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So, recently, I went to an army navy store, just to look around for some MREs and paracord, and I came across a survival manual on a shelf. I read the front and it said it was a manual from the military on survival. I turned it over for a price, seeing how most books like that are twenty bucks or more, and it said eight dollars. So, I bought it along with my paracord and brought it home. I stayed up a few nights reading it, and I was impressed. It had survival in all different biomes. It also had survival in a POW camp (This is a manual originally published in 1970), and it was really good. It went over a lot of key topics and brought me to a brand new world of survival. It had acronyms for things, which I enjoyed. One was SAT (Save, Add-to, Take-care-of) and it brought me to understanding just how important it is to keep everything you have in the best condition possible. To me, it is a great buy, and I would recommend it to any who come across it for cheap.

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http://www.preppers.info/uploads/FM21-76_SurvivalManual.pdf

Dallas, you didn't have to pay for that field manual, but I like to have paper copies too, so I don't blame you.

Almost every Field Manual issued is available online, if you look around on the site here, you can find a lot of them already linked.

Field Manuals are great, and I have a few paper copies I keep in my bag.

On a side note, why the MRE's? They are a wet ration, so they are heavy for the calories you get, and they have problems with heat spoilage.

If you decide to practice any of the survival scenarios laid out in the manual, let us know.
 

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I agree with Squirter, having a manual copy of at least one good survival manual is a good thing, but you can get all of them as well as over 5k docs on every survival subject you can immagine on this site and others. I would wait before spending your money and work on aquiring as much knowledge as you can on the basics and look at getting free prepps first and then the basic neccessary tools.

Water, Food, Shelter, Defence and the skills and tools that will get you these things in all types of situations.
 

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I agree with Squirter, having a manual copy of at least one good survival manual is a good thing, but you can get all of them as well as over 5k docs on every survival subject you can immagine on this site and others. I would wait before spending your money and work on aquiring as much knowledge as you can on the basics and look at getting free prepps first and then the basic neccessary tools.

Water, Food, Shelter, Defence and the skills and tools that will get you these things in all types of situations.
Well, I'm sorry for buying the book. I just prefer having manual copies of most things as at the moment I am a minor, so I can't afford a solar grid or turbine grid, so in the case of these things, it would be hard to read the downloaded copies.

-Sincerely
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http://www.preppers.info/uploads/FM21-76_SurvivalManual.pdf

Dallas, you didn't have to pay for that field manual, but I like to have paper copies too, so I don't blame you.

Almost every Field Manual issued is available online, if you look around on the site here, you can find a lot of them already linked.

Field Manuals are great, and I have a few paper copies I keep in my bag.

On a side note, why the MRE's? They are a wet ration, so they are heavy for the calories you get, and they have problems with heat spoilage.

If you decide to practice any of the survival scenarios laid out in the manual, let us know.
Thanks for the advise. Any other rations than MREs? Or would you prefer canned foods with an expiration of 10 or more years? I'm a minor, so I can't afford too much at the moment. This hobby is more of a side hobby for me, so having everything done this year is kind of difficult. I'm saving for a new backpack and a gas mask right now also, so is that a good purchase? Thanks for all the advice

-Sincerely
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Thanks for the advise. Any other rations than MREs? Or would you prefer canned foods with an expiration of 10 or more years?
Personally, I like the freeze-dried meals they make for camping. They keep a good long while, taste way better than any MRE, and are less weight, more heat resistant, and more compatible to what we normally eat.

Many companies also make ration bars. They aren't fantastic, but they will keep, and require no prep, so can eat them while on the move, which is a pretty handy thing. I like Mainstay's, they taste like a lemon cookie. I do need to have some water handy though, as they are a bit dry...so you get thirsty.

Another note, you should actually TRY these things out before stocking up.

On the backpack and gas mask, I've had just fine luck with a $30 backpack from WalMart as my Get Home Bag. It's lasted well, and taken some beating too. On the gas mask bit, I seriously doubt you'd need one, but to each their own. I do agree on having some 3M bio rated facemasks for contagions, but if we're facing a chem attack, I'm pretty sure we're done for. I'm not carting around a bio suit.

