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RECOIL OFFGRID February - March 2017

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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2 min.
elect to prep

As you read this, it’ll have been a month or so since the new president of the United States has been elected. However, as I write this, it’s actually a month before the general election. (This is a bimonthly publication, so we have to prep far in advance [pun intended] due to our production schedule.) I mention this not because I’m about to reveal my hidden political agenda. I mention it because I’m stunned people think I have a political agenda in the first place. To me, survivalism doesn’t carry a party affiliation. Prepping doesn’t belong to one end of the political spectrum or the other. Exhibit A: A reader wrote in and insinuated that I was a bleeding heart liberal because he didn’t approve of my use of the term “tinfoil…

8 min.

MAKE & MODEL Gerber Center-Drive Multi-tool TOOLS Pliers, Bit Driver, Plain Blade, Serrated Blade, Pry Bar, Awl, Wire Cutters, Wire Strippers, File, Ruler, Bottle Opener MSRP $89 URL NOTES Like you, we’re impatiently waiting for the release of the ME3 handheld cutting torch as used by the brave Colonial Marines on their failed mission to rescue the doomed terafarming colony on Archeron. In the meantime, Gerber released it’s latest multitool aimed at taking the place of a real set of tools. The Center-Drive features a long, offset bit driver that’s angled to spin on-axis, as a proper bit driver does. It uses standard 1⁄4-inch hex drive bits for universal compatibility. It sports another 10 (by our count) tools making it almost, but not quite as useful as a pocket plasma cutter when running from a hive of pissed-off xenomorphs 2…

7 min.
miniature flashlights

If all the lights shut off, and you needed to find your way to safety through unfamiliar surroundings, what would you do? Many of the everyday-carry (EDC) aficionados among us would whip out fullsize flashlights, while those less prepared would fumble with the built-in LED lights on their smartphones. Each of these choices has advantages and disadvantages. A full-size handheld torch is powerful, but also takes up a lot of pocket real estate. A smartphone light is convenient, but weak, and it consumes battery power that could be better used for navigation or communication. Fortunately, a compromise exists between these two options: mini flashlights. Whether they’re attached to a keychain, clipped to your clothing, or left loose in your pocket, these pint-sized lights give you the illumination you need with minimal…

25 min.
what if?

Hey, we should climb up to someplace high before it gets dark. Maybe the phones will work up on a ridge or something.” Even before you shoot your friend a look that says dumbest plan ever, he looks down at your damaged knee and says “Oh, right. Never mind.” After a few minutes pass, the snowfall seems to increase and another awful plan gets proposed: “You know, if we could stand by the roadside long enough, some hot girls would probably pick us up, especially with you looking like a broken-legged puppy and all.” The snow was still falling. The light was fading fast. The car was completely off the road and there was no sign of anyone else in the area. Worst of all, your buddy didn’t have his head…

1 min.
about our panel:

Erik Lund Erik Lund has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience — with much of that time spent as an instructor of firearms, defensive tactics, and use of force. He served as a Virginia state trooper before accepting a position as a federal agent. Lund is also a senior instructor at Mike Seeklander’s Shooting-Performance LLC, a tactical training company. As a champion competitive shooter, he’s earned several regional, state, and national three-gun titles and is ranked as a grandmaster by the United States Practical Shooting Association. Tim MacWelch Tim MacWelch has been a survival instructor for the past 20 years and has trained people from all walks of life — from U.S. Armed Forces personnel to members of the Department of Justice and the State Department. He’s a frequent public speaker…

10 min.
snow worries

When people think of winter, they think of holidays, family, snowmen, and skating. What can be a fun time can also become a disaster if you’re ill prepared. Things that seem trivial the rest of the year can become a life-or-death scenario when the mercury plunges. Sometimes a sudden emergency becomes a double whammy if it occurs during inclement weather. Did you prepare for both? It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by car to a mountain resort and have a breakdown, or if civil unrest has forced you to move, the time of year or location in which these events unfold can create additional complications. If you planned only for what might happen during favorable conditions, you’re only halfway there — and that may cost you more than you bargained for. If…