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Oath Keepers CPT Journal – Eureka, Montana, November 25, 2014



By Brandon Smith, Associate Editor

It’s hard to convey the amount of information and training that the Eureka CPT group has experienced in the past few weeks. I think I should remind Oath Keeper members right here and now that CPT provides almost all of its training classes for free. Friggin’ free! Liberty Movement participants are receiving expert category training in fields ranging from tactical awareness, to emergency and combat medicine, to engineering, to communications etc, and all one needs to do is join Oath Keepers and show up for CPT classes. On top of it all, we are undergoing an advanced level of training, not just the fundamentals (as most tactical shooting classes teach while charging hundreds of dollars, for example), but high grade training making members extremely adaptable to any conceivable situation. When you are dealing with a person involved in the CPT program for months or years, you are dealing with someone reliable in a crisis. Period.

One structural rule which has made the Eureka CPT so adept at moving through various subjects has been the weekly training regiment. I think every CPT in the country should adopt a once a week training schedule in order to optimize their progress, but I do realize this program is still in its infancy and a standardized format is being built according to the success stories of groups around nation. We figure out what works best, and then we move forward.

In Eureka, members are juggling the holiday season as well as hunting season with CPT classes mixed in, but even so, the group has accomplished much.

Just before the “Polar Vortex” hit along with near zero temperatures and snow, Eureka CPT finished the first leg of its tactical shooting regiment with a high intensity ‘Jungle Lane’. Multiple steel and cardboard targets were camouflaged and placed along a wooded deer trail. Members had to carefully traverse the area while seeking and destroying the targets, finding proper cover, etc. Missed targets resulted in a casualty. This was not a pass/fail event, but a learning experience. Our goal is to make members as ready as possible for when a real emergency strikes rather than expect immediate perfection. Some high cost tactical schools have a tendency to only care about how their students make them look rather than the progress of the students themselves, and they could learn much from the CPT model.

The jungle lane training was invaluable. Being forced to traverse uneven ground with obstacles and underbrush while looking for hidden enemy targets rather than standing them in an open range gave a close sense of realism. People who only train at the range might find themselves overwhelmed when entering into the close quarters of wooded areas where visibility is minimal. Another important issue was the ineffectiveness of .223 caliber rifles against any kind of cover and even some concealment. AR rounds bounce off tree limbs and bushes giving a negative return on accuracy. After seeing this in jungle lane training, we are recommending that any CPT group living in densely forested areas switch to and standardize the much more effective AK round, or the 7.62 NATO.

With rifle training finished (for now), Eureka CPT has moved on to combat and emergency medicine. The first class dealt with tourniquet applications (even with eyes closed), as well as combat carry techniques for transporting casualties out of a fight. Our CPT has at least three members professionally trained in the medical field, and even they learned much from these classes. The medical institution is so compartmentalized that many EMT’s, nurses, and even doctors are not exposed to certain elements of combat medicine. Our purpose is to round out their knowledge, making them far more independent and self reliant.

Combat carries were fun, and vital in learning what weight one can transport (lift), and what weight one cannot lift. Testing limits now prepares people far better for the future.

The latest class on combat medicine covered blood stoppage. As a prop, I fired a .308 round through a Christmas sized ham (yes, a perfectly good ham) at about 50 yards (the most common range in which contact is made). One of our resident medical experts placed a plunger and tube into the “wound” and pumped fake blood through it to add realism. We practiced applying Hemostats to the fake artery, Celox application for blood clotting, gauze insertion and packing, as well as how to use the famous “Israeli Bandage”. This presentation ended up being an excellent class, and I would love to do it again for new members in the future. Hands on training is the only way to go.

After blood stoppage, we reviewed some new technologies becoming available in the combat medicine field, then started a preliminary review on Tension Pneumothorax, the second most common cause of death amongst combat casualties. This will be covered in more detail in our next class on response to wounds interfering with the human airway.

By December, I will be teaching a class on the basics of long range shooting and range estimation, and we will also be covering advanced home and ranch defense methods. Our medical team has finished composing their presentation on how you can respond to Ebola within your own community and WITHOUT the “aid” of the thoroughly incompetent CDC and FEMA. This presentation will be recorded on video and sent out to our membership.

The Community Preparedness Team project is truly taking shape and I am excited to be a part of it from such an early stage. Just today, I received information from Stewart Rhodes that Oath Keeper CPT members are on the ground in Ferguson, MO, and providing protection for local businesses. At least two businesses run by owners of Chinese decent, one black business owner, and one white, right in the middle of the riot and looting epicenter. This is not only a testament to the courage of Oath Keepers, but also to the reality that we could not care less about ethnic background when determining who we help. Oath Keepers are also present to keep an eye on the activities of the local police as well as the national guard. Peaceful protestors have as much a right to redress grievances as business owners have a right to the safety of their property.

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we hope for a period of calm, and that more reasonable minds prevail. If not, our CPT members will be there to provide assistance where they can. Ultimately, Ferguson should have its own CPT teams and neighborhood watches. If there is great conflict between towns and suburbs and city police, then those communities should provide their OWN legitimate security with every citizen involved, and remove the rationale that local and federal governments use to assert control where it is not needed or wanted.

