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Learn Exactly What You Need to Know about Independence Day

I though about taking the day off from posting for the holiday, but in the end, I thought that maybe I should forget about the 4th of July fireworks and give the history and the truth about our Independence Day.  I don’t know of a public school that has taught it quite like this.

4th of July Declaration of Independence, Text, Definition, Meaning: Cookouts and MeatThe Basics: Understanding Why the Fourth of July is Important

The basic knowledge (I didn’t say correct) of the 4th of July is that we declared the revolution against the British.  We declared our independence on a piece of parchment and got some signatures.  Everyone celebrated and the Liberty Bell got a crack from getting hit so hard.

4th of July Declaration of Independence, Text, Definition, Meaning: Son's of LibertyThe Men or The Signers of the Declaration of Independence were Felons!

Our patriotic founding fathers that held strong against the King of Britain were not the stand-up guys that we claim that they are… at least from a law standpoint.  They were considered felon’s by the prevailing law at that time.  They were courageous, God-fearing, and fed up! 

The Founding Fathers knew that Government was our Biggest Threat

They hated government, made a document against the old one, and made a hand-written straight jacket (constitution) to run the new one, because they knew that, even though government is necessary to protect their rights, that same domestic state was the biggest threat to citizens liberties!  Not only that, but the Constitution wasn’t  approved without the demand of the Bill of Rights to be added.  They put in place for the people the rights necessary to protect their freedoms from federal infringement.

 

4th of July Declaration of Independence, Text, Definition, Meaning: Revolutionary War for IndependenceThe War for Independence Was Declared, Why was the Revolutionary War Fought, When was the Revolutionary War

Those “traitors” in April of 1775 declared war against Great Britain.  Early on there was a very impressive turnout for the war, but once people started realizing how long it would actually take, the volunteers started waning off and by late 1776, the colonies had to start cash incentives.  They even ended up drafting in 1778.  The war wasn’t just an overwhelming amount of American’s solidly against the British and that was that.  An estimated 15-20% of American Loyalists supported the crown, many of which fought on the side of red.  Not only that, but Natives were also in the war.  Some against the Brits, and some for them.  Those that sided with the Kingdom, pretty much lost their land in the Peace of Paris Treaty, and those on the side of the traitors fared a little better for a little while, but ultimately lost theirs also.  The native “redcoats” really only fought with the Brits because they thought they could save their land.  By a gutsy move in 1781, the war was basically ended, but not officially till 1783 when the peace treaty was signed.

4th of July Declaration of Independence, Text, Definition, Meaning: liberty bellWhy is and How Did The Liberty Bell Crack, Where is The Liberty Bell Located

There is belief that the liberty bell (now located at 525 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106) was NOT broken by a celebration on July 4th, 1777.  It had been improperly cast and had this defect break and get recast and broken several times.  It is believed that the bell was intact through the war and was probably not rang on the 4th, but may have been rang with the rest of the city’s other bells when the Declaration of Independence was read aloud.

Paul Revere wasn’t a Solo Rider

Paul Revere wasn’t a solo rider, but was part of a well thought out early warning system.  The system was lantern based.  Revere was caught off-guard, yet he did make it to Samuel Adams and John Hancock to warn them that they would probably be arrested with a fellow rider, William Dawes.

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Author of and Who Signed The DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (DOI)

Although this is the main purpose for the 4th of July, I wanted to wait unlil last to tackle the story.  Like I said earlier, the basic knowledge that the DOI was signed on the 4th, is a little bit of another error in common historic teaching.  The first draft of the DOI was written by Thomas Jefferson.  Congress actually declared our independence on July 2nd, 1776.  By this time the DOI was still a draft only signed by the Congressional Leader John Hancock, and Secretary of Congress, Charles Thompson.  John Adams even wrote to his wife Abigail that he predicted that July 2nd would be a holiday.  It was read aloud in the city on July 8th.  The DOI was finally signed August 2, 1776 and was delivered to Great Britain that following November.

Why was July 4th Chosen for the Declaration of Independence?

So why the 4th?  That was when congress stopped hashing out the draft that was submitted on the 2nd.  They all finally agreed to the wording.  That is the date that was attached to the newest revision that was signed in August.  And did you know it wasn’t even recognized as a national holiday until 1870… almost a century later?

The Founding Fathers were Traitors, and That is Awesome

All of these dates and such are just for accuracy, but the truth of the story is that a bunch of guys that were ticked off at a government that was consistently removing their rights as men.  These men declared war against a tyrannical monarchy, and their independence from the same.  They gave us, in writing, all of our rights that serve to protect us from tyranny.

So when you celebrate this 4th, remember that you are celebrating a bunch of traitors that was sick of living in tyranny and decided to fight the governing body of the time.  Then they created another government, but one that was supposed to have their hands bound too tight to infringe on our rights…

You Can Be a Sentinel, You Can Stand Up for Your Rights

Even though not everyone can be a warrior, everyone can keep watch.  You can all be a watchman and flag it when something doesn’t add up.  You can stand up for your rights and the rights of others, by being apathetic to the tyrant, and just do what you feel you need to do.  Don’t be apathetic in a way to justify ignorance, be apathetic in a way that justifies your ability to do what is right for you and your family.

I go more in-depth in my podcast: The Prepper Podcast Episode 037Author of, Who Signed, and Why Declaration of Independence Important

We can learn a thing or two from the “Sons of Liberty.”  Here are a couple Youtube videos that I showed my children when teaching them about the DOI:

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenence. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenence. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

Dry-Fire Firearm Training

You Will Default To Your Lowest Form of Proficient Training

There are many different scenarios that you can train for.  Most of them are going to be under stress, and you will only default to your lowest point of proficient training.  This means you may be good at something, but you will not default to that training unless it is engrained into your body memory.

