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Pistol Instructor Class

NRA instructor_logoWe will be teaching the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Certification Course in August.

This Course includes the Basic Instructor course, so you are getting two courses for the price of one.  The course will be held at Asherbranner’s Pawnshop in Gallatin TN the weekend of August 16-17. (more…)

Microshaving / Rock Capping (Dangerous)

Microshaving

Microshaving

Microshaving or Rock Capping is a technique used for splitting rock by discharging one of more .22 caliber nail gun cartridges (or blanks) within a drilled hole. It is a useful method for splitting boulders into a manageable size, and may also be used, albeit less effectively, to trim bedrock.

I learned about the technique from attending a briefing on the capabilities of a local cave rescue organization.  They use this to enlarge passages in order to remove hurt spelunkers, but microshaving is called rock capping in the united kingdom and is used their to widen passages while cave exploring.

This is an inherently dangerous activity as detonating blank cartridges inside a rock is unpredictable,  and I do not recommend anyone actually use this technique.  However, in the event of some unforeseen future cataclysm, a thoughtful prepper may find a use for this that outweighs the danger to life or limb. (more…)

The Big Book of Self Reliant Living

The Big Book of Self Reliant Living

The-Big-Book-of-Self-Reliant-Living-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.

This book 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. (more…)

U.S. Marine Guidebook

U.S. Marine Guidebook

U.S.-Marine-GuidebookEverything there is to know about the essentials of life as a Marine. From fitness to first aid to firing positions, this book covers all subjects in which every troop, regardless of rank, must maintain proficiency. Learn the Military’s Code of Conduct, understand the Dos and Don’ts of surviving as a POW, and grasp the foundation of military law. Find out about Marine customs, uniforms, and drills. Follow the Marine Corps fitness routines to get into the best shape of your life. Read the detailed section on first aid and learn how to perform CPR, make braces for broken limbs, dress and bandage wounds, improvise slings, and transport injured victims. Find out about the symptoms and treatment of chemical agents and learn how to safely travel through a contaminated area. Also included in the U.S. Marine Guidebook are marksmanship requirements; navigation tactics; and nuclear, biological, and chemical defense.

The U.S. Marine Guidebook details procedure during combat, including code of conduct in war and when to use deadly force. Because these subjects are first taught and tested during recruit training, they are the distinctive qualities of a Marine and his training. Anyone who is interested in what makes a Marine the strong, brave, and skilled individual he or she must be will find this book fascinating. 200 B&W

This guide is an updated version of the one issued to me when I was at Paris Island in the 90′s, but it is still a great tool to get up to speed on defensive and offensive maneuvers, as well as all things military. (more…)