The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk.

Today, a special column with technical specifications, manuals, maps, and assorted how-to resources and references for various prepper gear and prepper-related topics. My advice is to find a waterproof USB stick with at least 16 GB of free space, and then on some quiet 3-day weekend, load it up!

The Manual for Your Baofeng UV-5R

A user manual for your Baofeng UV-5R.

Instruction Manuals Online

Instruction Manuals Online.  More than 100,000 manuals — all in one place.

Steve’s Pages  — Free Gun Manuals

Steve’s Pages has hundreds of gun manuals (military and civilian) available for free download.

Internet Archive: US Military Manual Collection

The Internet Archive (  US Military Manual Collection.


FAQs and Reference Articles by James Wesley, Rawles.

Survival Dan’s Site

At SurvivalDan’s Site: Survival Library— The Best 100 PDFs That You Can Download For Free.

Seasoned Citizen Prepper’s Library

Free Survival PDFs, Manuals, and Downloads (2021 Update)

Sources for Free Survival and Preparedness Information on the Internet

This 2008 article in the SurvivalBlog archives is still fairly useful:  Sources for Free Survival and Preparedness Information on the Internet, by K.L. in Alaska.

USGS Maps Download Site

How do I find, download, or order topographic maps?

Some Free Homesteading Books

Homesteadimng Today: What Homesteading Books Have Free Downloads?

More Free Homesteading Books

Fifty Free Farmstead eBooks.

The Forgotten Weapons Videos Series

Ian McCollum’s great series of videos: Forgotten Weapons.

The Spanish 1893 Mauser

A lengthy and detailed piece, by the folks at C&Rsenal:  Small Arms of WWI Primer 143: Spanish Mauser 1893. The more important distinctions start at the 25:30 mark. It bears mentioning that nearly half of my rifle inventory at Elk Creek Company is of the 1893/94/95 Mauser pattern. It was a brilliant design.

While you are visiting there, check out the many other very informative videos from C&Rsenal.

How to Download a YouTube Video to a Flash Drive

In case you are wondering: Here is how to Download a YouTube Video to a Flash Drive.

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