Your compass is a measuring tool that can be adapted to a variety of needs. As shown here, it can be used to measure more than just direction. You can use your magnetic compass to determine the width of a stream or small body of water without having to get wet. This quick and easy method of determining distance using a compass may just come in handy. In any case, it is always a good trick you can use to amaze your fellow survivors. Here is how it is done. 1. Standing at the edge of the water, sight an object directly across from you on the far bank. Take a compass reading on this object and mark the spot where you are standing. 2. Walk along the stream until the compass reading to the same object across the stream changes by 45-degrees and mark this spot also. 3. Now measure the distance between the two marks you set. This will be equal to the distance between the first mark and the object you sighted across the stream. For example: Say you are standing next to a stream and directly across from you on the opposite bank is a large tree. Take out your compass and sight the tree. Let’s pretend the compass reads 300-degrees (Azimuth type compass) or S30W (Quadrant type compass). Mark this spot and then walk either downstream or upstream until the compass sighting on the same tree reads 45-degrees in either direction from your first reading (either 255-degrees or 345-degrees on an azimuth type compass, S15E or N15W on a quadrant type compass). Mark this position also. The width of the stream is equal to the distance between your two marks on the ground. If you have practiced pacing (and every survivor should) you can count the number of paces between the two marks and calculate the width of the stream. The best survivalists are skilled in using whatever materials at hand in novel ways that give him an edge over his environment. “Thinking out of the box” is a trademark of the true survivor. ~Urban Man~
“Urban Man: Here is another great video from a friend of mine.”
Warning: For educational purposes only. Use these techniques at your own risk.
Tools/Equipment: 1. Brass shot shells (size for weapon system being used, 12 gauge, etc.) 2. Shot 3. Pyrodex Rifle and shotgun powder (or preferred brand) 4. 209 shotgun primers 5. Large pistol primers 6. Wadding material 7. Over shot card material 8. Lighter and glue stick 9. Primer crimp tool or “C” clamp setup with deep well socket 10. Primer removal tool 11. Powder tamper tool 12. Powder and shot measuring tool 13. Container for brass shells 14. Container to store kit 15. 15/64 inch drill bit 16. 23/64 inch drill bit 17. Wad and over shot cutter tool 18. Drill 19. Flat piece metal stock 20. Rubber hammer or similar 21. Flat piece of wood stock Converting brass shell to accept the 209 primer: 1. First use the 15/64 drill bit and drill out the primer hole. 2. Using a 23/64 drill bit, drill a slight recess in the primer hole deep enough to allow the primer rim to seat flush with the bottom of the shell. See photo above. 3. Seat the 209 primer like you would a regular 12 gauge shell when reloading. Note: Shotgun firing these types of reloads need to be cleaned more often than factory loaded ammo.
Warning: For educational purposes only. Use these techniques at your own risk.
Tools used for field expedient reloading
Items needed to reload 209 primer
Removing 209 primer components
209 primer assembly
“Urban Man” My survival buddy sent me another post in a series of reloading shotgun ammo. This video shows how to reload the primer as well when you have no primer replacements.” Suggested tools used: 1. Antique hand primer crimp tool 2. Wood dowel for powder, wad and shot compressing 3. Primer removal tool with socket base (5/8 inch socket) 4. Rubber hammer 5. Wad cutter tool (for what ever size shell you are loading) 6. Flat punch that fits inside primer cup to flatten out dimple 7. Flat piece of metal stock 8. Flat piece of wood 9. Strike anywhere matches 10. Powder and shot measuring cups 11. Wad material (paper, plastic, wool, etc) 12. Over shot card material (cardboard, playing cards, etc) 13. 5.5 mm socket (used to remove primer cup) 14. Pin or finishing nail used to pound out primer cup. 15. Lighter or similar flame source 16. Glue stick 17. Rifle and shotgun powder with container (I used Pyrodex RS) 18. Bird shot with container (I used #7 1/2 in the video) Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action. One drawback from reloading spent primers is the chance that the match head powder or what ever other ignition source was used may not ignite and you get a dude fire. In the event the primer does not ignite, wait about 60 seconds with the end of the barrel pointed on target in the event there is a cook off. A cook off is when the powder could be smoldering but has not yet ignited. If it ignites and the end of the barrel is pointed toward someone, there may be a chance of an accidental shooting. Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder.
“Urban Man~ Here is an interesting lesson from a survival buddy of mine.” Caution: This lesson is for educational purposes only. Gun powder is dangerous. Firing damaged or incorrectly loaded ammo is dangerous as well. There may be a time in ones life when it may become necessary to have to reload ammo in the field, especially in a wilderness survival situation or the collapse of society. We are comfortable in knowing that at the moment we have access to ready made store bought ammo. But, what if that luxury was some how taken away? What if there were no stores left or available to purchase our ammo? In such as situation, ammo can still be available if one knew how to obtain what was needed to reload their own. Spent ammo shells, especially shotgun shells can be found laying around all over the desert. Primers can be reconditioned and reloaded. Black powder can be homemade. Lead shot can be made from scrape lead. You really do not need fancy reloading equipment in order to reload ammo in an emergency or self reliant situation. Learn now to start saving your spent ammo hulls and shells. Set them aside to be reloaded at a later date when the time is needed. Here are the steps that were covered in the video to reload a 12 gauge shell: (if this is the first time a plastic shotgun shell is being used, cut the top crimp fingers off the shell where the crimp line meets the star crimp.) 1. Remove primer 2. Install a new primer 3. Measure powder and add to shell 4. Using dowel rod, gently compress the powder in the shell 5. Add correct amount of wading (plastic, paper, animal hair, leather, etc.) 6. Using dowel rod again, gently compress the wad into the shell 7. Add correct amount of shot. (insure that there is enough room at the opening of the shell to add the over-shot card) 8. Add over-shot card and compress gently with dowel rod 9. Add glue over top of shot card ensuring that the inside walls of the shell receive glue as well 10. Immediately add another shot card over the top of the first one and apply gentle pressure to allow glue to spread out Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action. Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder.