The “Viper” Repeating Pistol Crossbow – Firepower under 300 €! – “Viper” Repetierarmbrust-Pistole – Feuerkraft für unter 300 €! (Videos)

Related info:

7 Reasons to Take an Air Rifle for Survival Weapon – Meet The FX Verminator MK2: Airgun & Arrow Shooter!!!

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H/t reader kevin a.

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Find North using a Wrist-watch and the Sun – Navigation without a Compass (Video)

Something I missed out: At 12oclock the hour hand is on 12, so there’s no angle to bisect, well the sun at 12oclock is /usually directly south, so the 12 oclock mark itself is your north/south line. Although you could also just wait half an hour and you’ll have an angle to bi-sect. Such an important skill, make sure you have this skill under your belt. 2eZ If you carry a functioning analog wrist watch, then you can use it to find your north & south line. A little known trick, but very handy. Hold your watch flat and point the hour hand towards the sun. Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o’clock mark to get the north-south line. North will be the direction furthest from the sun. You can also use a digital wrist watch, but you have to create imaginary clock hands. Alternatively, you can arrange sticks in a way that will mimic the face of an analog watch. Position the sticks to represent the current time. Note: This method only works in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are in the Southern hemisphere, then point the twelve o’clock mark towards the sun. The mid point between twelve o’clock mark and the hour hand will be your north south line. North will be the direction FURTHEST away from the sun.

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Everyday carry (EDC) gear – what I carry

Everyday carry (EDC) gear – what I carry:

One of the topics of discussion with preppers has always been about what you should carry with you every day – in other words, your EDC gear. As I’ve said many times, the best gear in the world is useless if you don’t have it with you when you need it. For example, a $9 pocket knife is a much more effective weapon than an AK-47 in your gun safe at home. The problem is that you can’t carry everything, so you need to prioritize. This is a lot easier, and more difficult, than you may think.

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How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag

For those readers who missed this info…

Former Counterintelligence Special Agent, US Army Chief Warrant Officer, and Combat Veteran. I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I’m here to tell you what I know.

How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER SYSTEM & HACKS (VIDEO)

This is how I use the Sawyer Mini water filter system and a few tips to make it work a bit better too. This is the best, lightweight water filter you can get for the money and very versatile too.

@Amazon.com: Sawyer Products SP103 Mini Water Filtration System, Single, Orange

Related info:

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

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Wetterlings Bushman Axe By Les Stroud (Video)

Description:

This is the best all-around backpacking axe that I have yet seen. It splits and cross-cuts. It hammers.
The extended beard makes it outstanding for fine cutting tasks and feather sticks.

@Amazon.com: Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud One Size

@Amazon.com: Wetterlings Les Stroud / WoodlandPRO Firewood Cutters Kit

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Bahco Laplander Vs. Silky Pocketboy: Battle Of The Bushcraft Saws (Video)

@Amazon.com: Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI

Somehow Amazon does not provide a product link to the Silky.

If you want to buy a Silky click on the Bahco and then insert the Silky description below:

@Amazon.com: Silky Folding Landscaping Hand Saw POCKETBOY 170 Medium Teeth 340-17

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Cold Steel 3V SRK Fixed 6-Inch Blade Knife

Description:

Survival & Rescue operations demand a versatile knife able to withstand the most extreme conditions. Simply put, the Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was designed specifically with this in mind. A popular knife with Military and Tactical Law Enforcement Personnel, the SRK is the standard issue knife of the Navy SEALS for their BUDS – or Basic Underwater Demolition training – the SRK has proved its worth time and time again in the most demanding environments. Whatever the mission, we’re confident that the SRK is the knife for you!

Excellent survival knife, but if you want to use your knife only for hunting, then the Master Hunter is probably the best choice out there:

Cold Steel 36CC 3V Master Hunter Fixed Blade Knife ($99.80)

http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-master-hunter.html ($199.99)

If this really is a 3V SRK, then this is a bargain (that is hard to believe, but then the Master Hunter also looks incredibly cheap. Am I missing something?):

@Amazon.com: Cold Steel 3V SRK Fixed 6-Inch Blade Knife ($128.05)

http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-srk.html ($254.99)

Sadly, unlike the Gerber LMF II ($78.21), the 3V SRK is not equipped with a pointed buttcap that is made of stainless steel, but I still prefer the 3V SRK.

