posted by Stal on 2009.10.20, under Stal

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Urban Survival School

posted by Stal on 2009.07.20, under Stal

Feeling uneasy in an age of economic turmoil? Want to prepare for the coming zombie invasion? Ponzi scheme has unraveled and you need to evade the Feds? Kevin Reeve, a professional scout and tracker, runs OnPoint Tactical, the only school in the nation that teaches urban tactical skills. Though takers had been few and far between, in recent months interest in the program has surged. For $550, you can sign up for an escape-and-evade class, which will teach you useful things as follows:

Among the lessons we’ve learned are how to break through zip ties and telephone cords (the most common materials used as binding by kidnappers), smash a car window without making a sound, pick tumbler- and padlocks, puncture the tires of a pursuit vehicle with homemade caltrops, call for help using a ham radio, kill an attack dog—and, of course, how to escape from handcuffs.

For some hands-on practical training, you are then dropped off and told to evade 12 professionally trained trackers while staying in a 25-block area for eight hours.

At the end of the final day, after my cohorts and I had successfully evaded Reeve’s trackers, we convened at a Chili’s Bar & Grill and swapped stories with the other students. None of them had been “caught,” either, but many of them had been spotted by Reeve and his trackers and had run for it. Some went deep into disguise; the most shocking of all was Kyle cutting off at least 24 inches of dreads for the exercise.

Survival School [Slate]