In this video Greg Tambone gives us some advice regarding obtaining weapons overseas. The reasons you might want to do this can be (as in Greg’s case) if you’re a security contractor, or perhaps just for personal protection. The easiest and quickest way of doing this is through your pre-existing contacts within the country you are going to be in or in which you are already residing. If you don’t have local contacts in high places, you can quickly develop them by hiring lawyers. Good lawyers are extremely expensive, so be ready for the ensuing large expenses.
Furthermore, a topic of concern is the legality of both sourcing and having firearms in your possession while overseas. Greg stresses the importance of doing everything legally with regard to obtaining firearms abroad. This means getting the weapons certified through either an official security contracting company or going through the appropriate governmental agencies. Legal permission through the government is extremely important because sourcing guns or ammunition illegally will expose you to very harsh penalties which you do not want to experience as a foreigner in any country. With enough money and the right contacts, anyone can have any type of weapon in any country. Focus on getting the money and developing the contacts first, the weapons will come easily once you’ve established yourself as a professional.
Whether you buy your weapon from an individual or an official arms supplier, it is prudent to always seek out the specific legalities of what you’re doing and register the firearm with the government of the country you’re in. Every country has gray areas, but it is wise to tread very carefully, even in a place like Central America, where corruption within the police and military is commonplace, cross your T’s and dot your I’s.
Greg Tambone gives us a brief look into some new minimalist tools which he uses at times he requires carrying only the bare essentials. In such circumstances, it’s necessary to strike a balance, one where he can carry as little as he can possibly get away with, but still have access to all his most important tools. The aim of this is to use his element of surprise, by carrying concealed (items which others do not suspect him of carrying).
The primary tool which allows him to do this is the El Sicario covert concealed carry shirt, designed with an array of hidden features that allow the user to conceal several things on their person (without printing), but also with a look which allows others perceive its wearer as a non-threat and therefore unlikely to be concealing all the items Greg displays in this video.
For more information on using the element of surprise in this manner, and influencing the perceptions of others, check out Mr. Tambone’s three-part video series on Gray Man Theory.
In Greg Tambone’s three-part series on Gray Man Theory, he goes into detail on several of the things anyone can do to influence the perceptions of others. These are a large set of skills that the ordinary person can use to his advantage in order to convince those in his vicinity to believe he is somebody that he is not. However, as Mr. Tambone explains in this video, sometimes going gray will just not be possible for certain people in certain environments.
For the vast majority of people, they should learn to adopt the skills required to go gray, and make that their primary mode of behavior. It gives anyone a significant advantage to look like he isn’t carrying a weapon when in fact he is. In Greg’s position (during the filming of this video) as a private security contractor in a very dangerous part of the world, sometimes going gray would be more trouble than it’s worth. Given the demands of his line of work (carrying multiple weapons, operating an off-road vehicle, developing an armed presence as a deterrent, and thereby becoming known in the area), he chooses to be a hard target rather than “going grey” this time. If you are unable to influence those around you to believe you are something you are not, the essence of being a Gray Man, then often the next best option is to make yourself a hard target.
Being a hard target in private security contracting sometimes means you will not be able to influence people around you into believing you are anything else than a security contractor. They will know why you are there and can estimate for themselves the things you’re capable of. As Mr. Tambone lays it out in the video, being a hard target is occasionally better all around for the safety of his clients. Those who wish to do his clients harm will be deterred by Greg’s presence. Being a Gray Man or someone who doesn’t look capable of defending anything could be disadvantageous to his clientele in certain situations, therefore Greg abandons this in favor of being a hard target this time.
Greg Tambone consistently operates in some of the world’s most dangerous areas. Crime, cartel activity, murder, robbery. In this video, he shares some very important rules to safely navigate high-risk areas.
