Book Review: Back To Basics

I recently was asked to review two new books from Skyhorse Publishing. They are Abigail Gehring’s Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency. These two books are the latest in Shyhorse’s Back to Basics series. If you follow my blog, you know that I have recommended the original Reader Digest Back to Basics book for a long time. This is the book that first turned me on to homesteading. While it is tattered and torn now, it still has a prominent place in my library and I have spent many happy hours thumbing though its pages and daydreaming of having a homestead someday. I

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Book Review: Back To Basics

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I recently was asked to review two new books from Skyhorse Publishing. They are Abigail Gehring’s Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency. These two books are the latest in Shyhorse’s Back to Basics series. If you follow my blog, you know that I have recommended the original Reader Digest Back to Basics book for a long time. This is the book that first turned me on to homesteading. While it is tattered and torn now, it still has a prominent place in my library and I have spent many happy hours thumbing though its pages and daydreaming of having a homestead someday. I

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Book Review: The Tactical Pistol

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Big-city cop and gunfight veteran Gabe Suarez teaches you the most vital lessons and techniques for prevailing in any situation where you must draw your weapon. Chapters in The Tactical Pistol include The Dynamics of a Gunfight, The Rules of Close-Quarter Combat, Holding Hostiles at Gunpoint and more. This is not the only Suarez book I have reviewed because he has written several books worth reviewing.  I particularly like his book on the combative perspective. This particular book builds upon the mindset lessons of the combative perspective by showing specific pistol techniques that you should master. This is not the only

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Free PDF: Fuel From Farms

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Fuel From Farms was republished to help fill the information void that exists with regards to fermentation ethanol. Fuel from Farms tackles the subject of fermentation ethanol in a balanced and reasoned way, with an emphasis on small scale production using farm crops as the source of raw materials. This book will provide you with an array of facts so that you can make informed judgments. Farms and businesses all across the nation can take part in one of the most exciting endeavors of this new decade. We are in the midst of a transition from an economy that is

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Book Review: 1984

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Along with Atlas Shrugged,  1984 is one of my “go-to” philosophical fiction books that I read to keep myself grounded when I get to feeling that the majority of people do not share my belief that we are heading in the wrong direction. I find it telling that some of our governmental czars and their agencies sound just like some of the organizations in this document. This book is a lot darker than atlas shrugged, the movie was not nearly as well done as the Shrugged series, but it is a lot easier to read. Both authors have first hand experience

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Book Review: The Home Schooled Shootist

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The Home Schooled Shootist is an instruction guide for intermediate to advanced shooters. It addresses fighting with shoulder-fired weapons at ranges 0 through 600 meters. The book assumes the reader has mastered basic remedial techniques and is fully versed in firearm safety. In order to ensure the buyer’s skills match the difficulty of the included exercises, a video preview showing limited examples has been created. It can be found at holdingyourground.com or via other common sources for internet videos. A search of “Home Schooled Shootist” should generate several options. This work is divided into three basic sections: How to create

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Book Review: Disguise Techniques

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Disguise Techniques is an older book, created by an actor working for the OSS, forerunner of the CIA. I expected more from the book due to its history of being a text of sorts for our spies, however it really did not give any new insights. It was an interesting read, but you could probably learn more from an acting class… This book dealt a lot with  controlling body language and how putting on a hat or taking off a jacket combined with body expression would change your appearance. In my mind any one that has watched a modern spy movie

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Book Review: On Combat

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqtvZ6mUED4 This is a quality book filled with several concepts that any armed citizen need to fully understand. If you carry a gun, you need to read On Combat. Col Grossman is one of the few modern warriors that has done any substantial research into the mental aspects of the use of force. He discusses what PTSD is, some information on how to deal with it, the flight or flight response, survival breathing techniques to reduce stress during lethal encounters, and much much more… When I began learning how to shoot defensively this book was one I read over and

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Book Review: The Combative Perspective

If you want to win, and not just survive, in a fight for your life, mind-set is at least as critical as tactics. In his book,  The Combative Perspective, Suarez shows how desire for victory, elimination of uncertainty, situational awareness and willingness to act can give you the mental edge. This book is the perfect companion to Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense. This book is subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to Self-Defense, which is an apt title.  In my experience mindset is every bit as vital to survival as training. If you are serious about personal defense then you

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Book Review: The Combative Perspective

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If you want to win, and not just survive, in a fight for your life, mind-set is at least as critical as tactics. In his book,  The Combative Perspective, Suarez shows how desire for victory, elimination of uncertainty, situational awareness and willingness to act can give you the mental edge. This book is the perfect companion to Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense. This book is subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to Self-Defense, which is an apt title.  In my experience mindset is every bit as vital to survival as training. If you are serious about personal defense then you

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Free PDF: The American Boys Engineering Book

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I love books like The American Boys Engineering Book, they are fun ways to learn to do things. If you don’t believe me check out their foreword: This is a play-book and not a text-book of engineering – a book full of fun, not fun at the expense of another, but the real fun and joy of making things.  It is characteristic of the real American boy to design and fashion things with his on hands.  You be sure, the creative instinct in more conspicuous in some than in others, but, be it apparent or latent, the instinct is really

