Not all tourniquets are created equal some are cheap nockoffs, some look great but just don’t work. The most common tourniquet I have seen is the CAT style tourniquet with the Velcro strap and windlass used to crank down the pressure to restrict the blood flow in a limb that is rapidly losing blood.
Years ago when I was in the market for a TQ I came across Recon medicals Gen 3 TQ.
"If you are going to navigate through the world we live in there is a high degree of likelihood that you or somebody else is going to need some kind of medical treatment at some point in time." says combat veteran/ Firearm Instructor Patrick Kimbal
"The degree of likelihood that we are going to need medical is way higher then the degree of likelihood that we will need to access our hand gun and use that."
If you are going to carry one of these you need to know how to use it. Applying a tourniquet is not fun and it’s going to be uncomfortable for yourself or the person you are applying it too. So you owe it to your self to learn how to apply a TQ properly from a professional.
After countless testing and drills with this TQ I am confident it will function as advertised if the time came to use it.
A person can bleed out in less then 5 minutes from a arterial bleed. I urge you to invest in your life and carry a Tourniquet.
For more details check out our full review video below.
I want to talk about one of the most overlooked accessory in a pistol carrier's arsenal. THE BELT!
Yeah you heard me, your belt! This is one of those things most people new to carrying don't think about nor do they want to spend money on. People tend to go to Sears, well not Sears, maybe walmart and buy a standard dress belt and think they are good to go. But then that same person will be on the internet complaining that their holster sags or doesn't stay clipped to their belt right and blames the holster. News flash, this isn't a holster issue it's your belt.
I made this same mistake at first. The thing was I didnt want to wear some tactical looking belt on a daily basis or especially if I tucked my shirt in. A few years ago I ordered a steel core Bigfoot Gun Belt and it changed my world.
The difference is night and day compared to a standard belt. The rigid steel core keeps the belt from flexing under the weight of the gun and also makes the belt stronger so it doesn't stretch over time. I own 3 of them now and the original one I bought years ago is still holding strong and looks great.
The thing I liked about these belts is that they look like normal belts and can be worn with dress cloths or jean's without attracting attention to yourself. I'm not dissing the tacticool belts. I'm sure they are strong and work as advertised but they are just not my style for everyday use. On the range sure.
The belts are made with English bridle leather, heavy duty stitching and triple edge finished. This belt comes in 1.5 inch 14oz with or without steel core, 18oz with steel core and a new slim 1.25inch steel core dress belt. I find the 14oz steel core is just the right thickness to fit the belt loops of Jean's, shorts and most of my dress pants.
Let's say you order a belt and you dont like it or its it's the wrong size. Just send it back. You have a 7 day test drive to send it back for full refund. They even say if you dont like the taste of it. Don't believe me, look on their website. They also have a "legendary" 1 year warranty as they call it that covers any kind of defects as long as you dont drill holes or something into the belt.
If you are still using a junky belt then stop and give Bigfoot Gun Belts a try. As I said I've purchased one myself and fell in love with it. These are my go to belts even on the few days a year I dont carry.
Full review below.
For more information on Bigfoot Gun Belts check out their website www.GunBelts.com
I have been testing a product that may answer the age old question. How do you carry a spare magazine for home defense?
Every firearm instructor I've worked with a training video I've watched has stressed the importance of carrying a spare magazine(mag). Not just for reloading but for clearing malfunctions and the handful of other things that could go wrong when the shit hits the fan.
But scenario time. Your at home in bed in your birthday suit or favorite PJs and all of a sudden ISIS kicks in your door or the local scumbag home invader. You grab your gun and go. But what about that spare mag? Is it back in your nightstand. Do you hold it and comprise your grip. Most guys don't sleep in full kits or carry spare mags in their elastic of their boxers.
What if I told you there is a device that can hold a spare mag, knife, flashlight, Tourniquet or your favorite snack for home use. Oh, I forgot to mention it goes on instantly. That's right a snap bracelet for grownups. This is the WristMag by SnapTech.
Its designed with two heavyweight elastic magazine loops that are capable of handling any mag from 9mm to 45acp in single or double stack and most speed loaders for revolvers. The magazines are held securely with nonslip neoprene pads. This isn't the same plastic snapbraclet from the 90's. It is constructed with 10 steel springs. After the snap the velcro secures the wrist mag firmly. Once its snapped to your arm it's not going anywhere till your remove it.
I love how it's not just for mags and it's pretty universal. I keep a spare mag and Tourniquet on mine. The WristMag rests on my nightstand ready to deploy. No more fumbling around in the dark trying to get a mag out of my edc holster in the dark. It's also peace of mind knowing I have a Tourniquet on my person just incase.
Disclaimer this is not for concealed carry or open carry. Its strictly designed with home defense in mind.
If it isn't obvious by now I'll just say it, yes I I recommend this product. Stop waiting just order one. SnapTech is not paying me to say this. It's just that great.
To see this in action check out my full review video at the link below.