Hello et al, I see this book (Patriots by James Rawles) mentioned often enough in these forums and people often say that it is not only a great read, but is full of useful information. Now I personally read it, and I liked it fair enough (although I felt that "One Second After" was far more realistic and well-written - but that's another topic) but I have some serious concerns that I feel that I should point out so that everyones life will be better off should the SHTF. This was a good book, a fun read, and I'm sure there are some lessons that can be learned and tips that can be taken from it. One that should NOT be taken is the idea that once SHTF it is the duty of individuals and groups to police the world. Disasters are not God's way of telling you to correct thy neighbor, or to setup the world in your image. The best example I have from this book, that I fear people who read these books and try to emulate them without thinking about what they're doing, is how the North West Militia guys setup their road ambush in front of their cabin, the one with the foxholes and whatnot. Now I'm all for defending your home and land. I'm all for open carry. I'm all for leading by example. I am NOT for criminal actions done with good intentions. Should SHTF, do not start looking for trouble, and do not setup roadblocks on public roads (unless necessary for defense) and start jumping out to search random passersby. If people are armed, and they might be, and you jump out at them, their first reaction wil be that YOU are a bad guy who is attacking. They will shoot you in self defense, and you will shoot back in self defense - and you'll both be right, but whomever setup the ambush will be in the wrong. Really think about it. If you are walking down the road minding your own business, trying to get to safety with your family, you've been through a disaster, seen the riots, mobs of lefties fighting over the last can of tuna fish at Walmart. Now then a bunch of guys jump out from ditches and trees and point guns at you and start yelling - would you consider this conducive to your health, would you tink that these people are trying to help you? No, you'd probably think that they are bandits trying to kill you and steal your food/guns/daughters. You'd definitely not drop your gun, since they'd kill you if they were bandits, and you'd try to defend yourself and your family. They, would see you raise your gun, see you as a threat, and fire. Great. Or in the surprise, a person walking down the road is twitchy, tired - potentially armed and at the ready, you jump out and surprise him - a shot gets popped off by accident - firefight. Nobody will know that you mean them no harm and are acting for your own safety, your actions will seem hostile (because they are), and after what they have been through they will not see you in a calm and friendly way. This is bad because you'll probably end up killing lots of innocent people who mean you no harm. Chances are you'll suffer casualties, which defeats the purpose of survival. Defense is not offense. Don't confuse the two. Aside from that it's also a bad idea to do the "patrols" generally because honestly in SHTF don't be a hero, don't go looking for trouble. you don't need to police your neighborhood as others might also - and that's just gang warfare. walking round with guns and looking for people or stopping people without reason is really looking for trouble. don't do it. Same thing with storing dynamite in your basement. I'm all for firearms ownership and far be it for me to tell people what to buy. But it's more likely to hurt you than come in useful. My biggest point is this: folks books and movies are good fun, and we can learn alot form them but these are meant for "entertainment". please do not follow them as a guide for actual life as it will just cause problems for everyone. be smart and use your head, don't ust try to be a character from a book. They're not real. Be smart and don't let hollywood glory rule your mind - cause it won't work out well. Don't be a criminal.