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Bursting Pipes: 6 Signs Your Home’s Water Line Needs Repairing

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Your pipes are your lifeline for the water in your home. Without them, you’ll be in a world of hurt and not have running water until it can be repaired. Here are some of the signs that your Water Line Needs Repairing before the damage becomes more expensive. Lack of Pressure Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of things. Your water heater may be the source of your woes. Another cause for concern is that your pipes have started to age and are constricting the water flow. You may even be able to see the corrosion on

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Book Review: The Art of Natural Building

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The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building for non-professionals as well as architects and designers. From straw bale and cob, to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Includes examples of diverse natural dwellings, from a Hybrid Hobbit House to a thatched studio and a cob office. This is a good primer for concepts, and shows a lot of different ways of natural construction. I imagine, if you are experience, handy, and smart, then

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Free PDF: Prudent Food Storage

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Just about every new prepper starts with Food Storage, heck all the first posts on this site are all food storage, packing bulk food, using dry ice to remove oxygen from stored food, I’ve tried it all. I have learned that Prudent Food Storage is the foundation of prepping. This PDF on Prudent Food Storage is a basic document that sets out a common sense food storage plan.  It tells how and why to store food, why rotate it, and why you should eat what you store. There is no earth shattering secrets within this document, it is just good

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Book Review: The Gift of Fear

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I am a fan of Gavin De Becker’s work, and this is (in my opinion) his best work. He uses The Gift of Fear to further his argument that fear is necessary for survival, and that, in our “safe” modern world, we ignore our gut. He posits that women’s intuition, uneasy feelings, a man’s gut instinct, and our fear are all signals something is not right. If we learn to harness and train ourselves to use these unconscious signals we would be better trained to deal with unplanned emergencies. De Becker has a long and distinguished resume to bolster his ideas,

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Everything You Need to Know about a Multimeter

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When I start thinking about what device is the most useful to have for electrical needs around the house, a multimeter definitely is one of the most versatile. You can use it both in your home and on your vehicle to determine different electronic components. If you’re trying to determine if a fuse is blown, a multimeter can do that. If you want to determine if a battery (car battery, 9V, AA, etc) has any charge left in it, a multimeter can do that too. In your home wiring you can determine if an outlet or wire has an electrical

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Old Home Renovations: 5 Reasons to Leave Your Electrical Upgrades to a Pro

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Having an older home probably means that it requires some electrical work. You can do it yourself if you know what you’re doing. This can save you some money at the expense of your free time. Here are some reasons that it might be a good idea to leave your electrical upgrades to a professional. Entire Home Needs Rewiring Many older homes have outdated wiring throughout. This can mean that you’ll have to rewire your entire home. It can be challenging to know where to start on a task of this size. Using a company like Supreme Electric lets you

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5 Tips to Improve Your Finances: A Mini Guide

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Personal finance management is something that we don’t learn since our childhood, nor is it taught in schools. But it is something that we must learn as soon as we start growing up, as it is something we have to deal with all our lives! Here are a few simple tips that will hopefully guide you to improve your finances. Spend Less than You Earn: It may sound very cliché, but this is the most straightforward hack ever. You should always spend less than you earn. Most people don’t stick to this rule, but it’s very simple. For instance, you

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Outdoor Storage Sheds – 6 Reasons Why You Need One in Your Backyard

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This guest post is a bit of a “no kidding” post, I debated publishing it for a while, but in the end, I figured I would just on the off chance someone doesn’t know they can store things in a shed.  I would have figured that in today’s day and age they would have added living in one as a seventh reason, but the guest author must not be that much of an out of the box (pun intended) thinker. Outdoor Storage Sheds – 6 Reasons Why You Need One in Your Backyard With the busy work schedules and hectic

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Free PDF: Watermills with Horizontal Wheels

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Watermills with Horizontal Wheels is another document I got from the CD3WD set, but it was written to preserve history, not to be a how to.  Fortunately the quality of information and how it is presented allows it to be used to construct watermills. The great thing about water as stationary power is that is consistent – find a year round creek, set up a wheel, and you have power 24 hours a day. some times of the year you may have more or less power, but you have a power source you can count on.  While the potential energy

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Book Review: Survival Mom

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I am a follower of Lisa Bedford’s blog, and was very excited to hear she had come out with a book. This excitement was well founded because Survival Mom is a great book. As I mentioned in the video, I got this book for my lovely wife, who is very understanding, but who does not truly understand what prepping is, or why I spend so much time and energy doing it. This book connects the dots between good parenting and prepping. It is accessible, entertaining, knowledgeable, and shows that preppers are not some paranoid group of gun nuts stroking their guns

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Book Review: The Prepper Next Door

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When I got The Prepper Next Door in the mail, and opened it for the first time, I thought “Man that’s a lot of stuff”. After reading it I have to say, go with your gut, because this book does have a lot of information. This book is jam packed with information, and has a reference section in the back that links to several well known prepper websites and YouTube Channels. I really appreciate it when authors give me ways to get more information, because if I liked the information they gave, and the way they have processed it, then

