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    Tactics to employ in a rural environment...

    This thread is part of the “Coming Civil War” group of threads.
    Please see the Primer/Premise thread --> HERE <-- for context and links to other related topics.


    (Disclaimer: This is not a call to action, nor a place to make threats against individuals/groups/etc. This is to discuss tactics that have been employed, or could be employed, during wartime by civilians to resist and respond to tyranny in any form. We don't need to end up on some list, or get mentioned in the next debate.)

    The threat is likely to be lower out in the rural areas of the country. There's just too much land to cover, and not much to be gained from a large scale movement into the countryside.

    That said, there are some key locations only found out in these rural areas that could become targets.
    • Big farm towns that handle large volume food production
    • Dairy/beef farms
    • Biofuel sourcing farms
    • Natural gas and oil wells/pipelines
    • Others???


    These types of locations could come under attack, and the folks in and around the area would be best served to assist in keeping them safe and secure. The nation operates on food and fuel. Affecting these will have a local impact for sure, but potentially a nation-wide impact as well.
    If the trucks can still operate, keeping the raw resources of these industries ticking will be of supreme importance.
    On the topic of trucks, that might be another area where militia groups could help with security. Safety zones, security convoys, on-board protection teams, all could become necessary to keep the lifeblood of the country rolling.

    So, how can folks prepare or respond if attacks take place out in these areas?
    You're generally dealing with two landscape scenarios. Thick brush and wooded areas, or large open plains. There are varying degrees between these, and tactics can be adjusted to accommodate.
    You'll mainly be deciding between long-range defense, or obstructed views and short ranges. Using the land to your benefit will give a large advantage. Knowing the easiest paths an approaching group could take, and making them harder to pass would be something worth planning for. Funneling routes and choke-points will make for short work of any who think they're going to cause mayhem.

    Yes, those deer rifles will potentially play a major role in rural defense. An arsonist trying to start a wildfire near homes should expect lethal force in response to stop their action.
    Best to keep them at a distance if you can catch them before they reach you. Will checkpoints become a thing on major roads near small towns? If a caravan of rioters and extremists blow through it, what will the response be? Should you so choose, can you make that 300yd shot? Personally, I'd aim for the engine block. Try to stop them cold before they get too close, pinch them between the checkpoint detail and the town's patrol folks. Be mindful of friendly fire. Your checkpoint team should have a plan for flanking to one side to avoid it. Preferably behind pre-built berms for such an occasion.

    What else can be done out in the sticks to protect potential targets from attack?
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    You bring up a good point about shutting down the truckers. Without those guys running no place in the country will be spared from the effects. Would think it be nearly impossible to guard them on cross country runs. One well placed shot through the windshield, radiator or front tire will stop any truck. Will the whole convoy stop if one truck gets hit? Will any driver be willing to risk life and limb to run?

    Do you have enough firepower to actually defend yourself against vehicles? What about body armor? Your PCC or handgun won't be much good in the real world once the SHTF in a rural area. Allowing threats to even get within range of your chosen weapon will be a major mistake. Things to keep in mind when making your next purchase.
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    Rural areas very a lot. In mountains of TN you do not have a lot of open ground. In Indiana you do. Here I have open ground and what most would consider long range shots are there. Nice thing about your land is you no the dead spots. If you are smart range cards and markers are something you have done and have used. Maybe for hunting or practice.
    The right Dog or Dogs can be a big help in rural areas. They know before you when something is up. When the Dog alerts pay attention . Even if you don't see it yet there may well be something going on.
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    All good points. City and suburban dweller will head to the country for a number of reasons. First and foremost will be food. They think, right or wrong, that rural people grow all their food and have ample. Yes, true to some extent but not completely. Rural people will need to protect livestock, chickens, pigs, horses, etc. Anything that can be considered food. Not to mention gardens or crops.

    Living in areas that are limited in access is good. One or two roads sealed off making them come cross country. Texas has open flat lands, mostly fenced and 95% of it is privately owned. Long story on that one. Crossing someone’s land in Texas will definitely be risking their lives.

    Shutting down 2 small roads will effectively seal off my area. No way around a road block as on either side are drainage ditches that unless it’s an Abrahams tank, can’t be crossed. (Although a few trucks in the past have inadvertently tired.. much to our humor).

    Dogs are good for protection or at a minimum an alert to an intruder.

    Range markers down the roads...

    An as my nephew said... a wall of lead is pretty good deterrent.
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    Pro-tip, some kind of IR Led or ChemLite on the dog will allow you to track him to what he is alerting on without giving your position away.

    Follow the bouncing lite in your NODs and then switch to thermal if needed to ID signature size.

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    Ah.. very good idea.

    And also follow the sound of the screaming as my dog eats them.
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    Interesting, my dog's primary function is to wake me up if I am asleep. On several occasions she has served me well. To me a dog is too valuable to send in pursuit of an armed aggressor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    ........................ Pray it never comes to this . Prepare as if they are on the way.
    My personal fear is that they ARE on the way . . . no one has pushed the start button yet though.

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    Commercially available drones for patrolling. Heat sensors for nighttime surveillance. Technically proficient folks could be an invaluable resource in perimeter security as 1 drone can cover more distance, requiring less resources (recharging) than a patrol on horseback, vehicles, etc.... ( food, water, feed, gas). They would free up personnel that could either rest, help around the community or be allocated to sectors that need to address a threat. They could also be kitted out with audio to warn potential trespassers or marauders to turn back.

    Godspeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapitalKane49p View Post
    Commercially available drones for patrolling. Heat sensors for nighttime surveillance. Technically proficient folks could be an invaluable resource in perimeter security as 1 drone can cover more distance, requiring less resources (recharging) than a patrol on horseback, vehicles, etc.... ( food, water, feed, gas). They would free up personnel that could either rest, help around the community or be allocated to sectors that need to address a threat. They could also be kitted out with audio to warn potential trespassers or marauders to turn back.

    Godspeed.
    Thinking from the marauders perspective... ah good! A clay pigeon being flown by a plump little drone operator... boys we are eating steak tonight! ( sorry my dark humor gets the best of me )
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