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RECOIL OFFGRID June - July 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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1 min.
on the cover

Cover Photo: Jorge Nunez and VLIET, scris, Montreal_Photos, SamBurt, zxvisual/ 1 Binoculars MAKE & MODEL Optisan Optics OH Pro PC 10x42 MSRP $449 URL 2 Shirt MAKE & MODEL super.natural Sport LS Top 175 MSRP $75 URL 3 Hat MAKE & MODEL Rogue American Hot Gates MSRP $26 URL 4 Jacket MAKE & MODEL Kitanica Mark VI MSRP $449 URL 5 Pants MAKE & MODEL Arc’teryx Beta SL Pant MSRP $199 URL 6 Light MAKE & MODEL SureFire Y300 Ultra MSRP $295 URL 7 Footwear MAKE & MODEL Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX MSRP $230 URL 8 Watch MAKE & MODEL Suunto Ambit3 Peak MSRP $500 URL 9 Gloves MAKE & MODEL Seirus Xtreme All Weather Glove MSRP $50 URL 10 Backpack MAKE & MODEL Wild Things Tactical Andinista Pack MSRP $319 URL 11 Knife MAKE & MODEL Strider Knives HT MSRP $350 URL OFF THE COVER 12 Socks MAKE & MODEL SmartWool Hike Medium Crew Socks MSRP $19 URL…

4 min.
be water

Let’s kick this off with a cliche: Water is the most vital substance for human existence. It makes up about 60 percent of the human body and 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Without it there’d be no agriculture, no oxygen — basically no life at all on this planet. Deprived of food, you might last weeks, but without water, the countdown would be measured in days. So naturally, H2O tops our list of must-have needs in a crisis scenario. But that’s not the only reason why it’s so indispensable to me — water’s also the ultimate metaphor for thriving in the face of adversity. Ever try to grab water? It just slips through your fingers. When things warm up, it escapes into the air as vapor. Yet it can crash…

5 min.

1 PUBLISHER & TITLE 2nd Amendment Media Grid Down Survival Guide: Urban Defense FORMAT 128 pages MSRP $10 URL NOTES Grid Down Survival Guide: Urban Defense takes a look at a range of worst-case scenarios for all of us living in concrete jungles and provides fundamentals on how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. The little book touches on everything from weapons selection and home defenses to map reading and extraction points. At 128 pages, it’s a quick read, so don’t expect an in-depth look at any one particular topic. However, it does serve as a solid entry point for new preppers looking to build a foundation. 2 MAKE & MODEL Secur Four-In-One Light & Power Bank DIMENSIONS 4.38 x 2.13 inches MSRP $45 URL NOTES This little device proves that a great many things can come in small packages — and for an affordable price. The…

4 min.
tactical flashlights

Light can be an effective weapon in the dark. It can help illuminate dim corners so that no surprises jump out at you. But should something (or someone) leap toward you, having a flashlight with a striking bezel could give you an advantage. A blast of bright white light in the face of a night-adjusted foe could momentarily blind him, giving you enough time to deliver a powerful defensive blow and create space to escape. A striking bezel is essentially the rim on a flashlight’s head that helps protect its lens, but is shaped like a pointy crown. Some can be subtle with minimal ridges, while others look like a circle of steel teeth (which could get you unwanted attention from authorities). Keep in mind you don’t always need sharp bezels…

4 min.
what if?

The filthy man had a knife at my daughter’s throat, and his ragged friend had a gun to my boy’s temple. “Give us what we want, and no one has to get hurt,” he said. But were the supplies all that they wanted? The way they were looking at my wife and daughter made me think they’d like to stay a while, that food wasn’t the only thing they wanted. Suddenly, in an ill-timed burst of courage, my son started struggling with his captor and the man looked like he was ready to shoot. My boy screamed “Dad, do something!” but I was frozen in place down on my knees. He screamed again, “Daddy! Help me!” The gun fired — and I woke up. My body was covered in a cold sweat,…

6 min.
average joe: patrick mccarthy’s approach

The day had finally come. The worst-case economic scenario I had heard about so many times — and always rolled my eyes at — had become our reality. After seeing footage of crowds storming the banks on TV, I knew we were actually in trouble, but I had no idea it would spread so far and so fast. I also couldn’t have imagined the evil it would reveal in those around me. To think that I had actually tried to help those bastards who kicked in our door last night disgusts me. My foolish trust in strangers put my family at risk, and I refuse to be victimized like that again. Last night taught me that our safety is my responsibility, and when it really came down to it, we…