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#26700 Save w/ a DARK kit

Posted by Jersey0311 on 29 May 2014 - 10:46 PM

Hey all,


Below is part of an AAR I sent to Kerry Davis to post on his FB page about the recent save I had w/ his DARK kit. This is the second time I've used it. The rest of it should be up on his FB page within the next few days.




I get dispatched to the bleeding in the supermarket. As an EMS provider in a relatively busy system, I shrug it off. I've been running nonstop all day, and I'm seriously expecting this to be some bullshit patch job.

Oh, how wrong I was. Complacency kills. See a trend here?

I pulled up and saw the panicked look on the store employees faces as they met me outside. I chalked this up to the usual jitters I see everyday. They were making comments which made it sound like it was the end of the world in there, and that it vaguely resembled a crime scene. Again, I shrugged it off.

I rounded the corner to the aisle and see my patient laying on the floor. He's white as a ghost, and I'm looking at what appeared to be anywhere from 350-500cc's of blood on the floor. This is a retarded amount of blood, and on the floor it looks like someone just dumped a bucket of it everywhere. Thank God it wasn't shark week. One of my cop friends is on scene holding pressure on his ankle, unsure of where the actual wound is, because there's that much blood.

Long story short, he was walking in the aisle when he noticed his foot was bleeding. Next thing he knows, he's laying on the floor covered in blood.

Because I had absolutely no idea where the hell this guy was bleeding from, and looking at the sheer amount of blood on the floor, and that I couldn't palpate a radial pulse (very, very bad), he bought the tourniquet. I applied the CAT in his groin, as high up as possible.

Some might ask, why the TQ? It wasn't an arterial bleed!

It's important to note that the blood was dark red in color. Venous bleeding is still deadly. Just because it isn't bright red, and squirting everywhere doesn't mean it's any less dangerous. Oozing venous blood will still kill you, just a bit slower. Any bleeding is bad. Therefore, stopping the bleeding is paramount, especially if you don't know where the hell it's all coming from.

After the TQ was applied (don't forget to annotate time and check the distal pulse!), I used my handy dandy Rip Shears (old version) to cut off the rest of his pants leg, his shoes, and his socks in an attempt to find where he was bleeding from.

After searching for a bit, I found that he was bleeding from an old scab from varicose veins. The izzy bandage from the DARK kit was immediately applied with extreme prejudice.

Vitals were as follows. BP 80/40, Pulse 50 and weak, Resps 12

Unfortunately in the process of getting the TQ and the Izzy out from the kit, the rest of the contents spilled everywhere and fell in the pool of blood. Thus the rest of the kit was lost, because fuck that. Bloodborne pathogens are no joke. Even the pouch was a lost cause. (same thing happened in save #14, sorry Doc!).

However, Kerry and I both agreed that it was a small price to pay for the outcome. The guy made it, in no small part due to the DARK kit (that I had with me, hint hint)

I'm a shit magnet. I'm almost reluctant to get a new kit from Kerry because if the past is any indicator, it's just going to get used within the next few months or so again, LOL
Anyway, I've run my suck for long enough. Get trained. Get equipped. And get pockets to carry your shit. Seriously. It ain't doing any good just sitting at home collecting dust.
You're more likely to use medical skills than gunfighting skills. There were days in Afghanistan where I went through more tourniquets than I did magazines.

I'll let you in on a little secret. Everyone is so hell bent on being some tacticool gucciflaged mall ninja beating their dick to the latest Kryptek covered BFG-9000 freedom dispenser, yet they can't handle a medical emergency, which is way more likely to happen than running into some ghetto gunfighter sent by the current administration to cap your ass.
My point? Get medical training. Seriously. That shit should be a required life skill. I'm not saying everyone needs to be an EMT, or Paramedic, Nurse, whatever. Put yourself through Kerry's class. Trauma management is generally easy to learn and retain for the layperson. I'm not asking people to learn how to differentiate lung sounds or read 12 leads, but if you can stop life threatening bleeding or open up someones airway before I get there, then you've made my job easier, and potentially saved a life. You don't have to be a surgeon in order to control bleeding.
Hope this convinces more people to EDC some sort of medical gear!

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#29137 My Journey

Posted by DeathwatchDoc on 15 August 2014 - 05:22 PM

A while ago, I started a journey... It was the journey that caused me to find ITS, it was the journey that caused me to change my diet, it was the journey that caused me to take control, and it was the journey that caused me to lose over 80 pounds. I have been working on and around computers from my youngest days, and I had the body of the standard computer user. Flabby and fat. I let it consume me, told myself it was fine because I was a computer person and didn't need to be fast or strong... But I was wrong.


Back then I would have thought nothing of ordering 2 large pizzas to feed 2 people without leftovers, now I won't even eat pizza to begin with. Back then I was winded going up stairs, now I run several times a week and do strength training on my non-run days. Back then I wore XXL shirts and 44 pants, now I wear mediums or larges depending on the cut and 34 pants. Back then I could barely move myself, let alone fight... sure I had the knowledge and tactics... but my body could execute none of them. Now I am a lean and lethal machine, able to faithfully defend myself, my wife, and anyone else. 