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Free PDF: Hydraulic & Other Machines

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Hydraulic & Other Machines is an interesting historical document, when they scanned it, it alternates color pictures of the actual pages with black and white scans.  I don’t know why this is, it doesn’t interfere with reading it, but I find it strange. If you understand basic hydraulics and other machines then you can fix or build just about anything. This book is old, but the principles in this book have not changed.  The principles in this book have been known for hundreds of years. This is a good text to learn from, its information is valid, however, being a

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Free PDF: Hydraulic & Other Machines

Hydraulic & Other Machines is an interesting historical document, when they scanned it, it alternates color pictures of the actual pages with black and white scans.  I don’t know why this is, it doesn’t interfere with reading it, but I find it strange. If you understand basic hydraulics and other machines then you can fix or build just about anything. This book is old, but the principles in this book have not changed.  The principles in this book have been known for hundreds of years. This is a good text to learn from, its information is valid, however, being a

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Free PDF: Journal of New Alchemists Volumes 1,3,4,5

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Journal of New Alchemists Volumes is another CD3WD document, actually in this case it is 4.  I have 4 of the first 5 volumes.  Upon reading these books, it seems that the New Alchemists are a bunch of hippies in a commune. However, hippies living in a commune have to have water, heat, food, and for most of them electricity. How they solve these universal problems is of use to people that are not hippies. – Namely good conservatives like me… Speaking of hippies, I am secure in my political stance, it wasn’t inherited.  My political viewpoints are reasoned opinions

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Book Review: Protecting the Gift

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7KXB3s2Ng Protecting the Gift is a great companion book to DeBecker’s first book The Gift of Fear. This book takes those concepts and applies them to raising a secure child that can operate safely in today’s world. I did not have a child the first time I read this, and did not see as much value in it as I did when reading it AFTER I became a parent. Of course, from this side of the line I see that there is a huge change in attitude after becoming a parent. This book is not a parenting guide, but it

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Free PDF: Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack

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Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack is a single page PDF that shows (obviously) the author’s idea of the top cities at risk for an attack. I don’t have any information on the author or how they made the determination of what cities made the list. That being said, as I look at the list, the cities mentioned are probably ones I would attack if I was an enemy of the US. This list is not necessarily tied to military bases. Target factors could include population density, cultural centers, proximity to nuclear plants or NBC waste sites, Also is a

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Free PDF: Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack

Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack is a single page PDF that shows (obviously) the author’s idea of the top cities at risk for an attack. I don’t have any information on the author or how they made the determination of what cities made the list. That being said, as I look at the list, the cities mentioned are probably ones I would attack if I was an enemy of the US. This list is not necessarily tied to military bases. Target factors could include population density, cultural centers, proximity to nuclear plants or NBC waste sites, Also is a

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Book Review: Amateur Rocket Motor Construction

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One hobby I would like to do more of is Pyrotechnics. I love fireworks and I love diy projects, but unfortunately the regulations on storage keeps my playing to a minimum. However, even if I don’t get to build as much sparkly smoky things as I like, I still enjoy reading about them Amateur rocket motor construction is an awesome book. It is full of diagrams and instructions as well as recipes to make several tested rocket designs. Not only does the book have lots of reference material, it even has a couple “improvised” ingredients – recipes included use common

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Free PDF: Hand Forging & Wrought Iron Ornamental Work

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Hand Forging & Wrought Iron Ornamental Work came from the Stanford University Library through Google’s program to scan books and preserve them for prosperity. The author of Hand Forging & Wrought Iron Ornamental Work wrote it as a text book for instructors of manual training.  It deals primarily with interior ironwork, it does show principles of ornamental hand forging and methods that underlie all forge work. It has a large amount of drawings and designs because it was writtten for the amatuer. The author also stated that a large amount of photographs come from articles made by his students. This

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Book Review: Anthem

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Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In

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Book Review: Anthem

Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In

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Free PDF: Tree Crops

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A list of the most important books ever written about sustainable agriculture (and human health) would include Tree Crops, as well as the books by Sir Albert Howard, the publications of William Albrecht and Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This book is another one from the CD3WD set, so you know that it has information that can be quite useful to homesteaders, survivalists, and preppers.  If it can be used in to help develop third worlds, then it obviously can be used after a disaster in a first world. “TREE CROPS” is one of the important books of our time

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Book Review: Ask me no Questions, I’ll Tell you no Lies

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Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies is a pretty interesting book, especially since courts have long held that law enforcement officers can lie to you. There have been several instances of innocent individuals convicted based upon statements they have made to cops that were taken out of context. If your a thug, and criminal then you deserve to go to jail, but in today’s world it seems like people are having to deal with regulatory agencies with law enforcement power that are more more taking action for political instead of criminal reasons. If you are a prepper –

