"The speed with which tactical forces forget the main lessons from their collected experience, particularly those pertaining to weapons usage, would be difficult to overstate." -- S.L.A. Marshall, Commentary on Infantry Operations and Weapons Usage in Korea, Winter of 1950-51, p. 15
I was invited into a new friend's basement the other day to visit his ammunition hoard. It was impressive by newbie standards: about 2,000 rounds of 7.62x39 for his AK clones, 1,000 rounds or so of 9mm for his pistols; 250 rounds of 12 Gauge 00 buckshot and slugs for his Mossberg 590.
It was all stacked nicely off the floor on shelves, cardboard box after cardboard box. Not a steel ammo can in the place. Nothing in bandoleers and stripper clips. No combat harness, load bearing vest, no means of keeping hios weapon shooting and him in the field if necessary. Nothing.
I gave him a gentle lecture on combat packaging, the probable need to displace to somewhere uncomfortable, and the wisdom of not putting all of his eggs in one basket, i.e. caching techniques.
Long time readers will recall I beat the logisitics drum frequently. Well, it is time to repeat some things. Here are some links:
5 April 2008, Strippers.
12 April 2008, Riflemen.
27 November 2008, Praxis: Small Unit Logistics.
20 December 2008, Praxis: "Packaging is everything."-- Stripper clips, bandoleers, magazines, ammo cans and crates.
I thought I had one on caching, too, but couldn't find it so go here for a copy of TC-31-29/A Special Forces Caching Techniques.
There is some duplication and repetition here. All newbies should read them anyway.