‘Tis the Season! Stay Alert, Quick & Nimble, Holiday Season Survival

By John Farnam

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‘Tis the Season! Stay Alert, Quick & Nimble, Holiday Season Survival

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- 2017 Holiday Season:

“The power of observation is frequently called ‘cynicism,’ by those who don't have it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Yesterday’s bungled subway bombing attempt in NYC marks the beginning of an “exciting” Holiday Season in the USA, UK, and Western Europe!

Islamic Terrorists are all too familiar with our weak spots, and they will be doing their best to “make their mark” over the next four weeks.

Authorities, particularly NYPD and the FBI, are actually doing a pretty credible job, but our specialty in Western Civilization continues to be spectacular success, “right of bang. “Left of bang” is still a “work in progress!”

Accordingly, “Tips for the Holiday Season Survival:”

1) Beware of crowds, gatherings, and rallies, particularly those with a religious or political theme.

When you must be there, stay on the edge of the crowd, not in the middle. When the gathering in question is indoors, don’t get far from the door and keep your head up, even during prayers – especially during prayers!

The bigger and more high-profile the “gathering,” the greater the risk exposure.

Stay out of big, metro areas

2) Beware of “containment” and “lock-downs.

These flawed policies continue to enjoy common acceptance in the naive West, but nowhere else! When things start going south, get away, and out of the area, as quickly as you can, any way you can!

Don’t hesitate. Don’t wait for “instructions” Don’t wait at all! Don’t “shelter in a coffin!”

Those who impose “lock-downs” are doing it for their benefit, not yours!

3) Don’t “travel light”

Be self-contained, no matter where you go. Cell phone (always fully-charged), pistol(s), spare magazine(s), blade(s), OC, flashlight, IBD, tourniquet, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, hat, glasses, sturdy shoes/boots, water bottle, cash, credit-cards, ID, car keys.

In your car, have a full trauma kit, MREs, urban rifle, multiple spare magazines. Keep your gas-tank full!

4) Security comes first!

We can live with a false alarm, or two. You’ll be alive to feel foolish! Be prepared to change plans instantly.

Don’t ignore “danger signals” or “gut feelings”.

5) Stay in CONUS!

Offshore travel is fraught with risk this time of year. When you must travel, there are plenty of fun places you can go that are within CONUS!

6) Eyes open! Heads up!

There is no substitute of personal alertness. Don’t depend on others to watch your back.

Stay alert, quick, nimble, sober, mobile, decisive.

This isn’t Disneyland!

“Cynics are right, nine times out of ten.” ~ Mencken

Defense Training International, Inc


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com


  • 6 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season! Stay Alert, Quick & Nimble, Holiday Season Survival

    1. An excellent article, but it is a shame that we in America have to take these precautions because our government, or at least the liberals who have been in control, have refused to do what is necessary to stop the influx of potential terrorists into our country by not closing the border, by not properly vetting all immigrants and by not dealing with ISIS and other terrorist organizations with a proper application of lethal force.

    2. I just returned from what I consider the most dangerous trip I took this year. Not South Africa. I did that in September. No this was a river cruise to visit the Christmas markets in Germany. It’s (in my mind) guaranteed 100% that one or more of them will be hit this season.

      Situational awareness will be needed to avoid a rampaging truck. Suicide bombers? Well, good luck. But what about the random knife or acid attack? You can’t carry a firearm and knives are tightly controlled – not to mention I’m not interested in getting into hand to hand combat with knives – but what about a big stick?

      I purchased and carried a blackwood cane during my trip and found a guide to cane fighting on the internet that gave tips on grips and strokes. Neither TSA nor the airlines pay any attention to canes. I didn’t even have to pretend to limp going through security. My preference would have been to carry the 22 oz polypropylene shillelagh as a walking stick, but I though that might attract some undesired attention, and I wasn’t sure that it might have met the definition of a club in some locales.

    3. Poor John. Hunkered down in ‘der bunker’ over the holiday season. If he does summon the courage to go outside, he is burdened with 50 pounds of ammo, barbed wire, claymore mines, and who knows what else. And God be with you if you don’t know his ‘secret handshake’. Instead of playing Santa he plays Ninja warrior. His mind has apparently left Planet Earth long ago. P.S. There is a difference between being prepared and being paranoid.

    4. Good advice in this article. My son travels alot for business, especially to South America (not good). I always tell him, “be aware of your surroundings”. He was told by business contacts there to never wear fancy or outlandish clothes, no watches, rings or any kind of jewelry, and especially new tennis shoes. There are some there that will kill you for your tennis shoes, as they sell on the street for hundreds of dollars. Welcome to the New World Order!

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