Books

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For more information or to order books by David Nash, simply click on the image to be taken to the amazon page for the book you are interested in.  to learn more about the Author you can visit the David Nash Biography Page.

The Scouting Guide to Foraging:

An Official Boy Scouts of America Handbook: Essential Skills for Finding Food in the Wild

(Release Date February 2019)

The Scouting Guide to Foraging

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In Scouting’s Guide to Foraging, current Scouts, Scout alumni, and readers interested in the outdoors are provided with time-tested advice on how to safely identify, harvest, and use edible wild plants. Some practical tips include:

  • How to identify different parts of plant stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit
  • Where to locate and forage edible plants
  • Which plants are valuable sources of nutrition and which should be avoided
  • How to harvest, store, and prepare plants for eating
  • Ways to cook your finds
  • How to use plants for tinder, natural dyes, and insect repellents
  • And so much more!

Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The BSA is committed to training youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities.

Handguns for Self-Defense:

A Guide to Choosing and Using Your Weapon

(Release Date October 2018)

Handguns for Self-Defense

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Regardless of your level of training or comfort around firearms, understanding and applying firearm fundamentals will increase your proficiency. Handguns for Self-Defense provides easily understood explanations of what shooters need to do to fire more accurately. This book he explores such topics as:

    • How to choose the firearm, holster, and carry method that best fits you, your lifestyle, and your particular protection needs
    • Understanding state and federal firearm laws
    • Developing and implementing a safe and effective firearms training regime
    • How to deal with friends and family who don’t like guns
    • And much more

All of this is done without politics, judgments, or complex explanations. Handguns for Self-Defense is a valuable resource for anyone thinking about purchasing a firearm for the first time, exploring carrying a gun for self-defense, or seeking to improve the skills they already have.

 

Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense

Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense.

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This was my first book, as a long time firearm instructor, I wanted to write a book that answered common questions new shooters ask.

It is designed to help a person decide if they want a handgun, what kind of handgun they need, and the basics of both shooting it and using it for self defense.

The information found within form the basis of any basic firearm course and will definitely give a new shooter the proper start.

I really did not intend for this book to get me into becoming an author, I wrote it as a manual for  the courses I taught.  Basically something people could use to see if they wanted to buy and carry a handgun.

Lets face it owning and using a DEFENSIVE firearm is not for everyone.  It takes a special type of person to stay in the required mellow yellow mindset while in public carrying a firearm. Much of what is in here was used and updated to write the book above: Handguns for Self Defense.  This one is going out of print and when the last copies are sold the only way to get it is through Kindle.

 

52 Prepper Projects

52 Prepper Projects

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52 Preppers Projects started the series, it came from my attempts to learn to prepare cheaply while building my skills.  I took projects from this website and enhanced the instructions while adding pictures.

The idea behind the book was to give weekly projects that build skill while building preparedness.

It is probably my most popular book, and sells more than most of the others combined.

It was one of my most enjoyable books to write, as I had a lot of fun going through old posts and projects and deciding which ones to expand on and then recreating some of my favorite projects so I could properly photograph the steps.

I tried to keep the projects simple, but still have enough to keep a more advanced prepper engaged with the material.  I know in the process I took to learn the basics of disaster preparedness I could have used a book like this – which, incidentally is why I wrote it.

 

52 Prepper Projects for Parents and Kids

52 Prepper Projects for Parents and Kids

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This book involves weekly projects, however, it is designed to be done with children to teach them how to work with their hands and brains as well as develop self-reliance.

One thing different in this book that the previous 52 Projects work, is that at the end of each project talking points are given to teach why the project was chosen.

When I wrote this my son WT was a toddler, and could not help with many of the projects.  My instinct was to write for a younger age group of children, but I fought the urge and ended up with projects for all ages of children.

This is not a dumbed-down adult book, I hated it when adults talked down to me, and I do not do it to the children I interact with.  This book took projects that were age appropriate as well as useful and set forth instructions that families can do together.

My son is now 6, and while he doesn’t quite get that I wrote this, he does like thumbing through it an picking out things he wants to try, as well as finding the few pictures of him and his cousins in the book.

 

52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Preppers

52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Preppers

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More than a cookbook, this recipe book teaches techniques.  In this book you learn to make cooking tools like a DIY dehydrator and cardboard box grill.

Additionally, you will learn how to store food and cook using traditional methods.

In my mind, this book is one of my best, I think that it is second only to the Basic Survival book below.  Its part recipe book and part manual of preservation techniques.

I think the title is a little wordy, but in the publishing business, the author does not have as much control over what a book looks like as they do have over the content itself.

Other than the 500 word title, this book was fun to make, and it actually was instrumental in getting me on my Department’s BBQ cook-off team, where recipes in this book won me a first and second place trophy in the two contests I entered.  I am not ready to quit my job and live the life of a professional BBQ competition cook, but I do think that the ideas and projects in this books are quite useful.

