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Old 10-03-2020, 7:42pm   #1
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Default 10 hours of weapons training today

What a day! So great to see everyone in uniform and kitted up. We cracked out the .50 calís, ran team drills and did some insane conditioning involving shooting while dragging 50-60 lb sandbags. Holy crap Iím sore.

Handguns and rifles, live fire, smoke, shooting from mock vehicles, various cover positions, right hand, left hand, etc. about 20 guys and four ex mil trainers. One young guy in his early 20s dominated timed trials. Dude doesnít miss. He owns one of the heavy guns.

Everyone goes by nicknames acquired under embarrassing situations. My unit is calling me Elvis, but command team is calling me Deuce. Itís from a radio transmission where I didnít have a call sign and I called ďEcho 51, this is Douche 99...Ē

One of the trainers took me aside with the commander and XO and said ďI think we have a name for him!Ē And he told the story. I said I wouldnít answer to it so now itís Deuce. I have a feeling it will be mispronounced.

One guy forgot to bring gun oil and now they are calling him Lube. Another guy was christened Sandwich.

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Sounds like good times to me. Pics?
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Sounds like good times to me. Pics?
We are on high security these days. Phones are collected. We had an Antifa infiltration a month or two ago. Itís a constant issue. We do background checks and vetting but sometimes people slip through. We have armed security, codes and other opsec. For example, we donít know where the training is until we get orders the day before via encrypted system. Then we meet at a rally point, collect phones and caravan from there.

Very much modeled after Army green zone approach. We are a quiet group but because we are the largest in Texas and most professional, we get targeted.

You will never see us in a photo op or at a protest.
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We are on high security these days. Phones are collected. We had an Antifa infiltration a month or two ago. Itís a constant issue. We do background checks and vetting but sometimes people slip through. We have armed security, codes and other opsec. For example, we donít know where the training is until we get orders the day before via encrypted system. Then we meet at a rally point, collect phones and caravan from there.

Very much modeled after Army green zone approach. We are a quiet group but because we are the largest in Texas and most professional, we get targeted.

You will never see us in a photo op or at a protest.
Seems like a very relevant and safe topic to publicly discuss on an open internet forum.

While I appreciate the concept and the training, if these guys want a low/no profile, this shit probably doesn't belong here.
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Playing Army with fake ďofficers,Ē armed security, codes, and ďother opsec?Ē

Sounds cute.
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i don't think i'd enjoy a day like that.

uniform?

kitted up?
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Everyone goes by nicknames acquired under embarrassing situations.:
Mine would be "Club" for my gigantic penis. You know; ďEcho 51, this is Club. Bring Dirtyleg over to check point Charlie. Over.Ē
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Seems like a very relevant and safe topic to publicly discuss on an open internet forum.

While I appreciate the concept and the training, if these guys want a low/no profile, this shit probably doesn't belong here.
Except I gave no specifics.
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Playing Army with fake ďofficers,Ē armed security, codes, and ďother opsec?Ē

Sounds cute.
Except almost everyone is ex military. Or active LEO. ďWell regulatedĒ is a thing. Itís been great for me. Getting fit, losing weight, gaining endurance. Learning survival skills, prepping, improving self defense skills...meeting a great group of people focused on helping each other. An opportunity to serve my community. I believe it is speeding my remission.

Itís unfortunate that we need security but that is the environment right now.

This isnít a secret organization. It is above board and professional. Our goal is to keep us, our families and immediate community safe. We donít care about statues, looting, protests. We are 100% defensive, pro government, pro freedom, FEMA certified, and pro 2nd amendment. More importantly we are men and women who care enough to put everything on the line.

We donít just bitch on the Internet.

I see it as an opportunity to do something positive and not be helpless.
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Mine would be "Club" for my gigantic penis. You know; ďEcho 51, this is Club. Bring Dirtyleg over to check point Charlie. Over.Ē
I like ďGiant PenisĒ. Gets right to the point. So to speak.
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Except almost everyone is ex military. Or active LEO. ďWell regulatedĒ is a thing. Itís been great for me. Getting fit, losing weight, gaining endurance. Learning survival skills, prepping, improving self defense skills...meeting a great group of people focused on helping each other. An opportunity to serve my community. I believe it is speeding my remission.

