By Lars Dalseide | December 1 2012 15:41

Insider tips and tricks for guns, the outdoors and survival

The Total Outdoorsman Manual Received an interesting package in the mail the other day.

A collection of books from Weldon Owen Publishing that fit our membership pretty darn good. The three, which I'm still savagely combing through, are titled The Total Outdoorsman Manual, The Ultimate Survival Manual, and The Total Gun Manual. Put together with the editors from Outdoor Life and Field & Stream, these books contain more then 1,000 tricks, tips and insight on each of the subject listed above.

Like what? How about:

  • Pipe water from a spring to a camp.
  • Split a log with a knife.
  • Outrun a croc on land.
  • Seal your home during a chemical spill.
  • Load up for Cape Buffalo.
  • Shoot quail like a gentleman.

After I started reading, it was difficult to put any of the books down. Heck, it was difficult choosing which of the books to pick up first before being drawn into the clever ins and outs of hunting, survival, and firearm manipulation. I know, I know, you want an example. Here you go:

Mount Up
Learning to mount a shotgun is the single most essential skill in field shooting. When you can bring the gun to your face, instead of putting the gun to your shoulder and lowering your face to it, you can look at a target and hit it without hesitation. The gun mount, done properly, combines the swing and the mount as one move, rather than the "mount, find the target, swing, then shoot" method of many American shotgunners weaned on rifle shooting.

Start from your ready position. Before moving the gun, you have to see the target clearly so your eyes can tell your hands where the gun has to go, and your head has to come forward and incline slightly to accept the gun.

Lock your eyes on the front edge of the target and then begin the mount by moving the muzzle toward the target as if you going to hip shoot it. As the muzzle flows to the target, raise the stock to yoru face. The comb nestles under your cheekbone just before you settle the stock into the shoulder pocket below your collarbone.

When the gun butt meets your shoulder, pull the trigger.

There's your one example. But, as I said, there are a few hundred more. Everything from building a snare to surviving an avalanche to choosing an elk rifle and handling animal attacks.

If any of these seem to strike you fancy (for either your or as a Christmas Season stocking stuffer), check out the Weldon Owen Outdoors section for the details.

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