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Strong, Durable, Collapsible, and Versatile: How to Build a Better Sawhorse

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions to AoM like repairing drywall and building a workbench. As I continue to expand my workshop, I quickly discovered the need for some good sawhorses. Sawhorses are great for setting up a temporary […]

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Saddle Up! How to Bridle and Saddle a Horse

by Brett & Kate McKay

One of my fondest memories growing up was going to my grandpa’s ranch in Bosque Farms, New Mexico and riding horses. The “grandkids’ horse” was named Sugar. I loved that horse. Because I was just knee high to a grasshopper, Grandpa usually did all the saddling himself. And because Grandpa sold the old ranch while […]

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Take the Navy SEAL Underwater Knot Tying Test

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This post is based on a series that was written by the ITS Crew and originally ran on ITS Tactical. Potential Navy SEALs face many challenges during BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/Navy Seal Training) as they become schooled in swimming, diving, parachuting, and enduring grueling physical exercise. Another challenge every candidate must complete is […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Detailing Your Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by NEW Armor All Extreme Shield Wax. Help keep your car looking as good as the day you bought it with Armor All. Go to Facebook.com/ArmorAll for a $10 rebate. What’s this?Here’s how to carry out a professional car detailing job at home.

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How to Restore an Heirloom Axe

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Josh Tucker. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln Whether Honest Abe used his axe as a potent metaphor to illustrate the primacy of preparation or as his trusted weapon in a covert […]

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How to Shuffle a Deck of Cards: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Illustration by Ted Slampyak I’m surprised by the number of men who don’t know how to shuffle a deck of cards. But you shouldn’t have to hand the deck to your grandpa for shuffling next time you’re playing gin rummy. Learn how to thoroughly shuffle a deck of cards just like Gramps, with a bit of flair to […]

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How to Fold the American Flag

by Brett & Kate McKay

In honor of next week’s Fourth of July. Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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How to Read a Topographic Map

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This post was written by Jason Robert and originally ran on ITS Tactical. Today we’re going to discuss how to read terrain off of a map. Reading terrain is more about artistic visualization than it is science. There are three major factors that aid in the visualization of terrain from a 2d map: Contour […]

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How to Turn an Old WWII Field Phone Into a Bluetooth Handset

by Brett

Command your forces with the same field phone used by WWII soldiers by following this Bluetooth mod.



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How to Make a Nifty Shoe Shine Box

by Brett

How to make your own shoe shine box in less than an hour.



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How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs

by A Manly Guest Contributor


.This content series is brought to you by Dockers. Take the adventure of a lifetime! What’s this? How to use your busted cell phone to survive in the wild.

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A Primer on the Shotgun

by Brett

Recently I’ve had the itch to buy a shotgun. It started after I read Creek’s post on how to build a survival shotgun. The itch only grew stronger after I became a homeowner (I kind of feel like Kevin McAllister). The shotgun is the perfect weapon for home defense and disaster prep. It’s powerful, reliable, and […]

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Yes, That’s a Tampon in My Mouth: The Swiss Army Survival Tampon — 10 Survival Uses

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Do us a favor. While you’re reading this post, forget everything you know about tampons. Today we’re going to show you how you can use this common women’s product to survive in the wild.

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How to Memorize a Deck of Cards with Superhuman Speed

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from two-time USA Memory Champion, Ron White. In 2009 I set a USA record for the fastest to memorize a deck of cards. I did it in 1 minute and 27 seconds. This record stood for two years in the United States. Now this may seem freakishly fast. […]

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In Praise of the Push Reel Mower

by Brett & Kate McKay

I recently became a homeowner and along with my first house came another first: my very own little piece of land to tend. And since Kate and I had been living in apartments for all our married life, I needed to buy a mower to take care of our lawn. Like most Americans, I grew […]

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DIY Weekend Project: How to Make a Slingshot

by Brett & Kate McKay

Imagine the idealized rough and tumble boy depicted in literature, movies, and TV shows. Go ahead. Do it. Done?  Whether you imagined Tom Sawyer, Dennis the Menace, or Bart Simpson, chances are you pictured him with a handmade slingshot dangling from his back pants pocket. The humble slingshot has been a fixture among boys across […]

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How to Build a Get Home Bag (+Book Giveaway)

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart, Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft.  Just over one year ago I wrote a post about how to build a 72-hour disaster survival kit called a Bug Out Bag.  Much of my time between then and now has […]

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Canoeing: Keeping the Inside Dry and the Outside Wet

by Darren Bush

There is no such thing as a tippy canoe…only tippy paddlers. I hear it all the time…”Canoes are tippy.”  “Ooh, that’s a really tippy canoe.”  “Every time I get in a canoe I end up swimming…” My response is always the same. Me: “How wide is your canoe?” Wet Canoeist: “Oh, I dunno. About three […]

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How to Patch a Hole in Your Drywall

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. If you missed it, check out Ethan’s last contribution about building an all-purpose workbench. How to repair drywall is one of the most common questions on a home improvement website, and here’s the reason why. It’s tough to successfully patch a […]

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