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Selecting The Best Tactical Vest

What To Look For When Selecting The Best Tactical Vest?

Summary

Tactical gear should be focused on maintaining a balance between protection, mobility, and comfort. Tactical gear, like a tactical vest, is usually used in perilous circumstances by the police and/or military personnel to protect them and keep equipment at the ready at all times.

In addition to their functionality and organization, the usability of a tactical vest is also very important. There are a few necessary elements to consider by buyers when looking to purchase the right tactical vest.

Tactical Vest

Introduction

Self-protection is an inevitable need for police, military, and preparedness minded personnel. As such, you need to consider a few important things when buying a tactical vest, whether it is for protection, organizing gear, or both. Have a look…

Elements to Consider for an Efficient Tactical Vest

Almost all tactical gear, including the tactical vest, should be evaluated for the three basic functions of usability, mobility, and protection. When looking at these functions in a tactical vest, start by trying to understand the key essentials listed below and how these elements come together to serve as an efficient tactical vest. This understanding will simplify your buying process.

Molle or Not to Molle?

The first question that arises when it comes to buying your tactical vest is whether to MOLLE or not to MOLLE?

The pre-configured tactical vest has a lower initial cost and is typically lightweight. MOLLE vests are primarily known for their versatility and easy customization. Choosing a pre-configured vest is suitable if you are required, or choose, to carry a single weapon like and AR or AK rifle and your pistol. If your requirements dictate that you need to carry multiple weapon systems, or a more exotic weapon system, a MOLLE vest with interchangeable pouches will be the best option.

In addition to being capable of being configured for specific weapon systems, another advantage of the MOLLE tactical vest is the ability to customize your vest for additional capabilities such as communications equipment, a first aid kit, etc.

Sizing

Although some tactical vests come in one size only, most are available in multiple sizes or are adjustable in order to fit easily and allow maximum flexibility. For the tactical vest that is sized, you can get various sizes including small (chest size 34-35), medium (38-40), large (42-44), etc. An important consideration when selecting the size of your tactical vest is to keep in mind what you will be wearing your vest over. If you need additional room for clothing and/or equipment under your tactical vest, ensure that you keep this in mind when selecting your size.

Durability

When buying the right tactical vest, one should consider the environment and location where they are required to wear their vest. For those who need it frequently to crawl around, a durable vest is the best fit. Frequent usage requires a vest which is able to endure all the elements, along with the extreme wear and tear by the wearer. Whether you plan on frequent use of your tactical vest or not, choosing a vest that is durable will serve you best in the long run.

Duration of Use

Another important consideration is how long the wearer will wear their vest. Short duration or wearing the vest for only a few hours will decide how much load-bearing gear you can carry with you for  the entire day. This short wear test can tell you plenty about your vest and if it is truly the best match for your needs. If you can’t wear your vest for a few hours, you definitely won’t be able to wear it over the course of several days.

Long periods of use also may reinforce the practicality of a MOLLE tactical vest which allows the user to customize the configuration to facilitate even weight and maximum comfort.

Role on the Field

Often, most of tactical vest owners are required to act at least partially as a rifleman when out in the field, meaning they will be carrying a rifle as their primary and a pistol as their secondary weapon. In such cases, lightweight vests will help to provide the enhanced usability and mobility required for these duties. The flexibility of a MOLLE vest will also enhance an individuals ability to serve in multiple capacities.

Type of Gear on the Vest

It is important for buyers to consider the type of gear they will be carrying on their tactical vest. A hydration carrier will be an essential addition when outside for longer periods of time or in hot weather. Utility pouches also provide a way for important items to be kept close at hand. If using a weapon system, magazine pouches are vital for keeping additional ammunition at the ready.

While searching for the right tactical vest, don’t forget that what works for others might not necessarily work for you. Try different systems out to see for yourself what is the best fit for your needs. Good luck.

About the Author:  This article was a guest submission from 911Gear.ca, a premium dealer of tactical equipment in Ontario, Canada. Located online, 911Gear.ca offers shipping to both Canada and the United States. Don’t miss out on their extensive selection of tactical equipment for law enforcement, military, EMS, security professionals, corrections officers, and preppers.

All American Sun Oven Giveaway

HUGE NEWS TODAY!!!

I am excited to be partnering with an awesome group of preparedness bloggers to giveaway a Sun Oven package worth $448!!!

All American Sun Oven Giveaway
As you may know, September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security. Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities. We all need solid emergency planning in order to get back to business after a terrorist attack, a tornado, flood, landslide, fire, etc. It is imperative to have a plan before a disaster strikes us unexpectedly. Have a plan and talk about the plan with family, co-workers and neighbors. If we put our plans into action before we need them, we will be much better prepared for the unexpected.

The bloggers that I have partnered with are:

Here is the fine print:

This All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the time designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

ENTER TO WIN!!!

