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Love Is a Battlefield

Hardcore military role players meet regularly to act out the Second Civil War. I strapped on an AR-15 and headed downrange.

American Milsim participants at their final safety brief. All photos by Aaron Gell unless noted.

WeWe were a small combat element, just our squad leader, Rick, alongside Yuk, Slab, and Helios — some of the most battle-hardened warriors in the entire Civil Defense Forces. And me

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Aaron Gell

Aaron Gell

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Medium editor-at-large, with bylines in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and numerous other publications. ¶ aarongell.com