Rule number one is situational awareness. Staying safe requires you to strengthen your self-awareness muscle. Most people walk around in a distracted state and don’t pay attention to what’s going on around them. Not only does this mean they aren’t aware of any potential threats or aggressors, but it also has a secondary effect of making them look like a target. You must stay sharp, so you can learn to recognize, and thereby avoid threats. In a restaurant for example, sit back to the wall, making sure you can see what’s going on in the room. Know how to spot an aggressor, stay in lighted areas, make yourself a non-ideal target for predators. A good idea is to take a moment any time you are out and about to look around you, assess the people in your immediate vicinity, think up a plan of how you would safely get out of wherever you are if something bad happened. You will begin to become more conscious of both your surroundings and the attitude/abilities of those around you by continuing to think through these kinds of scenarios.
The only consistent change between normal, relatively non-violent areas and high-crime areas is that you must be more vigilant in the high threat areas. Knowing how to balance “Going Gray” with being a “hard target”, especially in dangerous locations, is going to do more to preserve your safety than perhaps any other tool or skills. Be a hard target but don’t go around looking for a fight, because you will always find one. By the same token, your body language must reflect that you are not prey, and that you will not give up easily if someone singled you out in a violent encounter. Unless for some reason your chosen role as “greyman” requires luxurious attire, dress down: no flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, or otherwise pricey items which might attract unnecessary attention. Finally, hard skills like martial arts training, lock picking, use of cover/concealment, improvised weapons, SERE techniques, disarm techniques, and counterespionage practices are last ditch effort skills that can mean the difference between life and death when trouble can no longer be avoided. These hard skills take years of practice and experience to integrate, so you should be practicing them now. If you haven’t developed the mindset and skillset ahead of time, it will be too late when needed in the danger zone.
Being marked as a convicted felon in the United States makes a man’s life significantly more challenging in almost every way possible. Arming and protecting yourself as a felon is also a whole lot harder, and more risky as well. However, you’re not completely without options. It will just take some creativity, and a heightened awareness of the legal systems inner workings ( which you already know currently do not work in your favor). Be sure to keep in mind that written law and practiced law are two different things entirely. For example, the rights granted to you by the US Constitution, when exercised, could still land you in prison due to our current system of what Greg demonstrates to be tyrannical US Law Enforcement. Greg Tambone goes into some of the things he is able to do to protect himself as an American convicted felon, and shares with viewers some of the perfectly legal items he can carry on his person every day to be more prepared. These tools each serve a purpose, which collectively help circumvent the lifelong loss of firearm privileges felons experience after being convicted.
The main idea is to conceal these things on your person, maintaining both the ability to defend oneself, and the advantage of surprise given by not drawing unwanted attention. The items Greg introduces are:
In part three of Gregory Tambone’s video Greyman Theory video series, we move out of the city and find out more of what is needed for rural stealth. Whereas urban Greyman Theory hinges upon altering others’ perceptions of yourself, becoming a rural ‘Grey Man” often requires complete stealth.
Mr. Tambone gives us a prime example of the utility of a common, light brown or beige button up, such as the one he purchased in the previous video at a thrift store. This kind of shirt is excellent for going grey because its wearer can rely on it in many different environments, from urban settings, to more rural ones. Due to its natural color, it will act as a camouflage base in wooded environments. Going one step further, you can also rub mud or attach natural vegetation to whatever you’re wearing, to break up your outline and create an obscuring effect to help avoid detection by anyone searching for you.
Two things to keep at the front of your mind when using these techniques in rural environments is sound and scent. More specifically, your sound and scent, which will be amplified in rural environments, and typically aren’t much of a concern when going grey in urban settings. The noise you create and any smell lingering on you will carry extremely far if you don’t take measures to reduce or eliminate them.
A very useful and forgotten skill in modern times is tracking. A highly-trained tracker will be able to read a host of details off of the prints a human or animal leaves behind, such as height, weight, and stride length. This is a skill Greg recommends viewers take some time to develop on their own, as it will become very useful should you ever find yourself in a situation where you wish to not be tracked. The most important thing is to disturb as little as possible the media you will be trekking through. And it’s one of the reasons traveling by water is ideal to avoid trackers.