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Med Kit

There are a number of different missions that are carried out by the various branches of the federal government and military but one of the common denominators that makes a mission successful is good planning and support. One of the key support personnel for every mission is the medic, or in the case of the United States Coast Guard, the rescue swimmer. The mission of the rescue swimmer is to maintain proper training and conditioning to assist persons in distress in the maritime environment, including search and rescue operations and to provide pre-hospital life support to rescued individuals. The following is a list of the medical equipment that a rescue swimmer uses to help others survive disaster in the water.

Picture Credit: USCG.mil
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Emergency Medical Equipment

The medical bag of choice for the U.S. Coast Guard is the Aeromed EMS Pack by Thomas Transport Packs.

Picture Credit: Thomas Transport Packs

Packed inside of the Aeromed Pack are these items in the mandatory configuration:

COMPARTMENT 1 – Outside:

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • Latex Gloves
  • Scissors
COMPARTMENT 2 – Outside:
  • SAM Splint
COMPARTMENT 3 – Outside:
  • Airway Kit, Oropharyngeal
  • Airway Kit, Nasalpharyngeal
  • Pocket Mask
COMPARTMENT 4:
  • Ace Wrap

COMPARTMENT 5:

  • Band-Aid, Adhesive
  • Charcoal, Activated
  • Glucose, Oral
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Cord Clamps
  • Umbilical Tape
COMPARTMENT A Inside:
  • Battle Dressing, Small
  • Battle Dressing, Med.
  • Battle Dressing, Large
COMPARTMENT B Inside:
  • Bandage, Gauze
  • Water Gel, Burn Kit
  • Petroleum Gauze
  • Sponges, Surgical, 4×4
COMPARTMENT C Inside:
  • Cravat, Bandage
COMPARTMENT D Inside:
  • Plastic Bag
  • Adhesive, Tape, 2″
  • Adhesive, Tape, 1
INNER COMPARTMENT
Inside: Collar, Cervical – No-Neck, Small, Medium, Large – 1 of Each
INNER COMPARTMENT E, F, & G:
  • Band-Aid
  • Thermometer 94-108F and/or Electronic Ear Canal Thermometer
  • Ball Point Pen

In addition to the medical bag, the following items make up the remainder of the rescue swimmer emergency medical kit located on board the helicopter:

  • Bag-Valve Mask by Life Support Products
  • Resuscitator, Oxygen by Life Support Products
  • Laerdal Suction Kit V-Vac by Dyna Med Inc.
  • Cylinder, Oxygen “D” Size M-22 by Life Support Products
  • Antishock Trousers
  • Traction Splint
  • Cervical Collars
  • Medevac Board by Lifesaving Systems Corp.
  • Medevac Report Form (CG-5214)
  • Victims/Casualty Hypothermia Bag by Wiggy’s Inc.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED): Heartstream Forerunner Model E01 including Semi-Rigid Carrying Case, DP5 Extra Pads, Data Card (30 Mins. ECG & Event) and BT1 Battery Pack
  • Current EMT Text (Currently used by USCG EMT School)

Reference: Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Manual, COMDTINST M3710.4B, 28 JUL 00

Caring For Tactical Equipment

The following is a guest submission from the folks at TYR Tactical, a supplier of high quality, lightweight tactical equipment.

Picture Credit: TYR Tactical
Picture Credit: TYR Tactical

How to Take Care of Your Tactical Gear

Getting the most value for your money is more important than ever, and extending the life of your tactical gear is much more important than replacing the gear and buying new stuff all over again. After all, the majority of tactical gear is costly and, as a result, should be cared for as well as possible. But how do you take care of your tactical gear? Do you know how to care for your armor and your boots? Have your knives lost their shininess and become inadvertently dull because you failed to take the time to care for them?

If so, here are a handful of pro-active tips that can assist you in helping to maintain the integrity of your tactical gear.

Body Armor Ensure that your armor stays clean and dry when not in use, and store it out of direct sunlight. It is highly advisable that you store it lying flat, not bunched up or curled over; therefore, make sure that it is flat if you are storing it in your trunk or on the backseat of your car. Try to keep it separate from other items in your trunk so that nothing slides around or hits it. In addition, try to make sure that nothing is left resting on top of it.

When cleaning your body armor, there are a few key things to take into consideration.

  1. Do not machine wash or use chemical products, such as bleaches or fabric softeners.
  2. Take out the different removable panels from the carrier (special threat plates, trauma inserts and armor panels), and carefully wipe them down with a damp sponge and a combination of mild laundry detergent and tepid water.
  3. Wipe off excess liquid and then also spot-wash the carrier and allow it to air dry on a flat surface before replacing the panels.

Furthermore, do not dry your carrier in a clothes dryer or in direct sunlight, and never leave it immersed in standing water for long periods of time. Always check that each panel is put back with the “strike face” side facing opposite your body.

