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About the Author

Ragnar Benson is America's most-esteemed survival expert. He has written more than 20 books for Paladin throughout the years on a variety of topics covering everything from weapons to politics to survival medicine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873642155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873642156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sleeplessnashadow on April 25, 2005
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Wanna roll a boulder down a hill to take out a tank? Learn 5 ways of swinging logs from trees to hit people? Then this book is for you. I just do not see any value to what it suggests. If the author actually sets up these kind of traps, they'd work good for Hollywood, but not much else. How do you get the boulder up the side of the mountain to set the trap? How does 1 person lift those big logs into trees? There are a couple basic NVA type foot traps, but the internet has better for free.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on November 1, 2006
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A fascinating and educational little book. It begins with the basics of a guiding philosophy, then a relatively detailed description of 3 types of triggers, followed by descriptions of several interesting traps. Ample detail is given in the text and the illustrations are helpful. I would have liked more step-by-step illustrations in some cases to clarify some points but still they were sufficient. The writing is at an appropriate level and complexity for instructional text and was very readable. The size of the book makes it easy to slip in a pocket and take with you as a ready field guide when you want to give some of these a try. The tools you will need are quite simple and you could easily get along with a knife, saw, and a hammer alone to make all the traps in this book. It is an interesting anthropological study of human ingenuity in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 2, 2012
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Ragnar Benson is one of the most famous Survivalist authors (e.g., Ragnar's Urban Survival: A Hard-Times Guide to Staying Alive in the City, The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense, Survival Poaching, etc.).

This short (84 pgs) 1981 book goes into the matter of trapping man, who "can be the most difficult animal on earth to trap." (Pg. 1) He states the book is not about "booby traps," but about constructing primitive trapping devices using only hand tools, etc. More importantly, he adds that "to know how to set a trap for your enemy is also to know how to avoid being trapped yourself." (Pg. 2-3)

He covers Water Traps, Trail Traps, Spike Traps, Juungle Snares, Pit Traps, and more. He advises that men on horseback are "nearly impossible to pit-trap," since the horses will sense the danger and avoid it. (Pg. 23)

He concludes on the note that "folks like myself have an obligation to leave a permanent record about such rare information for use by future historians, anthropologists, and tacticians; but also to serve as a guide for ill-prepared, urbanized survivors who may have to face a brave new world." (Pg. 83-84)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Lord Humongous on May 9, 2013
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i wanted to learn how to make snare traps. this book had all i needed and then some.
now im one step closer to being rambo
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By edward mcghee on June 23, 2000
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In the usual Ragnar fashion, he gets to the point and illustrates exactly how to do it and do it well. Someday these skills will be needed and I thank people like Ragnar for showing us how to take responsibility and protect ourselves and our families -- from whomever or whatever,
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This is my forth book ive read of his. Another great one. Alot of good stuff in here. Some of what he said, and what i learned in Survival Poaching and Ragnar's Urban Survival: A Hard-Times Guide to Staying Alive in the City made this a good follow up book. Like his style of writing, like his stories, love what ive learned from him. Gonna have to buy The Most Dangerous Game: Advanced Mantrapping Techniques next time i place an order.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jim pickens on April 28, 2010
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Ragnar Benson is truly one of the best writers on the subject of self sufficiency and reliance and other assorted goodies. Unlike most of these how to manuals the advice he actually gives works and the stories he tells involving these traps are entertaining as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Hughes on January 28, 2010
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These types of books are usualy good because you learn somthing new, or in a differnt way of being. Low tech wilderness man traps that the thinking person can adapt to any situation with differnt materials and inviroment.
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