I have in front of me the latest issue of Tactical Weapons magazine. Almost every “operator” in the articles is wearing Multicam. Elite ICE agents to military, the majority are in “mall ninja” camo. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something more to it.
Look, I have a problem with getting involved in the Syrian mess and the reasons are simple.
We have been at war for over a decade. Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the last to get war weary. I just know that our troops are tired. They’ve been doing this for a long time and have very little to show for it. I have a friend, that I went to boot camp with, that is leaving for his 4th deployment later this year. Our troops can take it…don’t you worry about that. They are the best the world has ever seen. That being said they are being warn thin, stretched out across the globe too far as it is and now they want to get involved with someone else’s civil war. Obama must be back on the cronic or something. There’s no other explanation to sum up any of this being a good idea.
I’m not one to get into conspiracy theories but this whole thing makes me wonder. We are still fighting traces of the Muslim Brotherhood all across the Middle East and finding them in our own country. Now we’re going to Syria to JOIN THEM? Mr. President, have you lost your freaking mind? This makes me think that our illustrious president wants out troops spread too thin. Not to mention that our involvement could spark WWIII.
I can’t wait to get this administration out of office. It has been one cluster F@#k after the next. Do they really think this is going to distract us from everything else? (SQUIRREL) Do they think we’ve forgotten about Fast and Furious, or Benghazi, or the NSA spy program, or the militarization of DHS (I still want all our ammo back) and let’s not mention the sorry ass state of the economy? The only truths they’ve told is where their boss is going on vacation….don’t get me started….on…the vacations.
Is any of this supposed to make us feel more safe, Mr President? I don’t think it’s really crossed your mind. I don’t think you care one way or another. You’re too busy working on your golf swing. You have done absolutely nothing right in your entire presidency. Why not just retire? Save the American people another couple years of putting up with you and just retire. Step down. Step aside. Quit.
I am really sick of all these “news” blogs posting things as facts without posting where they got the info much less a link to such information. The kicker is that there are a ton of people out there that believe it like it’s gospel. Come on, do come fact checking or a freaking Google search. Don’t just take people’s word for things because they’re on the internet. You know what, I could just as easily do that too. Here we go:
This just in the “Mad Ogre” is a figment of his wife’s imagination. The real Mad Ogre died in a plane crash in WWI. Although official reports say that his body was never found and that he has been kicking ass under assumed names ever since.”
There…a news report that must be true, right? Anyone want to fact check me? You should.
You know…it’s really too bad that the Mall Ninja’s picked up on MultiCam so quickly. As far as Camouflage goes it’s actually a great pattern. I’m going to lay on the photo’s pretty hard in this post but I want to illustrate the fact that it works.
Why talk about MultiCam? Here’s why. To get this pattern you have to combine shapes that fade into nothing with multiple background colors and hard shapes that look closer than the fading colors. It’s a good concept. Not a perfect one, but a pattern that works in multiple environments (hence Multi_ Cam).
First off let’s take a look at different patterns side by side. Here is Army ACU (right) next to MultiCam in the middle. ACU that was supposed to be the end all camo looks like a neon sign in the desert. On the other hand the MultiCam has similar colors to the desert environment so it blends with the vegetation and ground much better. Isn’t that the whole point of camouflage? It was last time I checked. ACU just doesn’t make the cut. Definitely not Gundoc Approved.
Just for giggles I’m adding this old picture from a previous employer for whom I ran the gunsmith shop. For the fans out there…yes you see Larry Corriea with a Barret on the left side. This was the “official uniform” of the shop’s annual machine gun shoot. I add it because it is a little difficult to make out the uniform from the background. It’s just a tan camo net in evening light but you can see how similar the colors become when next to each other.
I really like this next photo because it’s taken from relatively close. Even from the close quarters of the shot you can see how well he is blending with the other colors around him. That’s the entire reason to wear a camouflaged uniform. To make it difficult to distinguish between you and your surroundings. This shot is a great example of just how well MultiCam does in a close up desert environment.
I’m really glad to see MultiCam in use with our troops. These guys are just out on patrol but you can see the pattern working for them. I like that it isn’t just another desert shot too. There’s rocks, damp trees, and muddy water. Through it all the pattern keeps up with what needs to be done.
