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by Xanatos
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: A BDU
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: A BDU

What's wrong with "they look cool"? Most of my camping gear is old milsurp BDUs & such. Shit's damn-near indestructible, rugged, comfortable, provides good protection from harsh terrain & vegetation, has lots of pockets for carrying hiking/camping/whatever gear and the pattern usually means you don'...
by Xanatos
Sun May 31, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: A few questions...
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: A few questions...

Look both ways and cross quickly, preferably from cover to cover or deep shadow and ideally at a bend in the road. It all boils down to personal preference where you keep your knife. I opt for the right calf or hip too, sometimes carrying it Sam Fisher-style horizontally on my belt, or clipped in my...
by Xanatos
Thu May 28, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Greetings
Topic: root@umbra:~# whoami
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: root@umbra:~# whoami

One should strive to learn as much as they can, this just happens to be a venue for all things stealth-related. If you've anything to share, particularly tips on dealing with modern security measures, go right ahead.
by Xanatos
Wed May 13, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: ATACS LE-X
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Re: ATACS LE-X

I've had my eye on A-TACs LE for a while and the only real difference I see with the X-variants is the addition of darker stripes not dissimilar to tigerstripe camo. My main reservation with LE/LEX is the colour scheme is just a tad too 'blue' for my environment. There are types of concrete/stone or...
by Xanatos
Wed May 13, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: A new OPportunity...
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: A new OPportunity...

Few people keep much cash at home these days anyway, unless they're drug dealers. And particularly younger people don't buy all that much jewellery.
by Xanatos
Tue May 12, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: A new OPportunity...
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: A new OPportunity...

Any idea what sort of security they have? Alarms, lights, cameras?
by Xanatos
Tue May 12, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Health
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Health

It'll be like NOPCON 2 on fast-foreward.
by Xanatos
Mon May 11, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Health
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Health

I meant you'd know more about nutrition than I do, Psych. Plus you seem to know more about dietary supplements & such not necessarily related to bulking up. As for the conditioning, it's basically... what's the opposite of 'Mithridatism'? Just... embracing the suck, essentially. Pushing your body to...
by Xanatos
Mon May 11, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Health
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Health

I've outlined general NO-related exercises to stay in shape but haven't gone into too much detail. They were small weekly/daily exercises to keep your mind & body tuned up in between long spans of not opping to avoid turning into a potato. If you're looking to go more in-depth during quarantine... w...
by Xanatos
Wed May 06, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Lock Pick Training
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Lock Pick Training

Padlocks and the locks around my house are usually what I practise on, with varying degrees of success. Some I can pick in under a minute, others I haven't even been able to turn yet. Just make sure you don't accidentally lock yourself in/out.
by Xanatos
Wed May 06, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Lasers vs. Cameras - Does It Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: Lasers vs. Cameras - Does It Work?

Hmm... has anyone seen the movie Inside Man with Clive Owen and Denzel Washington? During the opening scene, the robbers enter the bank disguised as painters and blind all the security cameras by pointing infrared spotlights directly into the lenses. IR is invisible to the human eye, but security ca...
by Xanatos
Wed May 06, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Lubed Up
Replies: 2
Views: 777

Re: Lubed Up

Oiling hinges & slides is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Glad to see it still in use.
by Xanatos
Wed May 06, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Lasers vs. Cameras - Does It Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: Lasers vs. Cameras - Does It Work?

I've thought about trying this, but the only feasible way would be to have a laser (or multiple, from different directions) set up on a tripod aimed directly at the camera lens. This would drain batteries like a motherfucker but would certainly get the job done. Still, probably more trouble than it'...
by Xanatos
Tue May 05, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Balaclava or Keffiyeh?
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

Re: Balaclava or Keffiyeh?

You can get shemaghs in more 'tactical' colours on pretty much any website that sells tactical gear - even paintball & airsoft sites. You're also more likely to find one in a more breathable density of cotton or even have different patterns dyed in them. Failing that, any square (or triangular) piec...
by Xanatos
Tue May 05, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Security Guards?
Replies: 2
Views: 773

Re: Security Guards?

Typically if the place has something worth protecting/stealing, they may add extra layers of physical security. Guards included. Although I've opped a few construction sites that had guards on them, even though there wasn't anything to steal. I've also infiltrated some higher-risk targets that had n...
by Xanatos
Mon May 04, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Balaclava or Keffiyeh?
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

Re: Balaclava or Keffiyeh?

