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Going Old School
There are a nearly infinite number of opinions on what makes the best weapon for the worst-case scenario. While it could be argued that the AR is one of the most common weapons owned by citizens in the United States, the AK platform has a not-unsubst
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Protecting Yourself On Paper
BANG, CRASH, BOOM! You live in a gated community in, let’s say, St. Louis, Missouri. You’re outside enjoying a Sunday family barbecue in the late afternoon, early evening. The crash is followed by a chant of sorts: “No justice, no peace!” This mantra
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Train Like An Athlete
From the time I was a young soldier, I was determined to master my craft — especially shooting. I spent countless hours of my own time shooting, dry-firing, and researching in my quest to get better. And I did get better. I became a good enough shoot
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Criminal Profiling, Part 1
Studying serial killers is frightening because it’s not just a hypothetical exercise — they are real. They are the ultimate bogeymen, the monsters of your worst nightmares, ready to kill, mutilate, and destroy the innocent. They come from all walks o
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Watch And Learn
Many of you will recognize this timeless quote. Its lesson is simple and profound: Every prepared individual should be acutely aware of his or her own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of opponents. Self-awareness can be earned through train
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Bug-out Blaster
Violence is never something we relish, but it’s certainly something we prepare for. When the time comes to defend yourself with lethal force, it should be immediate and overwhelming until the instant the threat has ceased — a “light switch” moment, a
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Highway Hazards
Late one night, you’re traveling along a lonely stretch of road when you notice a car ahead of you drift off the road and cartwheel into a ditch, finally coming to rest upside down in the middle of the road. As you quickly come to a halt behind the w
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Jack Of All Trades
In my job as a firefighter and rescue technician, there are times when I need to venture off the beaten path to suppress forest fires or rescue injured hikers. While my crew and I can certainly hike, carrying loads of 50 pounds, it’s faster, safer, a
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Chumming The Waters
I don’t know if any of us have been more ready for a year to be over than we are now. Unfortunately, all signs seem to indicate that the ripple effects of 2020’s various crises will spill over into at least the first quarter of next year. As I’ve sai
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Bag Drop
Active shooters, terrorists, and other mass-murderers have no uniform code of conduct. They carry out vicious attacks on a variety of targets, with little to no warning and a goal of generating carnage as quickly as possible. They select the most eff
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Recoil Offgrid
Editor-in-Chief/ Iain Harrison Editor, RECOIL OFFGRID/ Tom Marshall Managing Editor/ Laura Peltakian Features Editor/ Dave Merrill Contributing Editor/ Steven Kuo Contributing Editor/ Patrick McCarthy Network Manager/ John Schwartze Web Editor/ Forre
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AmTac Shooting AK Course
“The AK is so prolific throughout our world,” said Bill Rapier. “After many years, most of you are proficient with your AR. Why not spend a day with a different platform, to train at the highest level, to break your own misconceptions?” Rapier, owner
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Gearup
Arc’teryx Mantis 32 CAPACITY 32 liters (1,953 cubic inches) MSRP $169 URL arcteryx.com NOTES We’re fond of gear that looks commonplace in an urban setting but also excels in the backwoods or when SHTF. The Mantis 32 is one such pack. It works great a
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Survival Medicine Meets Bedside Manner
Premise: How can we heal our own bodies and those of others when we have no one to rely on? This problem is a basic tenet for survivalists. How can we make something out of nothing, or prepare so that we’ll have the right things when we need them? Wh
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Cpr Masks
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is now being taught in schools and offered readily in even the most rural areas. Most people don’t have an issue doing chest compressions; however, when it came to mouth-to-mouth breathing, that was always going to
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You Become a Target of Road Rage?
James Madison once sagely conveyed, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Had Madison ever driven a car on a gridlocked freeway he’d likely have concluded the same about the necessity of this article. Neither men nor women are angel
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Experience Is The Teacher Of All Things
Estimates have put the number of new gun owners in 2020 to be somewhere over 5 million. In a time of growing threats to public safety and stigmatization of law enforcement, it’s finally dawned on many that protecting themselves and their family has n
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Evolution Of The Combat Optic
Over the course of 26-plus years of service, I’ve witnessed a lot of changes to the main sighting system of the issued long-gun. The rifle has been the primary weapon for the military since the Pennsylvania Rifle (some say Kentucky, but I was born an
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Bullets, Beans, And Binkies
On the other end of the phone, my buddy Tom — your archetypically squared-away retired Recon Marine — was validating my decision to bug out of Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 situation. As we discussed the sense of panic that was still brewing in the
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On The Cover
Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Women’s Defender-Flex Slim Pants MSRP: $70 URL: www.511tactical.com Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Femme Fatale L/S Shirt MSRP: $70 URL: www.511tactical.com Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: LV10 Slingpack 13L MSRP: $110 URL: www.511t
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Not Your Grandpa’s Lever Gun
Today, we live in a world of rapid innovation and obsolescence. Tools and technology that are common now are likely to be forgotten in a decade, if not much sooner. You’re probably not using a typewriter or telegraph to communicate in this era of lap
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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
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7.62x39mm - A Comrade in Arms
In addition to the unique pros and cons of lever guns against more modern alternatives, we also took a look at the ballistic potential of the .30-30 cartridge itself, with an eye toward performance against light barriers in an urban environment (thin
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Recoil Offgrid
Editor-in-Chief/ Iain Harrison Editor, RECOIL OFFGRID/ Tom Marshall Managing Editor/ Laura Peltakian Features Editor/ Dave Merrill Contributing Editor/ Steven Kuo Contributing Editor/ Patrick McCarthy Network Manager/ John Schwartze Web Editor/ Forre
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Masks And Respirators For Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our lives. Among the most obvious is the routine use of protective masks to prevent spreading this disease. There has been much debate about the usefulness of masks, and official guidance has flipflop
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Gear Up
MAKE & MODEL 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 an
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The Secluded Strength Program
Imagine, if you will, there’s an outbreak of a virus threatening the lives of millions of people, and the only way to stop the spread is to stay indoors and not interact with the general public. “Stay in your homes,” we’re told. Well, not being able
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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 cre
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E-bikes For Survival
While I was writing this article, strong Santa Ana winds had caused catastrophic fires in several regions of California. In the name of public safety, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) — California’s largest utility company — intentionally shut down po
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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 d
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