Free PDF: How to Obtain Your FBI File

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How to Obtain Your FBI File is a simple FOIA Document and list of address asking the FBI to release any information they have on you. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the embodiment of the public’s right to know about the activities of its government. Transparency is an integral part of a democracy and is necessary to hold a government accountable to its people. FOIA is a foundational transparency law, and one of the most important tools in creating and maintaining a transparent and accountable government. It is the primary mechanism by which the public can gain access

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Free PDF: High Standard Firearm Manuals

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Today we are sharing 26 High Standard Firearm Manuals High Standard Firearms is an American manufacturer of firearms, based in Houston, Texas. The company was founded in Hamden, Connecticut in 1926 as a supplier to the numerous firearms companies in the Connecticut Valley.High Standard 10A Firearm Manual DVD 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 PowerPoint. I did not know, but learned from wikipedia when writing this article, that Hi-Standard owns AMT, my dad carried an AMT Backup .380

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Free PDF: Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness 7 Day Survival Kit

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Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness 7 Day Survival Kit is another government plan for a disaster kit. It is a little different in that it is not the typical 72 hour kit.  This is probably because the idea behind the 72 hour kit is that it takes the government about 72 hours to get set up to deal with a disaster. Let’s face reality, it takes time to get those fema trucks full of stuff to get loaded, get to the location, get unloaded and distributed. This document comes from the State of Alaska’s Emergency Management Agency, and in Alaska 

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Free PDF: What is the Local 3-Month Temperature Outlook (L3MTO)

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What is the Local 3-Month Temperature Outlook?  The L3MTO provides probabilistic local forecasts of 3-month average daily temperatures for thirteen consecutive 3-month periods (January-February-March, February-March-April, March-April-May, etc.). The L3MTO is currently available for approximately 1500 sites nationwide with the capability to expand up to 4000 sites. Users can request additional sites through their local National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO). This product extends the Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) national 3-Month Temperature Outlook to specific local sites and is released simultaneously with the national product on the 3rd Thursday of every month. The easiest place to find it is at their website: http://w2.weather.gov/climate/l3mto.php I never

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Free PDF: UFC 3-440-01 Design – Active Solar Preheat Systems (2002)

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UFC 3-440-01 Design – Active Solar Preheat Systems is one of those documents is a UFC Document. Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) documents provide planning, design, construction, sustainment, restoration, and modernization criteria. UFC Documents also apply to the Military Departments, the Defense Agencies, and the DoD Field Activities in accordance with USD (AT&L) Memorandum dated 29 May 2002. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer are responsible for administration of the UFC system. While this really pertains to large buildings and contracting companies, I add it

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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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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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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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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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free PDF: Estimate of the Situation

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This Estimate of the Situation PDF fits very well with my What’s Important Now post on staying calm. It is based on military training, and I would not be surprised if this is an excerpt from a military text. All tactics are based upon the ability of leaders on all levels to do an estimate of the situation. The estimate is a logical thought process which helps the leader apply doctrine to a specific situation to make tactical decisions. The estimate is the key to mission type orders, exercising initiate, decentralized operations. The estimate of the situation has five steps: Detailed mission

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Free PDF: HK Firearm Manuals

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Today I have 38 HK firearm manuals to share Hk 4 Hk 11 HK 33 Automatic Rifle Cal 5.56mm x 45 Nato Hk 33E-53 Hk 91 Hk 93 Hk 94 Hk 270 Hk 630-770-940 HK Binelli Shotgun Training HK G3 Automatic Rifle Cal 7.62mm Nato Hk G3 Hk G11 Hk Gpt Hk Mark23 Hk Mg4 Hk Mp5 Armorers Manual Hk Mp5 Hk Mp5A4 Hk Mp5N Hk Mp5Sf Hk Mp7A1 Hk P7 Owner HK P7 Pistol P7 9mm Hk P7 Hk P2000 HK Pistol P9S 9mm Hk Psg1 Hk Sl6 Sl7 Hk Sl81 Hk Sr9 Hk Ump 40 Hk Usc 45

