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The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo Book Review

Remember my book review of Holding Your Ground – Total Defense? Joe Nobody is back with another book – The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo, Defensive Formal Attire. The book is described on the Holding Your Ground site as:

… an instructional guide focused on personal equipment designed for security and defense. The book addresses load bearing equipment, integrated carry systems, advanced BOB options and much more. This is not a book on Self Defense or Weapons, but a guide on how to dress and equip an individual for a defensive role in a post-TEOTWAWKI world.

If you want information about carrying the equipment you’d need during an “event”, this book will serve you well, particularly for those that would be looking at a SHTF bug out situation.
The book contains 86 pages that cover the following:

  1. The Methodology of Preparing Your Defense
  2. Prepper Formal Attire
  3. Prepper MOLLE (1st Line Gear)
  4. Training with MOLLE
  5. MOLLE and Camouflage
  6. Weapons Maintenance Kit
  7. The Defensive Medical Kit
  8. Head Case
  9. Other Body Parts
  10. Losing Weight
  11. Weapons

Joe Nobody is practical, and tries not to present everything from a military perspective, but from a prepper perspective. He writes:

The military is NOT the best at everything, including gear. I can use the example of backpacks. The regular issue military pack is not nearly as comfortable as a custom fit pack from a quality hiking supplier.

This is a similar line of thinking to my old Army Navy Surplus – Lots of Crapola? post. While Joe Nobody does rely a lot on military protocol and equipment, he isn’t regurgitating what you find in military field manuals. His information is much easier to absorb. For example, as he describes the equipment “train” analogy, he writes:

Preppers don’t have to worry about the same “load” as a soldier. They, for example, often carry belted ammunition, grenades, radios and other heavy gear that the typical prepper might like to have, but normally would not tote around. While there may be differences in equipment, the need to have a flexible, configurable, integrated system to carry equipment is the same.
Like a train, soldiers compartmentalize their equipment into various “freight cars”, often referred to as “lines” of a gear. Each line is removable, yet connects with others so as to remain stable while moving or running.

While Joe Nobody doesn’t describe himself or his experience, reading his books will leave you with the impression that he does, in fact, know what he’s talking about.
A considerable part of the book is dedicated to describing the military’s Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, MOLLE (pronounced Molly). This is both an advantage and a disadvantage to the book. The advantage is that you get very in-depth information on how a MOLLE system works, and it’s gear you can readily purchase. After reading the book you’ll be convinced (if you’re not already) that MOLLE is the best load carrying, mission based system out there. The disadvantage to so much MOLLE attention is that there’s less information covering other types of load carrying equipment. Even still, Joe’s description of MOLLE provides a framework for conceptualizing what equipment you should carry – and how. I learned ways to carry my hunting gear differently.
You can buy the book here.
Have you thought about how you’ll carry equipment, and keep it readily accessible, if faced with a bug out scenario?
– Ranger Man

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