Types of real survivalists: 2. The chameleon

types of real survivalists

Most of the folks who have been through some serious and life threatening situations and survive gonna tell you one thing: they survive it with mental strength.

Also all survival instructors gonna say that first thing in any survival situation to have is will to survive.

It is easy to say today “I will survive!” but great majority of people do not know what will to survive actually means.

In my time I did see some folks who just lay down and had lost will for life. They just gave up.

When it comes to survival you have to focus on what you are good at, and some people are just good at working with other people or maybe dealing or playing with other people.

The mainstream media gives everyone some picture how real survivalist need to look and act. That’s wrong. Today I talk about a smart type of real survivalist.

The Chameleon

When SHTF, the word deception has whole other meaning, and becomes powerful. It is used in many different situations and for many different reasons. It helps to survive but also helps to take lives.

Never form your opinion about what kind of man is dangerous on “popular” images. When SHTF you can end up dead because some 70 years old lady blows your head off with shotgun.

This is how you should think, but average man, sheeple don’t.

So you can be sure that when times come you’ll need to look stronger than you are, but also sometimes you gonna need to look much weaker than you are. More options are always better.

And for all who are preparing with the attitude “let them come” you need to change it to “let them not come”.

There was a guy in town in that time who was very good to know if you need to find out where you can find something useful, or to find out what is going on.

For example if I needed to find something particular, for example I needed 10 liters of diesel fuel for something I would first check people in my vicinity, check few guys out, do they have that, or do they know someone who has that. In short I would go out and try my luck.

But there was also that guy who always has good information about sources for trade, or any other information.

Guy was shrouded in some kind of rumors, or it was more like myth. So you could hear all kind of stories like “he has important friends” or “he has some sources from outside” or “somebody powerful is protecting him”… After all of that stories you could easily conclude that guy was powerful, even before you see him.

He alone did not look mean or powerful or anything similar, but he carried this mean looking old style heavy machine gun all the time, with bullet stripes over shoulders and chest.

Anytime when I go and visit him I get something useful for trade or some useful information where I can go and find something.

He survived war and I did not see him for several years. Then I met him in mall, he was buying some toys for his grandson. I started conversation with him, and we get some coffee.

I asked him what he is doing now, he says he is lawyer. I was surprised. Then he told me that he was lawyer before SHTF. For some reasons I could not connect that man from war period with lawyer, but soon some things were more clear for me.

He invite me to his house for more coffee, and after some time he goes to the basement and drags big wooden box with locks on it out.

He opened it and I saw that old machine gun inside. Of course I wanted to check it. When I took it I saw that barrel is full of melted iron, in order to make weapon unusable.

I was surprised, and ask the man why he did that, I mean you never know when you gonna need weapon ready. He laughed and said “it was always like that, unusable”.

Now I was completely confused, but then he started to talk.

He was lawyer before SHTF, he never fired a shot from any weapon, and violence was completely strange to him. When SHTF in chaos he found himself on street, looking how bunch of folks are breaking in malls and shops taking whatever is useful.

In 5 minutes he was in local museum with some young people who were breaking stuff, and taking whatever useful they could. He said “when I saw local policeman completely drunk trying to take on German uniform and helmet for fun, I realized that we are starting to live in interesting time”

He took machine gun from glass box, together with some bullets stripes and went home.

Ten days later some punks tried to loot his home armed with knives and screwdrivers:

“I put those bullet stripes on me, took machine gun, stand in front of them and yell that if they do not disappear that moment I am gonna massacre them” And of course they disappeared.

He said, even if that thing worked he was not sure if he would be able to shoot at them. But he realized one thing. It is not important how things are really – it is important how things look like.

When all different groups in town started to use signs, I mean small colored bands on shoulder in order to make clear who is belonging to their group, he got all those bands and markings.

When all of those groups started with some system, when to wear what, he bribed guys in order to know that system.

So if one group was controlling some part of the town used red bands on shoulders on Monday and Wednesday, and black one on Sunday on Saturday he would know that.

He used that for moving through the city, because in all that chaos, if you are moving through the city during the night, and you need to go through area that is controlled by some group it was very useful to have some of their signs or code.

