Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

Question…

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…

Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training
Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

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”.

You can get his FREE DVD here for just the cost of shipping it to you.

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.

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Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the term, “never bring a knife to a gunfight, right?

I mean, who in their right mind would do something so stupid, knowing that there’s no way a knife could “out-power” a firearm – ANY firearm?!

Except there’s just one problem:

This just isn’t (always) true!

In fact, there are a LOT of reasons you might choose to (or be forced to) “bring a knife to a gun fight.”

I know… sounds nuts, right?

Well, hear me out, because I’m about to explain to you. . .

3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

Ok, first of all, NO… I’m NOT saying that if I were to go toe-to-toe with a gun-wielding bad guy that I would pull out my combat folder knife instead of my Glock 9mm.

That would be stupid… IF I had the time, space, and option of using my gun instead of my knife.

But let’s face it…

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll realize that only a FOOL assumes you’ll always have the time, space, and option to go for your gun.

For starters, there are places you can’t carry a gun, right?

In those cases, that’s no choice at all — it’s just you going with the best available weapon.

But let’s look a little closer, because there are (at least) 3 good reasons why you should carry a knife specifically for self-protection purposes – and may even be the “winner” in a real attack…

1. A Knife Takes Almost No Muscle

A knife “works” because the point or the cutting edge are very thin.

This means that all the muscle power behind that knife is concentrated on that very, very small area.

Think about it: If you put the palm of your hand on your buddy’s chest, it doesn’t hurt.

If you press your index finger into his chest, though, it hurts enough to annoy him.

Put the same amount of pressure behind an ice pick, and you’ll puncture his skin.

If your knife is sharp, it takes almost no muscle power at all for you to do damage with it.

That means even if you’re older, injured, much smaller than your attacker – or otherwise at a disadvantage – you can deal out a HELL OF A LOT OF FORCE at close-quarters.

That makes the knife a very real option, particularly for people who might have trouble racking the slide of a full-sized auto.

It also makes the knife a great one-handed backup if you’re injured, disarmed, or run out of ammo.

Speaking of which. . .

2. Your Knife Never Needs Ammo

I’ve fought in combat, and I can tell you that there’s one piece of gear that will always have a place in a soldier’s arsenal…

It’s a knife.

Why does a high-tech military with fighter jets, machine guns, and smart bombs issue a bayonet to its infantry troops?

Because the military knows that no matter how much ammo a soldier carries, he could run out.

When that happens, his only option is to fix his bayonet and use it as a pike to stab his enemies.

Well, no matter how much ammo you have for your gun, sooner or later, it’s going to run out.

If you’re out and about and carrying concealed, you’ve got a lot LESS ammo on you than you have stockpiled at home.

And the reality is, most people don’t carry extra ammo at ALL.

You’re going to run out of rounds FAST in your auto or that 5-shot snubby revolver you’re carrying. . .

. . . and that’s when your knife will HAVE to come into play for self-defense.

3. A Knife Is Devastating At Close Quarters (And Almost Can’t “Miss”)

Guns are extremely powerful.

They are, however, powerful only in a straight line.

In fact, every gun disarm relies on getting out of the way of that single straight line in front of the barrel.

That means that, even at close quarters, it’s possible to miss your target.

Adrenaline dump, tunnel vision, shock, and other physical effects of a gun fight turn your aim to garbage in a real gunfight.

But if you have a knife…

You can slash.

You can thrust.

You can put the sharp edge between you and your attacker and just push, cutting them open with pressure.

With a knife, you almost can’t miss.

That makes a sharp blade your best friend in the adrenaline dump of a fight.

Now, there are a lot of great knives on the market for fighting and self-defense, so…

Here’s What To Look For In A “Fighting Knife”…

Ask a million “blade experts” what knife you should carry for personal defense… and you’ll get a million suggestions, right?

Well, when it comes to FIGHTING with a knife, I have a few things I look for…

First, I won’t carry a knife that doesn’t have an ambidextrous design. Period.

