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photo of George Orwell Though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true: that in ages in which the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people will have a chance. Quote by George Orwell.

JOIN  THE  MILITIA

We believe civilians have a duty to help defend their nation and essential freedoms by becoming a member of a state run militia like the US National Guard. If no such organization exists or membership is artificially restricted we hope you will join or start a public militia group, militia training group, military re-enactment club, or a gun club which hosts combat style matches like IPSC. Membership is the key factor - it is far better to have a lot of members armed with lawfully owned bolt action rifles than a few people with illegally obtained machine guns. We also recommend you join a national gun owner group like the NRA in order to help protect your right to keep and bear arms.

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WEAPONS

Become familiar with the small arms used by your nation's military and, if legal to do so, acquire the same type of rifle and pistol commonly used by its soldiers. That said, we recommend the weapons listed below. Self-loading rifles are best due to their rapidity of fire, which makes them ideal for suppressing fire and recon by fire missions, as well as leading, traversing and bracketing fire. Pump action and lever action rifles have poor extraction of high pressure rifle rounds. Bolt action rifles are excellent for sniping but too slow to reload for close range combat against opponents armed with self-loading weapons, so users are advised to obtain a self-loading pistol.

If using corrosive ex-military ammunition first clean the bore/muzzle area with hot water and detergent to dissolve and remove the salt residue from the corrosive primers before using a standard bore cleaner (to remove gunpowder/copper residue) and oil. Ideally one would clean it ASAP to prevent rust forming (barrels with chrome plated bores are substantially more rust resistant). Corrosive primers have the advantage of a longer life than non-corrosive primers, albeit at the cost of complicating the cleaning regime.

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PISTOLS


Glock M19 (15-shot magazine)

Glock M19  [ 9x19mm ]  PDF info sheet
Gaston Glock's Model 19 the best pistol for militia use due to its unmatched combination of reliability, durability, robustness, simplicity, ease use, compactness and firepower. The NY-1 trigger spring provides a heaver 8-lb trigger pull when used in conjunction with the standard connector (std. trigger pull is 5.5-lbs), which helps prevent accidental discharges in stressful situations. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration (expanding pistol bullets like hollowpoints will not penetrate soft body armor or helmets).  [manual]

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MACHINE PISTOLS


MP5 (30-shot magazine)

MP5  [ 9x19mm ]  PDF info sheet
Ludwig Vorgrimler's MP5 is the best machine pistol due to its combination of reliability, durability, ergonomics, accuracy and firepower. It is essentially a scaled down G3 service rifle chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum pistol round. Selective fire carbines chambered for a pistol round are also known as submachine guns. Short, lightweight SMGs like the MP5 are ideal for CQB. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration (expanding pistol bullets like hollowpoints will not penetrate soft body armor or helmets).  [manual]

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ASSAULT RIFLES


Kalashnikov AKM (30-shot magazine)

AK-47  [ 7.62x39mm ]  PDF info sheet
Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 series assault rifles are the best service rifles due to their unmatched combination of reliability, durability, robustness, simplicity and firepower, which is why these rifles are the most widely used assault rifles in the world. We recommend the AKM variant with the light stamped steel receiver. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes 123-gr TAC-X (TSX) has good penetration and much better stopping power.  [manual]


FN 15 Military Collector M4 (30-shot magazine)

AR-15  [ 5.56x45mm ]  PDF info sheet
Eugene Stoner's AR-15 series assault rifles are ideal for militia use in nations where soldiers and police use these weapons. Although not as simple or robust as AK-47 series assault rifles they are just as reliable if properly maintained and used with quality magazines, and more ergonomic and accurate. We recommend the FN 15 Military Collector M4. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes 62-gr TAC-X (TSX) has good penetration and much better stopping power.  [manual]

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BOLT ACTION RIFLES


Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine (5-shot magazine)


Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine  [ 7.62x54R ]  PDF info sheet
Sergei Mosin's Model 1938 Carbine (five round magazine) is the best bolt action service rifle due to its unmatched combination of reliability, durability, robustness, simplicity and accuracy. It is chambered for the same round used by the SVD sniper rifle and PK series general purpose machine guns. We recommend an M38 with a tough laminated wood stock (pictured above). Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes 123-gr TAC-X (TSX) has good penetration and much better stopping power.  [manual]


Ruger GSR  (5-shot magazine)

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle  [ .308W ]  PDF info sheet
The Ruger GSR is notable for its reliability and accuracy. Although not as simple or robust as the Mosin-Nagant series service rifles they are more feed reliable thanks to their Mauser type controlled feed action, and are more ergonomic and accurate. It is also much easier to fit a telescopic sight to it than the Mosin-Nagant and can be fitted with a 10 round magazine. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes TAC-X (TSX) bullets have good penetration and much better stopping power.  [manual]

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SPECIAL PURPOSE RIFLES


SVDS Dragunov (10-shot magazine)


SVD Dragunov  [ 7.62x54R ]  PDF info sheet
Yevgeny Dragunov's SVD self-loading sniper rifle is the best rifle for close-to-medium range use by sharpshooters due to its combination of reliability, robustness, accuracy, firepower and penetration. It is far better than any bolt action rifle for rapid follow up shots, though bolt actions tend to be more accurate. We recommend the folding stock SVDS variant. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes 123-gr TAC-X (TSX) has good penetration and much better stopping power.  [rifle manual]  [scope manual]



T/C Encore rifle (single-shot)


T/C Encore  [ multi-caliber ]  PDF info sheet
Warren Center's Encore is the best single-shot rifle due to its combination of reliability, versatility and accuracy. One can easily change barrels to change caliber, from .17 caliber rimfire rounds to .50 caliber centerfire rounds. Standard length barrels range from 12” to 28”. It can also be fitted with a Choate side folding stock to facilitate discreet transportation. Armor piercing bullets are best due to their excellent penetration, though the Barnes TAC-X (TSX) bullets have good penetration and much better stopping power.  [manual]

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Hand Grenades


M67 hand grenades

M67  [ fragmentation grenade ]  PDF info sheet
The M67 is a defensive (fragmentation) hand grenade is an improved version of the baseball shaped M33 hand grenade which was developed in the early 1960s by the American armed forces to replace the larger egg shaped M26 hand grenades. The M67, M33 and M26 use a smooth pressed steel body with a fragmentation liner that provides more uniform fragmentation than the WWI era MK2 which used a ribbed cast iron body that shattered on detonation. It can be readily rigged to work as a booby-trap for perimeter defense using the standard fuze when attached to a tripwire. It is widely used due to its low cost and reliability.  [FM 3-23.30]


RGD-5 hand grenades

RGD-5  [ fragmentation grenade ]  PDF info sheet
The RGD-5 is a defensive (fragmentation) hand grenade developed in the early 1950s by the Soviet armed forces to replace the WWII era F1 hand grenade. Whereas the F1 used a ribbed cast iron body (like the WWII era American MK2 hand grenade), the lighter RGD-5 uses as smooth pressed steel body with a fragmentation liner that provides more uniform fragmentation with 350 or so fragments. It can be fitted with the MUV booby-trap firing device pictured on the right which is much better than the standard fuze for booby-trap use as much less pressure is required to pull the pin when attached to a tripwire. It is widely used due to its low cost and reliability.  [Russian grenades]

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Grenade Launchers


HK69A1 grenade launcher

HK69A1  [ 40mm grenade launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The HK69A1 is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher with a collapsible stock that is chambered for the 40x46mm grenade round. It is slower to reload than muzzle loaded grenade launchers like the RGM-40 that use caseless rounds as users must remove the spent cartridge case from the chamber after firing, but there is wider range of ammuntion available for the 40x46mm round. It is also a little slower to reload than the M203 which has an ejector and not as intutitive to use as the M79, but is reliable and easy to carry.  [manual]


