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The Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man

By Bryan Black

Yesterday my good friend Jack from The Survival Podcast asked me if I’d like to come on his show to discuss the Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man. I jumped at the chance and the show we recorded yesterday is now live!

I tried to highlight many of the Skill-Set topics that we frequently discuss here on ITS Tactical and I think they all tied together well. I’d urge everyone here to spend a few minutes to check it out and hear about why we advocate having these skill-sets here on ITS.

Here’s my personal top ten list of tactical skills that everyone should make a part of their lives, specifically for those of us in a preparedness mindset.

  • Self Defense, Combatives and  Situational Awareness
  • Navigation
  • Fitness
  • Lock Picking
  • Medical
  • Driving
  • Knot Tying
  • Digital Competency
  • Home Security/Assessment
  • The Tactical Mindset
Let me know what you think about the show and check out the links below for more information on each of these skill-sets here on ITS. Follow this link to listen directly on TSP or find them on  iTunes!
A huge thank you to Jack for having me on TSP, I really enjoyed the opportunity brother! Be sure to subscribe to TSP and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • MissMecurial

    Out of curiosity, is this part of a series (i.e. skills for the common…medical worker, physically handicapped, etc.) or is the naming simply patriarchally biased?

    Just something you might want to keep in mind, especially given that females are far more at risk than males (statistics on violence, including sexual assault: no matter what their age (statistics on kidnapping; see sections on nonfamily and acquaintance kidnappings:

    • @MissMecurial, the title was my idea, anyone offended by it or seeing it as bias needs to do some inner searching to themselves and an individual because they are trying to see what doesn’t exist.

      Common man means, people and any people for that matter that are not currently involved in LEO and Military type applications of private security activities and if you listened to the show you would know that.

    • Fenix

      Good answer.

    • MScan

      IMHO/to my reading it doesn’t sound like they were offended, more like it’s a gesture that’s appreciated.
      And hey, moar comments = good, amirite XD?

      I’d be interested in an addendum re: physical limitations. Dunno how some of the skills would be changed/different, but that’s why we ask you guys.
      Thanks for the hard work y’all put into this site & podcast.

  • Of course you are more at risk, you are weak, ie. bitching about someone referring to the general public as the “common man.”

    Feminism is so 1960’s…get a life. He said, “Here’s my personal top ten list of tactical skills that everyone should make…” Please take note in “everyone”…also while you are at it, note “personal” also.

    Get your head out of the clouds, and come back down to Earth; understand that you, and all others on this planet fall under the very general category known as the “everyone” or as some people may call it, the public. Stop searching for “special” care simply because you have tits, or because you are LGBT, or whatever it is you may be fighting for.

    Come back when you have something worth saying about an article (on a military oriented site, mind you), as opposed to some nonsense reguarding something that you don’t like on the internet…welcome to the world wide web.

    I’ve got a statistic for you:
    +90% of websites will offend you.

  • You are welcome back any time Bryan, looking forward to seeing you and Kelly on Saturday and fishing with you in Oct. you bring the cigars and I will bring the rum.

  • Do you have any articles/links that you would recommend on installing strike plates or general home security?

  • Finally got around to listening, great show guys. Reminded me of a few things I wanted to continue research on. Now time to finally get a lock pick set 😉

  • Great Job on TSP! I have to spend more time looking over your great blog!

  • Ken

    Okay, so I’m riding around and around on my riding lawn mower listening to the podcast and thought struck me. The elements of skill set and maintaining that skill set came together with something the wife and I do.

    We used geocache. A lot. We have really slowed down our involvement due to the nature of the turn the hobby has taken from being an adventure to more of a social/numbers game. (Though I like the ideas of “challenges.”) We’ve taken up adventure racing and, with it, tossing the GPS and picking up map and compass landnav. (In our first we were the first mixed couple and we’re in our late forties. I think the previous experience geocaching gave us an advantage.) While geocaching develops a skill set of handheld GPS use, computer use, map reading, hiking, puzzle (problem) solving, and more, adventure racing develops a slightly different skillset of physical endurance, map and compass landnav, route planning, canoe/kayak, mountain biking etc.

    It was mentioned in the podcast lockpicking competitions. As a kid I used to drive the crap out of my car doing J-turns, bootleg turns and all sorts of stuff. I still have to qualify yearly with my driving skills and I’ve found that because I drive at very high speeds on a regular basis I’m very comfortable with 120 mph plus.

    Practice makes perfect. As a kid that practice was called play. Hide-n-seek. Wrestling. Etc. Animal cubs “play” at stalking prey.

    All of this was rolling around in my mind while mowing the lawn.

    What other forms of “play” would be helpful for everyday security situations?

    One thought is paintball. I’ve done a little and it certainly teaches you cover. Keep that elbow in! A lot of places don’t have easy, affordable access to ranges where you can run around live firing your defense weapons, but paintball can help with keeping your cover and moving quickly.

    What other forms of “play” would help or augment regular tactical training?

    • Wyrm


      One suggestion would be to add some basic tracking/stalking skills. Learn to read scat and sign at the edge of creeks and rivers. And throw in some archery training and yes, even the lowly sling shot. You can easily bring down small game with one. I used to get rabbit and squirrel for my grandmother as a boy with one and that was one of the old home made ones out of an old bike tube.

  • Jack Daggett

    Skill #11: How to Correctly Grip a AFG in Order to Avoid Looking Like a Berm-Shooting Tool


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