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Book Review: Atlas Shrugged

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Atlas Shrugged is a book that people either love or hate depending on their point of view and how many times they have read it. I read this book once a year, and have for the past several years, and each time it becomes clearer and much more useful.  This year I read it prior to going to the Atlas Shrugged Part II premier, and was particularly aware of the connections between Rand’s fictional world, and the world I live in. While I don’t agree with everything she stood for, especially the cult that formed around her, I have enough

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Free PDF: The First Steps After a Flood

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The Red Cross Brochure – The First Steps After a Flood starts by assuming that your home has been flooded.   It says that although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist . The PDF gives you things to remember in the days ahead. This is a pretty small document, it outlines the very basics of flood remediation and tells what resources the Red Cross offers to flood victims. Basically they can help you by providing you with a voucher to purchase new clothing, groceries, essential medications, bedding, essential furnishings, and other items to meet emergency needs.

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Free PDF: EAA Firearm Manuals

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European American Armory Inc. is a Rockledge, Florida based firearms company which imports a number of different handguns, shotguns and rifles to the United States. EAA firearms is best known for importation of the Tanfoglio T95 as the “Witness” line of pistols. The Witness is a modified clone of the Czech CZ-75/CZ-85 pistol. I have 40 EAA Firearms Manuals to share with you today. EAA Bhbb EAA Bhsb EAA Biathlon EAA Brno98 EAA Bunda EAA Cm2Youth EAA Ea380 EAA Easa EAA Fab92 EAA Hw660 EAA Izh3Kh EAA Izh18 EAA Izh27 EAA Izh35M EAA Izh43 EAA Izh43K EAA Izh43Kh “EAA Izh46

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Book Review: Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving

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The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is a great little guide to keep with your canning equipment. It makes a great gift for those new to food preservation and has lots of great (and easy) recipes for those getting started in canning. There really isn’t a lot to say about Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, it is rather small, but packed with information, has good illustrations, and covers what you need to know to can foods in a safe manner. This book is what I used to get started canning, While I made some mistakes when I started

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Book Review: Carrying Concealed Weapons

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Book Review: CCW Carrying Concealed Weapons Ahern brings more than two decades of concealed carry writing experience (and more than a quarter century of actually carrying concealed weapons on a daily basis) to his new book This is the definitive “how-to” book giving step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to carry concealed weapons and how to know when others are as well. Sound advice and alternatives are provided from choosing your weapon, to body language, to holsters, to clothing restrictions, ankle and leg carry options, off-body carry, fanny packs, and much more. This book also provides information on concealed storage of weapons, spotting

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Free PDF: ARC Checklist for People with Mobility Problems

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For the millions of Americans with mobility problems, emergencies such as fires and floods present a special challenge. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead.  This American Red Cross Checklist for People with Mobility Problems will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, friends, or a personal care attendant, and prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it. When I worked in the states fixed nuclear facilities program my main duty was training, but I had additional duties to ensure that the local emergency management officials at the county levels knew the

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Free PDF: Harper’s Camping and Scouting

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Excerpt from Harper’s Camping and Scouting: An Outdoor Guide for American Boys Have you ever sat in the saddle from dawn until dark, and watched your pony pick his steps up steeps where a goat would have difficulty, and where the trail winds about, a foot or so wide, dropping sheer a thousand feet on one side, and rising to the white floating clouds on the other? Have you ever paddled a canoe up a winding river, where the alders and birches form a protecting arch that let in delicious glimpses of blue upon you ? Have you ever paddled noiselessly along

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Book Review: Chemical Warfare Agents – Toxicity at Low Levels

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Chemical Warfare Agents is another good technical reference for those worried about WMD exposure. Like last week’s book, this is a professional text, therefore it is very detailed and information orientated. If your just a casual prepper then the price tag will probably turn you off, and you may be better off with a simpler book. However, if you have a understanding of chemistry, or are seriously concerned about weapons of mass destruction, then this is a good reference book to keep in your library. I got this book from college when I was getting my degree in Emergency Management –

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Valley Food Storage Fruit Sampler

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Only the highest quality and REAL ingredients in your 25 year food storage. Visit us to get started today! I have tried a number of different food storage companies over the years, and I have found a couple I like working with.  Valley Food Storage is one of them.  Recently I got a chance to try their food storage fruit sampler pack. The freeze dried pack came with three 15 serving resealable bags.  One each of Strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry. My first experience with freeze dried fruit came in the Marines with strawberries in the MREs.  That was one one

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Giant Moso Bamboo Seeds

I ordered some moso bamboo from babiesrhere. I got exactly what I ordered, but it took forever – so long in fact that I forgot how much I paid for the seeds and quoted a crazy price on the video.  These seeds are not $50, more like $10 after shipping, but it took me months to receive them. That is not the fault of the company, as they were shipped from overseas, but it would have been nice to know that upfront.  I found the shipping tracking data to be worthless. Phyllostachys Edulis ‘Moso’ is the largest bamboo on earth

