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by Xanatos
Sat Jan 13, 2024 4:10 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: frustrating roommate
Replies: 6
Views: 2732

Re: frustrating roommate

If you're browsing a VERY suspicious website or doing dark web shit, then yeah, cover your arse. If you're watching a fucking Youtube video on NVGs, who cares? There's loads of gun-related & tactical content on Youtube that's SFW. Even channels like Lockpicking Lawyer are fairly innocuous. So long a...
by Xanatos
Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:24 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Wrist Watchs
Replies: 4
Views: 10850

Re: Wrist Watchs

I've got one that's water & shock-proof, has an 3-second illumination, alarm, countdown timer and compass. Only cost like $70 too. Lots of neat features that could come in handy for an op.
by Xanatos
Fri Dec 01, 2023 3:38 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Sai
Replies: 5
Views: 18821

Re: Sai

Hmm... reminds me of ninja shoku (climbing claws).
by Xanatos
Mon Nov 20, 2023 4:39 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Atacs Ghost
Replies: 11
Views: 12726

Re: Atacs Ghost

I've got some sets of urban camo that work rather well in my area, especially blending into concrete or gravel. Construction sites are replete with shades of grey and sometimes solid black isn't the best option.
by Xanatos
Thu Nov 16, 2023 2:02 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Op Recording Devices
Replies: 2
Views: 6356

Re: Op Recording Devices

I'm against using anything with a built-in GPS device, although it is possible to remove the properties of photo & video files so nobody can track when, where or on what device it was shot on. And while the IR feature on camcorders can be handy, I can attest trying to perform an op while recording w...
by Xanatos
Wed Oct 25, 2023 12:01 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Does anybody remember me?
Replies: 5
Views: 26117

Re: Does anybody remember me?

Up & down. Mostly down. Recent world events over the last few years have disrupted many plans.
by Xanatos
Tue Oct 24, 2023 12:23 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Something. (Long as Fuck)
Replies: 3
Views: 10680

Re: Something. (Long as Fuck)

Bury the light.
by Xanatos
Sun Oct 22, 2023 6:21 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Night ops Discord server
Replies: 3
Views: 9972

Re: Night ops Discord server

There's already a Night Ops Discord server, but as with Discord's recently updated privacy policy (since April this year) they've made it clear that it's no longer a secure platform for discussing topics of this nature.
by Xanatos
Mon Oct 09, 2023 6:59 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Community
Replies: 35
Views: 211683

Re: Community

I'm kinda split... while I'm all for advocating NO in its purest form (i.e: non-destructive stealth & exploration) I also understand the growing levels of censorship around certain topics on the internet and our unique position as a bastion of said information. Keeping obviously bad ideas in BI is a...
by Xanatos
Wed Oct 04, 2023 1:59 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: escape tool
Replies: 4
Views: 16001

Re: escape tool

I use M&M/Skittles tubes for my metsu-bishi (blinding powder) since they're a lot easier to get a hold of (who uses film these days?), have greater volume and the pop-tops are easier to use one-handed. You could easily sound-proof them by stuffing some cloth or even a tissue on either end of the tub...
by Xanatos
Wed Oct 04, 2023 1:48 pm
Forum: Greetings
Topic: New guy here wants to ask a few questions
Replies: 3
Views: 23040

Re: New guy here wants to ask a few questions

You can find basically anything on Ebay or Amazon. Otherwise I'm sure there's some specialty store that sells tactical gear in the UK, or an army surplus shop (I get most of my gear through there). Airsoft/paintball shops are also viable for camouflage & other gear. Varusteleka is another great webs...
by Xanatos
Sun Sep 24, 2023 5:42 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Not Ops - The Hall of Shame
Replies: 3
Views: 21240

Re: Not Ops - The Hall of Shame

Ah yes, BB gun/Axe Bawmb guy. Those were the days!
by Xanatos
Wed Sep 13, 2023 1:25 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Old School VS New School
Replies: 6
Views: 26417

Re: Old School VS New School

by Xanatos
Tue Sep 12, 2023 3:09 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Old School VS New School
Replies: 6
Views: 26417

Re: Old School VS New School

True, even low-income neighbourhoods around here have cameras on pretty much every driveway. Guess porch piracy is the new burglary.