This hobby is more of a side hobby for me, so having everything done this year is kind of difficult
Is there a rush?

On a lighter note, you mentioned you're a minor. While I applaud your ability to look out for the future, man....live in the NOW. It's mostly us older folks who contemplate this stuff. It's cool that you're into it...but don't let it put a damper on enjoying your youth man! Enjoy life!
 

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http://www.preppers.info/uploads/FM21-76_SurvivalManual.pdf

Dallas, you didn't have to pay for that field manual, but I like to have paper copies too, so I don't blame you.

Almost every Field Manual issued is available online, if you look around on the site here, you can find a lot of them already linked.

Field Manuals are great, and I have a few paper copies I keep in my bag.

On a side note, why the MRE's? They are a wet ration, so they are heavy for the calories you get, and they have problems with heat spoilage.

If you decide to practice any of the survival scenarios laid out in the manual, let us know.
If I did decide to practice a scenario, what would be the reason to tell you? To like set it up? Or like help me get that scenario on its feet? I was wondering.
 
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Well, I'm sorry for buying the book. I just prefer having manual copies of most things as at the moment I am a minor, so I can't afford a solar grid or turbine grid, so in the case of these things, it would be hard to read the downloaded copies.

-Sincerely
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You're a minor. I get it. No one was putting you down for buying the book, gentle mentoring.

Thanks for the advise. Any other rations than MREs? Or would you prefer canned foods with an expiration of 10 or more years? I'm a minor, so I can't afford too much at the moment. This hobby is more of a side hobby for me, so having everything done this year is kind of difficult. I'm saving for a new backpack and a gas mask right now also, so is that a good purchase? Thanks for all the advice

-Sincerely
Dallas
You're a minor? Who knew? >.> Freeze dried foods are the way to go. Light for your backpack, skip the gas mask and get a Sawyer Squeeze filter instead.

If I did decide to practice a scenario, what would be the reason to tell you? To like set it up? Or like help me get that scenario on its feet? I was wondering.
Yes. If you are real, and I decide you are worth the time, I have some folks on speed dial who are pretty much experts in things like this. Aside from myself and my contacts, there are folks right here on the forum who have the background and skillset to help design and execute well thought out, logical scenario's. Tailored to your geographical location, your family situation, and your budget. Field Manuals are a great resource, so are we. I have yet to see a field manual on canning, or talking to your first girlfriend about why you have a pile of freeze dried food packs next to a combat knife in your room.

Also. Progressives and Socialists have an agenda. So do I.

If you are really a twelve year old kid from Mississippi, who has decided to join the prepping community, as a temporary hobby or a lifestyle choice, then it is my sacred duty to exert a... subtle influence, and help get you pointed in the right direction. The right direction resulting in a well rounded, skilled, confident and prepped Conservative. I ain't gonna lie. That's what I'm all about.

Johhny Jacks can say it better than I can. You seem well spoken, I don't doubt you can read and comprehend the following...

https://absoluteanarchybook.com/sample-page/supplemental-reading/

Go read that, if you are curious. That's pretty much where I am coming from.

Sincerely,

Squirtgunsquirter
 

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You're a minor. I get it. No one was putting you down for buying the book, gentle mentoring.



You're a minor? Who knew? >.> Freeze dried foods are the way to go. Light for your backpack, skip the gas mask and get a Sawyer Squeeze filter instead.



Yes. If you are real, and I decide you are worth the time, I have some folks on speed dial who are pretty much experts in things like this. Aside from myself and my contacts, there are folks right here on the forum who have the background and skillset to help design and execute well thought out, logical scenario's. Tailored to your geographical location, your family situation, and your budget. Field Manuals are a great resource, so are we. I have yet to see a field manual on canning, or talking to your first girlfriend about why you have a pile of freeze dried food packs next to a combat knife in your room.

Also. Progressives and Socialists have an agenda. So do I.

If you are really a twelve year old kid from Mississippi, who has decided to join the prepping community, as a temporary hobby or a lifestyle choice, then it is my sacred duty to exert a... subtle influence, and help get you pointed in the right direction. The right direction resulting in a well rounded, skilled, confident and prepped Conservative. I ain't gonna lie. That's what I'm all about.

