Book Review: Home Workshop Explosives

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ECSC5ameA I like to joke (not really a joke, but more of gallows humor) that I am on several “lists” due to my eclectic and controversial book purchases.* However, as I used to tell my college kids (in intro to terrorism) if you don’t know the bad guy tactics then you can never hope to catch them. you will hear more about that when I get around to reviewing The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Mini-manual of the Urban Guerrilla, and Turner Diaries, The author claims to be a chemical engineer, but I cannot verify that due to his use of

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Free PDF: History of Civil Defense 1945 -1984

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The PDF History of Civil Defense 1945 -1984 is actually called “America Civil Defence 1945 -1984 The Evolution of Programs and Policies it was written at Emmitsburg Maryland – which the home of the National Emergency Management Center – basically a college campus for teaching strategic courses in Emergency Management.  I never got there, as I spent my training time on the tactical courses.  If you read through the abstract you see that this document describes how we went from preparing individuals and teaching personal preparedness to being concerned primarily with government survivability. This monograph examines the modern civil defense

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Emergency Procedures Your Child Should Know

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Most kids are smarter than they look even at a tender age. They can take simple instructions, detect and respond positively to emergency situations. You need to teach them the right emergency steps to take. They should know when and how to respond if someone is in danger or when they find themselves in trouble. Here are some emergency procedures your child should know. Calling 911 Kids learn faster and have a good memory. If you teach them to make 911 calls during an emergency with practical demonstrations, they might save someone’s life or yours when the need arises. Tips:                                                                                         

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Camping Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

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Camping is an awesome outdoor activities and it has its own unmatched fun and excitement. Like every other thing, camping can be made more efficient, fun and frolicsome with some really valuable Camping hacks, tips, and tricks. Here are 7 camping tips. Test Your Gear- The gear you bought last year or probably a couple of months back and would be using them for the first time or a subsequent usage is on its way this camping trip. Whatever the case may be, test all your gear before you set up your camping sail. Fixing malfunctioning equipment can prevent a

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Camping Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

Camping is an awesome outdoor activities and it has its own unmatched fun and excitement. Like every other thing, camping can be made more efficient, fun and frolicsome with some really valuable Camping hacks, tips, and tricks. Here are 7 camping tips. Test Your Gear- The gear you bought last year or probably a couple of months back and would be using them for the first time or a subsequent usage is on its way this camping trip. Whatever the case may be, test all your gear before you set up your camping sail. Fixing malfunctioning equipment can prevent a

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Free PDF: ATF P 5400-7 Explosives Laws & Regulations

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ATF P 5400-7 Explosives Laws & Regulations is a hard to get manual from the BATFE – I say hard because I have asked for it from their website 8 times and am told that it is out of stock.  It should not be hard to get because it is the manual people use to stay legal. Now, this PDF is probably out of date so don’t use it as your sole source of US explosive law, but if you are thinking about getting a license and don’t want to get on the radar asking questions, then this is a

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Book Review: Managing 12 Volts

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My plan for a large scale disaster is mostly to use as many non-electric items as possible, by using as much 1800’s tech as possible. However, just because the grid is down, doesn’t mean its all little house on the prairie. besides that, most of us have generators that could be used for short duration problems like floods or winter storms. I am also a big believer in solar power where applicable, and know that when creating DC power, using DC power is more efficient than creating DC, loosing some in your inverter, then loosing more in the transformers that

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Free PDF: Anschutz Firearm Manuals

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This post contains 32 Anschutz Firearm Manuals.  I figure anyone who owns a specialized firearm from this company probably owns the manual, but in the interest of sharing, I had them, I share them. I’m trying to get all the firearm manuals from manufacturers that I have multiple models out first, and its easiest to stay basically alphabetical. I am not going to swear I will stay in order because I also jump around to what catches my eye at the time. From Wikipedia: J. G. Anschutz GmbH & Co. KG is a sporting firearms manufacturer based in Ulm, Germany,

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Book Review: The Ayoob Files

If you own a gun you need to read The Ayoob Files. Ayoob describes in detail several lethal force encounters, what happened, why it happened, and what the legal consequences were. This is another book of mine that is dog eared, bookmarked, and highlighted. I discuss portions of this book in all my defensive firearm classes, because the information is relevant to my students. Anyone can learn to use a firearm, but learning when to use a firearm, or how to use a firearm when one is being used against you are trickier… This books gives the reader quality ammunition

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Book Review: The Ayoob Files

