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: