Practice, Practice, Practice, but please be careful!

Hello my friend and welcome back to another of our post.  We all know that it is important to practice our skills as often as possible, but please don’t take unnecessary risk when doing so!  This is the subject of today’s post and I hope you find it helpful, so set back and grab a cup of coffee while we visit.

Well, I’m sure by now that you have all heard about the fellow that blew his own leg off after blowing up a lawnmower with 3 lbs. of Tannerite Explosive in it.  While I’m sure he had no intention of hurting himself, many people underestimate the power of certain types of explosives.  This can be a fatal mistake that could cost you your life.  Never take chances with your life when doing your training!  Tannerite is a powerful explosive that many people underestimate and this can lead to disaster.  Never mistake what you see in the movies for what actually happens in real life.  If you want to learn to use explosives in your training, then you need to seek out the advice of an explosives expert before you try using them.  Never assume that you can figure it out because many a person has gone to their grave thinking they could as well.

Now, putting that aside, practice is one of the most critical things to do to help ensure your survival after SHTF hits.  Practice, practice, practice and then practice some more.  Building your gun skills is extremely important as it is a perishable skill and therefore must be constantly practiced and improved on.  The next thing to remember to practice is your skills as a fire team.  This is something that takes a huge amount of practice if you hope to survive when SHTF hits.  You must learn to move as one and communicate without speaking.  This only comes with a lot of practice.  Every member of your family and every member of your group should participate in training with the fire teams.  If someone becomes injured and another member of your group has to fill in for them, then they will need to be able to work as a part of the team.  In the military, you are either fighting or drilling all the time.  It is so important that governments spend huge amounts of money on training alone, because it will literally determine who wins and who loses the battle.  Maybe your team is just you and your wife and children and that’s ok as long as you drill together and learn to move like one.   You don’t need to fire live ammunition to drill, heck lots of people use paint ball guns for practice.  My point here is that you have to practice with whoever you are likely to be in combat with and if all you have are stick guns for practicing fire drills with then that fine.  Just get out and practice.

Other things that you should practice as a group are things like combat first aid.  Believe me when I say that if you can do it on a battle field with people shooting at you, you can do it anywhere.  Every member of your team should at least know CPR, Basic First aid and have some emergency trauma training.  You should know how and when to apply a tourniquet, how to apply pressure to a wound and stop bleeding.  These like shooting, are skills that can save your life and every member of your group need to know how to do it.  It’s like they say, “Prepare for the worst and pray for the best” and the same is true for training.

When was the last time you built a fire form nothing but what you can find in the forest or on your property?  You should know how to do it and you should practice it every time you get the chance.  Practice, practice, practice is the golden rule of combat and those that do, walk away the victors, just remember to do it safely.  The time may come when you may have to take chances, but not now.  Seek out experts on skills you want and need to learn, and then learn everything you can from them.  They are experts for a reason and if you want to live long enough survive after SHTF, then you need to learn and practice as much as possible.  Well, that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared!

-The Sargent-

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