RECOIL OFFGRID

December/January #46 2021

RECOIL OFFGRID takes a fresh look at emergency-related scenarios from the URBAN/CITY dweller's point of view. We speak to experts about what to do to stay alive and how. Plus, we feature products, equipment, and supplies that all urbanites should use. Topics covered include survival gear, food preparation, and much more.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
CMG West, LLC
Frequency:
Bimonthly
$5.57
$27.91
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
on the cover

1. Bino Case Make: Kuiu Model: Pro Bino Harness MSRP: $99 URL: www.kuiu.com 2. Binoculars Make: Leupold Model: BX-5 Santiam HD 12x50mm MSRP: $1,200 URL: www.leupold.com 3. Watch Make: G-SHOCK Model: GSWH1000-1 MSRP: $699 URL: www.gshock.com 4. Sunglasses Make: Gatorz Model: Delta Polarized MSRP: $240 URL: www.gatorz.com 5. Hard Case Make: Pelican Model: G40 Personal Utility Go Case MSRP: $40 URL: www.pelican.com 6. Portable Stove Make: Jetboil Model: MiniMo Cooking System MSRP: $150 URL: jetboil.com 7. Water Filter Make: Sawyer Model: Squeeze Water Filtration System MSRP: $35 URL: sawyer.com Make: Sawyer Model: Squeeze Water Filtration System MSRP: $35 URL: sawyer.com Make: Viktos Model: Wartorn Vented Glove MSRP: $38 URL: viktos.com 9. Socks Make: Viktos Model: Operatus Sock MSRP: $13 URL: viktos.com 10. Pants Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Apex MSRP: $85 URL: 511tactical.com 11. Shoes Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Norris Sneaker MSRP: $110 URL: 511tactical.com 12. Shirt Make: Mystery Ranch Model: Logo Tee MSRP: $28 URL: www.mysteryranch.com 13. Backpack Make: Mystery Ranch Model: 2 Day Assault MSRP: $199 URL: www.mysteryranch.com 14. Jerry Cans Make: Scepter Model: 5.3 Gallon RV Gasoline Can / 5 Gallon Water Can MSRP: $40 / $25 URL: www.scepter.com 15. Rifle Case Make: Viktos Model: Johnny Combat Rifle Bag MSRP: $180 URL:…

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2 min
what is normal, anyway?

As you read this, we’re closing in quickly on the tail end of 2021 — what we all hoped would be “the year we go back to normal.” While there was much discussion about the chaos of 2020 being an anomaly of American life, the truth has proven to be a little more disheartening. Large-scale civil unrest persists in several major U.S. cities and the economic downturn resulting from COVID-related shutdowns and payouts have only led to an increased sense of dissatisfaction and restlessness throughout our society. But we’re not the only ones. As I write this, there are widespread demonstrations ongoing in the world, from France to Cuba, about various sociopolitical issues. This got us thinking: What lessons can we glean from other countries who have already experienced, or…

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8 min
gearup

MAKE & MODEL 1 Leatherman Bond WEIGHT 5.8 ounces MSRP $50 URL www.leatherman.com NOTES While the folding multitool has existed for at least 1,800 years — some crafty tinkerer from the Roman Empire invented it sometime between A.D. 201 and 300 — in modern times, it hasn’t changed too much since Tim Leatherman started selling the Pocket Survival Tool (or PST) in 1983. To honor yet evolve the PST, his eponymous company has released the Bond. It maintains a similar minimalistic aesthetic, while upgrading the functionality with 14 tools, including a blade, pliers, a can opener, a bottle opener, and multiple screwdrivers. Plus, the Bond’s closed length is 4 inches, so if you don’t want to stow it in the included nylon sheath, you can carry it conveniently in a pocket. MAKE & MODEL 2 The Ridge Companies UTTy WEIGHT 5.4…

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7 min
gun maintenance multi-tools

Most firearm malfunctions are caused by a lack of proper maintenance. Like any other machine, firearms experience wear and tear after prolonged use. Dirt, rust, carbon buildup, and worn-out or broken parts can cause stoppages or even catastrophic failure. Regular cleaning, lubrication, and inspection of a firearm is necessary to keep it operating smoothly and ensuring early detection of damaged components. Modern firearm platforms like the AR-15 require specialized tools for sighting, cleaning, and adjusting. Even the 100-year-old 1911 platform requires a special bushing wrench for disassembly. The most basic field armorer kit typically consists of enough punches, wrenches, drivers, bits, and other tools to fill a medium-sized tool bag. The expense of a full maintenance kit is more than most gun owners will ever wish to invest. Those who have sacrificed…

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22 min
what if?

It’s 2021 and many travel restrictions have lifted, offering people the opportunity to finally vacation internationally or visit other countries for business. Although it may have seemed like COVID was the only big concern when considering foreign travel, political turmoil can be just as contagious, unpredictable, and deadly as a conventional disease. Whether it’s the 8888 Uprising in Burma, 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, or recent presidential assassination in Haiti, situations can often unfold with little to no ability to estimate how it’ll impact national stability or treatment of foreigners. Despite whatever planning you may have thought was adequate and thorough, your overseas travel may put you in the wrong place at the wrong time with only local resources to assist you in seeking safe haven. If you were stuck in…

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1 min
about the authors

Danny Pritbor, director and owner of Firebase Combat Studies Group, currently serves as a Department of Defense contractor. Danny’s career spans over 29 years with service as a U.S. Marine, law enforcement SWAT officer, Department of Energy and Department of State contractor, federal agent, and private security consultant. He’s served worldwide in various war zones and high-threat areas. His company partnered with Panoplia to develop a nine-hour, online training program called Soft Skills and Tactics. It consists of three parts, nine lessons with 45 topics covered. In conjunction with the online course, Firebase offers a two-day security training program that consists of lecture, hands-on, and a field training exercise with stations that push participants to take charge, make decisions, and problem solve. For more information on the online SST program,…

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