Monthly Archives: March 2012

50 FREE Constitution / Liberty Videos

These FREE films (courtesy of the United States government and the folks at have to do with the U.S Constitution and freedom. There are some Austrian School economics & Free Market & Capitalism items too, since I think those = freedom, too.

Many of these are gov’t films so your tax dollars already paid for them; you can watch them online or download each movie for viewing later on.

Here’s how to download: on each video’s page you’ll see a menu on the left hand side. Right-click your mouse on the link and choose SAVE AS to download it. MPEG4 (.MP4) is the most popular of the file types: Screen Shot

  1. 4th grade students learn about U.S. Constitution “Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary school 4th grade students learn about North Carolina and the beginnings of the U.S. Constitution during Constitution Day from a member of the DAR.”
  2. Activist Vs Originalist – Part 1 “A revealing conversation featuring Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Antonin Scalia regarding different methods of judicial interpretation. The jurists discuss the value of “Purpose and Consequence,” as well as “the living Constitution.”
  3. “Active Liberty” by Mr. Justice [Stephen] Breyer, Part I (2005) (activist Supreme Court Judge)
  4. “Active Liberty” by Mr. Justice [Stephen] Breyer, Part II (2005)
  5. “Active Liberty” by Mr. Justice [Stephen] Breyer, Part III (2005)
  6. Ayn Rand collection
  7. Barriers & Passes, ca. 1939 – ca. 1945 WWII era film on internment of Japanese citizens
  8. Capitalism (1948) “A group of teenagers on a high-school radio program discuss just what capitalism is, seizing onto the example of the butcher who supplies the weenies for their picnic. With Mickey Hugh (Ray Bennett); Franklyn Ferguson (John Howell). Educational Collaborator: James Harvey Dodd, Ph.D., Head, Department of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College, University of Virginia.”
  9. Civil Liberties and National Security (December 9, 2010) “The subject is a hearing on national security and civil liberties. Obviously the first question is, is there a tension between the two, or are there areas of compatibility? The power of what has begun to be termed the imperial presidency grows, and the ability of our democratic institutions, especially the Federal legislative branch, us, to constrain it, seems more uncertain.”
  10. The Common Defense “THE BIG PICTURE pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force who form a valiant team that continues to discharge with glory its great and proud responsibilities — the common defense of the United States.”
  11. Constitutional Basis for the U.S. Army (July 8, 1987) “This program examines the origins of the Constitution of the United States, which every soldier swears to uphold and defend. the provisions which deal with creation and control of the United States Army are highlighted. Provides a history of the Articles of Confederation, noting its weaknesses which caused problems for General Washington’s Continental Army. as tension between the thirteen states grew, a meeting at Annapolis called for the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in may 1787. British and French influence on the framers is explained. Portrays debates among delegates regarding the need for a standing Army under control of the national government. Points out those articles which pertain to the Army and identifies 23 signers as veterans of the revolutionary war. Notes the difficulties involved in ratification by all the states. Explains separation of power between Congress, the President and the Supreme Court as it applies to the Army. The Constitution is a living document whih checks and balances which provide for an enlightened and efficient government.”
  12. Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate (Part 1 of 2) (February 16, 2011) Committee on the Judiciary. “As the Framers of the Constitution understood, Congress has an independent duty to examine the constitutionality of the legislation it considers. Ideally, we should assess the constitutionality of legislation before it becomes law. However, given the unprecedented nature of the health care law’s individual mandate, it is important that we examine its constitutionality even though it has already been enacted. The individual mandate–which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance–is the foundation of the new health care law. It is also unprecedented. Twenty-seven states are now challenging the constitutionality of the health care law. Two federal district court judges have ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional; two have determined that it is not. Ultimately, it will be decided by the Supreme Court. The individual mandate requires Americans to purchase health insurance from a private company. It does not matter whether they want health insurance or can even afford it. Under this law, Americans must either obtain insurance or pay a penalty. But the Constitution, which creates a federal government of limited, enumerated powers, does not necessarily allow Congress to require individuals to purchase any good or service, including health insurance.”
  13. Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate (Part 2 of 2) (February 16, 2011) Committee on the Judiciary. Part 2 of above.
  14. Constitution Class taught by Michael Badnarik (2003) “The 2004 Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Michael Badnarik teaches his famous class about the Constitution. If you don’t know the difference between a right and a privilege, this is a must see! If you think you know the difference, then answer this question: Is the US a democracy? For the answer (surprisingly), watch this”
  15. Constitution Day Address (2007) Federal Judiciary. “The Constitution of the United States turned 220 on September 17, 2007. This year’s commemoration includes a 37-minute broadcast message from Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.”
  16. Corbett Report Radio 075 – Anarcho-Libertarianism with Walter Block “Tonight we talk to Dr. Walter Block, Professor of Economics at Loyola University and Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. We discuss positive and negative rights, blackmail, abortion, anarchism, and a host of other contentious issues in this wide-ranging philosophical edition of the broadcast.”
  17. Democracy (1945) “Presents nature of meaning of democracy; develops keen appreciation for meaning of democracy by analyzing 4 major concepts on which exists substantial body of general agreement. Points out that true democracy is characterized by at least 2 signs. “
  18. Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic “Support the film makers, please purchase an offical copy with DVD extras and bonus material. From the Tea Party Movement to State Legislators, the American people are drawing a line in the sand. On what side of it will you stand? Has the government our Founders created been forgotten by Washington DC? Is a Patriot Uprising ready to capture the spirit of 1776? “Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” gives the viewer a look into the movements, mindset, and legislation that will catapult the “Great Restoration” into households across America. What is the choke-collar the Federal Government uses to reign in the States? Are the States sovereign or subjects of Washington DC? What did the Founders foresee and how did they seek to protect us from a tyrannical government? “Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” exposes the commerce clause, defines Sovereignty, the proper role of government, a Constitutional Militia and much more. “Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” offers sound solutions to take back rights stolen by our out-of-control, despotic federal government. “Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” will educate, inspire, and activate a nation desperately seeking direction. What side of the line will you stand?”
  19. Despotism (1946) “Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?”
  20. Dr. Ron Paul speaks at Liberty University Feb. 08 2008 “U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, Republican candidate for president, speaks at Friday’s convocation service in the Vines Center of Liberty University.”
  21. Gibbons v. Ogden (1977) Judicial Conference of the United States. “Presents a conflict between the States and Congress over the authority to regulate commerce. In this case, which linked States’ authority to license steamboats in federal waters with a seemingly unrelated issue, slavery, Chief Justice Marshall interpreted the Constitution to give the Federal Government the duty to determine the rules of commerce and established how to lay the foundation for an American common market nearly a century before Europe enjoyed it.”
