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Patrick Vuong New Breach-Bang-Clear Consulting Editor

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Greetings, salutations, and felicitations!

We beg your indulgence and a moment of your time to announce that Patrick Vuong has accepted a position as Consulting Editor with Patrick is a longtime journalist, the only known Asian Saurdaukar, and a writer, editor, photographer, and videographer of no small repute.

Beginning as a newspaper reporter at the tender age of 18, Vuong went on to become variously the Senior, Managing, and Chief Editor for several award-winning international publications. He is also an accomplished instructor in multiple combative arts. You will likely remember him from his yeoman work on The Enthusiast Network’s RECOIL and OFFGRID magazines; you may also recall he recently left TEN’s full-time employ to become an independent, world-conquering littérateur.

Now he is working with us.

Not full time, alas. Despite our every entreaty and supplication, he would not leave his other freelance endeavors and burgeoning script work for the movie and TV industry to work with us full time. Nor was he willing to abandon stunt work in allegedly non-porn indie flicks, or the numerous Baritsu, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, and other martial arts classes he continues to teach.

Part-time is acceptable for now, and anyway, we haven’t given up on persuading him.

Vuong’s first full-time journalism job was with The Orange County Register in SOCAL. There he worked various beats, including police and fire news, continued his hoplological studies, and continued writing for other, more niche publications. For instance, he’s interviewed celebrities for Wizard Magazine and worked as a contributing editor for Black Belt Magazine for over a decade and a half.

After completing his service to the 81st Padishah Emperor, Vuong was the subject of an award-winning documentary. He was then accepted for an editorial position with The Enthusiast Network.

The trade from intense daily duties to monthly obligations clearly suited him, if the success of the automotive magazines Off-Road and 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility is any judge. He was the Managing Editor of both publications until 2012, when he was hired as the Senior Editor for the nascent gun lifestyle publication RECOIL, driving left seat for Iain Harrison when that straight shooting, funny-talking gentleman took over as his editor-in-chief. A year later he took the helm of RECOIL OFFGRID Magazine as Chief Editor – as an additional duty.

In just three years the two grew RECOIL from an unknown brand to the No. 1 firearms magazine in stores across nine continents – no mean feat at a time when the print journalism industry was hemorrhaging from significant contraction. OFFGRID similarly became the best-selling survival magazine on newsstands.

Grunts: nascent.

He didn’t just write, shoot photos, and edit, for those two publications, mind you. He also served as Senior Editor of CONCEALMENT and CARNIVORE, and directed and co-hosted episodes of RECOIL TV.

He’s just as busy now that he’s hurled himself full-Wuxia style feet first into the freelancing world while simultaneously increasing his instruction tempo. See, in addition to all that belletristic badassery, Vuong has an extensive background as a combatives instructor (two decades or more of it, in fact).

A veteran student of Pentjak Silat Serak, he holds a first-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, a second-degree black belt in Lai Chung Chuan Fa kung fu, and is a 13th level Planar Monk with Axiomatic Soul. Vuong is a certified instructor in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali and a student of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Déjà-fu, and historical European swordfighting (as you might find in HEMA). These are just some of the reasons he is consistently the most highly paid bodyguard in Hondo City.

PV is still providing content and editorial assistance to RECOIL, OFFGRID, and the others, but now is doing so for other media outlets as well.

We are chuffed beyond measure to announce that he has accepted the position of Consulting Editor for Breach-Bang-Clear.

Can’t wait to see the awesomeness he cannot help but deliver.

You can reach him at [email protected], should you be so inclined. You can follow him on Instagram as well, @calmbatives.

Many assorted expressions of gratitude to you.

Now have a fine, nay epic, American day.

The Breach-Bang-Clear Tribe

Think and be dangerous.

Two unmarked photos courtesy of Firelance Media.

Patrick Vuong Now Freelance Editor/Author-at-Large

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Patrick Vuong, former Editor-in-Chief of The Enthusiast Network’s RECOIL OFFGRID Magazine and Senior Editor of TEN’s flagship lifestyle publication RECOIL, has stepped out on his own.


RECOIL OFFGRID Issue 23 went on sale December 1. This will be the last issue with Vuong at the helm. As the Southern California-based journalist announced in his final letter from the editor, he has resigned his position to become a freelance writer and consultant, and to spend more time with his family.

Vuong, who holds instructor ranks in multiple fighting systems, including Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, will also now be able to devote more time teaching. He will be spending more time with students and also consulting on matters of edged and contact distance weapons and self-defense – though he says this does not mean he will be abandoning his journalistic career.

A lifelong journalist, Vuong left a Managing Editor’s billet for a previous publication to join RECOIL in mid 2012 as Senior Editor. Working directly under Editor-in-Chief Iain Harrison, Vuong helped grow the nascent magazine from a dark horse brand in a dying print market to the No. 1 best-selling firearms lifestyle book on newsstands. In late 2013, Vuong took on an additional assignment as editor of RECOIL OFFGRID, a spin-off publication that focuses on emergency preparedness and urban survival. Under his tenure, that brand climbed to become the No. 1 best-selling survival magazine on newsstands.

During his five years at the RECOIL Network, both RECOIL and RECOIL OFFGRID were awarded numerous industry acknowledgements, including several Maggie Awards. Vuong wrote and photographed feature articles, directed and co-hosted segments on, and helped edit two successful, successive publications: CONCEALMENT and CARNIVORE.

Though no longer a staff editor, Vuong will continue to contribute to RECOIL, RECOIL OFFGRID, their sister publications, publishing companies, and other media outlets.

Vuong can be contacted directly via e-mail, [email protected]. Follow him on Instagram, @calmbatives.