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Review: Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown from Battle Systems LLC

People have been using vinyl electrical tape for years to do various “tactical” things. If you have ever used it, you know why the world needs something better. Enter Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown from Battle Systems LLC.

Battle Systems Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown

Overview

Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown from Battle Systems LLC is made from flexible, slightly stretchy vinyl. It’s tape, and it is coyote brown in color. The name says it all. That is pretty much the general overview. It isn’t until you use it, that you start to really appreciate it.

Battle Systems Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown Webbing Wrap

Observations from Use

I have been using this tape for over a year now. The first thing that I did when I purchased my first roll is wrap 6 inches of it around an Inka pen that I keep on my keyring at all times. I wanted to test how well the tape adhered to itself and how well it would stand up to constant wear from being battered by keys while in my pocket all day. That same length of tape has been in place for over a year. It has never peeled, lifted, ripped, or unraveled. The same keys that will scratch the anodization from aluminum, couldn’t lift the tape. That is amazing to me.

Battle Systems Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown Key Wrap

If you are used to using electrical tape to do things like secure loose webbing and straps, you are going to love this tape. It doesn’t leave any residue behind – not even a little. It doesn’t turn into a slimy mess in the heat. It doesn’t melt as readily when exposed to extreme heat and flame. It doesn’t crack in the cold. It also doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb like black electrical tape. It just works.

I have found that it is an ideal solution for securing excess straps and webbing. It adheres to itself well and can even be peeled and reused at least a few times. I have also used it to mark my AR-15 and AK magazines. I use a double wrap at the base of the magazine to make them immediately recognizable as mine. As a bonus, the rubbery vinyl texture of the tape makes them easier to grip. I also like to use it to make small containers water-resistant. If you make Altoid tin survival kits, a few wraps of Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown over the lip of the tin will keep the contents of the container dry during downpours or a quick dunk (prolonged submersion will bypass the tape). It also serves as another useful component of the kit. I keep a bit of it in my gear at all times for gear repairs. It’s tape. You are going to find a million uses for it.

Battle Systems Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown on Tin Battle Systems Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown Mag Marker

Wrap Up

It is easy to write off Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown as brown electrical tape if you haven’t tried it and I guess it would work just fine as electrical tape. However, if you use it, the quality will be readily apparent. What makes this tape great is that it is like electrical tape in the right ways but without all the annoyances. It is just better.

Check out Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown at BattleSystemsLLC.com.

Armored Plate Carrier Medical Modules from Chinook Medical Gear

Chinook Med Armor Module LE

Chinook Medical Gear’s new Armored Plate Carrier Medical Modules are designed to allow armor wearers to keep a trauma kit with them, even when there is no room on their plate carrier. The modules are specially packed to be soft, flexible, and thin enough to fit inside the plate pocket of your plate carrier between you and the plate.

Chinook Medical Gear is offering a Military and LE version of the kit. The only difference between them is the type of QuikClot Guaze that is included.

Check out the Military and Law Enforcement Armored Plate Carrier Medical Modules on ChinookMed.com.

Chinook Med Armor Module LE Contents

Ka-Bar TDI Master Key

Ka-Bar’s collaboration with TDI has been a successful one. Until now, most of their offerings haven’t strayed far from the original Ka-Bar TDI fixed blade. However, the Master Key is definitely a departure from their past offerings.

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The Master Key is part knife, part pry bar, part nail puller, and part improvised face rearranging device. It is made from .25″ thick 1095 Cro-Van which is a steel that Ka-Bar is able to get the most out of in terms of toughness. Its design is not all that dissimilar from any flat pry bar on the market except for the cutting/chopping edge on one side. It also comes with very functional looking sheath.

This looks like a great addition to a BOB or vehicle emergency kit. Check out the Ka-Bar TDI Master Key at BladeHQ.

H2gO Water Purifier

H2g0

The H2gO Water Purifier is a very slick little device that is currently being crowd funded at Indiegogo. While other purifiers are bulky and require components to be replaced over time, the H2g0 fits in the palm of your hand, weighs just 3.1 ounces, has an integral solar charger, and the only “part” that needs replacing over time is common salt. Impressive.

This is basically the next evolution of the now discontinued MSR MIOX. There is a ton more information to glean from the H2gO Indiegogo project site.

H2g0 Solar

Hat tip to the Patriotic Sheep Dog for the story.

Media Notices the Return of the Tourniquet

The tourniquet, once misunderstood, is back in a big way and now the media is taking notice. Several outlets like Fox News, The Daily Mail, The Washington Post, Military Times and many others have run stories about the important role that the tourniquet played in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Many of these outlets are reporting the story as if tourniquets are just now back on the scene, but if you have been paying attention, you know that they have been considered a vital part of any trauma kit for quite some time now.

This seems like a good time to bring up that it is important to train with your trauma treatment items like tourniquets. I suggest trying to find a point of wound care type class in your area. It is money well spent. There is also a wealth of knowledge to be found on the internet if you know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Pocket Doc from Dark Angel Medical is a solid source and this video is excellent…

Latest News on The Lights Out Saga

The Lights Out Saga was able to raise over $30,000 with their initial crowd funding effort in spite of Indiegogo going back on their word.

This update was shared on The Lights Out Saga Facebook Page:

“As many of you know, a few weeks ago we began our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the film. This initial thirty-day campaign ends Sunday, and thanks to everyone’s support – the Lights Out Saga film project has raised over $30,000!! Although we will still conduct additional funding campaigns, unfortunately we’ll no longer be able to utilize Indiegogo for our continued efforts.

