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North American Rescue – Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanner

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Of all of the items I saw at last week’s Marine South Expo at Camp Lejeune, NC, the visit to North American Rescue impressed me most. They shared the Clarius Wireless Premium Ultrasound Scanners with me, which bring ultrasound imaging to austere environments.

They had two models, the C3 which is for use in Convex applications and the L7 which is for Linear applications. The devices are wireless and connect to handheld Andriod and iOS devices via Bluetooth. There are apps for either OS and their use is quite intuitive. Additionally, you can share the images live, with other handheld devices within range, making this a good option for teaching scenarios. Naturally, the battery operated Clarissa can also be used in remote/forward areas thanks to its sealed magnesium shell that is both durable and waterproof up to 30 minutes at 1meter immersion depth.

First, the technician selects the device.

Next, the technician chooses what will be imaged.

-High-quality resolution without any wires
-Convex or Linear Probe operates at 2-6 MHz for 3-30cm depth
-Operates on virtually any Smart device operating on iOS or Android platforms
-Superior materials and construction making it lightweight, rugged and waterproof for up to 30 minutes at 1m immersion
-Automated settings (gain and frequency) make usage effortless
-Designed to scan all parts of a patient’s torso, including the heart

Marine South – United States Tactical

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Marine South is United States Tactical. They had their debut during SHOT Show in the Red Rock Outdoor Gear’s booth. So far, they’ve introduced some slings and belts but they also have a K9 line in the works.

Designs are by former Marine Jeff Kyle, who some of you may know from his philanthropic work with his brother Chris. They told me that they are working to get their products introduced into the Marine Corps Exchange.

Marine South – RIG Series Eagle IFAK from North American Rescue

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Although the pouch is the same for each of the RIG Series Eagle IFAKs from North American Rescue, it comes in three levels, each differing based on contents.


-Tourniquet attached for quick deployment by banding it to inside of front opening flap
-Protective hood with quick latch release helps protect IFAK components and includes sewn in embroidered medical cross identifier
-Allows attachment both vertically (PALS backing) and horizontally (3 in belt loop)
-Quick pull latch and tab for easy one-handed opening
-Detachable (hook & loop backed) shock-cord inner panel adjusts to secure internal components & is easily removable for rapid access


The three levels are Basic, with Combat Gauze and Advanced.


with Combat Gauze




The carrier is H 8″ x 4″ x D 3″ and offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Marine South – Double 40mm Pouch from Blue Force Gear

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Manufactured from lightweight ULTRAcomp, this double 40mm pouch uses their MOLLE compatible, proprietary Helium Whisper Attachment System. It also features Velcro adjustable lids in order to accept different length 40mm rounds. However, materials aside, my favorite feature of BFG’s suite of pouches is the tactile tab on the lids.

Marine South – Massif Locator Cold Weather Flight Glove

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Massif was exhibiting their Locator Cold Weather Flight Glove.

Not only is the glove made from Massif Battleshield X laminate fabric, but it also incorporates conductive goatskin leather, making it compatible with handheld devices. The Battleshield X is a stretchable fabric which offers FR, water and wind resistance as well as a fleece lining for comfort.

Marine South – Sneak Peek High Speed Gear’s Laser Slotted Belt

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Here’s a sneak peek of High Speed Gear’s upcoming Laser Slotted Belt, featuring laser cut PALS slots along each articulated section of padded belt. It accepts an inner belt which can be woven over, or under, the articulated sections.

The rear section is slightly higher than the rest of the belt to support the lower back.

Marine South 2017

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

We’re at the 2017 Marine South Expo and we’re going to share some cool stuff with you.

Blue Force Gear Showcases Micro Trauma Kit Now! At Marine South Expo

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

POOLER, Ga., March 13, 2017 – Blue Force Gear®, the designer and manufacturer of the world’s finest weapon slings and tactical equipment, will showcase the Micro Trauma Kit NOW!™ (Micro TKN) at this year’s Marine South Expo. U.S. Marines will be able to demo the product first-hand at booth 121 at the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based show from April 12 to April 13.

Designed to hold essential lifesaving medical supplies, like a decompression needle and combat gauze, the Micro TKN attaches directly to your belt and is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit NOW! collection. The Micro TKN is available in several variations and can be purchased with or without medical supplies.

