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RECOIL OFFGRID August/September #32 2019

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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

in this issue

3 min.
the running of the buffoons

My dad likes to say, “If you run with the bulls in Pamplona often enough, eventually you’re going to get trampled.” But unlike the aforementioned San Fermin festival where people deliberately stand in harm’s way for the thrill of it, his remark got me thinking about how the average suburbanite can often stand in the path of destruction without even realizing that a whole lot of hurt is heading their way. The flipside of that coin is that sometimes the problems we face can be tremendously overstated and peddled by media provocateurs looking to profit from overzealous headlines and clickbait. In a previous article we published on Operation: Dark Winter, one of the panelists we interviewed, Dr. Neal Olshan, discussed a “fear pandemic” being part of the collateral damage a public…

8 min.
gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20 MATERIALS Insulation: Cloudloft Synthetic Insulation Shell: 75-denier High Filament Poly Taffeta Shell Liner: 75-denier Poly Taffeta MSRP $180 URL www.kelty.com NOTES Whether your spouse uses you as a security blanket or you just want to stay close to conserve body heat, consider the Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20 the next time you sleep under the stars. As the name implies, this sleeping bag is big enough for you and your loved one to snooze peacefully yet has Kelty’s Comfort-Tuck Zipper System to let you regulate your temperatures individually. There are also separate built-in blankets and foot beds, as well as an oversized hood to fit your standard pillows from home. Stuff sack included. MAKE & MODEL 2 GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker DIMENSIONS (OPEN) 26 by 24.8 by 39.8 inches MSRP $75 URL www.gcioutdoor.com NOTES By no means will a folding chair ever be on our…

7 min.
micro knives

You’ve probably heard the axiom “two is one and one is none” — in other words, it’s advisable to have access to backups of critical gear in case your primary tools are damaged, lost, or taken from you. Few of the items you carry are as essential as a sharp knife, both from a practical standpoint and in the context of survival situations. So, if your EDC loadout is going to include two of any tool, a secondary blade is a strong contender. Now, hear us out — we’ve frequently rolled our eyes at those stereotypical Instagram pocket dump photos, containing two guns, three knives, a tomahawk, brass knuckles, a can of mace, and nunchucks. We’re not encouraging you to go full mall ninja and carry akimbo daggers on your chest…

4 min.
what if?

There they stood, right on the sidewalk, just on the edge of your yard. You wondered how long they’d been standing there in the approaching dusk. It was bad enough that you made this unwelcomed discovery. You wondered what your spouse or kids would’ve thought if they had happened to spot your former companion standing out there. They just stood there, looking over the exterior of your home. That was creepy enough, but then your eyes met theirs. In that instant, a coldness washed over your body. You felt an eerie connection — like predator and prey, and you were the prey in this exchange. This person you thought was part of your past was now standing there staring at you in the present, right through the window of your own…

7 min.
former federal officer hana bilodeau’s approach

I’ve realized in the evolution of social realms that there are things I have to conform to in order to reach my full potential. Social media is one of those things. My profile is set to public, as my account is used for marketing. Aware of the risks when opening my profile, I still chose to keep it as a public platform. The only personal information I provide on my profile is my name, job title, and email address. I acknowledge the risks associated with not having privacy controls attached to the profile, but in order to have the marketing reach, it was a decision I went into prepared. When posting content, I always follow a few simple rules: I don’t post personal content, only content relating to outreach as an…

9 min.
survival expert tim macwelch’s approach

Preparation Being constantly bombarded by opposing political views, hateful comments, and general nonsense every time we log onto social media, most of us (hopefully) develop a thicker skin by routinely observing this kind of online activity. Our exposure should prepare us for a certain amount of social media harassment. But if it went beyond the normal trolling and turned very personal, I’d have no problem shutting that noise down. Seriously, I’d close down all my accounts and revel in the spare time I just freed up. But I know, for some of you, this is unthinkable or just not possible. Do your homework to decide if continuing on social media in the face of personal harassment is worth it. Look into the details of that social media platform and take advantage of…