As a lifelong student of what he calls "survival arts", it was Jeff Anderson’s military training that led him to seek out strategies that would protect not only himself on the battlefield... but also provide for his family's own self-reliance in any sort of disaster, crisis, or collapse.
After 10 years of military training in elite infantry units around the world, Jeff began working as a security consultant and executive protection specialist for private clients and the entertainment industry. Specializing in military style hand-to-hand and weapons combat, Jeff offered classes and seminars based on practicality and battlefield effectiveness!
In Jeff’s survival training, it was his service overseas and in combat missions, that he was able to get a first-hand glimpse of what a city gripped in collapse and without rule of law is like for its citizens. He uses his unique experience to inject a more realistic view of what to expect in survival scenarios and provide practical solutions - even in extreme environments - for true survivalists.
Ultimately his training and experience led him to create the digital media channel for Modern Combat And Survival magazine which is fueled by more than 100 of the world’s top instructors in law enforcement, military, and civilian survival schools.
Coming up, I have a very personal, patriotic message to share with you…
…about life's realities for the MOST patriotic among us.
As we prepare to rebrand from MCS to “Warrior Life,” we're looking for like-minded people who want to help us accomplish what we're working toward.
We want to learn from you even as we help YOU learn.
And that's why this message is so important.
Jeff Anderson just got back from one of our retreats, designed to help combat veterans with PTSD.
Our mission is to end veteran suicide, and we need YOUR help.
In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson talks about the retreat, Operation Warrior Resolution, Operation Save Our Soldiers, and what you can do right now to help these soldiers suffering from PTSD.
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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:
What our charity work is all about.
Why PTSD can be so devastating.
What “rapid resolution therapy” is all about.
Jeff's thoughts on why he's chosen to help his fellow veterans.
What you can do to help soldiers suffering from PTSD right now!
Our soldiers have put everything on the line for us. Let's pay them back by showing them all the support we can.
By now, you've probably heard about what happened to the McCloskeys.
You know, that couple who protected their house from a violent mob?
They were worried their home would get burned down, and while it looks like they made quite a few mistakes, nobody was hurt.
But the prosecutor in their city STILL wants to charge them with FELONY crimes.
Now, the McCloskeys have money, so they can hire the best lawyers out there.
(Their governor and the attorney general in their state have indicated a pardon might even be on the table, so they'll probably be okay.)
But what if YOU were charged with a crime like this… and you didn't have the benefit of widespread media coverage?
Because I hate to tell you, amigo, but us “regular people”don't do too well when the government tries to grind us down over our gun rights.
A LOT of the people in charge hate gun owners, in fact.
For a long time now, these same anti-gun dictators have been using the law to hassle gun owners.
Whether it's requiring insurance, passing laws that say gun owners can't buy insurance, or suing and prosecuting gun owners into bankruptcy when they do use their weapons, these efforts are all built on you being all alone when they come after you.
Well, that's where Tim Schmidt's United States Concealed Carry Association can help.
I've been a friend of Tim Schmidt's for years (since before he even founded the United States Concealed Carry Association).
But more importantly, I've been a USCCA MEMBER for years!
Look, you and I both know that the courts aren't always “gun friendly” and you can't count on your “Cousin Vinnie” to get you out of jail after a self-defense shooting… no matter if you were 100% legally justified or not.
The attorney bills alone could sink your family's entire savings – even if you're found innocent!
That's why you need a strong legal ally like the USCCA to have your back AFTER you were forced to protect yourself.
And now's the time to sign up, with the political winds shifting toward even MORE anti-gun laws and bans.
7 Reasons To Join The USCCA
Unfortunately, owning a gun or weapon just isn’t enough to protect your family…
…their future and everything you’ve worked for is STILL at risk in the aftermath of a self-defense incident like a robbery or a break-in!
So, what can YOU do?
Arm yourself and your family with the best self-defense education, training and legal protection available from the USCCA.
Clarence Daniels had a coffee creamer label in his pocket when he was attacked in a Brandon, Florida Wal-Mart.
That's all he was looking for.
The problem is, another guy – Michael Foster, 43 – saw Clarence get out of his car and walk through the parking lot.
After assaulting Clarence and screaming, “He's got a gun! He's got a gun!” Foster struggled with his victim until the police finally separated them.
(Clarence, meanwhile, shouted, “I have a permit!”)
I have to tell you, this CCW holder showed a LOT of good judgment in not shooting Foster.
He kept his head, and as a result, it was Michael Foster who was arrested and charged with battery.
