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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.

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survival semantics

Network Manager & Acting Editor // OFFGRID We hear it all the time and felt it was about time to answer a question we get a lot, “What does off-grid mean?” Glad you asked. While many might think it’s a politically charged term, the truth is disaster can strike regardless of which ballot boxes you check off. Take a look at any number of calamities going on in the world right now, and it’s clear your life can completely change in 24 hours … for the worse. Although many bemoan the government for not being there when they need it, we survivalists have embraced the fact that you have two choices in life — complain about your problems or do something about them. In the end, you only have yourself to rely…

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gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL GSI Outdoors Santoku Knife Set DIMENSIONS 12.2 by 6.9 by 1.6 inches MSRP $30 URL NOTES You wouldn’t want to bring your entire drawer of kitchen cutlery on a weekend camping trip. That’s why the Santoku Knife Set is a godsend. It has everything you might need to cook outdoors — packaged in a slim and lightweight nylon case. The set includes a paring knife with a 4-inch blade, a serrated knife with a 6-inch blade, and a santoku-style knife with a 6-inch sheepsfoot blade, each with their own safety covers. Originating in Japan, santoku means “three virtues,” referring to its versatility in slicing, dicing, and mincing. So with this set’s trio of stainless steel blades, you’ve at least five functions covered. The set also contains a two-sided cutting board, microfiber cleaning cloth, and a soap…

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Every handyman or shade-tree mechanic has experienced the frustration of not having the right tool for the job. It may come at a time when you need to make some impromptu repairs to your car and you’re miles from home … after all, a knife can’t tighten bolts. Or maybe you need to saw through a small branch to build a fire. It could even be a situation where a can of food needs opening or wires need to be crimped. Ever try doing that with your bare hands? These situations are where a multi-tool truly shines. While it doesn’t replace full-sized tools, a folding tool with pliers, screwdrivers, a knife, or possibly a file and a variety of other tools tucked into one package may allow you to make these…

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what   if?

The ISIS flags. I had seen them many times on the news and in magazines. The black-and-white flags speak of God and his messenger, but the deeds done underneath them are never holy. Countless times, I’d seen pictures of this flag from the safety of my home, but this was the first time I had seen them with my own eyes. Fluttering from poles affixed to fast-moving skiffs, the black flags signaled these men were no ordinary pirates. They weren’t just coming to rob us of our possessions or hijack the ship for ransom — they were coming to take our lives. For this stomach-churning installment of RECOIL OFFGRID’s What If?, the authors are continuing the new story style — explaining what they would do if they were personally caught up…

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an unplanned path

The Survival TV trend only skims the surface of what goes into making a true survivalist. Some may view preppers as crazy people waiting for unimaginable events. But, this attitude overlooks the benefits that a survival-focused mindset can bring to one’s everyday life. E.J. Snyder is a prime example of how life rarely goes as planned. Snyder found his purpose in life through a unique combination of hardship and opportunity; each pulling him a little further down the path of the survivalist. Snyder sees his experiences as individual scenes which, joined together, form a rich tapestry he uses to motivate and educate others. From getting bullied as a kid to learning his role as a leader in the military to his naked butt gracing the TVs of millions, Snyder gleans valuable…

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better to have it and not need it

Since 2001, the world has undergone a dramatic increase in travel risk, due to the ever-increasing surge of terrorism and international drug cartels. As one might expect, personal protection training has become increasingly popular for Westerners who work or vacation abroad. As a combat instructor, I've traveled around the world providing that kind of training to people already working in hostile regions as well as preparing clients here in the U.S., with counter-abduction courses, escape-and-evasion seminars, and Krav Maga classes to help people stay above ground and out of gulags. This article outlines a handy-dandy list of things you’ll need in sketchy countries — but before we get to that, just where the heck are you going? These days, nobody wants to hurt anyone’s feelings, so there’s a lot of debate on…