Curved handles and blades limit your options for how you hold your weapon – and in a real attack, I like to have all the options I can get for fighting back.

With an ambidextrous design, it doesn’t matter how you hold it: left hand… right hand… point up… point down… no matter which way you grab it, it’s always ready for business!

It (of course) also has to be able to open lightning-fast!

I personally find “thumb studs” to be the best openers – especially if the knife is also “spring-assisted” so all it takes is a little nudge of your thumb to unleash the blade into instant action.

I also like as thin a design as possible so it’s easy to conceal, yes… but also so that it “stabs” more effectively – especially if facing an attacker who is heavily clothed (maybe even in a leather coat!

Your preferences may vary, but these are mine.

Anyway, I think you can see the value in WHY you need to carry a knife with you for personal defense… you just need to make sure it’s the right one in order to be ready for the reality of a violent attack.

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Gatka: Combat-Proven Urban Survival Weapon “Sword Fighting” For Civil Unrest

Urban Survival Weapons

You’ve heard me say this more than once…

The best backup survival weapon – the one I even carried with me into combat in the military – is a machete.

I catch a lot of flack for that statement (especially from “gun guys”), but the fact is, when you run out of bullets… your gun gets confiscated or stolen… or it breaks down, you damn well better have a backup you can depend on.

But like any weapon, the machete is only as effective as the person who wields it, right?

That’s why I started training in “sword fighting”years ago.

And in my search for the ultimate sword-fighting system to train in, all I had to do was look at real world stories to see what would I could truly depend on under the extreme conditions of a collapse in infrastructure… civil unrest… and “mass attacks”…

Gatka: Combat-Proven “Urban Survival Weapon” Sword Fighting During Riots & Civil Unrest

Urban Survival Weapons

Gatka (pronounced gut’-ka) is a fighting system developed by the Indian Sikhs (pronounced ‘seeks’) thousands of years ago.

What’s unique to the techniques within Gatka is its double-blade tactics that are meant to defeat a mass attack – a technique that I teach in the advanced version of our “Combat Machete” DVD’s we talk about in our free survival weapons guide here

The unique spinning moves of this double-blade method create a virtual “human blender force field” around your body that can literally hold off any number of attackers.

This isn’t some fantasy mumbo-jumbo.

It’s been “combat proven” in real attacks – even in recent history…

The 1984 Riots – Amritsar, India

In 1984, the Prime Minister of India was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards who were part of an underground anti-government separatist movement.

In retaliation, the Indian Army tried to storm the Sikh holy site, the Golden Temple, and anti-Sikh mobs all across India roamed the streets attacking any Sikh man, woman, or child they could find.

The death toll during the civil unrest is estimated to be up to 8,000.

But the Sikhs’ Gatka warriors weren’t going to lay over and die without a fight…

At the holy Golden Temple, a single Gatka warrior stood at each of the four entrance doors with their two swords, swinging them using their unique double-blade tactics as the Indian Army tried to gain access.

Not one soldier got within 10 yards of any one of the entrances!

But wait until you hear this…

At the same time, out on the streets of Delhi where rioters were carrying out mass beatings and killings, an 80-year old man was attacked while riding his scooter by an anti-Sikh mob of 3,000 people.

When the police arrived at the scene, the attackers fled.

One of the officers who came upon the attack reported…

… “All I could see was an old man, standing sword in hand, and numerous dead bodies lying around him.”

What does this mean for you?

Well, we’ve already seen how quickly mobs can form and attack in the aftermath of a crisis or collapse, haven’t we?

While I’m a firm believer in firearms for survival scenarios, they have their limitations and there are times when they’re actually not the best weapon for the job.

That’s why I trust my machete – essentially an “urban survival sword” – as my primary backup.

Not only does it never jam or run out of bullets… but it’s a supreme deadly weapon in the right hands – especially when I’m armed with both of my machetes and use the “human blender” technique I mastered in my Gatka training.

