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“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

April 19th, 2015

On this day, some 240 years ago, John Parker, Captain of Militia, uttered those instructions to his men as they stood on Lexington Green, ready, if need be, to engage 500 British troops set to sieze the militia’s arsenal.

 

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What may have begun as a show of force on the side of the militia soon became an active firefight as the British advance guard met a percieved provocation with demands to disperse. The fog of war set in and a firefight soon broke out. The Colonist militia quickly gained the upper hand and drove a British force which over the course of the day had grown to 1700, all the way back to Charlestown and beyond. What wouod ultimately become the siege of Boston, happened over a year before the Declaration of Independence.
    
Map: National Park Service

We owe these men our very nation. Their sheer determination in the face of tyranny embodies the American spirit. Please join me in honoring their memory this Patriot’s Day.

U.S. Elite Gear – Arc’teryx Sale

April 19th, 2015

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From now until April 22, U.S. Elite Gear is holding a site-wide Arc’teryx sale. Save 17.5% on all in-stock Arc’teryx products, no coupon code required.

www.us-elitegear.com

Elder Heart: Healing Hearts Through Art

April 18th, 2015

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Real World Survivor recently published an article on Elder Heart, a non-profit organization started by US Army Veteran Magnus Johnson. The article details Magnus’ background, as well as the various artistic projects Magnus and others have worked on in support of US Military Veterans, and the charitable efforts by Elder Heart to help Veterans.

You can read the full article at: www.realworldsurvivor.com/2015/04/08/elder-heart-healing-hearts-through-art/#dsc_7708

Gunfighter Moment – Larry Vickers

April 18th, 2015

Most handgun fights occur within 10 meters so common sense tells you that you need to be an accurate and fast shooter at these distances. Keep this in mind when training and setting up your drills – shooting past 10 meters is absolutely recommended but a bit misguided for newer shooters that struggle at closer ranges.

Bottom line always remember what you are trying to accomplish and what the end game is; survival. Keep your training relevant and real.

-Larry Vickers
Vickers Tactical Inc.
Host of TacTV

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Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD-Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows on the Sportsman Channel with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer us some words of wisdom.

Extreme Outfitters – Steripen Kit Sale

April 18th, 2015

Steripen Kit Sale

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You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

April 18th, 2015

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Mustang Survival Announces New Swift Water Rescue Solutions

April 17th, 2015

Introduces rescue swimmer flotation, high visibility dry suits and thermal protection

BELLINGHAM, Washington – Mustang Survival® announced today that it will be expanding its suite of water rescue solutions. Driven by end-user inputs and engagement, the suite will now include products designed to enable previously unreachable levels of performance.

To allow swift water rescue professionals to focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about their own safety, Mustang Survival is introducing the following new products:

Rescue Swimmer Vest – Hailed as the first rescue swimmer vest to turn a compliance device into a tactical piece of equipment that actually helps get the job done. Designed for the performance-driven public safety water professional who can’t afford to be impeded by extra gear, this vest blends two of Mustang Survival’s core competencies – inflatable flotation and foam flotation – to offer a slim profile flotation solution. Model # MRV170.

High Visibility Dry Suits – Two favorites will soon be available in high visibility fluorescent yellow-green. The station-use Swift Water Rescue Dry Suit and the Sentinel™ Series Swift Water Rescue Dry Suit will soon be the first ever dry suits made of military-grade fluorescent yellow-green GORE-TEX® fabric. Extensive field testing has proven these suits to be more visible in a rescue environment than any other. Model #s MSD576 and MSD624.

Thermal Base Layers – Designed as part of a full thermal management system, these two new base layer options have been constructed for optimal compatibility with Mustang Survival dry suits. Available in a midweight and lightweight version, each solution will be offered as a two-piece set made of the highest quality Polartec® materials to provide optimal flexibility based on mission profile. Model #s MSL602, MSL603, MSL604, MSL605.

