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What If You’re Assaulted in a Parking Structure?

Illustrations by Jordan Lance The university is predictably quiet tonight, being a Friday night. One by one, students pack up as the time draws nearer for the library to close. Staff make the rounds a...

“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...

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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...

Iconic Survival Knives – Part One: Bowie Knife History

If there was ever a quintessential American knife design, it would have to be the Bowie knife. Its murky origins have a mysterious shroud, but once word of this knife got out, people had to have one. ...

Walther’s Corona Quarantine Training (CQT) Program

With social distancing and shelter-in-place in full effect around the country, and ammo in short supply, getting to the range to keep your skills sharp has become increasingly difficult lately. But Wa...

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...

RECOIL Live: How COVID-19 is Affecting the Gun Industry

If you’ve had any involvement with a gun store in the last few weeks, whether you were shopping online for ammo or buying something at a physical storefront, you’ve certainly noticed that ...

Material Matters: Testing Nonmetallic Weapons

Nonmetallic knives aren’t a new phenomenon. Man’s earliest weapons consisted of pointed staves and sharpened stone, which were quite effective for hunting, skinning, carving, and fighting....

RECOILtv: Using a Backup Flashlight with Your AR

Consider a hypothetical scenario for a moment. You’re at home asleep in your bed, when you awake to your dogs barking aggressively at something near the back door. You’ve heard reports of ...

Ed Calderon Sheds Light on Kidnapping & Abduction Trends

Abduction scenarios can originate in a myriad of ways. It’s not always about guys in ski masks jumping out of a panel van and putting you in zip-ties. Many of the students who’ve been thro...

Is COVID-19 Creating a Nationwide Ammunition Shortage?

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by our sister publication RECOIL, and appears here in its entirety with permission. For more articles on guns, training, and ge...

Front Toward Enemy: Survival Plate Carriers & Chest Rigs

Backpacks are a topic of endless debate and speculation within the survivalist community. What’s in your bug-out bag? Do you have a go-bag in your car? What about a get-home bag at the office? I...

Sharp Edges & Dirty Tricks: Ed Calderon Weaponology Class Recap

Photos by Niccole Elizabeth Knife fighting, or edged weapons defense, has always been a weak spot for me. Coming from a background where firearms were the default mode of combat, sharp and pointy impl...

RECOIL Build Sheet: Our Survivalist AR-15 SBR

The following article appears in Issue 48 of our sister publication, RECOIL magazine. You can find it on shelves starting March 20th, 2020. There seems to be a nebulous atmosphere of gloom and doom ci...