I can show you how to master the machete and other survival weapons here

Using the system I’ve developed over 2 years (blending Gatka, Haitian, and African fighting systems, as well as my own techniques), I’ve found a way to show ANYONE how to quickly become a complete badass with the machete.

And yes, that includes even more “advanced” methods such as the double-blade technique covered in “Combat Machete 2”.

I highly suggest you start with our free survival weapons guide now and see for yourself how easy my Gatka-based system is to master.

It takes very little practice once you learn the basic principles (I can show you how to master them in only 7 days) and the skills flow so easily that you never seem to lose them at all – they’re always there, ready to defend you and those you love when things get “extreme”.

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5 Urban Survival “Knife/Machete Sharpening” Hacks. . .

Let me ask you a weird question…

Have you ever tried shaving with a razor that’s like waaaaaaaay past the point you SHOULD have replaced it with a fresh one?

Now if you’re one of those tactical dudes who’s been sporting a “military contractor beard” since you were 11, then probably not.

But for the REST of us, it brings back painful memories of that common, “ACK!” response and spending the next 37 minutes staring into the bathroom mirror armed with a giant roll of toilet paper, desperately trying to stop that tiny nick’s never-ending “blood-fest” in time to get to work.

Bottom line… a blade (ANY blade) is only as effective as it is SHARP, right?

And when it comes to survival tools and weapons (like your knife and machete), keeping it’s edge “mission-ready” can be a real challenge if you’re in an extreme survival scenario where your blade is getting a lot of use, but resources are scarce and there’s no handy-dandy professional sharpening service down the block.

Right? So…

Here Are 5 Knife- And Machete-Sharpening Hacks For Extreme Survival Scenarios…

Machete And Knife Sharpening Tips For Field Use
Machete And Survival Knife Sharpening Hacks

#1 – Use A Car Window

The untreated edge of a car window can do a great job of sharpening the blade of your machete.

The top of the car window isn’t coated.

All you need to do is place the blade against the window edge while tilting it to match the window edge angle.

Then make at least three passes along the length of the blade.

(Flip it over and do the other side as well.)

Even if you don’t have a car, in an urban survival situation, finding a vehicle to sharpen your machete shouldn’t be a problem.

#2 – Use The Bottom Of A Ceramic Coffee Mug

There are knife sharpeners made of ceramic.

Simply turn the ceramic coffee mug over on a firm, flat surface.

Draw the blade across the unfinished edge of the bottom of the mug and sharpen like in the instructions above.

#3 – Use A Smooth Stone

Yep, gonna go all Conan the Barbarian on this one.

(This one is better if you’re near a water source such as a river since it works best with a really smooth stone.)

A smooth stone can work just like a sharpening stone.

#4 – Use An Emery Board

Sure, it’s not something most guys carry around.

But if you plan ahead, it’s light and hardly takes up any space.

Simply place the emery board on a flat, surface and use the technique mentioned above.

It probably works better on a knife, but for a machete it can work in a pinch.

Desperate times, right?

#5 – Use A Knife

Being the prepared survivalist that you are, you’ll have another knife handy.

Simply draw the machete blade across the back spine of the knife.

Repeat this on both sides of the machete blade.

But let’s face it… you won’t always have these sharpening options handy.

I mean, who carries a coffee mug into an urban survival situation anyway, right? (Other than someone with a serious caffeine addiction, that is. 🙂

The Ultimate Way To Keep All Your
Survival Blades Super Sharp…

When it all comes down to it, the words of my old Drill Sergeant rings true…

… you can’t polish a turd!

In other words, the main factor in having a sharp blade is to make sure you buy a machete designed for holding an edge.

That’s why – when I designed our Guardian “urban survival machete”, I tested out all the popular types of steel to use for the blade.

