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Survival Skills

Living Off The Land: Vintage 1955 Navy Training Film

Categories: Learn, The Field Manual

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Down behind enemy lines or simply your yearly camping trip, this fun video is an easy watch.

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Spy School: How to Tie a Bowline Knot

Categories: Did You Miss These?, New Here?, The Field Manual

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One of the most important knots to know.

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Spy School: How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass to Find Direction

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn, New Here?, The Field Manual

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Your cell phone’s dead, and you have to get somewhere in an unfamiliar place? As long as you know which direction you need to head, your watch will point you the way.

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Spy School: How to Build a Swedish Fire Torch for Cooking and Warmth

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn, New Here?, The Field Manual

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A simple, smart survival method for creating a cooking surface hot enough to boil water.

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An Introduction to the Military Phonetic Alphabet

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn

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Because your understanding of the alpha, bravo, charlie’s shouldn’t be limited to your Call of Duty campaign.

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How to Escape from Zip Ties

Categories: The Field Manual

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Whether you’re escaping a home invasion or simply making a break from some hostile jungle commandos, knowing how to free yourself from plasticuffs (also known as zip-ties, cable ties, or wrist ties) might just save your life one day.

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Survival Straps: The (Stylish) Watch Strap That Might Just Save Your Life

Categories: Spend

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We love the camper style watch that’s been popular for awhile now but we were looking for something a little more…badass-ey. That’s when we found the Survival Straps paracord watch strap.

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The Anatomy of an Emergency

Categories: Best of Primer, Learn

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You’ve daydreamed about being the hero a thousand times, but what will you do when an actual emergency strikes? Will you keep walking like everyone else, or will you have the courage to act? Separate yourself from the crowd by understanding how you can help before the ambulance arrives.

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Survival SOG Style

Categories: Spend

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When you need something sharp for your survival kit, look no further than SOG. From hacking through the jungle to packing an entire toolbox in your pocket, we pick the right tool for the job.

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Surviving Armageddon: Creating an End of the World Survival Pack

Categories: Learn

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The world will end some day, likely when the sun fries the Earth in a few billion years. If the end comes before that though, you can better your survival odds by packing the right gear. As the Boy Scouts say, “Be prepared.”

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Gerber Gear: A Tool for Every Situation

Categories: Spend

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Whether you’re trekking through deep woods, driving down the highway, or just heading to the office, a knife is an essential tool you should never be without.

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Decoding Body Language like an Army Interrogator

Categories: Learn

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Facing down an uncooperative suspect, getting the right information may be a matter of life and death. Interpreting your bosses darting eyes or figuring out if the shy girl in accounting likes you is decidedly less serious, but former Army Interrogator and body language expert Gregory Hartley has got you covered nonetheless.

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Five Weapons We Should Use in the Event of a Giant Monster or Alien Attack

Categories: The Field Manual

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What do we pull out of the toolbox when our civilization is threatened by malevolent forces beyond our comprehension? I’ve got some ideas.

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How to Build an Emergency Kit

Categories: Learn, Live

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When a disaster strikes the only thing that can guarantee your safety and survival is you. Don’t leave it til game day to get ready – pack these essentials away today.

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Don’t Hold Out for a Hero: Be One Yourself

Categories: Learn, Live, Train

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Not all heroes need to tear doors off hinges, blow windows out of cars, or toss nuns to safety. Following these simple tips will ensure your reaction is the appropriate one when an everyday emergency occurs.

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A Modern Man’s Guide to Knots

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn

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That double knot may have gotten you by on your sneakers but if you need to secure a heavy load or fashion something stylish for an interview you’re going to need something Extra Strength. Get these easy to remember knots down and you’ll be ready for anything.

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How to Survive a Plane Crash

Categories: Learn

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With recent stories about airplane crashes in the news, you might be thinking “What if…” these days. Well have no fear, we’ve got the tips that will increase your odds of walking away from a worst case scenario.

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Hero Training: The Best Weapons for Home Defense

Categories: Learn

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When you become the man of the house you inherit a sacred responsibility to protect your family. Former Marine Jeff Barnett gives the bottom line on the best tools for the job we hope you’ll never have to use.

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Life According to Bear Grylls

Categories: Learn, Live, Train

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If you want to live a manly existence, taking advice from a guy named “Bear” is probably a good start. Here are five tenants learned from “Man vs. Wild” that can help you overcome and survive even the most dire of situations.

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Hero Training: Evacuating the Wounded

Categories: Train

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There may come a time when you’ve got to step up to the plate in an emergency. If you’ve got the heart, we’ve got the information that could just save a life. Or, at the very least, make you look cool in front of girls and knowledgeable in front of guys.

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