In light of my recent post about being prepared, I want to take the idea of being prepared for unlikely situations and run with it.
Nearly every person focused on being prepared for emergency situations, has acquired gear that can almost always be described as military-like. We get our camo pants and shirts. We get vests as ammo carriers, or more, armor/plate carriers, in military camo patterns. We Cerakote our firearms in the latest and greatest camo patterns. We set up our Bug-Out-Bags (BOBs) in military equipped, camo patterned backpacks. Others get their standard issue 5.11 pants and khaki shirts. We even sometimes drift our wardrobe to emulate this as well.
Guess what peeps, you’re the target the dirtbags are gonna single out. Why? Because you’ve spent the last few months or years telling your community that you’re the dude who’s prepared and ready. And the dirtbags are gonna want your stuff.
This was introduced to me with one simple concept I cannot remember where I first heard. The Gray Man.
What is the Gray Man? Well, he or she is the kind of person NOT bringing attention to themselves. Not making themselves a target. Blending in. The first article I link to below is probably my favorite explanation. If you read nothing else, read that article! Coming to some of these conclusions were actually a little hard for me. A coworker espouses some of these principles quite well, trying to keep a lower profile than I tend to. I’m not sure if he’s embraced this actual concept, or he’s just wise enough to get it. Either way, I still have much to learn.
Now don’t get me wrong, some of this gear is necessary and should be slowly acquired, preferably from Mil-Surplus stores. They can be some of the most affordable places, if you shop, and don’t just grab a huge supply of stuff you’re not looking for today. Self control folks!
However, much of this gear can be picked up to meet the same need, but not make you as much of a target. I’ve found several very well written articles that cover these ideas much better than I can, and there’s no need for me to since they’ve done such a nice job.
- Gray Man Strategies 101: Peeling Away the Thin Veneer of Society
- What is the Gray Man concept and what does it have to do with survival?
- How to Become the Gray Man
- Perfect Gray Man Pack: Tom Bihn Synapse 25
- My Bug Out Bag / Gray Man version
- A good explanation of the Grey Man Theory
There’s plenty of diverse opinions out there on this issue. Honestly, the best learning can and does come from looking at the various opinions. I’ve learned more picking out the little golden nuggets of consistency and allowing myself to understand the differences of opinion. At the end of this post, I’ll embed a pretty good video that I’d vouch for from much of what I’ve learned.