I'd love to have a Night Ops Darwin Awards/Hall of Fame thread, just to highlight some of the absurdities and humble beginnings of this place.
by Xanatos
Fri Aug 25, 2023 4:30 pm
Forum: Greetings
Topic: New member
Replies: 7
Views: 29873

Re: New member

People still use Skype? Thought that went the way of MSN. You're right about survivalism though, the ethos & practises of wilderness (or even urban) survival are very applicable to Night Ops. They're all about travelling light, minimising traces left behind, improvisation and resourcefulness. Plus t...
by Xanatos
Thu Aug 24, 2023 1:57 pm
Forum: Greetings
Topic: New member
Replies: 7
Views: 29873

Re: New member

A singular volume about Night Ops would be a pretty big encyclopaedia. The Way of the Shadow (TWOTS) is a comprehensive guide to what we now call "Night Ops", however it is very dated and could do with an updated version. The format is already there, but it's till quite a task to undertake though.
by Xanatos
Wed Aug 23, 2023 3:42 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Community
Replies: 35
Views: 211683

Re: Community

I'm all for it, honestly. Whatever your walk of life, the skills, techniques, ideas & ethos we try to harbour here are transferable across multiple disciplines. Stealth shouldn't just be about burglary, urbex, vigilantism, espionage, hunting, military or living a double life. Stealth should be appli...
by Xanatos
Sat Aug 05, 2023 5:56 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Chat-Room Thread
Replies: 155
Views: 7097158

Re: Chat-Room Thread

Hah! Poor bloke.
by Xanatos
Fri Jul 28, 2023 4:13 pm
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Getting into construction vehicles
Replies: 1
Views: 10320

Re: Getting into construction vehicles

In my area at least there's no sort of alarm system on them. Heck, sometimes they leave them unlocked with the keys in the ignition.
by Xanatos
Fri Jul 28, 2023 4:12 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Night Ops Superstitions
Replies: 9
Views: 32265

Re: Night Ops Superstitions

Don't know how it works. Maybe you heard a car approaching but just didn't recognise it on a conscious level? Your "sixth sense" may just be one of your other senses you didn't properly acknowledge.
by Xanatos
Thu Jul 27, 2023 6:23 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

I've cupped my hands behind my ears from time to time (and YES, it does work) but never constructed a device to amplify that effect.
by Xanatos
Mon Jul 24, 2023 8:51 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Community
Replies: 35
Views: 211683

Re: Community

Discord recently updated their privacy policy, saying that they can now record voice/video calls as well as text chats. I don't see it as a viable platform for sharing stories or other 'incriminating' content. We can certainly discuss NO theories/practices because that can always be waived with the ...
by Xanatos
Mon Jul 10, 2023 8:56 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Emergency Ghillie using natural vegetation
Replies: 1
Views: 17326

Emergency Ghillie using natural vegetation

Stumbled upon this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYMCGp-atiY Not sure how applicable it is for most night ops, but a handy trick to keep in mind. Even if you can't find green cleaver vines growing in your area (or time of year) you can probably find a substitute to whip up some natural camo...
by Xanatos
Wed Jul 05, 2023 2:51 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Does anybody remember me?
Replies: 5
Views: 26117

Re: Does anybody remember me?

Shit dude, been a minute.

