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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Pentagon Publishing (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975900935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975900932
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Rutter on October 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a DoD publication that assumes you have access to military munitions. If you don't have access to C-4, RDX, Claymores, satchel charges and the like, it will be hard to make full use of this book. If you don't have mil-grade explosives, study some chemestry and buy a book like "Improvised Munitions".

That said, it gives ideas on how to make use of various situations, e.g in buildings, roads, forests, etc. to slow and demoralize an enemy.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tea Kettle on March 12, 2007
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I bought this book solely because I am the curious type. I found it interesting in its presentation of so many ways to hurt people, but not necessarily useful in actually duplicating the traps. This is probably one of those books used to back up whatever an instructor is trying to convey, but without the instructor some of the language is vague and some of the illustrations are less than clear. I don't think there is much danger of an untrained person actually building most of those contraptions, so fear not America. You're still safe from me.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on October 16, 2006
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This book seems to concentrate more on the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) rather than the classic non-explosive traps. I had hoped more for the non-IED coverage but it is still an interesting collection with plenty of pictures to help illustrate the devices described.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 2, 2014
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The kindle version of this manual is worthless. It is nothing more than tiny scans of the pages from the original manual. I have owned the paper version but have misplaced it over the years and it was a very interesting book but the kindle version is terrible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on January 7, 2014
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This book is a scan of an Army manual. I'd guess it dates from the 1970's or so. The quality is *terrible*. It's hardly readible, and the text is NOT able to be enlarged on a Kindle. It is not worth the $1.99 I paid. I'm sure this content is available for free on the internet, but I have not yet spent the time to do a google search to locate it. Save your money and invert some time searching for it. A good place to start is Google doesn't turn it up would be the Library of Congress. Search by the DOD publication number of FM5-31.

Note that I'm not criticizing the content of this booklet, just the scan quality of this version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stumpy Ghost on April 6, 2013
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You'll probably never need this manual for practical purposes but as a US Army Special Forces soldier it is a MUST for my library... ..Major Taylor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A Barnes on January 16, 2013
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Excellent information, written in an easy to understand and illustrated formate. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is survival minded and law enforcement who may run into this and what to look for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ND30 on November 12, 2012
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Great book, easy to read, simple download. I wish there were more books like this. You will not be disappointed.
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