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RECOIL OFFGRID August/September #38 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

1 min.
on the cover

3 min.
the virus of fear

By the time you read this Editor’s Letter, it’ll be mid-June. But thanks to the requirements of print production and distribution, I’m writing it at the end of April. Normally, that couple of weeks of lag time doesn’t add up to much in the goings-on of the world. But, from where I sit right now, our nation is still in the thick of COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines, stay-at-homes, and social distancing. So, this time, I feel sort of like I’m writing a letter to the future. I hope, by the time you get this, we’ll have sufficiently “flattened the curve” so that most of the country will be back to normal, or close to it. I also hope that your preparations were adequate to keep you and your loved ones healthy and…

8 min.
gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 Streamlight Stylus Pro USB OAL 5.95 inches MSRP $98 URL streamlight.com NOTES The Stylus Pro is back and better than ever. Why? It’s stronger and slimmer, while still easy to charge and comfortable to carry every day. It can be recharged using its integrated micro USB port, which is hidden behind a water-resistant sliding metal sleeve. This gives you plenty of charging options, whether it’s via a wall outlet, computer, or portable power bank. And unlike girthy CR123 cells, its skinny lithium-ion battery keeps the whole flashlight as slim as a Sharpie, so it takes up far less pocket real estate. The push-button penlight can put out 350 lumens up to 109 meters (119 yards) and has a max run time of 3.5 hours. Pro tip: Research online, and you’ll find it significantly discounted. MAKE & MODEL 2…

6 min.
keychain tools

The most important thing about owning a tool is having it when you need it most. Think of a compact pistol in a self-defense situation or a first-aid kit after a catastrophic accident. Neither does you any good if it’s sitting at home while you’re on the road. Of course, it’s not always possible to carry a whole toolbox everywhere you go. That’s why humans have used multi-tools for centuries — at least since roughly 200 A.D. when the Roman Empire was using a folding utensil set. That’s why our focus here is on multipurpose gadgets that can fit on your keychain ring. Why rummage through your bug-out bag for the right tool when you can just reach into your pocket? What these little puppies lack in size and leverage they make…

17 min.
what if?

It’s a beautiful summer day, so you decide to go for a family hike/picnic in the nearby Cleveland National Forest with your spouse and two children (ages 10 and 7). You’ve hiked this area before and are relatively familiar with the various hiking paths that lead to scenic areas with natural hot springs, where you plan to stop for a picnic. The hike out and back with a stop for lunch should take about four hours total. You pack plenty of water, an insulated bag full of food, and comfortable clothing before heading out to a trailhead off Ortega Highway between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore, California. This area of the Cleveland National Forest is vast, and although you have a cell phone, reception is spotty in many areas, U.S.…

18 min.
delete the adjective

“I don’t want to be qualified. I don’t want my accomplishments qualified,” explains a currently multitasking Lisa Jaster, graciously chatting from the car in between her children’s rugby and jiujitsu practices. “I went to the State of the Union address in 2016, and I posted a few things online. I was sick of people telling me, ‘You’re strong for a woman,’ or, ‘Wow, you’re fill-in-the-blank for your age,’ or, ‘You really know your tactics for a female soldier.’ Not only had Lisa’s gender and age suddenly become a focus, but so had her resolve. From those comments came #DeleteTheAdjective and a bit of a chip on her shoulder. “Those chips on our shoulders are what make us succeed in the long run,” Lisa explains. She’s not wrong. Her drive has led…