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The Importance of a Secure Cache

Mono Vault Gun Storage Cache Systems

I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with the bug out bag – essentially the cache kit is based on the same concept, but with several advantages, such as being more secure and not having to carry it on your back while you escape danger.

Don’t get me wrong, having a bug out bag is a good idea, however a back-up plan, for your backup plan is even better – let me explain. Depending on the situation, getting to your bug out bag may not be an option and let’s not forget the possibility of loss to fire, theft or other unforeseen event that could make your bug out bag unavailable to you.

If the bug out bag is plan B, the cache kit should be considered plan C.

Storeguns.com has a wide variety of cache tubes, in fact, I recently purchased one of their MonoVault, 248s caches.

(Editor’s note: StoreGuns.com only sells the burial tube by itself. At Custom Survival Solutions we sell the complete kits. Check out our selection by clicking here).

Contents will depend on location and need – every situation will be different with kits being modified toward specific individual and their needs. Here are several areas to consider…

  • Shelter – Space Blanket, Plastic Trash Bags, Thermals.
  • Fire – Matches, Flint and steel, Magnifying Glass. Cotton wool.
  • Water – Sterilizing tablets, Filter, Collapsible Canteen and Cover.
  • Food – Fish-hooks and Line, Snare Wire, Slingshot Rubber, as well as ready to eat foods such as MRE’s.
  • Cooking – Sheet of Aluminum Foil, Small Cooking Pot and Utensils.
  • Medical – First-aid kit and Related Gear.
  • Tools – Mora Knife, Swiss Army Knife, Multi-Tool, Ka-Bar Kukri Machete.
  • Navigation – Compass, Topo Map of Area.
  • Light – LED Flashlight, Headlamp and Batteries.
  • Rope and Cordage – Fishing Line, Spool of Dental Floss, Para-Cord.
  • Repairs – Sewing kit, Duct Tape, Crazy Glue.

It’s a good idea to pack items with a potential for leakage at the bottom of the tube, and items of an immediate need (first-aid kit, handgun, ammo etc. ) near the top.

Remember this is an essentially an escape and evasion kit, a last-ditch effort at survival, you could be wounded, pursued or both. Keep those items near the top and within reach.

Since you won’t be checking or replacing contents often, food items should be of low moister and suitable for long-term storage. You may find it a good idea to have a separate cache of food items aside your main cache kit. I have one stuffed full of Mountain House Pouch foods and another with beans and grains.

After you get your tubes assembled and filled, it’s time to start thinking about security, or more specifically where and how to hide your kit. You don’t want to go through all this trouble and expense, just to have some two-bit thief or jackboot thug come along and steal what you’ve worked so hard to put away.

The cache kit should be hidden away from your home or retreat and not buried in your backyard. Remember this is an effort of last resort. The cache acts as an insurance policy should you lose or be denied access to your home storage or bug out bag. Having it buried in your backyard would be self-defeating.

These tubes (if constructed properly) are waterproof and could be submerged under water without risk of damage to the contents. But erring on the side of caution, I look for a well-drained area not easily accessible to heavy machinery such as logging or construction equipment is best.

When moving to the cache site, it’s a good idea to have someone scout the area ahead of you, hopefully averting the possibility of you being seen. The last thing you want is to run face-to-face with a group of hunters, hikers or police. It’s best to go at night and during a week day, to lower the possibility of running into anyone.

The scout can move ahead alerting you, by two-way radio if anything is out of the ordinary or if someone is heading your way, allowing you time to react and avoid detection. Just be sure that the scout is someone that you trust.

When digging, it’s best to go slowly – stop often and scan the area for potential threats and listen. Again, the scout can offer security by watching the most likely avenues of approach and giving advanced warning. Use a manual post hole digger to excavate a hole straight down and as deep as possible. Insert the tube in a vertical position into the hole and back-fill with dirt.

Carry an old tarp to pile the dirt on as you dig. Dispose of this in a discreet manner out of sight and away from the cache area – when you finish, the area should look the same as it did when you started.

Tips for fooling metal detectors when needing to hide guns or gear from operators.

  • Bury in a junkyard or a dump.
  • Seed the area with ferric chloride
  • Litter the area with metal shavings and debris
  • Old abandoned farms usually have pre-existing metal debris
  • Abandoned surface-mines are naturally seeded with discarded metal
  • Deserted log landing and yards can be good areas
  • So can old long abandoned home sites, as long as there is no chance of future construction.

It’s best to conceal in an area with “naturally” occurring and pre-existing metal debris in fact seeding an area with metal can have the negative effect of drawing attention to it.

Look for locations where such metal deposits would be considered normal and if needed add to this. Remember the best security is keeping your mouth shut. A bug out bag is great for getting out of dodge in a hurry – a bug out bag combined with strategically located cache kits and you just might make it.

Again, please check out our complete line of MonoVault Burial Cache Kits by clicking here.

What do you think…?

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Playground Trick to Escape Multiple Attackers

Jeff Anderson, Military.com (view the original article here)

December 6, 2010

A self-defense sit­u­a­tion that involves mul­ti­ple attack­ers is one of the most dan­ger­ous ones to be in. It’s bad enough if you’re fac­ing an attacker on the street that’s stronger and big­ger than you are, but when you’re fac­ing a group of peo­ple, even when they’re smaller than you, a group like this can kill you. If a group of attack­ers is able to get you to the ground and start pound­ing you, the last thing you ever see may be their boots. Your main pri­or­ity in a sit­u­a­tion like this is to escape!

Escap­ing should not be thought of as cow­ardly. When the odds are not in your favor and there is a slim chance of win­ning such a street attack, only a fool would stick around to fight and risk being maimed or killed. Nearly every self-defense instruc­tor will advise his stu­dents to run from a fight when­ever pos­si­ble. While this is great advice, there’s one thing that many peo­ple fail to take into account; what if one of the mul­ti­ple attack­ers runs faster than you do?

It’s entirely pos­si­ble that at least one attacker in a street fight will be able to catch you, unless of course you’re an Olympic ath­lete. If one of the mul­ti­ple attack­ers catches you, you will have to employ some form of self-defense tech­niques. How­ever, besides being out of breath, it may be hard to quickly turn around and get yourself set to coun­ter­at­tack. Well, here’s a strange self-defense escape tech­nique you will be able to use to get away, even if you’re attack­ers are faster than you.

Play­ground Self Defense Escape Technique

Do you remem­ber the school yard games that were played in grade school? There is one in par­tic­u­lar that the boys played in the 3rd grade that was a cruel rite of pas­sage. The game is called “Johnny Tackle” and it’s kind of like rugby. One player has the ball and all the other play­ers try to tackle him, smear­ing his face into the ground. For­tu­nately, some of us knew about a clever lit­tle escape trick that could be used when some­one was ready to take you out. You can use an adap­ta­tion of this lit­tle self defense escape tech­nique to escape from one attacker or mul­ti­ple attack­ers. Fol­low these steps:

Self Defense Escape Tech­nique Step One:

When you are run­ning from one attacker or mul­ti­ple attack­ers, you might real­ize that some­one that’s chas­ing you runs faster than you do. You always need to lis­ten care­fully and pay close atten­tion to your sur­round­ings, look­ing for things like reflec­tions in a win­dow to help you deter­mine just how far away your attacker is.

Self Defense Escape Tech­nique Step Two:

This step might be dif­fi­cult, but it’s impor­tant. Wait until your attacker is just about on top of you. Don’t act too soon. If you do you may as well gift wrap your­self for your attackers.

Self Defense Escape Tech­nique Step Three:

When you hear that your attacker is about an arm’s length away from grab­bing you, at the last pos­si­ble sec­ond, drop quickly to the ground and assume the fetal posi­tion. This cre­ates an instant obsta­cle. An attacker or even mul­ti­ple attack­ers won’t have enough time to react and will trip over your body, falling to the ground. Once your opponent(s) are on the ground you can jump up quickly and escape or launch a coun­ter­at­tack, kick­ing and stomp­ing to win the fight or cre­ate a bet­ter chance to escape.

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“Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs”

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“Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What’s worth defending? What’s worth dying for? What’s worth living for?”

– William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997

Most of the people in our society are sheep. They’re kind, gentle, productive people who can only hurt one another by accident. This is true. Remember, the murder rate is roughly about 6 per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is 4 per 1,000 per year. What does this mean? Contrary to what Piers Morgan and the other politically motivated, opinion based, “talk show” news correspondents would have you believe, it means that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number of victims of violent crime. But remember, there are 300 million-plus Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of a violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is significantly less than two million.

Thus there’s a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me, it’s like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside its soft and gooey but someday it’ll grow into something wonderful. But the egg can’t survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the society they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

Then there are the wolves, and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it’s not true, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

Then there are sheepdogs, they live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you’re a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you’ve defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, someone who is walking the hero’s path, someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into primal fear, and walk out unscathed.

sheepdog-with-sheep

Let me expand on this excellent concept of sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

We know that the sheep live in denial, which is what makes them sheep. They don’t want to believe that there is evil in the world. The sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm them or their loved ones is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.

Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence, but the difference is that the sheepdog must not, can not, and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog that intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed from its responsibility of protecting the flock. The world, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours, can’t work any other way.

Still, the sheepdog does disturb the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. The sheep would prefer that the sheepdog didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in a foreign land or in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an AR-15 or M-4 assault weapon ready to die for the sheep. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

wolfUntil the wolf shows up……. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School, and Virginia Tech were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they wouldn’t have given the time of day to a police officer. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word “hero”?

Understand that there is nothing superior about being a sheepdog; it’s just what we choose to be. The sheepdog, the warrior, does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that the sheepdog is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. Research was conducted a few years ago on individuals convicted of violent crimes. These convicted felons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, rapes, molestation and murders. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted their victims in part because of their body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like wolves do when stalking the flock. They select the one or two out of the flock that’s least able to protect itself.

Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter. He’s always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives, and prepares for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that’s most citizens in America, said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, on the other hand said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you’re truly transformed into a sheepdog and have truly invested yourself into the sheepdog mentality, you want to be there. You want to be able and available to make a difference.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “LET’S ROLL!” which was the signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers and retake control of the plane. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. – they went from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving a countless number of lives on the ground.

“There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.”

– Edmund Burke

Here is the point I like to emphasize. In nature, the sheep, actual sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born sheepdogs, and wolves, wolves. They don’t have a choice. But you are not an animal. As a human being, we can choose to be whatever we want to be. It’s a conscious, moral decision to be one or the other.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep, and that’s okay, but you must understand the price you’ll pay. When the wolf comes, and he will come, you and your loved ones are going to be victims and could end up dead if there’s not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but be aware that the sheepdog will hunt you down and you’ll always be looking over your shoulder, never rest, never be safe, and never be able to trust or love others. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk that path, then you must make a conscious, moral and ethical decision every day to dedicate some time, equip and prepare yourself to not just survive, but thrive in that inevitable moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.

And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you’re legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without it, then you instantly become one of the flock, a sheep, fooling yourself that the wolf won’t come today. Just take a second, and take a deep breath, and say this to yourself…

“Baaaaaa.”

SF Sniper Prepares for Operation

This business of being a sheep or a sheepdog isn’t a “yes or no” dichotomy. It’s not an “all-or-nothing”, “either-or” choice. It’s a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the sheepdog. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9/11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their sheepdog and the sheepdog started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from being a sheep and in denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.

James