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Giant Moso Bamboo Seeds

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I ordered some moso bamboo from babiesrhere. I got exactly what I ordered, but it took forever – so long in fact that I forgot how much I paid for the seeds and quoted a crazy price on the video.  These seeds are not $50, more like $10 after shipping, but it took me months to receive them. That is not the fault of the company, as they were shipped from overseas, but it would have been nice to know that upfront.  I found the shipping tracking data to be worthless. Phyllostachys Edulis ‘Moso’ is the largest bamboo on earth

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IronClad 25lb Rubber Coated Gun Magnet

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I have had a couple different brand of gun magnets over the years.  The idea is simple – a mountable magnet that you can attach to an object to keep a gun out of sight but easily accessible. These gun magnets are well designed – they are rubber coated so they won’t scratch your firearm, and they come with some pretty aggressive Phillips mounting screws so the magnet can be sturdily mounted. I don’t use these that often anymore – having kids means most all of my guns stay in the safe, but there are places these gun magnets are

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Instructor Lead NRA Basic Pistol Course

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Clarksville Guns and Archery is hosting an Instructor Lead NRA Basic Pistol Course Friday of May 18th. This 8 hour course is the prerequisite course for the NRA Pistol Instructor course taught May 19-20th at the same location. If you already have an NRA Basic Pistol Certificate, then you do not need this particular course to attend the instructor program. Cost is $100 a student, and will teach the basics of pistol shooting. Any person interested should contact me to ensure there are course materials ordered. This is a shooting course so at a minimum you should bring a handgun

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The Importance of Gun Range Etiquette

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A day at the range should be enjoyable, whether it’s a family affair or you are seeking some much-needed trigger therapy. No matter the reason, you will be sharing the space with a number of people, and you don’t want to be the disruptive or unsafe person on the range. There are certain things that you can do to make sure to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun time. Following these gun range etiquette tips will not only keep you safe and secure, but it will show common sense, courtesy and safety towards your fellow shooters. The Four

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How to Choose & Use A Spotting Scope for Hunting?

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Telescopic optics provide capability to a Hunter that nothing else can. A Spotting scope takes advantage of that technology better than any other piece of equipment we can carry with us into the field. Anytime you take a spotting scope with you into the field, you bring with you the capability to see for miles around and be able to search out game with pinpoint accuracy far better than you can with any other piece of equipment. Choosing the right spotting scope to bring these advantages to the table can be difficult at best. Hunting optics are highly technical, can

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Legacy Food Storage has a Deals Page

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The Legacy Food Storage website has added a page where they provide amazing deals on best selling items, overstocked goods, clearance and discontinuing products. I have shared discounts before, but they were subject to expiring.  Now that they have setup a Special Offers/Deals Page you can view limited time only sales whenever you want. Products on their Deals Page will be refreshed on a regular basis, so I encourage you to go at any time. Items are on sale for as much as 60% off of MSRP They are also running a 10% Off Sale for everything else on the

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Top 5 Lightweight Tools That You Can Take Everywhere

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Tools are an important part of any household and help in fixing numerous jobs saving a lot of time and money. Since there are so many tools and power tools to choose from, one might consider only those that they frequently use. However, you must always have a basic set of tools that may help you to fix all kinds of problems that usually arise. Here is a list of some lightweight tools that you can take everywhere. These tools are essential, easy to use, compact and lightweight so that you can carry and store them anywhere. Lightweight Adjustable wrench

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How to Choose a Fitness Tracker to Suit Your Needs

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The first fitness trackers produced were primarily step counters, but they’ve evolved into much more. They now use sensors to track your heart rate, calories consumed, sleep quality, and body fat percentage. They’re available in a variety of colors, shapes, materials, and sizes, and whatever your fitness goals are, you’ll find a fitness tracker to help you meet them. While it’s nice to have a variety of options when choosing a fitness tracker, the volume on the market today can make choosing one difficult. However, you can narrow down your choices. Consider the following five key features when making your

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Upcoming Pistol Instructor Course

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Clarksville Guns and Archery is hosting a NRA Pistol Instructor Course the Weekend of May 19th. This two day course will allow you to both become and NRA Firearm instructor as well as apply to become a Tennessee Handgun Permit Instructor. This course will also include the NRA Basic Instructor Certification which is a required prerequisite to becoming a NRA firearm Instructor. Any person interested will need to contact me to ensure you possess the applicable knowledge skills and attitudes necessary to complete the course. A weekend is just not enough time to teach someone enough firearm skills to be

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Free PDF: TC 3-10 Commander’s Tactical NBC Handbook

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Training Circular 3-10 Commander’s Tactical NBC Handbook provides commanders of battalion and brigade-sized units with the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) to train and operate under nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) conditions. Ultimately, the focus of this manual is to take the mystery and fear out of NBC defense. Leaders and soldiers must develop confidence in their equipment and in their own ability to both survive and operate effectively while wearing MOPP gear. If you have ever operated out of mopp gear then you understand the need for TC 3 10.  I could work with it fine, it was uncomfortable,

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Book Review: Combat Leaders Field Guide

