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John F. Kennedy

  "Today, we need a nation of
   Minutemen; citizens who are not only
   prepared to take arms, but citizens
   who regard the preservation of
   freedom as the basic purpose of their
   daily life and who are willing to
   consciously work and sacrifice for
   that freedom."

   - John F. Kennedy


Recommended Equipment

The following items are recommended for members of the unorganized militia. A 9x19mm handgun is also desirabe, ideally the proven Glock Gen3 G19 (with six magazines).

1. Rifle and associated equipment
   1.1 Rifle with sling and spare parts kit.*
   1.2 Six mags if detachable mags used.
   1.3 1,000 rounds (ideally barrier penetrating).
   1.4 Cleaning kit (e.g., Otis Technology Defender Series).
   1.5 Broken Shell Extractor (e.g., Brownells).
   1.6 Earplugs (e.g., SureFire EP4 Sonic Defenders).
   1.7 Protective eyewear (e.g., Fuglies ADF4 Ballistics).
   1.8 Dry firing aid (e.g., Lyman A-Zoom Snap Caps).
   1.9 Soft rifle case with pockets for accessories.

* Service rifle or sniper rifle commonly used by soldiers or a rifle that uses the same ammunition.
  Spare parts like those in the Red Army Standard Field Kit (for AK-47 type rifles) from Century Arms.

2. Miscellaneous equipment
   2.1 Chest rig, vest or webbing (e.g., Condor MCR6).
   2.2 Handheld transceiver (e.g., Yaesu VX-6R).
   2.3 Binoculars (e.g., Bushnell 8x32 Prime).
   2.4 Watch (e.g., Casio DW5600E-1V G-Shock).
   2.5 Local map and compass (e.g., Silva 4-6400/360).
   2.6 Notebook and pen (e.g., Rite in the Rain Kit).
   2.7 Knife or bayonet (e.g., Glock FM 81 Survival Knife).
   2.8 Multitool (e.g., SOG PowerLock EOD Scissors).
   2.9 Flashlight (e.g., Gerber Recon-M Flashlight).
   2.10 First aid kit (e.g., TacMed Operator IFAK).
   2.11 Gas mask* (e.g., Duram Mask CHEMBAYO - black variant).
   2.12 BDU with boots and blue beret.

* Hood type masks like the CHEMBAYO work far better with glasses than conventional gas masks.

Repair kit

Repair Kit: A field repair kit with the essential spare parts should accompany every firearm in the field (along with a multitool), like the one above from Century Arms for AK-47 type rifles. Namely springs for stressed firing group components, firing pin, extractor, and associated small pins (readily lost or damaged during an emergency field repair). Replace said springs with a spring kit every 5,000 rounds. Ideally one would also own an armorer's repair kit with a wider range of spare parts.

TacMed Operator IFAK

Operator IFAK: The TacMed Operator IFAK contains the following items: 1x SOF Tactical Tourniquet Wide; 1x 4 inch Olaes Bandage; 2x Hyfin Vent Compact Chest Seal (twin pack); 2x Pair of Gloves (nitrile, large); 1x CPR Face Shield; 1x Trauma Shears; 1x Casualty Card. It is best accompanied with a small mirror (like the ASP Tactical Mirror which can also be used for signaling and looking around corners without exposing yourself to enemy fire), 10 Leukostrip wound closure strips, and tweezers (e.g., Ideal-tek OOD.SA.0).

Yaesu VX-6R

Yaesu VX-6R/E: The Yaesu VX-6R/E with FNB-80LI Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack (7.4 v, 1,400 mAh), PA-48C/U 5-Hour Battery Charger (European User, 230-240 VAC), YHA-67 Antenna, Belt Clip, Manual and Warranty Card. The FB-23 2 x "AA" Cell Battery Case and CMP460A Waterproof Speaker/Microphone are highly desirable, as is the VC-27 Ear piece/Microphone for covert use. The TACK 1 and Patrol II headsets (PTT included) from TCI are recommended for overt tactical use.

Chest Rigs

Chest Rigs: The Condor MCR6 Rapid Assault Chest Rig (for 30 round AR mags) pictured on the left and the Strike Hard Gear AK 47 Chest Rig (for 30 round AK mags) store a single row of mags to facilitate discreet use. These Nylon chest rigs are available in black, while more pouches can be added via MOLLE straps. More kit can be stored in the central compartment behind the pouches. AK type chest rigs are more versatile as it can also be used to carry the smaller AR (M16/M4) mags.

Waistcoat Mans General Purpose Ops

Waistcoat Mans General Purpose Ops (Assault Combat Vest 95): This versatile vest been used by the British Army since 1995. It has eight pouches, two of them mag pouches for 30 round AR mags (three per pouch) but can be modified to accept two 20 round AK mags. It has two huge zipped storage areas under the front pouches (left one has a pistol holster). In addition to the original temperate DPM model pictured are desert DPM, US 3-color desert, green and black variants. Silvermans

58 Pattern webbing

58 Pattern Webbing: This rugged British 1958 Pattern Webbing is made of olive drab dyed cotton canvas (best waterproofed to prevent rot). Pictured are the essential components: belt, yoke, two conjoined kidney pouches and two mag pouches (dedicated left and right side pouches) that accept most mags. There's also a back pack, poncho cover (best attached to the yoke above the kidney pouches when the pack's not used), pistol holster, compass pouch and water bottle pouch. Silvermans

YPJ fighters

Battle Dress Uniform: The use of the same style BDUs, vests, rifles and stance by these YPJ fighters projects unity and strength, which would increase with the same style headwear and footwear. A uniform provides wearers with a sense of identity, belonging, status and authority, while the standardization of equipment is in general a good thing. It is highly desirable that one type of rifle is commonly used so they all use the same parts, magazines, ammunition and accessories, which also simplifies training.

United Nations Beret from

Blue Beret: A sky blue beret like those used by UN Peacekeepers. This particular example from Major Surplus is inexpensive and comes in a wide range of sizes (XS to XL). Major Surplus

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"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."  – John F. Kennedy

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