I still keep in touch with a few of the guys from NOPCON, but rarely do we discuss anything op-related.
by Xanatos
Sun Jul 02, 2023 10:55 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

That's actually a baller setup. Cheap & easy too. My only concern is the velcro straps - if you're in close proximity to someone (or something, like a guard dog) when swapping footwear, the straps will make a fair bit of noise.
by Xanatos
Sat Jul 01, 2023 4:57 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

My quietest opping footwear are diving boots or aqua shoes (aqua shoes being cheaper & easier to get). But like Psych said, the thinner soles make them wear out quicker, especially on rough terrain (gravel, rocks, etc) and offer less protection from broken glass or nails jutting out of floorboards. ...
by Xanatos
Fri Jun 23, 2023 4:31 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Blogposting
Replies: 39
Views: 119884

Re: Blogposting

To be fair, you're not moving when you squat at the gym. Shifting your weight & balance laterally takes more effort, especially for a prolonged period of time.
by Xanatos
Thu Jun 22, 2023 1:26 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Sai
Replies: 5
Views: 18821

Re: Sai

I had a pair lying around here somewhere but never really thought of bringing them on ops. Not sure what I'd use them for.

They make good seed dibbers though, if you're into gardening.
by Xanatos
Mon Jun 19, 2023 8:07 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Operative Vehicle
Replies: 1
Views: 12336

Re: Operative Vehicle

The harder part will be masking all the equipment so it doesn't stand out as a mobile FOB. Not to mention if people notice the same vehicle parked near all these recent burglaries, it tends to narrow down the list of suspects.
by Xanatos
Sun Jun 18, 2023 6:15 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

Something similar is the Viper Hood: https://snipermechanics.com/wp-content/uploads/Concealment_Vest-600x600.jpg Equally compact, easier to throw over existing gear (easier than putting trousers over webgear, at least) and can be customised with local vegetation or even coloured fabric to match your...
by Xanatos
Sat Jun 17, 2023 4:49 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Blogposting
Replies: 39
Views: 119884

Re: Blogposting

Pain, agony & suffering, eh? You work at an Amazon warehouse too?
by Xanatos
Sat Jun 17, 2023 4:30 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Look who has the keys
Replies: 3
Views: 14892

Re: Look who has the keys

How are these different to bump keys? Like, how do they work? Never used them before.
by Xanatos
Fri Jun 16, 2023 3:53 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: trashcan disguise
Replies: 13
Views: 32814

Re: trashcan disguise

Oh god, I remember the Urban Ninja series. Some vintage internets right there.
by Xanatos
Thu Jun 15, 2023 1:21 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

Funny enough, I've never used a folding pick set like that. Always been able to make loose picks work fine maybe, but how do you like it? Lose a little feeling from the handle but not enough to make a huge difference type of thing? Then handle is remarkably thin & sturdy so you don't lose much sens...
by Xanatos
Wed Jun 14, 2023 6:41 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

I carry a compact pick set as part of my work EDC. Smaller & sturdier than a traditional pick set in a leather pouch, for instance. About the size & weight of a lighter.
picks.jpg
by Xanatos
Mon Jun 12, 2023 6:17 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

Another good thing about flip-phones is the keypad is entirely covered, so you're not gonna accidentally pocket-dial someone. They're also incredibly cheap and rather undesirable by most people, so you're less likely to get mugged over it compared to the latest iPhone model.
by Xanatos
Sat Jun 10, 2023 2:36 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: General Stealth Talk
Replies: 42
Views: 280818

Re: General Stealth Talk

I'm a huge fan of Varusteleka's Särmä line of gear for exactly this reason - particularly their marino wool hoodie and tactical jeans . Comfortable, flexible, practical, offer a number of carrying options and they look just like regular civilian clothing. The hoodie particularly comes in a multitude...
by Xanatos
Wed May 17, 2023 3:26 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: 3D printed tools of the trade?
Replies: 4
Views: 17696

Re: 3D printed tools of the trade?

Actually, if the tensile strength is tough enough you might be able to make a polymer grappling hook or something. Would certainly save on weight and possible sound.
by Xanatos
Tue May 16, 2023 8:55 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: 3D printed tools of the trade?
Replies: 4
Views: 17696

Re: 3D printed tools of the trade?