It all boils down to personal preference. There are many ways of tying a shemagh as a mask or hood and I've never had a problem of one coming loose. The main drawback to shemaghs for me is that they can get pretty hot & sweaty, but I also have sniper veils made from a breathable mesh that are functi...
by Xanatos
Mon May 04, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Replies: 2
Views: 827

Re: Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Eh, Assassin's Creed stopped being a stealth series long ago and now falls under the ever ambiguous 'action-adventure' genre, which Ubisoft has done to death at this point with their open-world sandbox collect-a-thons littered with microtransactions. And when I think "Viking", "stealth" isn't the fi...
by Xanatos
Sat May 02, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Greetings
Topic: Greetings fellow Shadow warriors !
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: Greetings fellow Shadow warriors !

Knives aren't a mandatory part of your loadout, but I always like to have one with me. Can't speak much for Boker knives myself, but CRKT do make some reasonably decent blades at affordable prices. As do Schrade, Gerber, ColdSteel (although their quality is a bit hit-or-miss), SOG and of course Benc...
by Xanatos
Sat May 02, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Posting to YouTube
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Re: Posting to YouTube

There's already tonnes of videos on Youtube of people breaking & entering restricted areas and there's even channels showing you infiltration techniques (LockpickingLawyer is one example). I don't think I'd get in trouble for uploading my videos to Youtube (I actually uploaded them as private/unlist...
by Xanatos
Sat May 02, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Greetings
Topic: Greetings fellow Shadow warriors !
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: Greetings fellow Shadow warriors !

Not familiar with the SEAL training program. What's it consist of? For opping focus on cardio & agility, so keep up with the Parkour. Construction sites are a popular target of mine, industrial or otherwise. In areas with lots of warehouses & shit it's fun sometimes to just climb to the rooftops som...
by Xanatos
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Anxiety
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

Re: Anxiety

Veteran's paranoia. I've not experienced it myself, but I'm aware of the phenomenon. Seems like it's a passing thing you just need to break through.
by Xanatos
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: My first OP
Replies: 4
Views: 1320

Re: My first OP

Well, you've already got your overall strategy down-pat. Got any other targets you feel like exploring?
by Xanatos
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Greetings
Topic: Hi everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 1412

Re: Hi everyone

Outside of PI or some sort of intelligence service, I'm not sure there's anyone "hiring" stealthy infiltrators. At least in no legitimate capacity.
by Xanatos
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Need training tips
Replies: 2
Views: 1140

Re: Need training tips

I posted some basic training regimes some time ago to help one keep in shape and attuned for night ops: https://nightops.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1287 Simple exercises to develop & maintain situation awareness, sharpen one's senses, maintain fitness & agility and gear checks. Easy to follow, if...
by Xanatos
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Train company’s data found
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Re: Train company’s data found

Well it's still open. Would be a HUGE PR problem if that info was made public.
by Xanatos
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Train company’s data found
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Re: Train company’s data found

Is the data useful? 200GB is a lot to sift through.
by Xanatos
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Stealth Observing - Non Digital Binoculars vs Iphone 7 Camera
Replies: 2
Views: 1432

Re: Stealth Observing - Non Digital Binoculars vs Iphone 7 Camera

I generally don't carry a phone with me on ops and make sure my cameras don't have GPS tracking. Monoculars are pretty compact, some you can conceal in the palm of your hand.
by Xanatos
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Outsider looking in
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Re: Outsider looking in

Even if you 'win' a case you usually still have to pay court fees & such, meaning you never truly come out on top. I try to skirt the law whenever necessary, covering my tracks to ensure I'm never caught in the first place. Hope we're able to provide some of that knowledge you find so useful.
by Xanatos
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1590

Re: Movies

Ah, almost forgot! Lone Target (TV series) while some of the scenarios seem a bit staged, it does hold some key lessons on escape & evasion.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Alibi with no lie
Replies: 1
Views: 807

Re: Alibi with no lie

"Out for a midnight stroll" usually works for me. Where I stroll or how I do so is nobody's business.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: How to test visibility? & Practices to develop IRL stealth meter
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Re: How to test visibility? & Practices to develop IRL stealth meter

Generally speaking, you're better hidden than you think. Up close I often look at the camouflage pattern I'm wearing and think I stand out like a Christmas tree, but from a distance I can't distinguish even the bright white litter in the very same spot I was hiding in. Your eyes naturally pick up co...
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Night vision camera
Replies: 2
Views: 940

