Posted on December 01 2018
Are guys who prepare the same as guys who survive?
Does having solar panels and guns mean your MIND will work properly in the apocalypse?
It’s one of the central questions in our post-apocalyptic novel Black Autumn. Who will lose their shizzle and who will step up?
When Jeff Kirkham and I wrote Black Autumn, we dug into Jeff’s military history (leading hundreds of men in battle) and my experience testing American preppers in ReadyMan Challenges, to explore the question: who will lose it?
The Answer: it wasn’t who we would’ve thought. Watch the videos. I’ll attach them here.
[We put 20 preppers in a 24/7 post-apocalypse conflict scenario for 40 hours. 20 Minute Episodes.]
The Soft-spoken Outdoorsman: he quits. “If the apocalypse is going to be like this, I’d rather die."
The Small Squad Tactics Pro: he goes off on his own and abandons his team.
The 18-year old Awkward Kid: he fights like a boss all day and all night.
The 45-year old Mortgage Professional: the stress makes him go to sleep on the ground in the middle of the missions.
The team that wins had a clear and demanding asshole as a leader (Tye). The team that wins drank a lot of whiskey. The team that wins sucks at gunfighting.
The team that loses made horrible decisions because of infighting and poor confidence. The team that loses stressed out a lot. The team that loses was much better on the gun.
Guys who did more outdoor stuff or prepared more weren’t less likely to fall apart. Physical fitness definitely played a big role in keeping it together, since tired guys fell apart more quickly—or the fat guys just took passes on missions, languishing about trying to catch up on rest.
Chad Wade (Navy SEAL) and I scratched our heads. Nothing went like we thought. We were forced to admit: we couldn’t predict which guys would lose their mental strength and which guys would stay fierce.
According to Jeff Kirkham, “The best way to prepare men for stress is to train, train and train some more. Knowing the mission and rehearsing the mission, as well as using your gun in real-life training scenarios, can harden a man to combat stress. Not much else works.”