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First Look: Trailblazer Pivot 9mm Rifle


At SHOT Show 2022, we ventured into the basement in search of hidden gems. If you’ve ever attended the show in Las Vegas, you’ll know that this level of the convention center is typically filled with smaller companies and startups, so it often breeds some of the most interesting (and bizarre) new products. One firearm that we found there might fall into either category, depending on your personal opinion: the new Pivot 9mm rifle from Trailblazer Firearms.

How the Trailblazer Pivot Works

Unlike most folding rifles, the Trailblazer Pivot does not fold in half via a hinge in the midsection. Instead, the upper and lower halves of the rifle unlock and rotate 360 degrees in either direction. The locking mechanism is controlled by a button at the front of the lower receiver, and it includes a safety feature that prevents the Trailblazer Pivot from folding if the bolt is forward or if a magazine is inserted. There is also a manual thumb safety lever.

Click here for a video of the Pivot we recorded on the show floor.

Overall length in folded configuration is 20.9 inches. Unfolded, it measures a maximum of 29.7 inches. Width is just over an inch, and unloaded weight is 5 pounds.

Pivot Additional Features

The Trailblazer Pivot has a full 16-inch barrel, so it’s classified as a rifle and can use an adjustable buttstock without requiring an NFA tax stamp. The barrel is threaded for addition of a suppressor or muzzle device. Most of you will be pleased to learn it takes Glock 9mm magazines, which are plentiful and relatively inexpensive (if you don’t already have a bag full of them).

A cavity in the stock accepts another Glock mag, so you can carry an extended magazine (such as the Magpul 21-rounder seen here) when it’s time to pack the rifle. Since the early prototype we handled wasn’t quite ready for mass-production, the mags felt somewhat loose in the stock, but we’re told this retention will be corrected for the final version.

Both the upper and lower receivers of the Trailblazer Pivot feature M-LOK slots for accessories such as flashlights and foregrips. The upper also features two sections of Picatinny rail for optics and backup iron sights.

As a result of its slick folding mechanism and outside-the-box design, our colleagues at RECOIL awarded the Trailblazer Pivot “Best of the Basement” for SHOT Show 2022. That might sound like a backhanded compliment, but as we mentioned earlier, we love to see unusual and creative products like this one in the lower level of the show. We hope to give the Pivot a full review once test samples are available later this year.

For more information on the Trailblazer Pivot 9mm rifle, go to TrailblazerFirearms.com/pivot-rifle.


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First Look: Valhalla Tactical ODA Weapon Light Switch


Valhalla Tactical is a company that doesn’t have the same brand recognition as big players in the flashlight market like SureFire, Streamlight, Modlite, and Cloud Defensive. However, they’ve introduced some innovative machined aluminum products that may have flown under your radar. First came the Baldr weapon light, with an extremely compact body and offset mounting plates that allowed users to mount it close to any rifle’s handguard. Next came the Rukh optic mount, which features adjustable angle and a clever removable RMR battery compartment. At SHOT Show 2022, the owner showed us a new weapon light switch called the Valhalla Tactical ODA. Think of it as a joystick control for your flashlight — it sounds weird, but after trying it, we want one.

The Valhalla Tactical ODA Light Switch

If you’ve ever picked up an XBOX or Playstation controller, you’ll be familiar with how the ODA works. It can be pressed in any direction to activate the light momentarily, or can be pushed inward to click the light into constant-on mode. This is especially useful for setups where rail space is limited and attaching a tape switch may not be an option. It’s not an overly-sensitive hair trigger, nor is it a switch you have to manhandle to activate — it feels just right.

To be blunt, we thought we’d dislike this design when we first saw photos on Valhalla’s social media pages. But handling it at SHOT Show quickly won us over. The large polymer joystick is easy to use from any angle, and you can even wrap your whole hand around it and simply tighten your grip to activate the light with your palm. No longer are you limited to turning on the light with the tip of your thumb.

Better yet, the Valhalla Tactical ODA allows you to return to a standard tail cap at a moment’s notice. Just grip the ring around the joystick and unscrew it to reveal a rubber clicky button.

Valhalla Light Body & HRT Tactical Head

The ODA was developed in-house at Valhalla Tactical, and the prototype version seen here was machined to match a new multi-fuel light body design that can accept 18650, 18350, and CR123A batteries. Thanks to the standard thread pitch, this body will accept SureFire Scout and Modlite heads, but in these photos it is paired with an AWLS (adaptive weapon light system) head created by HRT Tactical. That’s why you’ll notice Valhalla and HRT’s logos in these photos. We’re told the HRT Tactical AWLS head can produce 1,700 lumens and 90,000 candela.

If all you want is to add an ODA switch to your existing weapon light, we’re also told that there are plans to produce switches for other common light bodies in the near future. The SureFire Scout tail cap is coming first, and the Cloud Defensive REIN tail cap may be released later. At the moment, you’ll need to get the ODA and light body together.