So he was member of multiple groups and all groups shared information with him. As a result, he was everywhere in the city, always having correct info about important things.

He knew what is gonna have high price, or when new food aid might come in. I asked him “how were you able to know all info about lot of stuff” because it sounds just too complicated for me.

He said “what I did not know I just made up in my head”.

Actually he was playing with prices, with demand and need of the people. He dictated prices.

After some time, because all of his infos he became so “popular” that if he said that “cans are gonna be very hard to find in next month” people believed it.

So it was easy for him to distribute all cans at higher prices, of course not personally, but in same time he would of course know man who have cans right now at cheap price. His man. He got a cut out of most deals and that helped him to survive.

Through his network of people he puts word out that “powerful people protecting him”. Another illusion but together with fact that people did not want to have problems with man who has always good info he survived.

Also one thing helped, in first period, he collected 5-6 bodies, badly dismembered by shells, put them in front of his house, and put word on the street that “some guys messed with him, but he called his powerful friends and that friends made example of that guys to not mess with him”.

If some really strong group caused danger to him, he just left house and waited for them to leave.

No problem, he did not have anything valuable in house, trading goods he kept at his “associates” and his main value was information. His main value actually was his brain.

So keep that in mind. Before you give up because you have nothing, use your brain and try to play the system with deception. Chaotic urban survival situations offer lots of opportunity for that.

18 responses to “Types of real survivalists: 2. The chameleon”

  1. Fascinating! Thank you for such guidance.

    • Mark Bell says:

      Wow! Great information, and that does not describe how good this knowledge and wisdom is. Your insight and willingness to share will be a God send to anyone who is faced with survival. Thank you cannot start to describe how I feel about everything you say.

      Someday, if we ever cross paths, I would like to buy you a beer, or whatever you drink, coffee maybe and thank you personally. Angels are truly all around us and you my friend, are an angel.

      Thank you Selco and God Bless you.

      Your friend in America.

  2. Shawn says:

    “And for all who are preparing with the attitude ‘let them come’ you need to change it to ‘let them not come’.”

    Most US preppers need to get right by the above statement.

    • Tim says:

      Most of us normal ones have. The ones that are dumb enough to make the “let them come” statement, typically all they stock up on is Big trucks and Guns… They will be the first to die of starvation and exposure.

      And yes I know a few that are that way, They will make some people’s lives horrible, but they will not last 30 days. Most wont last 5 days lost in the woods…

  3. CLASSON says:

    we hope everyone gets in a group that they trust with their life,

    please respond back if another opinion

  4. Stone says:

    We may think scientists have already come up with answers about the ability of camouflage animals to hide by blending in with their surroundings, but they’re just as baffled as we are. Scientists still can’t grasp the mechanisms behind this complex process of eluding their predators.

    Camouflage is not just about chameleons changing their colors in an instant but it’s also about polar bears being white and not brown like the grizzlies. In fact, a zebra with its striped covering is a camouflage animal. In order to understand these animals’ mastery of the art of deception, we should first have an idea why they have this cunning ability.

    The main objective of a camouflage animal when it assumes a “blending in” effect is to avoid being victimized by its predator or to increase its chances of victimizing its prey. Basically, camouflage is an important tool animals use for survival. This can be influenced by the animal’s environment, its physiology, its characteristics as a prey, or its behavior as a predator. Scientists believe that the reason why not all animals have this ability is because not all animals need to camouflage in order to survive.

    The most important element for camouflage is the animal’s environment wherein it uses its surrounding to develop the techniques that can easily conceal them even in the open. The animal’s physiology is another factor why some animals can assume different forms or colors in order to conceal themselves. Animal behavior can also influence its camouflage ability since it may manifest a stronger tendency to physically hide, flee or swing away from tree to tree as soon as they can sense danger.