  22. Hayek Lecture (October 27, 2010) “This is a video of the 2010 Hayek Lecture at the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics which was given by Professor Jesús Huerta de Soto.”
  23. The House I Live In (1945) “Frank Sinatra teaches some young boys a lesson about tolerance.”
  24. I’m In Love With Friedrich Hayek “A love song for economist Friedrich Hayek by Dorian Electra.”
  25. In Defense of the Constitution:1787-1987 Guest: Burns, James MacGregor (American Political Leadership)
    Theme: The Consitution Date: 1987-05-10
  26. In Our Hands, Part 1: How We Got What We Have (1950) “How economic progress comes from the accumulation of privately owned tools of production; demonstrates the need for tools by showing a young couple with their infant child in a wilderness with nothing but natural resources and their hands.”
  27. In Our Hands, Part 2: What We Have (1950) “Strengths of the American free enterprise system and how it meets the needs of its citizens.”
  28. In Our Hands, Part 3: How To Lose What We Have (1950) “Drama of an authoritarian (probably Communist-type) coup in the U.S., assisted by apathy, an indifference to federal intervention in community affairs, and lack of economic incentive.”
  29. In Our Hands, Part 4: How to Keep What We Have (1950) “How a limited government and private control over labor, resources and tools can stave off a Communist takeover of the U.S.”
  30. I.O.U.S.A. “I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens”
  31. It’s Everybody’s Business (1954) “John Sutherland produced animated short that shows the history of how business began in America starting from the colonial period to the uses of modern technology assembly lines the 1950s”
  32. Jim Greenfield-Commerce Clause The Commerce Clause – “The power to regulate commerce between the states. Has the Supreme Court let congress grasp too much power from the states using the commerce Clause?”
  33. Know Your Rights #62 National Defense Authorization Act continued (2012) “Ron continues talking about the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on New Years Eve and what it means to the rights of US citizens.”
  34. Living Within Our Means (1975) Guest: Friedman, Milton Theme: Public Affairs
  35. Look at Capitalism, A (1955) “Economic lecture on the merits and workings of capitalism. With Prof. Clifton L. Ganus of Harding College, Searcy, Ark.”
  36. McCulloch v. Maryland (1977) Judicial Conference of the United States. “Can states tax the operations of the federal government? In this unpopular decision, the Supreme Court dealt a great blow to a claim of states’ rights by striking down a state’s attempt to interfere with a legitimate federal activity.”
  37. Make Mine Freedom (1948) “This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.”
  38. Marbury v. Madison (1977) Judicial Conference of the United States. “Who determines what the Constitution means—what is and is not constitutional? In this 1803 case the Supreme Court established its responsibility to review the constitutionality of acts of Congress. President John Adams appointed Federalist William Marbury as justice of the peace, but failed to deliver Marbury’s official commission before President Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans took over the administration. Marbury asked the Supreme Court to order Jefferson’s Secretary of State, James Madison, to deliver the commission. Marbury’s demand precipitated a confrontation between Chief Justice Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson. The Supreme Court held that it did not have jurisdiction and declared that the law permitting the Court to hear the case was unconstitutional.”
  39. Monopoly Men (1999) “During the Wilson presidency, the U.S. government sanctions the creation of the Federal Reserve. Thought by many to be a government organization maintained to provide financial accountability in the event of a domestic depression, the actual business of the Fed is shrouded in secrecy.”
  40. NASA Destination Tomorrow – DT11 – Charters of Freedom (6/1/2004) “NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment describing how NASA atmospheric scientists contributed to the conservation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.”
  41. A Nobel Laureate on the American Economy (1977) Guest: Friedman, Milton (Economics) Theme: Public Affairs Date: 1977-05-03
  42. Our Bill Of Rights (1940) “Presents the arguments both for and against the addition of the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, to the Constitution. Portrays Franklin, Washington and others in their historic roles.”
  43. Powers of Congress, The (1947) “Mr. Williams drops off to sleep for a few minutes to find himself confronted with a world in which Congress has been suspended and federal authority dissolved.”
  44. Preamble To Peace “An examination of the meaning and application of the United States Constitution and its Preamble.”
  45. Principles In Liberty 40: Thomas E Woods & Ron Paul speeches 05-22-2009
  46. A Promise of Freedom (2007) Department of Homeland Security. Now THAT’S irony. “‘A Promise of Freedom’ is a 12 minute film based on the National Constitution Center’s ‘Freedom Rising.’ It focuses on the history and founding of our nation and the important rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. The discussion booklet outlines concepts from that film.”
  47. The Rights of Criminals vs. The Rights of Citizens Guest: Wachtler, Sol Theme: The Law Date: 1982-07-02
  48. Round and Round (Widgets) (1939) “Highly simplified explanation of free-enterprise economics that fails to mention the idea of profit.”
  49. Road to serfdom “An illustrated rendition of F.A. Hayek’s famous classic. You can find webpages with the original pages and videos using straight copies of the images. I decided to go for a cleaner, more elegant look. It took a bit more effort but I did it. If you don’t like the voiceover, hit the mute button.”
  50. Ron Paul Rally Crowd Philladelphia 2007-11-10-A “Pan of the crowd at Ron Paul 2008 Republican Presidential Rally, Independence Hall Philadelphia Pa. November 10, 2007”
  51. Secure the Blessings (1951) “Shows how American schoolchildren are taught the value of democracy, freedom and good citizenship.”
  52. Story of Enterprise (1955) “How a young couple parlays their frozen custard booth into a multimillion dollar business and constructs a parable of capitalist economics. With Prof. Clifton L. Ganus of Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas.”
  53. The Tea Party: defenders of the American Dream? Institute of Ideas. “Battle of Ideas 2011, 29th October 2011, Royal College of Art, London”
  54. Tea Party Movement Videos There are only about 50 I think. You can upload your own. Would be a nice counterbalance to the more than 3,000 Islamic Jihad and beheading videos on
  55. Tom Schuler, Cobbler-Statesman (1958) “This animated film tells the story of Tom Schuler, an ordinary cobbler of the revolutionary era, who played a small but vital role in the history of our nation. As a private citizen, Tom Schuler took an avid interest in the many problems that faced the Colonies after revolutionary war, particularly on the issue of federal and states rights. He was elected as a delegate to the state convention for the ratification of the proposed Constitution of the United States. at the convention, Tom made noteable contributions in the formulation of the Bill of Rights, and in the enunciation of the rights and responsibilities inherent to local state governments within the structure of a central federal government. The theme is developed just as Tom Schuler did in his time, there is no limit as to what we as private citizens can do to improve the american way of life by taking an interest and accepting our responsibilities in solving the many problems facing our country.”
  56. United States v. Aaron Burr Judicial Conference of the United States. “Dramatizes the trial of Aaron Burr, presided over by Chief Justice John Marshall. Strictly adhering to the Constitution, Marshall stepped between Burr and death, and the doors were closed against government abuse of the treason charge.”
  57. What Is Money? (1947) “Following the journey of a five-dollar bill through many transactions, the film shows how money functions as a standard of value and future payment, a storehouse of value and a convenient medium of exchange.”
  58. Your Thrift Habits (1948) “Modern-day moral tale resembling Ben Franklin’s autobiography.”