Itís unfortunate that we need security but that is the environment right now.

This isnít a secret organization. It is above board and professional. Our goal is to keep us, our families and immediate community safe. We donít care about statues, looting, protests. We are 100% defensive, pro government, pro freedom, FEMA certified, and pro 2nd amendment. More importantly we are men and women who care enough to put everything on the line.

We donít just bitch on the Internet.

I see it as an opportunity to do something positive and not be helpless.
There's plenty here who've already "put everything on the line".
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There's plenty here who've already "put everything on the line".
True. Unfortunately, it's pretty necessary now too.
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More importantly we are men and women who care enough to put everything on the line.

We donít just bitch on the Internet.
Thought I'd mention how many here have already " put everything on the line " due to the braggadocious nature of the above statement.

Maybe he didn't intend it to come off that way.
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Thought I'd mention how many here have already " put everything on the line " due to the braggadocious nature of the above statement.

Maybe he didn't intend it to come off that way.
I can't speak for him, but I have found it pretty frustrating to see how many people actually show up for the good guys. Lots of people condemn what's going on, but very few able-bodied folks are willing to help make it right. I don't think anybody here would discount those who have already put it all on the line, but the job is not yet done.
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Thought I'd mention how many here have already " put everything on the line " due to the braggadocious nature of the above statement.

Maybe he didn't intend it to come off that way.
Of course I didnít mean it that way. If you had any idea what Iíve done both professionally and personally supporting and working with the military, you would know that.

And the fact is if someone served previously, it doesnít mean they donít have a duty now. In fact we need them more than ever. Iím proud of what we are doing and of my responsibilities to my community despite the attempts of some here to denegrate that duty.

Iím part of a large civilian organization that often is called to service by the governor. We do search and rescue, work with FEMA doing disaster aid, etc. everyone is trained in combat medicine (TCCC) and certified as a FEMA first responder. We train in uniform and gear but we donít show up in that fashion. Yet. We use military training but we understand we are not the military.

It is a large, statewide group with elected command structure, intelligence apparatus and significant logistics, communication and equipment including EMT helo.

People think all these groups are toothless rednecks. Believe what you may. Some are exactly that. But there are also very regulated groups, particularly in Texas with high standards, strict background checks (mine lasted three months) and rigorous training. About half of our membership is Special Operations.

We are all praying we donít need to exercise our rights and we have no desire to do so. But we stay in a state of readiness. Iím only two years in so Iím still learning.

Iím not hiding it anymore. Itís time to step up. Even with my challenges, as long as I can contribute, I will.
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strict background checks (mine lasted three months)
With your background and work history I'm not surprised and I don't mean that in a smart ass way.

If you're going to work in the Nuclear Power industry you're subjected to a fairly comprehensive background check - and not just on initial hire either. Every five years they do it again. As bad as it was it's gotten worse since 9/11. We were all kicked out that day and sent home.

My initial took two weeks but I have a documented, solid work history. Yours most likely looked a bit more sketchy on paper; "Well, I played in this bar for two nights, did a gig in that one for a two month run" etc. They don't like that kind of gap in employment. At all.
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All i want to know is, what is the secret handshake?


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I already know the secret handshake.
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With your background and work history I'm not surprised and I don't mean that in a smart ass way.

If you're going to work in the Nuclear Power industry you're subjected to a fairly comprehensive background check - and not just on initial hire either. Every five years they do it again. As bad as it was it's gotten worse since 9/11. We were all kicked out that day and sent home.

My initial took two weeks but I have a documented, solid work history. Yours most likely looked a bit more sketchy on paper; "Well, I played in this bar for two nights, did a gig in that one for a two month run" etc. They don't like that kind of gap in employment. At all.
They do a regular background check, then independent research. Then they do personal interviews and you have to attend a couple month of trainings. I had a security clearance from my work with the Obama admin and a long time CCW.

Being a musician Iím sure didnít help.

I guess they had a huge surge in recruits and work hard to eliminate nut jobs. From what I can see it works. Occasionally we get a nut job, but they are gone fast. For example anyone who is racist, anti gov, extreme in any direction isnít welcome. Zero tolerance for drugs and booze. Not even a beer. They discourage caffeine even because it leads to dehydration although I see lots of energy drinks...
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