So what started this dramatic change? I decided to chase a dream I gave up in my teens. I decided I wanted to be a cop. Not because the pay is awesome, but because I (as cliche as it may be) genuinely want to defend and serve the public. I want to make the streets of my city safe at any hour. I want to make a difference. But to make a difference, I had to be different. In two months I lost over 35 pounds towards my goal of being healthy, I started running and working out regularly. It wasn't enough and my body wasn't ready, a week before the once a year tryout for the local police and I was injured while training. Instead of giving up I spent the next year of my life pushing harder than I ever thought I could. I went from 266 to 175, I went from barely walking for an hour to running 20-30 minutes. I went from being unable to climb a 6 foot wall to being able to fly over the wall.


I decided to eat along the Paleo diet (which has helped me reach and maintain a healthy diet) because I needed a starting place for a healthy body. It was  sacrifice giving up my favorite foods, but it was worth it to be in control of my diet again. It caused me to be a tougher person, it caused me to sacrifice whatever it took to get where I wanted to be. Years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would give up time gaming to work out... but this is the new me, the real me, the me I always wished I could become.


A year and change later, I am lighter, faster, and stronger. I am running well under the time required by my state for police officer candidates. And it happens again. I was doing one final practice run at the police academy and after never having been injured running, I went down hard (with a bounce). I shredded my skin, sprained my ankle, and shook my confidence in all I have done. I recovered quickly, healing faster than I should be able to, I have clearance to go tomorrow morning and give it a shot. 


When I go tomorrow morning, I am at peace. Whatever happens, happens. I am apprehensive about my chances. I would have loved to spend the last weeks training, but instead I have been resting my ankle. I have done all that I can to ensure I am worthy to join whom I wish to soon refer to as MY brothers in blue. 


This journey was not a journey to be healthy, this was my journey to fulfill my duty. My duty to my family as their protector and provider, my duty to my God to maintain this temple suitably, and my duty to the department I want so badly to join. I truly think I was ready before the most recent injury and now I must see if I am ready anyway. 


I write this from my heart for those of you who may be letting yourself go physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whatever your goal, wherever your life takes you, be prepared so that you can prevail in any situation. It is easier to lose 5 pounds now than 80 pounds down the road. Do not procrastinate your life away as I did for far too long. Remember your duty.


I want to take the time to thank a couple people on this forum... when I first was injured this past time, my morale crumbled. I was all geared to go and do this thing, but now here I am flat on my back. I quickly recovered the correct attitude of recover and dominate, but there was a bit of a hesitation to get back on it. DStevenson and Mangeface both took the time to listen to me and encourage me to get back on it and push through it. They both took the time to listen to where I felt stuck and provide whatever advice or feedback they could on how to break through... more than anything, they kept me moving and they kept my spirits up. Thanks brothers, drinks are on me if you ever get to my area! 


I will post the results of my tryout tomorrow, I know this is only the first step in a long process, but this has been the hurdle that has held me back the longest. 

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#29913 Teaser Cover.... What do you think?

Posted by SteveSOS on 01 September 2014 - 11:01 PM

So all of the main photography has been done... and my article has turned into a 170 page book... 


What do you guys think of the photography and all that?


And as promised an extensive (yet condensed) version with pictures will be posted shortly. 

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#25184 Accepted a Job Promotion today...

Posted by SwatDawg335 on 17 April 2014 - 04:01 PM

I was offered a promotion from Deputy to Investigator today.  Pretty excited.  I think I'll have celebrate and buy myself a Battle Mug for the new desk.

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Posted by CENTCOMSurvivor on 30 September 2013 - 07:24 PM

I thought this was a great study guide for those with limited medical training. It really breaks down your typical TCCC guidelines. It also covers patient assessments which is something I was recently exposed to in depth by PJ (bigpac931) and Doc from RSKTKR.



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#21537 3 Day bag suggestions

Posted by spenceman on 13 January 2014 - 05:37 PM

SwatDawg, I was browsing another forum and a woman preparing for a GORUCK said that her husband just bought her a 3DAP. She says it was a really sweet gesture but she hates the pack with a passion and may divorce him over it. I don't know if it's just a coincidence or if it was your wife posting, but I'm concerned for you. Please send me her pack just to be on the safe side.

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#30034 Article Not Quite Done... Images are though

Posted by SteveSOS on 03 September 2014 - 11:54 PM

Dont beat me up to hard. Article is only half written a will explain everything

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Posted by Jersey0311 on 30 August 2014 - 06:07 AM

Hey guys,


Just wanted to post an AAR of a week long TCCC/CLS course we just wrapped up for deploying USAF Air Advisors and ARNG personnel.


Long story short, clusterfuck and a half.


