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R.A.T.s Tourniquet at RE Factor Tactical

The R.A.T.s Tourniquet has a lot going for it. It is affordable, easy to carry, and very fast to use. Its form is very different than most TQs (tourniquets) on the market. It consists of a metal cleat and a long, flat bungee strap which begins to slow arterial blood flow as soon as it is wrapped around the extremity before it is fully tightened and secured.

See the video below to see how it works and check out RE Factor Tactical to pick one up.

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Elzetta News

Elzetta has a slick new website that is MUCH, MUCH easier to user than the old one. The new site is easier on the eyes as well. Now it is even easier to get your hands on American engineered, American made flashlights that can pound nails, operate when full of water, and survive multiple drops from a helicopter.

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Their latest limited edition light is about to drop as well. This time around, the light will feature a Stealth gray coating. These always sell out quickly so keep an eye on Elzetta.com for details.

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Manticore Arms ARC LOK

Manticore Arms has released details of their own direct-connect mounting system called ARC LOK. The new system works with their Tavor handguard and, presumably, other accessories that are still in their pipeline.

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ARC LOK consists of a what Manticore Arms calls ARC LOK Tabs which closely match the size and shape of the slots that they pass through when they are in the closed position. Once they are placed through the slot and the user begins to tighten them, the rotate until they are stopped by the stationary portion of the tab which effectively locks them in the open position. The user can then continue to tighten the bolts until the desired tension is reached. It is best explained by watching the video below.

The ARC LOK rail sections are already in production. You can expect to see them on ManticoreArms.com soon.

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Oneiros Valley USMC Pack Modification Kit

Oneiros Valley, having already demonstrated complete mastery of the NICE Frame, is now taking on the USMC Pack (FILBE). Their new USMC Pack Modification Kit is now available.

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From Oneiros Valley:

Oneiros Valley is now manufacturing USMC Pack Modification Kits. Issued beginning in 2013 as a mandatory upgrade for defective FILBE packs, this is the first time the kit is available directly to the public. It includes Top Buckle Adapters, which replace the pack’s failure-prone load lifter buckles, and Quick Release Adapters, which prevent the quick release straps from unsnapping inadvertently. All components are made in the USA and Berry Amendment compliant.

Check the Oneiros Valley USMC Pack Modification Kit.

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The MOAT Group Carbine Standards Drill and Target

The MOAT Group recently shared their Carbine Standards Drill and printable target via their website and Youtube channel. This would be a great drill to add to your range sessions.

There is a lot to like about this drill. It requires only a 50 yard range yet still requires a demanding level of accuracy. The speed requirements are demanding but are attainable. The drill incorporates physical stress and the stress of shooting for time/score both of which up the level of mental focus required to complete the drill successfully. It incorporates several elements into a single drill like adjusting for mechanical offset, shifting natural point of aim, various shooting positions, precision, speed, recoil control, breath control, and more.

The target has space to record vital information like time, hits, conditions, and date which make it easy to have a repeatable process when you hit the range. You aren’t really learning as much as you could be unless you are documenting your progress in some way.

One quick word of caution regarding diagnostic drills like this… They are best run when you first arrive on the range with no warm up. Your cold performance will give you the best gauge of your actual on-demand skill level. If you run the drill over and over, your performance will improve but that will only prove mastery of the drill, not mastery of the skills. Don’t get caught in the trap of training to the drill instead of the skill.

This is a well designed drill that should be very easy to incorporate into a range session. Check out the target at The MOAT Group’s website and the video on their YouTube channel.

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