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Basic Bushcraft Skills

  1. Shelter
  2. Fire
  3. Water
  4. Food

Basic Bushcraft Skills:

Nature contains all the resources that we need in order to survive, but the trick is knowing what to do with them. When hiking, camping, or living in the great outdoors, one must have the skills to use his surroundings to his advantage. This set of skills is called bushcraft, a group of interrelated skills that can help you survive and thrive in the wild with nothing but nature at your side.

Bushcraft decreases your dependence on store-bought supplies. So even if they run out, there is no need to panic because you are confident in your ability to use the natural resources at your disposal. It also makes you more prepared to face unexpected challenges along the way. Although bushcraft focuses more on wilderness survival, the same logic can be applied in an urban setting in terms of using your surroundings.

Here are some basic bushcraft skills that you should know:

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How To Tap A Birch Tree – Birch Sap – Birkensaft Zapfen (Videos)

Just don’t boil/cook (= kill) nature’s perfect water!

The second video mentions that research has shown that birch sap has cancer healing properties. Not if you buy it bottled and pasteurized! Have to drink it fresh to have that anti-cancer effect.

For the same reason bottled (pasteurized) juices, incl. coconut water, are pretty much useless.

The tree has to defend itself against fungi, bacteria and viruses and so its cancer fighting properties should not be surprising for those that know that every cancerous tumor is full of parasites.

Birch sap is nature’s distilled water with lots of organic minerals, vital nutrients and vital energy in it.

Same method can be used with maple trees.

In a survival situation this knowledge might be very useful.

Try this during springtime and enjoy the sap!


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The birch in this video has been growing like that, because it is probably growing above a water vein:

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Video is in German, but the (relatively non invasive, compared to drilling) branch-bottle method is self-explanatory…

At 14:46 into the video you see the results…

Solo Stove Lite: Compact Wood Burning Backpacking Stove & Solo Pot 900: Lightweight Stainless Steel Backpacking Pot For Solo Stove

Solo Stove Lite

Solo Stove Lite – Compact Wood Burning Backpacking Stove:

  • GEAR OF THE YEAR WINNER – RECOMMENDED BY BACKPACKER MAGAZINE. The Solo Stove is the #1 wood-burning backpacking stove recommended by Backpacker Magazine and serious survivalists including Discovery Channel’s Matt Graham. Winner of 2014 Gear of the Year award from 50 Campfires & Section Hiker.
  • PATENTED DESIGN – LESS SMOKE. The patented design features a unique double wall that creates ultra-clean gasification and a secondary combustion. This allows fuel to burn more completely and with less smoke.
  • FUEL IS FREE. No more spending money on white gas or expensive liquid canister fuel. Solo Stoves use twigs, leaves, pinecones and wood as fuel. Free up more space in your backpack and eliminate the need to carry heavy, polluting and expensive canister fuels.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & FAST BOIL TIME. Boils water in 8-10 mins (34 fl oz water). 4.25″ Diameter, 3.8″/5.7″ tall (packed/assembled). Solo Stove weighs only 9 oz. Made of premium stainless steel and nichrome wire. Nylon stuff sack included.
  • COMPACT SPACE SAVING DESIGN. The compact Solo Stove design nests inside the companion Solo Stove Pot 900 (not included) leaving you with more room in your backpack.

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Solo Pot 900- Lightweight Stainless Steel Backpacking Pot for Solo Stove and Other Backpacking And Camping Stoves

Solo Pot 900: Lightweight Stainless Steel Backpacking Pot for Solo Stove and Other Backpacking & Camping Stoves:

  • Companion pot to the Solo Stove. Extremely durable and lightweight design. Only weighs 7.8 oz
  • Size: Height 4.5 inches, Diameter 4.7 inches
  • Material: Food grade 304 stainless steel
  • Max Volume: 30oz
  • Features: pouring spout, volume markings (oz, mL), foldable handles, lid with lockable lift tab. Includes black nylon stuff sack with drawstring

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Solo Aluminum Windscreen

Solo Aluminum Windscreen: For Use with Solo Stove and Other Backpacking Stoves, Camping Stoves, Butane Stoves, Alcohol Stoves

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Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo

Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo: Ultralight Wood Burning Backpacking Cook System. Lightweight Kitchen Kit for Backpacking, Camping, Survival. Burns Twigs, No Batteries or Liquid Fuel Gas Canister Required