If you own a gun you need to read The Ayoob Files. Ayoob describes in detail several lethal force encounters, what happened, why it happened, and what the legal consequences were. This is another book of mine that is dog eared, bookmarked, and highlighted. I discuss portions of this book in all my defensive firearm classes, because the information is relevant to my students. Anyone can learn to use a firearm, but learning when to use a firearm, or how to use a firearm when one is being used against you are trickier… This books gives the reader quality ammunition

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Book Review: The Ayoob Files

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If you own a gun you need to read The Ayoob Files. Ayoob describes in detail several lethal force encounters, what happened, why it happened, and what the legal consequences were. This is another book of mine that is dog eared, bookmarked, and highlighted. I discuss portions of this book in all my defensive firearm classes, because the information is relevant to my students. Anyone can learn to use a firearm, but learning when to use a firearm, or how to use a firearm when one is being used against you are trickier… This books gives the reader quality ammunition

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Free PDF: An Elementary Study of Chemistry

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An Elementary Study of Chemistry is another old manuscript that has lost its copyright.  Like the other posts in the Free PDF/Chemistry category, its probably overkill, but I have been swearing I would share these PDF documents for years, and I finally decided to get to it.The chemistry category is not the largest category of PDF’s I have, but it is pretty significant.  I have an interest in what is academically known as energetic materials, but as I know what prison is like my interest is purely and solely academic in nature.  I’ve been lucky enough to take some pretty

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Book Review: Ditch Medicine

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Anyone can go online and order sutures, quick clot, and fish antibiotics, and a quick trip to the co-op can net you all sorts of neat medical trinkets. If your willing to spend the money you can buy all sorts of high adventure medical kits, or military medic kits, but knowing how to use them is another thing altogether.  That is where Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies fits in. Ditch Medicine’s author, Hugh Coffee as been in emergency medicine since 1985 – and has been a swat medic for the last 10 years. He spends a lot of

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10 Best Ways to Store Soft and Hard Cheeses

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Who doesn’t love at least one type of cheese? It’s fresh, delicious, versatile and fit for any season. Stores have an abundance of cheeses, from soft and creamy cheese with a fresh taste or hard and aged flavored cheese. After purchasing the cheese, you will need to keep it fresh for as long as possible. However, you may not afford those expensive gourmet cheeses. Also, the cheap and processed cheese products may sound unhealthy. If you haven’t found the cheese type you want to purchase next or don’t know trustworthy cheese brands, you can find more details and options on

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Book Review: The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing, and Sausage Making

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One self-reliant project that I enjoy, but haven’t got around to videotaping is home sausage making. I believe that the ability to cure and store meat is a vital skill to anyone interested in producing a majority of their own food (vegans and veggies excepted). I can deal with a lot of things, but a life without bacon and sausage are just not worth dealing with (IMHO).  All preppers need to know how to How to Harvest Your Livestock and Wild Game Luckily I found this little gem. The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing, and Sausage Making is a

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Free PDF: AS2259 HF NVIS Antenna Erection Procedure

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AS2259 HF NVIS Antenna Erection Procedure is a military course to set up a specific antenna. From the manual: The NVIS Antenna AS-2259/GR is a lightweight, sloping dipole, omnidirectional antenna. It is designed to be used with an AM radio operating in the HF range of 2 to 30 MHz. It provides high angle radiation (near vertical incidence) to permit short-range sky wave propagation over communications circuits varying from 0 to 300 miles.It can be used with tactical HF radio communications equipment that tunes a 15-foot whip antenna. Examples of such equipment are the AN/GRC-106 and the IHFRs (AN/PRC-104A and

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Book Review: Home Cheese Making

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Some of my first online videos dealt with me experimenting with home cheese making, and I get a lot of questions about making cheese. I am no expert in making cheese. Ricki Carroll, the author of this book, is an expert. She is a pioneer in home cheese making, when she started the only way to get cheesemaking cultures and other ingredients were to purchase items packaged for factories, and I doubt someone who wants to try their hand at making cheese would start out buying a 20 pound bag of culture, when each recipe only takes ounces…. Ricki saw

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Free PDF: American Boys Book of Signs, Signals, and Symbols

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American Boys Book of Signs, Signals, and Symbols was written by Daniel Carter “Uncle Dan” Beard (June 21, 1850 – June 11, 1941).  Beard was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Beard was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, into a family of artists.As a youth, he explored the woods and made sketches of nature. His father was the artist James Henry Beard and his mother was Mary Caroline (Carter) Beard. His uncle was the artist William Holbrook Beard. He

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Book Review: The Tiger’s Way