Two main components make up the Micro TKN – the outer MOLLE or belt mounted pouch utilizing Ten-Speed® technology and a removable insert that keeps the medical supplies organized. The MOLLE is horizontally mounted on the belt to not obstruct torso movement. The front outer pouch features a laser-cut cross with several signal indicators – black, red, or highly reflective glow-in-the-dark insert.

Blue Force Gear designed and developed the Micro TKN with help from an 18 Delta Special Forces Medic.

“The Micro Trauma Kit NOW! is the perfect tool for Marines to carry downrange because deployment of the first aid supplies can be done with one hand or even a single finger,” said Ashley Burnsed, CEO of Blue Force Gear. “The kit provides all the essentials needed to save a Marine’s life in one pouch.”

Marine South Expo attendees can find Blue Force Gear’s new products and current lineup in booth 121. James Byer, Blue Force Gear’s Government Business Development Manager and retired Infantry Marine, will be in attendance at the show.

MDM – SERE Industries OM27-S

Friday, September 30th, 2016

I saw a lot of interesting gear at Modern Day Marine but the OM27-S from SERE Industries stuck out for a couple of reasons. First off, is the obvious; it’s a multi-functional tool, but creator Tim Langan is also a Marine Corps Veteran and based the design on need. Items built fulfill an operational need always garner my attention.  Langan says, in addition to its use a tool, the OM27-S can also be used for fitness applications. Those of you who participated, may recognize the tool from type US Army’s 2016 Advanced Warfighting Experiment.

The OM27-S consists of the OS-100 Operational MultiPurpose Support Bar which serves as the tool’s shaft, OG-1 MultiPurpose Survival Tool which resembles the spearhead, M5 MultiPurpose Utility Handle which looks like a hammerhead, CCW-101 Cervical Counterweight and MutiPurpose Shovel which is the hexagonal item, and the Tactical Survival Bag/Field Litter-Splint.

The SERE OM27-S Survival Tool is a one-of-a-kind hybrid multi-functioning tactical tool designed for infinite combinations of use and brings the individual a system of over 50 solutions for a variety of operational applications in multiple threat environments in 7.7 pounds.

There’s a lot of capability here. I’m going to try to purchase one to enhance the BII for my Pinzgauer. The SERE Industries OM27-S is available for unit and agency purchase through Federal Resources.

MDM – TCI Bluetooth Module

Friday, September 30th, 2016

I was walking through the aisles at Modern Day Marine when I ran across the Quantico Tactical booth. It was like a mini trade show in itself, but one thing I wanted to get out right away was this Bluetooth Module for tactical comms headsets from Tactical Command Industries. It was set up as a component on a rig like you see below and was so unobtrusive I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it if Retired TACP Jim Price hadn’t pointed it out to me.

I picked it up to check it out. It’s super simple, connecting to the switch via a pigtail with just a few buttons to conncet your Bluetooth enabled device to the rest of your comms. The hardened three button design is standard with many commercially available Bluetooth headsets and earpieces and the buttons are large enough to be used with gloves on. It is rechargeable via mini USB.

Think about how often you use a cell phone. Now, you can integrate it into your gear, when needed. For some, it will be your primary comms. Others will fit it into the PACE structure somewhere. Shoot, some guys will connect their cell just so they can listen to music through their headphones.

Granted, this isn’t the first deployment of a means to integrate cell service. But this was designed by TCI to work specifically with their widely deployed dual communications architecture found in the later R.3 and the new R.4 dual push-to-talk systems. TCI’s dual communications system is specifically designed to separate the two audio channels so there is no shared connections and no physical or electronic way for audio from one channel to bleed into the transmission on the other. Additionally, their PTT’s incorporate a lock out feature that disables the opposite PTT switch from the one that is in use. Because of these features, a cellular device, which requires no PTT as the microphone is active once a call is placed/accepted, has its audio in mute mode while the other channel is in active use. This prevents radio traffic, either received or transmitted, from being heard on the cell phone. This feature keeps radio transmissions, which may be encrypted, off of the cell phone audio. That would be a major problem, enabling threats to work to undermine our encryption. This system is by far more secure than the common practice of using a cell phone by lifting up an earcup to talk on it. This may actually expose the phone to radio traffic that is not cleared for cell phone transmission resulting in inadvertant disclosure.

Finally, the module is impedance agnostic. It will work with both high and low impedance headsets. There is no need for an extra cable or impedance matching hardware to be incorporated.

The Blue Tooth Adapter from Tactical Command Industries is available for unit and agency purchase through Quantico Tactical.