M79 grenade launcher

M79  [ 40mm grenade launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The M79 is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher chambered for the 40x46mm grenade round. It is slower to reload than muzzle loaded grenade launchers like the RGM-40 that use caseless rounds as users must remove the spent cartridge case from the chamber after firing, but there is wider range of ammuntion available for the 40x46mm round. It is also a little slower to reload than the M203 which has an ejector. That said, the M79 is the most intuitive grenade launcher to use due to its ergonomics.  [manual]


LMT M203 Stand-Alone Grenade Launcher

M203  [ 40mm grenade launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The M203 is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, breech loading grenade launcher that fires the cased 40x46mm round. It was originally designed to attach to an M16 rifle but is best fitted to a stand-alone stock (like the one pictured) as they add too much weight to the front of a rifle. It is slower to reload than muzzle loaded grenade launchers like the RGM-40 that use caseless rounds as users must first remove the spent cartridge case from the chamber to reload it, but there is a wider range of ammuntion available for 40x46mm round.  [manual]



RGM-40 Kastet grenade launcher

RGM-40 Kastet  [ 40mm grenade launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The RGM-40 is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, muzzle loading grenade launcher with a collapsible stock and fires caseless 40mm grenades. It is faster to reload than grenade launchers like the HK69A1, M79 and M203 that require uses to remove the spent cartridge case from the chamber after firing. HE, smoke, CS and sponge rounds are available for it but not an armor piercing round like the M433 HEDP (a cased 40x46mm round that can be used in the M79, M203, M320, HK69A1 and HK169 grenade launchers).  [manual]

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Rocket Launchers


M72 LAW rocket launcher

M72 LAW  [ Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The M72 is an unguided, shoulder-launched, rocket propelled grenade launcher designed to defeat armored vehicles. Unlike the reloadable RPG-7, the M72 is a single use design so the empty launcher is discarded after use. Variants with HE fragmentation grenades designed for anti-personnel use are also available. Its reliability, simplicity and ease of use has made it a very successful light anti-armor weapon. Although no longer adequate against main battle tanks (though it could disable them if it hit a track) it is still very useful against less well protected vehicles and bunkers and (unlike the RPG-7) is short and light enough for soldiers to carry along with a rifle.  [manual]



RPG-7 rocket launcher


RPG-7  [ Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher ]  PDF info sheet
The RPG-7 is an unguided, shoulder-launched, rocket propelled grenade launcher designed to defeat armored vehicles with HEAT rounds like the one pictured (shown without the booster). Fragmentation and thermobaric grenades designed for anti-personnel use are also available. Its reliability, durability, robustness, simplicity and ease of use has made it the most widely used anti-armor weapon in the world. The most commonly encountered variant today is the RPG-7D (designed for paratroopers) that can be broken down into two parts in order to make it easer to transport, which also facilitates discreet transportation by guerillas.  [manual]

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MISCELLANEOUS  EQUIPMENT

Militia members should be lightly equipped and highly mobile with just the essential equipment they need. Your equipment is there to facilitate your task, not complicate it, thus ballistic helmets and hard body armor are best avoided as they are more trouble than they are worth in most situations due to their bulk and weight, which could cause your death if you jump or fall into deep water and cannot quickly jettison them. The weight you save will allow you to carry more useful equipment such as compact binoculars and a thermal imaging monocular which are invaluable for locating people at night and during the day (both for tactical use and search & rescue missions).

The primary purpose of the militia is as a military reserve, so it is appropriate to have BDUs like you nation's soldiers and the same type of rifle and pistol used by said soldiers. That said, one should not wear such BDUs in public unless authorized to do so by your government. One should have an armband to readily distinguish you from regular soldiers when wearing the same BDUs, with the letter 'M' on it to denote 'militia'. One should have both muted and unmuted armbands. The unmuted armband would have a black letter on a white background, while the muted armband would have a black letter on an olive drab background.

