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Spring 2021
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Skillset is redefining the alpha lifestyle. Providing an uncensored perspective on mainstream topics from politics, sports, family, fitness, technology - any and everything affecting our culture today.

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United States
Athlon Media Group
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
one for the road …

Well, damn … 2020 is over, and it was definitely one hell of a ride. There were so many Skillset events we had planned that had to be canceled, but that pretty much sums up everyone’s life this past year. We are all bruised and battered, but we will lick our wounds and drive on. That is what Americans do. And on that note, the cry for us to cover the world of overlanding has been echoing in my ears for years now. For those who have never heard the term, overlanding is a form of totally self-sufficient camping set in rugged and unforgiving terrain in a tricked-out 4x4 vehicle. Those who overland cover great distances without access to any goods or services. They haul everything they need with them, and…

1 min.
skill set

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Jason Swarr* ASSISTANT EDITOR Ben Tirpak* CONSIGLIERE Gina Marie* ART DIRECTOR Dino Paul* FEATURE EDITOR Chris Swarr* VP/ PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING Shashika Baldwin DIGITAL MANAGER Matthew Hogan EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Richard Ortega CIRCULATION CONSULTANT Scott Hill/ProCirc COVER PHOTO Timo Albert* CONTRIBUTORS* Waysun Johnny Tsai, Matt Stagliano, Michael D’Angona, Hank Greenberg, Josh Wilson, Brian Murphy, Greg Schneider, Michael Tarasoff, Straight 8 Photo, Sullivan Cauley, Patrick Yanahan, Blake Stillwell, Jerome New, Michael Bordon SPECIAL THANKS* Shane & Katie Magnussen, Alex Coyote, Carlos Rubio * Consultants SVP/GENERAL MANAGER Nick Seifert ADVERTISING SALES National Office 212-478-1910; sales@athlonoutdoors.com INDEPENDENT ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES NORTHEAST REGION Scott Buchmayr 978-462-6335 / buchmayrscott@gmail.com SOUTHEAST/UPPER MIDWEST Amos Crowley 216-378-9811 / amos@crowleymedia.com WESTERN REGION Scott J. Cherek 307-635-8899 / cherekgroup@bresnan.net MIDWEST/CENTRAL SOUTH Dan Flavin 248-515-8654 / dflavin@flavinandassoc.net DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING Jim Coen 212-478-1949 SENIOR DIRECTOR MARKETING & OPERATIONS Carrie Roeder DIGITAL SALES DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTOR Brock Norman MARKETING COORDINATOR/ADMINISTRATOR Maureen Pichner ATHLON MEDIA…

6 min.
insider info

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THERE JEANS! While most prospectors sift through shallow pans as they wade through cold streambeds looking for gold, there is a new type of mining that will bring you a much larger profit. Many people are now exploring old silver mines in search of vintage denim jeans left by former miners. Yes, it’s the new craze, and it’s making a profit. Any pair of 1800s denim, regardless of condition, can fetch between $20,000 to $30,000. In 2015, it was reported that a California man dug up the denim Holy Grail: a pair of Levi’s from 1873 (the first year they were manufactured), which drew an immediate offer of $100,000. MOUNTAIN DEW? MORE LIKE MOUNTAIN DON’T! A Wisconsin man tried to sue PepsiCo for $75,000 by claiming that there was…

1 min.
google that sh*t

Japan recognizes Godzilla as a registered citizen. If he were in California, he would have voted in our last presidential election—twice. Extreme stress can cause female rabbits to eat their own babies. A nipple is unique, just like a fingerprint. A new pornography film is produced every 39 minutes in the United States. A person can survive a solid 30 seconds in space without experiencing any permanent damage. The CIA has a department that reads up to five million tweets a day. There is a Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas day. Theaters in the 1800s used to sell nitrous oxide to make the shows more enjoyable. The Guinness World Record for being lost at sea is 438 days. Ho Chi Minh once was a cook in Boston. “Jingle Bells” was initially written as a Thanksgiving song. The first…

2 min.
wit or widdout? the legendary philly cheesesteak

“Hey! Yo, Tommy! Ga head an’ gimme a wiz-wit and a wooder.” “What? Youse turning into a Cowboys fan or sumtin’? Have a Yuengling with it, ya douchebag!” Sound like Chinese to anyone? Well, it’s not. It’s the local dialect of the birthplace of one of the finest foods around. Philly’s invention of the cheesesteak in the ’30s (more specifically, by Pat Olivieri, of Pat’s King of Steaks lore) will go down as an all-time classic in America’s Culinary Hall of Fame. Thousands upon thousands of places around the world have copied and adapted the original, and for good reason—it’s a masterpiece. How could you go wrong with thinly sliced steak topped with cheese and an array of toppings on a soft roll? The answer: You can’t, dum-dum. It’s perfection for a…

4 min.
skillset edc

1 TAURUS .45/.410 JUDGE, 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ENGRAVED REVOLVER (MSRP $599.99) Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a pistol-sized shotgun? Welcome to the world of the “Judge.” Capable of chambering both .410 2.5-inch shotshell and .45 Colt ammunition, this amazing combo gun is ideal for short distances—where most gunfights occur—or longer distances with the .45 Colt ammo. This beauty has custom rosewood grips, with custom engraving along the entire hand cannon. 2 THE KNUCKLES (MSRP $200; GLGKNIFEWORKS.COM) Who wants to get smashed? This handcrafted “dental tool” is made in the foothills of New Hampshire and is completely nonmetallic. It’s made with 1/2-inch thick G10 and has angled file work for a pineapple-grenade finish on the business end. “Bad Daze” has an overall length of 4.25 inches, with a 2.75-inch width. Perfect pocket carry! 3…