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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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#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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#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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#23842 New lowers on the market are FINALLY ATF approved (for now)

Posted by Rob Henderson on 20 March 2014 - 12:40 PM

I'm not proud of how long it took me to get this joke. And I'm also ashamed to say that there's a Google search result for "1% Lower Receiver" because of me.

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#23717 CRAZY Russian SF Training

Posted by mangeface on 16 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

Here's your answer.
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#21979 Slow motion cut-away piston long stroke... AWESOME video

Posted by DStevenson on 27 January 2014 - 05:49 PM

A functioning rifle with cutaway sections???? WHAT!?!?!?




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#17000 August - September "Show us what you carry" Contest

Posted by Justin30 on 06 August 2013 - 01:10 PM

Im just curious why do americans have a fasincation with guns? why no other self defense tools? Collapsable baton, billy club, pepper spray, even a large fixed blade knife would do in most situations.

Its too easy to pull a gun and threaten with lethal force, thats how situations escalate quickly and you have no point of return.

If you're trolling, fuck you.

If you're ignorant, none of the things you listed are any more functional than a functioning body and a small small folding blade. You avoid until your life or safety is threatened, then you dispose of the threat. That's the American way. Our country was great for centuries of living by that philosophy. I don't consider it coincidence that our culture has turned to shit in the same timeframe that the philosophy has swayed to that of appeasement.

Pulling a gun and threatening with lethal force is neither quick nor easy. Being threatened with lethal force on the other hand, is exceptionally quick.
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#16956 August - September "Show us what you carry" Contest

Posted by emz on 05 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

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Thought I'd add my fire gear EDC also (because police need heroes too ;) )
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#14383 Active-Shooter Load-Out

Posted by SwatDawg335 on 03 March 2013 - 02:24 AM

I'm fortunate enough to carry a full SWAT kit in my trunk (vest, plates, helmet, the works). But I'd never even consider that gear when responding to an active shooter. It takes too long to get everything on and ready to go.

I had a go bag that I was using forever (it was a 5.11 rush, or something like that). Kept all my spare handgun mags in one side pouch and my spare AR mags on the other side. Medical supplies in the center (Israeli bandage, quick clot, etc). The biggest problem I had with the bag was the fact that it would swing around a bit too much while I was on the go. And if I had to go prone it would often fall off to the side and turn over, making reloads nearly impossible. So around the middle of last year I started kicking around the idea of switching over to a chest rig. I've always paid for much of my own gear (anything the dept isn't willing to pony up for). But I decided to really push the brass to get everyone on board with this. It turned out to be a blessing and a curse. I was able to get the department to outfit each deputy and supervisor squad with a chest rig, four 30 mags, and detachable first aid blow out kit.

The problem however, was to make it cost efficient they decided to get condor gear for everyone. The three piece setup was like $60 a car. I'm not particularly fond of the way the straps are configured on the chest rig, and it doesn't offer the ability to add any additional meaningful ballistic protection. I plan on replacing the entire setup down the road with a plate carrier of some sort, but it'll do for now. We also carry M4's and shotguns in all the cars. I keep my bitch in the trunk, all she does is get in between me and my rifle. She crowds up the cabin and is pretty useless if you ask me. Again, with SWAT I'm lucky enough to have a short-barrel .223 with full auto in the car at all times. I also keep two 30 round Pmags held together with a coupler in the well. So I'm ready to deploy with a minimum of six full mags plus the additional handgun rounds (I run three spare mags on my duty belt).

As for my rifle- it's held in a vertical gun lock between the front seats. I like to lock it in upside down, this allows for me to pull it from the mount with just one hand. I can perform this without having to get out of my driver's seat, or opening the front door. I've got a haligen breaching tool in the trunk, but honestly it's a whole lot quicker to ram a door with your car. I used carry a GG&G Tactical Tomahawk under my driver's seat. But the brass decided it was inappropriate for work and forced me to remove it from the car. Can you believe that?! Kind of a sore subject with me.

Other than that, I still carry the old 5.11 bag in the car. It's full of extra medical supplies and my spare handgun mags. Doubtful it would make the trip into an active shooter call though. Mostly there for organization at this point. I'll try to get some photos uploaded tomorrow or the next day. Hope this helps. Let me know if you've got any other questions.
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#25043 I had a very unpleasant outing with my new M&P 40 yesterday

Posted by spenceman on 14 April 2014 - 07:49 PM

here, this might help...



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#24629 Tactical Yeti?!?

Posted by emBARK on 05 April 2014 - 08:50 AM

I do this from time to time on my random orders. 


I love ITS!


Thanks Rob!



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#23838 New lowers on the market are FINALLY ATF approved (for now)

Posted by DStevenson on 20 March 2014 - 05:13 AM


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#22633 Iran deploying warships off the coast of US

Posted by Jersey0311 on 11 February 2014 - 06:18 AM

Awkward turtle?


Yes, yes I think so.


If anything, this gives me an excuse to go to FPCON Delta. The Iranians are coming! The Iranians are coming!


I need to find my Rambo knives and face paint.

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#20958 A Warm Welcome to our New Moderators!

Posted by Rob Henderson on 02 January 2014 - 04:09 PM

We're working on issuing the ban hammers like this






But right now all we have are these....



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#20952 A Warm Welcome to our New Moderators!

Posted by mangeface on 02 January 2014 - 04:03 PM

congrats...(kiss asses)


HAHA, Just Joking.




