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Today 01:49 PM
ECF this is exactly what the spirit thread was for ! i would hope anyone that is close, is on the way or will be in Virginia on monday !

i really wish i could make the 1800 mile trip, this is where it starts, i fear this will end bad for all involved, be safe, be smart, be aware
01-07-2020 10:52 AM
ingyow People had better be getting their "minute man stuff" ready for the real test!
12-17-2019 03:42 PM
Chuckleberry `

Looks like some of this may get soon put to practice in VA. Hopefully some adjacent state militias can help out too!

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09-06-2019 12:35 PM
Chuckleberry

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09-06-2019 09:50 AM
Just Jeff Probably should add some water. Dehydrated people become poor decision makers.
09-06-2019 08:04 AM
ehryk In my very humble opinion, a Minuteman should have the bare essentials. My MM kit consists of a plate carrier with mags and IFAK all attached, a helmet, boots, sturdy weather appropriate clothes, an AR, a pistol, night vision, and binos. That's it and I may not use all that. My reasoning is if the balloon goes up, I need to "be there" right now-right now and I will not be staying any longer than absolutely necessary. There also may be a reason to not look like a kitted up tactical dude depending on the situation and sometimes, just showing up with your buds and cameras can achieve exactly what's needed without the cnn factor.
07-09-2019 04:32 PM
Optimist ,,,and too few, unfortunately....
07-09-2019 03:42 PM
ForgedInTheFlame Anyone willing to be a modern minuteman is a selfless patriot and servant of our constitution.



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07-08-2019 09:38 PM
Disturbed70 If you have a group and a BOL, you should already have the basic equipment for MM duties, if not more. Security needs to be a fairly large part of your plan, if you are prepping for true SHTF.

Our group has various sets of equipment for various roles we may be filling, whether that be static security, security patrols, radio, long range, etc. What I wear doing one may not be what I will wear doing another. However, most loadouts could be pressed into service for MM duties.
07-04-2019 09:34 PM
ROCK6
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Originally Posted by Inazone View Post
What tends to get lost in the mix of SHTF discussions is that readiness can't be something that diminishes just because an anticipated event doesn't come to pass. Threats to our families and freedoms aren't always the type that start out with bullets flying and angry mobs marching in the streets, or that meet our own personal conditions for grabbing our gun and gear. Those scenarios could just be the eventual result of some tipping point, and that point can differ from one person to the next. We may not all reach it at the same time.
Well said. I've always seen it as simply being "ready" for anything; also as a heritage. While many think of a broader event or full scale war, it's quite relevant to apply this to much smaller possibilities such as the growing polarization and ideological violence. If the rule of law isn't enforced, it will continue to spread to other cities, smaller towns, and eventually in neighborhoods.

Minutemen were simply prepared to act when needed, which is why many of us continue to prepare and train. I hope something worse doesn't happen, but hoping isn't a plan of action, it's what you do while you prepare and train until action is needed.

ROCK6
07-04-2019 01:58 AM
Just Jeff
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opinions have shifted (both on the forum and in broader Internet/media talking points) toward the idea of isolated political violence, loosely connected protests/riots, or what some refer to as balkanization of the country.
The modern militia "movement" comes in waves, or what academics call "protest cycles." One cycle was during the 60s/70s, with Posse Commitatus and the like. Then it died down through the 80s and came back again in the 90s with the Michigan Militia and Militia of Montana, Ruby Ridge and Waco...but most of the movement went underground after McVeigh in '95.

Another resurgence came around the time of Y2K, but died down after 9/11...and picked back up again starting around 2006 because of NSA spying, the Patriot Act, etc. Most current (liberal) narratives say it started when Obama was elected. There was likely an increased growth at that time, but I believe the increase actually started under W. because of the privacy and encroachment concerns.

But there's really no way to measure the movement's size because there's no census, and the numbers are too small to show up reliably in a random sample of Americans...and because militia members aren't likely to be honest when a stranger calls the house and asks in a survey.
07-04-2019 01:06 AM
Inazone
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Glad to see this thread active again.
Honestly, I think a lot of people were expecting "Civil War II" to break out a while ago, and that this thread was some sort of virtual rally point, but opinions have shifted (both on the forum and in broader Internet/media talking points) toward the idea of isolated political violence, loosely connected protests/riots, or what some refer to as balkanization of the country. Just my take on it, I suppose.

Regardless, I think it would be great if this thread continues on in the same spirit in which it was originally started, even if a lot of the contributors have moved on. What tends to get lost in the mix of SHTF discussions is that readiness can't be something that diminishes just because an anticipated event doesn't come to pass. Threats to our families and freedoms aren't always the type that start out with bullets flying and angry mobs marching in the streets, or that meet our own personal conditions for grabbing our gun and gear. Those scenarios could just be the eventual result of some tipping point, and that point can differ from one person to the next. We may not all reach it at the same time.
06-29-2019 05:06 PM
[_]ni/\/\og Glad to see this thread active again.
06-29-2019 04:53 PM
Just Jeff Minutemen don't exist for their own sake. They organize within a larger context, and exist to support the larger community they serve. So I don't think discussing how that interaction occurs is outside the scope of this thread.

We talked about it in some detail at one point back there.
06-29-2019 04:40 PM
AK15-T
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While true, that kind of goes past the minute man concept.
Sure, but threats don't always just last a couple hours. If you're going through several days of looting/raiding, a couple week long disaster, etc, people may need to start thinking about rotation, resupply and relief for anyone fighting, whether it be by neighborhood, or small settlement. I know it's not quite in line with the topic of the thread, but it occurred to me.
06-28-2019 09:24 PM
hawk55732
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And even after that, you'd still need support. If you have prolonged threats from raiders, etc, you'll need regular sentry rotations, support for families of minutemen who are away for a while, etc. Calls to mind the image of frontiersmen fighting off threats while the elderly, women and children cooked, relieved them on guard duty, took care of and evacuated wounded, etc.
While true, that kind of goes past the minute man concept.
06-28-2019 09:21 PM
AK15-T And even after that, you'd still need support. If you have prolonged threats from raiders, etc, you'll need regular sentry rotations, support for families of minutemen who are away for a while, etc. Calls to mind the image of frontiersmen fighting off threats while the elderly, women and children cooked, relieved them on guard duty, took care of and evacuated wounded, etc.
06-28-2019 05:00 PM
hawk55732
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An often overlooked great point.

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There was another forum I was on that brought this up. Most people are familiar with the 3 tier fighting system.

1. What is on you.
2. Your fighting load.
3. What is in your pack.

The 4th tier that was brought up was a sea bag or other such bag that would hold extra food, ammo or anything else that was needed. This would be kept either in vehicles or cached in a relatively near by spot as a quick resupply.
06-28-2019 03:54 PM
ForgedInTheFlame
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As another idea, someone would want to work on mobilizing a support group. Could be any wives/ gfs that aren't up to fighting, elderly, or younger people. Mobilizing for a quick threat is fine and dandy, but when something goes longer than 48 hours, things fall apart quickly without supply and relief.
An often overlooked great point.

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06-28-2019 03:17 PM
AK15-T As another idea, someone would want to work on mobilizing a support group. Could be any wives/ gfs that aren't up to fighting, elderly, or younger people. Mobilizing for a quick threat is fine and dandy, but when something goes longer than 48 hours, things fall apart quickly without supply and relief.
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