Johhny Jacks can say it better than I can. You seem well spoken, I don't doubt you can read and comprehend the following...

https://absoluteanarchybook.com/sample-page/supplemental-reading/

Go read that, if you are curious. That's pretty much where I am coming from.

Sincerely,

Squirtgunsquirter
I've been off for a while now, and I just got back on here, and wow. I couldn't believe my eyes. Someone to put a scenario on me and to test me, that sounds, well, amazing. Not sure my parents would be too fond of it though. Turned thirteen about a week ago, and I've been trying to organize my prepping and storing things that I have well. I would love to do that, but, as I said, my parents probably wouldn't want me going away for 5 days with a stranger. I would like to try it, but I know my parents won't allow it. I'll be sure to read that chapter tonight, as I don't have much to do at the late hours. But still, thanks. I'm looking into CB radios, and I have a friend who is into prepping too, so the whole CB thing might be somewhat useful for keeping communications on during SHTF scenarios. I'm probably going to invest in a Marlin Model 60 or a Henry Lever Action .22, as both are very efficient rifles. They're not 10/22s, but, they're actually within my budget. I'm going to invest most of my money into prepping, and I'm probably going to get a 3 day assault pack. But, still, thanks for this offer, and for everything, but my parents just.....they wouldn't let me.

-Sincerely,
Dallas
 

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So, recently, I went to an army navy store, just to look around for some MREs and paracord, and I came across a survival manual on a shelf. I read the front and it said it was a manual from the military on survival. I turned it over for a price, seeing how most books like that are twenty bucks or more, and it said eight dollars. So, I bought it along with my paracord and brought it home. I stayed up a few nights reading it, and I was impressed. It had survival in all different biomes. It also had survival in a POW camp (This is a manual originally published in 1970), and it was really good. It went over a lot of key topics and brought me to a brand new world of survival. It had acronyms for things, which I enjoyed. One was SAT (Save, Add-to, Take-care-of) and it brought me to understanding just how important it is to keep everything you have in the best condition possible. To me, it is a great buy, and I would recommend it to any who come across it for cheap.

-Sincerely,
Dallas
Take some of the material in FM21-76 with a grain of salt...especially if it's an edition from 1970.

A big problem is the section on snake bite. Do not, under any circumstances, cut and suck like the book says. The cuts will only allow the venom better access to the bloodstream, and this is to be avoided.

We remove ticks by gently pulling them off in a straight path...not using a match, oil, or nail polish like the book says. A tick will, indeed, let go if you use an ember from a cigarette...but being burned will stress the tick and make it vomit while it's still attached...and increase your probability of contracting a disease like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or Lyme Disease.

The book says that barracuda attack indiscriminately, and nothing is further from the truth. Every single time I snorkle and/or scuba dive (I live in Florida) I see large barracuda. I see them swimming near kids and parents who are blissfully unaware of these predators that, quite literally, surround them.

I'm aware of only one documented attack down here in the past 30 years.

There are a few other things, but...by and large...a good buy and a good book to have.

I hope this was helpful.

P.S. Something I forgot: Go to a religious store that sells Bibles, and get a zippered book protector to stash your field guide in. Otherwise, get sheets of clear plastic contact cover at Walmart, and use it to cover the book in clear plastic (like in the library) so you can stuff it in a backpack and go in the boonies without having to worry about it getting wet or ruined.
 
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Even FM 3-05.70 (FM 21-76) 2002 gives the method of using suction device.

Something I posted a couple of years ago regarding suction;

National Institutes of Health

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

We determine the percentage of mock venom recovered by a suction device (Sawyer Extractor pump) in a simulated snakebite in human volunteers.

METHODS:

A mock venom (1 mL normal saline solution, 5.0 mg albumin, 2.5 mg aggregated albumin) radioactively labeled with 1 mCi of technetium was injected with a curved 16-gauge hypodermic needle 1 cm into the right lateral lower leg of 8 supine male volunteers aged 28 to 51 years. The Sawyer Extractor pump was applied after a 3-minute delay, and the blood removed by suction was collected after an additional 15 minutes. A 1991 Siemens Diacam was used to take measurements of the radioactive counts extracted and those remaining in the leg and body.