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I have a friend that runs a local “mutual aid group” that uses The Tiger’s Way as a field manual, if you pick this book up, you will soon know why. The author, John Poole, has been both a commissioned infantry officer, as well as a noncom (USMC). He has also spent several years as a trainer and researcher. I have to give him some credit simply because of his opening line on his amazon author bio “Through an inverted military career, H. John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss”. This guy is not afraid to

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Free PDF: 2012 Emergency Response Guide

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The Emergency Response Guidebook published by the US Department of Transportation, developed jointly with Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Transport and Communications is used by firefighters, police, and other emergency response personnel who may be the first to arrive on the scene of a transportation incident regarding dangerous goods/hazardous materials. The primary purpose of the Guide is to provide immediate information regarding the chemical, therefore allowing them to take appropriate action to protect themselves and the general public. You can find ERG aps for you phone, and I have one, but for those times when I don’t have signal

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7 Steps To Prepare Your Garden For Spring

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It is that time of year when again we see a gardening opportunity, the old plants are almost dead, but you know that on the bright side new life can begin. To maximize the season, start the project green garden early on. There is more to do than just watering lawn and waiting for things to sprout, if you want the best view of your garden then take the time to try these 7 Steps To Prepare Your Garden For Spring. #1. Choose your site Before going overboard in planning, determine first whether your current garden area really is in

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Book Review: Protection Dogs for You and Your Family

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As I said in the video, Protection Dogs for You and Your Family was one of the first “prepper books” in my library – My definition being books that help me solve problems. At one time I was in the running to purchase a Belgian Malinois protection trained dog, and I needed to know what I was getting into. Obviously if you have dogs, and especially protection dogs, I recommend this book. I am going to risk being a little controversial and recommend it for parents also, not that I am saying your little precious is a dog, but because I

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Free PDF: Colt Firearm Manuals

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Like the Browning manuals from last week, I am sharing my collection of Colt Firearm Manuals in the event you buy a gun and don’t have a manual. There are a lot here, some 46 different PDF manuals, so it may take a second to load. I probably should have loaded them individually, but even doing it this way I still have over 500 posts to write and schedule so you can access this free material. Colt 22 Caliber Conversion Series 80 Colt 22 Caliber Conversion Colt 22 Target Model Colt 25 Hammerless pdf-embedder url=”https://www.tngun.com/wp-content/uploads/Colt-25-Hammerless.pdf” title=”Colt 25 Hammerless”] Colt 32

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Gardening Tips: Six Tips for Effective Weed Control

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Gardening is not a simple task. It requires dedication because it involves different activities from watering the plant to weeding. If you are not familiar with the different ways on how to protect your plants from the negative effects of weeds, you will not be able to achieve success in gardening. Weeds grow everywhere. These are stubborn little culprits that suck the nutrients from the soil. Even if you do not have plants to protect from the weed, you still need to keep your space free from this nuisance. Here are some of the important tips that you can consider

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Book Review: Living Well on Practically Nothing

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I have mixed feeling about the book Living Well on Practically Nothing. I did get my money’s worth in ideas, but a lot of this was rehash of things I have seen before. I really expected a lot out of this book, so it may have been my expectations where too high, but I felt it could have been a little shorter and left out some of the “fluff”. Some of the “disaster proof” jobs are things a lot of us do now to earn spare money. I did learn some things, but most of it was good common sense,

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Free PDF: An Elementary Experimental Chemistry

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By the end of 2020 PDF Downloads like An Elementary Experimental Chemistry are going to ensure that I dominate the internet on searches for 200 year olf Chemistry manuals. l have went in depth about why I am posting them, and I am limiting them to one a week, at some point I will figure out a better way to categorize them and lump them together like I do the firearm manufacturers manuals. Unfortunately, these all have different authors, different publishers, and different mindsets.  Some of these books are textbooks, others are more of lab notes from the experiments of the

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Guest Post: Building and Construction: Should You DIY?

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Should you DIY your own home? Understand that wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things. And there’s also a question of whether you can honestly do something well, if you do manage to do it. Sometimes the stakes are low, and even if you completely mess up, the experience is a fun one. But when it comes to building, construction and home improvement, doing something incorrectly can not only be costly and frustrating, but also potentially dangerous. That’s not to say that all DIY is bad. There are plenty of perks to doing-it-yourself. You can

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Guest Post: How to Fish With a Crossbow

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So, you want to learn how to fish with a crossbow? Maybe you want to impress your hunting buddies with an innovative technique while catching a bunch of fish? Well, it’s either that or you want to show off with your skills and new cool gadgets, right? All in all, you are reading this article because you are a fisherman or you will be soon. Amateur or professional, whatever your level is, equipment is updating, upgrading and just getting better overall. You should too! Luckily for you, I will show you everything you need to know about fishing by using