A few points I wanted to make


  • The only thing we do on the X is stop life threatening bleeding.
  • Get the fuck off the X. Like seriously. Right now. GTFO.
  • You cannot shoot unarmed civilians or curious bystanders if they aren't presenting a threat.
  • IED strike sites are bullet magnets. This brings me to our first point. Get off the X.
  • Secondary IEDs exist to target first responders. Get off the fucking X.
  • Do not take off the casualty's PPE while you are anywhere near the X.
  • If you cut the casualty's clothing to expose them while doing blood sweeps, put something back on them. You don't need to add environmental injuries to the list of shit wrong with them.
  • After every casualty movement, reassess your interventions. This means check placement and tightness of tourniquets, bandages, etc.
  • If the tourniquet has loosened, do not undo it to tighten it down. Put a new TQ on below it (because you already should've gone as high as possible for the first TQ you applied)
  • Account for the casualty's weapons/gear. Do not leave their weapons on scene for obvious reasons. In Afghanistan, another unit north of mine had a medevac, left the Marine's suppressed M4/M203 on scene. We later found out the Taliban took control of the weapon after the Marines left.
  • Don't forget to pass up your MIST report with your 9 line.
  • Have clearly defined roles. The person in charge should not be rendering care to a casualty. You can't call the shots if you're busy doing something.
  • Battlefield medicine is very manpower intensive. Don't forget about security. Everyone wants to put hands on the casualty, but if nobody is on security, there's going to be more casualties in short order.
  • Keep your treatment area secure. Don't let curious bystanders get too close, but don't fucking shoot them if they aren't a threat or unarmed.
  • When applying a tourniquet to the legs, for males make sure you don't TQ their dick or their balls. When applying knee pressure to the femoral artery to occlude it while sliding your TQ up the leg, don't put your knee on the guy's dick.
  • Don't get sucked into one casualty. Make sure you look all around the scene and account for all casualties. We had one group who completely forgot about a casualty after dragging him off the X. Once they got him outside, they finally put a TQ on, but by that point he had bled out and died.
  • Take the training seriously. It's fine to joke around and have fun, but when it's game time, put your game face on. This is shit that could save you, or more importantly, your buddy's life one day.
  • When carrying a casualty on a litter, don't drop the fucking thing. Also when it's time to lower the litter, ease it down to the ground.
  • Even if your casualty is unconscious, keep talking to them. Reassure them. They might be able to hear you and just be unable to speak. This is a big deal.
  • Keep talking to your casualty throughout the ordeal. This does several things. It assesses their mental state, and you can keep appraised of any new or ongoing complaints they have.
  • Disarm casualties with altered mental status. The reasons for this should be obvious.
  • If a casualty is walking wounded, let them help with security. That's one more gun in the fight.
  • If casualties can get themselves off the X and make their way to you, have them do so.
  • Direct the casualties to apply their own TQs if possible.
  • When approaching casualties on the X, be sure to ID yourself. You don't want to inadvertently get shot.
  • If you suddenly start getting shot at, while on the X, this does not mean blindly shoot in all directions. Figure out where the fire is coming from, suppress that location, and get the casualties off the X while that location is being suppressed. Fire superiority is the first rule of battlefield medicine.
  • Be cognizant of where your weapons are in relation to the casualty. Don't flag them, and also, if you're wearing a drop leg holster, be careful around casualties with altered mental status. They may get scared and disarm you because they don't know what's going on. I was able to pull a handgun out of a triple retention Safariland 6004 with ease on more than one occasion while laying down on a litter.
  • Everyone should have an IFAK. Use their IFAK before you dig into the med bag. That's why the IFAK is there. Use it.
  • Organize your med bag before you step off on a mission. Having to dump your med bag to find something because your shit was fucked up doesn't help anybody.
  • Be sure you conduct PCCs/PCIs before you step off. When shit hits the fan, now is not the time to realize that your RTO was the only one who knew how to call in a 9 line, and now he has both legs missing. Or when your Medic or Corpsman gets hit, now is not the time to realize that he's the only one who knew how to work on others.

It's just a short list, I'm sure I'll come up with others as times goes on.


A YouTube personality puts it best: The lessons we learn are written on the tombstones of others. The above points are things I've noticed in my personal experience and are points I pass on to every class that rolls through. I have 7, soon to be 8 names on my arm that illustrate the above points, and then some. One of them is personally known to spenceman and myself.


We train to keep names off the wall. We train so that good men and women don't die for nothing. We train so that we can keep one more person from having to pay the ultimate price.


I train because I struggle with survivor's guilt. I train others so that they don't have to suffer with me.


Stay safe everyone.

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#29236 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Bryan Black on 18 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Ok, here's my response! Not as dramatic as Bissonnette's, but I did manage to turn it into a DIY of sorts :up:

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#29217 A Second Declaration of Independence by Ben Shapiro

Posted by Jersey0311 on 17 August 2014 - 09:36 PM

+1. We definitely cannot be a white supremacist group because I'm not white! I'm a really, really nice tan color that most white folks actually envy.


LOL problem solved folks, let's keep it moving along now.

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#29203 A Second Declaration of Independence by Ben Shapiro

Posted by spenceman on 17 August 2014 - 08:28 AM

I hate my computer, I just put in a really great, well thought out post, only to fat-finger something and lose it all.


Ok, so as far as your security clearance and background check questions....