 

The Preppers Guide to Foraging

The Preppers Guide to Foraging

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There is not enough land for every American to live a hunter/gatherer lifestyle, but understanding the uses of wild foods can definitely increase odds of survival during a large scale disaster.

This book uses both pictures and drawings to identify 25 common plants and give both food and additional uses for each.

I grew up the son of a park ranger, and spent much of my youth running around in the woods of Tennesssee eating berries and gnawing on twigs.

I remember a severe whupping I received once when my father discovered chicory root in his coffee maker.  He was quite adamant that If I wanted to poison myself I could, but I could not put wild things in his food.

However, in my defense, he was fine.  He only discovered the coffee substitute when he threw out the grounds – which means my experiment was a success.  Painful, yes, but a success nonetheless.  In case you are wondering, I don’t drink coffee, so I felt there was no need to actually try it myself.

 

Basic Survival: A Beginner’s Guide

Basic Survival: A Beginner's Guide

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This is my first Hardback, and the pictures make me feel like its a coffee table book, but when I wrote it I included all the basics I learned starting out as a prepper.

Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a wilderness survival handbook – it is a surviving emergencies handbook. I hope that my editor will let me change the name during the next reprint so that people have a better idea what this book is actually about. (Which is why you should buy it now – so you can have a collector’s item.)

I believe in an all hazards approach to survival.  If you knew what kind of disaster would kill you a smart thing to do would just be to avoid that type of disaster.  Since no one knows what might happen to them, a smart person prepares to deal with all kinds of issues.

I take academic theory learned during my education as an Emergency Management Planner and add common sense skills learned by life as a prepper to bring you this book.

 

Kindle Ebooks

The Ultimate Guide to Pepper Spray

The Ultimate Guide to Pepper Spray

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Nobody knows how to use pepper spray like corrections officers. With skill, command presence and a can of spray, a typical correction officer is outnumbered 128 felons to one.

In this book, I take my experience as a seasoned correction academy instructor to outline how to confidently and effectively choose, use, carry and decontaminate pepper sprays.

This book contains vital footnoted sections on applicable US State laws, information on mindset, and how pepper spray strength in measured so you don’t mistakenly buy the cheap stuff.

I am a long time use of force instructor and has certifications in law enforcement firearms, firearms instructor training, chemical agents, electronic restraints, specialty impact munitions, baton, and defensive tactics.  This topic is one I have studied for nearly 20 years, and is a topic I am most comfortable teaching.  Nearly once a week I teach new cadets how they can decontaminate and prepare thmeseloves for OC exposure when they get to the Academy.

 

 21 Days to Basic Preparedness

21 Days to Basic Preparedness

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There is a lot of information available for those starting to learn to prepare for disaster. It can be intimidating, and confusing.

21 Days to Basic Preparedness is a short basic eBook where I take the experience earned as both a certified emergency manager with 12 years experience working in state level disaster preparedness and response as well as a member of the prepper community.

In this book I bring together state of the art emergency management concepts with tried and true prepper techniques in a way that can quickly and cheaply begin a families preparedness journey.

This was my first eBook, and I have given away hundreds of copies over the years.  If you watch Kindle Unlimited, I do occasionally still offer this and the Pepper Spray Book for free on Kindle about once or twice a month.

If you happen to get one of my kindle books, I would ask that you take a short minute to offer a review of the book.

I am amazed at how important Amazon reviews are – even with books offered for free.

DVD Sets

Firearm Manual DVD

Firearm DVD

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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.

Most of this information is found freely on this site, but you will rarely find all the material in one place.  I spent hundreds of dollars and about a thousand hours digging through all manner of DVD collections and online sources to create the disks I offer for sale.

You can buy collections of PDF documents like this on ebay, for less money, but most are around $10 and almost all of the collections contain duplicate and copywritten documents and are not as well organized as what you get on my site and on these DVDs.

The only thing bad about this DVD collections are that the software used to create them built an autorun menu so they do not work on Mac computers.

Alternative Energy DVD

Alternative Energy DVD

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This Alternative Energy DVD contains manuals, plans, information, and DIY projects for sustainable alternative energy production.

This disk is organized and professionally compiled. Insert the disk, and select the files from its listing – by subject and type. Easy to find material, and not a bunch of PDF files put in multiple folders.

Everything I said about the collection above is true for all three of my Disk sets.  I spent a lot of time organizing and renaming the items as well as checking for copywritten material.

This disk and the military set below don’t work on Mac computers for the same reason as the firearm manual disk.

Military Field, Technical & Course Manual 2 DVD Set

Military Manaual DVD

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This 2 DVD set contains over 7 Gigs of US and foreign military manuals and documents including courses, technical and field weapon manuals, training aids, special operations manuals, Army regulations, and much more…