Keep training, folks. You never know when you may be called by dangerous circumstances to help your own town or city. The more organized we are now, the more knowledgeable we are, the more confident we are in our abilities, the more we can affect the future of the world around us. Lack of preparation means failure, and in this fight, failure is not an option…

This is Brandon Smith, Oath Keepers Associate Editor and member of the Eureka CPT, signing out.

BELOW: The author had time for a successful hunt in-between CPT training classes.  Looking forward to wild venison and much revery for the holidays.  When days become daunting and dangerous, it is important to enjoy the small things whenever possible.






  1. Thanks, Brandon. Am sending small donation by mail to support Oathkeepers. May God reward you! It is great to read about CPT operations. Any detailed training manuals you could recommend for those of us that cannot attend on site, would be appreciated. Not as good as being there, but it would be something.

  2. I’m a new member living in the Eureka area. I’d like to get more involved and attend the classes that my work schedule allows.
    Any info you could get me about when and where these classes are being held would be appreciated.

  3. Great to hear the progress of CPT. Regarding the ‘bouncing off’ of AR15 rounds: I’m taking that to mean deflection. The bigger and heavier the caliber the less the deflection. However, there is no free lunch. There are disadvantages of the 7.62×39 v. 223/5.56. It helps to know/learn both the advantages and disadvantages of these 2 calibers since we’re likely going to keep relying on both these the most.

    1. Agree with you 100% Nnip. There is a term that covers what you are talking about and it is “BATTLEFIELD PICKUP”. This term I believe covers your last sentence. You use what you find in a bad situation to best of your advantage. There is going to be a lot of 223 and 556 around no matter where you go in America. Good article Nnip.

  4. I first got my NREMT in 2007, PHTLS in 1999. After letting it lapse in 2003, I got my NREMT again in 2013. In those years, it’s amazing to see how much technology had changed…yet the concepts remain the same. Bottom line is to stop, relax and assess. Once you have your ABC’s secured, the rest is details (oversimplified but you get the idea).

    As for the CPT’s, does anyone know if medical is needed in MN?

  5. I am very interested in the CPT COMMUNITY PREPAREDNSS TEAMS and I believe I have something to offer for my area. I am already a member of OATH KEEPERS. I have a small team of men, some veterans as myself and some civilians that train together every month in the similar ideas that CPT does. We are lucky to have our main trainer whom is a veteran of the Iraqi War and an Army Sniper and Recon that trains us in the latest techniques and we are impressive to say the least for a small group. We have another war veteran and others skilled in engineering, medical, and survival. I would like to have my team completely join up with OATH KEEPERS and be a team ready to fulfill any needs that we can for the OATH KEEPERS organization. Not all of my men are members yet, but they will be. Please inform me of the next possible step we can take to fully engage with OATH KEEPERS as a viable useful team.

  6. Looking to get involved in the Missoula, MT area…anyone know where a guy would go/could call to get put into this set up?

    1. Josh,
      I live north of Missoula in Superior area. Am looking for the same = contacts in the western Montana areas. I will share what I come up with – just started looking into this today.
      Laura M.

  7. Hey I live in libby, Montana and I was wondering if there is a c.p.t in libby? I don’t have any military training but would love to join up. Any info would be appreciated.

  8. Former 19D Cav Scout looking for a CPT around Oregon. I’m in Portland now, but want to move around Roseberg in the next year or two. I was also my platoons combat lifesaver so while my skills are rusty I believe with a little refreshing I could be a valued team member. I am also a merchant marine and carry a first aid/cpr certification renewed yearly. So while I’m only on land 6 months a year I have lots of free time to train while I’m home. If someone knows of a CPT please let me know. Thanks all

  9. the reason that i have a handheld model to be able to communicate with O.K.anywhere i can seek refuge because i will be fighting a running battle with the enemy and if i need to retreat and regroup and to coodinate joint offensives wherever oathkeepers takes me

  10. please tell me the operating frequency on channel 3 is it uhf vhf my ham radio has 4 frequencies to choose from please narrow it to the main freq number to punch in on my handheld or you can e-mail me the freq no# as………thank you besides i bought my hand held radio with communcating with O.K. in mind ……..thanks

  11. with the fact im in northern cali i have more than one radio/reciever i have a police and emergancy scanner radio as well as a citizens band and a marine radio that acually monitor c.g frequencies off the california coast and collect intel for troop strength ,local equipment and logistical landings in s.f/port of oakland so having a set of eyes on the west coast can be benificial to a successful defence/insurgency stratagy for you so it would be in o.k. best intrests to have the benefits of transmission to you regarding this intel i would rather not use a cell phone to transmit this vital inte due to the fact they are more closely monitored than ham frequencies and all the free government telephone handouts have g.p.s.location trackers built inside that would get me captured by enemy agents and other pro socialist loyalists to our political jokes in office thank you for your time robert…..c

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