Are You Prepared To Be In A Militia?

November 29, 2009

When I was a Boy Scout, I learned the motto…”Be Prepared.” How much more simple a motto could there be? Plan ahead and practice doing things you might need to do.

I’ve written about secession and state militias recently. But it occurred to me that even those who might agree with me might not be up to speed on personal preparations.

It would be so nice to believe that our state governments would handle this like they are supposed to do. Aren’t most state constitutions written to authorize a militia, and then to equip and train it? However, I don’t know of a single state that is fulfilling its Constitutional duty to its citizens as relates to the militia. And make no mistake…the State National Guard is NOT the state militia.

In light of the daily headlines about the economic meltdown that is just over America’s horizon, the need for a militia could occur very quickly. In addition, when there is an economic meltdown, our neighborhoods could become very dangerous very quickly…like in a matter of days. That’s not the time for you to start planning, and it may be too late to start buying stuff you need.

If you were going to be in any state’s militia, you’d need reliable gear. So, here is a short list of the most fundamental things you’d need.


I’m going against groupthink and recommend that you buy an AK-47 or AK-47 variant like Saiga, chambered for the 7.62 x 39 cartridge. Around the world, the AK is the most reliable battle rifle known to man. Children in Africa operate this rifle and keep it clean. It takes enormous punishment and still operates. Mud, sand, water…still shoots. Great for beginners and sharpshooters. Even though the AR-15 is ubiquitous in America, it’s temperamental. But always remember that you need proficiency with your rifle, so practice with it. Also, the rifle you have in your hand is better than the rifle you want.

Here is an alternative for those who like the .223 cartridge. Buy another rifle, the Keltek SU-16. This is a super reliable fold-down rifle that only weighs about 5 pounds. It would fit nicely inside a backpack as a backup weapon. The rifle’s receiver and action are a variant of the AK-47, which makes it much more reliable and much easier to clean. The reason I’m recommending this rifle is a risk management issue. If you are in a combat situation, you may find it easier to find .223 ammo in America in gun stores…and stripping gear from a dead enemy.

Rifle Optics

There are a lot of very cool optics available today. But most of the cool optics require batteries. I vote for low tech optics. Proficiency with iron sights is best and most rifles can be accurate out to 300-400 yards with iron sights. If you must have a scope on your rifle, I recommend one that uses no batteries. Your holographic sight without a battery is just like carrying a small rock.


For the same reasons of ultimate reliability, I recommend the Glock pistol chambered in .45 ACP. My second choice would be the 9mm Glock.


I recommend a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun. The shotgun can be used for harvesting game, self defense or as a rifle.


You should own at least 1,000 rounds of ammo for every weapon you own. It’s easy to go through a couple hundred rounds in one day at the rifle range. Buy the largest bullet in the cartridge that you can find. For example, in .45 ACP, buy a 230 grain bullet rather than a 185-grain bullet. Factory loads are fine, handloads save you money. For a shotgun, buy #6 shot for bird hunting, 00 Gauge buckshot shells, and slugs. A rifled slug sends a one ounce bullet downrange…devastating stopping power.

Firearms cleaning kit

For the obvious reasons. However, I’ve seen video of kids in Mozambique take a shoelace, make a knot in one end, dip the knot in motor oil, and pull it through the barrel to clean an AK-47. Here’s another tip. Cans of spray carburetor cleaner are great for cleaning guns.

Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs)

Get at least two pairs of pants, two long-sleeved shirts, and two olive drab T-shirts. I recommend green camo, not black or tan. Buy one size larger than you are. Try stuff on and make sure it’s loose.

Broken-in Combat Boots

Buy a pair of high quality combat boots, but then wear them a lot early-on to break them in. Foot problems can take you out of the action in a hurry.

Flak jacket

Buy a flak jacket with removable hood and liner. I recommend green camo, not black or tan.


You need foul weather gear. Get a rain suit or poncho that you can fold up and stow in your pack.

Field gear

A soldier’s pack can weigh 60-80 pounds. If you have field equipment to carry your gear, you’ll suffer less fatigue. MOdular Lightweight Load-carryng Equipment (MOLLE) is the new system that’s now being fielded. Consists of web belts, backpacks and other carrying equipment that fastens to the MOLLE. The Marines love this stuff.


Get a backpack that fits you when you’re fully clothed like winter. Get a backpack that’s about as long as your torso from neck to butt in a green camo color.

Bugout bag

A Bugout Bag is basically a big survival kit that contains all of the items you would require to survive after a disaster. A bugout bag allows you to grab what you need quickly and evacuate should a disaster happen.

Most experts suggest that your bugout bag should contain enough supplies to last for at least seventy two hours. For a checklist, go to: CHECKLIST

Edge weapons

Buy a Swiss army knife with a bunch of attachments or a multi-tool.

Buy a tactical folding knife with locking blade. But make sure that the blade doesn’t unlock when you’re gripping the handle tightly. Huge design flaw in most folding knives.

Buy a hunting knife or combat knife with a full-tang, carbon steel blade. “Full tang” means the handle and blade are formed of one piece of steel. Then the grips are affixed to the handle. Anything else is a toy knife. Carbon steel holds an edge best.

I bought a 14” battle axe that only weighs about 2 pounds. Carbon steel blade, carbon fiber handle. Nice piece of work. Think about it.

First aid kit

A field medical kit would be good.


Get a camo Kevlar helmet if you like. But you will need head protection. A camo Boonie (cloth hat, wide brim) can be further camouflaged if necessary.

Ghillie suit

A Ghillie suit is a camouflage suit for heavy cover. Usually made of burlap or canvas strips of camo colors. Snipers use Ghillies. This is optional.


Get a good camper’s compass.


Get tactical flashlights. Usually made of black aluminum, and now lit by LED bulbs. LED are extremely bright, low power use. Many will attach to your guns.

Sleeping bag

You gotta sleep. Get a sleeping bag that fits you. Climb inside it before you buy. Don’t go cheap.

Cooking gear

The simplest Boy Scout cooking kit will work. Remember that this will be in your backpack so weight counts. You really only need one cooking pan.


You could buy a tent, but remember that you have to carry it. You could opt for a heavy plastic tarp about 8’ x 8’ with brass grommets at the corners. It folds up small and can be stowed in your pack. With a tarp, you can create a simple shelter under which you can sleep dry. Buy a spool of parachute cord…light, strong and cheap.

Water supply

You need a canteen or a water backpack like the CamelBak system. You wear this like a backpack under the big backpack. Can hold 70 oz. or 100 oz. or more.


Meals Ready To Eat (MREs) store indefinitely. Buy a 30-day supply.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things, and many of you may have other preferences. But if you have all of these supplies and equipment, you would be ready for most eventualities. This is just the minimum needed. If you have the time and money, secure these minimums and build on them.

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