  5. Aussie Mick says:

    Camo..and deception…cunning…all are good..I think the ‘game changer’….is selective networking…and the power of leveraging. Find the people you need with the skills that you need..do it now…forge the relationships…multi-skill with them…eg..retired ambulance man and gunsmith are my friends and I grow fruit/veges for them…best investment you can make is to have everyone growing “heavy croppers”….like bananas…right now we have 100s of kilos of bananas growing…same with other fruits. Take paw paw…I have many trees….just one tree gives me average of 1 kilo per week…look for plants that give you food..but are not commonly recognised as a food source…eg ..dragon fruit…I grow it along my fence line…looks like cactus…bites like cactus…good for privacy…good for security…nobody will climb throught it..or come over the fence…and it gives me 100s of kg of fruit per annum…plants are only 2yr old….cuttings from parent plant grow and give fruit in 2 years…the old saying…give a man a fish..feed him for a day..teach him how to fish..he feed himself…so I give cuttings to everyone in neighbour hood. Good idea to also plant in local parks and bushland. Know where there are food sources on vacant properties and in council parks. Picked up a box of mangoes yesterday…teach this to others…scavenge now..barter now…waste NO $$$…best investment you can make is plant a seed..in the ground or in a another person….(don’t take that literally). Do it now while you can…Aussie Mick

  6. Cincinnatus_in_OH says:

    Good post, Selco, and comments too.

    Problem as I see it: “sheeple” so self-engrossed and narcisstic. Very few sheeple have social skills today. By that I mean basic and rudimentary skills: to say “hello,” or start a meaningful conversation; to make even shallow friendships. Anti-social are most of my neighbors.

    Very large swathes of sheeple today walk around neighborhoods in self-induced trance with ear buds or fly by in cars not bothering to say “good morning” or “hello” to neighbors. Go out to your mailbox on street and meet a neighbor at their mailbox who literally runs back to their house, not wanting to talk with you…


    Aussie Mick is right–start to cultivate friendships NOW–like yesterday. Before manure hits impeller. Once that happens, all bets are off–no one trusts no one then.

    Like Selco says: network–use your brain. Know who can harm you, who can protect you, who can get what you want. AND what you can do for them. How is the saying: “You scratch my back, I scratch yours.”

  7. shanem says:

    that lawyer is a fucking geinus. still a working firearm would be good lol

  8. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    What was that line – POWER PERCEIVED IS POWER ACHIEVED. Meaning if you can fool others into thinking you have the capability, then your status is raised. This may be good OR bad – others may want to be ‘King of the Mountain’ and target you for removal.

    Unless you are ready to assume the responsibilities of that, I’d rather lay low.

    • Selco says:

      Of course, it can be dangerous, especially for folks who think it is a some kind of game, or movie situation. I preferred to use combination of looking non threatening and weak sometimes and then to turn to quick action with shock. It depends from situation.I think this guy used only option that he had, he played bold and survived. It is not some kind of recommendation how people should act, but it is great example how some things were possible.

  9. Stevenr.f. says:

    Brilliant. I could not have invented a character like that in a book. It does remind me of that (awful) post-apocalyptic movie “The Postman” in which the briliant tactician villian used to be a copier repairman.

  10. Blueskies says:

    Fascinating article, I could see that story being made into a movie

  11. Great analogy with the Chameleon. It’s one of the reasons we chose it as our company mascot.

  12. Berlinger says:

    Brilliant! A crucial question is if we have the brains and smartassedness of this layer If yes, I’d go for it. The lawyer created a role where he was useful to others. I think that it boils down to several factors:

    1. A “fixer” or “operator” is useful to anyone. Who’d kill the goose that lays golden eggs? Of course, someone in a certain situation might kill him to get his goods. But, a man with a brain would want o keep him alive.
    2. Information.. Being perceived as a source of reliable information is being an asset. If others consider you a part of their way of staying ahead in the game, well.. You are more useful to them alive then dead.
    3. Appearing to have “Important connections” should not be underestimated. Aggressors estimate risk, more or less explicitly. Is it worth to hit this target? Of course, how someone shoot back. (Google about “probing shots” so that you do not display your entire arsenal at once.) However, “potential retaliation” works with your mind. Especially, it adds the stress of uncertainty – “will his friends hunt me down?”. In such situations, decisions are made in a split second and not after a long analysis. People want close to immediate benefits,with not to high risk.
    4. Getting information. This is perhaps the most intriguing part of the article. Bribing people to reveal their coding in terms of stripes was pure genius.

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