Perhaps most importantly of all, you should prepare a bug out bag for any kind of rural scenario, just like you would for an urban setting. Make sure to include items which are appropriate for where you will be, and do not neglect adequate water purification and fire-starting methods. As always, it is the skills you practice at home, in a stress-free environment, which will be of the most practical use for when you truly need to rely on them.
In this video, Greg Tambone unpacks more valuable information on what it takes to “Go Gray”. When looking for places to acquire items to help in transitioning from your normal, everyday appearance to a new identity, thrift stores are a great option. Greg buys a long-sleeve, light brown collared shirt in this episode of the series. The reason being is that they are an ideal garment for completely going gray in several different environments, from urban environments to rural settings. He reiterates the importance of knowing your local culture and customs of the place (or places) where you plan on going gray. This is vital for you to adopt a plausible, accurate depiction of the type of person you want others in your vicinity to see you as.
In addition to the clothes you decide to wear, there are certain things you can do with your face and hair to change your appearance. Just like facial-recognition technology, people rely on distinct points of recognition and symmetry when looking at a person’s face. Changing these points, even slightly, will go far in concealing your identity and convincing others that you are someone else. For men and women, hair and/or a hat are great starting points. If you’re a man, growing a beard can often throw off people who would normally recognize you, or going clean-shaven if you wear a beard typically. Glasses are also useful in certain contexts. Again, like Greg emphasized in part one of the Gray Man series, don’t overdo it. Going gray is walking a fine line, and doing anything too drastic to your appearance will draw more attention to you and make people realize something’s amiss, creating the opposite effect you wish to have.
While a change of appearance and clothes is a great start to going gray, you can take this one step further by completely changing your whole demeanor. Your mannerisms, the way you talk and communicate with others, your stance, and your gait are all things you could consider changing. Each of these on their own might be enough to identify, and if you make a conscious effort to alter them, those who would ordinarily recognize you will likely take you for a completely different person.
In part one of Bone Tactical’s Grey Man Theory series, Greg Tambone disillusions viewers on what it truly means to Go Grey. Many content creators unknowingly spread disinformation about Grey Man Theory, often getting the fundamentals completely wrong. “Going
Grey” is not about wearing your tactical gear out in public. It is not simply blending into your environment and being invisible. It is about convincing those around you that you really are whatever it is you want them to think you are. This requires a broad set of skills which allow you to influence the perceptions of others in your vicinity. Greg gives the example of having a military style backpack in the airport. This will give the impression that you are indeed in the military or perhaps part of the police, and will in some countries make your trip through TSA easier.
Another example which will run counter to what you might have thought Grey Man theory was is dressing up as a tourist and visiting a country where you do not look like the locals. Greg is a large white man, which narrows his options when implementing Grey Man Theory in a place like Honduras. He will be noticed by everyone in the vicinity, just being a “big gringo”. By playing the role of a tourist on holiday, locals will not likely see him as a target. This is paradoxical to what others online teach, as Greg is not always interested in disappearing into crowds. Had he simply donned either very plain clothes or some tactical outfit like others online will advise, he could have drawn the wrong kind of attention to himself. This is especially true in a place like Central America, where he’d likely have set off some alarm bells (think DEA) if he wore those items. “Tactical” clothing items indicate a likelihood that you’re carrying a weapon, which will make you a target.
Wherever you go, the way you look will affect others’ perceptions of you. This means you must have knowledge of the area you are going ahead of time. What are the common cultural practices? Ask yourself what role you will fit, i.e. tourist, fisherman, red cross employee, etc. These are the questions Mr. Tambone asks himself when he applies Gray Man Theory, and it is his expertise on the matter which allowed him to swiftly evade various authorities that tracked him all over the world.