Boots When it comes to tactical boot care, getting your boots wet on a consistent basis will probably cause the most damage over time. Therefore, when your boots get wet, it is wise to take out the insoles and let them air dry naturally as soon as possible, preferably somewhere flat. Most washing machines will get banged up inside if you attempt to wash heavy boots so, if you do not have access to an industrial washing machine, it is best to hand wash them yourself.

Remove the shoelaces, wipe away any loose dirt from the sides and soles of each boot with a damp sponge, and then clean the nylon inserts with a small brush. After this is done, smear on some all-purpose leather cleaner bit by bit and wipe using circle strokes. After they are dry, you can buff the leather sections with polish. When the sparkle has returned to your boots, replace the shoelaces and insoles. With care and cleaning, your boots can look as new as the day you first received them!

Knives In due course, any knife will become dull and blunt, especially when used on a day-to-day basis. Cleaning keeps a knife’s performance at its optimum level. In some situations, a dull blade is actually more dangerous than a sharp one, and rust and corrosion will occur if you fail to spend time carrying out proper maintenance. This means that keeping your knife spotless and well-oiled is the best defense against oxidation. If you need your knife sharpened, a professional staff member at a cutlery store can assist you.

To clean your knife, rinse the blade under the tap, making sure that the water removes any loose dirt or crusty residue. Once clean, dry thoroughly and then apply a small amount of oil to the blade – making sure that it does not come into contact with the handle – before polishing to a meticulous shine using a damp towel. You can use gun oil, machine oil, or 3-in-1 oil for this task.

Whether it’s your knives, your boots or your body armor, you must always set some time aside to care for your tactical equipment, so it can continue to function at the high levels of performance you have come to expect over the years. This will guarantee durability, longevity and, most important of all, dependability.

TYR Tactical specializes in ballistic vests, plate carriers, and military backpacks and bags. Our varied inventory also includes adjustable tactical molle pouches, sniper and reconnaissance harnesses, low visibility products, protective equipment, and much more. If you would like more information, please visit us online at www.tyrtactical.com or call 1-888-602-7667.

Bombing Anniversary Serves As Reminder

Today marks the first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. I think that it is important to remember the victims of this tragic and cowardly attack, but I feel that it should also serve as a reminder of the importance to be prepared. There are several of the victims that were wounded when the bombs went off that had their lives saved as a result of the quick thinking of the bystanders and first responders, accompanied by the ability of the same to improvise and apply effective tourniquets made of clothing and belts.

This is not an isolated incident either. The high profile shooting spree by Jared Loughner that resulted in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords being shot in the head is another case where tourniquets and hemostatic agents, that were in the Law Enforcement medical kits carried by officers, are credited with saving the lives of the injured.

These kits are modeled off of TCCC or TC3 (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) which is based off of combat experiences and the most likely threats to the injured. One of the single greatest lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the safe use of tourniquets and the effectiveness of pressure bandages and hemostatic agents in stopping bleeding. This has led to law enforcement agencies and emergency medical responders being issued these same tools to use in their daily duties. The tourniquet was previously considered a last resort is now recognized as the primary tool to stop arterial bleeding on an extremity. John Cohen, senior counterterrorism official at the Department of Homeland Security stated in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last year that, “As we began to take a hard look at how to respond to these types of incidents, what became clear was that the sooner you can stop victims from bleeding, the higher likelihood you will have for reducing fatalities, and the things that make the biggest difference in stopping bleeding are tourniquets and other bandages.” Findings like this have led to other initiatives across the United States that would make tourniquets and other lifesaving equipment available in public places like shopping malls and schools, where they could be employed by trained personnel or even the public if the need were to arise.

For preparedness minded individuals, this begs the question of, shouldn’t we do the same thing? The answer is an emphatic, yes! When making medical preparations, it is important to prepare first for the most likely scenario that will occur. For most of us, the primary threat to our health is some sort of accident. Because of this probability, a medical kit with a high quality tourniquet, pressure dressings, and hemostatic agent is an absolute must.

As a prepper, not only should medical kits be present in the home, but in the car, boat, RV, ATV, and range bag to name a few potential placements. This is because no one knows exactly when things could go wrong. It could be a mass shooting, there could be an accident at the gun range, or even an accident with a chainsaw while trying to fell a tree. These are all likely incidents that could require these particular medical supplies for proper treatment of the injuries.

My recommendation for a tourniquet would be the SOF Tourniquet accompanied by the Israeli Bandage or ETD (Emergency Trauma Dressing) for a pressure dressing and QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge hemostatic agent for an easy to use addition to your basic medical kit.

Regardless of the chosen supplies, what counts the most is having your medical kit put together and ready to use at a moments notice.

To see just how common incidents are where tourniquets and hemostatic agents are employed, look at this list of Law Enforcement Officer of Tactical EMS/Tactical Combat Casualty Care practices in action.