Re: Night vision camera

Shouldn't be difficult to remove the IR filter, there's probably a tutorial or two on how to get it done easily. I'm not well versed in electronics myself, but it might be something to look into if you wanna make your own NO camera.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Carpet Shoes
Replies: 3
Views: 1033

Re: Carpet Shoes

Even better. You don't lose grip that way.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Rural Night Ops
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

Re: Rural Night Ops

I tend to prefer opping in cold weather personally. Moving in a manner unseen can be rather exhausting, especially over longer distances, and since I'm usually completely covered up my body heats up fast. Or did you mean until the snow subsides? Because snow is a real hindrance when it comes to cove...
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: COVID-19 and opping?
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Re: COVID-19 and opping?

Well, during a nation-wide quarantine for one. If the only way to move about is stealthily, then we'll be the only ones moving about.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1590

Re: Movies

Hollywood can never seem to do stealth well - although I suppose it's hard to capture on camera that which isn't supposed to be seen. Closest ones I can think of with Night Op-like elements are... Re:Born (2016) Sicario (2015) Shooter (2007) Dexter (TV series) The Hunted (2003) The Bourne trilogy No...
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Greetings
Topic: Greetings and quest i on about honor
Replies: 3
Views: 1321

Re: Greetings and quest i on about honor

I said as much in this recent post. What we do is inherently frowned upon by those who don't know any better, but I'm sure you'd get concerned gazes if you were practising with knives & other weapons as part of your martial arts training in a public park, for instance. Thankfully, the cultivation of...
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Decreasing activity
Replies: 12
Views: 4981

Re: Decreasing activity

It's a niche subject we deal with here, along the same vein as martial arts, parkour, survival, firearms and military enthusiasts are concerned. Many of our common disciplines overlap, but while those other subgenres are populated with "expert" survivalists, athletes, competition shooters and servic...
by Xanatos
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Carpet Shoes
Replies: 3
Views: 1033

Re: Carpet Shoes

Can also be used for silencing footsteps.
by Xanatos
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Silent Knife Killing
Replies: 9
Views: 2186

Re: Silent Knife Killing

A mix of styles, although a lot of what I know of sentry removal come from military manuals.
by Xanatos
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Rural Night Ops
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

Re: Rural Night Ops

I live in a pretty urban area, but I've always enjoyed opping in more rural areas myself. At the previous NOPCONs we opped primarily in rural areas with very little artificial lighting or structures (aside from the targets). Even if you can't find a suitable target, even doing some night hiking or m...
by Xanatos
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Greetings
Topic: New here, love it already.
Replies: 11
Views: 2815

Re: New here, love it already.

I recorded the Church Op using one of those cheap handycams with IR. While the footage turned out okay, it's a real pain to op with because the bright LED screen kills your nightvision. You essentially have to op through the lens of the camera.
by Xanatos
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Nightops Amino
Replies: 1
Views: 1320

Re: Nightops Amino

I'm not an app person so I can't say. Anyone else wanna chime in?
by Xanatos
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Red Maglite filter
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Re: Red Maglite filter

Love re-purposing old gear like that.
by Xanatos
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Curfew
Replies: 3
Views: 1184

Re: Curfew

Curfews never stopped me, they ain't gonna stop me now.
by Xanatos
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: A few questions from a beginner
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Re: A few questions from a beginner

Split toes (diving or tabi boots) make it substantially easier to scale things like chain link fences or climb ropes, but other than that I haven't found many good reasons to wear them over more traditional footwear. In order to achieve the split toe shape, you're sacrificing protection & durability...
by Xanatos
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Society today
Replies: 2
Views: 1221

Re: Society today

Just had an epic meal using ingredients harvested from the forest. Societal scarcity make you really appreciate what's up for the taking.
by Xanatos
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Blenheim Palace gold toilet heist
Replies: 2
Views: 1311

Re: Blenheim Palace gold toilet heist

Imagine trying to claim that on an insurance form.
by Xanatos
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: COVID-19 and opping?
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Re: COVID-19 and opping?

Well, it has opened up some interesting opportunities for me. Am I the only one here who's had to op for toilet paper?
by Xanatos
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Greetings
Topic: New here, love it already.
Replies: 11
Views: 2815

Re: New here, love it already.

Maybe you should use your stealth skills to do something useful like creep into people's houses and steal their jewelry and cash instead of fantasizing about Batman and ninjas. Then you'll be able to afford things like cameras, food, housing and whatever else you need to survive as an adult. You so...