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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.

Rally Around ITS Tactical

Bryan and Kelly Black of ITS Tactical have built into this community a lot over the years. Now the community has a chance to give back.

Trey Smith, Bryan and Kelly’s son, was recently involved in a life threatening motorcycle accident. The accident left him unconscious and severely injured, requiring him to be airlifted to a local trauma hospital. He suffered skull fractures with an accompanying brain shear, a shattered shoulder, a broken C2 vertebrae, multiple facial lacerations and will require reconstructive dental work.

Trey is now on the road to recovery but it will be a long process. There are two ways you can help:

You can donate directly via GoFundMe that has been set up to cover medical expenses: gofundme

ITS Tactical is also offering a #TREYSTRIBE Morale Patch. 100% of the proceeds from the patch will go toward helping with what is sure to be a long road to recovery. Find the patch here: #TREYSTRIBE Patch

B.E. MEYERS & CO. ANNOUNCES MAWL-X1 – NEW DOD MAWL VARIANT

MAWL®-X1

September 16, 2019 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce the addition of MAWL®-X1, a United States Department of Defense specific variant of the company’s highly successful MAWL® (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser) line of high-powered aiming and illumination laser systems for individual and crew-served weapons.

In 2017 B.E. Meyers & Co. submitted a Flat Dark Earth, Near-Infrared / Visible MAWL® featuring the EC2 threaded Endcap to the Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) via the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, known as the MAWL®-X1. Following submission, PdM-SPTD procured it for Limited User Evaluations, which were conducted by various Combat Arms including units within the 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the 2nd Infantry Division, among others. Approximately 766 MAWL®-X1 units have been fielded since 2018.

True Modularity

The MAWL®-X1 is a truly modular design comprised of three separate Head, Body, and End-Cap components, which allows it to be sustainable at a supply chain level. As an ambidextrous system, it can easily be configured for either right or left-handed shooters. 

The “Alt Mount” Body allows for increased versatility across multiple weapon platforms, including the M4/M16, M27, M249, M240G, and precision rifles.


Superior Ergonomics

As with all MAWL® variants, the MAWL®-X1 is designed for intuitive operation: in the dark, under stress, and with gloves on. Featuring a simple switch mechanism with finely balanced power and divergence presets, the MAWL®-X1 allows for target transitions from close to long range in under a second.

Unparalleled Range and Clarity

B.E. Meyers and Co.’s optimized VCSEL technology delivers vastly increased performance, beam quality, beam clarity, and efficiency to the end-user. The MAWL®-X1 features balanced and stacked beams to increase situational awareness and overcome photonic barriers created by external light sources.

MAWL-X1

For more information on procuring the MAWL®-X1 please contact info@bemeyers.com.

About B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. 

B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 certified Small Business located in Redmond, Washington, with all products made in the USA.

REFT X RAID SB Skateboard Deck

This skateboard deck is a limited-edition collaboration between RE Factor Tactical and Raid SB that features our popular Summer Time logo on top of the Tiger Stripe camouflage pattern made famous by MACV-SOG units in Vietnam.

***ONLY AVAILABLE IN SIZE 8***

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RifleMug

You could say RifleMug was an idea born out of necessity. It was developed by a veteran who noticed how hard deployments were on his and his friends’ coffee mugs with broken handles being normal. They were hesitant to replace their ceramic mugs because they had custom prints on them.

This experience highlighted the need for a tougher mug, made from polymer, and that could be custom printed with insignia. They might as well have a rifle as a handle because… well, it’s just cool. The idea for RifleMug was born.

Now there is a small team attempting to make this mug a reality. RifleMug is available to be backed on Kickstarter.

RE Factor Tactical Blog Compares Concealed Carry Insurance Products

Have you ever wondered about the various concealed carry insurance options that are available? RE Factor Tactical recently wrote an article on their blog that compares several of the most common concealed carry insurance products including what they cost, their coverages, and other factors.

RE Factor Tactical on Concealed Carry Insurance

Will Larson Memorial

We received word that Will Larson passed away and that is a loss for our entire community. You may not know his name but there is a good chance that Will Larson has touched your life.

Did you ever receive sage, no-nonsense advice regarding AR-15s from “Iraqgunz” on an internet forum like Usual Suspects Network or M4Carbine.net? That was him. Have you ever owned a BCM or Sionics rifle? He worked with both companies (and many others). Did you ever attend an armorer’s course conducted by Semper Paratus Arms or learn from someone who did? That was Will’s company.

I never met Will personally but I and many others have benefited from his extensive knowledge of the AR-15 and his willingness to share that hard-earned knowledge with our community. My heart goes out to his family.

Will leaves behind a wife and children. He supported our community and now we have a chance to pay that back. Consider visiting the GoFundMe set up to benefit his family: Will Larson Benefit

Second Amendment Silk Neckties from Gun Goddess

Father’s Day is right around the corner and the last thing dad wants is another tie… Scratch that. Dad might actually want a Second Amendment Silk Necktie. These silk ties are available in red with a handgun motif or blue with a rifle motif.

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