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The Time Has Come
#1
The Grey Man is always invisible in plain sight.

The Grey Man is totally aware of his environs, his own capabilities or lack thereof, his weaponry and his levels of competence with that weaponry. He constantly strives to improve upon both his capabilities and competence. In public, he is always respectful, even to the point of obsequiousness if the situation calls for it. He always appears to be just a little confused by what is happening around him, while in reality he is alertly doing a tactical assessment.

The Grey Man NEVER draws attention to himself by word, dress, action, or mannerism. The Young Grey Man is dismissed as a wimp, the Older as a doddering old fool. The Grey Man derives great inner satisfaction from having this portrayal of himself accepted by all he meets, for it means he is succeeding in his disguise of his actual persona.

The Grey Man is a private man. He practices with his weaponry in private, or only with his fellow Grey Men, always in a secluded location. If he must resort to use of a public facility, he schedules his practice for times when he is likely to be the only one there. At such times he would probably wear bright clothing, to be remembered only as ‘that guy in the red jacket and sunglasses’, a quite different person from his usual persona. If right-handed, he would always occupy the leftmost station on a NRA bullseye pistol range, with his back to an observer, or the rightmost one for riflery or combat pistol practice. He would not have his name emblazoned on clothing or equipment, nor would he have any noteworthy affiliation proclaimed on his cap. “He’s just a guy. Comes every Wednesday morning for his coffeebreak. Always pays cash.”

The Grey Man does not drive a pink Cadillac with steer horns on the hood, NOR does he drive the biggest mutherin’ 4X4-with-all-the-bells-and-whistles BOV in the lot. The older his vehicle is, the rustier, the less likely it is to draw attention (or to be stolen, for that matter). This vehicle is, under its exterior, scrupulously maintained and in excellent running order. If pulled over by authority on the basis of appearance, it can be shown to meet or exceed all requirements under licensing laws, and an obsequious co-operative manner precludes a search under the seats. The Grey Man does not speed on the highway: cruise control is his friend. So is the Highway Patrol: he waves to any he sees. If he travels the same route constantly, at the same times, The Grey Man becomes a ‘fixture’ and can be dismissed from conscious observation.

It helps the Survivor to build up this persona of The Grey Man gradually and over time. The anti-gun sheeple neighbors will quickly rat out the ‘Patriot’ who is always loudly declaiming about his ‘Rights’ and ‘what will happen if they try to take my guns’. The Grey Man goes far out of his way never to offend anyone, imitating the duck which appears calm on the surface of his pond whilst paddling like hell under the surface.

Be seen as conservative in all you do. A Survivor is a Grey Man, and that little old grey man alone over there in the corner is probably a Survivor!

And that young guy next to him? Just another wimp? Or are they both watching each other’s backs?

Making the other guy waste precious time in assessing the situation is a big part of staying alive. Practice being grey now, while there's time to build your skills
I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. - Ayn Rand
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#2
The gray man also does not inspire. He does not lead. He is not a rallying point for like minded individuals.

There are situations where being a gray man is helpful, but i am the exact opposite. I am very high profile in appearance, demeanor, and attitude. Big Grin
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Valorius;38770 Wrote:The gray man also does not inspire. He does not lead. He is not a rallying point for like minded individuals.

There are situations where being a gray man is helpful, but i am the exact opposite. I am very high profile in appearance, demeanor, and attitude. Big Grin


*yawn* Sleepy I'm sorry, did you say something?






Big Grin
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#4
I must admit. Being Easily forgotten by strangers does have its benefits.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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Valorius;38770 Wrote:The gray man also does not inspire. He does not lead. He is not a rallying point for like minded individuals.

There are situations where being a gray man is helpful, but i am the exact opposite. I am very high profile in appearance, demeanor, and attitude. Big Grin

I used to be an "A" type myself, but at age 72 discretion reigns.
I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. - Ayn Rand
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#6
Does he post on gun forums?
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#7
Blending in with the crowd does have its advantages. My wife and I have found ourselves adopting a much lower profile lately. It just started to happen naturally.

I know we have a lot of OC guys around here, but CC might just have an upside now.

Please, I'm not anti OC. Just making an observation.
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#8
I have been doing this for years. No flashy clothes or car, live in the city and keep my guns and business to myself.
My mom the ex cop taught me that at a young age.

Thanks Mom Smile
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#9
For the most part I keep a pretty low profile among mixed company (co-workers, neighbors, friends that are not into guns or 2A issues). If most of these people knew just where exactly I stand on certain issues they would surely paint me as some kind of right-wing radical, especially the people I work with in NJ where gun ownership is a foreign idea by and large.

Also, I think that you can be a "gray-man" AND a leader/inspirational figure at the same time. Just look at Neo from the Matrix Wink
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#10
So my big black cowboy hat with the "Don't Tread on Me" flag pin is not very low-pro?
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