ITS Tactical is a website dedicated to learning and sharing skills and experiences related to self-reliance, self-improvement, and community improvement. Topics such as this are merely intellectual discussions. There is no call to arms, nobody is meeting up in the middle of the night to make plans to go somewhere and do something stupid. If there are people doing that, they are doing so privately and without the consent of this site or any of its members. So you're good, this isn't some white supremicist domestic terrorist group like stormfront.


Next, I would like you to ask yourself a very important question. What is the government of the United States? Is it the president? Is it any of our elected officials? Is it the US Code or CFR? Or is our government the Constitution?


Just because people advocate purging damn near every deadbeat from washington, doesn't constitute the overthrow of our governent, as a matter of fact it sounds like the most well reasoned and natural defense of the government that there is.

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#12591 My Get Home Bag ( picture heavy )

Posted by H46USNAC on 30 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

A few years ago I read One Second After and it really got me thinking about trying to get home in a variety of scenarios ( EMP, civil unrest, etc... )
I do service work and am all over the north Georgia area. I could be anywhere from 3 miles to well over a hundred miles from home in an SHTF scenario where I might have to abandon my vehicle and start walking home.
I've put together a "Get Home Bag" and would love some feedback/input.
Kept in the van are the following items not shown in the Get Home Bag:
My EDC Bag with daily crap I carry. ( Glock 26 and Serpa holster, 2 spare mags, iPad, iPhone, charging cables, Leatherman Skeletool, spare reading glasses, lighter
Cold weather gear. I keep some cold weather clothing in the van for the sake of the job anyway. So, if I had to abandon the vehicle in cold weather, I would just put that clothing on and take it with me.
A couple of cases of water in the van both for everyday consumption and start making my way home use.
A spare, quality pair of waterproof, composite toe boots in the van that I would change into.
A nice heavy duty pry bar
A Snugpak Stratosphere waterproof one person bivvi shelter

Here is the bag and its contents:


Maxpedition Falcon II backpack

3 Mainstay 1200 Calorie Energy Bars
2 Cliff Bars
8 water flavor packs

100' paracord
Fischer Space Pen
ASP Pepper Spray Key Defender
ASP Kuboton Glass Breaker
Write in the rain notebook
Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer ( storage for fire making supplies )
Wire Saw
Fresnel Lens ( magnifying & fire making )
Petroleum saturated cotton for tinder
Jute twine for tinder
Knife sharpener
Light My Fire FireSteel Fire Starter
Going Gear Numyth Fire Piston
Lifeboat Matches in waterproof case
Orange Numyth Tohil Watertight Fluid Lighter
Black Windproof butane lighter
cash in small bills ( vending machine or even fire tinder if need be )
roll of quarters
Fox 40 rescue whistle
Silicone lubricant for fire piston seals

stored in Spec-Ops Dry-Cell Waterproof Pocket Organizer
Nice N Clean wipes
3 rolls camping toilet paper
Hand sanitizer

Maxpedition Pocket Reference
4 Chem Lights
4 AA batteries ( for Garmin GPSMap-60csx )
4 CR123 batteries for Surefire Flashlight, carried separately
case for batteries
OR ( Outdoor Research ) Bug Bucket hat
Grease Monkey work gloves

Life Straw ( water filtration )
5 Dust masks
Foldable reading glasses ( in case of broken/lost Clics readers )
Ear Plugs
Tick Key ( for traipsin' around in the woods in the south )
First Aid book
Knot refresher guide
Black & Red Sharpies
Insect repellant wipes
Allegra D allergy meds
Ace Wrap style bandage
Whiney pills ( Excedrin Migraine, Alleve, Benadryl, Immodium D ) in waterproof
match container
Misc bandages
Duct Tape wrapped around phoney credit card
AfterBite insect bite itch treatment
Travel toothbrush
2 maxi-pads ( I'm a guy so yeah, go ahead and chuckle, but think of what
they're for. Not a bad wound dressing if you get a bad cut )
2 tongue depressors ( good for finger splints )
Uncle Bills Sliver Gripper tweezers ( these things are freakin' awesome! )
Gerber multi-function fingernail clippers
More bandages/wound treatment

Maps - Georgia & Atlanta
38"x65" 4 mil blue plastic bag ( minimal cold weather / rain shelter ) from
Boonie hat with 30' of paracord
Black Buff ( neck/facehead cover from sun, dust, light cold )
Hiking shirt to change into from work clothes
2 bandanas ( water filter, head/face cover, etc ) many uses for bandanas
Blue Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nylon Tarp Poncho
Eaton Scorpion hand crank/solar radio
Garmin GPSMap-60csx with road maps and terrain maps loaded
Leg straps for Gerber LMF 2 knife
4 water bottle holders ( bottle shown for display purposes. 2 cases water
carried in work van for everyday use and abandon vehicle and start
trekking home use. Pull em out of bag, put a water bottle in and clip em to
outside of bag )
REI inflatable Sit Seat. ( gonna have some down time while trekking home, may as well make it a little comfy )
Shemagh ( head, face neck cover for heat, cold & dust )
More Cliff bars
Henry U.S. Survival rifle with 3 magazines and 50 rounds

Lightweight Hiking pants with zip off legs
ExOfficio travel underwear ( non-cotton, fast drying )
Spare pair of Smartwool Heavy Duty socks

Gerber LMF 2 knife
EOD Breacher bar
Skull pace counter beads ( more to put a smile on my face than anything )
2 UV glow sticks ( like chem lights, but indefinitely reusable )
2 Petzl locking carabiners
Wedge-It door wedge

Really thinking about adding one of the HPG kit bags featured here on ITS as a way to carry the Glock up front and outta sight if I did ever have to walk away from the van.
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#32714 Awesome, hilarious and unbelievable photos and videos.

