Sat quiet, reading, in the cool of the evening.
We have no TV (drool box) and the radio was off as usual, when SWMBO suddenly started as the crack of a .22 shattered the evening stillness.
The dog burrowed beneath the table, ducks flew away, and for a few minutes everything was disturbed with other boat owners looking round for the source.
It struck me how someone carrying out pest control with a non silenced weapon can cause so much disruption and reminded me about a survival skill all should practice, noise discipline.
OK, fast forwarding to a time of conflict or TEOTWAWKI.
Tactically the idiot had just alerted a community that they were there.
A really stupid thing to do.
Would people be scared of a firearm going off during a grid down scenario?
I’ve got two thoughts.
- They should be as a fool demonstrating no noise discipline, is inadequately trained, and may shoot without warning.
- Any firearm or projectile weapon is dangerous in a time of austere medicine.
Often it’s not so much the damage the bullet / projectile can do, more the fibres and contamination it can introduce into the body thus causing infection.
I suppose the next question is what would you do about it?
Your options boil down to only a few choices, none of which are ‘safe’.
- Ignore it and hope it goes away.
Only if a person is openly using a weapon, they may have a good supply of ammunition and if they come across you, what would be their reaction towards you?
- What if they don’t go away?
They may clear your neighbourhood of your furry / feathered food stuff.
Your options (armed or not) is to try to chase them off BUT IN DOING SO, you will become confrontational, thus a threat to them, and worse of all something to shoot at!
- You chase them off.
Chase them off and they now know there are others around and you may be a source of supplies. Your very act of defence of your land making you a target to be explored, possibly eliminated, but definitely exploited.
- You eliminate the threat.
Except if you eliminate one of a group, they may come looking for them.
Once that happens your security and camouflage will be breached, and your safety compromised.
- Invite them to join you.
If it’s just a singleton or a pair, would your supplies stretch?
Are they going to be trustworthy let alone useful?
Would they fit into or comply to your day-to-day operations including hygiene controls.
What if they are the scouts for a much larger group. Could you cope with that and the possibility of that group having a different minded command chain?
What if they are carrying a disease?
Interesting thoughts aren’t they?
And all because some fool didn’t think about noise discipline.