Tactical Skills

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3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide

by AoM Team

Zip ties are increasingly being used to restrain innocent folks in home invasion and kidnapping scenarios. With a quick Google search, you’ll see a number of situations where suspects used standard zip ties from the local hardware store to restrain their victims. We tried out all of these methods, and they all work. We even […]

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Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Defending a Straight Stab

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from krav maga expert David Kahn’s book Krav Maga Weapon Defenses. Welcome back to another installment of the Krav Maga Technique of the Month. If you haven’t already, please read our Primer on Krav Maga for the basics and background of this highly effective Israeli combat and self-defense system. Also, read our previous installments: Overhand Direct […]

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How to Walk Like a Ninja: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn how to walk silently through the night like a ninja. It’s an incredibly useful skill, allowing you not only to stealthily assassinate your archenemy, but also steal cookies from coworkers, check to see if toddlers are still sleeping without waking them, or sneak […]

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Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Defending a Two-Handed Overhead Chair or Stool-Type Attack

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from krav maga expert David Kahn’s book Krav Maga Weapon Defenses. Welcome back to another installment of the Krav Maga Technique of the Month. If you haven’t already, please read our Primer on Krav Maga for the basics and background of this highly effective Israeli combat and self-defense system. Also, read our […]

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Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Overhand Direct One-Handed Strike Defense

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: We had such a great response to our Primer on Krav Maga article back in July, we thought many of you would be interested in learning more about this devastatingly effective martial art. To that end, each month we’ll publish a different krav maga technique explained by krav maga expert and author, David Kahn. Many of […]

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Managing Stress Arousal for Optimal Performance: A Guide to the Warrior Color Code

by Brett & Kate McKay

Think back to the last time you experienced a high amount of psychological stress. For example, after you were in a fender bender or before you had to give a big speech in front of hundreds of people. How was your thinking? A bit scattered? Did performing simple tasks like writing or tying your shoe […]

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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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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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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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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 Climb a Rope Like a Navy SEAL

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This post was written by Bryan Black and originally ran on ITS Tactical. So why should you climb rope? First of all, if you’re not including rope climbing in your workout routines, you’re missing out on one of the best forearm and grip workouts around. Climbing rope is also a core component of […]

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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 Throw a Knife Like Bill the Butcher

by Brett & Kate McKay

One of my favorite movies is Gangs of New York. The antagonist of the film, William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting (played by the always intense Daniel Day-Lewis) remains one of the most memorable characters of recent cinematic history. Bill the Butcher was a bad, bad dude, but the man had mad skills when it came […]

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How to Throw a Tomahawk Like a Mountain Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

It was the ambition of the boys to be able to throw a tomahawk with the skill and accuracy of our pioneer forebears, and the ability soon acquired by the boys in throwing hatchets at targets was really remarkable. They would come up to within thirty feet of an old board fence with a whoop and a yell, […]

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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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How to Shoot a Rifle

by Brett

From some men, learning how to properly and safely fire a rifle is a skill they picked up when they were just knee high to a grasshopper. These guys probably got a .22 for their 12th birthday and spent summers in the woods plinking tin cans and squirrels and autumns hunting deer with their dads and grandpas. Me? […]

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How to Jump From Rooftop to Rooftop

by Brett & Kate McKay

  So you’re being pursued by spies/and or ninjas who want you dead. They’ve chased you through a building and onto the rooftop. You sprint towards the edge of the building and look down at the tiny cars passing below. There’s nowhere to go…except the roof of the adjacent building. You’re going to have to […]

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How to Fire a Handgun Safely and Correctly

by Brett

I grew up around guns my entire childhood. My dad was a federal game warden, so seeing him holster up or clean his gun are some of my boyhood memories. Despite being around guns, I never really took an interest in them. I’m not sure why. I guess I just saw them as my dad’s […]

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Become a Human Lie Detector: How to Sniff Out a Liar

by Brett & Kate McKay

Have you ever been burned by somebody because they told you an outright lie? It can happen in your personal or business life-you’re on cloud nine when your girlfriend says she loves you, only to find out later she’s been cheating on you for months; a client says their business is solvent, but they end […]

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