Light is Might in the Fight and that’s Right
Note the light load of this warrior: rifle, bandoleer, magazine bag, boonie hat. Nothing else – no water, no rucksack, not even a watch. You know that if he is caught, it won’t be because he was slowed down by too much extra crap. Compare that with photographs from the current ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Soldiers and Marines are loaded with rifles, a dozen magazines, Camelbaks, armor plates and carriers for same, elbow pads, knee pads, first aid kits, radios, and God only knows what else. All that crap weighs a lot, and it makes a difference.
If a militia warrior trains and equips for guerrilla warfare, he must adhere to a spartan load. Guerrilla warfare requires speed and surprise. Surprise can be had if one knows the enemy’s activities beforehand, which requires intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR in the current parlance). Speed cannot be had if you’re carrying around all the stuff you should have left at base camp.
For most surprise engagements, a rifle with a magazine bag will do just fine. Tomorrow I’ll show you what I call a “speed bag”, which grabs the Minuteman concept (a forerunner of the modern guerrilla) and puts it in some modern equipment.
In the meantime, as a practical exercise, consider what you would carry into combat if you had thirty seconds to get out the door of your house with your rifle and an effective combat load to do battle with an enemy. Write it all down and collect it. Lay it out in front of you and figure out a way to carry it in one simple bag.