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A guide to small unit dismounted combat operations, extensively updated to include both the latest doctrine and lessons learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq The Combat Leaders Field Guide covers the equipment, operations, and individual combat skills essential for soldiers and others who must act as infantry. This book is essential for Army infantry leaders at the platoon and company level, Special Forces troops, Air Force security and patrol services, Marines, and other Army branches who operate as infantry when needed. The basic skills all soldiers must know to prevail on the battlefield, including battle drills for offense

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Free PDF: Edible and Medicinal Plants

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I believe that today’s PDF on Edible and Medicinal Plants is a section of a larger work because of the way it is formatted, but there are no identifying marks on the document. Regardless, it is a good reference on edible and medicinal plants.As I wrote in the Prepper’s Guide to Foraging, don’t use a single source to identify plants – it is hard to take a drawing in a book and use it to identify plants. Ingesting the wrong plant can end in death.  Some wild edible plants have poisonous look-alikes, and it is important to know the difference

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Book Review: The Complete Walker III

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When I was growing up, I lived on a state park and spent all my free time in the woods. What time I didn’t spend in the woods was spent with my nose in a book. I checked The Complete Walker III out from the local library so many times that I filled up several of the little glued in checkout cards. This book is jammed full of great backpacking and walking tips. I love how he made some of his own equipment and shows how to both lighten your load as the hit on your wallet when buying gear.

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Free PDF: Feeds & Feeding

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Feeds & Feeding has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. Feeds and Feeding was published in March 1898 and was received with immediate and widespread favor by practical stockmen, as well as professors and students of

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Book Review: Cooking With Home Storage

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Cooking With Home Storage is one of the first prepping books I bought, and one of the few books that I have bought more than once. The authors, Layton and Tate are masters of home food storage. I would recommend a prepper buying any book on this subject written by either of these smart ladies. They are the food storage equivalent to Jeff Copper in Firearms. Cooking With Home Storage has useful guides to long term food storage, great recipes, and other tips to make life a little easier, and more comfortable. You would be well served with having this book

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Book Review: Country Beans

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I picked up Country Beans just to buy something is a really cool store I visited in East Tennessee. I am sure glad I did. This book is the same book I used to make the Tofu and bean milk, as well as the bean flour I used to bake the bread, which opened the door to the acorn flour I used to make the bannock. This book covers lots of material – from how to reduce gas, how to speed up the bean cooking process, and how to turn beans into a variety of other things. Who knew you

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Free PDF: Village Technology Handbook

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This is another fine work to come out of the CD3WD set.  I can’t speak enough about the quality of this program, and I wish that it did not dissolve after the death of the founder. From the Foreword of the VITA Manual: The Village Technology Handbook has been an important tool for development workers and do-it-yourselfers for 25 years. First published in 1963 under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Handbook has gone through eight major printings. Versions in French and Spanish, as well as English, are on shelves in bookstores, on desks in government

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Book Review: Defiance

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All too often prepper fiction ends all rosy, with the hero saving the day. Now, there are occasions for Walter Mitty fantasies, but Defiance is not for those occasions. This novel is about a soviet sneak attack based upon some unknown biological or chemical agent that incapacitates the government in a single surprise attack. – The book does not get in detail as is is just a plot device to explain how communists are now running our country (it could have been an election instead). The hero has been locked up in a reeducation camp – he is released and then

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Free PDF: Storage Barrel

I don’t know where this Storage Barrel PDF originated, but it is a pretty good idea.  I am a big believer in emergency kits, I have then in my car, my house, my land, my momma’s house, and few not to be named…  My first 72 hour kit was a red cross kit in a corrugated box. After a few years and practice runs the box was toast and the kit moved to a 5 gallon bucket.  This was much sturdier and allowed the case itself to be useful. 5 gallon buckets can be used for so much during a

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Free PDF: Storage Barrel

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I don’t know where this Storage Barrel PDF originated, but it is a pretty good idea.  I am a big believer in emergency kits, I have then in my car, my house, my land, my momma’s house, and few not to be named…  My first 72 hour kit was a red cross kit in a corrugated box. After a few years and practice runs the box was toast and the kit moved to a 5 gallon bucket.  This was much sturdier and allowed the case itself to be useful. 5 gallon buckets can be used for so much during a

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Home Security Tips You Need to Know

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Home Security Home security is the demand of modern time which could be made better through taking some essential tips. These are many general home security tips which help to overcome the general security breaches. The home security is the first priority which could be fulfilled through taking some essential steps. These tips help to review and enhance the home security. For improvement of the home security system, some of the tips are listed below. Use of Technology There is the great need to remain updated with the new form of technology. The best form of such technology for home

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Tale of the Tang: The Untold Story of Knife Tangs.