Posted by DStevenson on 21 October 2014 - 05:15 AM

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#29962 need to vent?

Posted by DStevenson on 02 September 2014 - 06:48 PM

OH! Good thread.

I hate almost everything... everyday... including you!


That's not entirely true.. but I work with a woman that I despise more then Obama, and you probably didn't think that was possible.


She arrives at work at 0730 (her scheduled time) and starts cooking breakfast.  No, not pop-tarts or a granola bar.  Bacon, eggs (usually scrambled), sausage, hash browns on this electric skillet and toaster oven.  Her manager has told her probably 5 times to stop cooking breakfast but he doesn't arrive until 0830 and by then it's all cleaned up.  She then proceeds to sit on her fat disgusting hypocrite ass at about 0800 to wrap up her breakfast and start surfing.  

Sometime around 1030-1100 she takes a company vehicle out to do some grocery shopping, shoe shopping or garage sale hopping... returns from her "lunch" as she calls it about 1300 to sit in front of her computer and start surfing again.

Since our manager is too trusting he assumes she wouldn't be lying to him when she says she had to run out for a second to run an errand.


All the while going on about how "we intelligent people are being over run by"... in her words "Idocracy" because I talked her into watching the movie and she is convinced that is the direction the world is taking and while I don't totally disagree she isn't smart enough to figure out that I was referring to her.


During that time she finds hours to thump on her bible and tell me how I'm a heathen for looking at other women while I have a wife at home and how I will burn in hell because I don't believe yet she plans every night to hit the bar and get laid but fails miserably, thankfully because she is so f'd in the head that if someone were foolish enough to sleep with her she would stalk him until the day he dies.


I often have dreams that I take over this crap-cake of a company and the first thing I do is fire her in the all employee meeting.


If she were the last woman on earth I wouldn't do her with YOUR wang.







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#29950 Practical Defensive Driving Ideas

Posted by DirtyTrigger on 02 September 2014 - 11:29 AM

I started writing a reply to a thread about where a gentleman asked about make-shift or impromptu weapons in the car and got me thinking. Some mentioned, "your vehicle" and they were spot on, but I though I could add more to it. As I started to write out my reply, too off topic so i though Id post it here. Its nothing huge, and some of you probably been through this stuf before. But figured it Id put it out there for some maybe of the new folks.

Driving a vehicle is a very dynamic and fluid thing to do. We can do out best to keep our heads on swivel, but, driving is unpredictable thing. More often than not, we are at the mercy of everyone else. So, think about these ideas and apply, alter as needed to stack the deck in your favor if something goes wrong. Among our travels we can be exposed to something lame and common as a traffic jam, or as horrific as a car-jacking. The tips and tricks will help give you options if something goes wrong. I teach various tactical stuff and I emphasize Options is a very valuable word. When you are in SHTF moment and your are out of options, you will learn how priceless it can be.

My ideas come from variuos places. I work patrol sometimes for an LEO agency and also have done a few private security details, escort thing (Trust me, sounds cooler than it was) along with other vehicle based operations. Perks of a gear head and a trigger puller. All though I know there are more, I am not an expert and I'm only 1 cup of coffee in this AM.

The biggest issue to a car is is lack of space. "Getting boxed in" i,e, Trapped

- Space is critical in any situation. When you get to an intersection or traffic. Always keep at least a half car length (not including the "normal" space you would have) of space in front of you. Enough room to move forward 10-15+feet. Or be able to turn out of your spot. Don't creep up. They guy behind you will creep up. Next thing you know, your boxed in.

Ideally, when stopped in traffic intersection, You, as the driver should be lined up with the trunks of the cars next to you

This keeps the people in the next lanes over, from being able to eyeball you. People behind you can't see in your passenger space. It makes it easy for you to sit back and observe. If they get out, you will see them coming, you will have time to react. You will have enough room to stop someone from getting you door handle or windows by driving back and forth. Also, you will have enough room to steer left or right to try and run over their feet with the front wheels

If you get hit from the rear, this space will act as a cushion and cut down on the chances or impact of you hitting the car in front of you. If it turns into traffic jam, you should have enough room to turn out of your lane. This can also add the escape side if things. Cutting down on the impact on the vehicle in front of you will lower the chances of your doors being buckled and impinged.

If it is a 3+ lane road with an intersection, try to stick to the outside lanes (you can turn out if need be) if it gets really bad, car jacking to stuck in traffic, you can turn out over the sidewalk or into the median.

