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In the Belly of the Beast: Escaping the Fall of Afghanistan

In the twilight of an Afghan summer, Mazar-e-Sharif brimmed with life and tenacity. On the surface, one could not have predicted that the city of half a million people and center of anti-Taliban resistance was surrounded by bloodshed and bombs, just days away from falling into the hands of a draconian insurgency led by...

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New: Midland MXPW Portable Radio Base Stations

If you've ever shopped for a two-way radio, you'll know that handheld and mobile are two of the most common categories. Handheld radios are — you guessed it — battery-powered devices small enough to hold in your hand or wear on a belt. Mobile radios, on the other hand, are generally larger and heavier...

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Review: Viktos Taculus Chest Rig

Viktos has made an unapologetic name for themselves in the world of tactical/EDC/adventure apparel and packs. Not satisfied to stop there, they recently announced their entry into the load-bearing gear market with the launch of two chest rigs: the Low Key and the Taculus. We’ve been testing out advance samples of both for the...

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Letter from the Editor: Terror Turns 21

As you read this, babies born on or immediately after Sept. 11 will be old enough to have their first beer. Like most of you, I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day — and it certainly doesn’t feel like 21 years ago. In a bitterly ironic...

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Infographic: The Most Common Causes of Death

For those of us who take emergency preparedness seriously, it's important to keep our preps grounded in reality. Granted, it's always valuable to consider a wide variety of hypothetical “What If?” situations, even some that might be relatively rare. But we should still spend most of our time and energy preparing for the dangers...

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Smooth Moves: The Full Spectrum Warrior Combat Mobility System

A lot of time is spent, in various forums and professional social settings, discussing when one should move with a firearm. But it seems not a ton of time is spent on discussing how to move with one. Sure, you hear things like “explosive movement off the X,” which roughly translates into “go fast...

The New OFFGRID “What If?” Book is Now Available

Whether you just started reading our magazine or you've been a die-hard supporter since Issue 1, you should know that our “What If?” column is an important staple of every issue of OFFGRID. We know that forethought is an important aspect of preparedness, so each entry presents a hypothetical survival scenario in order to...


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New: GiantMouse ACE Nibbler Folding Knife

As much as we enjoy full-sized folding knives with 3.5-inch blades, they occasionally feel like overkill for many daily tasks. Sometimes, all we really need is a small utility blade for slicing open a letter or package. This is especially true in warmer months when we're wearing lighter clothing. GiantMouse Knives, founded by well-known...


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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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