That is why we should also train by repetition and under stress.  Our bodies learn what to do in stressful scenarios, by practicing in stressful scenarios.

Flaws of Training at a Range for Stressful Situations

You can go to the range and put l`ead downrange which is good for your general accuracy, but there are problems with this training:

  • It is expensive. You are just shooting your money downrange with each bullet when they can cost $.50 up to $1.00 per round based on what you are practicing on.
  • You are not learning the GROSS motor skills necessary to be mastered in a fight.
  • You have to take lots of time out of your day to throw on your tactical pants and go to the range, which may even have a fee of its own.

 

Train Better, Train Cheaper

You CAN train better and cheaper than this.  I will give you just a few ways to train.  I would recommend that you get a specific training firearm (Like the SIRT gun) or snapcaps or airsoft, so you don’t accidentally put a live round in your firearm during practice.

9mm Snap Caps

40 S&W Snap Caps

45 ACP Snap Caps

If you have a modern semi-automatic firearm, you can typically dry-fire it, unless it is a rim-fire.  The reason is that the firing pin doesn’t hit the chamber when striking.

If you WILL be using your main firearm for training, I would go as far as to field strip it down to bare bones so you know for a fact that it is empty.  Then take all of your ammo and remove it from the room(s) you will be training in.  Next, put it back together, knowing that it is empty.  Now use OBVIOUS snap caps in you firearm.  Even still, I don’t recommend this crap.  You can call me a wuss, but I call it NOT GETTING SHOT!

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill

 #1: The Lunge and Shoot

dry fire pistol

  1. Set up a target 2-8” about 10-20 feet away.
  2. Standing, draw you weapon and engage the target
  3. While your sights are still on the target, do some lunges, but letting your rear knee touch the ground. Here, you want to engage the target throughout the lunge.
  4. As you are stepping into the lunge
  5. As you are halfway between going to the ground
  6. Once your rear knee is on the ground
  7. As you are halfway coming back up to standing
  8. And finally when you are standing up at the end.
  9. KEEP YOUR SIGHTS ON THE TARGET THROUGH THE MOTIONS!
  10. Next reverse and do a lunge on the other side. And continue alternating.

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill #2: Situational Awareness and Immediate Response

  1. Create some targets that you will notice throughout your home.
  2. Place them throughout your home. You will get much more out of this exercise if you have someone else put them up, but you can do it.
  3. When you see the target, react, draw, and engage.
  4. The awesome thing about this is that you can do this with just your pointing finger, and still get some training value.

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill #3: Shifting Your Focus between Target and Front Site

  1. If I have a firearm, I will hold it in front of me, pointing at a target or object
  2. Then I focus on the front site until the picture is clear
  3. Next, I shift my focus to the object until it is clear
  4. I go back and forth between the two to train my brain for faster focal shifting
  5. You can do the same thing anywhere you are by having an object close and one further away that you can shift between.
  6. In your car, you can place something that looks similar to a sight picture on your dash and go between road and item. This is for if you are stopped at a light or something.  You can also just use a speck on your windshield for the exercise. (This can also improve your driving abilities!!!)

More Dry-Fire Training Scenarios

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These are some of the common ones that I like, but there are a lot more that you can do.  You can learn a lot more by using the NTOA (National Tactical Officer’s Association) Recommended Dry Fire Training Cards.

Put these Items to use, and be leaps and bounds above others in your shooting prowess.  You don’t have to always work on these.  Just a few minutes a week will improve your skills.

Do You Have Any Other Dry-Fire Drills That You like to Train With?

Share Your Tips Below…

52 Cards, 52 Unique Dry Fire Training Drills to increase your training and preparedness

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenence. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenence. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

Build an Easy Poncho Raft for Crossing Rivers

Crossing Rivers and Streams with Equipment

If you find yourself crossing large rivers or streams, like I wrote about, you may find it difficult to carry your equipment.  You can safely float your equipment across slow-moving streams and rivers if you use a Brush Raft!

If you make it correctly, the Poncho and Brush Raft will be able to support about 230 pounds of stuff on it.  That means that this could actually help YOU float across the river!

 bush raft

Equipment Needed to Construct a Brush Raft

All you need is 2 ponchos, fresh green brush, two small saplings and rope (or vine) to build an awesome raft.  Simply do the following:

How to Make a Brush Raft for Equipment Transport

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Tuck the Poncho Hoods into the Poncho

Do this on the inner side, so it is not showing and tie the drawstrings tightly, so there is very little chance of water getting through.

Use Rope or Vine to Tie Corners

Next, you will grab some rope or vine and tie it to all four corners of the ponchos (and the four sides if the poncho has grommets for it).  Leave it hanging loose and long enough to reach the other side/corner.

Place a Poncho on the Ground.  Fill it with Brush.

Place one poncho on the ground, with the inside facing up.  Pile about 18 inches of brush on top of it.  Pull the hood drawstring up through the center of the brush.

Build a Frame for Ridgidity

Make an X out of the saplings, place on top of the brush, tie into place with the drawstrings.  This is called an x-frame.

Add More Brush

Add another 18 inches of brush on top of the frame and compress it a little.

Tie Off the Corners and Make a Bundle

Pull the poncho sides up around the brush and tie them off, do so with the corners diagonally as well now.

 

Lay Out and Tie Second Poncho around the Bundle You Just Made

Next spread the second poncho on the ground (inside up like the first) next to the bundle you made.

Roll the bundle into the center with the tied side down.  Tie up the second poncho the same way you did the first.

Float the River

Float the Raft with the tied side of the second poncho facing up.

This isn’t the most “water-proof” raft, but it can hold a lot of weight.  Try it and see how simple and useful this can be when crossing a large river.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenence. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast