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  1. The science of camouflage: Do I need camo to hunt?
    The science of camouflage: Do I need camo to hunt? Do you really need camo for hunting? Good question. We’re here to tell you everything you want t...
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  2. Why do ghillie suits work?
    Why do ghillie suits work? A “ghillie”, “yowie” or “wookie” suit (yep, they sound like fun, eh?) is a type of camouflage clothing worn to mimic the...
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  3. Everything You Need to Know About Army Boots
    Everything You Need to Know About Army Boots People choose combat or tactical boots for a bunch of reasons. Sometimes it’s a very practical choice ...
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  4. A Brief History of Military Flight Jackets
    A Brief History of Military Flight Jackets When you see a bomber jacket, what do you think of? Some may think of the military origins, others may ...
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  5. A Primer on buying a Torch / Flashlight
      There are a few things to consider when choosing a modern handheld torch or headlamp. Battery type and run time Light output and beam distance ...
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  6. An Introduction to Ammo Cans
    An Introduction to Ammo Cans Ammunition boxes are made to store and transport varying calibers of ammunition. Most of them are made from steel and...
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  7. Emergency Kit Basics - Survival Kit Series
      Emergency Kit Basics - Survival Kit Series Emergency survival kits come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. From a bunker with a years sup...
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  8. Meals Ready to Eat - Survival Kit Series
    Food for fighters As long as there have been organised military forces, there have been food rations to keep the collective fighting machine firi...
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  9. Bootcamp - Boot Care
    Bootcamp - Boot Care Your boots will treat you well if you treat them well. Good boot care keeps them waterproof, stops them from falling apart, a...
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  10. Bootcamp - The anatomy of a boot
    Modern boots are complex systems. They aren’t just a wad of leather you strap onto your feet. Well, some of them are, but you should avoid those. ...
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  11. Water Purification - Survival Kit Series
    Photo by livewildphotos / CC BY Water purification The water in New Zealand is pretty good. Mountain streams and rivers are a fairly safe bet fo...
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  12. Sleeping Bag Basics - Survival Kit Series
    Sleeping Bag Basics - Survival Kit Series A decent sleeping bag is an essential piece of kit, both for outdoors and for travel. If you’ve got a re...
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