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Knives are the weapon of choice for many, but what most people forget is the fact that they need to understand the parts of the knife. You might love to carry a knife to your outdoor adventures, but have you given thought about the parts of a knife? After all, it is the sum of the parts that makes the knife strong, the parts dictate the purpose of the knife. Whether it is a full tang hunting knife or a push tang knife, you need to pay attention to these little details. The tang is that part of the knife,

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How to Understand Minute of Angle (MOA) – Long Range Shooting

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You generally do not have to visit a shooting range at all in order to hear the word MOA. Marketing’s campaigns have pasted that term to almost everything related to the firearms world such as the best rifle scopes, red dot sights, and the accuracy of a particular gun.  In the most basic sense, MOA is an expression of accuracy and became the common unit-of-measurement for windage and elevation on most weapons and aiming opto-electronic devices on the North American arms bazaar. If you are in doubt how to understand Minute of Angle (MOA) and its application in Long Range

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4 Home DIY Projects Worth Taking the Time For

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Home DIY projects of all kinds can be incredibly thrilling and fulfilling. If you’re looking for DIY project ideas that can do wonders for your residence, there are many out there simply waiting for you. It’s critical to focus your energy on home improvement projects that can lead to exceptional results. Try Your Hand at Cabinet Painting Cabinets are undeniable focal points in kitchens. If you want to revamp your food preparation zone, then you should seriously consider painting its cabinets a fresh new color. Cabinet painting doesn’t take a lot of time or skill. You just need to give

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Free PDF: Build a Generator From a Lawn Edger Motor

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I think it is a cool idea to build a generator from a lawn edger motor, so much so that a few years ago I build a very similar generator from a lawn mower engine.  It works well, and was pretty simple to build I would imagine, from my experience on the similar project, that a man could do this in a single day if they had the materials close at hand. The basic generator (gas powered motor, alternator and battery only), can be used as a 12 volt power source. This is extremely useful for charging battery banks in

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Book Review: Far Beyond Defensive Tactics

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Far Beyond Defensive Tactics is one of the best defensive tactics books on the market. I have read, reread, dog-eared, and written in the margins of this book – then went out and bought a new copy just in case. I have personally used several of the concepts in this book in real life encounters within the walls of state prisons when I worked maximum security after I got out of the Marines. The information on how to get a combative drunk out from behind the wheel of his car was a story I adapted and used inside the prison to

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Book Review: Foxfire 6

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Like Foxfire 9 that we reviewed earlier, Foxfire 6 is a great historical documentary to teach us how our ancestors lived prior to rural electrification. This classic book deals with shoemaking, children’s toys, musical instruments, wooden locks, and has a very interesting story of a rural genius that powered a sawmill using salvaged car transmissions, axles, and differentials turned by a waterwheel from his own homemade dam. This book is not a prepper boor per se, but the mindset of our ancestors is a vital one to recreate is we are to survive any type of long term collapse, depression, or

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Book Review: From the Ashes, America Reborn

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For the first time since the inception of his fictional Tri-States network 15 years ago, bestselling author William W. Johnstone delivers a complete guide to the first 24 books in his “Ashes” series. This book is based upon a fictional interview.  In this book you read the views of Ben Raines on the IRA, the IRS, racism, the justice system, welfare, the military, politicians, prison reform, capital punishment, and the government. From the Ashes, America Reborn is the definitive guide also offers a detailed synopsis of every novel, maps of each journey, and more. While this is over the top

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Free PDF: EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water (2006)

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This EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water comes from the Environmental Protection Agencies Officer of Water. You can get more information from their website www.epa.gov/safewater. In times of crisis, follow local officials may offer advice. Local health departments or public water systems may urge consumers to use more caution or to follow additional measures than the information provided here. USE ONLY WATER THAT HAS BEEN PROPERLY DISINFECTED FOR DRINKING, COOKING, MAKING ANY PREPARED DRINK, OR FOR BRUSHING TEETH 1. Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available. 2. If you don’t have bottled water, you

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Free PDF: Baker’s Rural House Plans

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I have another PDF from Laurie Baker, this one is on Rural House Plans.  In this PDF Baker tells it as he sees it.  He says: Rural housing is more complex than urban housing as it usually has to cope not only with human beings but with livestock as well. There is also usually a need for covered space for all sorts of occupations, weaving, basket making, rope making, nets and fishing, food drying and processing etc. The open space surrounding the house is as important as the house itself and is very much used for cooking, storing, animal, poultry

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Free PDF: Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Chemistry

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Basically the Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Chemistry is a collection of old out of copyright books that Kurt Saxon combined into a single work.  Saxon is known for his explosive instructions and his Poor Man’s James Bond books.  His lack of fingers testify to his explosive knowledge. Much of this is useful, but it is presented at your own risk and for academic study only.  The standards of safety when this was written were much more lax.  And the author of this PDF did not bother to test anything in it, setting on reprinting older work. Granddad’s Wonderful Book of

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Book Review: Generators and Inverters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGu2YKChBWg I really like Stephen Chastain’s books, he builds the things he writes about, and they really work. In this particular book he talks about how to turn a car engine into a generator. In his book, Generators and Inverters, He talks about how to create a carburetor to make your engine run on multi-fuels like propane and biodiesel, how to silence your engine and reduce vibrations, and MUCH more. This is a very valuable book for homesteaders, diyers, or anyone looking at alternative energy sources. From his website: “Steve, a mechanical and materials engineer, lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He