Temporary Vehicle Staging. (That's tactical speak for parking)

This gets brought up a lot but it s so true. I tend to park my truck out by itself. Park it out of the high density traffic areas. Most of the time, just means parking 10-20 spaces farther out. This has its perks for many reasons.
- Less chance for someone to hide around other cars
- Less likely someone will break in. Out by itself, bad guys will feel exposed. Risker to loitter around. Easier for me to eye ball it from my location as less obstruction around it. Even my son now knows, I tend to park where I can keep an eye on it from inside the restaurant or store if its avaible.
- Buys me time to asses my situation as I am walking out if I see something that doesn't look or feel right around my truck. I don't want to talk up on anyone if I can help it. More often than not, my son or my girlfriend is with me
- If I do find myself in a confrontation, I have space to move. Before I draw, I need to create space. Both in self preservation and helps if I need to make a that critical decision and articulate why I had to display (draw down) or use lethal force.

"*Detective, I dont know what his problem was. I kept backing up and he kept following me. I was yelling at him to leave me alone and stop following me. But, even after I pulled my weapon, I tried to back up but he kept approaching me." A lot of parking lots have cameras. Remember that.

- If I need to spend any length of time in my vehicle, emailing or text on phone, I like having space around me, gives me more chance to spot someone.

- If it is dark, and you are on your phone texting or surfing. You will lose your night vision... and you will be lit up inside. Everyone will be able to see your face, and that you are exactly where they want you, pre-occupied. If it is a shitty 'hood or you need to be at it for awhile... I tend to find the back of a store and back up against the wall if I cant find a wide open parking lot somewhere. The back of building or wall eliminates 180 degrees of approach. And keep your head lights on. Head lights will blind anyone toward your front. Same concept on how we use our hi-output lumens flashlight (This goes especially to my fellow LEOs who we as a whole, like to sit in the dark with our heads buried in a laptop and just our marker lights on)

These 3 concepts I follow. They are nothing fancy but they, if you get into good practice, will keep you out of trouble, help you see trouble coming, and if it does find you, give you options to deal with it.

Stay safe.
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#29207 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Bryan Black on 17 August 2014 - 07:13 PM

Challenge accepted! In the video you say the 18th by 2000 and considering I saw this a few hours ago, I'll go with that. I Just donated to alsa.org and I'll be uploading the video I shot of my Ice Bucket Challenge tomorrow :)
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#28543 EDC

Posted by SteveSOS on 04 August 2014 - 03:31 PM

EDC (Every Day Carry), What it is...How it should work.


Every day carry, or EDC, is a common practice amongst not only LEAF professionals and EMS, but common citizens that have the desire to never be caught off guard or unprepared for a myriad of situations.


EDC for most people consists of normal every day items, wallet, watch, pocket knife, extra money in your shoe...stuff like that. However for some of us EDC takes on a new shape as tools used with specific training that help us through situations both seen and unseen.


The very root of EDC can be traced very simply back to OSS trade-craft, and more recently through the cold war and present day spy games. Does this mean we have pens that turn into guns? Watches with laser beams? A movie camera that turns into a sniper rifle? No of course not, what it does however mean is that we have as much wearable and innocuous kit on us as possible at all times. Items to help us achieve goals when an out of the norm situation arises.


Most of the common EDC items that people carry (or should if they are smart, in my opinion) are things that have more than one use, not necessarily something that was designed for multiple uses but can be used through creative manipulation to achieve many tasks. For example, a wedding ring, can easily be used as a bottle opener. A bicycle chain can be used to break padlocks. A quality watch can be used to start fire. A proper pen can be used as a defense weapon.


Once again most of this boils down to your brain, your training and your willpower to carry on. I will not be giving you really much insight into macgyverisms however suffice it to say that how well you train and study coupled with your ability to think far outside the box will help you shape your EDC in a way that allows you to do more with less.


The problem that we face with EDC is how to carry everything that we perceive as a needed item without carrying extraneous items that would be convenient but not necessary. As mentioned before there are a couple ways to attack this, and we will talk about them more a little bit later. With that said, this is where you really have to either temper your paranoia or flat out become a realist about what you think you will need based off a situation that not only hasn’t happened but likely will never happen.


So first, like all kit and preparation, you have to identify your mission. Sounds fairly easy right? It really isn’t, in the military its clear...here is what you are doing, here is your intel, and if everything goes right its in out and done. Though you hear military people exclaiming how FUBAR everything is the fact of the matter is with proper intel and planning most missions go to plan 90% of the time. Usually things only go bad when A intel is off and they are not prepared for X to happen. Or B an x factor just comes along and messes up the entire party, much like “The Lone Survivor”.


So really take stock of what you think will happen, this will put the mirror in front of your face and you may say to yourself “Wow... its amazing how crazy paranoid I really am”. However when you come to terms with that and can clearly identify the actual perceived threat beyond the veil of your unreasonable paranoia allowing you to clearly define the tools you will need to persevere, or at least the tools needed to get you to an actual bug out bag or just your B element.

The above is absolutely critical in planning EDC. If you do not heed this you will have your pockets stuffed with a bunch of extraneous crap that not only wont serve your needs but will keep you from seeing the items you actually need.


Why we carry EDC.


Well the obviousness of the personalities that partake in EDC, Prepping, BOB's etc are that we are all to a certain degree dented. You can get as mad as you want at that statement but at your core you will know its the truth. Whether you are ex LEAF or just someone that doesn’t trust his fellow man in the least, somewhere in your brain some stuff is misfiring. That isn’t a bad thing. All of the genius people in this world had the same issue, our genius is just in profiling people and situations and tailoring our lives to being able to circumvent issues that may or may not arise.


People call me crazy and paranoid all the time, it really isn’t that big of a deal to me. I get that I have issues, but my issues have always served me well constantly pushing me to know and do things other people can't. You all would be wise to view it the same way. Let it fuel your fire. Going right when everyone else went left, moving to the open when others moved to cover. These facts are what have kept me alive, and allowed me to thrive when others fail. Remember a simple fact; sometimes digging in may be the textbook answer, but isn’t the best plan.


So we have covered that your paranoia is not necessarily a bad thing, however paranoia can cloud your view. The trick is to hone your perception through your paranoia, to allow your brain to imagine the worst case scenario and then compartmentalize it into a realistic scenario that you can readily prepare for. Again, this is easier said than done, but I can promise once you do this your life and preparation will become so much easier.


The bad part about you facing your paranoia and not caring what others think is a double edged sword. It will indeed give you more confidence and push you to think outside the box, while at the same time it will make you not care what others think about you. How you look and how you act, this is not a good thing for you. I know, I know... I just told you not to care what people think, and you shouldn't. However you should temper it in order to achieve your mission goals. Remember the origins of EDC... OSS and other secretive services, embrace that. If you do not... you risk making yourself a target when the situation comes. Remember EDC is more about clandestine operations than anything else. It is supposed to help you achieve goals, and most times the goals cannot be achieved in the spotlight.


Typical EDC Theory.


The typical theory around EDC is that you can carry items that can either carry you through a normal day all the way through the rapture. This always sounds great in theory, but in itself is unrealistic, as is bugging out for most people(I will explain this in another paper, why I hate bugging out ideas).


So what we do here is formulate our mission scenarios and plan accordingly, once we do that we can formulate a kit to accomplish the missions at hand. However for it to be a true EDC kit you have to take the items you just chose to carry and cut them down to the bare bones, to about 25% of what you originally picked. I know this sounds crazy, however its not. It will do a couple things. One it will show you the path to better training, the less gear you need the better off you are and the more likely you are to think on your feet. Two it will cut down on weight and force you to look at your gear in a better more objective light. Three it will be far more innocuous to the casual observer.


So with all that said you have the very complicated task of clearly defining mission parameters, assessing possible threat, assessing egress, and determining what gear you need to accomplish these goals, then cutting your kit down.


Once you figure this out and have the training to match, there will be no situation that you cant just walk in or out of without relative confidence. As a bonus, imagine how well you will do when you have a fully operational kit instead of just a bare bones EDC kit.


Typical EDC Items.


Now for the part that all of you will skip forward to read, which by the way is what is wrong with most people that carry EDC, they just want the gear list without the understanding of its uses or the philosophy behind it. But that is neither here nor there for this section, This is merely a list of items that I carry every day, I will split them up into wearable, carried, and packed. (I hate to do this because it will show my paranoia but here it goes.)


Worn Items

  • Discrete tactical pants, or other cargo pants. (Vertex, Columbia, Northface, 5.11)

    • (2) upholstery needles in the belt line

    • Small amount of high strength thread in belt line.

  • Undershirt (any tshirt, doesn’t matter)

  • Over shirt (could be really anything I tend to wear tactical polo's or button ups.

    • Extra money and ID in inner pocket

    • Small amount of duct tape in inner pocket

  • Arclite Sidewinder Riggers Belt

  • Milspec Monkey Tactical Hat

    • Innerband looped snare line

  • Under Armour OPS Boot, or Danner TFX

  • SnakeKnit Double Loop Necklace with Circular Neodymium magnet pendant

    • Small Diameter Surgical Tubing inside weave

    • Small Diameter razor wire in plastic sheath inside surgical tubing.

  • ReFactor Tactical Ops Bracelet

    • Snare line in bracelet

    • Small fish hooks in bracelet

    • Fishing Line Inside bracelet

    • Suunto compass

    • p-38 canopener on bracelet

    • small ferro rod on bracelet

    • hidden handcuff key in bracelet

  • Oakley X-metals or Oakley Jawbones

  • Shemagh

  • Oakley Watch or Suunto Core Watch

  • Titanium Wedding Band


Carried Items

  • Wallet

    • Cash

    • ID

    • Flat Titanium Lock Picks

    • Shove Picks

  • Surefire Fury

  • Small ITS Rite in Rain Notebook

  • Surefire Pen

  • Benchmade Infidel

  • Benchmade SOCP

  • Leatherman Wave & Bits

  • Sig Sauer P226 Dark Elite (Comptac minotaur)

  • Spare Magazine (9mm 124gr ball ammo)

  • Zippo

  • Galaxy Note 3 with a myriad of downloaded goodness.

