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Esstac Experiments with Horizontal KYWIs

Reloading from Esstac’s KYWI magazine pouches is very fast. Reloading from a horizontal magazine pouch can be fast. So… reloading from a horizontal KYWI will likely break (or at least tamper with) the laws of physics.

Esstac recently shared an image of a micro chest rig they are testing that features 2 horizontal 5.56 KYWIs paired with 2 vertical pistol KYWIs. The rig may see production if there is enough interest.

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Armageddon Gear Ultralight Shooting Mat

Armageddon Gear’s Ultralight Shooting Mat is just what it sounds like. A lot of shooting mats are large padded affairs that will only ever be used on the range due to their too large size when rolled and heavy weight. The Ultralight Shooting Mat is a field usable mat that corrects those problems.

The Ultralight Shooting Mat is made from 500D Cordura so it is durable and lightweight. It has a coffin shape with thin closed-cell foam padding on the parts where your chest and shoulders would be to prevent moisture from wicking through and provide a bit of comfort. It weighs about 1.5 pounds and rolls up to about as small as a backpacking sleeping bag. This is a shooting pad made to be used on the move.

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Stocked Tourniquet Ankle Band from Gadsden Dynamics

Gadsden Dynamics is now offering their Tourniquet Ankle Band with a stocked option. The package includes the Tourniquet Ankle Band in your choice of colors, a QuikClot Combat Gauze, and a Combat Medical TMT Tourniquet. All you need to add is your ankle and some training.

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Brute Force Training – Hunter Camo Collection

I’ve been using a Brute Force Training sandbag with great success this summer and I highly recommend them. They have a line of standard colors including Multicam but they also periodically offer special color combinations like their new Hunter Camo line that features Multicam bags with Hunter Orange webbing.

This limited colorway is available on all three sandbag sizes that Brute Force Training offers and in combinations of multiple sizes. These limited release colors often sell out relatively quickly so act fast if you want one.

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TACTIC Montana – Surviving the Griz

The area where I live has been part of an active effort to expand Grizzly Bear habitat and it has been working. They’re here and their numbers are only increasing. That simultaneously warms my heart and sends a chill down my spine. If you are in the same boat, it may interest you to know that TACTIC Montana offers a course specifically for surviving encounters with bears called “Surviving the Griz”.

According to TACTIC Montana:

This 2 day bear defense training course is a course all men and women who enjoy the outdoors should experience. Whether you are hiking in the backcountry with friends or elk hunting alone this fall, there is a chance of running into a Grizzly. Most people carry bear spray and a “Bear Gun” in the woods, but have very little confidence with these weapons, because they haven’t trained enough. Training develops confidence.

Day 1 of of this course will be 6 hours of strictly handgun training. Day 2 will consist of bear and bear spray knowledge. We will have a live Grizzly Bear at the training! This will give everyone an opportunity to get up close and personal with a real bear.  You will train with inert Bear Spray training cans and firearms. You will practice drawing from a holster against unexpected moving targets with added stress from TACTIC Instructors. At the end of this training you will have learned about bears and their tendencies, trained with inert training cans of bear spray, and put 600 rounds through your designated bear gun.

If you spend time in areas where big brown bears roam, this could be a worthwhile skill check for you. There happens to be a course scheduled this coming weekend.

TACTICMT.com

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Whiskey Two-Four Key Lanyard

I have a Whiskey Two-Four Key Lanyard in my pocket as I type this and it has been great. Their Key Lanyard features a steel D-ring at one end, a snap hook at the other end, and 5.75″ piece of webbing with loop material in the middle. It comes with a black oxide split ring and your choice of camo pattern or color.

You can carry the lanyard in a number of ways. I tuck mine under my belt with my keys hanging down into my front pocket like a key hanger to keep them from bunching but the options are nearly endless.

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Spirit of Blue Grants Tourniquets to Owensboro Police Department

OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY – October 1, 2019 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Owensboro Police Department (OPD) to outfit all of their 110 officers with tourniquets and duty belt cases.  The Gen7 C-A-T Tourniquet from North American Rescue and a RIGID TQ Case with Basketweave finish from Eleven-10 has been added to their uniform policy and will be worn on their duty belts.  The grant was primarily funded by a partnership with Law Enforcement United and is valued at $7,736.70.

“Tourniquets are wonderful to have, but they are only useful if you have them at hand.   Seconds save lives,” stated Deputy Chief Jeff Speed of the Owensboro Police Department.  ”These new tourniquets will improve safety for both officers and for members of the public who are injured because they will always be on an officer’s belt.”

Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity.  When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a fellow officer to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type of injury.  Spirit of Blue Foundation will replace any tourniquet that is used in the line of duty for the life of the tourniquet so that no officer who uses their tourniquet will have to go without one in the future.

Since its first tourniquet grant in 2013, Spirit of Blue has granted 3,300 tourniquets nationwide with one officer and five community member saves being made as a result.

“This is the tenth grant we have awarded in the Bluegrass State,” shared Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  “Each agency we have worked with is staffed with the most wonderful, committed people.  These communities are fortunate to have protectors such as these standing in the gap.”

The lead sponsor for the grant was Law Enforcement United (LEU), who has supported Spirit of Blue with over $280,000 in safety grant funding since 2015.  LEU is an organization of 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year LEU members ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of fallen officers which are given to the surviving family members upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $6,750,000 for law enforcement causes.  Other sponsors included North American Rescue and Eleven 10 who offered special pricing on the equipment.

Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 92 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2019.  On average, 150 officers are lost in the line of duty each year.  36 of those deaths were firearm related, which so far has been the leading cause of officer deaths this year.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or to become an annual member, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

Image Caption – Receiving the Spirit of Blue Safety Equipment Grant was (left to right) Officer Craig Sutter, Deputy Chief Jeff Speed, Major Gordon Black and Lieutenant JD Winkler of the Owensboro Police Department.

About The Spirit of Blue Foundation

The Spirit of Blue Foundation 501(c)(3) is based out of Rochester, NY and is dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs.  The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and safety equipment manufacturers.  Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Equipment and Training Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to federal levels.  Since 2011 the Foundation has awarded 112 grants in 40 states.

Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Junction Pack

Hill People Gear dropped a sneaky hint about their upcoming pack, the Junction, a few weeks ago and we caught it. We now have even more details and images of the new pack.

Scot Hill said this of the junction, “It is a minimalist daypack just a bit larger than the Tara. Top load, no compression straps but lacing, two wand pockets, and Tara style suspension.”

The back panel has a zippered compartment that is designed to accept a 13″ laptop though that may vary in the production version. The top flap also has a small zippered compartment for organizing small, quick-access items. It also retains all the loops necessary to be used as a compression pocket/panel on HPG’s larger packs.

If you have been looking for something a bit bigger than the Tarahumara and with a bit more organization, this could be it. The Junction is not available for sale yet. Stay tuned for details.

HillPeopleGear.com

The Resistance Patch from OC Tactical

OC Tactical has a history of creating very cool Red Dawn themed patches and stickers. Their newest patch fits that tradition. The Resistance Patch features the whole crew from the original Red Dawn to celebrate 35 years since the release of the movie.

The patch is a massive 6″ wide by 4″ tall. It has a full-color image on it and is limited to just 100 pieces. Act fast.

OCTactical.com

Pre-Order PHLster ARC Enhanced WML Switches for TLR Series

PHLster has opened pre-orders for the newest addition to the ARC Enhanced WML Switch line. The TLR version is similar to the previously available X300 version in that it comes in a multi-pack with multiple switch length options for the user to choose. These are a direct, drop-in replacement for the original rocker switch.

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