The gear listed below is recommended in addition to a watch with an alarm (e.g., Casio DW5600E-1V "G-Shock"), a waterproof notebook and pen (e.g., Rite-in-the-Rain No. 935-Kit), multi-tool (e.g., SOG PowerAssist EOD), fixed blade utility knife (e.g., Gerber Prodigy), flashlight (e.g., Gerber Recon-M), waterproofed topo map and compass (e.g., Cammenga 3HJP), sunglasses/goggles (e.g., Revision), green light sticks (Cyalume), green duct tape, green 7 strand 550 paracord (100 ft.), heat resistant clothing and gloves that cannot melt, boonie hat and baseball cap, poncho/shelter half, spare batteries (lithium), fire starter (e.g., Zippo lighter), water purification tablets/straw filter, at least one canteen (stored water is desirable even in an urban area), sanitation kit and hydrophilic towel.


Bushnell 'Legend UHD 8x26mm Porro Prism Binoculars'  [ binoculars ]
Small binoculars like this are ideal for general purpose use as they are light and compact enough to be carried without undo discomfort. Sometimes less is more, as bigger binoculars will often not be carried even though they are technically superior. It is waterproof and has the superb water shedding Rainguard HD lens coating.  Bushnell.

Bushnell 'Elite 1600 ARC'  [ laser rangefinder ]
A laser rangefinder can be invaluable when taking long range shots at targets with a rifle or grenade launcher. They can also be invaluable for scouts and spotters to help locate the exact position of targets. It is waterproof and has the superb water shedding Rainguard HD lens coating. It uses a readily available CR123 lithium battery.  Bushnell.

Combined Tactical Systems '5210JL Jet-Lite White Smoke'  [ smoke grenade ]
The lightweight 5210JL discharges in just 8-10 seconds (compared to 30-40 seconds for conventional smoke grenades like the 5210) so is ideal for rapidly creating a smokescreen for offensive or defensive purposes. If military type smoke grenades are unavailable in your area we recommend a marine distress signal like the Lifesmoke MK9 from Pains Wessex.  Combined Tactical Systems.

Duram 'CHEMBAYO Chemical/Biological Escape Mask'  [ smoke hood ]
This smoke hood weighs about four ounces, comes in a 5"x 4.25"x 0.5" sealed bag and provides users with an excellent field of view that facilitates the use of rifles. This single use device protects users from most airborne hazards (not carbon monoxide) for at least 15 minutes. This product is available with a black hood and filter for tactical use.  Duram Mask.

EOTech 'X320'  [ thermal imager ]
This waterproof thermal imager (30Hz, 320x240 pixel) is ideal for finding people in total darkness or when vision is compromised by foliage, smoke, dust, bright lights, glare, fog, rain or shadows. It is powered by two AA batteries (ideally lithium) which can last up to five hours, or a DC mains adaptor (it can be connected to a monitor for use as a remote surveillance camera).  EOTech Inc.

Garmin 'eTrex 30'  [ GPS navigator ]
A GPS navigation aid is very useful in unfamiliar terrain but should only be used in conjunction with a map and compass, never used to replace them as all battery powered devices are inherently failure prone. The eTrex 30 has an electronic compass, altimeter, can transfer data wirelessly with other units (waypoints/routes/tracks), is waterproof and uses two readily available AA batteries (ideally lithium).  Garmin.

Hagor 'Combat Harness for Infantry / Paratroops' (402000)  [ load carrying harness ]
A load carrying harness like this will carry all the essential equipment needed for combat operations. It is adjustable, has 4 rifle magazine pouches that will hold 2 AK-47 magazines each, 2 hand-grenade pouches, 1 smoke grenade pouch, 2 detachable canteen pouches, and 1 binocular / night vision gear pouch.  Zahal.

