Category Archives: Equipment

Gear & Equipment (Stuff that helps us accomplish the mission)

SHOT 2016: New From HSGI

High Speed Gear Inc. (HSGI) announces several new products at SHOT 2016.  These include several new variations of the popular TACO pouches as well as updated versions of their Slim-Grip and Sure-Grip padded belts. All are available as of this posting.  Press release and pictures are republished below: SWANSBORO, North Carolina – Jan. 14, 2016 – High Speed Gear® has a history of producing some of the most versatile tactical pouches and platforms in the industry. A proven performer, HSGI® continues to show tremendous popularity in the law enforcement and military markets worldwide. Our lengthy list of top tier operators includes U.S. and allied special forces, state and local tactical units, and hundreds of federal agencies. In keeping with that standard, and from popular demand, High Speed Gear® is proud to expand its TACO® and battle belt families with the new TACO® LT and slotted battle belt lines. These lines feature our three top-selling TACOs®, including the Pistol TACO® and Double Decker TACO®, and slotted versions of our popular Slim-GripTM and Sure-Grip® Padded Belts. The TACO® LT, Pistol TACO® LT and Double Decker TACO® LT function like the traditional TACO® pouches, but weigh 30% less with our new injection-molded polymer

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What Rig Should I Get For Class?

By: Darin Talbot I often get this question.. what rig should I get for Class? Considerations to be made before asking this are - 1) consult instructor for recommendations 2) consult prior attendees 3) what do you carry now? 4) how will this choice alter your current direction as a class rig for most shall not be any different than what is to be used "in real life" Features and abilities of a rig in general (this comes from building them) are as follows A) 3-5 magazines with no less than 1/4 of mag exposed (4 being nominal even choice for people to wrap their head gaskets around) B) Bungee topped / cross-faced compression along with ability to use kydex insert for bungee less retention C) magazines placed in single file parallel to user body. D) side edges of rig should not go under arms E) accessories should be accessible by either hand without looking. (Diver's triangle or workspace) F) larger pockets with positive closure G) ability to carry "simple" medkit H) Obviousness to others (no shit where is stuff for others to access) -Med supplies - bandage, hemostatic, ducttape -Flashlight, multitool -notebook & pencil During this time your Secondary

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The Gimmick of Blood Type Patches

BY: Tore Haugli Blood type patches and why they are nothing more than gimmicks. I was asked to type out a short post detailing why these kinds of patches - blood types, NKDA etc - are totally useless for real world application. 1. No professional pre-hospital medical provider will look for, or TRUST, medical information found on a patch velcroed to your gear. It will not affect how they examine or treat you. 2. No ER/Role 2/3 staff will trust or bother with medical information velcroed to your gear. They have advanced equipment to test everything to make sure they perform the correct interventions and administer the correct drugs/fluids. They also have the expertise and antidotes on hand to counter any negative effects, should they occur. 3. If you are going to wear anything denoting special needs with regards to medical care, wear proper items as provided by your physician. 4. Typed blood transfusion is definitive care, and is only carried out once a patient's blood group has been typed correctly in a lab. Until that time, you will be given O Neg - universal donor blood. 5. Pre-hospital fluid resuscitation is done using colloids or crystalloids. Even if you were

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How To End The Endless Quest For Good Footwear

By: Michael Heuser A couple of things. Don't wear kicks that reflect the current trend just so you can step up your Instagram picture "likes"... Only fools and tools do that shit. Your foot volume, foot profile, and biomechanical issues are as unique to you as is your BZO or your favorite choice in Instructor Zero vids. Unless you are burning frequent flier miles for a trip to London to have custom kicks made at John Lobb, no shoe/boot will truly account for your nasty, Hobbit feet. If you don't like English shoes, there are some excellent cobblers in Italia that cut a mean last. Don't believe me? Ask the Gioppetto that mentored Daniel-Day Lewis... $3500.00 customs not your thing? Bueno..... Before you buy new shit kickers, ACTUALLY have your feet measured in a Brannock Device... Look it up, I'll wait..... Why is this important? It gives a decent metric regarding your foot "size". "But hermano, I've always been a size 10..." Maybe, maybe not... With that number from the Brannock, you now know what's up. Next.... Get a piece of cardboard... Steal the box your cat hides in if you are so bold (they will murder you in your sleep at some later date). Lay a flat piece

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“That Guy”: Gearing Up

Know your goal. Know your role. Slow your roll. We live in a world of appearances. It's unavoidable when most of the data we accumulate is visual. How we look is important and can play a large part in what social groups we to which we gain entry. If you show up to your office job in overalls or your mechanic's job in a suit, there's a good chance you won't be taken seriously on first impression. You'll be embarrassed (Damn. There's that word again.). In the fight against the dreaded embarrassment, we emulate.  We find who we want to be like, and we try to look like them. If you're reading this, there's a good chance firearms are a part of your life. We all come to guns from different places. Some of us grew up hunting. Some of us chose a profession for which a gun is a tool (maybe even the primary tool). Some of us came to firearms as historical or collectible. Some of us (I) didn't have any of that. There's a new category of shooter these days. With media, politics and world events constantly sounding the alarm, many of us came to this community