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Book Review: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

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This is one of the few “mainstream” books in my library, I heard about Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day on some cooking show, and figured it was just some “arty” book, but I leafed through it at a bookstore, and found a lot in this book that I could put to use as a prepper. Its no secret that I am not a talented baker – my breads tend to either – look good, or taste good, but seldom do they do both. I think it is because I am slightly impatient. I don’t want to wait around all

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Free PDF: AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems

AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems is a military correspondence course, I have long held the belief that if you absolutely need to know something and cannot fail then get the military to teach you.  Where else can you take a hormone filled teen, take them away from their family, and stick them with other teens, then give them the keys to multimillion dollar tanks missiles, computers, and heavy equipment.  Military training allows us to do that with total confidence that our soldiers will operate that equipment correctly under the stress of combat. Our military knows training.  We would be fools to

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Free PDF: AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems

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AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems is a military correspondence course, I have long held the belief that if you absolutely need to know something and cannot fail then get the military to teach you.  Where else can you take a hormone filled teen, take them away from their family, and stick them with other teens, then give them the keys to multimillion dollar tanks missiles, computers, and heavy equipment.  Military training allows us to do that with total confidence that our soldiers will operate that equipment correctly under the stress of combat. Our military knows training.  We would be fools to

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Free PDF: AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems

AL0926 Basic Hydraulic Systems is a military correspondence course, I have long held the belief that if you absolutely need to know something and cannot fail then get the military to teach you.  Where else can you take a hormone filled teen, take them away from their family, and stick them with other teens, then give them the keys to multimillion dollar tanks missiles, computers, and heavy equipment.  Military training allows us to do that with total confidence that our soldiers will operate that equipment correctly under the stress of combat. Our military knows training.  We would be fools to

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Guest Post: 5 Common Dog Health Emergencies and Tips to Combat Them

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As pet-parents our dog’s safety and well-being is the utmost priority.  Any parent’s worst nightmare would be seeing their dog in pain. But we all know that our canines are inquisitive creatures and can get themselves in trouble. They may get into a fight, suffer an injury or end up licking toxins. Panicking or stressing out in such situations can make things worse. So it’s recommended to be fully equipped mentally as well as physically to provide your dog instant first-aid. Here are five dog health emergencies and tips to combat them. Fracture Your dog may fracture his bones due

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Book Review: The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OqXijap-YU I discovered The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing at a local discount book store, and now that I own it, I would happily pay full price for a new copy if I should ever lose or destroy this copy. This is not a recipe book, although it does contain some recipes. This is a troubleshooting guide, as well as a reference packed full of charts and tables. If you want to know the chemistry behind your brewing, become consistent in the flavor of your finished product, or just start brewing, then I recommend The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing. I personally

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Free PDF: NWS Coaches Guide to Lightning Safety

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The National Weather Service’s PDF Coaches Guide to Lightning Safety gives good guidance to coaches and other responsible parties on how to keep safe from storms. Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, about 70 people are killed and many others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and sports officials must not let the desire to start or complete an athletic activity hinder their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy. The Coaches Guide

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Free PDF: How to Make an Emergency Gas Mask

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While I don’t recommend macgyvering things like gas masks, this PDF on How to make an emergency gas mask is better than breathing in methal-ethyl-bad stuff because your mask is in a remote bug out location and not on your side during a terror attack or chemical spill. I still recommend buying a quality mask and good filters for the people you love, knowing how to make one in a pinch is also good to know. I like knowing how to do stuff, and I think this PDF is neat, but once again, have I said that it is much

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Book Review: Five Acres and Independence

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmrfqVb8MOU Five Acres and Independence is a classic, no small homestead is complete without this handbook. However, it can be a challenge to read, as it was written back in the 40’s and republished several times. The small amount of mental work adjusting to the wording saves an untold amount of physical labor as well as waste. Mr. Kains was a noted horticulturalist, and his guidance is of extreme use to the homesteader. He tells how to use each production stream to benefit the whole – like my rabbit manure fertilizing my plants, and my plant waste feeding my fish…

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4 Prepping Skills You Master after Years of Camping

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Enjoying the great outdoors by yourself or together with your friends and family is an amazing experience. There is something immensely freeing about sleeping under the open skies and waking up with the smell of fresh, untamed morning air filling your nostrils. However, this experience isn’t one without its challenges. What You Need to Know It generally takes campers a long time to get accustomed to all the different situations a camping trip might involve. Fortunately, you can take some shortcuts in the learning process if you are dedicated enough. Here are the four most important prepping skills you master

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Book Review: Farnham’s Freehold