RESULTS:

The "envenomation load," as measured by mean radioactivity in the leg after injection, was 89,895 counts/min. The mean radioactivity found in the blood extracted in the 15 minutes of suction was 38.5 counts/min (95% confidence interval [CI] -33 to 110 counts/min), representing 0.04% of the envenomation load. The postextraction leg count was less than the envenomation load by 1,832 counts/min (95% CI -3,863 to 200 counts/min), representing a 2.0% decrease in the total body venom load.

CONCLUSION:

The Sawyer Extractor pump removed bloody fluid from our simulated snakebite wounds but removed virtually no mock venom, which suggests that suction is unlikely to be an effective treatment for reducing the total body venom burden after a venomous snakebite.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14747805
 

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Even FM 3-05.70 (FM 21-76) 2002 gives the method of using suction device.

Something I posted a couple of years ago regarding suction;

National Institutes of Health

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

We determine the percentage of mock venom recovered by a suction device (Sawyer Extractor pump) in a simulated snakebite in human volunteers.

METHODS:

A mock venom (1 mL normal saline solution, 5.0 mg albumin, 2.5 mg aggregated albumin) radioactively labeled with 1 mCi of technetium was injected with a curved 16-gauge hypodermic needle 1 cm into the right lateral lower leg of 8 supine male volunteers aged 28 to 51 years. The Sawyer Extractor pump was applied after a 3-minute delay, and the blood removed by suction was collected after an additional 15 minutes. A 1991 Siemens Diacam was used to take measurements of the radioactive counts extracted and those remaining in the leg and body.

RESULTS:

The "envenomation load," as measured by mean radioactivity in the leg after injection, was 89,895 counts/min. The mean radioactivity found in the blood extracted in the 15 minutes of suction was 38.5 counts/min (95% confidence interval [CI] -33 to 110 counts/min), representing 0.04% of the envenomation load. The postextraction leg count was less than the envenomation load by 1,832 counts/min (95% CI -3,863 to 200 counts/min), representing a 2.0% decrease in the total body venom load.

CONCLUSION:

The Sawyer Extractor pump removed bloody fluid from our simulated snakebite wounds but removed virtually no mock venom, which suggests that suction is unlikely to be an effective treatment for reducing the total body venom burden after a venomous snakebite.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14747805
I wasn't aware of this experiment, but it's good to know.

I have heard (during my classes in EMS training) that venomous snakes were used to bite pigs (under lab conditions), and the classic "cut and suck" techniques were used and the results analyzed.

There was, supposedly, no benefit...which agrees with what you posted above.

My policy regarding snakes is common sense, be aware of your surroundings, and wear snake chaps.

In other words, prevention.
 

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One other point about venomous snakes: a lot of people kill them on sight, but I don't believe in this.

I wouldn't even mind if my own property happened to be a Mecca for venomous snakes.

In a SHTF circumstance, I see rats and other rodents being ten times the threat that venomous snakes pose. I don't like the idea of diseases like leptospirosis, plague, hanta virus, tapeworm, and so on flourishing on my property...especially if I'm trying to grow vegetables and other produce. I also don't like the idea of the fleas that are associated with rodents.

Snakes not only eat rodents, but rodents know to avoid areas that host large numbers of snakes.

I think that--in terms of numbers--rodents have killed thousands of times more people than snakes ever have.

I may stop short of the idea of transplanting and releasing rattlesnakes on my property, but I've given the idea serious consideration.
 

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http://www.preppers.info/uploads/FM21-76_SurvivalManual.pdf

Dallas, you didn't have to pay for that field manual, but I like to have paper copies too, so I don't blame you.

Almost every Field Manual issued is available online, if you look around on the site here, you can find a lot of them already linked.

Field Manuals are great, and I have a few paper copies I keep in my bag.

On a side note, why the MRE's? They are a wet ration, so they are heavy for the calories you get, and they have problems with heat spoilage.

If you decide to practice any of the survival scenarios laid out in the manual, let us know.
I'm a paper person too. In case there isn't electricty
 

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