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RECOIL OFFGRID April/May #36 2020

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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.
some place dark…

We consider it our job, and frankly our duty, to think about the unthinkable — to take a hard look at the worst that lurks inside our fellow humans. Of all the brutality we inflict upon each other, abducting a person by force is perhaps one of the most severe. The surprise, uncertainty, and utter lack of control over our own fate violates the very fabric of what it means to be free men and women. It’s an issue that gets overlooked by a lot of survival- and prepper-themed publications on the news rack. We’re not sure why. Maybe because it’s more “fun” to imagine grander, cinematic disasters. Maybe it’s because kidnapping and hostage-taking preparation doesn’t sell gadgets and gear. Perhaps the numbers simply aren’t deemed high enough to warrant…

8 min.
gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit & Heat Shield Combo DIMENSIONS 24 by 24 by 15 inches MSRP $120 URL firesideoutdoor.com NOTES The Pop-Up Fire Pit is a 2-square-foot solution for when you need a campfire quickly and want to leave a minimal impact. This portable pit can be set up in about a minute without tools, screws, or bolts. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, it burns with less smoke due to increased airflow. Once the fire’s extinguished, the 8-pound pit cools down in less than two minutes while leaving almost no trace of a fire. It also packs up smaller than most fold-out chairs in the included carry bag. While it’s most ideal for RV trips, camping, or tailgating, it can even be set up atop your lawn or wood deck because of its elevated…

6 min.
gulhook knives

Humans have field dressed four-legged sustenance since that first caveman chiseled a pointy tip on a downed tree branch. Did he, or the millions of hunters who came after, have a gut hook knife? Nope. Not for many millennia, until it showed up in the mid 20th century. Its origin story is murky. Many folks say custom knifemaker Merle Seguine added a hook to his knife to lift a pot from a campfire, and later sharpened the hook for field dressing. Others say the gut hook was invented for hunting by Sid Bell (a silversmith, geologist, and outdoorsman), who gave a wooden prototype to Seguine to produce. Regardless, the gut hook is used today to “unzip” a downed animal’s hide without piercing muscles or intestines. Many designers misinterpret the gut hook knife by…

19 min.
what if?

So much had changed in just one minute. The look on my wife’s face had turned from beautiful and bored to truly terrified and alert. A man lay dead on the floor, and the murmur of many people chatting had been replaced by the tumult of gunfire and screaming. A dozen questions struggled for the limited attention my mind could give them. Why had these men burst into our conference? Why were they restraining some people and killing others? What could I do to save my wife? After being herded together like cattle, my mind began to go numb. The number of questions had settled down from so many to just two. “Why?” was the first thought, although knowing why this was happening didn’t serve much purpose in the moment. The…

1 min.
about the authors

Kris Southards spent over 26 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He started as a correctional officer and worked his way up to eventually retire as a management center administrator. During his early years with the BOP, he was selected to attend the first class of Hostage Negotiation Training. While much has changed in the years since then in technology and weapons, the art and science of hostage negotiation has remained fairly constant. The other things that have remained constant are the suggested behaviors hostages should follow. These skills were used on a routine basis during his work with prisoners. 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…

26 min.
ensuring a safe passage

Studies have indicated that around 17 to 22 veterans die by suicide on a daily basis. According to a recent piece in Military Times, “Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than Americans who never served in the military. For female veterans, the risk factor is 2.2 times more likely.” Think about that. As you read this almost two-dozen family members may have received a call today from someone who started off the conversation by saying, “We regret to inform you that …” It seems like an almost insurmountable problem. That is, until you meet people like Brady Pesola who care enough to deal with it proactively. As a fellow veteran, he’s lived through it and seen his share of those in the armed forces who’ve fallen on…