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In the science fiction world, I am pretty partial to Robert Heinlein, as a matter of fact, I use several selected quotes of his on a routine basis. Therefore, since I am doing reviews of prepper books, to include prepper fiction I had to throw Farnham’s Freehold into the stack of books. As you see from the book’s cover Heinlein knew this book would be a little controversial. It should be understood, that being fiction, the book can take some liberties with reality. The book begins with a nuclear war scenario, and Farnham and family take refuge in his bomb

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Free PDF: Browning Firearm Manuals

John Moses Browning is the World’s Greatest Gun Inventor he is regarded as one of the most successful firearms designers of the 20th century, in the development of modern automatic and semi–automatic firearms, and is credited with 128 firearm patents. He made his first firearm at age 13 in his father’s gun shop, and was awarded his first patent on October 7, 1879 at the age of 24. Browning is no longer with us, but the Browning Arms Company is.  While it is now a fully owned subsidiary of FN Herstal, its firearms are all over America.  The odds of seeing a Browning firearm at a range, deer

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Free PDF: Browning Firearm Manuals

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John Moses Browning is the World’s Greatest Gun Inventor he is regarded as one of the most successful firearms designers of the 20th century, in the development of modern automatic and semi–automatic firearms, and is credited with 128 firearm patents. He made his first firearm at age 13 in his father’s gun shop, and was awarded his first patent on October 7, 1879 at the age of 24. Browning is no longer with us, but the Browning Arms Company is.  While it is now a fully owned subsidiary of FN Herstal, its firearms are all over America.  The odds of seeing a Browning firearm at a range, deer

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Book Review: Teaching Women to Shoot

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvdy8zTwOjM Teaching Women to Shoot is a book I use in every firearm class I teach. Vicki Farnam’s husband is well known in the firearm world, but she is a great instructor in her own right. This book really opened my eyes as an instructor and taught me how to deal with the realities of training men and women shooters. There are psychological, physiological and sociological differences between the genders. One is not better than the other- but there are differences, and since most of the techniques of instruction, holsters, stances, grip sizes were all designed by men for men –

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Free PDF: Handbook of Chemistry (1854)

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This 1854 Handbook of Chemistry is an old reference, but that does not make it useless.  In my collection of electronic reference material I have stockpiled a lot of old chemistry texts.  It was chemistry that fueled our Industrial revolution, if you know science then you can do just about anything. I have about 100 of these old Chemistry books that I will be sharing over time.  It is not a cool as the gun stuff, or as immediately usable as some of the cooking or building pdfs, but if we ever have a true TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The

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Most Common Plumbing Emergencies and Disasters

Plumbing emergencies are among the most expensive sources of headaches that homeowners have to deal with. Too many homeowners have discovered, first hand, what it’s like to fork out thousands of dollars to repair the damages caused by these disasters. And in many cases, prevention could have played a huge role. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid and address the most common plumbing issues. 1. Sewer System Backup A backed-up sewer system is one of the most regular plumbing issues to deal with and is never pleasant to be around. Sewage backups are almost always related to the

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Most Common Plumbing Emergencies and Disasters

Plumbing emergencies are among the most expensive sources of headaches that homeowners have to deal with. Too many homeowners have discovered, first hand, what it’s like to fork out thousands of dollars to repair the damages caused by these disasters. And in many cases, prevention could have played a huge role. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid and address the most common plumbing issues. 1. Sewer System Backup A backed-up sewer system is one of the most regular plumbing issues to deal with and is never pleasant to be around. Sewage backups are almost always related to the

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Most Common Plumbing Emergencies and Disasters

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Plumbing emergencies are among the most expensive sources of headaches that homeowners have to deal with. Too many homeowners have discovered, first hand, what it’s like to fork out thousands of dollars to repair the damages caused by these disasters. And in many cases, prevention could have played a huge role. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid and address the most common plumbing issues. 1. Sewer System Backup A backed-up sewer system is one of the most regular plumbing issues to deal with and is never pleasant to be around. Sewage backups are almost always related to the

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FM 31-70 Basic Cold Weather Manual

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FM 31-70 Basic Cold Weather Manual is designed to prepare the individual soldier and small unit commander to conduct military operations for extended periods of time under the most severe and varying cold weather climatic conditions. The doctrine and techniques in the manual are applicable in any area that has cold weather and snow with their accompanying operational problems. Troops properly trained in this doctrine and these techniques will be able to fight; live; and move in any cold weather area in the world. Being able to operate in cold weather is an important skill for the outdoors man and

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6 Survival Items Every Hunter Should Use