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Free PDF: ARC Be Ready

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The American Red Cross “Be Ready” program is designed to help kids learn about basic disaster preparedness without being fearful.  The Prepper Pete Series from Chaplain Kermit Jones does the same thing but with better pictures. I reviewed the Prepper Peter books a few years ago and still enjoy them with my son. The Red Cross Be Ready program created animal experts to teach proper disaster response. Disaster Dog knows earthquakes, Cool Cat teach about home fires, and Ready Rabbit is the expert on winter storms, This program encourages self reliance and a positive “can-do” attitude. Preparedness saves lives, and

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Free PDF: American Boys Handbook of Camp-lore and Woodcraft

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In Camp-Lore and Woodcraft, Beard, an avid outdoorsman, provides youngsters and campers of all ages with detailed, easy-to-follow advice on building campfires for light and warmth; making a good fire for cooking; and packing, saddling, and mounting a horse. There are also some fine tips on preparing for a camping trip, choosing a camp site, and pitching a tent, plus notes on how to cut down a tree and the proper way to chop wood. First published nearly a century ago, and enhanced with more than 370 of the author’s own illustrations, this engagingly written book by a man with

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FM 12-43 Mines & Boobytraps (1969)

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FM 12-43 Mines & Boobytraps explains the responsibilities and safety issues that should be thoroughly understood by anyone using any weapon. Any military enthusiast will appreciate the level of detail this field manual offers.Little is more dangerous to U.S. forces fighting insurgents in hot spots around the world than improvised explosive devices. It’s the weapon of choice for under-funded forces aimed to attack American soldiers with low risk to themselves. This official U.S. manual is the complete guide to using and dismantling boobytraps. Here you can learn how to assemble, use, detect, and remove boobytraps and demolition items in almost

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Free PDF: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless, odorless gas that, when inhaled, prevents the blood from carrying oxygen and prevents the tissues from using oxygen effectively. Small amounts are not usually harmful, but poisoning occurs if levels of CO in the blood become too high. The CDC estimates that approximately 400 people die from unintentional CO exposure in the United States every year. Data specific to Minnesota show that an average of 14 people die due to unintentional CO poisoning each year. The same data shows that another 307 people visit emergency department each year for treatment of symptoms linked

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Free PDF: Farm Poultry

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Just about every homestead I know started with chickens, I live in a subdivision and have kept chickens for years. In the book to the left, Joel Salatin talks about how to make money with chickens. I’ve never made money with chickens (except a little with eggs), but I know that farm poultry are almost considered essential. Besides the eggs and meat, chickens kill bugs, eat scraps, kill snakes, and if used correctly can help prepare your garden bed. Done incorrectly they can destroy your garden, your budget, your relations with your spouse, and cause neighborhood drama as they have

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Free PDF: Barnacle Parp’s Chainsaw Guide

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The author of Barnacle Parp’s Chainsaw Guide started his book with a few statements. The first is that his friends call him “Parp” and he will appreciate your indulgence hereafter. The second is that this book is an honest endeavor. No one connected in any way with the production of this book has any interest whatsoever in promoting the products of any of the manufacturer’s or companies mentioned in this book. No one connected with this book has ever re- quested, received, or been offered any chain saws, gifts, or bribes of any kind. No “test models,” no exchanges, trades

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Free PDF: Drying Food

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This is another Extension office document on drying food, this time it is from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Home Economics. What I like the most about this PDF on Drying Food is the reference charts.  This makes it pretty handy. Drying or dehydration, the oldest method of food preservation, is particularly successful in the hot, dry climates found in much of New Mexico. Quite simply, drying reduces moisture necessary for bacterial growth that eventually causes deterioration. Successful dehydration depends upon a slow steady heat supply to assure that food is dried from the inside to the outside. Drying

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Free PDF: Basic Principles of Passive Solar Design

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Basic Principles of Passive Solar Design by Fred Hopman, President of the Taos Solar Association is a manual I got from Weir’s CD3WD set. True to form, this book starts out talking about experience building in Nepal, and how the Natives of that country build mountain homes using passive solar design. I do a lot of research into off grid housing, especially in earth sheltering, thermal mass, and passive solar.  It is my goal to build a small house with a zero grid footprint.  What good is it to build a home with no mortgage if you have to pay

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Free PDF: Evaluation of Solar Cookers