  • Bose Noise canceling Ear buds with Mic

  • Small Admin Pouch

    • Superglue

    • Small roll of duct tape

    • (2) 123 Batteries

    • (4) Antiobiotic Ointment

    • (1) Large Bandage

    • (6) Small Bandaids

    • (2) Scalpel Blades

    • Tweezers

    • (2) Upholstery Needles

  • (2) Black Diamond Locking carabineers

  • Key Ring

    • Common auto jiggler

    • Southord Folding Pick Set

    • Kuboton


Packed Items

  • AAC Tirant

  • Petzl Exo

  • (4)Black Diamond Carabineers

  • Sidewinder Leg Straps

  • Set of Rain Gear

  • Seal Socks

  • Full Lock Pick Set

  • (4) CR123 Batteries

  • (50ft) 550 Cord

  • Small Roll of duct tape

  • Exotac Metal Match

  • Exotac Matchcap XL with windproof matches

  • Goal Zero Small panel with recharger kit and (4) Rechargeable AA Batteries as well as phone adapter.

  • Camelbak bladder

  • Spare Magazine

  • Benchmade SOCP

  • (3) Runners

  • Petzl TiBloc

  • Quickclot

  • Tourniquet

  • Ace Bandage

  • Aspirin

  • Bleeder Set

  • Trach Kit

  • (4) Protein Bars

  • MIOX


Seems like a lot I know, but its really not that pack doesn't weigh much maybe 20 pounds. As for the rest being carried on me day to day. I look like every other trendy shemagh wearing hipster in Portland, until you look at my hat and my shoes.


This level of kit... even without the pack, the pack is what I call comfort items, but even without the pack I am confident on my ability to escape nearly anything. 

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#27211 Awesome, hilarious and unbelievable photos and videos.

Posted by Davis on 18 June 2014 - 09:46 AM

Saw this on the facebook this morning, courtesy of Sheepdogs, Inc., and I had to share it here. 



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#27161 Awesome Military Photos and Videos

Posted by spenceman on 16 June 2014 - 07:32 PM

Here are some photos of the coolest bar you'll never drink at. Hot Rip-Its served daily. Cold beer by request only. It's the bar we have at my shop. It was originally built in 2009, and over the last few months my friend Robbie and I have been steadily making improvements (mainly the Hesco motif).


Sorry in advance for dark grainy photos and the few that were erroneously rotated during the upload process.


Here you can see a general over view of the bar, being an EOD shop it is explosive themed.



Lighting is fittingly provided by 81mm Illum mortars that have been converted into lamps.



Classic alarm clock bomb for effect. The whole bar is wrapped with blocks of TNT, C-4, Det Cord, and Dynamite.



A classic cartoon bomb. This is actually made from a high pressure nitrogen bottle from a Hellfire Missile.



The back wall of the bar was just a plain white drywall, we had been debating having a mural painted for us, but we could never agree on what to have done. Actualy we wanted to do a kick-ass Pin-up girl painting, but the PC Nazis have been cracking down on anything that could even remotely be percieved as offensive. So we had the brilliant idea to go with a combat theme and Hesco the ever-living crap out of the bar. There's a white board where we tally up beer fines to keep the bar stocked, and above the short section of the bar is our bell. The bell is rung only by the senior man of the unit when the bar is open. We made that particular bell out of a 40-lb shaped charge, and hung it from the wall with a section of Snake Eye fins from a 500-lb bomb.



We even have awkwardly close piss tubes for realism's sake.



Yes, it's true Presidents Reagan and Bush 43 honor us with their presence.



We have quite a few signs and pieces of flair if you haven't noticed. Mostly old stuff we've collected out on the ranges.





Here is our supplemental beer cooler that we fashioned out of a Firebomb (think napalm).




The centerpiece is Miles the Mule Deer Skull, his eyes are made from guidance beacon from a TOW missile (aka TOW Eye). TOW Eyes are pretty rare as they are small semi-sphereical pieces of glass that ride on the back of a missile all the way until detonating on impact with the target. Miles is also wearing a Communist Russian Hat that somebody brought back from somewhere (supposedly Afghanistan). Above him are a set of lights a cop friend of ours gave us, we've rigged them up so we can have the old cherries and berries whenever we want.



The bar surface is a piecemeal of explosives crates, and is about as classy as they come. For added bragging rights we go through enough explosives to make about 4 bar tops like this a year. Sadly it isn't realistic to actually make that many bars per year, nor is it legal for us to sell them.


ITS love on my coffee cup.



Under the bar we have a small comic representation of Guy Fawkes, who is often attributed as the originator of EOD. Not that he is a hero or anything, but he is the first known terrorist to use explosives and thus necessitated the need for my occupation. Also we have some rope lighting underneath for mood, and 2.75" Rocket motors for the kick-rails.



And finally the cammie net ceiling with 2.75" Rockets for effect.



I hope you all enjoy the photos, unfortunately it is a private bar, so most of you will have no chance of ever seeing it. Though if you happen to be supporting WTI, a couple of phone calls to the right people might get you a tour.

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#26364 Improvised lock picking?

Posted by Jersey0311 on 20 May 2014 - 06:23 PM

Det cord or a shorty 870 also work in a pinch :headbang:

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