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Emergency Preparedness: The Combat Application Tourniquet

Posted by Alexander Riddle on

The motto of the boy scouts is  'be prepared.'  It definitely applies to the combat application tourniquet. Soldiers and SWAT team personnel in particular, definitely need one when they prepare for battle. The layman can also take a leaf from the boy scouts’ book and keep one at all times. 

When Should a Tourniquet Be Used?

Tourniquets should only be used when it is clear that you cannot stop the bleeding of an injured limb by using direct pressure alone. Heavy and uncontrollable bleeding can easily cause death within minutes of an injury. This is why it is absolutely essential to act as quickly as possible whenever a life-threatening traumatic wound is concerned.

The tourniquet you use can literally mean the difference between life and death. Here, the North American Cat (combat application tourniquet) is just the thing for such emergencies.  It has been proven to be extremely effective (up to a hundred percent efficacy) by the American Army-run Institute of Surgical Research (ISR).

Various tests have conclusively proven that the North American CAT successfully occluded blood flow of the injured extremity. This means that in case there is a traumatic wound, you can use the CAT to block the blood flow and prevent loss of life due to excessive bleeding.

How Does It Work?

The North American Rescue CAT works by utilizing an extremely rugged and durable windlass system. You can operate it with the help of a patented internal free-moving band that provides true and rapid circumferential pressure to the injured extremity. After you have tightened it adequately enough, it will ensure that bleeding will cease, provided that the windlass is locked into place.

Once that happens you will have to apply a loop and hook windlass retention strap. This will secure the windlass in order to maintain the required pressure during casualty evacuation. This dual securing system is unique to the CAT and it avoids the use of clips and screws that can take a lot of time to operate when seconds count. Moreover, the more complicated the mechanism, the more difficult it would be to operate under extreme survival stress, especially when fine motor skills might be compromised.

The patented rescue CAT features a proprietary red tip design. Its band-within-a-band design has the mechanical advantage of being extremely reliable regardless of combat conditions. This is why it has been the Official Tourniquet of the United States Army' since 2005.

Why Choose the North American Rescue CAT?

This tourniquet has been recommended by the Committee on TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) and has been designed so as to perform flawlessly in all weather conditions. It is also a very small and cost-effective system that can fit inside any kit bag. Its open length is only 37.5 inches, while its total weight is a mere 2.7 ounces.

Conclusion

The North American Rescue CAT is an absolutely amazing tourniquet. One that has adequately proven itself many times over in high-risk situations. This device can easily spell the difference between life and death in any untoward situation.

It is a great idea to keep one in your home, car, or even as an EDC so you will have it nearby in case you need it.

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Do You Need a Compensator for Your 9mm Glock?

Posted by Alexander Riddle on

Gaston Glock revolutionized gun design with the invention of his namesake pistol. In time, that gen one Glock 17 spawned a whole category of firearms. Currently, Glock pistols are in their 5th generation. A bevy of Glock models such as the G 17, 19, 20, 21, and many others are now available in every size, barrel length, and caliber.

Glock handguns have been proven in combat, law enforcement, and now even amongst the American Special Forces. Over the past few decades, this weapon has amassed an enviable track record for out-of-the-box reliability as well as simplicity. With a mere 34 parts, fieldstripping the Glock is a breeze.

The low bore axis makes for fast and highly accurate shots, while its unique safe action ensures the weapon can only be discharged when you squeeze the trigger.

Improving on Perfection!

The good people at Glock Inc. refer to their brand simply as 'Glock Perfection.' There is a lot of substance to the claim. After all, it has captured around 75 percent of the police handgun market, not to mention other law enforcement agencies. This has come about after rigorous testing for reliability, durability, and accuracy. However, it is possible to improve on perfection by mating it with the right accessories.

Here, one of the best aftermarket parts for a 9mmm Glock is a compensator.

What is a Compensator?

