January/February 2015 Features

The Storm Candle Lantern...by Russell Kent

  • We live in the age of the LED revolution with the most amazing variety of torch and light designs that are very bright and last for a long time. But nothing is quite the same as a candle; it has a life of its own, a warm ambience and glow. It is fire after all, mankind's oldest friend. The humble candle has stood the test of time and is here to stay.

My Homemade Bushcraft Knives...by Steve Hoolsema

  • After reading an article in Backwoodsman Magazine about making a bushcraft knife on a budget, I knew that it was something I could do if I had the right material or knife to rework. A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to find a large homemade butcher knife at a resale shop for one dollar. The blade was made of heavy carbon steel with a handle that fit my large hands well.

My Personal Camp/Trail Rifle...by Zeke Corder

  • For many years I've relied on one gun over many others. I carry a concealed pistol at nearly all times, however, it is not the best weapon for all purposes. When I need a camp gun, a trail gun or a backpacking gun, there is one in my arsenal that fits all those purposes better than any other. It is so much fun to shoot and it makes a great plinker too.

A Multi- Useful Survival Firearm...by Ralph Denton

  • A firearm retained for survival, most of all, must be versatile. This article is about a tool that can function as a signaling device and when converted, a multiple-caliber single-shot firearm as well. I am referring specifically to the Russion/Polish 26.5 caliber flare pistols found on the surplus market. The only differences between the two are the carrier/holster and serial numbers. Otherwise, they are identical in price, operation and reliability.

Making a Portable Air Gun Trap...by Jason Barlow

  • Airguns are a fun way to introduce others to shooting sports and to hone your own shooting skills. They're typically cheaper to own and operate than their firearm counterparts, especially in restrictive countries such as Canada (where I'm from). For many airgun enthusiasts their home is their range. I find it interesting that people are willing to shell out large amounts of money for their airguns, but never really put the same time and effort into what they shoot at.

How to Carve a Camp Spoon...by Rick Peterson

  • Carving a camp spoon from raw wood is fun, not terribly time-consuming, requires only a few simple tools and can be done at home or in the field. They make wonderful gifts and I think they just plain feel better in your mouth than the metal and plastic spoons that most of us use every day. Using a spoon that you personally carved to eat a spoonful of homemade chili in camp is a wonderfully satisfying experience.