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RECOIL OFFGRID October/November #33 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

4 min.
looks can be deceiving

I recently had a chance to interview actress Carly Schroeder in our sister publication RECOIL about her decision to leave a promising acting career to join the Army. After hearing her reasons for doing so and what she told me about the façade of Hollywood’s virtue signaling and shady approach to conformity, it got me thinking of a song called “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by a band called The Undisputed Truth. Stop whatever you’re doing, go give it a listen, and pay careful attention to the lyrics. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to the message of being duped by someone you thought you could trust. We’ve all met countless people in our lives who came to us with a hardy handshake, big smile, and made us feel good to be…

8 min.
gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL Big Agnes Stagecoach SIZES 45L, 85L, and 125L MSRP Starting at $240 URL bigagnes.com NOTES While we’re not saying that a duffel with wheels should be your bug-out bag, we’re saying it’s exponentially easier to roll your gear than to hump it on your back. Think camping trip or going on vacation. The Stagecoach provides loads of room in an incredibly sturdy but flexible container. It’s made of 420-denier, three-line ripstop fabric that’s tear, puncture, and abrasion resistant. It features 100-percent waterproof fusion-welded seams. And the base is made of a compression-molded EVA bottom with super durable 1,200-denier polyester fabric. This rolling duffel also has a kickstand for stability, padded grab handles, and dual shoulder straps if you need to throw it on your back instead. 2 MAKE & MODEL Mountainsmith Mountain Tipi DIMENSIONS 110 by 95 by 68…

5 min.
neck knives

In the last issue we focused on the micro folding knife — a blade that’s 2 inches or shorter — as a backup to your larger edged tool. In this edition of “Pocket Preps,” we’re gonna take a look at its cousin: the neck knife. During an outdoor adventure or in a survival situation, your primary edged tool should be a large bushcraft blade that can perform a wide range of tasks. But a neck knife can be a reliable backup if you lose or damage your main knife. This small tool is quicker to deploy than a micro pocket knife, because it’s ready to go once yanked from around your neck. Most have no opening mechanism to fumble with. Also, with a simple design and few moving parts, it’s less likely…

22 min.
what if?

With your friendliest smile, you walked up to the stranded motorist and said, “Hello sir, can I give you a hand?” From the headlights of your own vehicle, you could see him well enough in the darkness. His expression seemed to be one of relief. He pumped your handshake hard and offered his prolific thanks for your help. Instinctively, you profiled the stranger and checked your surroundings. He wasn’t dressed like a country boy (even though you were in a rural area), and you could see numerous tattoos peeking out from his shirt collar and sleeves. A few spider webs and skulls ran across the man’s visible skin. No big deal, you reasoned to yourself. Plenty of people have tattoos these days, you thought. But little red flags kept popping…

1 min.
about the authors

Chad McBroom is 22-year veteran law enforcement officer with most of his time spent in the tactical unit. He has spent over 30 years studying various combative systems and focuses on the science of close combat. Chad is the owner of Comprehensive Fighting Systems, offering training in empty-hand tactics, edged weapons, impact weapons, and firearms tactics. He’s also a regular contributor to RECOIL. Check out more at comprehensivefightingsystems.com Tim MacWelch has been a survival instructor for more than 20 years, training people from all walks of life, including members from all branches of U.S. armed forces, the State Department, DOD and DOJ personnel. He is a frequent public speaker for preparedness groups and events. He’s also the author of three New York Times- bestselling survival books, and the new Ultimate Survival…

17 min.
last-resort libations

When preparedness enthusiasts start talking about SHTF barter items, the list almost always includes alcoholic beverages. Diversified preppers often stock up on liquor and wine, since they age well, and some even dabble in storing beer (which needs to be rotated, aka consumed, before it gets “skunked”). Since all good things come to an end, at some point your stocks would run out. In the event of a drawn-out economic crisis or grid-down scenario, the value and importance of alcohol would likely increase. But what’s your resupply strategy? Have you ever thought about making your own wine or beer? It’s not as hard as you might think, and you don’t even need much in the way of supplies. I’ve been home-brewing beer, wine, mead, and hard cider for years, and even…