Here are 50+ US Constitution-related e-books for FREE download at (which I’m not affiliated with, by the way). There’s a menu on the left-side for each of these book’s webpages. If you click on a link for one of the e-book formats (like for Kindle), it creates the file on-the-fly so be patient when downloading.

If you find one you like, why don’t you leave a review & that will help another poor, gun-and-religion-clinging poor unfortunate American to find it in the future. 😀

  1. Annotated Constitution of the United States (1891) Baker, Andrew Jackson, 1832-; United States. Constitution
  2. The beginnings of American nationality : the constitutional relations between the Continental Congress and the colonies and states from 1774 to 1789 / by Albion W. Small (1890) vol 01 United States. Continental Congress
  3. Biographical story of the Constitution, a study of the growth of the American Union (1910) Elliott, Edward
  4. A brief exposition of the Constitution of the United States for the use of common schools (1862) Hart, John S. (John Seely), 1810-1877; United States. Constitution
  5. Capital and Interest von Bohm Bawerk, Eugen
  6. “The great economist and finance minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is a pillar of the Austrian School. As a champion of the new marginalist school, this great work brought him more fame than even Carl Menger had in his day.”

  7. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States : with a preliminary review of the constitutional history of the colonies and states before the adoption of the Constitution (1891) Story, Joseph, 1779-1845; Bigelow, Melville Madison, 1846-1921; United States. Constitution
  8. Common sense : addressed to the inhabitants of America, on the following interesting subjects. I. Of the origin and design of government in general, with concise remarks on the English constitution. II. Of monarchy and hereditary succession ; III. Thoughts on the present state of American affairs ; IV. Of the present ability of America, with some miscellaneous reflections (MDCCLXXVI [1776]) Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner.
  9. Constitutional history of the United States from their Declaration of Independence to the close of their Civil War (1889) Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894
  10. Course in American citizenship in the grades for the public schools of Iowa (1921) Iowa. Dept. of Public Instruction.
  11. A defence of the constitutions of government of the United States of America (1788) Vol 01 Adams, John, 1735-1826
  12. Debates and other proceedings of the Convention of Virginia : convened at Richmond, on Monday the second day of June, 1788, for the purpose of deliberating on the Constitution recommended by the grand Federal convention. To which is prefixed the federal Constitiution (1805) Virginia; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL; United States. Constitution; Robertson, David, of Petersburg, Va; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner; Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, former owner
  13. Democracy In America — Volume 1 (1997) Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859
  14. Development of constitutional guarantees of liberty (1957) Pound, Roscoe
  15. Egalitarianism As A Revolt Against Nature Rothbard, Murray N. “With all the political books out there, each with a partisan spin, it’s wonderful to read a thinker who doesn’t fear exposing the errors of left and right, measuring anyone and everyone against the great benchmark of the idea of liberty.”
  16. Elementary catechism on the Constitution of the United States : for the use of schools (1828) Stansbury, Arthur J. (Arthur Joseph), 1781-1865
  17. The fathers of the constitution; a chronicle of the establishment of the Union (1921) Farrand, Max, 1869-1945; Paltsits, Victor Hugo, 1867-1952
  18. The Federalist : a commentary on the Constitution of the United States ; a collection of essays (1904) United States. Constitution; Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804; Madison, James, 1751-1836; Jay, John, 1745-1829; Hamilton, John C. (John Church), 1792-1882; Durand, Asher B., 1796-1886
  19. First and fifth: with some excursions into others ([1960])
  20. Good citizenship (1908) Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
  21. Great Americans speak : short speeches that have shaped our destiny (1948) Packard, Frederick Clifton, 1899-
  22. Great debates in American history : from the debates in the British Parliament on the Colonial stamp act (1764-1765) to the debates in Congress at the close of the Taft administration (1912-1913) (c1913) vol 01 Miller, Marion Mills, 1864-1949; United States. Congress; Great Britain. Parliament
  23. History of the origin, formation, and adoption of the Constitution of the United States : with notices of its principal framers (1854) Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894
  24. Human Action: Scholars Edition von Mises, Ludwig. “Human Action: A Treatise on Economics is the magnum opus of the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. It presents a case for laissez-faire capitalism based on Mises’ praxeology, or rational investigation of human decision-making. It rejects positivism within economics. It defends an a priori epistemology and underpins praxeology with a foundation of methodological individualism and laws of apodictic certainty. Mises argues that the free-market economy not only outdistances any government-planned system, but ultimately serves as the foundation of civilization itself.”
  25. Human Action: Study Guide Murphy, Robert P. “Human Action is the core text of the Austrian School and the most rigorous and extended defense of the free economy ever written. And the Guide, years in preparation, opens it up as never before.”
  26. Introduction to the proposed Bill of Rights Madison, James. “Speech by James Madison to the House of Representatives introducing the proposed Bill of Rights on June 8, 1789.” [pdf]
  27. An introduction to the theory of value on the lines of Menger, Wieser, and Bohm-Bawerk (1891) Smart, William, 1853-1915
  28. James Madison’s notes of debates in the Federal convention of 1787 and their relation to a more perfect society of nations (1918) Scott, James Brown, 1866-1943
  29. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 (1904) vol 01 United States. Continental Congress; Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941; Hunt, Gaillard, 1862-1924; Fitzpatrick, John Clement, 1876-1940; Hill, Roscoe R., b. 1880; Harris, Kenneth E., 1943-; Tilley, Steven D., 1947-; Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
  30. Letters of members of the Continental Congress (1921) Burnett, Edmund Cody, 1864-1949.
  31. Magna carta commemoration essays (1917) Malden, Henry Elliot; Royal Historical Society (Great Britain)
  32. Liberty under law [electronic resource] : an interpretation of the principles of our constitutional government (1922) Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
  33. Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market Rothbard, Murray N.
  34. Manual of the Constitution of the United States (c1900) Andrews, Israel Ward, 1815-1888; Morris, Homer
  35. Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism Hulsmann, Jorg Guido “Ludwig von Misesâs colleagues in Europe called him the ‘last knight of liberalism’ because he was the champion of an ideal of liberty they consider dead and gone in an age of central planning and socialism of all varieties. During his lifetime, they were largely correct. And thus the subtitle of this book. ”
  36. The Nature of a Freeman (1944) “Army Talks Vol. II. No. 14; April 5, 1944”
  37. Nobel prize-winning economist oral history transcript (1983) Hayek, Friedrich A. “Transcript of a 15.25-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Oral History Program and the Pacific Academy of Advanced Studies. Hayek discusses with Craver and eight other interviewers his early years and education in Austria; his studies in law, economics, psychology, and political science; teaching at the London School of Economics; and his many publications, including The road to serfdom”
  38. The origin and growth of the American Constitution; an historical treatise in which the documentary evidence as to the making of the entirely new plan of federal government embodied in the existing Constitution of the United States, is, for the first time, set forth as a complete and consistent whole (1911) Taylor, Hannis, 1851-1922
  39. Political and civil rights in the United States ([1952]) Table of Contents, Chapter I: The Right to Security of the Person, Chapter II: Fairness in Governmental Procedures, Chapter III: The Right of Franchise, Chapter IV: Freedom of Speech: Right of Political Organization and Political Expression, Chapter V: Freedom of Speech: Untruthful and Harmful Communication, Chapter VI: Freedom of Speech: Control Over the Specific Media of Communication, Chapter VII: Academic Freedom, Chapter VIII: Freedom of Religion, Chapter IX: Discrimination Table of Cases Index
  40. The privileges and immunities of state citizenship [electronic resource] (1918) Howell, Roger, b. 1895. “”
  41. The proposed amendments to the Constitution of the United States during the first century of its history (1897) Ames, Herman Vandenburg, 1865-1935
  42. Religion and the law of church and state and the Supreme Court ([1962]) Kurland, Philip B
  43. The rise of religious liberty in America : a history (1902) Cobb, Sanford H. (Sanford Hoadley), 1838-1910
  44. Religious liberty in the United States (1896) Straus, Oscar S. (Oscar Solomon), 1850-1926
  45. Secret journals of the acts and proceedings of Congress : from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the Confederation (1820) vol 01 United States. Continental Congress; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. MB (BRL); John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) MB (BRL)
  46. The real authorship of the Constitution of the United States explained (1912)
  47. Sources of our liberties: documentary origins of individual liberties in the United States Constitution and Bill of rights ([1959]) Perry, Richard L.
  48. Road to reaction (1963) Finer, Herman, 1898-1969. “Published to criticize … fallacies of Hayek’s The road to serfdom.”
  49. Theory and History von Mises, Ludwig. “Here Mises defends his all-important idea of methodological dualism: one approach to the hard sciences and another for the social sciences. He defends the epistemological status of economic proposition. He has his most extended analysis of those who want to claim that there is more than one logical structure by which we think about reality. He grabbles with the problem of determinism and free will. And presents philosophy of history and historical research. Overall, this is a tremendously lucid defense of the fundamental Misesian approach to social philosophy.”
  50. The Theory of Money and Credit von Mises, Ludwig. “In this work, Mises looks at the nature and value of money, and its effect on determining monetary policy. Included is his regression theorem, that tries to explain why money is demanded in its own right, as moneys at first glance do not serve a consumable need. Mises explained that moneys only can come about after there has been a demand for the money commodity in a barter economy.”
  51. War Department Training Manual TM 2000-25: Citizenship Issued November 30, 1928. Supersedes “Manual of Citizenship Training.” Includes Constitution of the United States: edited by Harry Atwood. SuDoc number: W 1.23:2000-25
  52. The writings of James Madison : comprising his public papers and his private correspondence, including numerous letters and documents now for the first time printed (1900) Vol 01 Madison, James, 1751-1836; Hunt, Gaillard, 1862-1924.

… next week’s post will be about the Declaration of Independence & Revolutionary War.

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75 FREE Firearms Videos

First, I have a question about the 1976 Vehicle Ambush video, which I linked to in my first post on this blog….

…if one were to try that in a car nowadays, would the air bags deploy? (Some of the maneuvers, if you haven’t seen it, include ramming into a car, if it is purposely blocking the roadway, etc.) Wondering. If you know, please leave a comment, thanks.

Anyway – Avast, ye gun nuts! 😀

These FREE films (courtesy of the United States government and the folks at are about guns, weaponry, etc. Most of these are gov’t films so your tax dollars already paid for them; you can watch them online or download each movie for viewing later on.

Here’s how to download: on each video’s page you’ll see a menu on the left hand side. Right-click your mouse on the link and choose SAVE AS to download it. MPEG4 (.MP4) is the most popular of the file types: Screen Shot

After this list of videos there’s a 2nd (get it?) list of links to 100+ free E-Books & military manuals at the Ebook and Texts Archive.

(Materials made by the gov’t or FOR the gov’t like films and manuals, books, etc are Public Domain in the USA; someone had asked about that….)

