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RECOIL OFFGRID June - July 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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1 min.
on the cover

1 Jacket MAKE & MODEL Oakley Century Windbreaker MSRP $125 URL 2 Shirt MAKE & MODEL Kuhl Bakbone MSRP $75 URL 3 Pants MAKE & MODEL Dickies Stretch Ripstop Tactical Pant MSRP $57 URL 4 Footwear MAKE & MODEL Danner Danner Light MSRP $360 URL 5 Eye Protection MAKE & MODEL Under Armour UA Core 2.0 Storm Polarized MSRP $160 URL 6 Hat MAKE & MODEL Strike Industries Cobra Hat MSRP $20 URL 7 Gloves MAKE & MODEL Youngstown MWG Waterproof Winter MSRP $35 URL 8 Watch MAKE & MODEL Reactor Watch Meltdown 2 MSRP $300 URL 9 Vehicle MAKE & MODEL Toyota FJ Cruiser MSRP N/A URL 10 Wheels MAKE & MODEL KMC Wheels XD128 Machete MSRP $265 URL 11 Tires MAKE & MODEL Falken Tire WILDPEAK A/T3W MSRP unavailable at press time URL OFF THE COVER 12 Pack MAKE & MODEL 12 Survivors EOD Tactical Backpack MSRP $80 URL 13 Socks MAKE & MODEL Point6 Block Stripe Medium Crew MSRP $22 URL 14 Knife MAKE & MODEL Blackheart Knives Gunner 10 MSRP $525 URL 15 Cooler MAKE & MODEL Canyon Coolers Outfitter 35 MSRP $240 URL 16 Canned Food MAKE & MODEL Safe Catch Inc. Elite Wild Tuna MSRP $3.50 per can URL 17 Water MAKE & MODEL Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water MSRP $20 (30 packets) URL Cover Photos: Jorge Nuñez; everlite, MarkSkinner, On-Air/…

2 min.
fail... to learn

One of the most effective ways (though not the best way) to learn is to fail. But fail early and when the stakes are low — especially when it comes to survival. I recently learned this lesson when I failed on a mundane level, but had a major wakeup call. Living in drought-ridden Southern California, I rarely have to worry about rain. Our supposed savior, the virile El Nino, turned out to be a flaccid dud. Still, I check the weather report on my Android phone as a daily habit. But, for some reason, I recently decided instead to ask that virtual meteorologist on my iPhone (yes, I have two rival phones) for the forecast. Siri said it would be partly sunny and in the mid 70s. Well, she was dead…

7 min.
gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 Bottle Cutting Inc. Kinkajou Bottle Cutter CAPACITY Cuts bottles from 43mm to 102mm MSRP $50 to $100 URL NOTES Why recycle a bottle when you can turn it into a drinking glass? The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter looks vaguely like a giant pipe cutter and acts similarly. Fasten the device around an empty beverage bottle and turn it to score the glass for a clean break. It comes with guide bands that keep the scoring blade from wandering and some sandpaper to take the edge off the freshly revealed bottle lip. While the Kinkajou won’t be able to brew a cold one, it’ll help you make novel, eye-catching drinking glasses and storage vessels from a collection of empties that others might discard. MAKE & MODEL 2 SureFire FirePak BRIGHTNESS 1,500 Lumens MSRP $250 URL NOTES As Yogi Berra might say, the FirePak is half flashlight, half USB…

4 min.
polymer-bodied flashlights

Much like leather seats in a luxury car, flashlights with metal bodies are durable and feel nice to the touch. Some can even be called elegant. As nice as they may be, however, they can act as conduits for heat and cold. Ever grabbed a steel flashlight that’s been sitting in the sun? It’s the same searing sensation as when your legs touch sunbaked leather seats, isn’t it? No matter if you have one as part of everyday carry or pack one away with your emergency gear, a high-quality polymer-bodied flashlight gives you the confidence to tackle any low- or no-light situation with confidence. Polymer is less thermally conductive than metal, which makes them easier to handle in extreme temperatures. They also don’t conduct electricity, making them safer to work with around…

22 min.
what if?

Iknew I wasn’t supposed to text and drive, especially while I was on the clock delivering packages. But I was on the open road and my wife had already texted me five times in the past two minutes. It must be urgent, I thought. I’ll just see what she needs. Thank God I looked up from the phone when I did. There hadn’t been a lot of cars on the road at that time of day, but there were brake lights and vehicles stopped right in front of me. I slammed on the brakes hard and nearly struck the SUV in front of me before coming to a screeching halt. Before I could finish the cursing, I looked beyond the SUV and saw the reason it had stopped. There was muddy…

1 min.
about our panel:

Ryan Lee Price Ryan Lee Price is a freelance journalist who specializes in outdoor adventuring, emergency preparedness, and the automotive industry. He has contributed to the SHTF survival column in our sister publication RECOIL and is a long-time hiking and camping enthusiast. He currently resides in Corona, California, with his wife Kara and their two children. 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…