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Letter from the Editor: All Restraints Are Momentary…

Observe: This editor’s letter is from our newest publication, Recoil Offgrid Subject 54. If you would like to buy a duplicate of our journal or subscribe, go to

The title of this editor’s letter is definitely a quote from our good pal and contributor, Ed Calderon. The complete model goes one thing like this: “All restraints are momentary. You both get launched from them, escape from them, or the coroner removes them out of your lifeless corpse.”
It’s a moderately grim outlook, however one we really feel adequately captures the grave perils of being taken or held in opposition to your will. Whereas kidnapping per se is just not an instantaneous risk to most individuals, there are a selection of conditions that would result in you being trapped or taken hostage, on a short- or long-term foundation. These embody abductions associated to intercourse trafficking and restraints utilized by an abusive partner or offended ex. Regardless that it’s a statistically unlikely situation, it’s in all probability one of many scariest and most extreme survival conditions you possibly can wind up in. Because of this many army models undergo rigorous multi-week survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) coaching packages.

So, we’ve determined to take this subject to look at how one can evade hazard — whether or not it’s earlier than or after you’ve been actively held hostage. Our What If? column examines an escape-from-captivity situation in additional depth, with safety specialist Mel Ward offering a veritable treatise on how one can put together for, and take care of, such a scenario. Patrick McCarthy’s coaching column, The Last Weapon, covers lockpicking abilities and instruments. Dean Freeman has contributed an article on facial recognition know-how, and how one can protect your privateness in an age of fixed surveillance. In an analogous vein, our longtime pal and contributor Freddy Osuna of Greenside Coaching has just lately begun educating a complete class on camouflage and concealment methods. Patrick Diedrich brings us the inside track on that. We even have a surprisingly thorough, if not somewhat stomach-turning, article on the viability of consuming canned pet food to outlive, within the occasion nothing else is out there.

Elsewhere within the subject, Mr. McCarthy brings us a really thorough introduction to choosing, mounting, and using a Low-Energy Variable Optic (LPVO) on a general-purpose carbine. Should you’ve been fascinated by upping your optic recreation from a purple dot to a 1-4, -6, or -8x scope, learn this primary! Joe Alton additionally offers us some details about frequent chilly climate accidents, since lots of you’ll nonetheless have snow in your yards if you learn this.

We hope you discover this look into escape and evasion informative and thought-provoking. We additionally hope you by no means want to make use of something you learn right here. Keep secure and keep prepared.

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