Synopsis for Survival Escape & Evasion Pt. 2: Lessons from an International Fugitive
In part two of Greg Tambone’s video series on Survival, Escape, and Evasion, he goes deeper into the techniques he used to get out of the U.S. while being hunted by government-backed rogue factions. Reiterating a few things from his first video, we are given a clear reminder about the importance of changing the people, places, and things in your daily life. More specifically, should the necessity of an off-grid scenario arise for you, you must discontinue your routines of interacting with the same people, going to your usual places, and using your typical items such as a cell phone or vehicle.
In fact, before any such scenario happens, you already ought to have had several items in place, and done a few key things. For starters, you should have a trusted contact, like Greg did, who is like-minded and with whom you can share information. Like all the skills being taught in the Survival, Escape, and Evasion series, it is important to develop this relationship now, while you have the time.
In addition to reliable contacts, you should also be acquiring certain items such as foreign sim cards and burner phones. These things can be mailed to your contact and ought to be discarded after a single use. Disinformation plays a key role in evading the person or group of people employing their resources trying to hunt you down. As Mr. Tambone explains, there needs to be multiple layers of obfuscation between you and those tracking you. This means that the sim cards you use need to be bought by someone who doesn’t know you personally. Your burner phones need to be paid for with cash, or perhaps a WallMart cash card. When communicating real information, use end-to-end encrypted software such as WhatsApp. While WhatsApp is far from perfect, it would cost a significant amount of money for the people tracking you to hack your message exchanges. Additionally, burner email accounts set up beforehand will be useful.
When it comes to money, you will need some source of it not involving electronic transactions. This is why you must keep some cash in a bug out bag, as well as on your person using a concealment method such as the traveler’s money belt. However, your best option is to barter with tools or services. For example, Greg was able to work just about anywhere because his skillset allowed him to do so. He also creates high-quality weapons which are of great value to other people. Think about what your particular skill set is and try to think of ways you could barter with that for things you may need in the future.
Regarding food and water, you must have these things every single day to be performing well. Your two options for water are to either know clean water sources around you or you carry water or water purification items with you in your bug out back. For food, you should know how to hunt and know how to fish. Like everything, have a plan for acquiring food and water before you need to go off-grid.
It is imperative you carry medical equipment, but it is more important to have at least some basic medical training. It’s also handy to know where your nearest veterinary clinic is. Very often, hospitals are tracked, therefore you should avoid them. In a SHTF scenario, pharmacies will be hit very hard, so stock up on any and all medical supplies you will personally need before you can’t get such items as easily.
To wrap up part two, Greg reiterates the need to hide items on your person. He mentions carrying a pair of handcuff keys, a shim for handcuffs, and a basic lock-picking kit, should you need to get yourself out of such restraint devices.
Like all the skills and techniques taught in part one and part two of the Survival, Escape, and Evasion series, everything must be thoroughly practiced at home, safely, before the need to use these skills in real life arises. Because if you need the skills and you haven’t practiced them, it will be far too late.
In this video, Greg opens up about his story evading various rogue factions of the US government and other organized crime elements. In doing so, he provides viewers with numerous actionable pieces of information about what they can do to successfully go off-grid, evade trackers, and stay both safe and anonymous.
All of the survival, escape, and evasion techniques Greg shares will be of use for just about anyone. This includes people who are in a similar position to that which Greg found himself in, as well as the average Joe who wants to practice the skills, just in case. Regardless of who you are or what your profession is, the importance of knowing these skills is very high. A catastrophe can happen anywhere and at any time, whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest, or wrongful criminal charges. You don’t need to be in the middle of a war zone to make use of the skills Greg teaches in this video. And if you ever are in a situation where you need these skills but haven’t trained them, it will be too late.
Greg’s decision to leave the country began with incoming information from his contacts. In the video, he changes locations often, in order to further demonstrate the kind of places you’re likely to stick to while on the move, as well as the different kinds of transportation you may use. While telling his story, Greg describes several of the techniques he used to remain hidden in plain sight and protect himself long enough to end up in another part of the world.
Some of the most important points from the video: