21 January 2012


People who have repeatedly faced violence successfully, especially those who have done so in a professional capacity, understand that guns and gear are of tertiary importance. Even physical conditioning is secondary, to the critical importance of cultivation and continuous development of a proper mental attitude—combat mindset. That mindset is composed (in my opinion; definitions of combat mindset differ.—J.M.) of an unwavering—but well-founded—conviction in the effectiveness of your training and ability, an absolute willingness—even anticipation—to apply that training without hesitation, to kill bad people, and the intestinal fortitude to overcome any discomfort or obstacle in order to survive and succeed.

Combat mind-set implies on open-minded readiness to adapt to any effective method or skill that will increase your lethality on the battlefield. Unwavering conviction in your ability demands a “software-centric” approach to training and preparation. Even within the “dedicated, cold-dead hands three percent,” there are masses of gnu-owners who purchase a firearm at their local sporting goods store or gun shop, along with a box or two of ammunition, based on the advice of the inexperienced, minimum-wage clerk (or strangers on the internet forums…). Then, the firearm and ammunition gets tossed in a closet or drawer and is promptly forgotten. These people place absolute faith in the weapon, expecting it to solve their potential future problems. The firearm becomes a sort of magical talisman in their mind. This “hardware-centric” approach is the route of amateurs, the path to hell-fire and damnation.

The trained war-fighter recognizes that man is a tool-user, and values his tools. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that they are inanimate objects. The weapon is really only its most effective in the hands of a trained and aggressive operator. The trained, experienced gunslinger accepts the inarguable logic that training is more important than specific tools. If he can operate one weapon effectively, he should always be able to find, or fabricate, a useful weapon.

There is no time or space for the sin of mediocrity in realistic, effective combat training. The professional doesn’t waste his time practicing karate at the local strip-mall dojo. He doesn’t equate plinking beer cans in the backyard with a .22LR with close-quarters marksmanship training.

The professional, motivated war-fighter trains like the classic Type-A alpha male of his tribe. He seeks out the best training available and practices the skills he learns until he has mastered them…then he practices them some more. He lifts heavy weights and he runs fast. He boxes and wrestles in training to ensure that he can continue to bring the fight to the enemy, even if he loses his weapons. He attends training courses from companies like Magpul, CSAT, or VTAC, to ensure that he is learning combat shooting methods from experienced war-fighters. Then, he spends hours each week dry-firing his weapons so that he masters the physical skills he will need. Like some fabled Tier One JSOC Jedi, he trains to perfection…and then he trains some more.

A combat mind-set means knowing the difference between confident assertiveness, animal aggressiveness, and false braggadocio. It allows the war-fighter to carry himself assertively because he knows his own skill level, and recognizes himself as the most lethal man in the room—any room. It provides him the moral and physical courage to “flip the switch” to predatory, animal aggressiveness when necessary, because he knows that hesitation, like mediocrity, is a sin.

Effective training is an initiation into fear; an immunization against its effects. It teaches the truth of the cliché, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” It allows the war-fighter to accept that truth without complaint. Training should be painful and frightening. Gunfights are painful and frightening. The professional expects to be slammed into the mats during combatives training; to learn to tolerate the flesh-bruising sting of force-on-force training munitions; he looks forward to the lung- and muscle-burning agony of a fast, long, conditioning run. This is the portion of training that matters the most. It is what develops the ability to carry on the fight and win, despite being shot, stabbed, or blown up. The professional accepts that he may be critically, or even mortally, wounded, but rejects the popular myth of mediocrity that insists he will freeze in pain, panic, and terror when that happens.

Realistic training will teach the war-fighter that hatred is not a negative emotion. Hatred is nothing more than intensely-focused anger. It is just and righteous to hate those who would kill or harm you or your loved ones. Hatred, despite the feeble, whining protests of the weak-kneed, soul-less milquetoasts of modern society, is the positive energy that will allow the war-fighter to tear his foe apart, limb-from-limb. Our post-modern, apologetic, soft and sensitive culture cries out that hatred and violence are never the answer. It has created a society of hesitation and fear that feels it is necessary to apologize for its own righteousness and strength.

The war-fighter must learn to damn the cowardice of the masses to an eternity of hell-fire. He accepts that he may be called upon, in the righteous defense of life, liberty, community, and the Republic, to destroy the mind, spirit, and body of their enemies. He makes peace with this ground truth, so that at the moment of truth, he will not be plagued by the doubts and reservations of the weak. Instead, he will focus on the front sight post and shoot to slide-lock. Mediocrity, to repeat, is the sin of amateurs.

Many people believe that only “super-secret-squirrel” elite units of the military and law enforcement have access to the most effective secret techniques of interpersonal violence. They want to believe the ridiculous advertising of companies that claim you can learn their “super-secret-above-top-secret-Delta-SEAL-SWAT-Ninja fighting methods” for only $79.95 plus shipping and handling. The truth is far more simple…and demanding. Every single method, technique, and concept used by elite military units is available to the general public through non-classified, open-source, public venues.

