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RECOIL OFFGRID June/July #43 2021

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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.
night fever

What do horror movies, home invasions, alien abductions, and special operations missions all have in common? They usually take place at night. Evolutionarily speaking, humans are not nocturnal creatures. But our ability to produce tools has allowed us to create artificial, if not perfect, adaptations to our environment. In the case of darkness, our first adaptation was fire. We could create light where there was no light, making our environment more usable, even after the sun went down. This technological use of fire was surpassed by that of electricity. From street lamps to flashlights to headlights on cars, “electric torches” became the safer, more effcient version of the gas lantern or burning stick. But about 75 years ago, the way human beings interact with the night took another turn. Instead of projecting…

2 min.
on the cover

1. Eyewear Make: Wiley X Model: Saber Advanced MSRP: $67 URL: wileyx.com 2. Night Vision Make: AGM Global Vision Model: PVS-14 NW3 MSRP: $2,365 URL: agmglobalvision.com 3. Helmet Make: Team Wendy Model: Exfil LTP with 3.0 Rails MSRP: $303 URL: teamwendy.com 4. Plate Carrier Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: TacTec Plate Carrier MSRP: $119 URL: 511tactical.com 5. Jeans Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Defender-Flex Straight Jean MSRP: $70 URL: 511tactical.com 6. Jacket Make: Blackhawk Model: Tactical Waterproof Jacket MSRP: Starts at $192 URL: blackhawk.com 7. Backpack Make: Blackhawk Model: Ultralight 3-Day Assault Pack MSRP: $163 URL: blackhawk.com 8. Gloves Make: Blackhawk Model: F.U.R.Y. Utilitarian Gloves MSRP: $30 URL: blackhawk.com 9. Upper Make: Aero Precision Model: M4E1 complete upper receiver with ATLAS R-ONE handguard MSRP: $465 URL: aeroprecisionusa.com 10. Holographic Sight Make: EOTech Model: XPS2 Grey MSRP: $575 URL: eotechinc.com 11. Aiming Laser Make: Steiner Model: DBAL-I2 MSRP: $978 URL: steiner-optics.com 12. Weapon Light Make: SureFire Model: M300V Scout Light MSRP: $449 URL: surefire.com Make: Bobro Engineering Model: M-Lok pivoting QD flashlight mount MSRP: $80 URL: bobroengineering.com 1. Eyewear Make: Wiley X Model: PT-1 MSRP: $88 URL: wileyx.com 2. Folding Knife Make: CRKT Model: CEO Flipper MSRP: $40 URL: crkt.com 3. Belt Make: Carbon Tactics Model: Cipher Biothane MSRP: $115 URL:…

8 min.

MAKE & MODEL 1 Tyrant Designs S&W Shield Extended Magazine Release COLORS Various, including Blue, Gold, and Red MSRP Starting at $25 URL tyrantcnc.com NOTES In a life-and-death situation, having a second magazine full of ammo won’t do you any good if you can’t eject the first empty magazine efficiently from your firearm. That’s why Tyrant Designs has come out with this extended magazine release for the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. By extending the length and increasing traction with a crosshair pattern, this sturdy component increases purchase and adds control to your reloads so you can press the release quickly without having to grope for it. Not just for show, this upgrade can boost both your gun’s aesthetics and performance. It can be installed in seconds without any tools. Designed and made in the USA, this mag release…

6 min.
money clips

When we asked survivalist Les Stroud (see Issue 21) what his most important everyday-carry (EDC) item was, we were shocked to learn it wasn’t something sexy like a folding knife, but rather it was cash and credit cards. His reasoning is that you’re more likely to use what’s in your wallet — not your go-bag — to either evade a crisis or to recover from one. Picture buying fuel for your vehicle before a hurricane evacuation, or having the liquid funds to pay for a replacement part in the event of an unforeseen breakdown. In the worst-case scenario, you might have to bribe your way through a situation. Money solves a lot of problems, and can usually help prevent the rest. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at a convenient way…

1 min.
gear for your daily gunfight

TACTICAL FOOTWEAR, GLOVES, BAGS, AND TECHNICAL APPAREL PURPOSE-BUILT FOR YOUR DAILY GUNFIGHT. GO TO WWW.VIKTOS.COM FOR THE COMPLETE COLLECTION BUGGING OUT KADRETM BACKPACK The Kadre is the ultimate go-bag with enough volume to ruck both guns, gear, and ammo. It is capable of discretely carrying rifles up to 35” in length lashed to internal Molle. The padded interior pockets means your pistol collection won’t have to stay home either. At 45 liters, interior volume is sufficient for either a full-load out of warfighting gear or a week’s worth of travel kit. 45 LITER CAPACITY // 21” H x 13” W x 9” D $200-220 AVAILABLE IN MULTICAM® BLACK, MULTICAM®, NIGHTFJALL, AND RANGER. GETTING HOME PERIMETERTM 25 BACKPACK Off-grid or on-call this 24-hour backpack embodies our ‘Daily Gunfight’ mentality, ever-ready for work or play. It features an aluminum-reinforced frame, water-resistant nylon…

17 min.
what if?

As world leaders continue to scratch their heads about the best way forward and activists demand immediate solutions to very complex societal issues, we can easily expect more knee-jerk political responses to future disasters. The collateral damage caused by legislation that’s lacking in forethought and scientific evidence only serves to complicate and aggravate an existing situation. Those of you who’ve been hit hard financially by punitive COVID-19 mandates know far too well what we’re talking about. Why wouldn’t that same haphazard approach be applied again tao other areas where the government needs to “do something” instantly to solve a problem? After all, the salary, safety, and living conditions of those who create these laws always manages to remain unaffected. So, let’s turn our attention to what the future might look like…