Last, but not least, I wanted a picture that points out just how far we’ve come in camouflage technology. You have a woodland uniform on the right and it’s pretty easy to say that it isn’t working for him. He’s and easy silhouette to pick up on making him a very easy target. On the other hand you have the guy MultiCam. Still easily visible but his uniform is helping him to not be so obvious. He blends with the grass and trees around him.
Once again…it’s really too bad that the “Mall Ninjas” picked up on MultiCam so fast and almost ruined it for the rest of us. MultiCam is a great pattern and easy to find. If Amazon has it…it’s plentiful where you’re at. So, even though the “Mall Ninja’s” have given this pattern a stigma already let’s not discount it entirely. Let’s take it back for the regular guys.
I started reading The Intuitive Warrior by Michael Jaco. He’s former S.E.A.L. Team 6 and writes with intelligence. It’s not the book you think it would be. It’s not filled with war stories or secret government training methods. It’s more of how to train your mind so you can run on intuition or on an instinctual level. Instead of being mentally confined by high stress (combat or everyday life) can only hinder our ability to react. This “internal state”, he explains, keeps the mind open to infinite information so your thoughts flow as if by caveman instinct alone. He also talks about how to develop this by teaching our minds to create the neural pathway for it out of repetition. It’s really interesting. The way he describes things takes me back to High School and falling into the state of mind he talks about. No wonder I kick so much ass. Ok, that’s a small joke…but just a small one.
I’m only part way into the book but he has some great things to say. Finding your “internal landmark” that puts you into this heightened state. Taking yourself from tunnel vision to “wide angle” vision that even under stress incorporates your peripheral vision. Stories of his senior Seals hearing things that years of live fire with no ear pro should never have let them hear. I recognize this state.
During my year on the delayed entry program for the USMC I got to take part in a blank fire Ambush/Counter Ambush training. They gave us no instruction. They simply wanted to see what we would do with it. My team was first to ambush. Naturally we picked the high ground. Well, that didn’t end well since they did as well. But something extraordinary happened when it was our turn to try and avoid an ambush. Being the oldest on the team I was charged with leading the patrol. We came around the corner to where we had set up our ambush and I stopped. Instead of leading them into this recess something told me to skirt around it through the trees and the back side of a cinder berm. It was working perfectly. We moved silently and my men did as ordered.
I brought them to a halt as we closed on the center of what ended up being the kill zone. There was a thick Ponderosa Pine with old and scraggly sagebrush all around it. There was smaller vegetation all around but nothing that could conceal anything bigger than a Jack Rabbit. I knew that the opposing team was in the sagebrush. I couldn’t see them but I knew they were there. My point man…dumbass…without waiting for orders stood and ran right into the kill box yelling and firing blanks wildly. I ordered my team to stay behind cover and…couldn’t let my point man die alone…charged after him. Naturally we were hosed. The rest of my team couldn’t see us go down and proned out over the berm and tried in vein to save us.
Point of the story is…this Seal isn’t wrong. I had spent my teen years out in the high desert honing these abilities that I didn’t recognize as something mentally tangible. Even now, not instinctively but with effort, I can call that “landmark” state back. Back then…I was a bit of a nerd…but only selectively. I studied wolves and anything related to them. I surmised that they must be able to exist on a more primal plain than us and strove to find that state within myself. I even called it “the wolf”. Though we called it two very different things they are the same principle.
This book, The Intuitive Warrior: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Unleashing Your Hidden Potential receives the Gundoc Seal of Approval.
One bullet point of preparedness is having a strong network. That means a group of friends and family willing to work together in a crisis. Think about filling all the bases.
Mechanics to keep vehicles running.
A doctor, nurse, or some type of medic to keep you alive.
Someone that knows how to grow a garden.
Plenty of shooters for protection.
Someone has to hunt, skin, and keep the group in meat.
If your plan is to stay in the city some jobs may very but the spirit of the law remains. Put your network together with care and know that in the worst situations that you have fewer things to worry about.
After a wildly successful Facebook post Brian and I made the decision to add “You Might Be A Mall Ninja” permanently to the show. It’s going to be a lot of fun to have a little comedy in the spots. Stay tuned.