ITT Night Enforcer 'NEPVS-14'  [ night vision monocular ]
The NEPVS-14 (AN/PVS-14) night vision monocular can be attached to an Ops-Core FAST helmet via the L4-G24 mount from Wilcox Industries (ideally with the Ops-Core Counterweight). It can also be mounted to a rifle via a Picatinny rail (use a QD mount). It should be used in conjunction with an IR laser like the ITAL Classic from Laser Devices. It is powered by a single AA battery (ideally lithium). GG&G.

Leupold 'LTO-Tracker'  [ thermal imager ]
This waterproof thermal imager (30 Hz, 240x204 pixel) is ideal for finding people in total darkness or when vision is compromised by foliage, smoke, dust, bright lights, glare, fog, rain or shadows. The X320 has a higher resolution and is more versatile but the LTO is much less expensive. It uses a readily available CR123 lithium battery which provides more than 10 hours of operation. Leupold.

Motorola 'RDU4160d'  [ UHF two-way radio ]
This handheld 16-channel transceiver has a built-in scrambler and can use AA batteries (ideally lithium). For covert use Motorola's HKLN4477A Surveillance Earpiece is ideal. For overt use we recommend the PATROL-II Tactical Headset with the Tactical PTT (Motorola Spirit 2-pin interface) from Tactical Command Industries and the Motorola's HKLN4606 Remote Speaker Microphone.  Motorola Solutions.

Ops-Core 'FAST Carbon Helmet'  [ lightweight tactical helmet ]
This light carbon fiber helmet was designed for recce operations, search and rescue, fast roping and climbing. It can be fitted with a range of night vision aids via the Velcro panels, plastic ARC rails and metal MARSOC/WARCOM mount, such as the NEPVS-14 night vision monocular, Mantra Strobe from S&S Precision, and the Charge MPLS light from Princeton Tech.  Ops-Core.

Second Chance 'Monarch'  [ soft body armor ]
Monarch soft body armor provides protection against most pistol/SMG bullets and may stop a rifle bullet slowed and fragmented by cover. The Monarch is readily concealable in the SPA carrier and comfortable under a load carrying vest or harness (unlike bulky plate carriers with Level IV hard body armor).  Second Chance.

Strike Hard Gear 'AK 47 Chest Rig'  [ chest harness]
This chest rig (unlike the Hagor harness) allows one to discreetly carry a combat load. It has four 6" deep pouches to accommodate AK-47 magazines with shock cord retention. The rear panel contains one 12" x 7-1/2" pocket and two 4-1/2" x 7-1/2" pockets with Velcro closure that will hold pistols, radios, maps or other gear.  Strike Hard Gear.

Tactical Medical Solutions 'TacMed Operator IFAK'  [ individual first aid kit ]
The TacMed Operator IFAK should compliment a basic first aid kit like the Pro 1 from EQUIP with the addition of a small plastic mirror, six Leukostrip wound closure strips and two chest seals (e.g., Russell Chest Seal). Complete an advanced first aid course and know how to deal with bullet wounds and punctured lungs.  Tactical Medical Solutions.

Torrey Pines Logic 'T10-M'  [ thermal imager ]
This small thermal imager (30 Hz, 80x60 pixels) can be fitted to a Picatinny rail and used as a weapon sight with the [coarse] reticle function activated or used in front of a red dot sight like the Aimpoint Micro H-1. The 25° viewing angle gives it an effective recognition range of 120 meters on a boar sized animal. It uses a readily available CR123 battery which provides more than 8 hours of operation. Torrey Pines Logic.

Tru Flare 'Thumb Launcher'  [ flare launcher ]
MK-79 style thumb operated pen flare launchers like the Thumb Launcher from Tru Flare can be operated with one hand and are invaluable for signaling purposes in some situations. They are best used with the red and white MK-80 type flares marketed by Tru Flare which reach a height of 150 feet and burn out before hitting the ground in order to prevent fires.  Tru Flare USA.

