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Discussion On Wild Bunch Dispatch Issue #48 Starts HERE At 6pm Mountain Time!

February 3, 2021 51 Comments

The Q&A portion of the Wild Bunch Dispatch will be held on this page from 6pm to 7:30pm (Mountain Time) today.  Any questions you might have on the 48th issue please post here and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.  Some ground rules:

1)  Please stick to the subject matter of the newsletter.

2)  This is not a debate forum.  If you have some concerns I’m happy to address them, but I can’t get into a long circular debate while other people have questions.

3)  If I do not respond to your question immediately, don’t freak out.  I’ll get to it, don’t worry.

4)  Try to keep to one or two questions each time you write a post.  Please refrain from essay-long multi-question posts.  It is much appreciated. 

I will begin discussion at exactly 6pm Mountain time.  Looking forward to your questions and thoughts on the Wild Bunch Issue #48.  The next issue of the newsletter will be released on February 12th.  If you missed out on this discussion you can still subscribe for the next issue and participate.  For more information on how to subscribe, visit the link HERE.


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  • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Discussion on Issue #48 is now open.

  • kevin peoples February 3, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Been following your work for a long time, finally subscribed. Can you recommend a good source for learning tactics? Thanks.

    • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      There are some really good channels on youtube discussing tactics, 1 man clearing, team clearing, etc.

      • kevin peoples February 3, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        I really like the 1 man clearing vids, makes a lot of sense vs. dynamic entry of a team

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm

          My strategy is: Room clearing only if there are potential innocent bystanders that need to be saved. If not and the building is full of bad guys, light it up from the outside. No point in taking risks with dynamic entry when most buildings are made out of cardboard and bullets pass right through. Maybe once the place has been thoroughly swiss cheesed it is advisable to go clear.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      It depends on what kind of tactics you are referring to. Small unit tactics? Large scale tactics? Guerilla tactics? My recommendations would differ according to what you were looking for.

      • kevin peoples February 3, 2021 at 6:35 pm

        Guerilla tactics I guess. Also, do you think army field manuals (3-90, 3-90-1, 3-90-2) are applicable?

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:46 pm

          Okay, that changes things. I would look into H.J. Pool’s books on asymmetric warfare. Then study everything you can about the Winter War between the Finnish and the Soviets and how they brought the massive soviet army to a standstill. Then study every book you can find on sniper tactics. Then learn how standard military forces function and operate; I recommend a book called ‘Command Legacy’ by Lt. Col. Raymond A. Millen. Army field manuals are okay for the basics, but the copies that are released to the public tend to be older and outdated.

          • kevin February 3, 2021 at 6:54 pm

            Thanks Brandon, I will definitely check those out.

          • wwes February 4, 2021 at 7:58 am

            I realize that discussion is closed, but if this still posts, Brushbeater training offers some really good classes that help build small unit skills. I have taken his scout class and highly recommend it. His website is:


    • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:26 pm
  • Byron February 3, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    What do you recommend for hearing protection when firing a rifle?

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      I use Walker electronic ear protection. They allow you to hear normal sounds while cancelling out the gunshots.

      • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:27 pm

        They can even make your hearing better for quiet sounds. 🙂

  • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    @Brandon – I know this isn’t exactly the topic – we are trying to move, what do you think of North/South Carolina vs the American Redoubt as places to move?

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      North Carolina seems solid to me. The east end is very rural with mountains and forests, and there are tons of preppers in Tennessee, which is right next door. The redoubt is amazing if you are a prepper, as long as it’s practical for you to move hear. If money is tight and you are on the East coast, I would stick to the North Carolina area.

      • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        Thanks Brandon. We are in California. Redoubt is a bit cold for us (health) and the Carolinas offer some really good farm land and temperate weather. We just don’t want to get stuck isolated from the Redoubt if things heat up.

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

          If I had to be on the East coast, that area is probably where I would live. Hopefully conservatives will hold most of the south across to Texas. The Redoubt will probably be isolated at first because of New Mexico, Colorado, etc. It’s hard to say at this point how things will develop.

          • wwes February 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

            North Carolina is overall very conservative outside of the bigger cities.

      • tank-foo February 3, 2021 at 6:34 pm

        Did you mean the West end “is very rural with mountains and forests”?

