Survival Tactical

Team Building for the End of the World


People often think of survival from a lone-wolf perspective. While the old saying of β€œyou travel faster when you travel alone” is true, the idea that you could effectively take on all the threats and complications of industrial collapse in a world without law, alone, is naΓ―ve. Even highly trained military Special Forces soldiers operate in teams. The plain truth of the matter, in terms of your survival, is that you’re better off with a group. Obviously, this requires a great deal of foresight and planning. Functional teams rarely occur by accident.

While group size complicates team-related matters, to function effectively as a team, four key elements must be in place. Leadership, communication, diversity of capabilities, and trust. A person could lose their mind attempting to define each of these elements at length, so we’ve gone to the trouble of dishing out the short and sweet of it.



First and foremost, the burden of leadership is something that must be undertaken with humility and respect. Leaders mold individuals into a team. The best leaders are not always the people who seek to be leaders. Ego, fear, and personal sensitivities must be put aside and sacrifices must be made for the good of the team. There are numerous leadership styles out there, leaders lead differently as a result of personality and situation. But effective leaders possess specific traits that make them ideal candidates to lead. An effective leader:

  1. Leads by example
  2. Listens
  3. Maintains high ethical standards
  4. Is patient
  5. Communicates effectively
  6. Uses power wisely



Whether it’s using hand signals in a dark forest to alert one another of an approaching threat, or sitting down to hash out a dispute over choice of tactics, communication (or lack thereof) makes or breaks a team. Hollywood tends to paint pictures of steely-eyed, quiet men of action who get the job done in tough situations. While there is definitely a time to shut your mouth, and get to work, being able to express yourself and connect with fellow teammates is absolutely vital. Β 


Diversity of Capabilities

Very few people are legitimately good at everything. Strengths and weakness vary, and should be seen as assets on a team. Teams adapt or perish in a true SHTF situation. To be as adaptable as possible, you must know who is good at what, and let them do their thing. The guy on your team who can MacGyver his way out of anything may not be the best long range shot. The best tracker on your team may not be the fastest runner on your squad. Having a team with a diversity of talents and capabilities brings more options to every and any situation. Β 



As the old-timers would say, β€œtrust is always earned, never given.” A team that is going into a survival, SHTF, end-of-the-world scenario, must have trust. If you can’t trust the man next to you in a real fight, how are you going to win that fight? The answer is, that you will not. Developing trust within your team is arguably the most important element of a team. That’s why Fortune 500 companies and wilderness outdoor leadership schools alike spend huge amounts of budget on team building seminars. It’s why the soldiers come back from combat zones and sometimes feel closer to complete strangers they fought with on a battlefield than their own family members. Trust is key.


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  • I just need to know more about guns for deer, elk, grizzly bear and antelope, one caliber for all and the farthest shot for me would be 500 yds, with the exception for grizzly or black bear and 400 on a elk. I’ve use a 270 all my life, but there is one big drawback for me using it for deer, most deer that I have killed was broadside and the bullet would go through both lungs and the deer would run 100 yds easy and I was using the Sierra Pro Hunter 130 gr. well on public land you will lose most deer to other hunters, now on private property never lose a deer, just followed the blood trail 100 yds or so and there they lay. I have love guns from the getgo, after Christmas I would be packing my six gun and would get rid of more caps than my parents bought. Back then there wasn’t no town I could drive to, to get more caps, at that time Christmas most of the country was shut down, not one store was open. Christmas was a special time for everybody. I’ve shot a deer at 150 yds before from a tree with that 270 and within a 100 yds I found him. That was a good day my wife was with me and she started laying down toilet paper on the blood trial. She pass in 2008 from cancer, God only know how much I miss her, please guys don’t take your wife for granite, bring her flowers home next 10 days get a card and tell her how much you love her. Help her with her chores. Let the woman know you love her. Anyway how would you solve my problem? Hunter

    • Neck shot is good but can be tuff . shooting high on shoulder taking out shoulders and the back bone will do the job

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