I hate to brag, but it really is the toughest machete on the planet and all you have to do is watch our “machete torture test” video here, to see for yourself…

When I think about the actual experience I had in desert, jungle, arctic, and urban environments —  including in COMBAT — a knife wouldn’t even come CLOSE to doing what I needed it to do.

I think you’ll agree, but you should check it out for yourself.

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Home Invasion Defense: 11. Y.O. With Combat Machete Defeats Home Invader!

“If they come in the door, you let ’em have it!”

Those words from 11 y.o. Braydon Smith’s father had to echo through his head as he sat in the dark – stuffed in a bedroom closet by a gang of home invaders.

Alone… afraid… outsized… outnumbered… and with no police “back-up” on the way…

Braydon took his dad’s words to heart and, in the pitch black darkness of the closet, plotted to grab the closest “weapon” his little hands could find, and…

Here’s How This 11 y.o. Single-Handedly Defeated A Gang Of Low-Life Home Invaders…

Home Invasion Defense - Braydon Smith
Home Invasion Defense – Braydon Smith

It was 11:00 am on a sunny June morning when young Braydon – alone at home – heard a knock on the family’s front door as he was talking with his mother on the phone.

Peering out his front window, he saw a strange woman on the front porch.

Braydon knew something wasn’t quite right, when suddenly…

*CRASH*

… he heard his bedroom window shatter behind him!

Jataveon Dashawn Hall

In mere seconds, Braydon found himself staring face-to-chest with Jataveon Dashawn Hall, a hardened gang member who used his partner’s front-door distraction to invade their home and ambush the youngster when he wasn’t looking.

Braydon fought back with everything he had.

But he was no match for the bigger, stronger Jataveon Hall, who grabbed a pellet gun and forced Braydon into the bedroom closet so he and his gang could loot his home without interference.

They seriously underestimated the 11 y.o…

Braydon remembered the weapon that was hidden nearby after a previous burglary…

It wasn’t a pistol… it wasn’t a rifle… it wasn’t a shotgun…

… it was a machete!

Bursting through the closet door, Braydon – a “star baseball player” in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina – quickly grabbed the machete and started swinging like he was going for a home run, surprising the unaware Hall with a hit to the back of his head.

The fight was on!

Hall turned around and kicked Braydon in the stomach.

The boy came back – swinging the machete again – but missed.

Hall then kicked Braydon in the head, sending him sprawling to the ground – out of the fight – as he continued his looting of the home while his cohorts waited outside.

That’s when he felt it…

… the wet, warm sensation on the back of his neck.

Reaching back, Hall discovered that the boy’s first blow had hit its target and sliced a good sized gash in the back of his head that was bleeding severely.

In a panic, he dropped the electronics and rushed out the door to flee the area with his two other partners in crime, leaving a trail of blood (and DNA evidence!) behind him.

11 y.o. Braydon – 3
Gang Members – 0

When interviewed later, Braydon said he “hesitated a little,” but he was determined to defend his family’s home from this violent invader.

“You shouldn’t have done what you’ve done,” Braydon said of the thug who attacked him.

(Wise words from a little boy, eh?)

Law enforcement praised his quick-thinking in defending himself and defending his family’s home.

But who KNOWS what Jataveon Hall might have done if Braydon hadn’t gotten to that big blade in time, right?

We all know that home invaders prey on those they consider “weak” – children, the elderly, the handicapped, women – and will use violence to gain power over their victims with no regard for human life.

That’s why I’m such a huge advocate of owning a gun for home defense – and there have been numerous stories about young kids who’ve defended their homes with firearms.

But Braydon didn’t HAVE a gun!

And it’s very unlikely that any OTHER weapon (like a baseball bat, or even a knife) would have allowed him to fight off Jataveon Hall.

Hall was bigger, stronger, and more aggressive.

Only a BIG blade like a machete had the power to put him down…

…and Braydon’s story shows just how effective a machete can be for personal defense – EVEN in the hands of an 11-year-old!