  • helot February 3, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    From best case scenario to worst case scenario, do you see the recent CDC bit about public transportation mask requirements (complete with enforcement by Jack Boot TSA types?) being a turning point, or a defining moment more than others in time?
    Seems like it’s the in-your-face “Papers Please” at the train station beyond what O.W.I. checkpoints are already.
    In a worst case, will American or other liberty lovers be reduced to living in a van down by the river if not enough people resist, or is that too high of an expectation, and mimicking a homeless, gunpowderless rag walking is the realistic optimistic picture?
    Is an imagine of what a person does not want, a good motivator to be active to avoid it, or is that bad visualization a setup for failure? I.e. see yourself succeeding, not failing, & you will.
    Myself, I’m encouraged by the local bartender who tells me everyone is telling her they are ready to fight. I need to see what she has seen.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      I think it’s a test to see how much they can use the TSA outside of airports and train stations, and of course it’s a test for enforcing mandates at a federal level, which they have been afraid to try so far. They want the same controls that are being used in Europe, but they know if they do it they will start a large scale war.

      I can say without a doubt there are millions of liberty activists that are ready to fight. This is why they have been unable to pursue gun grabbing legislation and it’s the reason why they are rushing the vaccination rollout. They are meeting too much resistance, I think. Take it from a guy that’s been working at the center of the movement for 15 years: You are not alone.

      • dipfrap February 3, 2021 at 6:57 pm

        Very encouraging. Months ago I wargamed a Biden win vs a Trump win from the perspective of the elite. The Trump win is their preferred because it is more certain in that they would know they can handle the left rioting ineffectively. But a Biden win means something went wrong in their plans and they need to blitz conservatives and get this war started and ended quickly before conservatives can organize. Looks like their plans are not on their timeline anymore.

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:13 pm

          That is also exactly my analysis of the situation. I think something went VERY wrong; I think the pandemic was supposed to kill FAR more people and it failed. There is mass resistance to the vaccine rollout as well. And, I think they thought that conservatives under Trump would support martial law in the face of the BLM riots; we did not. So, they needed to rush Biden in and start labeling all of us “domestic terrorists”. They might be hoping they can pick us off one at a time, which is why we need to organize FAST.

          • Soldier February 4, 2021 at 4:14 pm

            If I recall from this summer, I think trump offered to send a buch of federal troops to portland, for example (more than actually there) and it was the leftist mayor that refused. Also all the rioting was in blue areas. The few times antifa went to a small town red area, they were met by hundreds and thousands of armed patriots ready to go.

      • kevin February 3, 2021 at 6:57 pm

        Do you think they will actually pass HR127, or Sino Joe’s plan?

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:16 pm

          I think if they don’t Biden will still pass an executive order for Red Flag gun laws, but good luck actually enforcing them. After the first couple of prominent cases of people having their guns wrongfully confiscated, people will start fighting back and it will not go well for any agency trying to implement Biden’s plans.

  • Greg B. February 3, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Army and police training videos and manuals might be a good starting point if you’re interested in learning groups tactics, though some of the older stuff might be a bit outdated.

    • kevin peoples February 3, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks, I also have books on small unit tactics by Paul LeFavor, and Max Velocity Tactical. Although I have had extensive weapons training, I was never military/LE so I don’t want to learn the wrong thing.

      • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:07 pm

        I’ve found Velocity’s books to be rather terrible, to be honest. They are such a jumbled mess it can be confusing for many. Not to mention a few years back he pumped out a host of lies about my thermal evasion suit designs because they directly competed with some cheap tarp he was duping his followers into buying for hundreds of dollars. That said, the best way to learn small unit tactics is just to practice them with your group in a secluded area. You don’t even really need rifles to do it, though eventually, once everyone can be safe I suggest you do some live fire runs.

        • kevin February 3, 2021 at 7:11 pm

          And that sir, is why I asked before wasting time, unfortunately the money is already wasted.

  • helot February 3, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    I read someone, I think it was on your threads recently, saying they were too old to do anything other than stock up on food and wait it out. I wonder, is sponsoring a younger person a possibility for them? Either by donating their time & experience, or by offering gear & equipment in exchange… for what? I don’t know. Just something I thought about after reading the comment. Or, is that too risky to try?

    • dipfrap February 3, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      @helot that is where we are. We won’t fight unless our backs are to the wall but we have gear to be given to the right youngin’.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:39 pm

      I’ve found that almost everyone has something to contribute, including knowledge. Not everyone is going to march out with a rifle, but for every man that does, there needs to be several people behind him helping with various things from information and intel to logistics and even plain good advice.

