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How to Survive a Plane Crash: 10 Tips That Could Save Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

We often think that plane crashes are catastrophic and unsurvivable events. Thanks to movies and 24/7 news channels, the enduring image of a plane crash usually involves an aircraft plummeting to the ground from 30,000 feet and obliterating everyone on board in a terrifying fireball. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. In a report analyzing airline […]

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How to Whistle With Your Fingers [VIDEO]

by Brett

Have you ever wanted to know how to give a commanding whistle with your fingers? Today I’ll walk you through the “secrets” to mastering this fun skill. If you want more info, check out our illustrated article on the subject. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted.  

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How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade

by Darren Bush

Making a knife is a satisfying project on a number of levels. You’re creating a fundamental tool — one of the first tools ever made — and every time you pick it up, you’ll think, “Wow, I made this with my own hands.” And because you’re making the knife, you’ll be able to adjust its […]

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A Primer on Krav Maga: The Combative System of the Israeli Defense Forces

by Brett

I can’t remember how I first heard about Krav Maga, but I do remember being immediately intrigued. All martial arts have an appeal to most men and their fighting spirit, but Krav Maga’s draw owes less to the mystique of many of the traditional disciplines and more to a distinct aura of bad-assitude. It’s a […]

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What Drowning REALLY Looks Like

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’re heading out to the beach or lake this summer, be sure to know the 10 “quieter” signs of drowning — they’re easy to miss. Source: Mario Vittone Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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How to Sharpen a Reel Mower

by Darren Bush

It’s 1968. I’m sitting on the front step of my grandfather’s little house in San Diego. Gramps is pushing a reel mower across his front yard, wearing a Pendleton shirt and a pair of khakis. I hear the snickety-snickety-snickety of the blades. I smell cut grass. He lets me carry the grass catcher and dump […]

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Airsoft. It’s Not Just For Kids: Using Airsoft in Your Firearms Training

by Brett

One of my sheepdog goals this year is to become proficient with a handgun and to get my carry license. I bought my first handgun a few months ago — a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm — and have been taking defensive handgun classes at the U.S. Shooting Academy. One thing I quickly discovered is […]

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How to Grout Tile

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ethan Hagan at One Project Closer. Grouting tile joints is one of the last steps for installing a tile floor, and if done properly, grout gives the floor a cohesive, finished look. To demonstrate the proper way to apply grout, I’ve partnered with Jim and Rich from Diamond […]

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How to Skip a Stone: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Skipping a stone is a fun way to wile away the time on a camping trip or picnic. It’s something every uncle and dad should know how to teach and pass on to the kiddos. If you never learned how, here’s your tutorial. Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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It’s All About the Smalls: How to Make a Primitive Small Game Hunting Gig

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Creek Stewart is a Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft and the author of the just released book, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide. I’d like to start this article with how I start many of my teaching programs and seminars – with The 3 Survival Rules of 3. In […]

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How to Survive a Tornado

by Brett & Kate McKay

The flowers are growing, the birds are singing, and the storm clouds are gathering. Yes, it’s tornado season once again. We had several thunderstorms here in Tulsa last month, and the tornado siren has already gone off three times (all of them in a single night), so preparing for a twister to come barreling through […]

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No More Tangled Extension Cords: How to Wrap Up Your Extension Cord Like a Contractor

by Brett

Do your extension cords look like this when you’re unraveling them, no matter how nicely they were wrapped up? Today I’m going to show you a tip that will banish tangled and knotted extension cords from your life. It’s called the Contractor’s Wrap, and I learned it from a Boy Scout leader who worked as an HVAC […]

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How to Wire an Outlet

by A Manly Guest Contributor

This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions like How to Install a Toilet. Being able to wire an outlet is a great skill to have in your repertoire, and, once mastered, you’ll be able to replace old or damaged outlets in a matter of […]

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7 Reasons to Become a Gentleman Gardener

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Porter. With warm weather upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about gardening. “Gardening?” you say. Yes, gardening. If the mention of it has you thinking of aged ladies in big hats and frilly gloves gently nipping blooms from their roses, […]

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How to Survive a Bear Attack: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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How to Raise Backyard Chickens

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. I’m a smart man. I have surrounded myself with a very beautiful group of girls who tirelessly landscape my yard, provide rich compost for my garden, dispose of my kitchen scraps, handle insect control around the house, keep me company, and even […]

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How to Use Valet Parking (Without Looking Like an Idiot)

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s a standard scene in television and film that’s designed to show what a smooth, cool dude the protagonist is. He cruises up to a club in his sleek sports car, hands the vehicle over to the parking valet with a wink, and then confidently strides inside with a beautiful dame on his arm. That, […]

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Don Draper Judo: Unarmed Self-Defense from the Mad Men Era

by Brett & Kate McKay

As I was browsing through some old magazines the other day, I came across a fantastic issue of Popular Science from 1962 that contained a feature on unarmed self-defense. The article was adapted from a book entitled Modern Judo and Self-Defense by Harry Ewen, a “police judo” expert. The best part of the multi-page article are the […]

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Toolmanship: Your Complete Guide to Wrenches

by Brett

It’s been three years since the last post, but welcome back to our Toolmanship series! The goal of this series is to teach the very basics of tool use to those men who never got around to learning how to be handy when they were growing up. In this edition, we turn our attention to […]

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