Lowering your Victim profile – become the “Grey Person”!

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In a August 1996 Guns & Ammo article written by Jim Grover a.k.a Kelly McCann, the following points were outlined to help you lower your victim profile.

  • Dress to blend whenever possible
  • Watch the overt display of affluence
  • Walk with another whenever possible
  • Move away quickly from sudden impediments to your movement
  • Keep away from walls (i.e., stay out of arm’s reach) when turning corners while walking
  • Use physical barriers whenever possible
  • Develop contingencies
  • Don’t let embarrassment or pride deter you from using good security precautions
  • LOOK for trouble
  • Always carry a less-than-lethal weapon
  • Don’t second-guess yourself if you truly believe, This is it!!!!

I believe the image you want to project is the one (the grey person) that the average person will forget the second he takes his eyes off of you, however, you also want to project one that the bad-guy “DO” notice and know you are not to be messed with.  You can do this by projecting a positive, aware and alert image! Everyone agrees that the criminal is looking for the easy target.  Don’t be that target! Just be careful not to be the one identified as the Guy or Gal with the gun.

How do you become the individual that is aware, alert, and is not a soft target? You do this by training and actually being capable of putting up a fight, by looking alive when you have to, yet not look like a human radar when the situation doesn’t require it. No need to be paranoid, but be ALERT!  Think in terms of Colonel Jeff Cooper’s condition yellow;

CONDITION YELLOW-   This is a relaxed state of general alertness, with no specific focal point. You are not looking for anything or anyone in particular; you simply have your head up and your eyes open.  You are alert and aware of your surroundings.  You do not expect to be attacked today but you recognize the possibility.

Anything or anyone in your immediate vicinity that is unusual, out of place, or out of context, should be viewed as potentially dangerous, until you have had a chance to assess it. When your mental radar picks up on a blip, you should immediately be prepared escalate up to the next level.

Here is one additional suggestion, watch what you wear.  Consider dull colors, current fashion and be careful about wearing the latest 5.11 fashions, tactical rigger belts and vests.  I am not suggesting that you never wear these types of clothing, I do.  My suggestion is to blend them with other civilian clothing and try not to look like the latest tactical fashion model or civilian private security contractor.  Take a little time and do a 360-degree evaluation of yourself and see yourself through the eyes of others.  This is obviously the pathway to self-awareness and will certainly enhance your self-protection skills.  The following Scottish poet by Robert Burns praised the importance of the 360-degree evaluation:

Oh that the gods
The gift would gi’e us
To see ourselves
As others see us

Being the Grey Person take a little effort but is extremely important in the world today.  The 3 Cs, criminals, crazies and crusaders are looking for the easy target, don’t be that target.  Remember the motto, “Train Today for Tomorrow’s Battles!”

Top 5 weapons for the Zombie Apocalypse (ZA)

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In defeating Zombie hordes, as with any other predator, training, mindset, and skill with all weapons is crucial to your survival.  In this article, I want to discuss my top five weapons choices and their respective combat ranges for use during the Zombie Apocalypse.  Some of these will be familiar to you, and some may become your new favorites.

Long Range

Long range is the most advantageous fighting range to vanquish a Zombie horde, and an AR-15/M4 carbine is the best tool for the job. It is easy to fire and highly accurate.  The only major drawbacks are noise, and ammunition is expensive unless you have reloading supplies or an unlimited ammunition cache.  Keep in mind it provides a finite form of protection.

Melee/Medium Range

An excerpt from Roger Ma’s awesome book, The Zombie Combat Manual: “Weapons with the melee class are typically between two and three feet long and are used to engage undead attackers at a distance of approximately four feet between opponents.”   Melee range is a dangerous close-proximity range.  If you are not quick and deadly, you could be infected, or become zombie food.  I recommend three weapons for this range: the Kukri, the Tomahawk or Axe, and the Baseball Bat.

The Kukri is a traditional Nepalese or Indian knife, and the battle knife of the famous Gurkha fighting force.  It is approximately 17 inches in length, and because of its distinctive forward dropping blade, it allows for a very forceful swing and destructive hit.

The Tomahawk, or Axe, is one of the oldest man-made weapons, and modern versions have steel heads and wooden handles.  Both were designed for utilitarian use and as weaponry.  The Tomahawk is easier to swing and manipulate, but requires closer proximity to the adversary. The axe has the longer handle; however, if you over-commit and lose control, you could be left defenseless.

The Baseball Bat is chosen for ease of accessibility.  It is easy to swing and can cause major brain trauma to a zombie.  Aluminum is preferable to wood, but in a zombie attack, I will take whatever I can get.  Be mindful that wooden bats can break and aluminum bats can warp.

Close Range

At this range, you need a knife that is long enough to thrust deeply inside the bottom of the neck and straight up into the brain.  I recommend the Mark I World War I Trench Knife.  It was also designed to pommel the head and crush the skull: it has a double-edged blade with a hilt incorporating a guard shaped as brass knuckles.  This is a last-resort weapon.

Well, there you have it–my top five weapons choices for the Zombie Apocalypse.  Whatever your personal preferences, skill and proficiency with those weapons are critical for survival and victory in an encounter with a Zombie.  Training is crucial!  My blueprint for success is this: follow the Warrior Lifestyle.  Develop the proper mindset, study tactics, be fit, sharpen your skills, and train with your equipment.  With this preparation, you will be ready for any Zombie encounter!