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COMMON SENSE

It is desirable to have the optimum personal equipment for a given task, but common sense is far more important. A case in point is the police tactical team which responded to the gun massacre on the island of Utoya, Norway, in 2011. Delta Force had the latest equipment, but the only operational police helicopter available at the time could only transport a few people (the transport helicopter's crew were on leave) so they all drove to the lake surrounding Utoya rather than send two members ahead in their helicopter and hire/commandeer a larger private helicopter. This the spree killer much more time to kill the defenseless people he was stalking on Utoya (law-abiding Norwegian adults cannot obtain a permit to carry a concealed pistol, unlike the case in the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the US).

When Delta Force eventually got to the surrounding lake, having been delayed by heavy traffic and rain (a news helicopter got there long before they did), they all crammed onto a single inflatable dinghy which took on water and eventually stopped. They had to be rescued by a local with a small wooden motor boat. Things never go quite like you expect in an emergency so you must be prepared to think on your feet and improvise, which includes playing the "What if?" game in order to think about unusual scenarios, prioritizing objectives and making the best use of limited resources. One must be willing to make tough decisions that are not in keeping with OH&S guidelines and do things that make you feel uncomfortable: "Hello, I'm the police Delta Force commander and was hoping you had a spare helicopter we could borrow."

Incidents like this illustrate the need for people in remote areas who have the training and equipment necessary to act as first responders to a terrorist incident. In Algeria during the 1990s there were many massacres committed by Islamic extremists which the government did not have the resources to effectively combat. By the time police or soldiers responded all they found were corpses, most of them hacked to death with machetes in order to save bullets, as occurred during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 where an estimated 800,000 men, women and children were murdered by government forces. Private gun ownership was effectively banned in Algeria and Rwanda so the victims were defenseless. It was not until the Algerian government created local militia units that these types of attacks came to an end.

Anders Breivik was dressed as a police officer, a tactic commonly used by terrorists around the world. As a matter of interest, the worst peacetime gun massacre prior to Utoya was in Sang Namdo province, South Korea, in 1982. An off-duty policeman murdered 56 people, often entire families, as he went from village to village looking for victims. None of his victims owned a gun as ordinary people were not deemed "trustworthy" by the government. As terrible as these crimes are they are as nothing compared to crimes committed by governments gone bad, in which thousands or millions of people are brutally murdered, as occurred numerous times during the 20th century. Crimes facilitated by laws that effectively disarmed law-abiding victims and the general population.

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STRATEGY & TACTICS

Sun Tzu
Incorporate Sun Tzu's principles from The Art of War into one's strategy and tactics. For example, it would be unwise to attack a more powerful enemy on terrain that suited them. Ideally you would only attack when the situation was conducive to a quick and decisive victory. Intelligence about your enemy is crucial, as is deception and communication. Deterrence is best; namely your forces pose such a formidable threat that nobody in their right mind would attack you, thus preventing a bloody conflict with an unpredictable outcome.


Four F's
Apply the Four F's to your small unit tactics, as taught to American soldiers during WWII. Find, Fix, Flank, Finish. You must Find the enemy, then Fix them to their position with suppressing fire from your fire team (which will limit the ability of the enemy to maneuver and return fire) while the assault team Flank the enemy and you Finish them by neutralizing them as a fighting force by killing them or forcing them to surrender. The enemy must not be allowed to escape so they can regroup and fight another day.

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BOOKS

The Art of  War (96 pages) by Sun Tzu (translated by James Clavell)
Sun Tzu's timeless classic on strategy and tactics. Essential reading.

Combat Skills of the Soldier (161 pages) by US Army
Basic information soldiers need to know.

Counterintelligence (241 pages) by US Army
The US Army's keystone manual for military counterintelligence (CI) doctrine.

Incendiaries (160 pages) by US Army
Useful guide to creating portable incendiaries which can quickly destroy equipment, vehicles and buildings.

