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A Competitive Advantage with Secret Weapon Training

I recently participated in my very first two-gun match alongside Iain Harrison, RECOIL’s editor-in-chief, and Nick Saiti, a frequent contributor to the magazine. Both of them made the stages I struggled with look easy. I soon learned that Saiti, who I had just met that morning, is a Grand Master in all eight USPSA divisions....


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PTSD

Somewhere between 3 to 8 percent of the population will deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, in their lifetime. In the past 30 years, progress has been made in identifying therapies to aid in the recovery of individuals afflicted by PTSD. Several treatment modalities have shown benefit. The purpose of this article...


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Book Review: The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival by Steven Rinella

The Premise: This book is a 21st-century outdoorsman’s manual. It’s meant to be a practical guide to the thoughtful process of gear selection, food and water, dangers to be aware of, shelter and warmth, navigation and travel planning, and medical safety. It’s a team effort from a group of professionals. To date, it has...


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Book Review: The Meateater Guide to Wilderness and Survival Skills by Steven Rinella

The Premise: This book is a 21st-century outdoorsman’s manual. It’s meant to be a practical guide to the thoughtful process of gear selection, food and water, dangers to be aware of, shelter and warmth, navigation and travel planning, and medical safety. It’s a team effort from a group of professionals. To date, it has...


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Gear Up: New Survival Gear for May 2021

Tyrant Designs | S&W Shield Extended Magazine Release COLORS: Various, including Blue, Gold, and Red MSRP: Starting at $25 URL: tyrantcnc.com 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...


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NODs and Night Vision Tubes: Evaluating what Counts

Throughout human history, our species has always looked for advantages in both technology and tactics. The rock became the club, which became the spear, which became the arrow, and finally the firearm. The sword was always more important than the shield, and offensive technology was always forward-thinking and progressive. Regardless of time, culture, race,...


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Sionyx Aurora Pro: Not Just Night Vision

A long time ago, on an Army base far away, I began my military career training to be a Cavalry Scout. This reconnaissance-oriented occupation was all about observing the battlefield undetected, whether we were in a vehicle or traveling on foot. Of all the tactics we were taught, none were as important as leveraging every...


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GBRS Group: Shadows that Bite

Photography by Josh Munger. An old maxim of creativity is to take two things that aren’t normally seen together and combine them in a way that brings out new qualities in both. In regard to survival, when not under the stress of an immediate threat, this has led to the development of tools, gear, and...


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Covert Escape Tools: Pocket Preps

Human traffickers, process predators, narco-terrorists, hostage-takers — these are just a few groups within the criminal element that employ unlawful custody. These types of criminals are generally very experienced at their craft, and understand that eliminating all means of escape from their victims is a top priority. During any form of abduction, there’s always an...


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What If You’re Caught in an Indefinite Blackout?

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...


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