  1. .40 Caliber Cartridge (1998) FLETC: “This video demonstrates the effectiveness of the .40 caliber cartridge when used with the modified 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Using targets such as boat hulls, mailboxes, car doors, and car windows, this training tape focuses on the firepower. “
  2. Advanced Combat Rifle (February 26, 1991) “The Defense Department has begun an intensive search for a weapon technology that will at least double the effectiveness of the rifleman in combat. This program briefly describes the four advanced firearm prototypes currently being developed by independent contractors. The new firing range at Ft. Benning will be used to test the effectiveness of the prototypes. a brief history of the army rifle is also presented.”
  3. Angel and the Badman iPod version (1947) “John Wayne plays Quirt Evans, a gunslinger with a nasty rep who is injured and nursed back to health by a Quaker family.” Public domain.
  4. Annie Oakley (1894) “Annie Oakley was probably the most famous marksman/woman in the world when this short clip was produced in Edison’s Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey. “
  5. The Armalite AR-10 “This is a promotional film for the Armalite AR-10. This is the rifle that led to the M-16 currently used by US forces. It features field-stripping, the belt-fed version, and Eugene Stoner running onto a beach firing from the hip.”
  6. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Dr. Bruce D. Ragsdale, and Arnold R. JosselsonTerminal Effects of Projectiles from Antique and Modern Firearms in Ordnance Gelatin / Bone Targets (A1908-83-0010) “Ballistics experiments conducted by shooting bones embedded in gelatin blocks, done at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology by Dr. Bruce D. Ragsdale, M.D., Orthopedic Pathology Department, AFIP & Arnold R. Josselson, LTC, USAF, MC, Forensic Sciences Department, AFIP. Film is circa 1970.”
  7. Baptism of Fire “Baptism of Fire is an US Army documentary that shows the anxiety associated with going into combat for the first time.”
  8. Bayonet Training “WWII USMC training film on the use of the bayonet. (partial film)”
  9. Bench Rest Shooting Introduction “Bench rest shooting in competition is the most precise of all shooting sports. Custom made rifles superbly accurate for group shooting at 100, 200 and 300 yards or meters. Precision made rifle barrels, highest quality rifle scopes,and hand-loaded ammunition. Gunsmithing is of the highest precision.”
  10. Big Picture: Commence Firing “From colonial days, marksmanship has been an American tradition. In this film presentation, television audiences will visit the Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, established in 1794. Gunsmiths here have created the basic weapons for our fighting forces. The Armory is the small arms center of the U.S. forces. Here, are concentrated the Ordnance Corps facilities for experimental development of hand weapons, including rifles and automatic weapons–also for pilot line production. Included in “Commence Firing,” is footage of the Camp Perry, Ohio World Series of Marksmanship, sponsored jointly by the National Rifle Association and the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice.”
  11. Cleaning Rifle Barrel Bore. “Rifle barrel cleaning is the most important,to keep the accuracy of rifles in order. Copper fowling and powder fowling will accumulate in rifle barrel bore and cause rifle to become erratic in accuracy. Groups will open up in size. In Bench rest shooting the barrel is usually cleaned after 15 to 25 shots. In varmint shooting with high caliber, it is advisable to use same interval in cleaning barrel bore.”
  12. Dale Williams interviews Aaron Zelman of “Dale Williams interviews Aaron Zelman of on why gun owners should NOT support the NRA”
  13. DEA Cop Shoots Himself In The Foot During Gun Safety Demonstration (2005) 😮
  14. Escape (1954) “This is a training film which shows case studies of how one would escape if one were taken captive as a prisoner of war.”
  15. The Expandable Baton (1997) FLETC: “This is a training film which shows case studies of how one would escape if one were taken captive as a prisoner of war.”
  16. Firearms Friday 1 (2008) “Program #375 Cohost: Michael Adams of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association’s Appleseed Project: FIREARMS FRIDAY! The first blood shed in the American Revolution was on April 19th, 1775 on Lexington green, more than a year before our cherished Declaration of Independence was signed. The Appleseed Project hopes to teach everyone the history causing our country’s separation from English rule, and how to shoot your rifle accurately – just in case we have to suppress a different dictatorship in the future.”
  17. Firearms Friday 2 (2008) “Program #375 Cohost: Michael Adams of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association’s Appleseed Project: FIREARMS FRIDAY! The first blood shed in the American Revolution was on April 19th, 1775 on Lexington green, more than a year before our cherished Declaration of Independence was signed. The Appleseed Project hopes to teach everyone the history causing our country’s separation from English rule, and how to shoot your rifle accurately – just in case we have to suppress a different dictatorship in the future.”
  18. Firearms Examination, ca. 1970 – ca. 1979 “Shows techniques and methods used by FBI firearms investigation unit in identifying, comparing, and examining bullets, cartridges, firearms, residue, fingerprints, and other evidence for possible identification of weapons used in crimes.”
  19. Fundamentals of Ballistics (1949) “Principles of physics involved in design and functioning of weapons and ammunition, with particular reference to their artillery application.”
  20. Fundamentals of Double Action Revolver Shooting (April 28, 1975) “Explains fundamentals of handling double action revolvers. Illustrates various positions, correct grip, methods of aiming and sighting. Shows how to acquire confidence, speed and marksmanship. Emphasizes the necessity of having great respect for the deadliness of the revolver. Simulated gun battles afford tips on boosting the chances of survival when “playing for keeps” with the underworld.”
  21. Fundamentals of Rifle Marksmanship (1999): U.S. Marine Corps “This program explains and demonstrates the proper fundamentals of aiming, breath control, and trigger control in rifle markmanship.
  22. Fundamentals of Rifle Marksmanship “Demonstrates the elements of the integrated act of shooting in a burlesque of an instruction period on the 25-meter rifle range”
  23. Fundamentals of Small Arms Weapons – Part I The Cycle of Operation (1945) “Processes of chambering, locking, firing, and cocking explained in detail – functional model built up to illustrate each step.”
  24. Fundamentals of Small Arms Weapons – Part II (1945) “Explains four basic types of operation: manual, gas, blowback and recoil – application of operating principles to weapons.”
  25. Fundamentals of Small Arms Weapons – Part III Semiautomatic and Automatic Fire (1945) “Typical firing mechanisms constructed with models and basic principles of the two firing methods are demonstrated.”
  26. Gary Hinz – The Right to Bear Arms (2008) “National Rifle Association benefactor, Gary Hinz, talks about why gun ownership is an American right.”
  27. Gun Silencer in action, on a 22 Semi automatic BRNO rifle “Demonstration of a gun silencer on a Semi automatic 22 rifle. Effective sound suppression of this gun silencer suppressor. With a 22 long rifle ammunition, the only sound you hear is the firing pin fall! Very good hearing protection for shooters.”
  28. Guns at Springfield, the (1971) “Shows the story of the development of the US army’s small arms from the french and indian war through the vietnam war, in a tour through the springfield armory museum.”
  29. Guns versus Crime. John R. Lott, Jr., Esq. “Mr. Lott is Professor of Law at Yale University and author of More Guns, Less Crime. Doctors for Disaster Preparedness 2000 Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA”
  30. Camouflage for Evasion (1968) “Depicts techniques of personal and equipment camouflage for survival in enemy territory. Shows different types of camouflage and shelters in jungle, desert and arctic environments. Explains how to find or construct obscure hiding places and points out areas to be avoided. Discusses restrictions on campfires.”
  31. Combat in Deep Snow and Extreme Cold (July 1, 1950) “infantry rifle company illustrates combat technique and survival methods applicable to arctic conditions”
  32. Combat Firing with Hand Guns (1944) “Correct grips; three basic firing positions; firing quickly and instinctively.”
  33. Every Soldier Is A Sensor (2006) “The individual Soldier is the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today’s Army. In order to fully harness this capability, the Army must ensure that “Every Soldier is a Sensor.”
  34. Fighting Men: Kill or Be Killed “This [WWII] military training film shows that there are no rules of sportsmanship or fair play on the battlefield. As expressed in the film: ‘Anything goes when the stakes are kill or be killed.’ Soldiers were encouraged to use any weapon that comes to hand which could be anything from a rifle, to a bayonet or hand grenade.”
  35. Gary Hinz – The Right to Bear Arms (2008) “National Rifle Association benefactor, Gary Hinz, talks about why gun ownership is an American right.”
  36. German Sniper Training (1944) Captured enemy film.
  37. M203 Grenade Launcher – Part II Functions (1971) “shows function of each part in a cutaway model of the launcher during cocking, chambering, locking, firing, extraction, ejection, and loading.”
  38. Guns Are Different – Firearms Safety (1980) “Primitive weapons are relatively safe to use, but guns are shown to be different in a series of Air Force accidents. A young Sgt drops his pistol which promptly shoots him in the leg. A survival instructor falls asleep with his revolver in his hand, it fires, and he loses a finger. A security policeman kills a friend during an exercise. A hunter kills a friend on a hunting trip. A father leaves his revolver under his pillow which is found by his young son who kills his sister. If guns are not handled properly, they will get the user or someone else — accidentally.”
  39. Infantry Weapons and their Effects (1954) “U.S. pistol caliber .45, submachine gun caliber .45, U.S. carbine, caliber .30. mechanical characteristics, operation, and use in combat.”
  40. Introduction to Firearms (1994) FLETC: “Provides an overview of basic procedures for the safe and effective use of revolvers. Covers stance, grip, and trigger control. Demonstrates proper alignment of sights, loading and unloading, and how to safely uncock a standard service revolver. For recruits.”
