Shtf School: Tactical Equipment Versus Survival Skills

Being able to fight and survive when a crisis occurs, means a lot of things. Of course, that means being trained, well-equipped and ready to fight.
But there are some misunderstanding (as well as with many other things when it comes to crisis and survival in general) when it comes to what you supposedly will have with you as you will be moving through a hazardous area in which you may have to fight for your survival.
There are numerous discussions in forums about what to have in hand, an AR or AK, and what is best, with which weapon you have more chance to win, kill, survive, what kind of pistol, caliber, etc. For example, I used the two rifles (air years later, after my time in the war) and I prefer AK, but it is best option for me. Maybe not for you because of many reasons.
And of course, most of these discussions don’t make much sense, actually, people discuss things wrong there. It looks like a mountaineer who discusses every small detail of the climbing equipment before going to his first mountain. After that, he realizes that all the chairs work if he sits properly.
The problem is that today are people who say what’s good for you and not what really is good for you, that makes sense in you to have.
What you wear in a crisis can easily put you in jeopardy. It makes sense to use things that can help you when it comes to combat but at the same time it doesn’t give you the appearance of Special forces soldier. Also remember that by having things that look interesting (guys, good, quality) you’ll become interesting, and that’s bad.
For example, there are literally hundreds of pistol holsters. For a crisis scenario I prefer the former Soviet leather pistol holster. With all the dirt, jumps, squats, crawls, rain, etc… His use makes sense to me. It’s nothing extravagant, I don’t look very “tactical”, but time proved that the model works.
Think about running a few miles while someone’s shooting at you. It’s a very difficult and stressful thing for your body. If you drag a lot of extravagant things with you, you’ll probably end up dead.
There is much more sense to think first about the type of footwear you will use and only then read about what is deadlier, an AK or an AR. Both will kill if they are in good hands, but if you are using the wrong type of boots you will not be able to operate Full capacity.
I’ve always preferred the idea of being more maneuverable than having extra material with me while I move through urban terrain in crisis scenario.
Many people easily forget the fact that the struggle in an urban environment is something dynamic, in other words, there is a lot of physical activity involved. While you’re trying to shoot someone other guys are trying to shoot you too.
Two of my predictions here:
According to Newvilleoutdoor, many people have escape backpacks (BoB) who can’t load for 10 solid hours while escaping the city and many people do not pay attention to physical conditioning, they think they know how to shoot well already gives them a great advantage in the exchange of gunfire.
Some people have no way to improve conditioning because they are older or have some disability, but these people need to know how to substitute their physical weakness for intelligence. They need to pay much more attention to important information, because so they can move in the right time, no rush. They have to be more attentive and even if it seems unnecessary, leave before everyone else.
And they need to have supplies hidden in the way, so they will have the option of not loading anything and going to “reloading” on those stopped. I mean, while others have an escape route, two alternate routes and five locations with hidden supplies, the elders or difficulties need to have an escape route, five alternate routes and fifteen supply locations hidden along the way.
I’ve often seen people throw away precious things in the middle of a fight simply because they were too slow, too heavy to get around.
Having a pistol and an AK served perfectly for me in that period and might work again, but the important part is that I am ready to adopt new ideas, things, equipment and weapons anytime I see that something will work better for me. I practice my abilities now and I don’t obsess about equipment.
Don’t get killed because you insisted to buy that thing someone else said it would work perfectly for you.
And of course, think small things will make a big difference.
Things like boots, trousers and proper bandanas can make a lot of difference. A raincoat can mean a lot if you are forced to use a house destroyed without a roof as a shelter during the rain.
Whenever I encounter discussions of the type “tactical equipment – what’s better?” I remember things like the bandolier my neighbor had for his pistol made with elastic bands or the holster for kitchen knives made with book covers and similar things.
It’s not like we need to go back to the Stone Age with equipment and be bad. It’s about the fact that people with abilities to adapt are more likely to survive. It’s not that it’s wrong to choose legal equipment, it’s about the possibility of a 70-year-old grandpa with a rusty rifle killing you no matter what you’re using.
So basically a simple reminder is: Spend more time learning skills or refine knowledge than searching and purchasing equipment.