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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478106697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478106692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Website: maxvelocitytactical.com Blog: maxvelocitytactical.com\blog The author is a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces, mainly with the Parachute Regiment which is Britain’s elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. The author served on six operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment. In explaining what the Parachute Regiment is, it is easiest to compare it in role to the 75th Ranger Regiment, although it is of course its own unique and elite force.He retired from the British Army in 2003. Following retirement, the author spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This included working on contract for the US Government in Iraq, a year of which was based out of Fallujah, the rest variously based out of Baghdad and country-wide, and also two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province and Kabul, Afghanistan. These roles were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. The author then joined the U.S. Army and trained as a Combat Medic and Civil Affairs Specialist, he is a U.S. Citizen and lives in the United States. The author is a family man with a strong interest in prepping. This comes from a desire to prepare for the worst while living to the best in our current society. This book springs from the author’s ruminations on the need to keep his own family safe and survive any coming apocalyptic event, and a desire to share this knowledge with other law abiding folk. The intent is not at all to train you as a special ops team; much of the manual is written with the presence of young kids in mind. However, as the manual progresses it will give you the skills to train and operate a tactical team that will be able to conduct necessary operations beyond the family sphere.

Customer Reviews

If you take one thing away from each book you read, then you'll be doing good.
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Unlike most large tomes full of information though, this book is written in an easy to understand, matter of fact way, that will appeal to both novices and experts.
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Overall this book is a solid, informative, and enjoyable book that covers a lot of ground.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By doc on December 24, 2012
Ive been buying a lot of books of late, trying to pepare for future possible hard times. (full blown $$ depression). A couple of them I had to stop reading. (scary as hell or aimed at some sort milita group.) This isnt one of them. Ive found that you have to pick through all "how to books" and take what you need and leave the rest.It all depends on your goal and situation. Military knowledge helps a great deal as to survival and self defense. My goal is to protect the life of my family from possible roving bands of area meth heads and gangs of government dependents when their checks stop comming. Having no military experience plus being old and tired, I need all the help I can get. I got a lot from this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GM2011 on March 27, 2013
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The author, 'Max Velocity', manages to cram as much information as possible in this book! Superb!
-At first it seems as though the book is not organized. It is concept, then some stories/application, then specifics, then more application (and then onto the next subject). After the first few chapters you realize that it is organized pretty well
- I dont really like kindle version table graphics. Especially not on an iphone. They pretty much all suck. If the graphic or table isnt small enough to fit onto a iphone screen, dont include it in the kindle version book. (My only complaint)

-This book was focused more for preppers, while the other book about high velocity or whatever is for small unit team tactics... high risk civilian contractors, or other folks. Contact has plenty of the team tactics to satisfy any civilian (or militia, for that matter)

- This book has a prominent place in my survival library due to the fact that it incorporates team level tactics and skill. It's not the lone ranger protecting his family... Nor is it advocating chain link fence around your house to block RPGs... (shout out to JWR). If you have a group of like minded individuals - strong friends/survival group - then use this book to work together as a team.

- I also have read the book 'Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises' by Max Velocity. It was an excellent novel that uses the tactics and ideas put forth in 'Contact'. I would highly recommend reading this book first to get some of the vocabulary (jargon) and graphical representations of teams in your head. Then read 'Patriot Dawn' to really enjoy the story and learn some plausible applications.

Overall this book is a solid, informative, and enjoyable book that covers a lot of ground.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 173d Viet Vet on December 8, 2012
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This book is an excellent summary for non military types that explains military tactics and considerations that one needs to apply to the terrain that you are "stuck" with. As an Army Ranger and Paratrooper with Vietnam combat time, I would recommend this book for all who are wanting to learn tactical and defensive techniques from a simple to understand book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2013
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Like the author I too am former Brit Mil (Scalley-Back P/Coy and All Arms Cdo) and now a US citizen, and like the author have spent time in the sandbox (2004-2005 and 2008-2009) as a Tactical Paramedic on a PSD team driving Routes Tampa, Irish, Mobile, Michigan.
I purchased the book as a refresher both for fading mil skills and civvy fubar knowledge. The book is definitely worth the price, written for the average joe schmo with little or no knowledge and modicum of sense. So a bit of advice to the reader, don't try and learn it all at once, break it into training blocks, learn the basics first and learn them well, then add to those skills by learning the more advanced portions of the book and don't forget, practice practice practice.
Definitely a must have when the SHTF book, but don't wait to everything goes FUBAR, start asap...
Kudo's to the author, and a question for him..
Which Para Regt? and when, my uncle was a RSM in 1 Para circa 'Bloody Sunday', I was in 74-87
Doc Out:
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A. Davie on January 9, 2013
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If you are looking for a book on squad vs. squad-based combat tactics utilizing modern military equipment, up to and including Humvees and grenade launchers, look no further. Whether you would be in a post-collapse scenario with such advanced equipment and infrastructure is unlikely, but your mileage may vary.

My main criticism with this book may seem nitpicky to some; but bear in mind, a book's purpose is to communicate information. In that sense, this book struggles.

Jargon - Mr. Velocity tends to use the most military-sounding phrase he can come up with. "Victim Operated Improvised Explosive Device (VOIED)" instead of "suicide bomb" and "kinetic response" instead of "shoot", for example. No, I am NOT making this up! Yes, I know he is ex-military, and in order to get that point across to us, he has to stay in character. But if you are writing a book, you need to consider your audience, and he explicitly states the book is not for "hostile environment security operators". So keep it in English, please!

Excessive verbosity - You can count on a paragraph when a sentence would do just fine.

Preaching to the choir - Yes, we get it, Democrats are evil and liberals are destroying the country!

MUAFNGR - Making up acronyms for no good reason. Coining an acronym, using it once in the same paragraph, then never seeing it again makes no sense. MUAFNGR is really annoying, particularly if you DO run across an acronym several pages later and struggle to recall what it means.

Obvious spelling errors - The one that really got me was "raised" instead of "razed", as in "completely destroyed".

Weird layout - In order to keep the page count down to 300, Max gave the book 1 cm outer margins.

That said, this book is still a keeper, as it allows me to indulge in my feverish Mad Max fantasies of a world filled with plentiful ammunition, gasoline, and violence.
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