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Update On Using a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space In Your Trauma Kit

Update On Using a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space In Your Trauma Kit

Use vacuum bags to save space, and take wrapped items out of their wrappers to save time. In December of 2017 I wrote about using a vacuum sealer to save room in your trauma kit, and to increase the durability of wrapped items, like gauze. Here’s an update, with an example of how I saved […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics: April 2018 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics: April 2018 Edition

April’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 2/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 I admit — I didn’t check my lights and optics last month. As a result, I don’t know if The She Shepherd’s Meprolight Mepro […]

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2018 : the No Gear Year

2018 : the No Gear Year

| January 3, 2018 | 4 Comments

I will limit my purchases in 2018 to items required for training, or need to be repaired / replaced due to training. Training Over Tools This is a phrase we’ve written and said over the last few years, but we are putting our money where our mouth is in 2018. Unless we need something for […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics, November 2017 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics, November 2017 Edition

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

November’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 0/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 2/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 This month two of our safe / container lights were dead. One of our motion activated safe lights died. I put in two rechargeable […]

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Another One Bites the Dust Saves Another Life

Another One Bites the Dust Saves Another Life

| November 30, 2017 | 4 Comments

My father and his wife (we’ll call her Mrs. M) rode their horses the day before Thanksgiving this year. Dad put the saddles in the truck when Mrs. M heard a thud. Dad was on the ground, eyes wide open and completely dilated. He had “postured,” his body rigid and unresponsive. He suffered a massive heart […]

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EDC Medical Kit Updates, November 2017

EDC Medical Kit Updates, November 2017

| November 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

Update on my ankle trauma kit: I added rubber bands around my SOFT-T Wide after ejecting it during training. I added another roll of 4″ x 4 yards gauze after attending another medical class. Update on my pocket kit: I traded my ab pad for two rolls of 4″ x 4 yards gauze I’ve worn […]

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Announcing Instructor Feedback, a Free Way to Survey Students of Personal Safety Classes

Announcing Instructor Feedback, a Free Way to Survey Students of Personal Safety Classes

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Personal safety instructors can get basic, standardized surveys from our new project Instructor Feedback for free. Read more if you want to know more. Part of my day job is accumulating user data, looking at it, and making decisions. As we’ve taken more courses from more and more instructors, it occurred to us that very […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics, October 2017 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics, October 2017 Edition

| November 3, 2017 | 7 Comments

October’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 1/10* Total dead weapon mounted lights: 1/4* Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 We had two “special circumstances” this month that are worth noting. The battery on my Mini Draco vSBR AK47 was strong enough to power […]

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Concert Security Experiment #01

Concert Security Experiment #01

| October 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

The She Shepherd and I went to a rock concert at a small venue last night. I knew the venue had a strict no weapons policy, including OC spray. However, the concert was in downtown Minneapolis and I expected the concert to last until at least 11PM at night. I wanted to carry a defensive […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics, September 2017 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics, September 2017 Edition

| October 6, 2017 | 1 Comments

September’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 0/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 Two things of note this month: the rechargeable battery for my Nitecore MT1C survived, which may mean that I have a weak / defective […]

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