Personally I enjoy reloading and it is expensive to get started but once you get going it can save a lot of money. I reload everything, 556, 308, 300AAC, 45ACP; in itself it is a valuable skill. Just like most things precision shooting can become an expensive hobby, especially if one insists on high end quality but the most important thing to get a combination you will use, can keep in good working order, and practice/hone the skill with. Because it is a skill that will be valuable if/when the sh!t hits the fan.
Sniper Basics For The SHTF Survivalist
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best - Voltaire
For a long time sniper tactics have been considered by many, even in the military, to be akin to a kind of state designated “murder” rather than a legitimate combat strategy. Only in recent years has sniping achieved a certain level of recognition. Centuries of warfare have passed in which snipers were happily recruited for their skills, and then quickly swept under the rug and forgotten once conflict was over. Daniel Morgan and his crack-shot riflemen were instrumental in America’s revolutionary victory over the British. U.S. sharpshooters rained hell down on German troops from over 900 yards during WWI. Snipers have dominated the battlefield in every modern conflagration. Yet, regimented sniping schools were not standardized in the U.S. Army until 1987. All previous schools were abandoned within a few years of their establishment.
Why did it take so long for the sniper to be recognized as essential to victory? Perhaps because snipers are TOO effective, to the point that they become frightening to the establishment.
During the Finnish “Winter War” against the Soviet Union in which they were vastly outnumbered and outgunned, guerrilla tactics, which they called “Motti tactics”, were used to excellent effect. The Finnish devastated the Soviets using hit and run attacks, homemade and improvised weapons, and snipers. The most famous of these snipers was Simo Hayha.
Simo was a common farmer with a diminutive stature of only 5 feet 3 inches tall. His shooting prowess was honed as a hunter in the wilderness of Finland. Simo is credited with over 505 (official) kills, including several teams of Soviet counter-snipers sent specifically to eliminate him. These kills were made during less than 100 days of combat, meaning Hayha engaged and destroyed 5 targets per day by himself. Known as the “White Death”, Simo would finally be removed from the battlefield by a lucky shot from an explosive tipped rifle round to the face while holding off a Soviet advance; he would wake up later in a Finnish hospital at the very end of the war and die of old age in the year 2002.
Simo Hayha proved once and for all the effectiveness of a single shooter in the face of a more powerful opponent. This kind of attrition warfare stopped the more technologically advanced Russians in their tracks, and ended their pursuit of total invasion. The poorly armed Finish prevailed despite all odds.
Sniper training turns a simple rifleman into a weapon of long range mass destruction, which is probably the reason why most governments around the globe have been reluctant until recently to educate more than a handful of soldiers on sniping methods. Hypothetically, a team of snipers could be dangerous enough to topple the political leadership (or oligarchy) of any given nation with nothing more than a few finely tuned rifles and a couple boxes of high caliber rounds.
Governments, fearful of being outdone by such low-tech adversaries, have gone to great lengths in an attempt to negate the sniper as a threat. Night vision, thermal vision, sound detection equipment, gas attacks, white phosphorous attacks, even large scale artillery barrages and laser guided missiles have not been able to stop snipers from remaining as a primary combat tool. Snipers always find a way around existing defenses, no matter how high tech. This is why sniper techniques are one of the ultimate strategies for self defense of the common citizenry usually disarmed of military grade weaponry.
I often hear skepticism when discussing the concept of long range combat techniques for survivalists. People ask why survivalists should even bother with sniper methods? How would they identify legitimate targets that present a tangible threat from such a distance? And, don’t most firefights occur within a range of 50 yards or less?
These questions come generally from inexperience with the methodology and the training. Sniper tactics are as much about reconnaissance as they are about precision shooting. Scoping and identifying targets before they pull the trigger is 90 percent of their job, and they tend to do it well. Unless they happen to work for the ATF or the FBI, usually, snipers are required to evaluate targets before engagement rather than firing on anything unlucky enough to stumble into their crosshairs. This process is just as applicable to the survival sniper as it is to an Army or Marine sniper.
In terms of common combat ranges, it is true that most military engagements occur in close quarters, but this is due more to the manner in which standard militaries conduct operations. Armies with superior numbers and technology PREFER to use shock and awe and CQC in order to quickly overwhelm and subdue the enemy. The modern method of warfare (or local police swat raids for that matter) is merely a refined form of blitzkrieg. The guerrilla fighter, on the other hand, has to remain adaptable, and in many cases, controlling the timing and distance of the fight is his only advantage. Sniper tactics are better suited to the underdog, not mechanized military operations. It behooves the survivalist to have long distance capabilities because there is little chance he will ever be anything but the underdog.
I am a relative newcomer to the world of long distance shooting and sniping with only a couple years of training, and I know how difficult the discipline appears to people who have just become curious about it. The modern “mystic” surrounding the sniper is deserved in certain respects, however, once the fundamentals are learned, it is surprising how easy your shots actually become, even at 1000 yards-plus, if you have the correct mindset.
Before you can practice such accuracy, though, there are many steps you need to take, and they should be taken in this order…
Choose A Caliber
If you want to become a precision shooter it is absolutely vital that you carefully research the caliber of round you will eventually use. The caliber will determine the kind of rifle platform you purchase, not to mention the scope and reloading equipment (if you decide to load your own rounds). Most of us do not have the kind of cash necessary to apply the trial and error method. You have to choose right the first time, otherwise, thousands of dollars may go down the drain.
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You know what that means:
- Go grocery shopping for milk, eggs and bread, the basic essentials needed to outlast any snowbound apocalypse (as well as make french toast).
- Drive 5 mph even if there is no snow on the road
- Stop halfway up every hill on the way home
- Make sure not to clear any snow off of your vehicle