And you can imagine why…

The machete is so simple to use at a “basic” level, that even a small boy can use it against a larger, stronger attacker — and win!

And with more “advanced machete fighting tactics”, it’s downright deadly – as a home defense “back-up” to a firearm, or even as a primary weapon if no gun is available.

In fact, its simplicity is just one of the reasons why I say the machete is the “ultimate survival weapon”, whether you’re facing a horde of face-eating zombies (kidding!) or a brutal home invader in your living room with no regard for human life.

Take a few lessons from young Braydon…

Think “beyond the gun” and consider what other weapons you can use around your home if you were forced to defend yourself in a home invasion ambush.

Not only that, I suggest you even go one step further and actually HIDE “back-up weapons” in strategic locations around your home – like a machete…

And to young Braydon… “Nice job my man!” 🙂

… AND (of course) know how to USE them in a real attack!

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MCS 299 – 5 Reasons To Carry Cheap Knives

MCS 299 - 5 Reasons To Carry Cheap Knives
MCS 299 - 5 Reasons To Carry Cheap Knives
MCS 299 – 5 Reasons To Carry Cheap Knives

What’s the most expensive knife you own?

Did it cost a hundred bucks?

Two hundred?

Maybe more?

Well, let me ask you:

How afraid are you of breaking or losing it?

The reality is that while you should absolutely carry high-quality tools (and you get what you pay for)…

…You should ALSO carry an inexpensive knife for all those “dirty jobs” and high-risk areas!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson and makes the case for supplementing your Everyday Carry (EDC) with a cheap fixed blade knife.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The knife (or knives) you can find literally everywhere that can be both utility and self-defense blades!
  • Why a “cheap knife” gives you more “freedom” than even the most expensive tactical blade.
  • Multiple ways to create a knife sheath (with materials you have in your home right now)!
  • Why a cheap knife might give you a legal and social advantage in public.
  • Which “cheap knives” to buy and which to avoid (and how to tell the difference when you aren’t sure)!

Let’s all take a break from doom and gloom and pandemic readiness to talk about something we can all agree on:

Knives are freaking cool, and we should all be carrying more than one…

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

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Best Tactical Tomahawk: 3 Things To Look For When Buying One

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips

Jeff Anderson

Tactical tomahawks have received a lot of recognition lately, and not just from the wannabe zombie hunters out there.

In today’s tactical landscape, these weapons are being adopted into the arsenals of law enforcement, rescue personnel, and even active duty military.

This begs the question: Which one do you buy?

Recently, I talked tomahawk shopping with the American Tomahawk Company’s Eric Fehrman.

Here’s a summary of what he told me.

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Tomahawk

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips
Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips

Eric Fehrman

The fireman’s axe was long a staple of rescue equipment, and for obvious reasons: It provided leverage and allowed rescuers to make their way through obstacles.

The tomahawk does this as well, while also giving first responders and other emergency personnel a very effective means of defending themselves.

The versatility,  the effectiveness of the tomahawk as both a tool and a weapon, has made it a valuable piece of equipment worthy of a closer inspection for anyone who’s serious about survival in a multitude of scenarios.

Tomahawks are everywhere now:  in catalogs, on every knife website, on social media (where companies do giveaways and promotions) and at gun shows.

(They’re even easily found in sporting goods stores now.)

With all these options, however, there are certain features that you should consider when you purchase a tomahawk to add to your arsenal of survival tools and weapons.

That’s because all tomahawks are NOT created equal.

Consider the following, then, when you’re shopping.

1. Buy A Trusted Brand

The first thing you should look for in a ‘hawk is a trusted brand, a manufacturer who is well known and has a good reputation.

Because of the rise in popularity of the tomahawk, cheap knockoffs and junk made anonymously somewhere in China is all over the market.

(A lot of the cheap tomahawks look and feel like junk because that is what they are.)

They are cheaply made and will break easily. Many have substandard sheaths, too.

