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RECOIL OFFGRID February - March 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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on the cover

Cover Photos: Jorge Nuñez; SDubi, Photobvious, matsou, P-Wei, olaser, aury1979, freestylephoto, alxpin/ 1 Respirator MAKE & MODEL Elmridge Protection iEvac Smoke Hood/Fire Hood MSRP $160 URL 2 Jacket MAKE & MODEL Propper Defender Halo II MSRP $210 URL 3 Pants MAKE & MODEL Wild Things LLC Hard Shell Pants FR GT MSRP $389 URL 4 Gloves MAKE & MODEL Line of Fire Tactical Gloves Wookie MSRP $120 URL 5 Footwear MAKE & MODEL Under Armour UA Ridge Reaper Extreme Hunting Boots MSRP $225 URL 6 Tomahawk MAKE & MODEL RMJ Tactical Jenny Wren Tomahawk MSRP $425 URL 7 Flashlight MAKE & MODEL Fenix LS22 2015 Edition MSRP $55 URL 8 Backpack MAKE & MODEL Red Rock Outdoor Gear mavriK U.45 MSRP $196 URL 9 Knife MAKE & MODEL Columbia River Knife & Tool M16-13ZER MSRP $60 URL 10 Personal Tracker MAKE & MODEL SPOT LLC Gen3 MSRP $170 URL 11 Shirt MAKE & MODEL Propper Snag-Free Polo MSRP $45 URL…

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learn and live

I consider myself a perpetual student. Even when I get so good at something that I’m qualified to teach others, I’m still thrilled to pick up new tricks or to be reminded of the fundamentals. I believe that the end of learning is the end of life — thinking you know everything leads to zero growth. As a wise man once told me, if you’re not growing, you’re dying. That’s why it’s such a thrill to work on this magazine. Here at OG, I’m not just writing, editing, and photographing, but also learning potentially life-saving knowledge from the top survivalists, outdoor adventurers, and all-around badasses. For example: Dave Merrill has learned a lot and endured a lot. Aside from being an avid outdoor adventurer from the start (he’s an Eagle Scout), he’s…

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gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 Thirty Seconds Out Afghanistan Ski Patrol Hoody MSRP $44 URL NOTES Ski patrolling is a pretty tough job. It’s not all about helping cougars get from the bunny slope to a barstool without chipping a tooth. There are some places in the world where ski patrollers are tested by the old book, where goats roam the hills, and men ski in dresses. Yes. We’re talking about the Kunar Valley. Even if you’ve never seen the brown topped mountains or spent eight hours picking up frozen water bottles and MREs from a failed airdrop, you can still show your support for those who have by wearing this awesome hoody. It’s an American Apparel, made-inthe-USA cotton fleece that says, “I’m here to help.” MAKE & MODEL 2 5.11 Tactical TacLite Anorak MSRP $150 URL NOTES With its Taclite Anorak, 5.11 Tactical brings a…

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multicolor flashlights

our eyes’ pupils dilate, or widen, in the dark to allow more light to enter, allowing us to see better. That’s what some people call our natural night vision. It takes a few moments for our eyes to adjust to darkness or brightness, so drastic changes in light levels can leave us seeing bright spots or nothing at all until our pupils can adjust. This is where multicolor flashlights can help us out. The most common colored lights are red, blue, and green. Each of these is “softer” and don’t affect our night vision as severely as white light. They are also less likely to be seen at distance, which is an advantage for those who wish to keep a low profile. Because red light appears less bright to the human eye…

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what if?

The monotonous rumbling of the snow coach was almost lulling your passengers to sleep after the busy day you’d all had. The machine chugged softly, almost like a slow train, until the sharp jolt hit and slid you and your passengers into the window. The mother in your tour group let out a shriek of surprise and covered her mouth with her hand quickly, embarrassed, as if this were part of the ride. Her family straightened themselves in their seats, wide-eyed. No sooner than everyone regained their seating and composure, another blow struck the snow machine, much stronger than the first. The impact was accompanied by a loud sound like thunder that wouldn’t stop. You halted the snow machine and quickly looked around through the large square windows. The sun was…

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about our panel:

Jim Cobb Jim Cobb is a recognized authority on disaster preparedness. He has studied, practiced, and taught survival strategies for about 30 years. Today, he resides in the upper Midwest with his beautiful and patient wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass destruction. His books include Prepper’s Home Defense, Countdown to Preparedness, and Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide. Jim’s primary home online is He is also active on Facebook at Jim offers a consulting service as well as educational opportunities at Tim MacWelch MacWelch has been a survival instructor for the past 19 years and has trained people from all walks of life — including members from the Justice Department, the State Department, and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. He is a frequent public speaker and the author…