Tools in the wild

How to make a bow drill in the wild (for starting fires and drilling holes)

A bow drill is most often used for starting a fire – it’s the most efficient fire starting method – but a bow drill can be used for drilling too. A bow drill consists of five basic components – spindle (or drill), board, socket (aka handhold or bearing block), string,…
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Tools in the wild

How to forge metal in the wild – building a forge (foundry) from clay

If modern civilization fails, one of the first pieces of equipment required to bring mankind back from the stone age will be the means to forge and form metal tools. To do this requires a forge or a foundry. A forge provides the means to heat metal so it can…
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Tools in the wild

How to make a clay container (bowel) in the wild

In a wilderness survival situation, clay can be used to construct bowels, cups, ovenware, and other utensils. It is especially useful when the need for a waterproof container arises. Clay can be found in most environments - near lakes, ponds, river ways, or anywhere the ground has been cleared to…
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Weapons in the Wild

Gunshots wounds and stopping power – myth vs. fact regarding bullet impacts will surprise you

Forget what you see on TV. The reality of gunshot wounds and terminal (death inducing) gunshot injuries is remarkably different from what is shown in the movies where the gunman appears to have an unlimited supply of bullets, gunshots knock the enemy off their feet, and gunshot victims make long,…
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Tools in the wild

How to build a simple foundry (forge) and mold metal objects

Introduction In a survival situation, tools and weapons made from stone, bone, or wood will suffice but those same tools and weapons constructed from metal may prove overwhelmingly useful. However, metal construction requires use of a forge or foundry, a special furnace used to generate extreme heat – enough to melt…
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Survival Kits

Make your own compact, portable survival/bugout bag – as small as a fanny pack!

When creating bugout bags, a collection of supplies required to survive an unexpected event, most survivalists use a backpack to hold the survival supplies. The size and maneuverability of backpacks make them ideal choices for survival kits.  Their large size however, can be a constraint.  That doesn’t have to be…
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Weapons in the Wild

How to make gunpowder in the wild (all it takes is charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate)

In a survival situation, primitive tools will get you by but for maximum survivability, you need mechanical weapons and explosives – and nothing beats the time-tested combustive mixture – gunpowder. Gunpowder is the earliest known chemical explosive. It burns fast (flash fast) and if placed inside a sealed container or…
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Tools in the wild

How to build primitive weapons and tools from natural bone, rocks, shells, antlers, or animal teeth

Man has been working rocks, stone, and bone into tools, utensils, and weapons for millions of years. Given its abundance in nature, rocks and bone are perfect materials for making tools and weapons in an emergency wilderness survival situation. How are tools and weapons constructed from rocks? All stone-working methods…
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Survival Kits

Complete list of supplies needed for a backpacking/hiking/camping trip

To become a proficient survivalist, you must practice and there's no better way to put your survival skills to use than backpacking and hiking treks into the wilderness.  Even for a simple day hike, you will require supplies, tools, and sustenance for the trip.  Below is a complete list of…
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Commercial Products

New Leatherman Tread bracelet combines 25 tools into a functional wearable multi-tool

Finally, a functional multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist and act as a watchband – and it looks great too. The Leatherman Tread is constructed of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel and incorporates 2-3 functional tools, including box wrenches, screwdrivers, glass breaker, punch tools, and cutting…
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Commercial Products

Gearward’s “Compact Survival Cord” rivals 550-paracord in strength and functionality

Survivalists recognize the importance of traditional 550 paracord. It’s strong, compact, easy to work with, and provides all the characteristic benefits of cordage that a survivalist requires to stay alive (hey, if it’s good enough to suspend a parachute, it’s good enough for me). Thus far, there’s been no true…
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Weapons in the Wild

How to make Napalm (recipe for simple homemade napalm)

Napalm is the generic name for the mixture of a flammable petroleum substance, typically diesel gasoline, with a thickening or gelling agent to give the fiery substance “sticky” properties. Napalm-like fiery substances have been used since early Greek times for war purposes (they called it "sticky fire"). Napalm as we…
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Weapons in the Wild

How to build a Trebuchet (Catapult)

A Trebuchet (pronounced treb-oo-shay)  is a medieval siege engine that transfers gravitational energy into kinetic energy – similar to a playground see-saw.  In ancient times, it was used to launch (throw) projectiles including boulders, dead horses, and diseased bodies into or over castle walls to soften the defenses in preparation…
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Weapons in the Wild

Bow and Arrows – how to make and use bow and arrows in the wild

Components of a Bow A box consists of two elastic limb ends, traditionally made from wood, connected by a string.  By pulling the string backwards, the archer exerts compressive force on the string facing section, or back.  The stored energy is later released putting an arrow into flight. The curved…
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Weapons in the Wild

Throwing Sticks – how to make and use a throwing stick

One of the earliest weapons used by humans, the throwing stick, commonly known as the rabbit stick (or throwing club, kylie, or boomerang), is very effective against small game (squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits). The rabbit stick itself is a blunt stick or wooden club, straight or naturally curved at about…
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Weapons in the Wild

Spears – how to make a spear in a wilderness survival situation

Bladed Spear To make a bladed spear, use the same procedures to make the blade that you used to make a knife blade. Flint, obsidian, iron,or bone can be used for a spearhead.  If possible, modify the normal knife blade construction by adding barbs to the base of the blade. …
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Weapons in the Wild

Knives – their components, blade types, and how to use for survival

In a survival scenario, a knife is by far your most important tool.  A knife has four basic functions. It can puncture, slash or chop, cut, and scrape. A knife is also an invaluable tool used to construct other survival items. If you find yourself in a survival situation without…
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