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Video: Antique German shotgun provides touchstone to WWII history

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My dad’s shotgun was a handmade drilling shotgun/rifle he brought home from Germany in World War II. It’s my personal connection with the last days of the war in Europe.

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Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit

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The only survival gear you have is what you have with you. And that gear is only as good as your ability to use it! Here’s what I carry in my Altoids Tin survival kit.

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker backpacking stove

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Biomass-fueled outdoor implements are the way to go, IMO, and here is a great way to cook and boil water quickly, using sticks, twigs and other forest debris.

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Survival recipe video: How to cook trout in foil over a campfire

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Does your area have stocked fishing ponds for kids? Here is a great fishing and cooking method to “hook” the youngsters!.

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Video how to: Cook with your indoor Dutch oven using charcoal

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Suppose your Dutch oven is designed for inside use, with a rounded top and flat bottom. Can you modify it to work effectively outdoors? Yes, and here’s how.

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Edible plants video: How to tell look-alike poison iris from cattails

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Every part of the cattail plant is edible. But don’t mistake a cattail for a toxic look-alike. Here is how to tell the difference.

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Pimp your Bic for survival use | video

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There is no single method or technique for survival fire starting that works 100 percent of the time. That said, I carry a mini Bic butane lighter in my pants pocket, my coat pocket and in my pack whenever I go out. Here is what you can do to improve this product for survival use.

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Video: MS River sets new flood longevity record

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The Mississippi has set a new record for flood longevity, eclipsing even the epoch, benchmark flood of 1927. Things are not looking good along the big river.

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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Video: How to stay hydrated under all circumstances

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Water is necessary for life. Here is how to find it in the desert.

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This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.

Video: How to season cast iron cooking implements on a barbecue grill

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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale?

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