Drawing: Cobra helicopter Drawing: Cobra helicopter
Chapter 8 - Page 8

Figure 4 Deadfall

The figure 4 is a trigger used to drop a weight onto a prey and crush it (Figure 8-12). The type of weight used may vary, but it should be heavy enough to kill or incapacitate the prey immediately. Construct the figure 4 using three notched sticks. These notches hold the sticks together in a figure 4 pattern when under tension. Practice making this trigger before-hand; it requires close tolerances and precise angles in its construction.

Drawing: Figure 8-12. Figure 4 deadfall

Paiute Deadfall

The Paiute deadfall is similar to the figure 4 but uses a piece of cordage and a catch stick (Figure 8-13). It has the advantage of being easier to set than the figure 4. Tie one end of a piece of cordage to the lower end of the diagonal stick. Tie the other end of the cordage to another stick about 5 centimeters long. This 5-centimeter stick is the catch stick. Bring the cord halfway around the vertical stick with the catch stick at a 90-degree angle. Place the bait stick with one end against the drop weight, or a peg driven into the ground, and the other against the catch stick. When a prey disturbs the bait stick, it falls free, releasing the catch stick. As the diagonal stick flies up, the weight falls, crushing the prey.

Drawing: Figure 8-13. Paiute deadfall

<< Previous Page Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15 Next Page >>

Back to The Home Page Bact To The Survival Table Of Content Your Free E-Mail Log In Page

Web Aircav.com
Updated: 12 January 2008
Born on 28 October 1999