See, Foster stalked Clarence through the parking lot, waited for him to enter the Wal-Mart, and then physically attacked him – because he thought he was stopping a mass shooting.
Because when Clarence Daniels got out of his car, he took the handgun he kept in the vehicle and tucked it behind his hip, under his coat.
A LOT of gun owners do the same thing.
A lot of us grew up during a time when people owning guns, carrying guns, keeping guns in their cars – even in racks in the back windows of pickup trucks – was a perfectly normal part of life.
The problem is, more and more people today don't think or feel that way.
They've grown up being told by popular entertainment that owning a gun is a bad thing that makes you a bad guy…
…and many of them don't even realize that private citizens can carry guns concealed in most of the United States.
Because of that – and because of news coverage that has Americans convinced they're all a heartbeat away from a mass murder or “active shooter” situation – when a lot of people see a gun, they think they've GOT to act.
Now, I'm not trying to blame Clarence Daniels too much.
Michael Foster was the one in the wrong, and Foster was sentenced to a year's probation for his crime.
(He was also told he could have no contact with his victim, that he couldn't own guns, and that he had to attend anger management classes.)
Fact is, though, if Clarence had kept his roscoe out of sight, none of this would have happened.
When you and I carry concealed, we NEVER want our guns to be visible to anyone watching.
For one thing, seeing a gun scares people like Michael Foster, who don't realize there are some of us out here legally carrying.
For another, if a real criminal sees your gun, he now knows exactly what he has to do to stop you from drawing it.
Your gun might even make you a target, because there's nothing criminals like more than stealing guns from other people.
The Legal Issue Of Concealed Carry
Keeping your gun concealed means more than just not taking it out of your car in public, like Clarence Daniels did.
It also means carrying your gun in a way that it won't”out” you when you least expect it.
Too many armed citizens are walking around with holsters they think, WRONGLY, are “good enough”…
…and these el cheap-o specials are the kinds of things that print or “out” the gun when you least expect it!
All it takes is one moment where your gun is visible, and one of these vigilante “heroes” like Michael Foster will be on top of you.
You can't afford that kind of attention, and that means you need a CCW holster that will help you keep your gun out of sight AT ALL TIMES.
More importantly, though, it may even be a legal requirement where you are that you keep your gun out of sight.
Remember what happened to Clarence Daniels.
If you want to stay safe, and you want to stay on the RIGHT side of the law, you've got to understand ALL the legal issues surrounding concealed carry.
That means it's on YOU to learn the rules, and the laws… and to follow them.
But it isn't enough just to know the rules; you've got to follow up in your day-to-day conduct… and that starts with keeping your pistol hidden!
Are YOU Worried About The Legal Issues Surrounding CCW?
With everyone worrying about disruptions in the food supply chain – as well as other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – we've all been gearing up like crazy.
I've talked to people around the country who are focused on getting what they need to survive more than ever before.
(And no, the shortages aren't over – I was in the grocery store just yesterday and everybody was complaining that the paper towels were gone again.)
One thing that almost every survivalist and prepper has in common is that he or she has a bug-out bag… and that means needing a stove to cook your survival rations.
There's a good reason for that.
If you've ever been camping deep in the woods, or (especially) if you've ever been in the military, you already know how important a hot meal is.
Let me tell you… when you're stressed out, wet, tired, cold, and miserable, a hot meal can really soothe the soul and give you the mental break you need to push on.
But, here's the thing…
When it comes to a survival scenario – especially as the result of a nation-wide crisis like the pandemic, or even a grid-down blackout – you've heard me say that you need to look at your situation much like a “military mission”.
Your goal should be to lay low and stay hidden as much as possible so the “enemy” doesn't locate you and target your supplies.
Unfortunately, starting a fire is a dead giveaway of your location.
Some people pack a “backpacker's stove” that uses propane to heat up food and water.
As cool as these things are, they're pretty damn expensive (as much as $30-40) and when you consider the fuel canister you need to pack, it's pretty bulky and heavy.
As you know, I'm not a big fan of “bulky” or “heavy” when it comes to my survival gear.
Mine is an older version of the newest pocket stove from Survival Frog.
It's only about the size of your palm, but quickly folds open to allow you to set a pot on top of it, or cook your food directly over the long-burning “heat tabs” that fit inside.
And while it costs very little, it EASILY beats much more expensive, more elaborate “survival stoves.”
When it's time to eat, you simply pull the stove out of your side pouch… light the candle… and in no time, you'll have boiling water in your canteen cup.
