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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.”


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.

Ammo Can Magnets from OC Tactical

OC Tactical Ammo Can Magnets

OC Tactical is now carrying magnets that are meant to help you organize your ammo cans. They are printed with various calibers or other related items like “Mags” or “Range Gear” so that you can identify what your ammo cans are holding at a glance. They are very inexpensive and not semi-permanent like a sticker. Everyone say it with me. “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Check out the Ammo Can Magnets from OC Tactical.

Victory Tactical Gear Banshee Defender System

VTG Banshee Defender System

Our friends at Shellback Tactical have partnered with Victory Tactical Gear (VTG) to offer a package deal, the Banshee Defender System, that includes two of VTG level IV stand-alone plates along with a Shellback Tactical Banshee Plate Carrier. The package sells for $480. I haven’t seen any formal testing of these plates but, for what it’s worth, the anecdotal accounts of their performance have been good. I can also relate that the Banshee is a reasonably comfortable PC for stand-alone plates, even single curve plates like these, since the plate pockets are padded.

Check out the Banshee Defender System.

Pro-Tool Industries MAG-NA-FIRE Fire Starter

UPDATE 12/29/2015: Pro-Tool Industries has discontinued the MAG-NA-FIRE. You can view their new STRYKE-ALL Emergency Fire Pack at their website.

The Pro-Tool Industries MAG-NA-FIRE Fire Starter makes me weak in the knees. If you like survival gadgets, you better sit down.


The MAG-NA-FIRE Fire Starter machined from a block of magnesium so it can be scraped with the included scraper and used like you would any other magnesium fire starter. However, it also has a built in pencil sharpener style tinder scraper and a bullet puller so you can use gun powder to start a fire in a pinch. You can also remove the blade from the tinder scraper to be used as a small survival blade and if you plug the holes on the bullet puller it works as a survival whistle.

Are you kidding me? This thing is awesome! Check out the MAG-NA-FIRE at ProToolIndustries.com.

Tactical Handyman: Ultralight Scissors

I always try to keep a small set of scissors handy because they are useful for everything from gear repairs to first aid. The problem is that most small scissors are either expensive or junk (or both). They either lack the durability necessary to be useful or they are impossible to use if you have normal sized hands.

SwissCard Scissors

A few years ago, I was going through a box of stuff and found a couple of Victorinox SwissCards that I used to keep tucked in some EDC kits. I don’t recall why I removed them from my kits but I did remember that the scissors in these SwissCards are excellent. They are spring loaded which makes them very easy to use even though they are very small. They also tend to be very sharp and they stay sharp for a long time. Perhaps best of all, they only weigh about 7 grams with a small piece of drinking straw (more on that soon) and are 3″ long and 1/10″ thick. In other words, they are small and light enough to pack into just about any EDC, first aid kit or hiking bag.

The scissors are spring loaded to rest in the open position, so if you are going to remove these scissors from the SwissCard to carry them on their own, you will need to find a safe way to store them. I use a small piece of drinking straw. The scissors slip right into the straw which serves to keep them closed. The straw seems to be more than durable enough for this application. It is also very, very light weight.

These scissors are widely available online as replacement parts for around $7 a piece. At that price, you can afford to pick up a couple to stash in all your kits.

Available on Amazon (affiliate link): Swisscard Replacement Scissors on Amazon

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