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As a hunter, there are items that you should never go hunting without. These tools are important whether as a newbie or a seasoned hunter. This is because no one can be absolutely sure of what will happen while in the field. While hunting, many things can happen. Among the most common things are bad weather, accidents in the wild as well as other emergencies. All these can reduce your chances of success when hunting. To be able to able to achieve your targets, you need to know the right tools that will be necessary when hunting. In this article,

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Book Review: Sharpening the Warriors Edge

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJbPjih46s If you are a trainer, CCW holder, martial artist, cop, soldier, Marine, or otherwise involved in self defense – you need this book. Sharpening the Warriors Edge tells you how to program your mind for self-defense through proper training and practice. Bruce Siddle is well known in the firearm trainer field and this book is full of knowledge to make you better prepared to deal with a use of force situation. Between Mr. Siddle and Col. Grossman, just about everything you need to prepare your mind for surviving lethal force encounters is written down. While some people don’t feel the

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Free PDF: NWS Floods the Awesome Power

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Turn around don’t drown is the National Weather Services catch phrase so people understand the awesome power of floods. Flowing water created the grand canyon, it powers cities, and can destroy homes and lives. I was working in emergency management during the historic 2010 Nashville floods.  I don’t know if you remember, but we had mobile homes floating down the interstate during that flood. This PDF from the National Weather Service and tells how you can protect yourself from floods.  Understanding the inundation zone maps, and the federal flood insurance program is pretty important to homeowners. Floods can come quickly, and

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Free PDF: Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation (1956)

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There is a lot of misinformation in the work about Radiation and what it does, this is troubling because we are in the nuclear age.  Besides accidents like Fukushima, we have to deal with despots like Kim Jong-un.  I did a post a few years ago on types of radiation, but this PDF on the Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation tells what radiation does to you. In the world of radiation measurement there are terms describing the amount of radiation called rads, but that doesn’t tell us what we want to know so the measurement of rem was created = it

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Saltwater vs. Freshwater Fishing: Which Suits You?

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Which is better, saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing? A lot of fishermen are saying their own version of which is better for them. And they all have their good points one way from the other. But saltwater vs. freshwater fishing is not really a thing. That is because each person or fisherman can benefit from any of them with a specific purpose. In any case, for the purpose of comparison, this is an article to humor your queries. Here is a comparison about saltwater vs. freshwater fishing and which one suits you. The Difference Between Saltwater and Freshwater Before heading

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Book Review: On Killing

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIvRHIdd1G0 It is no secret that I am a fan of Lt. Col. Grossman’s work. I think it fills a niche that has been lacking in the field of martialism. If you deal with firearms for self defense then you owe it to yourself to understand that there is more to it than being proficient with your chosen gun. There is a cost to using violence to solve problems – sometimes that cost is worth paying – but you need to be informed so that you are able to make those split second decisions under stress. On Killing is more

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Free PDF: CETME Firearm Manual

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I used to have a CETME.  As a matter of fact I had a good time modifying it with G-3 parts.  I did a video on the roller system, as well as changing out the wood stock for a set of green hardware. I like how reliable these guns are once they are tuned up, but their ability to shoot comes with a price.  You can’t reload the ammunition because of the way the chamber is made. If you want to work on these guns, and if you own one your going to become a CETME gunsmith as most of

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Book Review: How To Customize Your Glock

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUR-RuNjCr8 I used to be one of those guys that didn’t really like Glocks – of course to be fair – I really am a revolver guy at heart… BUT once I bought one and began shooting it, I realized that a glock is a wonderful utilitarian tool. It is dead on reliable, has an accuracy that exceeds the abilities of the majority of users, and doesn’t cost a whole lot. When I really fell in love with Glock is when I went to the factory armorer school and learned just how simple the design is. a punch and a

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Book Review: The Ultimate Ruger 10-22 Manual And Users Guide

https://youtu.be/DEKLiosmUzA     Owning guns isn’t enough – you need to be skillful in their use. If one of the reasons you own a gun is because of your concern that you may need them in a grid down type of disaster, then you might also need to fix them. To do that you need to know how. The Ultimate Ruger 10-22 Manual is not a gunsmith manual exactly, but it does cover total disassembly, modification, and use. While I believe the section on machine guns and silencer construction are too vague to be useful ( and don’t tell the

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Book Review: The Ultimate Ruger 10-22 Manual And Users Guide

https://youtu.be/DEKLiosmUzA     Owning guns isn’t enough – you need to be skillful in their use. If one of the reasons you own a gun is because of your concern that you may need them in a grid down type of disaster, then you might also need to fix them. To do that you need to know how. The Ultimate Ruger 10-22 Manual is not a gunsmith manual exactly, but it does cover total disassembly, modification, and use. While I believe the section on machine guns and silencer construction are too vague to be useful ( and don’t tell the