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Today’s PDF is the Evaluation of Solar Cookers.  For disaster preparedness, camping, or off grid living, solar cookers allow slow cooking and baking without any energy input beyond the sun. This is a very cool concept.  I even took some time to build my own solar oven to use in my front yard. Unfortunately, design matters, and a poorly designed or cheaply constructed solar cooker does not work.  Well designed and constructed cookers are expensive. That is why documents like this are important, they keep you from wasting money buying a cooker that doesn’t work well. For those not familiar

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Free PDF: Application of Biomass Energy Technologies

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In researching todays PDF on the application of biomass energy technologies, I was mortified at how much money similar works cost.  I found a lot of information on this topic, but that info was pricey.  It was common to find kindle books that cost more then $200 – KINDLE BOOKS… I don’t know about you, but I don’t read on kindle unless the book was free or under $1.00. Those books that were affordable were base level – hey look what you can do, not this is how you do it books. For those that don’t have an understanding of

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Free PDF: An Introduction to the Study of Chemistry (1901)

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An Introduction to the Study of Chemistry was written by Ira Remsen, a Professor of CHemistry at John Hopkins University.  The 6th edition was published in New York by Henry Holt and Company in 1901 Dr. Remsen writes: Since the appearance of the last edition of this book many important discoveries have been made in Chemistry. In preparing the new edition the author has endeavored to include all discoveries that come within the scope of the book, and it is believed that nothing that could fairly be looked for in a book of this size has been omitted. The experiments have

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Free PDF: Biological Threat

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Biological Threat is an chapter in an unknown book.  It was given to me without any explanation or identification. I found it to be a good piece of information so I included it as today’s PDF. If you happen to recognize it, I would love to give credit to the author and link to the full book. I don’t worry about chemical attacks, and I am not afraid of thunderstorms, active shooters, or nuclear weapons.  It is biowar that scares me. The idea that for under $1000 a terrorist with a little knowledge can produce a biological agent that can

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Free PDF: Catalog of Drawings for Wrought Ironwork

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This PDF Catalog of Drawings for Wrought Ironwork can be used by the blacksmith to get ideas and patterns for making items out of iron. If you are a high tech blacksmith, then pinterest also has some good pins of wrought iron patterns. Wrought iron is no longer produced on a commercial scale. Many products described as wrought iron, such as guardrails, garden furniture and gates, are actually made of mild steel.  They retain that description because they are made to resemble objects which in the past were worked by hand by a blacksmith although many decorative iron objects, including fences

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Free PDF: Basic Book of Organic Gardening

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As a child I remember my mother and my grandmother working in the garden.  My grandparents worked for a children’s home and were known to have huge gardens to feed the children (and build a work ethic I think) My mom had this huge green Rodale book on organic gardening, and while she probably doesn’t remember it I do. Today’s PDF goes back to those gardening days as I am sharing another CD3WD document entitled Basic Book of Organic Gardening Rodale, the editor of this book is well known in organic gardening, his daughter Maria Rodale is even better known,

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Free PDF: Break In

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I don’t know the author of today’s PDF, but we share a lot of the same mentality when it comes to home invasions. The PDF Break in shares some tips for dealing with the aftermath of a self defense shooting after someone breaks into your home. I have covered this topic before in several articles. In the post don’t clear alone, I showed why you should pick a spot to defend rather than try to search for the intruder, In should you shoot to wound. We discussed warning shots and the difference between shoot to kill and shoot to stop.

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Free PDF: Are You Ready

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The Are You Ready guide has been prepared for direct dissemination to the general public and is based on the most reliable hazard awareness and emergency education information available at the time of publication, including advances in scientific knowledge, more accurate technical language, and the latest physical research on what happens in disasters. This publication is, however, too brief to cover every factor, situation, or difference in buildings, infrastructure, or other environmental features that might be of inter- est. To help you explore your interest further, additional sources of information have been included. The guide has been designed to help the citizens

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Free PDF: Alone in the Wilderness

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This Alone in the Wilderness by Knowles is not the same as the Dick Proenneke video that PBS uses to get viewer subscriptions twice a year. This is a separate and different book describing Knowles experience living alone in the Canadian wilds on the shore of Lake Megantic. The Proenneke video shows his life in Alaska. This is well written book, and would be pretty interesting to a boy that likes hunting and camping.  There is outdoor skills you can learn from this document, but it is not a how to book. This book is a documentary of the author’s

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Free PDF: ARTEP1-113 Mission Training Plan for Assault Helicopter Battalion

