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“The Final Weapon” – The Importance of Survival Training

“The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplementary.” – John SteinbeckWhat’s the number-one problem within the preparedness community? This is a challenging question beca...

Plate Carrier Setup: Upgrading the TYR Tactical PICO-DS

A few months ago, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of various types of load-bearing equipment in our article, Front Toward Enemy: Survival Plate Carriers & Chest Rigs. However, that article...

DIY Off-Road Vehicle Recovery with Rope & Pulleys

We’ve all been there — alone and unafraid, enjoying a weekend adventure or vacation in the backwoods and basking in the freedom American off-roading provides. Then BAM! You find yourself i...

Survival Workout: RE Factor Tactical Combat Fitness Deck

There are many reasons to consider an at-home survival workout plan. The most timely of these is the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated lockdown that has left many of us cooped up in our houses. Al...

Pocket Preps: 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 ever...

RecoilTV: Brownells ADR Overland Jeep Build

What would your ultimate overland Jeep build look like? Each of our answers will be a little different, but they’ll probably share some common ground — mud tires and increased ground clear...

Gear Up: New Survival Gear for May 2020

We’re always on the lookout for new survival gear, and we publish an overview of our findings in each issue of RECOIL OFFGRID. In Issue 37, we took a quick glance at new survival gear from 12 co...

Creature Discomforts: Avoiding Zoonotic Diseases

The hero in our apocalyptic thriller has survived the outbreak and taken up residence in an abandoned hunting shack. Soon, that antique radio will be dusted off, and efforts will be made to reach out ...

Room for Two: Klymit KSB Double Sleeping Bag Review

By the time you read this, spring will be upon us in full force. In most places, the snow will be gone, the grass will be green, and many of us will be anxiously planning our first camping trips of th...

Building a Pipe Shotgun with the Pop-A 410 DIY Kit

In the past few years, a “do-it-yourself shotgun” kit has become popular, billed as a survival gun. It’s made by Runway Sub-Cal, a manufacturer known for producing rifled flare gun i...

DIY Mask Material Experiment from Strike Industries

When it comes to protecting against COVID-19, the gold standard of respiratory protection is a mask that’s rated at N95 or better. However, N95 masks are also in high demand and short supply rig...

OFFGRID Live: Experts Discuss Plate Carriers & Chest Rigs

Plate carriers and chest rigs are a topic that’s frequently discussed on the internet, and it’s not hard to see why. Everyone has their own gear preferences and needs, whether it’s f...

Dead Drops: Cold War Spycraft for Secure Communications

Photos by Niccole Elizabeth In the post-Sept. 11 era of the U.S. PATRIOT Act, the level of scrutiny given to electronic communication, by both government and criminals alike, is so intense as to be th...

What You Need to Know About Masks for COVID-19

The Internet is an excellent source of vital information, but it’s also a breeding ground for dangerous misinformation — especially in times of crisis like this COVID-19 pandemic. Most of ...

Bag Drop: The Austere Environment Backpack

Working in an austere environment brings with it a unique set of challenges when it comes to packing and maintaining a sustainment backpack that allows one to be independent and successful. The bag I&...

Book Review: “On Combat” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

The Premise: Lt. Col. David Grossman followed up his best-selling book, On Killing, with On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace. We consider this to be the sec...