  • GuyFromWest February 3, 2021 at 6:47 pm


    I’m still in the process of trying to establish a preparedness group (the lockdowns are making it quite challenging, and of course they were supposed to ease but got extended, shocker). Is the intent for a minutemen group to be a spin-off or subgroup of the preparedness group, or would it be best to keep separate. I understand they are different sizes and the preparedness groups you’ve led have been open to the public but I suspect this one is different? Thanks.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      Yes. The minuteman group is a select group of the most capable people within a militia. They are akin to “special operations”, and must be physically capable. The regular militia was used for community defense while the minutemen would actually press offense. I think “tryouts” or physical testing standards for minuteman units should be open to anyone in the community that wants to make the attempt, but their operations are going to be insulated from the rest of the militia or community defense groups. Minutemen and militia work together to a point, but the minutemen ultimately set their own missions.

      • GuyFromWest February 3, 2021 at 7:11 pm

        Ok so just to be clear, the minutemen is a specialized group within the militia, which is separate from the preparedness group? Man I feel behind and ill prepared. I’m going to need to pick things up here quick I think.

        • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:43 pm

          Traditionally, the minutemen were separate from the militia with a separate command structure, but they worked WITH the militia at times to get things done. The way things are today, I think the minutemen would have to be part of the same command structure as the militia, while maintaining some ability to make their own decisions in the field. Much like a sniper unit is part of a larger platoon or battalion, but once they are out there they are pretty much in charge of their own operation.

  • Greg B. February 3, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve heard recently from posts on SM that some ex-CIA agents are planning to use counterinsurgency tactics developed from Afghanistan and Pakistan to prevent anymore incidents like the Capitol Hill riot. Any thoughts on this?

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

      Well, their tactics have been a complete failure in Afghanistan, so one can only hope they try to do the same thing here. Also, the Capitol Hill event was nothing more than a protest that got out of hand. I think it’s interesting that such a small thing scares the establishment so much. Those people weren’t even armed…

  • Packma February 3, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Do you agree that the security measures/fencing at the Capitol will remain indefinitely? Symbolic, wouldn’t you say?

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Probably. The thing is, the Capitol Building is irrelevant in terms of strategic importance for the liberty movement. Nobody really wants it anyway because there’s nothing to gain by it. I never understood the whole “march on Washington” concept. I realize people want to vent their anger, but it seems like a big distraction. Why not (hypothetically) cut off DC from the rest of the world and let them rot there while conservatives and liberty people run their own affairs?

  • Black Cat February 3, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    We have been talking/thinking a lot about a tiered structure within our “Organization “ those of full commitment, followed by active regular participants and then the open community group projects, e.g. community gardens, elderly persons outreach, etc.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      Yes, structure helps and so does dividing up responsibilities according to merits and abilities, just be sure you don’t alienate people by making one tier far more important than the others. If people feel like you are becoming a tin pot dictator (even if that’s not your intent) then they may turn on you or quit. A way to avoid this might be a council, with leaders representing each group working together and coordinating with each other.

      • Black Cat February 3, 2021 at 7:43 pm

        That’s exactly what we have created an initial council but not an exclusion of those interested in being committed that have not yet been involved at that level,
        Thanks for your input

  • Black Cat February 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    In an expression of honesty and humility I am struggling with the very real knowing that I need to get back into better shape and train more, that everything in me tells me I need to commit everything to the intention of absolute liberty with the dichotomy of my everyday responsibilities of business owner, provider, husband and father. I’m doing my best and know you all are too. Keep at it brothers and sisters.

    • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      I’m a part of that club too. Staying in shape as I get older is getting harder. Luckily in Montana there’s lots of space to burn calories.

  • Brandon Smith February 3, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Discussion is now closed on Issue #48. Thanks to all those subscribers who participated. If you missed out on this issue or would like to subscribe to The Wild Bunch Dispatch to receive future issues, visit the subscription page HERE:

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  • californiawoman February 4, 2021 at 6:00 am

    This discussion would have been so far fetched to me a year ago. Now it looks like you are a psychic, Brandon. The federal government is setting up a massive vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum close to me in California. Perhaps a future FEMA Camp?

  • dipfrap February 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    It cannot be underestimated how many lives Brandon has probably saved in waking people up and getting them prepared.

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