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RECOIL OFFGRID December/January #40 2020/21

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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

1. Pants Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Women’s Defender-Flex Slim Pants MSRP: $70 URL: www.511tactical.com 2. Shirt Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Femme Fatale L/S Shirt MSRP: $70 URL: www.511tactical.com 3. Backpack Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: LV10 Slingpack 13L MSRP: $110 URL: www.511tactical.com 4. Shoes Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Women’s Fury Boot MSRP: $110 URL: www.511tactical.com OFF THE COVER 5. Jacket Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Maven Jacket MSRP: $104 URL: www.511tactical.com 1. Pants Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Defender Flex Straight Pants MSRP: $70 URL: www.511tactical.com 2. Socks Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Slip Stream Crew Socks MSRP: $14 URL: www.511tactical.com 3. Shoes Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Mission Ready Chukka Shoes MSRP: $132 URL: www.511tactical.com 4. Rifle Make: Marlin Model: 336 Dark Series Rifle MSRP: $949 URL: www.marlinfirearms.com 5. Backpack Make: Vertx Model: Gamut 2.0 Backpack MSRP: $215 URL: vertx.com 6. Ballistic Panel Make: DFNDR Armor Model: Level IIIA Handgun Rated Backpack Armor for Vertx Gamut, GoRuck GR2, and 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 or COVRT18 MSRP: $$215 URL: www.dfndrarmor.com 7. Mask Make: Tracer Tactical Model: Triple Layer Cotton Mask with Cordura Shell and Milspec Webbing Vent MSRP: $35 URL: tracer-tactical.com 8. Watch Make: Bertucci Model: A-2TR Vintage GMT…

2 min.
the low-intensity disaster

The necessities of our print production cycle sometimes act as a speed bump for us when we want to address current events as they relate to survival. Unfortunately, seven months past our “two weeks to flatten the curve” and five months past the death of George Floyd, the enduring fallout from one or the other continue to make many people anxious about leaving their homes. Whether intended to combat the spread of disease or to exploit a sociopolitical movement, both the government and malevolent actors alike have figured out how to press the big red STOP button on people’s daily lives. When I was in the military, we used the phrase low-intensity conflict to refer to things like terrorism and guerrilla action — armed clashes that don’t involve a full-scale meeting…

8 min.
gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 Walls Outdoor Goods Angus Worn-In Stretch Light Work Jacket SIZES Medium through XXL MSRP $90 URL walls.com NOTES With the temperature dropping in most of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to keep an outer layer nearby. Aside from its unnecessarily long and overly descriptive name, we’re quite fond of the Angus Worn-In Stretch Light Work Jacket because … well, it’s worn in, it’s stretchy, and it’s a light jacket that you can wear while doing field work. The exterior’s 9-ounce cotton-spandex blend is flexible enough to provide mobility but tough enough for daily duty on a ranch or worksite, thanks to double and triple needle stitching. Plus, it has two snap-closed chest pockets, two handwarmer pockets, one discreet zipper pocket, and one internal zipper pocket. Just note, medium is the smallest size, and it runs kinda…

6 min.
boot laces

Let’s face it — the quality and versatility of shoe and boot laces tends to get overlooked. We’re wondering why footwear companies tend not to put as much effort into this component as they do sole construction, padding, and breathability. It has created a misconception that all laces are the same. When the laces on your sneakers or boots break, you usually replace them with some store-bought laces of questionable composition, or a generic piece of cord, right? That being said, we felt this oft-neglected product deserves closer inspection. Here, we’ll show you some options you probably never knew existed before. We discovered some brands out there that’ve put the time and research into creating laces far superior to what you’re used to seeing. Whether it’s using your laces as a…

24 min.
what if?

In Issue 28 of RECOIL OFFGRID, we wrote a feature on Operation: Dark Winter (ODW) — a senior-level government exercise from June 2001 that simulated a bioterrorism attack in the United States using smallpox as its agent of choice. Its findings were discouraging to say the least. The results of the ODW study revealed a gut-wrenching reality that many Americans weren’t aware of until COVID-19 found its way here — we as a nation are drastically ill-prepared for pandemics. Problems range from a lack of sufficient training, delays in developing vaccines or drugs to treat a new illness, and the collateral damage it causes to our infrastructure and commerce. Fast-forward to 2020, and the world has seen firsthand how devastating the effects of a highly communicable disease can be on every aspect…

1 min.
about the authors

Joey Nickischer Joey Nickischer is a retired detective with the New York City Police Department. He currently works as a lead technical rescue instructor with several different companies covering topics from wilderness search, high angle rope, mine rescue, and off-road operations. He serves as a team leader with the Westchester County Technical Rescue Team and is the commander of the Putnam County Technical Rescue Team, as well as serving as chief of department with the Patterson Fire Department. Nila Rhoades Nila Rhoades and her husband, Tim, operate Resilient Security Solutions, in Wyoming. She blogs at www.milspecmom.com on topics such as survival, self-defense, firearms, and tactics. Nila also loves taking any firearms training courses that she can weasel her way into. They have three children. She loves running and peanut butter ice cream. www.resilientsecuritysolutions.com Andrew Schrader Andrew…