Those were the words going through Corporal Gurung's head as he lay there on the ground of his observation post – struck in the head by an AK-47 bullet and disoriented from the grenade that just exploded mere feet from his location.
But now was NOT the time to die…
The lives of 120 of Cpl. Gurung's commrades were relying on him to hold the line…
… and an armed Taliban fighter had just climbed over his post's wall to “finish the job” of sending Gurung to his Maker.
The larger enemy combatant was too close for Gurung to swing his rifle around to counter the attack – so he grabbed the only other weapon he had within his reach, and…
Here's How This Brave Soldier's Blade Saved 120 Men From Almost Certain Death…
It was just 3:45 in the morning when 29 y.o. Corporal Gurung looked out over the baren desert in front of his observation post on the outer perimeter of “Patrol Base Sparta” in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.
This was the time of early morning “dead stillness” that most soldiers are trying to fight back from falling asleep during the long, boring guard detail.
The Taliban knew that too…
They had sent two enemy fighters to breach the post's main gate while their defenses were down, and kill as many soldiers as they could – even if it meant sacrificing their own lives.
Fortunately, Gurung was dedicated and alert.
He knew that the lives of his friends depended on his ability to spot potential enemy patrols, and in the pre-dawn hours, he spotted two figures through his night-vision goggles, quickly heading toward the main gate.
Initially thinking them local farmers, Cpl. Gurung shouted for them to stop.
Instead, they lurched around and opened fire!
Caught off-guard by the sudden ambush, Gurung was hit in his helmet with a bullet from one of the Taliban fighter's AK-47 and dropped to the ground.
“It felt like I was hit by something like a big hammer on my helmet. There was so much pain in my head and neck,” Corporal Gurung said.
“I was unconscious for a while but after a few seconds I managed to step up in my position.”
As he gathered his strength and got to his feet, he suddenly heard “a click sound” and saw a small black object drop in front of him in his guard post.
It was a grenade!
As it exploded, Gurung was again knocked to the ground – his position now full of dust and sand, making it difficult to see.
That's when he spotted the Taliban fighter climbing over his post's wall to make sure he was dead.
In the cramped guard post, Gurung knew there was no space or time to grab and aim his rifle at the enemy raising his own weapon.
But Gurung wasn't “unarmed”…
The Corporal was never far from the 18-inch machete he carried with him on his combat missions.
Acting on pure survival instinct, Gurung grabbed his machete and began slashing the shocked Taliban fighter, at the same time, yelling to his fellow soldiers to raise the alarm.
The enemy combatant tried to escape, while his cohort – terrified by Gurung's counterattack – ran off to safety.
Fearing for the lives of his friends, Cpl. Gurung pulled his attacker back into the guard post, but the enemy was much bigger than him and forced them both off the 9′ high platform, landing on top of him as they plowed into the heard earth.
“I was under him,” Corporal Gurung said.
“I felt so much pain in my back because of the landing but I started to slash at him again with my <machete>.”
His “survive at all costs” mind-set – and his machete – ultimately overcame the enemy fighter who lay there dying in the dirt.
The young, married Gurung would once again see his wife and family… as would the 120 men who owe him their lives.
For “survivalists” like myself, Gurung's story tells us two things…
One, in a real attack (ANY attack), you NEVER say “die”! Shot in the head and blown up with a grenade, Gurung was the one who walked away alive that day because he never gave up.
Two, the machete DOES have a place on the modern battlefield, as the brave Corporal proved when he fought off machine gun-wielding terrorists using just his blade.
This is also one of the reasons why I always carried a machete with me during my time in combat.
I knew that there could be a time where my rifle wouldn't be there to defend me (tight quarters, malfunction, out of ammo, etc.) and I needed a “back-up”.
While YOU may not be a soldier, serving in a desert “combat zone”, I highly suggest that you have your own machete and your own “extreme” survival weapons plan.
You never know – in today's violent climate – when you and those you love could be trapped in the aftermath of a wide-scale crisis that collapses our infrastructure – such as a nation-wide grid-down “blackout”, political protests-turned-riots, or other threat.
When that happens, you'll see once-friendly citizens transform into panicked, desperate “refugees”, fighting for scarce resources to feed and protect their own families.
No, this isn't some “conspiracy theory”.
I've seen it with my own eyes.
The question is, will YOU be prepared if this type of emergency hit us at home?
Firearms have their place for personal defense – and I'd never suggest NOT having one as your primary weapon to defend yourself and loved ones from gangs, looters, and angry mobs in the violent aftermath of a disaster or crisis.
But just as Corporal Gurung discovered… your primary firearm may NOT be there when you need it.
You need a “back-up”… and you need that back-up to be part of a PLAN.
For me, my survival weapons plan includes my machete.
Yours should, too.
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