  41. (1/2) Larry Pratt, President of Gun Owners of America, on The Talk To Solomon Show LIVE – 032510.02 “Larry Pratt, president of Gun Owners of America (, returns to the program on this, the March 25th, 2010 broadcast of The Talk To Solomon Show LIVE, to fill us in on what he’s been up to in the wake of Obama’s Health Care bill passing to ensure the government doesn’t come for him and his guns–and also sheds a little light on what YOU can do to protect yourself as well. This piece is the first of Pratt’s interview and aired LIVE during the bottom half of the first hour of production–the second segment of the evening.Larry Pratt is a guest on the program twice a month, so please..stay tuned for more!”
  42. (2/2) Larry Pratt, President of Gun Owners of America, on The Talk To Solomon Show LIVE – 032510.03 “Larry Pratt, president of Gun Owners of America (, returns to the program on this, the March 25th, 2010 broadcast of The Talk To Solomon Show LIVE, to fill us in on what he’s been up to in the wake of Obama’s Health Care bill passing to ensure the government doesn’t come for him and his guns–and also sheds a little light on what YOU can do to protect yourself as well. This piece is the second half of Pratt’s interview and aired LIVE during the top half of the second hour of production–the third segment of the evening. Larry Pratt is a guest on the program twice a month, so please.. stay tuned for more! “
  43. Machinegun, 7.62MM, M60, Pperation and Cycle of Functioning (1960) “design and capabilities – operation – loading, aiming, cocking, firing, unloading – functioning – feeding, chambering, locking, firing, extraction, ejecting, cocking.”
  44. Machinegun, 77.62mm, tank m73 – part i operation and disassembly and assembly (1962) “features and capabilities – techniques for clearing, loading, firing and unloading weapons – methods and procedures for disassembly and assembly of the six main component groups of weapons.”
  45. Making of a Shooter (ca. 1946) “This Kodachrome film shows how a teenage boy learns to become a safe and accurate shooter. Famous riflemen appearing include Ned Lilly, Dick Shaughnessy, Thurman Randle, and Fred Armstrong.”
  46. Management of Mass Casualties, Part X: Management of Psychological Casualties (1958) “One in a series of military training films that can only be described as post-apocalyptic.”
  47. Man to Man (1947) “Salesmanship and psychology instruction for gun dealers.”
  48. Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills (1986) “Actor and WWII veteran Lee Marvin narrates this USMC training film on combat leadership.”
  49. Mines and booby trap course, Cu Chi, South Vietnam (1967) “Instructor showing students booby traps. Soldiers are briefed before entering course. Students enter the course. VS, instructor talking to students seated in stand. CUs, booby traps and mines laid out on table. Instructor with class. Vietcong weapon is passed through the class. Student enters booby trap display area. CUs, various types of punji traps. Students exits from display area. Signs in display area. MS, mock cemetery. CU, gravestone inscribed : “Could This Be You.” Explosion by sign “Boobytrap.” Board listing VIP casualties headed by Gen. William C. Westmoreland. Sign at entrance to course area. Officer describes purpose of the school. Students going thru the course. Instructor explains one of the traps to the students. Students continue along trail of the course. Instructor explains another trap to the students. MS, mock grave marker with smoke billowing around it. Zoom in on word: “Yours”.”
  50. National Rifle Association NET 3/17 American Family “Discussion regarding proposed federal requirement for gun safety lock. Eddie Eagle Program NRA sponsored gun safety program for children.”
  51. One At A Time (1969) “This film shows how some of oldest gun makers in world make guns.”
  52. Powder Creek Cowboys April 2007 (2007) “This is a cowboy action shooting event at the Powder Creek Cowboys. April 2007. Shows what in a musical mode what happens at a Cowboy Action Shooting CAS event.”
  53. Protective Mask Fitting and Drill (1962) “how to select mask – procedures for fitting, testing, and adjusting mask – steps in executing mask drill – importance of drill for quick masking for survival.”
  54. Range Safety (1990) “reinforces the firearms instructor’s knowledge of range safety procedures as well as alert him/her to common safety violations. Examples of common student safety violations when using semi-automatic handguns, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, and special guns.”
  55. Reinforced Rifle Platoon in the Attack of a Built-up Area, Part 2 – the Attack, the (1954) “tactical planning–the attack–each building offers a different complexity of fighting–emphasis on surprise, firepower and teamwork.” I don’t see pt 1 anywhere….
  56. Reloading ammunition for rifles “Hand reloading ammunition for rifles. Custom made dies, bullet seater and neck die. Precision powder measure and arbor press. Demonstration of how to reload rifle ammunition with precise tools”
  57. The Rifle – USMC Training Film 1960s “A US Marine Corps Training film from the 1960s that covers the basics of marksmanship and rifle care and maintenance.”
  58. Rifle, 5.56mm XM16e1 operation and cycle of functioning (1966) “Field care and cleaning of wet and dirty rifle and ammunition; use of cleaning expedients on loss of rifle cleaning equipment; use of sla to prevent weapon failure; and emergency action when weapon fails to fire.”
  59. Rifle Marksmanship with the M1 Rifle (1942) “Official US War Department films shown to GIs in boot camp on how to shoot the M1 Garand Rifle. This archive consists of five out the six films. Part one is missing.”
  60. Rifle – U.S. Cal. .30 M1 – Principles of Operation (1943) “This Army Training film explains the principles of operation of the M1 (Garand) Infantry Rifle”
  61. Rounds of Authority (1997) “This video addresses conventional, specialty, and exotic shotgun ammunition. It describes the capabilities and shows the effects of the various rounds on an assortment of substances. “
  62. Self Defense and Disarmament Circa 1946 “Los Angeles Police Department training program to increase ability of their personnel to defend themselves and to disarm adversaries. Demonstrates value of judo, wrestling, and similar techniques.” –
  63. The Shooting of Dan McGoo “This is a banned Tex Avery cartoon This is part of my collection of banned and censored cartoons. When a group of people work to ban a certain media then part of their heritage is lost as a result. Many types of media I do not agree with, but I do not complain to have it banned. Remember the Soviet Union. They had to basically relearn their own history by going back to books written before the revolution.”
  64. Shooting for Survival, ca. 1960 – ca. 1969 FBI: “Basic rule for survival against hostile fire is to take cover. Defensive firearms training that includes technical skills and target practice survival skills for law enforcement agents. Scenes of agents taking cover and scenes of target practice are shown throughtout.”
  65. Staff Sgt. Refuses Gun Grab – Reality Report Special Interview “The Reality Report presents an interview by Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers with Staff Sergeant Joshua May. They discuss how Sgt. May and the Utah National Guard refused to take guns away from people during Hurricane Katrina.”
  66. Nordyke v. King Oral Argument “San Francisco Chronicle reporter Bob Egelko was interviewed about a case invoving the application of the Second Amendment by states and gun shows. The date of the interview is not known. On January 15, 2009, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Nordyke v. King. The Court would decide if the ban by Alameda County, California, ban on gun shows on the county fairgrounds is unconstitutional. Gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke contended that the ban violates their First Amendment right of free speech and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed the ban in 1999 after eight people were injured in a shooting at the 1998 county fair. In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. Filmed by C-SPAN.”
  67. Big Picture: Stay Alert, Stay Alive “This film portrays the strenuous six-day, eighty-hour training period which the replacement soldier received in Vietnam. This training was designed to supplement the soldier’s stateside training with more specific training that reflected the climate and terrain conditions in which he eventually fought. “
  68. Stay Alert, Stay Alive: The Techniques and Mechanics of Arrest, ca. 1960 – ca. 1969 “Proper and improper arrest procedures are portrayed. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover inviting law enforcement officers and other such agencies to use FBI training facilities. Emphasizes precautionary measures in making arrest to avoid endangering lives of officers or bystanders. Points out that officers should know fundamentals of a successful arrest and that there is no such thing as routine arrest.”
  69. Stop That Tank! (1942 “Stop That Tank! (AKA Boys Anti-Tank Rifle) Disney created this 1942 training film for the Canadian government.”
  70. Survival Tactics Training Facility (1996) “depicts responses in the upper range of the use of force scale”
  71. Big Picture: To Keep and Bear Arms “Since the discovery of America by Columbus, the rifle has played a significant role in helping our great country fight for and maintain its freedom. This week’s issue of THE BIG PICTURE, narrated by Craig Stevens of “Peter Gunn” fame, offers a moving insight into the history of the rifle and the part it has played in our nation’s development.”
  72. U.S. rifle, caliber 7.62MM, M14 – operation and cycle of functioning “Design and capabilities – field stripping provisions – cycle of functioning – feeding, chambering, locking, firing, etc. – semiautomatic and automatic operation.”
  73. Use of Deadly Force (1996) “This video outlines the minimum guidelines of the use of force policy as promulgated by both the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department”
  74. What You Should Know About Biological Warfare (1952) “How can we protect ourselves against the threats of germs and toxins? Cold War America gears up to fend off threats from unconventional bioweapons.”
  75. Big Picture: White of Their Eyes “In an historical survey which spans the 181 years of the American republic, the program describes how the citizen responds to the call to arms when it is necessary to defend his family and country.”