Intelligence (200 pages) by US Army
The US Army's keystone manual for military intelligence (MI) doctrine.

Intelligence and Military Operations (432 pages) by Michael I. Handel (Ed.)
A collection of case studies and essays on the use of intelligence by field commanders, from the US Civil War to WWII.

Leading Marines (136 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC guide about how to be an effective combat leader.

Marine Corps Tactics (152 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC guide to basic infantry tactics (Ambush! by Joshua Potter has more detail about ambushes).

Militant Tricks: Battlefield Ruses of the Islamic Insurgent (412 pages) by H. John Poole
Details a wide range of tactics used by insurgents (he also wrote Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods).

Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (312 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC guide to urban combat.

Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer (432 pages) by Joseph P. Martino
A primer on violent and non-violent resistance to tyrannical regimes.

Small-Unit Leaders' Guide to Counterinsurgency (138 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC guide for leading small units against insurgents.

Special Forces Guerrilla Warfare Manual (208 pages) by Scott Wimberley
Provides a thorough overview of guerrilla warfare including managing the aftermath of a revolution.

Two-Way Radios & Scanners For Dummies (384 pages) by H. Ward Silver
Provides a thorough overview of radio communication.

The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers (584 pages) by John L. Plaster
Comprehensive sniper manual (he also wrote The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting).

U.S. Marine Corps Strategy (124 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC guide to strategy.

U.S. Army First Aid Manual (192 pages) by US Army
First aid guide of the US Army (the US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook is a comprehensive field guide for medics).

Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World (336 pages) by Anthony James Joes
Examines four conflicts in which guerrillas exploited population grievances and counterinsurgents made mistakes.

Warfighting (70 pages) by US Marine Corps
USMC description of the mindset of US Marines.

Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear (368 pages) by Frank I. Luntz
Practical guide to creating propaganda (Age of Propaganda by A. Pratkanis & E. Aronson explains how it has been used in the past).

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VIDEOS

AGI Technical Manual & Armorer's Course by Robert Dunlap
AGI have video courses with detailed information about a wide range of firearms.

AR-15 Rifle Gunfighting + AR-15 Rifle Maintenance (72/60 minutes) by Dan Agakian
Excellent videos on maintaining and shooting AR-15 type rifles like the M16 and M4.

Hand-To-Hand Combat: Marine Corps L.I.N.E. Training (60 minutes) by US Marine Corps
Effective unarmed combat techniques clearly illustrated.

Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting + The Fundamental Kalashnikov (97/75 minutes) by Gabriel Suarez
Excellent videos on maintaining and shooting Kalashnikov type rifles.

Semper Fit: The Marine Corps Workout (35 minutes) by US Marine Corps
USMC workout to maintain agility, strength and aerobic fitness.

StressFire Series - Part One - Handgun (93 minutes) by Massad Ayoob
Advanced handgun techniques clearly demonstrated (also available as a book).

StressFire Series - Part Three - Rifle (51 minutes) by Massad Ayoob
Advanced rifle techniques clearly demonstrated.

Ultimate Sniper + Advanced Ultimate Sniper + Ultimate Sniper III (90/120/190 minutes) by John L. Plaster
Best instructional video series on sniping.

US Marine Rifle Squad in Attack (60 minutes) by US Army
Training film showing the tactics of USMC rifle squads.

USMC Combat Leadership: The Ultimate Challenge (28 minutes) by US Army.
US Marine Corps training film detailing the training of combat leaders.

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TRAINING COURSES

American Small Arms Academy
Provides a range of world class small arms training. Founded by Chuck Taylor.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Provides first aid training worldwide via its 186 National Societies.

Gunsite
Provides a wide range of world class small arms training. Founded by Jeff Cooper

Massad Ayoob Group
Handgun defense courses address legal issues, tactical issues, and shooting aftermath management. Advanced course includes long gun instruction and weapon disarm/retention instruction. Founded by Massad Ayoob.

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