by D.

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Part 3


Plan your defenses in depth. Layer them. Your first defense is patrolling, get some manuals and learn. Patrol one to two clicks out. Vary your routes, exit/entrance and times. Go slow. Be quiet. Stop frequently and listen. Your reason for patrolling is to gather intel to alert your perimeter not make contact. Set up a reliable comm system. After the alert you may choose to set a hasty ambush and inflict some pain away from your retreat. Patrol day and night.

Create a secure perimeter, consider barbed or razor wire added to your fencing after the balloon goes up. Don’t want to scare the neighbors. Hang soup cans with stones in them on the wire. Use tangle foot (randomly staked cris-crossing wire) inside your fence line to trip up breachers. Consider cheap magnetic door alarms set with trip wires outside your perimeter. If you are skilled you can make these perform other more lethal acts than make noise. Do not make your perimeter impregnable; leave entrances and exits at strategic places. You need your patrols able to exit under concealment and you want to allow an attacking force a guided avenue into your killing zone. If you don’t leave an opening they’ll just drive a garbage truck through your line. You also want to leave yourself an escape route in the event that you are over run. Consider dropping trees/ phone poles across entry roads or block with tire flattened cars. Once again funnel the persistent into a killing zone.

Set a guard schedule, day and night. You may be able to lighten your day guard numbers depending on circumstances. Do not allow night guards on post longer than 2 hours. You risk them falling asleep, it is boring. Even if you have to have each person take two shifts a night relieve them after 2 hours. Provide your guard force cover (a quartered 55 gal. oil drum partially buried with the dirt mounded in front with a large potted plant sitting in it to quell the neighbors) and some protection from the elements, tie them into a guard post with GMRS/FRS radios, this will not require much range. Observe noise and light discipline. Acquaint them with sounds of the night and sounds of breach and attack. (The wire rattling, safeties coming off, bolts going home, grenade spoons leaving, slings rattling…yes you can hear and identify all of these things on a quiet night.) Try to provide at least two Gen 1 NVDs at least. (These can be enhanced with on demand IR LED flood lights; do not frivolously use these as they are a bright signature to anyone possessing NVDs) Save them for an attack when you know your position has already been blown. Insure that the floods are at the edge or beyond your perimeter; you do not want to illuminate your positions for the same reason.

Make quality gas masks part of your TAC gear, and stock tear and riot gas, or others, to break up an attack. Be sure your perimeter has gotten the word to don their masks before instituting this deterrent. If you have ever been gassed, you know how effective this can be, all you want to do is leave the area.

Look into” Foo gas” in SF manuals. Lengths of PVC filled with propane, buried and covered with a good layer of gravel and ignited by a glow plug or model rocket igniter can throw a kink into an eminent breach.

If you can afford it, I highly recommend thermal imaging devices. Not as gun sites, but a 360 degree area surveillance device to direct your patrol and guard force. Look at used and surplus devices used in marine and border patrol applications. Thermal is such an effective force multiplier I am firmly convinced that if we had today’s smart bombs and thermal imaging in Vietnam the war would have been over in weeks. It is very difficult (but not impossible) to approach a perimeter protected by thermal. It is not affected by smoke or fog.

Make life miserable for your attackers every step of the way. Catapult skunks at them if you think it will work. Let your imagination run wild. (I was once mortared by satchel charges slung in by bamboo catapults, no firing signature!)

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  1. “let your imagination run wild”. If your property is large you can design your landscaping such that there are a few places where someone might choose to hide if they were attacking or seeking cover from defensive fire. Something like a tree or bush, perhaps a low spot or slope, maybe a boulder or small shed. Look at your property from the outside and think about where you would seek cover if you had to try to “storm the castle”. If you have too many places or to few then make changes, fill in low spots, remove a bush or add one. Then take the time to place 12 volt lights in these locations. Perhaps the little spotlights that are below ground with the light at ground level. Set up a control panel so that each light could be turned on individually. Then simply use the lighting in a normal manner until SHTF. Then you replace each light with a 12V powered heating element attached firmly to the primer of a 12 guage shotgun shell in a small piece of pipe aiming towards the surface. If you need more place a mason jar filled with gasoline on top of this and cover with dirt and a piece of sod. This might sound excessive, but just remember until after SHTF it is only a landscape lighting system.

  2. DIGGER:
    I see that you have taken my advice to “read between the lines” and use you imagination from this series of posts. As you point out, your defensive preps should be legal, safe and innoculous until you convert them at the point of WROL. I like to look at my defenses as if I were a Viet Cong. Regards, D.

  3. All good stuff. Some of the details are best brainstormed in private…

    re: NV IR illumination, another idea might be to replace the LEDs in standard solar path/garden lights with 1.5v LEDs in the 900nm IR range, then place them around your perimeter. I haven’t tried this, yet, but the parts are cheap, the procedure is simple, and they recharge themselves. The thought behind it being, to MZB’s without NV gear they just look like broken/dead solar lights and they wouldn’t realize they’re being illuminated as they enter the perimeter. To MZB’s with NV gear, you’re letting them know you have NV capability and a defense plan – so they might decide to move on and look for an easier target since their NV gives them no tactical advantage. Win/Win.

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