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ARTEP 1-113 Mission Training Plan for Assault Helicopter Battalion is not something I think is useful to you as it sits, but it is a fine example of an army mission training plan. When I was an emergency management planner and was tasked to create a document – be it an SOP, a plan, an exercise, or anything else, I always started by finding a template to work from. While none of us preppers have the resources to create an assault helicopter battalion (if you do call me…) but we may need to create a training plan for our team

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Free PDF: Aspirin Poisoning

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Aspirin Poisoning is something I never knew existed, for a long time I thought that the worse you hurt the more pain meds you ate. I’m surprised I still have a liver. However, the more you know the better you are equipped to survive.  I now know to take it easy on the over the counter stuff.Salicylate poisoning, aka aspirin poisoning, is the acute or chronic poisoning with a salicylate such aspirin. The classic symptoms are ringing in the ears, nausea, abdominal pain, and a fast breathing rate. Early on these may be subtle while larger doses may result in fever. Aspirin poisoning signs

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Free PDF: Animal Products

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Animal Products, their preparation, commercial uses and value, is an old document, but I still find it useful. It is dated, and you would probably get in trouble if you followed their guidance on whales and seals, but that does not mean its information of common farm animals is not useful. If you don’t have a background in hunting, and are starting in animal husbandry, the butchering and processing of animals can be a little daunting. I remember the first time I tried to butcher a chicken.  I made an awful mess.  Large animals are even harder. I bought some

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Free PDF: Alcohol Manufacture

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Alcohol Manufacture is generally illegal in the United States, but that means there is a lot of misconceptions and just plain wrong information being spread. EVERY SINGLE TIME I get in a discussion about home wine making someone says “you can make X amount of moonshine a year for home consumption”.  Not true You cannot make a drop of distilled liquor without a very expensive federal license. There is an seperate set of rules for fuel alcohol, but there is no way to legally make drinking liquor at home. Now this PDF below is probably useless, it was most likely

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Free PDF: Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724

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Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724 comes from the Agricultural Extension office of the University of Tennessee.  I love the UT Extension, they have all manner of great resources for farmers, homesteaders, and preppers. When canning, you should always start with extension office information, the recipes and guides are scientifically proven to destroy any pathogens that will get you sick (or dead).  They are extremely conservative in their methods. From the introduction: Preserving food is more than an art; it is a science Scientists and home economists have established that certain procedures are essential for a given food to make

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Free PDF: Alcohol Fuel Can You Make Your Own

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Alcohol Fuel Can You Make Your Own is about making ethanol fuel, legally this is different than making moonshine.  The process is exactly the same until the end, but the license is much easier and cheaper to obtain.  The difference is fuel is denatured so that it is not drinkable. The idea is that you get a fuel license for the BATFE and the alcohol leaves the still into a metered and locked container and is mixed with gas to make it non-potable, then it leaves out of a metered spigot.  You owe taxes for liquor on what leaves the

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Free PDF: Cooking On An Open Fire

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Cooking On An Open Fire is one of my favorite things about camping.  I have been looking excitedly forward to when my son WT would be old enough to introduce him to outdoor living.  He is getting to that age, and at 5 he talks about going hunting and camping all the time. When asked though he still declines as he says he doesn’t want bears to eat him when he is asleep.  I ask him if he thinks I won’t protect him, and he innocently says “but dad, you’d be asleep to”. Why make a mess in your indoor

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Free PDF: An Attached Solar Greenhouse

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The designs shown in An Attached Solar Greenhouse can be owner built for under $2.50 per square foot. Most of the needed materials can be purchased at a local building supply store. The fiberglass and plastic glazing can be shipped to your home. The book, An Attached Solar Greenhouse shows how, for a small amount of money you can build a solar greenhouse attached to your home that will:   Lengthen the growing season. For instance it is possible to have fresh tomatoes from May l-January Add heat to the home. Allow certain plants to be grown all winter. Provide an area

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Free PDF: An Introduction to Modern Scientific Chemistry (1901)

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An Introduction to Modern Scientific Chemistry was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. It was produced from digital images created through the libraries’ mass digitization efforts. The digital images were cleaned and prepared for printing through automated processes. Despite the cleaning process, occasional flaws may still be present that were part of the original work itself, or introduced during digitization. From the Author: In this Introduction to Modern Scientific Chemistry an attempt is made to give a succinct and accurate presentation of chemistry on strictly scientific lines, and at the same time in as popular