They are available to “Joe Citizen” just like they are available to “Danny Delta” and “Sammy the SEAL.” The difference is that the legitimate Delta/SEAL/SWAT/Ninja is willing to sacrifice the effort to “do the work.” He is willing to practice any specific skill 100,000 times, or more, in every possible environment, until that skill becomes part of his neural programming.

Why though, should a CPA, computer programmer, or construction worker expend the time, blood, sweat, and tears to become a “pseudo-operator, wanna-be Rambo?” Why shouldn’t the week-end shooting class, six months of “who-flung-poo-kung-fu,” and a box of ammunition each year be adequate? Why waste money and time that could be spent on a new, large-screen television, a case of beer, and watching the Super Bowl?

If your definition of potential future threats extends only to punching out a drunk uncle at a family barbeque because he grabbed your wife’s ass…surgical placement of multiple rounds of 62-grain, 5.56mmNATO, M855 “green tip” through Uncle Bernie’s occipital cavity in Grandma’s backyard might make Christmas supper sort of awkward after that.
Unfortunately, the imminence of probably future insurrection and wide-spread violence in this country means there are far more dangerous threats to confront. If you are reading this, then it is reasonable to assume that you recognize the overwhelming probability of real, cataclysmic violence occurring in the near future. As a concerned, prepared part of the “III,” you possess a moral obligation to “do the work!”

Anyone who believes that six months of weekly taekwondo classes, a weekend-long NRA Basic Pistol class, and a box of ammunition each year is enough to stop a blood-thirsty mob of criminal thugs, unbound my social convention or legal restraint—whether they wear gang colors or jack-boots and uniforms—is a delusional moron.

Of course, the path of history may, God willing, change course. The Republic may be restored peaceably. You may never face these dangers. You may die of old age, peacefully in your bed, surrounded by a legion of loving children and grandchildren.

Or, you may die, face down in the mud of a wet, dark, night, choking on your own blood and lung tissue, a burst of 7.62x51mmNATO machine-gun rounds through your chest, listening to the screams of your wife and children, as the mob drags them off to a living hell. The choice is yours.

Will you do the work?

Nous Defions!

John Mosby

Somewhere in the mountains


  1. Excellent post. A lot of us are shooters,but a lot us couldn't hump our bobs to the end of the block without passing out. That might be the kick in the ass a lot of IIIpers need to get to the next level!Great post.


  2. ...and as I have said many times, people do not want to get hit for the first time when it is for real. You need to take hits in training so you can get used to it, push through and finish the job.

    In real fights, everyone gets bloody and bruised.

    And far too many people fall into the false security of thinking that the 1911 on their hip ends the fight. But if you can't clear leather because the bad guy is on you and beating you about the head and shoulders with a pipe, you will lose. And a motivated man can close a 30 foot gap before many shooters can clear leather.

    These are just a few of the things Patriots need to learn now, before they get into a real situation...


  3. ChinaSyndrome.
    I agree obviously. I can't count the number of times I've walked past a table at a gunshow, or seen a picture on a forum, of some dude with a belly the size of a Maytag washing machine, talking about how he's going to strap on his "big green tick," and head for the hills to function as a guerrilla sniper when the shit hits the fan. I try, very hard, to avoid butting in to those conversations these days. It's so not worth my effort.
    Gospel. I've boxed and done judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since I was probably seven years old, at a serious level. The hardest thing to teach new people is A) getting hit is NOT the end of the world,and B) hitting someone, HARD, will not kill you or make you a bad person. The epiphany visible in their eyes the first time they land a solid right to the chin is gratifying.
    Too many gun guys, even the ones who know I can out-shoot them both speed and accuracy-wise still roll their eyes and pat their sidearm when I start preaching about PT and combatives. Now? I just set the example I would like to see them follow.
    In the words of a former shooting friend. "Mosby, you're a big, scary motherfucker. Why do you waste your time in the gym and doing that ultimate fighting crap. You've got your 1911! (I hadn't gone 100% Glock yet)"
    When I tried to explain that I was a big, scary mothefucker precisely because I went to the gym and lifted heavy weights, beat on people, and choked them out every night, he couldn't wrap his head around it. Of course, his definition of PT was "I'm going to exercise now. I'm going to walk a mile."

    Readers in general,
    Do your fucking PT. Take it seriously. It will build tolerance to discomfort, self-confidence, aggressiveness, and make you stronger, faster, and more dangerous to the enemy. It's not THAT fucking hard. Make like a Nike commercial and "Just Do It!"

  4. Well, I've heard all I need to. Cardio starts tomorrow.

  5. My God man,keep telling it.God Bless.
    Semper Vigilans

  6. I am a retired AF Cop. I loved rifle time at the range, still do.
    I HATE pistols. I hate shooting the damn things, and I suck at it, at least compared to my rifle shooting.
    But, this afternoon, I dragged my ass out in the backyard and put 100 through the barrel, because I suck and I need to improve. And I'll do it again next weekend.
    If you suck at it and it's your least favorite thing in the world, you need to do it three times as hard.