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Book Review: Generators and Inverters

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGu2YKChBWg I really like Stephen Chastain’s books, he builds the things he writes about, and they really work. In this particular book he talks about how to turn a car engine into a generator. In his book, Generators and Inverters, He talks about how to create a carburetor to make your engine run on multi-fuels like propane and biodiesel, how to silence your engine and reduce vibrations, and MUCH more. This is a very valuable book for homesteaders, diyers, or anyone looking at alternative energy sources. From his website: “Steve, a mechanical and materials engineer, lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He

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Free PDF: FEMA CPG1-19A Emergency Fallout Shelter Stocking Plan

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FEMA CPG1-19A Emergency Fallout Shelter Stocking Plan gives guidance to local and state preparedness officials to so that they can develop effective fallout shelter stocking plans. From 1962 to 1970 over 165,000 tons of food were placed in approximately 100,000 shelters across the country.  In 1969 Congress stopped appropriating funds so the program stopped. In 1976 tests established a high probability that some of the food was rancid, and documents were circulated recommending disposing of the food but keeping the medical and sanitation kits.  and restocking would become the local community responsibility.

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Book Review: Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZahHTxDZag The Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents is an expensive book, and it goes into a lot of detail – basically it is used as a text in various college level WMD classes. There is a lot of half information about dealing with chemical and biological agents, and a lot of people buying equipment to protect their families without access to effective information to ensure they are spending their money of the right equipment. You cannot seem to read a website about Chem-Bio without some rehash of the smells of certain chemical agents, but if you smell newly mowed

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Book Review: Homeland Insecurity

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Every day, busy Americans scurry about attending to the needs of daily life. With pressures of family and work, most don’t have the time it takes to think about let alone fully understand the vast government bureaucracy that they trust to take care of everything else that affects them. This bureaucracy remains cloaked behind a veil of secrecy designed to keep inquisitors on the outside at arm’s length. Those “in the know” that operate behind the veil aren’t saying anything beyond the problem that is periodically fed to media sources to either document the latest agency achievement or to manage

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Free PDF: Forge Practice (Elementary)

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Forge Practice (Elementary) is a must have book originally published in 1904 by John Lord Bacon. The basics of blacksmithing hasn’t changed over the years and I have seen beginners and masters alike at Hammer-ins and  Demonstrations perform these very things listed and discussed here in this book. I have said before, and its likely I will say it a bunch more, if you want to learn to blacksmith the best thing to do is find someone to teach you, failing that fall back on the old books like this and prepare to make a lot of mistakes from practicing.

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Training Your Dog Through Positive Reinforcement

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Leaving your dog for keep chewing or just to sit on a couch and watch some animal discoveries kind of things make your dog to get bored. You have no idea how much energy your dog loses during that boredom. So the mental exercise like training them for different lifestyles can burn off their boredom, make them active and reduce the chances of wasting their energy and preserves them from getting slow or dull. In addition to this, it is good for behavioral development of your dog. Try to train your dog by positive reinforcement because if dogs are trained

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Free PDF: Cyclopedia of American Agriculture

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The Cyclopedia of American Agriculture is a popular survey of the agricultural conditions, practices, and ideals in the United States in Canada in the early 1900’s As such it shows how farmers produced food well before the industrial factory farms of modern times.  They were able to feed the country without all the fertilizers and feedlots we use today. The food may not have been as cheaply produced, and it wasn’t as “efficient” as modern techniques, but the food was of better quality – food produced using the old methods would be considered premium “organic” produce. If you look at

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Book Review: The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives

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If you are interested in pyrotechnics, then The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives is a good starting place. It is an older title but it is still relevant, as are all classics. This book does a great job of explaining the chemistry behind energetic materials. If you have an interest in this area then you need to read his book. It has a really nest section on making fireworks, a large section on black powder, Manufacture of single based propellants, various nitrates and nitric esters, primary explosive compounds, and great history of this field. As I stated earlier, this is an

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Choosing the Perfect Puppy

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Men feel natural attraction for puppies as they are very loyal and trustworthy friend for us. That’s why many people cherish desire to bring a pet at home. Before bringing them at home, you should take a wiser decision. Generally, most families take a wrong decision in selecting the right one for them. Definitely, you need to observe them at first. It’s very important to evaluate a pet as you want to raise it not less than your child. Sometimes, bold puppies become quiet and change their nature drastically. That’s why it’s difficult to identify right one. No need to

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Book Review: The Preparatory Manual of Explosives 3rd Edition

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Knowledge is like guns. It is a tool that in itself has no moral values. It is how it is used that makes it good or evil, or similarly (but not quite alternatively) lawful or unlawful. The Preparatory Manual of Explosives 3rd Edition is a valuable reference book, full of great information rarely found elsewhere, however, it is also highly illegal to actually construct, or plan to construct anything in this book without the proper licenses. It is particularly difficult to acquire those licenses, however, if you can legally create the compounds in this manual, then this is a great professional

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