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Preps of the Pros: Contributing Writer Patrick Diedrich’s EDC Gear & Go Bag

Patrick Diedrich Residence: Hancock, Upper Michigan Occupation: Writer and amateur blade/blacksmith Patrick's EDC Gear What is your general approach/philosophy for everyday carry tools? What do you see as the most likely threats/issues you might deal with in your daily routine, and what items are necessary to address these issues? If I were to sum up my approach to EDC,...


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Preps of the Pros: OFFGRID Editor Tom Marshall’s EDC Gear & Go Bag

Tom Marshall Current Occupation: Editor, RECOIL OFFGRID Magazine (To read more about Tom's background, including his time as a U.S. Army Captain and independent contractor in Afghanistan, refer to our interview with him from Issue 34.) Tom's EDC Gear What is your general approach/philosophy for everyday-carry tools? What do you see as the most likely threats/issues you might...


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Victor Lopez Interview: Founder of Sierra Element Tactical Training

You might think that anyone who served as a combat sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a cop in the second-most populated city in the United States might be a grizzled old man with a chip on his shoulder. With a father who earned three purple hearts in Vietnam prior to entering policework...


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Review: Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Power Station

Every day, we take for granted the ability to access a virtually-unlimited supply of electricity. It keeps our food cold, our homes warm, and our lights on, not to mention a myriad of computers, TVs, cell phones, washing machines, air fryers, and hair dryers. But life hasn’t always been this way — when we...


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What If You’re in the Path of a Wildfire?

Whether you live in a rural area year-round or just travel to one on occasion, wildfires can be a major source of concern. These fast-moving natural disasters can crop up with little warning and sweep across the landscape obliterating everything in their path. Wildfires often cause devastation that affects the surroundings far beyond the...


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Review: Stroup Knives Mini and TU-2

A good knife is considered by many to be the foundation of a good survival plan. More than just a tool, a handcrafted knife tells a story – not just of the blade’s intended use, but of the crafter and their life experience. It was this story that brought us to Stroup Knives. Chris...


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Announcing: CANCON A Fully Suppressed RECOIL Range Day! Veterans Day Weekend!

SUPPRESSORS, NIGHT SHOOT, FOOD, AND FAMILY FUN! Welcome to CANCON A Fully Suppressed RECOIL Range Day! Save the date and make your plans to come down on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-13 to the 17 South Rod and Gun Club in Savannah, Georgia. Hundreds of the newest and best suppressors, firearms, and optics will be on the...


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New: Front Runner Slimpro Van Racks

Whether you're trying to embrace full-time “van life” or just taking occasional cross-country road trips with the family, large vans such as the Mercedes Sprinter, Ram Pro Master, and Ford Transit offer a great way to live comfortably off the grid. They provide plenty of room for sleeping, cooking, and storing gear such as...


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Bag Drop: Hiking the Grand Canyon with an Osprey Kestrel 48

Hiking the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim is a challenging hike that'll test you mentally and physically — perhaps even spiritually — but will compensate you with an experience steeped in unique natural beauty. At the end, it'll fill you with a feeling of accomplishment that's almost overwhelming. Most...


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Infographic: A History of Gas Prices (Adjusted for Inflation)

Ninety years ago, gas was only $0.18 per gallon. Although this statement is accurate, it's also a little confusing, because $1 in 1932 is equivalent to more than $21 today. This is also why the prices for many consumer goods — from a $3,500 Corvette to a $200 Thompson submachine gun to a $0.05...


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