This device can be attached to the barrel of your Glock pistol. The pistol compensator is designed to help you to get right back on target once you have shot a round from your pistol.

You can certainly shoot very fast with a stock Glock 9mm pistol. However, a compensator can increase the speed of those shots a whole lot more. These devices are rapidly becoming popular solutions for reducing both real as well as perceived recoil. You can use one to increase muzzle control on the range and even in real-world applications. Your Glock compensator will substantially reduce muzzle flip and increase the precision of your shots so that you always land your shots in the 10 ring.

How Does a Glock Compensator Work?

The Glock 9mm pistol uses a conventional locked breech mechanism that is commonly used in most pistols all over the world. While this system is very reliable, its main drawback is that it tilts the barrel upwards after every shot. The higher your muzzle climbs up after every shot, the slower it is to reacquire the target.

The gases produced by the ignition of the round create recoil and muzzle flip. Regardless of how hard you hold your Glock, the muzzle will still kick upwards.

The compensator on your pistol will redirect most of the gases upwards, thereby pushing the weapon down immediately after a shot. This way, you will find yourself back on target almost as soon as you take your shot.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, your Glock 9mm compensator will allow for faster follow-up shots, increase your accuracy and make you a better precision shooter. Best of all, today's cutting-edge 9mm Glock compensators are small enough to be carried in commonly available concealed carry holsters.

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How Compensators Work On Your Glock

Posted by Alexander Riddle on

Compensators are a type of muzzle device that helps to reduce the recoil on your Glock. By reducing muzzle flip, they're helpful when rapidly shooting at targets.

When you shoot a Glock, gasses push the bullet out the barrel (the force of which causes muzzle flip). When the bullet exits the muzzle, a compensator vents these gasses up. The equal and opposite response pushes your muzzle down. The more ports, and also the larger the ports, the harder the gas pushes up, and pushes the pistol's muzzle down. Ports can also be added to the side to help mitigate against the horizontal recoil arc.

Compensators are useful when quickly firing, as you don't need nearly as much wait for the muzzle to "settle". Compensators are also good because aftermarket ones can't void Glock's warranty like other modifications can.

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Why You Need a Compensator for Your Glock

Posted by Alexander Riddle on

If you own a Glock, then you know that one of the most popular modifications for them is to add a compensator. A compensator attaches to the end of your barrel and directs some of the gas from each shot down into the ground, reducing felt recoil. It also helps control muzzle rise when shooting. In this article we will explore why adding a compensator to your gun may be beneficial for both competition shooters and everyday carriers!

  • Compensators are not only for competition shooters. They also reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil, which is good for everyday carriers too!
  • They help to control the upward movement of your gun while shooting. This reduces any perceived "jump" when transitioning from target to target or from one type of shot (full-auto) to another (single shots).
  • Compensators are relatively easy to install on Glock models 17/19/22/23; they require no modifications or change in function.
  • Compensators are also very affordable, typically costing $100 or less. A lot of shooters find that these benefits more than make up for the cost!

It's no wonder that Glock compensators are one of the most popular attachments. Just remember, you may need to replace your holster after purchasing one. Not all stock holsters will properly fit after.

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Building a custom Sig P320

Posted by Cory Herrington on

So we have all seen pictures floating around the internet of these 320's with integrated compensators. It looks badass and is a no Brainer for competition or edc! The question we keep getting is what do we need to build one!? Well the answer is simple, for the build pictured in this Blog post you must have a compact slide, a 4.6" 1/2-28 compact threaded barrel, a full size/ x5 legion frame, a Sig FCU, and our 320 comp! You can still have a sub compact or "X compact" setup like this however you need a sub compact slide/barrel and a compact frame! You won't get a fully integrated look because it only covers half the compensator but it still looks amazing! DO NOT PUT A X COMPACT SLIDE WITH A FULL SIZE FRAME! If you do, you will have the comp fall short of the frame and it will look incorrect.
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