You will survive, too, just like Gloria Gaynor, and in the woods, even. But only if you have this U.S. Army manual, cleverly titled: SURVIVAL, Department of the Army Field Manual FM21-76. It's 287 heavily illustrated pages of techniques for staying alive (add your own BeeGee jokes here) including orientation, food & cooking, fire- and shelter-making, rafts, animal, insect and plant recognition, and much more. This is the 1970 edition, but staying alive in the woods hasn't changed a whole lot since then. In soft-cover.
They're Back! Those of a certain age will remember being taught to crouch under their school desks in case of nuclear attack. Shortly thereafter, the gov't, in its infinite wisdom zoomed about thecityscape plastering black and yellow signs on buildings with basements to designate them as fallout shelters wherein it stored cans of water and radiation meters which were so insensitive that any reading could only mean the past tense of crispiness. We have a quantity of these signs, brand new in the sense that they have never been plastered, but antique in the sense that they are the Fifties originals and may show slight wear from being stored. 10" x 14" , 25 ga. galvanized steel. They have a black base coat on the front over sprayed with orange/yellow reflective paint in the familiar design rendered nearby by our faithful artist. This is a true collector's item fetching $50 and up in antique stores! A tasteful addition to even the dullest basement hangout.
Blank dog tags, ready to punch. Each set measures 2" x 1-1/8" x 1/32" thick in matte stainless steel with (2) ball chains, one 24" long and one 4-1/2" long. You get (2) sets of (2) tags, with (4) chains altogether. Made in the USA.
These just in, special for military strap aficionados. Right angle olive-drab canvas strap. The wide part measures 17" x 2" and is sewn onto a U-shaped steel clip with a 13-1/2" long x 1" strap mounted at right angles to it. Both straps have steel ends with (2) 3/16" holes. Quite useful for something, we're sure.
From the US gummint, these nylon pop chutes are 32" dia with 30" long panels and a 4" strap on top, from which you could hang them. In white nylon, but surplus being surplus, yours could be in some other militarily appropriate colors. You pick the plain pop chute, or the spring-loaded one with an uncompressed compression spring measuring 14-1/2" long x 6-1/4" dia in the middle. These have a vaguely underwater-creature look to them, in case you're designing a set for a Jules Verne show, or an aquatic-themed party.
This Olive Drab painted on the outside and shiny, reflective silver on the inside aluminum lampshade from Uncle is 7” dia at the bottom x 4-1/8” tall with a 1-5/16” hole non-threaded, in the top for the bulb. Plug the hole and it’s a bowl!
Try this ghillie poncho. Not to be confused with the three-piece tweed suits worn by Scottish gillies taking rich guys salmon fishing, this is a military all-terrain camo poncho worn by snipers and other infiltrators. (A “yowie suit” to the Aussies.) Mesh knit nylon in a green/brown color mix of feathery rags, it’s a slip-on with arms, and hangs to approx the knees, with a hood, one size fits most. Not un-Yeti-like, it’s good for hunters, nature photographers and costume parties.
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