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RECOIL OFFGRID April - May 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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6 Issues


1 min.
on the cover

1. Footwear Make: The North Face Model: Women’s Shellista II Tall Boots MSRP: $150 URL:www.thenorthface.com 2. Socks Make: Point6 Model: Block Stripe Medium Crew MSRP: $22 URL:www.point6.com 3. Firearm Make: SIG SAUER Model: P225 MSRP: $1,087 (for current production P225-A1) URL:www.sigsauer.com 4. In-the-Waistband Holster Make: CrossBreed Holsters Model: SuperTuck Deluxe MSRP: $70 to $92 (depending on options) URL:www.crossbreedholsters.com 5. Magazine Pouch Make: CrossBreed Holsters Model: Single OWB Mag Carrier MSRP: $36 to $46 (depending on options) URL:www.crossbreedholsters.com 6. Knife Make: Spartan Blades USA Model: Spartan Harsley Folder MSRP: $495 URL:www.spartanbladesusa.com 9. Pants Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Wyldcat Pant MSRP: $80 URL:www.511tactical.com 7. Shirt Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Willow Henley MSRP: $55 URL:www.511tactical.com 8. Vest Make: The North Face Model: Women’s Nitchie Insulated Vest MSRP: $199 URL:www.thenorthface.com COVER PHOTOS: JORGE NUÑEZ, PPAMPICTURE/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM; noppadon_sangpeam/istockphoto.com…

2 min.
aim to prep

Let’s make this clear: In the United States, a fatal heart attack is far more probable than a deadly terrorist attack. And you’re 54 times more likely to die of cancer than a gunshot wound, according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite clickbaity posts on social media and hyped-up headlines from (often misinformed) news outlets, gun violence isn’t on the rise. In fact, it’s stabilized for the past five years after a large reduction in firearm homicides since 1993, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. “Then why are you depicting a mass shooting on the cover?” some might ask. For the same reason we’ve featured everything from flooding to civil unrest — to give you knowledge to better prep and practice.…

8 min.

1 MAKE & MODEL Gear Aid FLUX LED Light & Power Station LUMENS 640 MSRP $150 URL www.gearaid.com NOTES Gear Aid is known for camping gear repair kits, but is now branching out into the illumination game. The FLUX has 82 LEDs, three color temperatures, and 10 brightness settings (from 20 lumens up to 640 lumens). It features an IPX5-rated spray-proof casing for outdoor use. There’s also a 1/4-inch-20 threaded point to attach a tripod, the included hanging hook, or assorted Ram mounts (pictured, but not included). It comes with an adjustable metal kickstand, too. Oh, and it can double as a battery charger, thanks to its 1.5-amp USB ports and 20,800-mAh capacity. This dual-purpose station can light up your basecamp, backyard, or garage while also charging you mobile devices. 2 MAKE & MODEL SureFire Maximus LUMENS 1,000 MSRP $275 URL www.surefire.com NOTES When the sun goes down, the nocturnal critters and predators…

10 min.
pistol-mounted lights

Clear vision is essential in any survival situation, since it allows you to observe, orient, decide, and then act on what’s around you. In the dark of night or a pitch-black room, it can be difficult to accomplish any of those tasks reliably, so illumination is key. However, there’s one particular time when visibility is almost guaranteed to make the difference between life and death: self-defense with a firearm. If you can’t see your attacker clearly, you may hesitate to fire or miss your target completely; and with devastating consequences. Worse, misidentification of an innocent as a threat may lead to a different set of devastating consequences. Therefore, we expanded our HighLights guide for this important theme, selecting 10 pistol flashlights to test and review. These lights offer diverse sizes, features, controls,…

23 min.
what if?

It wasn’t the popping gunshots that shocked your senses the most in that crowded mall. You’ve fired enough rounds in your life to be familiar with the sound of gunfire. It was the screaming child who made you stop in your tracks. The sound you heard wasn’t the commonplace tantrum of a spoiled child screaming for a new toy. No, this was a shriek of pain and absolute fear from a young one. It was a piercing wail, and the instincts of a parent took hold. You had to find the child. As you ran hunched over, zigzagging toward a stone planter, the screaming grew louder. You were almost there! Then the ground rose up to meet you. You didn’t remember losing your footing and falling, you simply realized you were…

1 min.
about our panel

Candice Horner Candice Horner has the heart of a prepper, but the traveling schedule of a gypsy. Ever resourceful, this U.S. Marine Corps veteran and emergency room/prison nurse has a honed and refined skillset, focusing on adaptability and utilizing the tools on-hand. As a competitive shooter, Horner is often on the road, so she’s usually rolling with a go-bag, a survivalist mentality, and enough firepower to have your back in a SHTF scenario. www.candi323.com 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…