Survival

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Save Lives Like a Combat Medic: How to Splint a Lower-Leg Fracture

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from former Army medic Bruce A. West. You’re miles from any civilization at a lookout point on a large boulder with a friend, taking in the beautiful fall scenery, when your buddy slips and falls to the ground. They’re holding their leg and screaming in pain; their tibia […]

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How to Use a Flashlight in a Tactical Situation

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s late Friday night and you’re walking to your car after a fun evening with your friends downtown. As you turn the corner down an unlit side street, you see a shadow dart across the wall and hear footsteps. The hairs on your neck stand straight up. You quicken your pace, but the other footsteps […]

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How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As the East Coast of the United States recovers from Hurricane Sandy, aka “Frankenstorm,” the rest of us watch the unfolding aftermath from a distance – thankful Mother Nature hasn’t unleashed her fury on our doorstep today. Hurricane Sandy is yet another […]

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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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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 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 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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How to Build a Small Game Survival Snare

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. I practice and learn survival skills not because I need them on a daily basis, but rather for the one day when I must use them to stay alive.  Survival is the intersection between knowledge and necessity.    The outcome in a survival […]

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Save Lives Like a Combat Medic: How to Use a Tourniquet to Control Major Bleeding

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bruce A. West. Mr. West served as an Army medic in the Iraq war. He taught over 500 soldiers how to save lives in a class called Combat Lifesaver, and will be sharing his knowledge here on AoM in a series on important first aid/first responder skills […]

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How to Pick Your Way Out of Handcuffs

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This post was written by the ITS Tactical Crew and originally ran on ITS Tactical. Today we’ll be showing you how to pick your way out of handcuffs using only a bobby pin. We realize this may be a sensitive issue to some out there, as this information in the wrong hands could be detrimental; […]

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How to Field Dress a Squirrel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. **Disclaimer: This post contains a graphic step-by-step depiction of the skinning, slicing, and disemboweling of a real squirrel. If you’re eating, have always felt a deep affinity for woodland creatures, or faint at the sight of dismembered squirrel gonads, please skip this […]

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How to Survive an Avalanche

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last year, 25 people were killed by avalanches in the United States. The number may not sound like much, but that’s 23 more than were killed by sharks last year, and 25 more than have ever been killed by a Yeti. The victims are typically backcountry recreationalists—skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and snowmobilers. Snowmobilers account for twice […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. I don’t remember my first kiss or even who it was with. I can barely recollect getting my license to drive. I vaguely remember my high school graduation and my entire time spent at college is a blur. However, I remember […]

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How to Break Down a Door: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

See Also: How to Break Down a Door Illustration by Ted Slampyak. 

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How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver in 6 Different Situations

by Brett & Kate McKay

You’re in a restaurant enjoying a dinner with friends, when all of a sudden you hear a woman shriek: “He’s choking!” You calmly excuse yourself from the table and dash with effortless cool towards the source of the loud yell. You find a man with a look of terror in his eyes, gripping his throat, indicating that something […]

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Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously.  Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun.  This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that […]

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Wilderness Survival: Know Your Distress Signals

by Chris

Let’s say your plane crashes on a desert island and you’re stranded with only a rugby ball as your friend (a volleyball isn’t a manly enough companion for you). Each day you scan the skies, waiting, hoping, aching, to spot a rescue plane coming your direction. If a plane does buzz your island, will you […]

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