Recently I picked up a new to me holster and wanted to give it a lower profile than the basket weave black plastic it was molded in. As you can see, I painted my previous holster for the same reason but this time I wanted to try something different. I’ve noticed that Safariland now offers holsters covered in fabric in a verity of colors and camouflage patterns. Of course, with a little fabric and glue it seemed that I could have the same effect on my own.
I’ve recently been on a quest for an improved medical bag system capable of providing an appropriate level of care for the various outdoor activities I enjoy. As with most facets of life, I’m not an expert and so I begin my research into the topic by locating those who are and doing my best to learn from them. Through my quest I located the following articles written by former special forces medics, which I found particularly informative. They echoed many of the tips I’d found elsewhere and expounded on them to explain the “why” behind them. I hope they are just as informative to you as they have been to me.
I originally took these photos to illustrate my load carry system for a friend whom was disusing the details with me (photo quality excuse!). Since then I’ve had enough people ask similar questions that I just decided to toss them up here so they are easier to share online. What follows is my load carry system as of March 2016:
One Shepherd has a pretty significant required and recommended equipment list. However, it is all there for a reason. Below are their equipment lists and the one I put together for myself. Mine is a bit more involved simply because I know what I need to keep myself going in a field environment (mostly due to attending Operation Eastwind).
Looking for an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) can be a major pain in the you know what! With so many options, scrolling through different pre-made kits can get your head spinning. Below is a list of the medical kits offered by AR500 in a grid format showing what each carries. Hopefully this will help you chose the one that will fill your need the best! Never forget that just because we aren’t using real guns in Milsim, serious injuries still happen and it’s up to you to be prepared!
For this final installment of the METT-TC series, I’ve enlisted the help of local milsim player and National Guardsman Dave. Many thanks to Dave for sharing his experience! I’ve included a few comments and my thoughts are in italics. Part 2 will include a more itemized list on the items I bring into the field.
When it comes to getting a job done I am a firm believer of two things:
- Use the best tool for the job.
- If you don’t know the best way to accomplish your task, find someone more knowledgeable and learn from them.
With Operation Eastwind 7 under my belt and EW8 looming, I know full well that I’ll be called upon to perform a variety of manual tasks to include digging ditches, trenches and fighting positions as well as clearing brush and cutting firewood. In a setting where noise discipline is paramount, simply grabbing a chainsaw or ditching machine won’t do.
I’ve heard many people gripe about the amount of equipment required to attend Eastwind. Attached is my packing list for Eastwind 2014 along with notes on how I used or didn’t use each item. Overall I felt I brought the right things and didn’t really want for anything over the course of the event.
Quick video detailing the assembly of our Modular Gear Stand. For more information or to purchase, click here.
I’ve finally come to a point where I can consider my testing of the Pantac Tactical Messenger Bag complete. I have used it on numerous trips, as an EDC bag and for numerous other uses. It has served me well mostly due to one major modification. As you can see in the photo at right, I have removed the top panel of the main bag. As you can see in the photo below, the main body used to be accessed by one single zipper. This limited the size of the items I could fit inside.
The modification has really opened up the possibilities for this bag (pun intended). I chose to leave small flaps on either end of the bag to further protect contents inside when the main flap is closed. Ultimately, I have replaced this bag in the carry on/EDC roll for another with a bit more organization but that does not decrease it’s value. My overall conclusion of the Pantac Tactical Messenger bag remains – I believe the solid color bags are a fair deal for the price and I greatly look forward to the 2.0 version of the bag with some of the minor details smoothed out.