SHOT Show 2022 Award

Our sister publication RECOIL magazine gave out four “Best of SHOT Show 2022” awards, and our editorial team decided to give the Best Accessory award to Valhalla Tactical for the new ODA. One after another, our editors tried the switch and decided it was deserving of recognition.

Post-Prototype ODA Changes

Since the Valhalla Tactical ODA seen here is a pre-production prototype, there will still be some fine-tuning before it’s released to the public. This will include additional texture around the circumference of the joystick to provide better grip in wet conditions. The Valhalla Tactical team also let us know that the joystick can be replaced by removing a single screw on the underside, so they’re considering creating a few different shapes and sizes (for example, a shorter rounded nub). This also opens up the possibility of adjusting sensitivity by adding or removing spacers between the ODA and the tail cap.

For more updates on the Valhalla Tactical ODA, go to ValhallaTactical.com or follow @valhalla.tactical on Instagram.


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7 Best Alternative Heat Sources for Power Outages


If the power goes out during the winter, staying warm may not be so easy. Because of this, it is important for every survivalist to know about the best alternative heat sources for power outages.

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Alternative Heat Sources for Power Outages | All You Need to Know

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1. Designated Heat Room

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One of the best life hacks when it comes to surviving a winter power outage is to isolate yourself and the members of your family to a designated heat room within the house.

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When the power goes out, your own bodies are your primary sources of heat. Isolating everyone to one room will help capture all that body heat and keep as much of it near yourselves.

To do this, simply find one area in your house and designate it as the family’s shelter. Choose a room that is small enough for your bodies to keep relatively warm, but large enough for everyone to still be able to settle comfortably in.

An ideal room would be one that has few openings to the outside of your house.  It should also preferably have its own bathroom and space to fit a few emergency supplies in.

Once you’ve chosen your family’s designated heat room, try to block up any cracks and crevices where cold air may pass through. If you don’t have tools, something as simple as a few towels and some tape should do temporarily.

Lastly, if the room does have windows, try to get some curtains or blinds. During the morning, keep them open and let as much warmth from the sunlight in as possible. At night, close them to help trap warm air inside and prevent drafts from getting in.

2. Multiple Layers of Clothing

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No list of alternative heat sources for power outages would be complete without mentioning those multiple layers of clothing. Wearing more clothes is one of the simplest and easiest ways to keep yourself warm when the temperature in the house drops.

When choosing clothes for this task, make sure you pick ones that are thick and insulating. Don’t just simply get whatever clothes are on top of the pile.

To keep yourself even warmer, grab some hand warmers, a scarf, a hat, and maybe even some socks for good measure. You can also throw on a blanket if you’re still cold after putting on all those layers of clothes.

Additionally, make sure that apart from your family, you do not forget your furry friends if you have any. If you’re feeling cold, then they most likely are too. Just give them a blanket where they can curl up under and that should be enough.

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3. Indoor Camping

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As was mentioned earlier, the smaller the space that you can isolate yourself and your family to, the easier it will be for you to heat that space up with your body heat. With that said, why not make it even easier by setting up a tent within your designated heat room.

If you have any sleeping bags, you can grab those as well and sleep inside them. Sleeping bags are designed specifically to keep body heat trapped inside of it. You can also use blankets and drape them over the tent to really keep that heat in.

Lastly, if you have any thermoses lying around, fill them up with hot water as soon as the power goes out. They will slowly radiate that heat throughout the day. They’ll also make for great feet warmers that are perfect for placing inside sleeping bags so you can literally avoid cold feet.

4. Exercise

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Exercise is one of the fastest ways to raise your body temperature. In fact, just 5 minutes of continuously doing jumping jacks or jumping rope will make you feel instantly warmer. If you have children, turn the activity into a family bonding time by playing games with them instead.

Regardless of the method, remember to keep moving. It is a quick and easy way to raise your core body temperature and stay fit at the same time.

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5. Candles or Fireplace

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For most of the year, fireplaces may be purely decorative. As the weather gets colder, however, their function becomes more than that as they are one of the best alternative heat sources for power outages and for cold weather in general.

Before using them, however, make sure that a professional has inspected and cleaned your chimney and fireplace within the last year. Ash at the base of the fireplace should not be allowed to build up as this restricts air supply and results in more smoke.

Additionally, make sure that the area around the fireplace is free of flammable items like books, drapes, furniture, and the like. Have a fire extinguisher ready in case of an emergency as well.

Alternatively, you can also use candles if only to help keep your hands warm. place a couple of them near one another on a table and you have a mini-fireplace.

Regardless of the method you choose, make sure that they are not used without adult supervision. These heat sources are highly effective but can pose significant risks if left unattended. If you have to leave the room, then make sure to put them out first before you do so.

6. Kerosene Heater or Wood Stove

Red flame oil heater kerosene stove | Alternative heat sources for power outages

Good, old-fashioned wood stoves or kerosene heaters may also make for great alternative heat sources for power outages. These are kitchen equipment that has been in use for the longest time.

Though not as common as they used to be, having them at home can be handy for emergency situations like these. Just remember to use these items with caution as they are still a fire hazard.