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Free PDF: Avoiding EMP Damage

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Avoiding EMP Damage is an another attempt to cut through the prepper misconceptions.  I have tried to educate on this subject before in a video series about faraday cages, unfortunately ham radio hobbyists wanted to argue over grounding, and trolls wanted to blast my use of cell phones. For those unfamiliar with the series, I built commonly discussed prepper faraday cages and used a cell phone inside the cage to test it. Yes, I understand that the cell towers would be inoperable after an attack using an EMP Yes, I know that the frequency and power of an EMP is

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Free PDF: Blacksmiths Illustrated Manual

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The Blacksmiths Illustrated Manual is a good book to get started on a home shop.  It calls itself a practical treatise on modern methods of production for blacksmith’s, apprentice blacksmiths, engineers and others. It is heavy on tricks of the trade and is based upon real life experience. From the introduction, the author stated: In a sentence, I have endeavored to show, by illustration and text matter, how to obtain the length of material for a job, the tools required, and the operations necessary to complete the hob in the most expeditious manner. The book link above goes to a

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Free PDF: American Boys Book of Bugs & Insects

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American Boys Book of Bugs & Insects is another Dan Beard Book, I am sharing the ones I have, because I can imagine how much fun I would have had as a boy if I had access to these books. I owned a few similar type books as a child and I loved to read them and imagine myself having adventures Of course, I was lucky to live on a State Park, so I had a few good adventures of my own, so it was not all reading and dreaming in a book, I had a fair amount of dirt

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Free PDF: Automated Surface Observing System for Pilots

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The Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) is a surface weather observing system being implemented by the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). ASOS is designed to support aviation operations and weather forecasting. This guide is designed to provide basic ASOS information to pilots and other aviation users. Refer to the ASOS Quick Reference Handbook published by the National Weather Service for additional information. If your a pilot you probably have this information, but if not, here it is. If your not a pilot, but have interest in weather then the ASOS

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Latex Cement Roof Experiment (Outhouse Build) Part 1

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  I need an outhouse at the land if I am ever going to have workshops and classes. Additionally I have been wanting to find a cheap and durable roofing material.  I have lots of plans for domes that defy traditional construction.   I decided to build an outhouse and perform a Latex Cement Roof Experiment to kill two birds with one cheap stone. I first learned about latex roofs while researching ferrocement.  I still like ferrocement as a building material, but this particular technique is a little better suited to roofs.  The Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Notre

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Free PDF: Copyright Law-US Publications

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Since I am posting so many old documents, I thought I would share my understanding of US Copyright Law with this PDF from US Publications.  This was on one of the many informational DVD’s I purchased as I built my prepper PDF library. Unfortunately that DVD contained mostly copywritten materials that I do not have the right to share in the manner I am with these open source documents. As an author, copyrights are important to me, I know how angry I get when I come up with a new book and immediately after someone publishes something that is obviously

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Free PDF: Averting Death from the Skies

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Averting Death from the Skies is an interesting article on building bomb and fallout shelters – those being two totally different animals. It is interesting to me how mass media had no problem discussing preparedness in the 1950’s Today is such information is covered it is to degrade the prepared minded or during advertisement for the newest zombie movie. If you have the resources to build such a shelter, it would be prudent to do so, remember anything strong enough to be used as a bomb shelter will work perfectly as a tornado shelter, a safe room, or secure storage. 

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Free PDF: An Inductive Chemistry (1912)

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An Inductive Chemistry (1912) is a newer, its in the 1900’s chemistry book compared to the others I have posted. This work 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. This work is in the public

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Free PDF: CJTF-7 OIF Smart Card 4 The IED and VBIED Threat

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CJTF-7 OIF Smart Card 4 The IED and VBIED Threat is a trainign document made in Iraq by the combined joint task force 7 IED and VBIED are the largest cause of Coalition injury at current time, and the largest threat that coalition forces face. An IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. And vehicles of every imaginable sort can become a vehicle borne IED. Vigilance in performing your duties and ensuring there is 360 degree security are keys to not becoming a statistic to the IED threat. The main lesson of this card is

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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