Here are 100+ arms-related e-books for FREE download at (which I’m not affiliated with, by the way). There’s a menu on the left-side for each of these book’s webpages. If you click on a link for one of the e-book formats (like for Kindle), it creates the file on-the-fly so be patient when downloading.

If you find one you like, why don’t you leave a review & that will help another poor, gun-and-religion-clinging poor unfortunate American to find it in the future. 😀

Free Firearms E-Books:

  1. 20-mm automatic gun M1 and 20-mm aircraft automatic gun AN-M2 (1942) United States. War Dept
  2. An address on the formation of rifle associations for defensive purposes, delivered in the town hall, Guleph, on Wednesday evening, the 15th of August, 1866 Howitt, Dr
  3. Aiming and firing : the Hythe method of instructing recruits : with a note on fire discipline training (1916) “Hanbury, H. Wood “
  4. The American rifle; a treatise, a text book, and a book of practical instruction in the use of the rifle (1918) Whelen, Townsend, 1877-1961
  5. American rifleman’s enclycopedia (1902) Gould, Arthur Corbin, 1850-1903
  6. The American sharp-shooter; a treatise on gunnery, illustrating the practical use of the telescope as a sight, as applicable to the rifle, rifle battery, artillery, etc (1862) Wood, Daniel
  7. The American shotgun (1910) Askins, Charles.
  8. Angelo’s Bayonet exercise (1853) Angelo, Henry Charles
  9. Army Technical Manual (for M16 rifle) – TM9-1005-249-23P (1991) United States Army
  10. The art of revolver shooting (1911) Winans, Walter, 1852-1920
  11. Broad-Sword and Single-Stick With Chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillalah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella and Other Weapons of Self-Defence (1911) Headley, Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, Baron, 1855-1935
  12. Cartridge manufacture; a treatise covering the manufacture of rifle cartridge cases, bullets, powders, primers and cartridge clips, and the designing and making of the tools used in connection with the production of cartridge cases and bullets (1916) Hamilton, Douglas Thomas, 1885-
  13. Combined infantry and cavalry drill regulations for automatic machine rifle, caliber .30, model of 1909 United States War Dept (1917)
  14. The Complete Manual for Young Sportsmen: The Complete Manual for Young Sportsmen: With Directions for Handling the Gun, the Rifle, and the Rod, the Art of Shooting on the Wing, the Breaking, Management, and Hunting of the Dog, the Varieties and Habits of Game, River, Lake, and Sea Fishing, Etc. (1864)Forester, Frank
  15. A Complete System of Fence for the British Magazine Rifle, Explaining the Use of Point, Edges, and Butt, Both in Offence and Defence; Comprising Also a Glossary of English, French and Italian Terms Common to the Art of Fencing, with a Bibliographical List of Works Affecting the Bayonet (1890) Hutton, Alfred
  16. The crack shot; or, Young rifleman’s complete guide: being a treatise on the use of the rifle, with rudimentary and finishing lessons; including a full description of the latest improved breech-loading weapons, rules and regulations for target practice; directions for hunting game found in the United States and British province, etc., etc (1868) Barber, Edward C
  17. DA Pam 750-30 (1969) US Army comic book for maintenance of the M16A1 rifle
  18. The Dead shot; or, Sportman’s complete guide; (1882) Marksman, pseud
  19. Deep gallery shelters (1917) Army War College (U.S.); United States. War Dept
  20. Description of the Colt’s double-action revolver, caliber .45, model of 1909 : with rules for management, memoranda of trajectory, and description of ammunition, September 10, 1909 (1917) United States. Army. Ordnance Dept
  21. Description and Rules for the Management of the U.S. Magazine Rifle Model of 1898 and the Magazine Carbine Model of 1899 .30 Caliber (1917) United States Army Ordnance Dept
  22. Experts on guns and shooting Buckell, George Teasdale
  23. The Family fallout shelter (1959) Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization
  24. Field water supply (1961) United States. Dept. of the Army
  25. First hints on rifle shooting (1876)Humphry, Alfred Paget
  26. The Forest and stream hand-book for riflemen (1876)Starr, George C.
  27. The gun book for boys and men (1918) McKee, Thomas Heron
  28. Guns, ammunition, and tackle (1904) Money, Albert W. (Albert William), b. 1839
  29. The gun and its development (1910) Greener, W. W. (William Wellington)
  30. Gun making in the United States (1907) Birnie, Rogers, 1851-1939
  31. Hand grenades; a handbook on rifle and hand grenades (1917) Ainslie, Graham Montgomery, 1881-
  32. Hints on revolver shooting (1910) Winaus, Walter
  33. Hints to Riflemen (1894) Cleveland, HWS
  34. Hints on the use and handling of firearms generally, and the revolver in particular (1885) Curling, H.O.
  35. How to become an expert shot (1875) Prescott, Charles Edwin
  36. How to Keep House in a Foxhole (1945) United States. Army. Forces in the European Theater. Information and Education Division.
  37. How to out-think your opponent : or, T.N. tactics for close-in fighting (1918) Williams, Al, b. 1888
  38. How to shoot (1907) Wingate, George Wood, 1840-1928
  39. How to shoot (including Care and preservation of the rifle) (c1917) Moss, James A. (James Alfred), 1872-1941
  40. How to Shoot the U.S. Army Rifle (1943) Infantry Journal
  41. The how and why wonder book of guns (1963) Robbin, Irving
  42. An illustrated treatise on the art of shooting (1906) Lancaster, Charles
  43. Individual & Family Preparedness The National plan for civil defense and defense mobilization (1958) – United States. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization.
  44. Irish Riflemen in America Leech, Arthur Blennerhassett – I put this one in here because it’s St. Patrick’s Day :MrGreen:
  45. Jiu-jitsu : a comprehensive and copiously illustrated treatise on the wonderful Japanese method of attack and self-defense (1904) Skinner, Harry H. (Harry Hall), b. 1858
  46. Machine guns. pt. I. Mechanism (1917) Hatcher, Julian S. (Julian Sommerville), 1888-1963; Wilhelm, Glenn P., 1889-; Malony, Harry J., 1889-
  47. Manual of Bayonet Exercise: Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United States (1856) McClellan, George B.
  48. Manual of Bayonet Exercises, United States Army (provisional) 1907 (1907) United States War Dept. General Staff
  49. Manual of Military Training Second, Revised Edition Moss, James A. (James Alfred), 1872-1941
  50. The Manual and platoon exercises of riflemen (1835)
  51. Manual of water purification procedures, prepared for Corps of engineers, U.S. army (1944) Wallace and Tiernan Company, inc., New York
  52. Manufacture of artillery ammunition (1917) Alford, Leon Pratt, 1877-1942, ed; Van Deventer, John Herbert, 1881-; Suverkrop, E. A; Mawson, Robert; Colvin, Fred Herbert, 1867-
  53. Modern American pistols and revolvers. An account of the development of pistols and revolvers in America; (1894) Gould, Arthur Corbin, 1850-1903
  54. Modern rifle shooting from the American standpoint (1903) Hudson, Walter Guy, 1870-
  55. Modern shot guns (1891) Greener, William Wellington