Then all you need to do is drop in your survival food (like freeze-dried meals)… stir… and in just a few more minutes, you have a hot meal ready to give you a well-deserved break from your stress.
I can't tell you how much of a difference this can make in your peace of mind and decision-making.
You wouldn't think it does, but trust me… there's a big difference.
I've tried several different stoves over the years and I've always found “simple” to work the best (and it's also the cheapest option).
I highly recommend you pack one of these small “pocket stoves” into each bugout bag you have (yours and family members) as well as keeping one in each car with a meal packet just in case you break down in the middle of nowhere and need something to use for heat and cooking.
What do you think of when I say the word, “sniper”?
If you're like most people, you get that mental image of a soldier covered in a camouflage “ghillie suit” ready to pull the trigger on an enemy combatant…
…A tactical SWAT marksman ready to end a hostage-taker's stand-off…
…Or a clandestine spy positioned in a window, about to completely disrupt some country's political system with a single bullet.
But while YOU may not be some state-sponsored covert assassin, have you ever thought about why you SHOULD consider becoming a “sniper”?
If that makes you scratch your head a little, then let me share with you…
5 Reasons Why Every Survivalist Needs “Sniper Training” To Be Prepared…
1. Intelligence Gathering
As they say, “knowledge is power”, right?
Well, sniper tactics are as much about doing reconnaissance to gain valuable intel on an “enemy” as they are about precision shooting.
A sniper can't pull the trigger on just anything that comes into his crosshairs.
90% of the job is being able to detect, identify, and confirm targets, and developing these skills will make you far more aware during times when danger is around you and most people don't even know it.
2. Survival Hunting
In any kind of “collapse”, food shortages will hit within the very first few days.
It's a fact.
That means you're going to have to find food for you and your family – and you're only going to get 1 shot at that deer, rabbit, or squirrel that's 300 ft away in that corn field.
You better make it count… or you'll go hungry like the rest.
3. “Next Level” Marksmanship
At long ranges, every little mistake makes a BIG difference in how close your bullet hits to where you were aiming.
Sight picture… breathing… trigger squeeze… follow-through…
The training required to become “super-accurate” as a sniper can help you fine-tune ALL of your shooting skills – no matter whether it's a shotgun, rifle, or even a pistol!
4. Stealth & Concealment
A sniper's success doesn't just rely on his (or her) accuracy.
You have to be “sneaky”.
You have to be able to creep into an optimal position without being detected… become “invisible” in any surroundings (even urban areas)… and be able to haul ass out of a “hot zone” without leaving a trail.
Hmmmm… sounds like just the kinda skills that could prove helpful for escape & evasion when the sh*t has hit the fan and the “wolves” of our society are prowling around for helpless victims to prey on, eh?
5. SHTF Defense
If worse ever DOES come to worse, you know that your family's defense is going to entirely be up to YOU… and ONLY you!
Being able to hunker down in a safe location – and STAY safe – is going to require you to have someone standing watch 24/7 should some sneaky bastard start looking around for his (or their) next victims.
It's always best to assume that the “enemy” is armed… and in ANY firefight confrontation, distance is your friend.
Being able to engage an enemy (foreign or domestic) from 500-800 yards away will help ensure your own survival… and force them to find their loot elsewhere (if they're lucky enough to leave).
So hopefully this was all you needed to convince you that this type of training really IS useful for survival purposes.
So now, “what's next?”, right?
How To Get Started As A “Survival Sniper”…
1. You're gonna need a weapon. Sniper rifles can get pretty expensive and if you ever go to a gun show, you'll see them all the way up to about $15,000 or so.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure my dog would have my side of the bed on a permanent basis if I ever dropped that much on a rifle.
The sneaky trick used at these gun shows is to make the rifle “look” like a badass military weapon with a lot of inexpensive add-ons. In other words, they're selling the “look” so you feel like you're the next American Sniper.
I recommend (and have) a Remington 700 .308 caliber bolt-action rifle.
These come super accurate and reliable right out of the box and I've used it for hunting as well as long-range shooting.
Another option is an AR platform in .308 because it's a familiar “feel” and deployment as a standard AR-15.
(Note: More on your gun in a few seconds…)
2. Next, you're gonna need a good scope.These can also run you a ton-o-dough, but it's a very critical factor in sniping so the more can spend on it, the better… but don't go overboard.
I recommend a “FIXED variable” scope for long-range shooting.
