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RECOIL OFFGRID December 2015 - January 2016

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


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change with change

Let’s address the elephant in the room: The nameplate on the cover is indeed diferent. The addition of “Recoil” to our title has been done both to distinguish ourselves in an industry rife with terms like “of grid” and “of the grid,” as well as to build synergy with our sister publication, RECOIL, the premier gun lifestyle brand. But rest assured that our style, editorial coverage, and balance between humor and practical know-how will remain very much the same…well, sort of — more on this later. In this, our 10th edition, I’m proud to present another issue packed with realistic survival applications, in-depth analysis of gear and gadgets, and expertise from eminent subject-matter experts Case in point: Long-time contributor and survival authority Tim MacWelch explains how — should society collapse — we’ll…

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1 MAKE & MODE Hults Bruk Axes Tornea WEIGHT 2.88 pounds MSRP $99 URL + NOTES Chainsaws are great — except when there’s no gas or electricity to run them. Enter the medium-sized Tornea axe. Its hand-forged Swedish steel head and 26-inch American hickory handle can help you fell small trees, chop wood to size, and serve as an impromptu self-defense weapon. Hults Brook has operated in Sweden since 1697 — yes, for more than 300 years! — but 2015 marks the frst time its axes are available stateside. 2 MAKE & MODEL Exotac tinderZip MSRP $7 URL + NOTES Out in the wild there’s a thin line between a good time and Steve-brokehis-ankle-and-is-tooheavy-to-carry-outof-the-woods-tonight kinda time. That line is sometimes a warm lifegiving fre. The innovative tinderZip hides a few inches of fammable flament inside the nylon sheath of a zipper pull. Pull off the…

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rechargeable flashlights

Conventional wisdom tells us rechargeable flashlights shouldn’t be the first type of light to grab when facing an end-ofdays scenario. What we need is a reliable light that’s quickly put into use, and disposable cell lights do just that. When the faint beam of your flashlight finally peters out, it’ll only take a matter of seconds to swap out the tired batteries for a new set, and — bam! — you’ve once again got the sun in the palm of your hand. But what about a long-term survival situation? Between the food, water, and other gear you have to manage, you’re bound to run out of batteries at some point. The only thing better than having access to light when you need it is having an unlimited way to power it. Rechargeable…

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what if?

Was it betrayal? Was that the sickening feeling that grew in my stomach as the skulls on my monitor began to pinwheel? They spun and they laughed. It felt like they were laughing at me. Computers were my life, and my livelihood. How could they turn against me like this? My intern, Mimi, stood behind me, peering over my shoulder at the demonic images unfolding, unwelcomed on the computer screen. I knew exactly what this was. This was the work of some high-level hacker, or a group of them. How big was this event, I wondered. If they hacked Google, what other systems did they get into? No sooner than I completed that thought, I discovered another place they had entered. The lights, the monitor, the AC, and all of the…

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disaster-prep expert: jim cobb’s approach

I knew as soon as the lights went out that we’d waited too long. Mimi and I should have beat feet as soon as the first news reports about the hack began to surface. Instead, we just sort of assumed things would return to normal quickly, just like always. I mean, we’d had power outages before, but they’d never lasted more than a few hours at the most. This, though…this was diferent. The good news was that the temperature outside had dropped considerably. It was still pretty darn hot, but at least it wasn’t sweltering. The bad news was that, like in any city, the freaks came out at night. And that was during “normal” times. There was nothing normal about what was happening. The news reports had mentioned several incidents…

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federal agent: erik lund’s approach

The darkness only lasted for a few seconds before the boutique’s emergency lights activated. I could feel Mimi’s grip on my arm starting to relax. The emergency lights created an eerie mix of light and shadow that almost resembled some private party room in the basement of a nightclub. “What do we do now?” Mimi asked. “There’s nothing more we can do,” I replied. “Let’s get everything locked up and try to find a way home.” After shutting down the computers and securing some important documents and computer hard drives in the studio’s safe, it was time to find a way home. I wiped away the sweat from my forehead. The power had only been out about 15 minutes, but it was already getting warm inside the boutique. The stagnant air was thick and…