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While they're available purchase extra factory Glock 22/23 hi-capacity 22rd magazines at the following link: MidwayUSA. This is a great way to send some extra rounds down range without a magazine change. Below is a picture of my Glock 23 with the extended magazine, I also included a side by side comparison of a 22rd mag next to the standard 13rd mag. Also, when you're at Midway pick-up some .22LR ammunition and some extra AR15 magazines. Keep stocking up!
“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”
A key item to include in your range bag and first aid kits where firearms or utility vehicles are used is the Adventure Medical Trauma Pak with QuickClot. This is an all inclusive first aid kit that provides all the supplies to stop severe bleeding. This kit can be purchase for under $20 at most online vendors. In addition to your range bag, purchase this kit for your vehicle and home emergency kits. This kit includes the following items: QuickClot 25g; Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"; Gloves - one pair; one handwipe; 2" x 26" duct tape; triangular bandage; Sterile gauze dressing 4" x 4", pkg./2; Sterile gauze dressing 2"x 2", pkg./2; Conforming gauze bandage 3"; Antiseptic wipe for cuts and scrapes; Re-sealable bag for Bio-Waste and Sucking chest wounds. The kit also includes "Life Savings" instructions, including the ABC's of First Aid, Sucking chest wound, shoulder and upper arm fracture, head injuries and more. Small enough for everyday carry. Fits BDU pocket for quick access. Waterproof.
Pictured is a Gerber MP600 Multi-tool recently purchased for $29 shipped on Ebay (used). Vendors normally sell this tool for well over $60. The MP600 is a great tool for use at the range, in the field and has a number features for use with the AR15. The front site post adjustment tool (extended in picture), scraper and non reflective surface make it handy for field use. The only complaint about the system is the replaceable carbide blades are sometimes crack. Features include: Needlenose Pliers, Wire Crimper, Wire Cutter, Front Site Tool, File, Fine Edge Knife, Serrated Knife, Phillips Driver, Small Flat Driver, Medium Flat Driver, Large Flat Driver, Ruler, and Bottle Opener. Include the MP600 in your range bag and all of your gear.
Treat a casualty for shock is a first aid skill that all individuals should be capable to perform. FM 3-21.75 The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills (January 2008) field manual provides the following steps on how to “Evaluate and treat a Casualty for Shock.” The term shock means various things. In medicine, it means a collapse of the body’s cardiovascular system, including an inadequate supply of blood to the body’s tissues. Shock stuns and weakens the body. When the normal blood flow in the body is upset, death can result. Early recognition and proper first aid may save the casualty’s life. Hypovolemic shock is caused by a sudden decrease in the amount of fluid circulating in the casualty's blood circulatory system. This is usually caused by severe bleeding, but it can also be caused by severe burns (second and third degree burns on 20 percent or more of the body surface), vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive sweating. Hypovolemic shock can result in the casualty's death. NOTE: Hypovolemic shock can also result from blood loss due to internal bleeding (bleeding into the abdominal or chest cavities). You will not be able to treat internal bleeding. This condition requires rapid evacuation.
1. Causes and Effects of Shock - The three basic effects of shock are--
• Heart is damaged and fails to pump.
• Blood loss (heavy bleeding) depletes fluids in vascular system.
• Blood vessels dilate (open wider), dropping blood pressure to dangerous level.
2. Shock might be caused by--
• Allergic reaction to foods, drugs, insect stings, and snakebites.
• Significant loss of blood.
• Reaction to sight of wound, blood, or other traumatic scene.
• Traumatic injuries.
-- Gunshot or shrapnel wounds.
-- Crush injuries.
-- Blows to the body, which can break bones or damage internal organs.
-- Head injuries.
-- Penetrating wounds such as from knife, bayonet, or missile.
3. Signs and Symptoms of Shock - Examine the casualty to see if he has any of the following signs and symptoms:
• Sweaty but cool (clammy) skin.
• Weak and rapid pulse.
• (Too) rapid breathing.
• Pale or chalky skin tone.
• Cyanosis (blue) or blotchy skin, especially around the mouth and lips.
• Restlessness or nervousness.
• Significant loss of blood.
• Confusion or disorientation.
• Nausea, vomiting, or both.