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Book Review: The Big Book of Self Reliant Living

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I love having big reference books like this laying around. I spend many enjoyable hours thumbing through them to get ideas. When I have a problem and time is an issue, having research materials like this book save me time by allowing me to go right to the solution. The Big Book of Self Reliant Living is a collection of older material, much like the Storey guides, but I do find it useful, and am glad it is in my library. The only thing I have to say about this book is that is is a BIG book of self reliant

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Free PDF: US Enfield 1917 30 Caliber Firearm Manual

This US Enfield 1917 30 Caliber Firearm Manual is the ideal workshop guide for stripping & assembly with exploded parts drawings, specifications, accessories and historical information. Ideal for shooter and collector alike. This Free pdf gives you the information you need to work with your enfield. I personally have never owned one of these fine pieces of American history, but I have always wanted to. The M1917 Enfield, formally named “United States Rifle, cal .30, Model of 1917” was an American modification and production of the .303-inch (7.7 mm) Pattern 1914 Enfield (P14) rifle (listed in British Service as Rifle No. 3) developed and

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Free PDF: US Enfield 1917 30 Caliber Firearm Manual

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This US Enfield 1917 30 Caliber Firearm Manual is the ideal workshop guide for stripping & assembly with exploded parts drawings, specifications, accessories and historical information. Ideal for shooter and collector alike. This Free pdf gives you the information you need to work with your enfield. I personally have never owned one of these fine pieces of American history, but I have always wanted to. The M1917 Enfield, formally named “United States Rifle, cal .30, Model of 1917” was an American modification and production of the .303-inch (7.7 mm) Pattern 1914 Enfield (P14) rifle (listed in British Service as Rifle No. 3) developed and

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Gear Review: UProtect Wrist Brace

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I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel some years ago, and after a few years of wearing a wrist brace every night my symptoms resolved themselves, but recently I did a marathon 2 week 16 hour day website upgrade where I sat and typed and typed. My hand started going numb. Luckily UProtect asked if I […]

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Skippy’s List: The 213 things Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the U.S. Army

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While working on a post I was sad to find that the Skippy’s List website is no longer active.  Every time I get to talking about the military with a veteran I inform them about “The List” and point them in the direction. Basically, Skippy’s list was a list of things Specialist Schwartz was not […]

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Book Review: When Technology Fails

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I really enjoyed When Technology Fails, I liked seeing all the neat ways of improvising and adapting objects to new uses. Of course I am weird that way, and when I was in the service I spent hours reading the M1A1 tank BDAR (battle damage assessment and repair) manuals to learn how to steer a […]

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Free PDF: Biogas Technology in the 3rd World

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Biogas Technology in the 3rd World is another fine document from the CD3WD collection.  I don’t know why we don’t use biogas technology more here in the United States. Anything that was alive can be used to create natural gas that can be used to power engines, cook, and heat homes efficiently and renewably. Both […]

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Gun Disarming Simplified: Practical Solution For Stopping Active Shooters & Armed Criminals

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    First off, let me say, I have no monetary interest in this DVD, I am sharing as a service and not an advertisement. I know Paul Clark, the owner of Warrior Tactical Systems and creator of Gun Disarming Simplified.  I have driven all the way to West Virginia to take some of his […]

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Free PDF: Gunstock Finishing & Care

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Today’s PDF is Gunstock Finishing & Care. I don’t know any serious gun owner that hasn’t tried their hand at minor gunsmithing – normally it starts with refinishing stocks or bluing old guns. There isn’t anything wrong with someone modifying their own possessions, but I do caution on home gunsmithing. If you have a collectable […]

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Martial Arts and The Bible

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This interesting post about Martial Arts and the Bible is a guest post, but while I did not write it, it echos my personal beliefs on the topic. As a Christian and a martial arts student, I have often wrestled with the idea of self-defense. Does God expect me to defend my family and myself […]

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Prepper Bookshelf Book Reviews Moving Here

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Youtube is changing the way they do business, and as an advocate of the free market, I can’t say they don’t have the right to do it, but I am not happy with it and am working hard to find another outlet for my videos. That being said they have decided to de-monetize my Prepper […]

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Book Review: Alternative Energy DVD

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Alternative Energy DVD is $5.00 with free Shipping This Alternative Energy DVD contains manuals, plans, information, and DIY projects for sustainable alternative energy production. This disk is organized and professionally compiled. Insert the disk, and select the files from its listing – by subject and type. Easy to find material, and not a bunch of […]

