Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Unless you’re as level-headed a Navy SEAL, which, we’re assuming you’re not. Next best bet? Picking up a copy of 100 Deadly Skills: The Seal Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, as told by Clint Emerson, a — you guessed it — ex-Navy SEAL.
Featuring illustrations from Ted Slampyak, 100 Deadly Skills runs the gamut of practical, tactical life skills. All actionable. All (relatively) easy to master. All developed by highly trained operatives who face life-threatening situations on a regular basis.
Inside: Picking locks, and the EDC kit every man should have ready and waiting to aid him in doing so. How to detect if someone has tampered with your things. Opening a car door with a piece of string. How to make a newspaper nail bat.
The manual makes for great bathroom reading. Also makes for a great gift. Below, a small glimpse into some of the more outrageous skills discussed in the book — pick up your own copy here.
How to Steal a Plane
A small aircraft, that is. Per Emerson: “...swiping the world’s most common aircraft — a Cessna 152 or 172 — is no more difficult than picking the lock on a flimsy office desk.”
How to Dispose a Body
Here’s to hoping it never comes to this. But, hey, if it does, at least you’ll know that a vertical burial site is better than a horizontal one — leaves a smaller footprint above ground.
How to Survive an Active Shooter
Sadly, one of the more practical skills the book covers. Always run first. Most notably, in a zig-zag pattern from cover to cover. If that fails, Emerson offers tips on hiding. And as a last resort: fight, disarm and incapacitate.
How to Make a Molotov Cocktail
A step-by-step guide on the most classic of urban warfare devices.
How to Perform a J-Turn
“In reality,” Emerson writes, “high-octane vehicular maneuvers are rarely deployed on the field.” But hell, if being able to perform a J-turn is on the top of our list. See also: the reverse-180, also explained in the book.