An “adjustable variable” scope is one where you can adjust the sight picture very tight, which actually changes the power of the scope.
This allows you to get a very fine-tuned sight picture at varying distances, if you want it to.
However, a “fixed variable” scope has a fixed magnification so the power of the sight picture doesn't change.
That means you don't have to mess around dialing in the precise magnification when you’re trying to engage multiple targets… and for defense and survival purposes, that can mean the difference between getting a shot – or not!
3. Finally, before you go attaching all kinds of whiz-bang gizmos to your rifle, you're gonna want to get in some “super accuracy training”.
Don't worry… there's no need to shell out a few thousand dollars for some “tactical sniper school”.
One of the best training programs out there for dialing in “super accuracy” with a rifle is through “Project Appleseed” (www.AppleseedInfo.org).
This is a national non-profit “marksmanship heritage” group of volunteers using a standardized set of special skills for training youth and adults in how to achieve superior accuracy with a rifle – just like the American colonists who out-shot and defeated the British forces back in 1775.
I've attended their courses and put all my sons through it as well, and I can't say enough about the professionalism of this group and all of the volunteer instructors who help keep this patriotic skillset alive and well.
And the best part? The training is free!
Of course they're not going to give you actual “sniper training” because that's not what they're about, but it'll lay a strong foundation for what you need to take things to the next level.
Then There's Your Gun…
A buddy of mine is well-known in the firearms industry for showing patriotic survivalists how to easily build “underground guns”.
Untraceable guns like this are often called “ghost guns” because they use a little-known “invisibility loophole” that doesn't require them to be registered with the government like other firearms.
Trust me, this is important…
You see, if there ever was ANY kind of crisis that triggered civil unrest on a grand scale, it's a very real threat that the government (federal or local) could impose a mandatory “gun confiscation” program to take peoples' guns.
Yes, I know this might sound like paranoia, but it's already happened during scenarios like Hurricane Katrina.
And I mean, just watch the news…
Personally, I think we're scary close to seeing more and more violent protests in the near future as we become further divided as a nation!
Are you seeing it too?
And with more mass-shootings and more gun-hating politicians taking office, anyone who is serious about their 2nd Amendment rights should be VERY afraid of the possibility of a knock on the door by a uniformed soldier with a clipboard, asking you to hand over your guns for the “greater good of the community” during a violent crisis.
So why take the chance?
Get equipped… get trained… and get prepared while you can.
You may remember me raving about one of my absolute favorite survival gear items…
The TACT BIVVY has become an essential part of my emergency plan, whether it's a natural disaster or a national crisis, I wouldn't feel prepared without it.
I can't stress enough how amazing this thing is and I have several of them – one for each family member in our bug-out bags, as well as a few for use while camping with my son.
These things can be a real life-saver for you or a family member no matter what survival scenario you may face. In fact…
Here Are 3 Ways The TACT BIVVY Can Save Your Life In A Crisis…
1. Signals For Rescue
The TACT BIVVY has 2 sides to it: An orange side for signaling for help and a reflective side (for keeping you warm when inside the bag).
If you're lost or injured in a remote area, both sides of the BIVVY can be used to signal to search aircraft.
But depending on the scenario, you may not want to be found…
2. Hides Your “Signature”
Sometimes you may NOT want to be found, right?
This may seem strange to you, but during times of crisis, you never know how you'll be targeted and by whom.
One of our readers, Kevin Dowd, had a great suggestion in how to stay hidden…
“If you turn an emergency blanket with the silver side towards your body, and cover your face, you can defeat most ‘flir' <from aircraft> and thermal imaging devices <even some smartphones can find your heat signature>.”
The TACT BIVVY is perfect for staying covert when you don't want to be found because the reflective part of the bag is already on the “inside” and it's fully enclosed so it doesn't “leak” your heat out like a regular emergency blanket does.
Plus, the outside is NOT reflective (like most blankets) and won't give away your location by shimmering in the moonlight.
3. Lightens Your Load
In a forced-evacuation scenario, if you're ever forced to get to safety on foot, you want your bug-out bag to weigh as little as possible.
A sleeping bag is a complete waste of space and can add an additional 5-7 lbs that will only keep you from reaching your destination.
I personally have a TACT BIVVY that fits right inside of my bug-out bag's 8″ side tactical pouch, right next to the poncho I use as a shelter.
I use this every time when I go camping with my son and it keeps me warm all night long – even during colder weather.
Have You Switched To A Bivvy Yet For Your Bug-Out Bag Survival Gear?