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Free PDF: Glock Firearm Manuals

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I have done several glock posts on this site.  We’ve shown how to totally disassemble both the frame and the slide of the glock pistol, as well as a lot of other tips to maintain and modify the glock, now I am sharing a couple of glock firearm manuals. I like glock pistols for the […]

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Shooting: Octant Error Analysis

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Pistol Target Shot Analysis Sometimes too much emphasis by observers is placed on the target as the shooter is actually firing. However crazy this might sound, we do realize that the goal of all shooting is the effect on the target. What we are speaking of is placing too much attention on the round holes […]

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Firearm Manual DVD

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Firearm Manual DVD is $5.00 with free Shipping This firearm manual DVD contains 3.55 Gigs of 1117 files including civilian manufacturer manuals, military technical and field weapon manuals, printable targets, blueprints, patent files, videos, and training powerpoints. This disk is organized and professionally compiled. Insert the disk, and select the files from its listing – […]

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Free PDF: Surviving Without Doctors

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The idea behind the PDF Surviving without Doctors is that Most doctors, hospital facilities, and medical supplies are located in cities. An all-out attack would destroy most of these modern blessings. Even if medical assistance were nearby, only a few of the survivors confined to shelters in areas of heavy fallout would be able to […]

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Protection Against Fallout Radiation (1955)

With North Korea getting squirrely, and accidents with public emergency alerting for missile detection making front page news people are worried about protection against fallout radiation. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation.  Even worse some is intentional.  I spent a good amount of years teaching basic radiological response and how to stay safe around […]

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Free PDF: Protection Against Fallout Radiation (1955)

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With North Korea getting squirrely, and accidents with public emergency alerting for missile detection making front page news people are worried about protection against fallout radiation. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation.  Even worse some is intentional.  I spent a good amount of years teaching basic radiological response and how to stay safe around […]

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Protection Against Fallout Radiation (1955)

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With North Korea getting squirrely, and accidents with public emergency alerting for missile detection making front page news people are worried about protection against fallout radiation. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation.  Even worse some is intentional.  I spent a good amount of years teaching basic radiological response and how to stay safe around […]

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Shooting: Firing from Behind a Barricade

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Firing from behind a barricade is an essential part of combat marksmanship. It is a relatively straightforward skill and easily acquired. As all shooting techniques, however, mastery only comes from extensive practice. Contrary to what is seen on movies, most shooting incidents do not happen at high noon on Main Street. Common sense dictates that […]

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Basic Shooting Fundamentals

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There are certain Basic Shooting Fundamentals one must master if they are to be able to progress from one who is able to fire a firearm into one who can shoot. Sight alignment is one of these techniques. Sight alignment is the positioning of the gun so that the eye aligns with the rear sight in […]

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NWS Basic Spotters Field Guide

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Why get the Basic Spotters Field Guide, Did you know that the United States is the most severe weather prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two landfalling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, causing around […]

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The Myriad Uses of Concrete in Homesteading

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Homesteading puts us in a constant state of learning new skills, especially in the early years. One thing you’ll want to become comfortable with as soon as possible is working with concrete, because there plenty of ways we can use concrete in homesteading.   Concrete Is the Ultimate Building Material Composed of Portland cement, crushed rock […]

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Buying Your First Handgun

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Buying your first handgun can be quite daunting.  They aren’t cheap.  New handguns range in price from $250.00 to $2,500.00.  And to complicate the matter even further, there are many different manufactures and choices.  I tell people in my carry permit course that there are as many different types of handguns as the manufacturers can talk […]

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Kids and Guns

As a firearm instructor, you might not believe how many times I hear from someone that they would like to own a gun, but their spouse will not allow it because they have kids in the house.  On a grand scale, I understand and agree with the REASONING behind this feeling.  It’s a parent’s job […]

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Kids and Guns

As a firearm instructor, you might not believe how many times I hear from someone that they would like to own a gun, but their spouse will not allow it because they have kids in the house.  On a grand scale, I understand and agree with the REASONING behind this feeling.  It’s a parent’s job […]

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Kids and Guns

As a firearm instructor, you might not believe how many times I hear from someone that they would like to own a gun, but their spouse will not allow it because they have kids in the house.  On a grand scale, I understand and agree with the REASONING behind this feeling.  It’s a parent’s job […]

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Kids and Guns

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As a firearm instructor, you might not believe how many times I hear from someone that they would like to own a gun, but their spouse will not allow it because they have kids in the house.  On a grand scale, I understand and agree with the REASONING behind this feeling.  It’s a parent’s job […]

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