If either the tool or its carry system breaks when you need it most, you are trusting your life to a piece of cheap garbage.

Avoid the no-name brands and go with a tomahawk that comes from an established manufacturer known for its quality.

2. Make Sure It Offers Good Utility

Don’t select a ‘hawk simply because it “looks cool” or even because it looks especially intimidating.

Tomahawks are intimidating and wicked looking pieces of gear, yes, but there are a lot of “fantasy” tomahawks on the market that look scary.

They’re full of strange curves, spikes, and other details that serve no real value other than to make them look fierce.

Chances are a tomahawk like this will break when you need it most, no matter how “bad” it looks.

Don’t buy something because it’s painted bright green and has the word “zombie” on it, either.

Instead, buy a tomahawk that is compact, lightweight, and has the features you believe will be most useful.

Another thing that people often overlook when it comes to ‘hawks is the sheath.

(Some manufacturers offer really terrible “sheaths” with their tactical tomahawks, flimsy pieces of nylon that are really just blade covers.)

Look for one that has a sheath that won’t fall apart soon after you start carrying it.

3. Look For A Strong Handle To Head Join

Most axe, hatchet, and tomahawk failures happen where the handle meets the head.

Look for a good ‘hawk that has a strong, sturdy joining of the head to the handle, so that you know it is a point of strength rather than weakness.

(Some synthetic handles offer better strength than wood.)

Test the head of the tomahawk to see if it shifts in your hand when you grip it and the handle and try to move the two.

Tomahawks are very useful tools.

Shopping for one requires that you pay attention to these details.

If you follow these guidelines, you will find a weapon that is right for you.

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Tactical Tomahawk: The Best CQC Techniques!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The growing interest in tomahawks over the last several years means you can find them everywhere these days.

The thing that makes the tomahawk a great tool AND weapon is that it is gives you lots of power and lots of leverage.

When you’re training with your ‘hawk, though, you still need to know:

Which CQC techniques should I be drilling?

Recently, I talked tomahawks with the American Tomahawk Company’s Eric Fehrman.

Here’s a summery of what he told me about using the tactical ‘hawk.

The Best CQC Techniques For The Tomahawk!

Eric Fehrman

From a historical warrior’s perspective, the tomahawk was one of the earliest close quarter combat weapons.

It really has been a feared weapon in many battlefields, from Vietnam and even now in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those with training and experience in close-quarters combat know that certain techniques with the tomahawk can prove very effective…

…no matter what the battleground.

#1: Most Stick Fighting Moves Work GREAT

The tomahawk is uniquely American.

The beauty of the weapon is its simplicity.

This is a striking weapon.

You don’t have to be a samurai warrior or a martial arts master to use a ‘hawk effectively.

Put it in your hand and you immediately have an extra foot or foot and a half of reach, depending on the handle, and that means an advantage over your opponent.

Where specific techniques are concerned, however, the tomahawk can be used in the same way that any stick or hammer can be used.

If you have any training in stick fighting, such as in Filipino Martial arts, you can use the tomahawk in much the same way.

Any baton technique can generally be applied to the tomahawk as well.

#2: Techniques With Other Weapons Work GREAT, Too

This tool is very intuitive because it is shaped like, and weighted similarly to, a hammer.

Most people have swung a hammer before.

The weight of a tomahawk naturally brings the hammer to mind.

If you swing a tomahawk in the same fashion, you can do serious damage with it when fighting an opponent.

In the news recently there have been a number of high profile hammer attacks.

These could just as easily have been conducted with a tomahawk as with a common claw hammer.

Because the ‘hawk is both simple and also compact and light enough to be used in one hand, it can be wielded in conjunction with many other weapons.

These include handguns and knives.

You can easily carry a tomahawk in one hand and another weapon in the other while using both effectively, in other words.

#3: It’s Fantastic For Hooking Techniques

The tomahawk’s design makes it naturally useful for both hooking and pushing. That is its T-shape.