Headwear – Keep the head warm, keep the body warm. A ball cap and fitted toque will soon be available to keep cold temperatures at bay. The toque is designed to be worn on land or under your helmet for cold weather operations. Model #s MSL606, MA7000.

“Our team is committed to supporting elite water rescue professionals in their pursuit of unobstructed performance,” said Dave Abt, Public Safety Business Development of Mustang Survival. “This new product suite not only takes care of their safety, it augments their abilities to put performance at the forefront of every mission.”

For more information on the new product suite – and for a chance to win a Sentinel Series Water Rescue Dry Suit and Universal Swift Water Rescue Vest – visit the Mustang Survival booth #2239 at FDIC April 23 – 25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, or view www.mustangsurvival.com/rescue2015.

OP Tactical – Fall Outwear Sale

April 17th, 2015

OP Tactical Fall Outwear Sale

OP Tactical is currently running their Fall Outerwear Sale to clear up room for their Summer inventory. Save up to 30% on Fall jackets, pants, and headgear. Items are already marked down, no coupon code required. Sale runs through April 24th.

www.optactical.com

Kitanica – Mountain Shorts Now Available

April 17th, 2015

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Kitanica Mountain Shorts are an “over-the-knee” design, designed for climates with wide temperature swings. Made of 6.5 oz. 50/50 NyCo ripstop, the Mountain Shorts feature bar-tacked stress points, a double-layer reinforced seat, cinching articulated knees, and a contoured waistband with 7 belt loops and dual waist cinches for fit adjustment. The Mountain Shorts has 10 pockets total, including expandable rear dump pockets, 3 lap pockets, and 2 hip pockets.

Available in Black, sizes 30-42.

www.kitanica.net/mountain-shorts-p/003

The British Military Has Adopted TSG Associates’ Xtract 2 Stretcher

April 17th, 2015

NEW Xtract®2 Stretcher adopted by British Military

Halifax, Yorkshire (March 2015) – Ex-Corporal teams up with fabric experts to make the lightest military stretcher.

Ex-Corporal in the British Army Medical Corp, Colin Smart, has worked extensively with experts in the fabric industry and researchers at Leeds University Technical Textiles Department to design the latest stretcher to be issued to the UK military.

After serving on the front lines during the first Gulf War, Colin Smart realized that there was a place for a lightweight, compact stretcher which would protect the casualty and help a rescuer quickly move them to safety. 18 years later he was in a position to put those ideas into practice. A further six years of development, testing and research and Colin’s ideas have become reality, the patented Xtract®2 stretcher has now been adopted for use throughout the British army.

“I know that when it comes to operational equipment there is a lot that you have to carry. It simply isn’t feasible to take a regular stretcher on patrol”, says Colin Smart, “however, if you do end up in a situation where you take a casualty, you need to be able to move them quickly and safely.”

The Xtract®2 is an innovation in casualty evacuation. Rather than relying on bulky rigid stretchers made of canvas and steel, typically weighing 16-20lbs, the Xtract®2 weighs in at a game changing 3lbs and can be packed so small (about the size of a loaf of bread) it can be easily carried alongside standard infantry equipment. So much so, that it will, as of this year, be issued to 1 in 4 soldiers in the UK Army.

But don’t be fooled by its small size, Colin and his company TSG Associates, have built this little stretcher to pack a big punch. Tested to a massive 2,000 lbs the Xtract®2 is rated to take 660lbs, more than three times the weight of an average soldier.

It is specialized fabric coatings, applied before sewing that gives the Xtract®2 great abrasion resistance as well as its high strength, allowing it to be dragged over short distances, giving a single rescuer the ability to move a casualty quickly, reducing both of their exposure to a potentially hostile location.

“I am incredibly proud that an idea I first had whilst sitting in the desert will now be helping wounded soldiers wherever they are in the world”, stated Colin Smart. “We will continue to develop solutions which will make a positive impact on the injured person, both for the military and at home in our civilian services.” The Xtract®2 is also being considered for use by a number of ambulance services.

In the US the Xtract®2 is available from Kingfisher Medical. kingfishermedical.com/solutions/xtract2