  56. Modern sporting gunnery, a manual of practical information for shooters of to-day (1906) Sharp, Henry
  57. Musketry, (.303 and .22 cartridges) : elementary training, visual training, judging distance, fire discipline, range practices, field practices (1915) Solano, E. John
  58. Notes on training for rifle fire in trench warfare (1917) United States. Army War College, Washington, D.C
  59. Ordnance and gunnery; a text-book prepared for the cadets of the United States military academy, West Point (1907) Lissak, Ormond M. (Ormond Mitchell)
  60. Notes on bayonet training, no. 2 : adapted from a Canadian publication (1917) Army War College (U.S.)
  61. Notes on rifle-shooting (1864) Heaton, Henry William
  62. Notes on Training for Rifle Fire in Trench Warfare (1917) Army War College
  63. Operator’s Manual For M16, M16A1 (1984)
  64. An oration on the forty fifth anniversary of American independence, delivered before the Charleston riflemen (1820) Elfe, Robert
  65. Our Rifles: Firearms in American history (1920) Sawyer, Charles Winthrop, 1868-
  66. Patten’s Infantry Tactics and Bayonet Exercise Patten, George
  67. Practical rifle shooting (1906) Winans, Walter, 1852-1920
  68. Principles of squad instruction for the broadsword (1872 [c1869]) Corbesier, A. J. (Antoine J.)
  69. Provisional Instruction on the Automatic Rifle, Model 1915 (Chauchat) (1918) United States Army . American Expeditionary Forces, Army, United States, American Expeditionary Forces , War Dept
  70. A report on the feasibility and advisability of some policy to inaugurate a system of rifle practice throughout the public schools of the country (1907) Wingate, George Wood
  71. Rifle clubs (1899) Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892
  72. Rifle and musketry exercises for the Ross rifle (1914) Canada. Dept. of Militia and Defence
  73. Rifle range construction, a text-book to be used in the construction of rifle ranges, with details of all parts of the work (1909) Wilson, H. C
  74. Rifles and shotguns; the art of rifle and shotgun shooting for big game and feathered game, with special chapters on military rifle shooting (1917) Miller, Warren H.
  75. The rifle shot’s manual, giving hints how to attain close and accurate rifle shooting (1900) Smith, Henry
  76. Rifle training for war (1919) Brookhart, Smith Wildman, 1869-1944; National Rifle Association of America; National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice
  77. The science of gunnery, as applied to the use and construction of fire arms (1841) Greener, William, d. 1869
  78. The science of self defence. A treatise on sparring and wrestling, including complete instructions in training and physical development. Also, several remarks upon, and a course prescribed for the reduction of corpulency (1867) Price, Edmund, E
  79. Self defense for the individual .. (1919) Sandow, Billy C.
  80. The Shooter’s bible (1953) Stoeger Arms Corporation
  81. Shooting, for boys (1917) Collins, A. Frederick (Archie Frederick), 1869-
  82. The shotgunner’s book : a modern encyclopedia (1958) Askins, Charles, 1907-
  83. Small arms instructors manual : an intensive course, including official “C special course” ; U.S. rifle, model 1917 ; U.S. rifle, model 1903 (Springfield) ; U.S. rifle, model 1898 (Kraag) ; automatic pistol, model 1911 revolvers, cal’s. .45 and .38 ; official firing courses ; designation of targets ; fire direction and control ; use of cover (c1918) Small arms instruction corps; Sayre, Reginald H; Phelps, Stowe, 1869-; Herrick, Gerard P
  84. Soldier’s Guide to the Japanese Army – 1944 Herbert Hillary Booker 2nd – Tujunga, California – 2009
  85. The soldiers’ manual of foot care and foot wear (1916) Webb-Johnson, Cecil
  86. The soldier’s manual of rifle firing, at various distances (1861) Thackeray, Thomas James
  87. Sporting Rifles and Rifle Shooting (1920)Caswell, John
  88. The Story of Colt’s Revolver; the Biography of Col. Samuel Colt (1953) Edwards, William B
  89. The sporting rifle; the shooting of big and little game (1908) Winans, Walter, 1852-1920
  90. The story of ordnance in the World War ([c1920]) Brown, Sevellon
  91. Suggestions to military riflemen (1909) Whelen, Townsend, 1877-1961
  92. A system of target practice. For the use of troops when armed with the musket, rifle-musket, rifle, or carbine (1862) United States. War Dept; Heth, Henry, 1825-1899
  93. Target Range Pocket Book Shooting instructions for the 1903 Springfield rifle
  94. Technical Manual TM 9-867 Maintenance and Care of Hand Tools (1945) War Department
  95. Technical training handbook of the Browning automatic rifle model of 1918 (air cooled) (1918) Infantry School (U.S.)
  96. Three lectures upon the rifle (1860) Wilford, Ernest Christian
  97. Tom Swift and his electric rifle = or, Daring adventures in elephant land Appleton, Victor
  98. training manuals sorted by popularity (downloads)
  99. A Treatise on the Science of Defence: For the Sword, Bayonet, and Pike in Close Action (1805) Gordon, Anthony
  100. US Army documents sorted by popularity (downloads)
  101. U. S. Marine Corps score book; a rifleman’s instructor (c1912) Harllee, William Curry, 1877-1944
  102. United States rifles and machine guns; a detailed account of the methods used in manufacturing the Springfield, 1903 model service rifle; also descriptions of the modified Enfield rifle and three types of machine guns (1917) Colvin, Fred H.
  103. U.S. volunteer: a book of instructions for officers and soldiers, comprising the principles of aiming and target practice, forms of dress parade and review, duties of guards … also the rules and articles of war, comp. from standard works of the War Department, and A manual for Colt’s revolving rifle (1861) Swaine, Peter Tyler
  104. Why should boys be taught to shoot? (1907) Wingate, George Wood, 1840-1928
  105. WWII Combat Orientation Program “Army Talks” pamphlets “The purpose of the program is to give the soldier psychological preparation for combat, and a better realization of the import of every phase of his military training. Emphasis will be placed on combat orientation. The mental and physical conditioning of the enemy, and a proper evaluation of the enemy’s weapons and fighting qualities will be stressed, A better understanding of the background of the war, and the soldier’s respons abilities in the post-war world will also be developed .. .”
  106. You can be an expert rifleman (1963) Briggs, Frank

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I plan to post a new list of free videos each Saturday.

There is going to be another post Saturday on FREE firearms videos that I hope you all will enjoy. In the meantime, do you know about the Project Appleseed marksmanship program?

See you the day after tomorrow.

– The Free Film Girl

50 FREE survival / prepper videos

OMG We’re All Going To Die!

(Yeah, eventually we will…but in the meantime our chances are better if we are prepared.)

These FREE films (courtesy of the United States government and the folks at seem like they’d sure be helpful in a homesteading or a SHTF survival situation. Most of these are gov’t films so your tax dollars already paid for them; you can watch them online or download each movie for viewing later on.

