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RECOIL OFFGRID June/July #37 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

2 min.
the moscow rules

There’s a bit of lore that runs through certain circles in the clandestine operations community. It originated during the Cold War, meant as guidance for allied agents operating in the heart of Soviet territory. It’s known as The Moscow Rules. While the rules were supposedly never written down at the time, there’s a version of them codified at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. They go like this: 1. Assume nothing.2. Never go against your gut.3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.4. Do not look back; you are never completely alone.5. Go with the flow; blend in.6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.8. Do not harass the opposition.9. Pick the time and place for action.10. Keep your options open. Some of these…

8 min.

MAKE & MODEL 1 Pangea Designs Engima DIMENSIONS 2.5 by 1.7 by 0.1 inches MSRP $20 URL pangeadesigns.com NOTES At first glance, you might think the Enigma is an aptly named object. After all, its purpose in life isn’t immediately apparent. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear what this clever device can offer. The one-piece multi-tool has a set of wrenches (in metric or standard), a prybar that can also work as a screwdriver in a pinch, and not one but two bottle openers (for both pry-off or twist-off caps). And the slit in the main body allows you to slide it onto your belt loop, acting as a suspension clip for your keys so they’re not sitting in a big pile at the bottom of your pocket. And because it’s made of titanium, the Enigma is super strong…

8 min.
emergency signaling devices

Self-reliance is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the emergency preparedness community, but it’s also a term that seems to be frequently misconstrued. A self-reliant individual takes every feasible step to avoid unnecessary dependence on outside resources. This means that if a problem arises, we should have a plan to solve it on our own, and backup plans in case Plan A falls through. However, that doesn’t mean we should endanger ourselves by stubbornly refusing to call for help if a situation gets out of control. Let’s say you’re out hiking when the ground underfoot gives way and sends you tumbling down a ravine. You’re bruised and disoriented, and you think your leg might be broken. Would your first instinct be to crawl back to the trail, improvise…

24 min.
what if?

The university is predictably quiet tonight, being a Friday night. One by one, students pack up as the time draws nearer for the library to close. Staff make the rounds at 10 to midnight, letting the remaining students know they’d be closing soon and to finish up what they’re doing. You shut off your laptop, pack up the books you had scattered about the table, and take a long sigh, wondering how difficult your upcoming midterms will be. Normally you wouldn’t be on campus quite this late, but you’re behind on your assignments and feel you have precious little time left to complete your work before you leave for spring break. You say goodnight to the staff member who kindly holds the door open for you as you walk out the…

1 min.
+ about the authors

Katheryn Basso is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran trained in identifying sources of instability in foreign countries. Proficient at navigating the complex civil-military terrain of foreign policy, she has advised and advocated for military and civilian leaders from multiple partner nations. She’s currently the co-owner of TEAM TORN, a tactical training company based in Nevada that instructs U.S. military, government, and civilian personnel. She specializes in firearms instruction, conflict avoidance, and personal security strategies. www.teamtorn.com Nila Rhoades is a U.S. Army paratrooper’s wife and homeschooling mother of three ninja kiddos (10, 4, and 18 months). She has two master’s degrees in Homeland Security and Emergency Disaster Management. She’s currently obtaining a graduate certificate in counterterrorism. She’s also a firearms instructor, workout enthusiast, and avid peanut butter ice cream lover. www.milspecmom.com…

24 min.
predatory premonition

Threat detection is a lot like playing chess. You have to know what to look for before you can look for it. It’s a way of weaponizing your senses. When you apply those honed instincts to the dangers and deceptions that occur every day, it offers insight into the proverbial “tells” and how to make a move before your opponent knows you’re onto their strategy. There’s a feeling we all get when behaviors such as body language, nervousness, and verbal articulation make that little voice in your head whisper, “Something ain’t right.” Up until recently, Yousef Badou was a subject-matter expert only known and accessible to a select few groups. His forte is unique. While most of the population is oblivious to the onset of danger, Yousef knows what to look…