Using the hook of the tomahawk, you can grab an opponent, pull him toward you, pull him to the side, disarm him, deflect a strike, or just push him off.

The tomahawk makes a whole variety of drawing, manipulating, and disarming techniques available to the user.

Because you can potentially catch or deflect something coming at you, the tomahawk is also a great blocking tool.

To sum up, then, the ‘hawk is a very useful close quarters battle weapon.

It can be used easily and intuitively.

It can be used in conjunction with another weapon.

It is also, thanks to its design, a natural hooking and blocking tool.

These features make it a valuable component of your survival arsenal… and one you should explore if you don’t have it already.

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Fighting With Shovels? Military-Inspired Survival Weapon Secrets For Close Quarters Combat

The US Military’s top enlisted man said it himself:

“If they choose not surrender, then we will kill them… Whether that be through…dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools.” [emphasis added]

He was talking about ISIS fighters.

And as brutal as it sounds, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell – the military’s top enlisted soldier – was just saying something our military has ALWAYS known when it comes to fighting, and here’s…

The Military’s “No B.S.” Fighting Secret For Close-Quarters Combat

E-tool, Etool, Entrenching Tool: Shovel Combat By Any Name For CQC Battle

“ISIS fighters must surrender or die via shovels,” read the headline when the news covered it.

And you can probably imagine what happened when CSM Troxell posted this comment to Facebook and Twitter…

People freaked!

A lot of people on social media thought Troxell was out of control for saying something so brutal.

The thing is, he wasn’t being “brutal” at all.

He was referring to a secret, something most people don’t know:

In life-or-death combat, the true warrior will use whatever weapon he or she has available to defeat their enemy!

That means the humble “e-tool,” or “entrenching tool” – something every soldier carries – is as much a weapon of war as his rifle.

“That’s ridiculous, Jeff,” you might be thinking. “A shovel, especially a tiny shovel like that, isn’t an effective weapon when every soldier on both sides has a rifle!”

Well, it’s not as far fetched as it sounds.

In fact, the shovel HAS been seen as a weapon in the military for years… and even USED to kill the enemy by some of its biggest heroes.

Ben Wilson, Military Hero
(And Owner of BRASS BALLS)

Ben Wilson

Do you know the story of Ben Wilson?

Wilson earned a Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross during his time in the military.

He served in WWII and the Korean War, rising to the rank of First Sergeant.

At “Hell Hill” near Hwacheon Dam in Korea, he continued fighting while his men retreated from North Korean counterattack.

Losing his rifle in the fighting, he took out his entrenching tool…

…and killed 4 MEN with the sharpened edge of the shovel!

The military has long recognized just how effective this weapon can be, but not as a shovel by itself.

Instead, in their combatives manuals through the years, they’ve just listed it as one of many objects you an use to fight with the SAME WAY.

In other words, it’s not that the military ever saw the e-tool as a “primary close quarters weapon.”

But they DID understand that guns jam… break… and run out of bullets.

When that happens, you NEED a backup weapon that will keep you alive while destroying the enemy.

The military also understood that soldiers need TRAINING to use weapons.

That could be your “body weapons” (a.k.a. “close-quarters combatives”)… your bayonet knife… or even your frickin’ SHOVEL.

Now, for me, what I always considered a much more formidable backup weapon than ALL of these was…

…my machete!

And just like the military did, I developed a system that works universally with nearly ALL melee weapons, the machete included.

Look familiar (like, you know, that picture from the combatives manual)?

Just like our troops do, though, you need training to wield a machete (or a shovel, or a frigging stick) most effectively.

I feel so strongly about this that I spent 3.5 years training in the legendary “Gatka” sword-fighting system of the legendary Sikh warriors…

…then another 2 years fine-tuning our own “Combat Machete” system, integrating elements of African and Central American machete arts (where real-world machete fighting is extremely common!).