Here’s how to download: on each video’s page you’ll see a menu on the left hand side. Right-click your mouse on the link and choose SAVE AS to download it. MPEG4 (.MP4) is the most popular of the file types: Screen Shot

  1. Aircrew Survival: Cold Land Survival FAA.
  2. Aircrew Survival: Hot Land Survival FAA.
  3. Aircrew Survival: Survival Kits, Rafts, Accessories FAA.
  4. Aircrew Survival: Survival Medicine FAA.
  5. Aircrew Survival:Surviving on Open Water FAA.
  6. Aircrew Survival:Survival Signaling FAA.
  7. Aircrew Survival: Tropical Survival FAA.
  8. Aircrew Survival: The Will to Survive FAA.
  9. Anchoring Home Fuel Tanks “illustrates the importance of securing home fuel tanks to the structure to prevent damage during disasters. “
  10. Animals In Emergencies (2007) FEMA: “The video is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. It informs owners about the key points in developing a plan to evacuate animals or to shelter them in place and how to find resources in their community to assist them.
  11. Assembling a Can Sealer (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  12. An Ax To Grind – Pt 1 (1999) USDA film: “Hanging an Ax, Sharpening.”
  13. An Ax To Grind – Pt 2 (1999) USDA film: “Single and double bit, chopping, splitting axes, broad ax, broad ax hewing, adzes, hatchets.”
  14. Are You Ready? Another FEMA video; meh, but shows how to properly use a generator.
  15. A Better Way Program 149 USDA: “Program 149: How to grow good cucumbers; Home made toys; Pocket sandwiches; How to split wood and the tools to use; How to make pickles and relish at home; Tips on backpacking.”
  16. Canning Fish in Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  17. Canning Fish in Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  18. Canning Game Meat In Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  19. Canning Game Meat In Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  20. Collecting and Using Alaska’s Wild Berries (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “this DVD will help you learn to identify the many species of edible Alaska wild berries and show you how to avoid poisonous species. You’ll also learn to identify habitats where your favorite berries grow and, once you’ve picked them, how to clean, freeze and can them for storage.”
  21. Crop Tree Management for the Landowner USDA: “Understanding that trees compete with each other for sunlight, moisture, and soil nutrients is a basic concept for understanding how to increase the growth rate of trees. Knowing the tree species, how each species provides desired benefits, and being able to assess the health of each tree provides the basis for selecting “crop trees.”
  22. Developing Self-Reliance (1951) Old, but I don’t think this is taught any longer
  23. Direction, Orientation, and Location with a Compass (1967) “features and use of lensatic compass in map orientation, in finding direction and location, and in land navigation, by day and night.”
  24. Drying Fruits (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  25. Drying Herbs (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  26. Drying Vegetables (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  27. Forgotten Historical Activities (2009) Take a step back in time. How people spent their daily lives 150 years ago was very different from our current reality. Their ordinary activities mostly involved their survival needs of food, clothing and shelter. These things were common and necessary and we can now see their unique reality through this historical overview video.
  28. Grid, Distance, and Elevation “use of military grid system to locate positions; use of graphic scales to measure distance; use of contour lines to identify topographic detail.”
  29. Homesteading and Farming Activities (2009) Where did my people come from? America was founded and settled mostly by European peasants. They sought a new life, freedom, and land ownership. There are many stories of why and where your family came from and how America developed into what it is today. Native Indians, African slaves, Asians and many outside ethnic cultures were a part of this expanding melting pot nation.
  30. Hypothermia (1986) USCG: “Cold weather can kill as easily as a fall from a cliff. This program demonstrates the danger of hypothermia on a fishing boat, how to recognize hypothermia, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.”
  31. Indroduction to Communicable Disease Nursing (1975) Good basic nursing and hygiene practices.
  32. Infusing Vinegars (1999) “a thorough overview of basic canning and preserving processes for pickling foods”
  33. Jams & Jellies (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “how to make your own jams and jellies from fruits and berries. You’ll find out what equipment you need as well as necessary and optional ingredients, including sweeteners, liquids and pectin. You’ll also learn how to safely process your jams and jellies in a boiling water bath and how to cool and store your finished product.”
  34. Knots, Bends and Hitches (1973) “Teaches how to tie the square knot, figure 8, bowline, half hitch, timber hitch, rolling hitch, clove hitch, cats paw, single and double sheet or becket bend, fisherman’s bend, and double carrick bend.”
  35. Learning Again: Safe Rooms (2005) “In this program, the theory behind wind damage in tornadoes and safe room construction concepts is explored; also hear from a tornado survivor.”
  36. Living Off The Land (1955) Military film about “”how to survive under emergency conditions in the north temperate regions
  37. Making Fruit Leather (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  38. Making Sauerkraut (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  39. Making Sausage (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  40. Making Jerky (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  41. Man & Safety “uses animation to explain how communications; physical limitations; physiological limitations; and supervision relate to the role of human limitations in accidents.”
  42. Map Symbols (1967) Army Traing Film “black symbols of cultural detail, boundary lines, blue symbols for water, green symbols for vegetation, and brown symbols for contour lines.”
  43. Nature’s resources for survival (2009) “For the land of the free and the home of the brave. The pioneers used all of natures resources for survival. Food that was not grown on the farm, was hunted and trapped. The animals were used for their fur as well as their meat, bones, and organs. Our ancestors understood that all the fundamental natural resources were important for survival and included: plants, animals, minerals, fuels, water, soil & rocks, air & wind, and the forests and pastures.”
  44. Overview of Drying (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  45. Past Military, Social and Leisure Activities “We the people. Americaâs melting pot of many cultures became one unique nation, with values, and a strong heritage. The new world was founded on the principles of life, liberty and justice for all. The military and government administered the law. Another important needed aspect of life were social and relationship activities. These things included music, holidays, playing games, dancing, and sports.”
  46. Pickling Vegetables (1999) “a thorough overview of basic canning and preserving processes for pickling foods”
  47. Prevention of Cold Injury (July 1, 1975) “When training in the arctic, the soldier must contend with that most ancient enemy of man–the cold. since clothing dictates much about how the soldier will perform in a freezing climate, how to dress and what to wear is given prime consideration in this film. too, proper foot care and hygiene is stressed, as is safety in handling equipment. “
  48. Principles of Field Medical Service (1966) “Medical facility and facility in field – litter team, aid station, division clearing station emergency surgical hospital, evacuation hospital, general hospital and large medical center in CONUS.”
  49. Public Shelter Living: The Story of Shelter 104 (1964) “a gem of a civil defense film from 1964. It begins with shelter manager Bob and his assistant, a chirpy blonde, counting people coming into a public Fallout Shelter to avoid the off-camera atomic attack. The thirty-minute black and white movie concerns the challenges of living in a shelter “for as long as we have to.” At one point Shelter Manager Bob tells everyone “That it won’t be any picnic in here. There’s going to be a certain amount of discomfort for all of us.” He then urges his captive audience to “sit down, remain calm and continue filling out those forms that were handed to you.””
  50. Residential Shelter In Place (2002) FEMA video about sheltering in place, in case of external threats.
  51. Rural Surveillance (1993) FBI training film “The video shows how to conduct a proper surveillance in rural areas. This includes proper camouflage, use of cover, and tactics as set down in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) policy.”
  52. Southern Hybrid Striped Bass North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: “this DVD covers most of the considerations for producing, harvesting and marketing of striped bass”
  53. Star Identification (1942) US Navy: “shows how to identify stars and constellations at various latitudes.”
  54. Sub-Arctic Winter Bivouacking (1955) US Army training film.
  55. Survivial Stresses (1955) Another DOD film about survival: “methods of detecting, understanding and combating such stresses as hunger, thirst, cold, fatigue, and fear. shows how to recognize and avoid dehydration”
  56. Vehicle Ambush: Counterattacks, ca. 1976 formerly “restricted” film about evasive countermeasures that a vehicle’s driver can take, against terrorist ambushes. Very 1970’s and I expected the Beastie Boys to show up at any minute. 🙂
  57. Water Purification Methods with Tony Nester and Outside Magazine
  58. What To Do In A Zombie Attack (2006) I think FEMA ripped this off recently.
  59. Y for Youth (A to Z of Bushcraft) “The future of Bushcraft lay in the next generation so Andrew trains a group of young people in building a debris shelter, walking silently in the woods and how to use a knife. They also learn how to cook and eat worms!”

Next post is going to be about free government films and documents about weapons.

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