Before starting our campaign, Indiegogo informed us we could offer firearm and tactical accessories as gifts for donations without violating their no-weapons policy; as long as it did not consist of firearms, knives or accessories that were regulated by law. Shortly after beginning our campaign, Indiegogo changed their position and stated we could no longer offer items such as optics, firearm accessories or flashlights if they originated from tactical suppliers. Since the bulk of our sponsors and their contributions fell within these categories, the shift in requirements by Indiegogo severely limited our ability to offer many of the gifts provided by our corporate supporters. We feel that the unanticipated restrictions resulted in loss of potential donations.

The sudden turnaround of Indiegogo’s prior statements was surprising, and in spite of our protests, they’ve not been willing to honor their earlier assurances. Although we’re very disappointed, another platform will soon be available to continue our campaign. This decision has no bearing on anyone who has contributed! You will still receive the packages you were promised. In fact, your package may include some items we were not able to list with Indiegogo. (For example, those at the higher contribution levels will be receiving some items from our friends at Cold Steel.)

I certainly cannot express how grateful we all are for your support to date! We have been working hard behind the scenes and anticipate some big announcements soon. With that said, we are absolutely committed to working with companies that share our values. We will continue to partner with the right organizations, adjust our partnerships where appropriate, and keep you apprised of any changes”

I thought this part was particularly ridiculous: “Indiegogo changed their position and stated we could no longer offer items such as optics, firearm accessories or flashlights if they originated from tactical suppliers.” Let the absurdity of that wash over you for a minute.

The effort to bring the book to the screen continues in spite of the obstacles. In fact, it appears that the movie has picked up another high profile sponsor. Here is a hint…

Lights Out Dillo

The movie also has a new website that features pictures from the upcoming trailer and sponsor information. Be sure to check out newly updated LightsOutSaga.com.

Triple Magazine Shingles from UW Gear

triple1-u5144Triple Magazine Shingles are now available from UW Gear. They have made the singles and doubles for a while now and I have been pestering them to make triples the entire time. They finally relented – probably just so they didn’t have to listen to me anymore.

These Triple Magazine Shingles use the same innovative flap retention system for which UW Gear is now known. The 3 magazine format is perfect for the front of a plate carrier (most of which have 6×3 fields of PALS webbing on the lower front). They are available for the AR-15/M4/M-16, AK-47, and AK-74 and they come in a ton of different color options.

Check out the Triple Magazine Shingle at UW Gear – AR-15 version and AK versions.

Hill People Gear Londolozi Pack – Coming Soon

I have always looked forward to seeing what Hill People Gear (HPG) will come up with next ever since I got my old Kit Bag. The Londolozi Pack is one of their latest creations and it will be available soon.

HPG Londolozi Pack

The Londolozi Pack occupies the space between the compact Tarahumara Pack and the larger Ute Pack. This top loader is sized (19″x11″x6.5″ and 2000 ci) to handle day trips or even multi-day warm weather trips if you pack lightly. It comes with the new version of the HPG Shoulder Harness that is being phased into all the HPG packs and is also compatible with the Prairie Belt if you need to transfer a heavier load to your hips. The plastic frame sheet and single aluminum stay are removable and the back panel is padded. The compression system works to steady your payload and also allows the user to dock a Palspocket, Tarapocket, or Tarahumara pack. There are additional organization features like several compression straps that can be used for lashing gear, dual wand pockets, an internal slot pocket, internal hang tabs, and a para-cord tool loop.

Check out the Londolozi Pack.

Up Armor Your Y.U.C.K.

My family and I love the Y.U.C.K. from Fight and Flight Tactical. Our daughters use their backpacks all the time whether they are going across town or just on an “adventure” across the living room.

My oldest operator... planning her next mission.

My oldest operator… planning her next mission.

Fight and Flight Tactical recently posted some interesting information about how the Y.U.C.K. can accept soft armor plate backers:

“Around Christmas last year, the family and I were driving to see some family in Texas, and Sandy Hook came up in conversation. The wife and I engaged in an in-depth discussion on what kids could actually do to protect themselves in the case of a mass shooting. Many schools subscribe to the “duck and cover” line of thinking (however flawed it may be), and it occurred to me that it just so happened that the Y.U.C.K. and Y.U.C.K. II are perfectly sized and shaped to hold an armor plate backer in their hydration bladder pockets. So, if your kids’ schools don’t allow a common sense approach to protecting your kids (like armed security, or teachers with concealed carry permits), using a Y.U.C.K. or Y.U.C.K. II with a level IIIA plate backer will give your precious little ones an extra edge towards surviving, should another mass shooting occur in YOUR hometown.”

~Dave

For a Y.U.C.K., use an 8″x10″ shooter cut plate backer,
For a Y.U.C.K. II, use an 10″x13″ or an 11″x14″ shooter cut plate backer.

I checked it out and they do fit quite well. Just when I thought the Y.U.C.K. couldn’t get any cooler.

Check out FightandFlight.com.

Lights Out Saga Update

If you have been following JTT recently, you know that the Lights Out Saga is a film adaptation of the well known survival fiction book Lights Out by David Crawford (AKA Halffast). The film is being produced independently and funding is being secured via crowd funding on Indiegogo. The folks behind the Lights Out Saga are committed to getting this film funded so they have now introduced several new support packages including $25, $100, and $511 packages with some really cool perks.

Lights Out Saga

They also released a behinds the scenes look at the trailer that they just shot for the film. The trailer shows some pretty slick action/shooting sequences and gives you a quick look at some of the gear that is involved (anyone spot the UW Gear Bandoleer?).

If you are a Facebook user, like the Lights Out Saga Facebook Page. If you want to get involved, check out the crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.

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