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Why I Have A Red Dot On My Pistol – Part 2

After receiving a lot of great feedback regarding my first offering, I decided to write a follow up article based on the questions I received. Again, I want to reiterate that I am by no means a subject matter expert. I am sharing this as a regular guy that trains a lot (400 to 600 rounds a week) and carries my gun all the time. The info I am sharing is my personal experience influenced/learned/inspired by the instructors I have trained with, the research I have done, and the product of the drills and exercises I have done ad nauseum to test them. “Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.” – Cam at F3 Tactical when asked what he thinks you need to change in regards to draw stroke, concealment, and weight difference with RDS on pistols. Added weight With modern miniature red dot weight is a non-issue. A Trijicon RMR is 1.2 oz. A Leupold Deltapoint is .6 oz, and the huge “impractical” (according to the interwebz)  Aimpoint H1/T1 is a whopping 3 oz. After you subtract the material removed from milling your slide and add back a mounting plate, the RMR and Deltapoint are at a net weight gain of zero and

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Why I Have A Red Dot On My Pistol – Part 1

Red Dot Sights (RDS) are possibly the single biggest innovation on the pistol platform in recent years. But just like any “new” thing, it has its evangelists and its naysayers. Is it a valuable tool to help you protect you and your loved ones or is it just an expensive accessory to live out your Han Solo fantasy? In the following discussion I will provide some personal insight as to why I feel this is the future of pistols and why you should or should not consider having one. First off, a little background on me….. I am just a regular guy. I am not an LEO or a veteran. I am an NRA certified instructor (but who isn’t these days) and, more importantly, an avid (actually obsessive) researcher of everything self-defense. This obsession has led me to train and compete throughout my life in Martial Arts such as TKD and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I say this because through my combative arts training in the Metro DC area I have had the pleasure of training with many active/retired military, and LEO (local, state and federal). These friends ignited my passion in firearms and made me realize firearms manipulation is just another

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Being Prepared For All Seasons: Through Layer Selection

When dressing before I head out, I like to ask myself, "can I reasonably change a tire, dressed as I am, with the full range of weather and temperatures for today?" From time to time, we must all deal with weather-effects outside of our norm, while still taking on tasks and problems. This may happen with a sudden and unexpected change of the weather, from deficiencies in packing or preparation, or as relates to modern travel options: it is extremely easy for the individual to move across a broad geographic area very quickly; whether by planes, tranes, or automobiles; and thus to encounter quite the variety of conditions. For example: I recently went from a week spent in temperate North Africa, to a few hours in a wintry East Coast city, before I spent a week and a half in northern New England as several snowstorms worked their way through; the net transition time between these three locations was about 12 hours. When unexpected circumstances displaced me without notice, what I had on-hand for contingency positively influenced the outcome. Layering strategies apply at all times of year, and this must include having provision to up-layer. For best effects, we must

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What is quality?

  What is quality? According to the American Society of Quality, quality is - 1. the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; 2. a product or service free of deficiencies in“fitness for use;” or in a “conformance to requirements.” You see the problem lies in a consuming public not knowing what really constitutes well made gear. If you have condor gear in any color outside of multicam or ATACS AU and it was purchased between 2012-2013 then chances are it was made with us made MC and Atacs raw fabric out of Duro and Schott Performance. That said, the geometry and methods used to construct their products are substandard at best with frequent deviations from specifications (most noticeably in PALS channel formation) Sometimes the stitch length is as big as 4 stitches per inch on major surfaces up to 6 SPI, when your break strength is about 11lbs per stitch it does count when you start applying a warload. Take a ruler alongside your stitches and see for yourself. .. measure the pals Webbing too, 1.5" on center, 1" gap in between Rarely do you see any reinforcement to

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Tactical, cold, wind, rain, survive.

Here are some things to consider regarding layering and desolate areas. The land of many mountains, high desert and high winds can make for a challenging way to manage your body heat while working with tacti-cool gear. The critical issue is to maintain a balance of body core temperature and also minimize perspiration which will accelerate dehydration and also can be an issue with evaporative cooling when you don’t want it to happen. Here is what I use, some of it is commercial mountaineering gear and some is military gear. I mix and match because I don’t always want to look like a barrel chested freedom fighter (Kilimanjaro, Africa) and frankly I like lightweight gear for my wilderness operations- it allows me to move faster. As long as the colors are muted, such as drabs, khakis, grays, etc. I will use it. I made a switch away from polypro and capilene about ten years ago. I have favored merino wool due to its lightweight, non-funk smell and it works in hot and cold weather. I have a variety of merino thin bottoms from Patagonia, Smartwool, Helley Hansen and the like. I prefer thin layers of wool next to my skin

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