Hunting & Fishing

RECOIL OFFGRID August - September 2015

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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
on the cover

Cover Photos: Jorge Nuñez; javarman3, Lauri Patterson, by_nicholas, Hydromet/ 1 Bracelet MAKE & MODEL Survival Straps Active Edge Fishtail Bracelet MSRP $60 URL 2 Hat MAKE & MODEL Beyond Clothing The Stitched Cap MSRP $22 URL 3 T-Shirt MAKE & MODEL Bawidamann Blades Spartan Girl Men’s Tee MSRP Not available at press time URL 4 Tactical Pen MAKE & MODEL Tuff-Writer Operator Series MSRP $100 URL 5 Long-Sleeve Shirt MAKE & MODEL Kuhl Konquer MSRP $69 URL 6 Pants MAKE & MODEL Triple Aught Design Intercept PD Pant MSRP $135 URL 7 Watch MAKE & MODEL Reactor Watch Titan MSRP $500 URL 8 Belt MAKE & MODEL Kitanica Frame Buckle Belt MSRP $35 URL 9 Bag MAKE & MODEL Eddie Bauer Adventurer Medium Duffel Bag MSRP $149 URL OFF THE COVER 10 Light MAKE & MODEL Streamlight Sidewinder Rescue MSRP $148 URL 11 Footwear MAKE & MODEL LOWA Vantage GTX Mid Boots MSRP $245 URL…

4 min.
don’t laugh

A recent conversation with one of my martial-arts students got me thinking. Somehow our chat turned to the topic of gear, and I mentioned how I occasionally modify the contents of the go-bag that I leave in my car to suit my changing needs, much like how I adapt better self-defense techniques to improve my skill set. She paused and shot me an odd expression. “Go-bag?” she asked. “Yeah,” I replied. “You know, like an emergency bag for, well, all kinds of emergencies.” Then she laughed and said, “You mean like a prepper?” I wanted to say, “Don’t laugh. It won’t be so funny if you’re stranded on the side of the road with no supplies.” But instead I tactfully explained the need to always stay prepared. Normally, I don’t care much…

5 min.
gear up

1 MAKE & MODE Coleman Esky Series 55 Quart DIMENSIONS 27.38 by 19.63 by 19.63 inches MSRP $340 URL NOTES Whether you’re loading up your bail-out rig or just heading out on a fishing trip, having a rugged cooler that won’t fall apart is essential to keeping your food from spoiling. Fortunately, this Esky Series cooler is made for harsh conditions, thanks to catch-free rubber latches, a scratch-resistant exoskeleton, and integrated hinges with stainless-steel pins. Inside, the liner and cutting board are antimicrobial, while the insulation helps retain ice for more than six days. How can Coleman improve this outstanding cooler? Adding wheels so that it could be pulled. It’s not easy hauling a 29-pound empty cooler — try it when it’s full of ice, drinks, and food! 2 MAKE & MODEL RedHed Garden Tool Master Kit DIMENSIONS 27.5 by 18.5 by 6.75 inches…

3 min.
what if?

Just seconds ago you were joking with your two buddies aboard a perfectly functional aircraft. Now you sit in shock, unable to move, speak, or process the information flooding your senses and your mind. The plane’s engine died, and so may you in a few seconds. The only thing that tugs at your attention now is the fear rising in your gut like vomit trying to escape an ill stomach. What just happened? What’s about to happen? Your mind reels at the possibilities, and at the inevitable truth — the plane is going down. The yelling snaps you out of your haze slowly and you fumble to put on your PFD in sluggish obedience of the shouting pilot. You bend forward and hug your knees, and then the dying plane hits…

5 min.
average joe: patrick mccarthy’s approach

They say flying is one of the safest modes of transportation; that you’re more likely to die in a car, a boat, or even a train. Logically, I knew this. But it still didn’t change the facts. The statistics I had studied to mask my fear of flying were meaningless now. Ears ringing from the violent impact, my brain was still struggling to register what had just happened. My movements seemed slow, disconnected, and almost robotic as I felt my hand reach for my lap belt in the darkness. As I leaned forward, I noticed the water was lapping at my calves already. Now was the time to take action if I wanted to live through this. Choosing to sit at the back of the plane had insulated me somewhat —…

6 min.
federal agent: erik lund’s approach

I’m not sure how long I stared at Chris not wanting to believe he was dead, but the head injury he suffered left no doubt. Marcus snapped me out of my daze when he grabbed my arm, yelling for me to help him. A quick look around the cabin of the plane told me all I needed to know. The plane was taking on water fast, and we needed to get out — now! A few of the passengers were starting to move while others sat motionless. A quick look at Marcus told me something was seriously wrong with his collar bone and he needed help getting out of the sinking plane. I yelled to the other passengers who were in various states of panic and disarray, “Find the life raft!”…