What materials are you using? 3D printing lockpicks could be kinda useful, provided they have high tensile strength.
by Xanatos
Mon May 01, 2023 2:36 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: LED Lighting: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?
Replies: 3
Views: 14860

Re: LED Lighting: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

I'm an advocate of carrying an LED flashlight on ops (or at night in general), not just for exploring dark areas but for blinding potential threats. Had to use it on a cat recently that was harassing a dog in the street - kept trying to have a go at this poor dog so I shone my flashlight in the cat'...
by Xanatos
Sat Apr 29, 2023 6:46 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: .
Replies: 18
Views: 48512

Re: Gear and Training Are Overrated. Just Do It.

Yeah, I don't get the "wallet" designs either. They're inferior to pretty every other knife (folding or fixed) - not nearly as strong, large or versatile, and nowhere near as convenient to access.
by Xanatos
Mon Apr 17, 2023 10:50 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Camouflage vs. Solids - What You Should Choose
Replies: 17
Views: 50364

Re: Camouflage vs. Solids - What You Should Choose

You can also get thin, hooded sweatshirts that are perfect for summer: https://thai-clothing.com/product-categ ... s-hoodies/
These ones are from Thailand, where it's hot & humid pretty much year-round.
by Xanatos
Mon Apr 17, 2023 10:46 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Leaks and discord
Replies: 5
Views: 25442

Re: Leaks and discord

Didn't Discord update their policy recently that they'll be recording audio & text conversations?
by Xanatos
Sat Apr 15, 2023 5:19 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Camouflage vs. Solids - What You Should Choose
Replies: 17
Views: 50364

Re: Camouflage vs. Solids - What You Should Choose

You can get lighter, more breathable hoodies. Like this one I posted earlier: https://www.antarcticaoutdoors.com/collections/tactical-jackets/products/summer-jacket-men-waterproof-ultralight-anti-uv-outdoor-sport-waterproof-rain-coat-army-tactical-military-jacket-hiking-jacket?variant=37290169991330...
by Xanatos
Tue Apr 11, 2023 6:48 am
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Jamming IP cameras
Replies: 3
Views: 13981

Re: Jamming IP cameras

There are different types of jammers out there (radio, wi-fi, GPS, cellular, etc). Do these cameras work on different frequencies? How do you know which jammer to buy?

Also they're prohibited here, so might be worth looking into how to build one.
by Xanatos
Mon Apr 10, 2023 9:56 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: Blogposting
Replies: 39
Views: 119884

Re: Blogposting

Take into account the type of surface you're walking on too. While overextending your steps may lead to poor balance, it's also useful for spreading your weight when moving across surfaces like wooden floorboards, scaffolding or ice. The more you spread your weight out, the less likely it is to creak.
by Xanatos
Fri Apr 07, 2023 9:25 pm
Forum: The Art of Night Ops
Topic: Mission/Operation Planning
Replies: 2
Views: 14256

Re: Mission/Operation Planning

Depending on the target, visual recon (especially at different times of day) is essential. Google Earth is a valuable tool for aerial recon, but there are some things that can only be seen by the human eye from ground level. Google's images aren't always up-to-date and they often don't reveal gaps i...
by Xanatos
Wed Apr 05, 2023 1:51 pm
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: About masks
Replies: 8
Views: 24986

Re: About masks

Sniper veils come in a variety of sizes - I have two (one black, one camo) that are shemagh-sized and work just fine. You can always just cut it to the desired size as well.
by Xanatos
Tue Apr 04, 2023 1:22 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Cryptocurrency?
Replies: 8
Views: 21521

Re: Cryptocurrency?

What happened to BC?
by Xanatos
Thu Mar 30, 2023 3:32 am
Forum: Spurious Generalities
Topic: About masks
Replies: 8
Views: 24986

Re: About masks

Don't recall a "ninja mask" anywhere on here, but I've used t-shirts as masks on several occasions. Also a good option.