4. First-Aid Measures for Shock - First-aid procedures for shock in the field are the same ones performed to prevent it. When treating a casualty, always assume the casualty is in shock, or will be shortly. Waiting until the signs of shock are visible could jeopardize the casualty’s life.
5. Casualty Position - Never move the casualty, or his limbs, if you suspect he has fractures, and they have not yet been splinted. If you have cover and the situation permits, move the casualty to cover. Lay him on his back. A casualty in shock from a chest wound, or who is having trouble breathing, might breathe easier sitting up. If so, let him sit up, but monitor him carefully, in case his condition worsens. Elevate his feet higher than the level of his heart. Support his feet with a stable object, such as a field pack or rolled up clothing, to keep them from slipping off (see attached figures).WARNINGS: Do not elevate legs if the casualty has an unsplinted broken leg, head injury, or abdominal injury. Check casualty for leg fracture(s), and splint them, if needed, before you elevate his feet. For a casualty with an abdominal wound, place his knees in an upright (flexed) position.
Loosen clothing at the neck, waist, or wherever it might be binding. CAUTION Do not loosen or remove protective clothing in a chemical environment. Prevent the casualty from chilling or overheating. The key is to maintain normal body temperature. In cold weather, place a blanket or like item over and under him to keep him warm and prevent chilling. However, if a tourniquet has been applied, leave it exposed (if possible). In hot weather, place the casualty in the shade and protect him from becoming chilled; however, avoid the excessive use of blankets or other coverings. Calm the casualty. Throughout the entire procedure of providing first aid for a casualty, you should reassure the casualty and keep him calm. This can be done by being authoritative (taking charge) and by showing self-confidence. Assure the casualty that you are there to help him. Seekmedical aid.
6. Food and Drink - When providing first aid for shock, never give the casualty food or drink. If you must leave the casualty, or if he is unconscious, turn his head to the side to prevent him from choking if he vomits.
7. Casualty Evaluation - Continue to evaluate the casualty until medical personnel arrives or the casualty is transported to an MTF.
Source: FM 3-21.75
FM 3-21.75 The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills (January 2008) field manual provides the following narrative on "Urban Fighting Position Considerations." How do you find and use a fighting position properly? You have to know this: whether you are attacking or defending, your success depends on your ability to place accurate fire on the enemy--with the least exposure to return fire (Figure 8-12).
Fighting Position Considerations:
• Make maximum use of available cover and concealment.
• Avoid firing over cover; when possible, fire around it.
• Avoid silhouetting against light-colored buildings, the skyline, and so on.
• Carefully select a new fighting position before leaving an old one.
• Avoid setting a pattern. Fire from both barricaded and non-barricaded windows.
• Keep exposure time to a minimum.
• Begin improving your hasty position immediately after occupation.
• Use construction material that is readily available in an urban area.
• Remember: positions that provide cover at ground level may not provide cover on higher floors.
"What country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
G.S. Kyle's book The Revolution Begins (Molon Labe) is one of the best books I've read on the defense of the Constitution and the fight against government tyranny. Like the many customer reviews mention, it is hard to put this book down. The book also reinforces a number of military skills from small unit tactics to defeating heat signatures are discussed. The following summary of the book from Amazon.com provides additional detail about the book, " When a fictional government overreaches and defies it's Constitution, Citizens get angry. When they decide the people no longer have the right to be armed, The citizens take action. The Revolution Begins is a fictional account of the patriotic response by Constitution abiding citizens to a tyrannical government that asks the UN to assist in the confiscation of citizen's firearms." Just read today's news. This book is extremely relevant to current events and what citizens are potentially facing from a global government. Be prepared! Get Ready!!!
A primary or alternate signaling system used during tactical operations is a simple whistle blast. If surprise is no longer an element of the mission and another signaling system is unavailable (radio, visual or pyrotechnics), a whistle blast is an excellent way to communicate actions to other elements within the squad. During night or day operations the use of a whistle is idea to signal to support elements to shift or lift fire, to initiate movement of an assault element or to initiate actions on the objective. BrigadeQM is selling the pictured whistle at the following link, GI Cork Ball Plastic Whistle. A signal whistle should be attached to all of your tactical vests and chest rigs for easy access.