The result?

It’s the ultimate fighting system – that anyone can master in as little as 7 days!

If you’re serious about bladed weapons for self-defense – especially the machete – but if you ALSO want training that you can use with anything you pick up and use as a weapon (like Ben Wilson did) – you might want to check out this “extreme” survival weapons blueprint you can download for free.

I think you’ll be surprised just how much it can help you prepare for any threat.

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MCS 258 – CCW Gear You Aren’t Carrying. . . But SHOULD!

Conceal;ed Carry Gear That CCW Holders Should Carry For Survival

Carrying a gun is NOT enough.

A lot of people put on a gun and think they’ve got self-defense covered.

They’re WRONG!

If you carry a gun, there’s a lot of OTHER gear you SHOULD be carrying.

In fact, if you have a firearm on your person. . .

. . . you’d be crazy NOT to have this gear with you.

The right equipment could mean the difference between life and death in a gunfight.

The same is true for AFTER a gunfight, if you or someone you care about has been wounded.

So what gear should you be carrying — and which EDC items are absolute must-haves?

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene pinch-hits for Jeff Anderson to answer these questions… and more!

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The self-defense item you need to carry so that you’re only option ISN’T lethal force!
  • The simplest way to “reload” your gun if it jams or runs dry.
  • The utility tool that you’d be a FOOL not to carry every day.
  • A simple commercial medical device that could save your life, even if you’ve been badly wounded!
  • An unusual piece of gear that is a virtual “force field” in a gunfight!

Carrying EDC gear is all about preparing ahead of time.

Make sure you’re not missing critical items that could save your life in a real-life gunfight.

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MCS 254 – Long Range Tactical Handgun Combat Training

Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training

Most gunfights happen at extreme close range, BUT. . .

. . . you STILL have to train with your handgun not just at LONG range, but at EXTREME long range.

There are LOTS of reasons this is true.

But WHY do you need to do it?

How should you train for long-range handgun shooting?

And how do you change up your drills to keep them realistic and FUN?

The handgun is designed for close-quarters combat, but it’s actually accurate to MUCH farther out than that.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson reviews the benefits of long-distance handgun training — and explains HOW you should be conducting that training for maximum benefit.

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  • The reasons you might need to engage a shooter who is far enough away that he’s NOT actively a threat to you!
  • The critical skills long-distance tactical handgun training helps hone.
  • The specific “mental trick” that this type of training can pull off for you!
  • Drills that will SERIOUSLY change the way you look at handgun training.
  • And much, much more!

Long-distance shooting with a handgun is NOT ideal because a handgun loses accuracy with distance.

When you MUST do it, however, you don’t want to be unprepared. . . because being prepared for long-range handgun com at can make the difference between life and death in a real gunfight!

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MCS 253 – Survival Machete Extreme CQC Tactics

Survival Machete Extreme Close Quarters Combat Tactics
Survival Machete Extreme Close Quarters Combat Tactics

Your gun is NOT the answer.

Wait, what?

No, I’m not saying that guns aren’t one of the most effective self-defense tools available.

I’m saying your gun is not the ONLY answer to close quarters combat. . .

. . .and there are a LOT of situations in which you might not have it or might not be able to use it!

When that happens, the survival machete is one of the most effective combat weapons available – but only IF you know how to use it!

More importantly, the way you THINK you should use it probably ISN’T the most effective technique!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson interviews edged weapons expert Da’Mon Stith as the two training partners describe four DEVASTATING techniques:

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  • A sneaky method that DESTROYS your attacker’s will to fight. . . while also destroying his body!
  • The dirty distraction technique that leaves your attacker bloody and disoriented.
  • A method that can be lethal or less-lethal, depending on what YOU decide to do to your enemy!
  • The best way to use your attacker as a HUMAN SHIELD when fighting more than one adversary.

The machete is more powerful – and more versatile – than you think it is.

This episode will make you look at the machete like you never have before!

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