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Civilian Medical: Part 1 – Introduction And Purpose Of This Series.

Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed a sharp increase in the popularity of small medical/trauma kits, media coverage of the contents, use, and procedures for immediate care (articles, You Tube), and classes that are offered to teach these subjects. The norm in the past was a basic first-aid/first responder course with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Above that were the different EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) levels of care as well (BLS-basic life support, and ALS-advanced life support). Say you have a victim next to you with a sucking chest wound from a bullet, and they state they are having...

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The Tulster Profile Holster; Attention To The Details

It has always been my belief that there are three crucial parts to any concealed carry system. The sidearm is an obvious one, followed by the holster and belt. In my quest to find the best components for a CCW system, Tulster’s products had caught my attention a few times, and I decided to see what the hype was for myself. Tulster’s website is one of the best I’ve seen so far as it was well designed, easy to navigate, had clear/bright photographs, and I had found that they sell other gear and apparel besides holsters. The color/texture/pattern and...

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RI Democrats attack 2nd amendment

A pebble in the water can ripple across a lake. Supporters of the Second Amendment, what happens to one state can reverberate to others, there are some anti and pro-firearm bills currently being heard at the RI State House on March 22, 2016. To all my fellow RIers; the rotunda has been reserved by the RI 2nd Amendment Coalition @ 3PM to gather, show support and listen to speakers, with the hearings to commence at approx. 4:30PM. Why should anyone else in the country care? Because the negatives to be heard are similar to many other anti-firearm bills that the...

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Juggernaut Tactical; M14 Rogue Chassis System

To modify, or not to modify…. that is the question. The M14/M1A series of rifles have a certain sentimental value to me in their original walnut stocks, and OEM parts. My old man served in ‘Nam as a LRRP (Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol) for multiple tours, using the M14 before it was replaced with the failure prone M16. This is why I refer to it as my “old man’s rifle”. The iconic M14 Still serves today under several designations after being modernized with a new chassis and improvements in accuracy. Keeping this in mind, I decided to drop my Springfield...

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Elite Warrior Armament; TR Pro Sear Jig

One of the most common improvements that is done to a firearm is a trigger job. This is done for a number of reasons such as; an improved response of the action, accuracy, and to get that crisp “glass rod” feeling when the shot breaks with near zero take-up. In my experience, the 1911 platform is the number one sidearm that I’ve seen come in for this service. There are a number of manufacturers that supply jigs and other tools for prepping sears, and I have used a few in the past. Some work better than others, and some...

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SafeGuard Clothing; Covert/Overt Vest

There are many considerations to take into account when purchasing body armor. These include; price, levels and type of protection, and comfort (which is commonly overlooked). With finances being tight for most, sacrifices are usually made to keep costs down. The average cost for quality armor that offers N.I.J. (National Institute of Justice) level 2 ballistic, level 1 edged blade, and level 1 spike protection is between $475 and $650 (in my area). While it is widely understood that cost equals quality and the confidence in protection, it also keeps it out of reach for some. While searching for...

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Apex Tactical Specialties; Armorers Tray and Pin Punch

Apex Tactical Specialties Armorers Tray When working on firearms, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. For pistol work, I’ve been using the Polymer Armorer Block from Apex Tactical Specialties. In addition to the block, I’ve also been using the Polymer Armorers Tray and Pin Punch. This tray offers a number of features that make it a great addition for the tool box. The red polymer construction combines practicality with a well thought-out design. To start, it matches and fits together well with either side of their armorers block, securing in place in the four corners...

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Wolff Gunsprings For The M1A/M14 Rifle; An Affordable Improvement

When it comes to firearms, there always seems like something needs to be improved. A tweak here, a parts replacement or modification there; and you have a firearm that feels more ergonomic, shoots better, or operates more reliably or smoothly. The same can be said for my M1A Loaded model. Sure, I like the additional improvements over the base model. Yes, I would say that the action type is one of the most reliable (in my opinion). However, I would like to see an improvement in lock-time, as well as a slight reduction in recoil. Lock-time is defined as; the time it takes from sear release to the firing pin contacting the primer of the round. The model I own does not have a recoil pad, instead it has a walnut stock with the M14 style steel folding butt plate. After fifty rounds, my shoulder starts to feel it. So what can I do to improve these attributes while not replacing the stock, and keeping the classic M14 look? A full spring replacement is the answer. -DISCLAIMER- “Modifying the manufacture’s design of a firearm may void your warranty. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to be a how-to guide. The purpose of this article is to review a specific product, and to show what may be involved during installation and function. You (the reader)...

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Apex Tactical Specialties; Forward Set Sear & Trigger Kit

Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm trigger job The Smith and Wesson M&P9 Pro has become my favorite sidearm. It handles well, has great accuracy, and has great ergonomics. The only issue I have with it is the trigger. I have never been a fan of a hinged trigger safety design and I feel that it gives a mushy feeling as the safety is disengaged, followed by a long take up. Apex Tactical Specialties has come through again with an innovative product that not only makes a major improvement to the trigger, but to the action and safety as...

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