JUST KIDDING! Haha, but I had to get that out.

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#20933 A Warm Welcome to our New Moderators!

Posted by Rob Henderson on 02 January 2014 - 03:10 PM

Hey Everybody,


We wanted to announce today that we're adding some Moderators to the Forum to help control the spam issues and improve the Forum overall.


Please welcome,







Welcome aboard!

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#20908 How to Build a Tactical Gear Stand

Posted by Psybain on 02 January 2014 - 04:16 AM

Finally got around to making one, but there were no 4 ft fence posts at this lowes like the one over by my old place in nc. I decided to go with redwood because it's a little harder than cedar, but still moisture/weather resistant. Im contemplating putting a light stain on it just to bring out the color a little more. I figured the "put on your helmet" patch from ITS was fairly appropriate to velcro on.

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#20242 Well, it's begun...I'm hooked on this place.

Posted by DirtyTrigger on 10 December 2013 - 10:12 PM

A few months ago I stumbled into this forum thanks to Ken Bass and Davis. I roam in AZ. Loved the board, a bit quiet but seemed like it was full of good people. I got hooked.

Ken had given me my first ITS patch at one of my classes and kinda got hooked. It was more than just a "cool" patch.. I knew it represented a good group of guys with good backgrounds, good Americans and values like me. That brings comfort. I just ordered a new one for me.. and 2 for my 13 year old son who was much more vocal about who cool they looked. Yes, son, very cool indeed.

Yes, membership is coming.
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#19678 CARRY A TOURNIQUET! Among other things.

Posted by Jersey0311 on 17 November 2013 - 01:29 AM

Hey guys,

Picture yourself as a spectator at the Boston Marathon. Fresh out of TCCC class. In your EDC bag you have an ITS Fatboy or Tallboy. IED goes off. You run off knowing you're properly equipped and trained, able to make a difference. Think about it.

This happened to me at work last night. Get trained, get the equipment, and fucking carry it. You never know what's going to happen or when.

Dispatched to a residence for the reported "arterial bleed"

Arrived on scene finding 35 y/o female walking out to the ambulance clutching her L wrist with a paper towel stating she had accidentally cut herself with a box cutter while cutting boxes. Pt had a 2" lac from the wrist to the meaty portion of her thumb. Radial artery was completely severed. Pt estimates 50cc of blood lost prior to arrival. Pt states she did witness spurting of blood from the wound as well.

Pt was immediately placed on stretcher. Pt repeatedly asked for a TQ to be applied. CAT TQ was pulled out. As a side note, the pt in question was a practicing physician with her own private practice. Pt wanted TQ placed 2"-4" above the wound, consistent with current TQ thought in non tactical/military circles. I stated that was unacceptable, and this wasn't my first real world application of the TQ, as I've done it in Afghanistan numerous times. Upon hearing that pt stopped fussing and the TQ was applied "high and tight" on the L arm, consistent with current TCCC doctrine. Windlass was spun 3 times and and secured. Time was written on the provided white strip with Sharpie marker (I always carry a Sharpie at work for this exact reason). Cap refill and distal pulse was assessed. Neither were present.

Due to a lack of actual pressure bandages on the ambulance, I had to improvise. I used a 5x9 trauma pad and a roll of the big crinkle gauze (6" roller gauze in a huge roll). I held the 5x9 in place while I directed my partner to wrap the gauze as tightly around the wound as possible. The entire roll of gauze was used. Pt stated that the improvised pressure dressing was tight. Tightness was checked by attempting to fit a finger under the gauze which we were unable to do.

Throughout the transport, my partner was directed to continually assess and reassess cap refill and PMS and make sure it wasn't there. You have a duty to evaluate the effectiveness of your intervention.

I had dispatch call the ER and tell them that I was enroute w/ a 35 y/o female w/ a severed radial artery w/ TQ and pressure bandage applied. Bleeding was controlled at that time.

No ALS was dispatched or requested. Bleeding control is a BLS skill. Also proximity to the hospital was a factor (2.5 miles)

Immediately following TQ/pressure bandage application, vitals were assessed.

BP 160/110
Pulse 88 Regular
Resps 14 Normal

5 minutes later they were reassessed

Pulse 85 Regular
Resps 14 Normal

Fast and appropriate interventions helped keep the pt relatively stable. Pt denied any other complaints.

Pt care turned over to ER staff w/o incident.

Below are some key observations/lessons learned that I took from this
  • Have a TQ readily available. My partner was ready to use the old pen/cravat improv TQ. We've all seen the pictures of the SF soldier's leg with the improvised TQs on it. They don't work.
  • However, you should still be ready to improvise on the fly. Having to improvise a pressure bandage on the fly was key to the well being of the pt. Not everyone carries a TQ and pressure bandage. TQ's and pressure bandages should go hand in hand. The bleeding will stop w/ the TQ, but you still need to bandage the wound. This goes without saying for TCCC trained personnel, but for the average layperson/first responder, they might not know any better.
  • If your agency doesn't carry any TCCC stuff, then take some initiative and carry it yourself. I have a personal bag that stays in my personal vehicle and another smaller TCCC bag that's at home. I'm going to start carrying the smaller bag on the truck at work now since I can't rely on the truck having a TQ or anything else.
A bleed is a bleed is a bleed. Whether it's in suburbia, Afghanistan, or Boston. The interventions are the same. If this convinces someone somewhere to get training and equipment for themselves or their agency, then it's all worth it. </p>

Semper Fi,

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