Most kerosene heaters and wood stoves require lots of ventilation as they emit harmful gases. Fortunately, when it comes to kerosene heaters, there are a lot of more modern alternatives of these that are now rated for indoor use.

As for wood stoves, make sure to buy only a portable one. This makes it easy for you to position it where it needs to be. Preferably, have it placed near a window and construct a DIY pipe chimney that will help channel smoke out.

7. Warm Beverages

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While you have that kerosene heater turned on, why not make good use of it and make some hot water. To the crafty survivalist, even an emergency like a power outage can be turned into something fun and memorable.

With the power gone, it is the perfect time to whip up a batch of hot chocolate or coffee and spend time bonding with the family. This isn’t just a great way to keep the body warm, but also to spend some much-needed quality time with the people who matter most.

There is more to surviving a winter power outage than just learning about alternative heat sources for power outages. Learn how to prepare for this emergency with this video courtesy of Canadian Prepper:



For the crafty survivalist, something as small as a power outage will never be an inconvenience. Make sure that you are equipped to handle the cold by learning about the best alternative heat sources for power outages.

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New: DripDrop Powder Fights Dehydration Faster


We’re always skeptical of the next “energy drink” or supplement that touts itself as a restorative solution for fatigue, heat, illness, etc. One of the major problems is that a great many of these ORS (oral rehydration solution) formulas is that they’re developed by beverage companies and there’s not a lot of science to back up the efficacy. We heard about DripDrop from the guys at Varusteleka. The Finns know as well as anyone that cold weather can pose just as much of a dehydration danger as hot weather, so we decided to check it out.

Not only was there a crowd around their booth, we overheard comments from convention attendees saying they’d been surviving on it all week. DripDrop was developed by Dr. Eduardo Dolhun upon seeing the devastation dehydration was causing in impoverished countries that often fell victim to cholera. Although many of the oral remedies were effective, their taste made them difficult to keep down, especially for young children who found the taste to be repulsive.

Let’s face it, many ORS drinks or supplements taste like you’re drinking sweat because they need a higher sodium electrolyte content to be effective. If patients can’t keep it down or refuse to drink it, it’s not going to work and, in many cases, an IV drip just isn’t practical or available as an alternative. According to DripDrop’s website, dehydration from diarrhea is the #2 cause of preventable death globally for children under 5.

Dolun came up with a patented formula that’s not only tasty, but has three times the electrolytes and half the sugar of most sports drinks. The precise glucose level in DripDrop enables a faster absorption and retention of the ORS formula. One 21-gram DripDrop stick offered in a variety of flavors can be combined with a 16oz bottle of water to treat dehydration caused by temperature, exercise, travel, illness, and yes, even hangovers. DripDrop also has flavors that can be combined with hot water as well.

For more information on DripDrop electrolyte powder, go to dripdrop.com.


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COULD YOU SURVIVE? WITH CREEK STEWART


ASG INTERVIEWS THE SURVIVAL EXPERT ABOUT HIS NEW TV SHOW. The captivating, new television show, Could you Survive? with Creek Stewart, is an amalgamation of engaging reenactments and ready-to-use, instructional survival skills and techniques demonstrated by Stewart himself. Each episode of this program, which airs on The Weather Channel, features two truly incredible survival stories. […]



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COVID-19: A TIMELINE OF WHAT WE KNEW


A Look Back At The Pandemic Can Help Us Improve Our Planning.   2020 has experienced an event not seen for a century—a pandemic widespread and deadly enough to affect every nation. Most, including the United States, were thrown into a “new normal,” in which thriving economies were shut down, and you couldn’t enter many […]

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COMFORTABLE, ROOMY AND MOBILE: 4-SEASON CANVAS WALL TENT


A White Duck Outdoors Wall Tent Makes A Great Extended-stay Base Camp. I now have a mobile base camp… and it fits in the back of my Toyota Rav4: I recently invested in a White Duck Outdoors Alpha Wall Tent. “Choose a tent too small, and you can feel too crowded if you’re forced inside […]

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ESEE’S BEST JUST GOT BETTER


NEW STEEL AND SCALES ACE GRUELING WINTER CAMP TESTS. ESEE Knives started 2020 out with a new steel for its offerings, along with one new model and revamps of its classic ESEE-3 and ESEE-4 models. This company’s been busy! Classic Revamps ESEE Knives now offers its classic ESEE-3 and ESEE-4 knives in S35VN steel with […]

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Essential Fire-Starting Gear: Exotac and Zippo


Trust Exotac And Zippo When You Need To Get Your Fire Going. You can practice fire-by-friction techniques for endless hours. You can search for the perfect hunk of flint to make beautiful, lifesaving sparks with a piece of carbon steel. But the best way to come close to a guarantee that you’ll have fire when […]

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YOUR HOME IS YOUR CASTLE


What Can You Do To Protect Your Home? For far too many people, the concept of security begins and ends with firearms. While self-defense weapons are an important component of the plan, they shouldn’t be the entire plan. There are many facets to a well-rounded approach to security—from hardening the home to protecting your digital […]

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