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ITS Tactical – Know How to Apply a Tourniquet?

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Your belt isn’t an acceptable tourniquet and neither is a bandanna with a stick twisted in it. These are modern times; commercially available tourniquets are ubiquitous and have been proven over and over again to save lives. Don’t plan to improvise, plan to have a real tourniquet ready and available.

The number one goal in treating any extremity hemorrhage (i.e. bleeding out) is to keep the blood in the body. The human body only has so much blood and while there’s no specific quantity that’s agreed upon for how much you can lose before you’re gone, suffice it to say you want to lose the least amount possible.

When it comes to tourniquet selection, we support the CoTCCC recommendations for commercially available tourniquets; the two most widely used and proven being the SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT) and the Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T).

Here’s How to Apply a Tourniquet

Orient the Tourniquet: The direction of pull to tighten the tourniquet should be towards the midline of the body. This is a good rule to remember and will make application easier if you have to apply a tourniquet on yourself one-handed. Picture an imaginary line running vertically up and down the center of the body; that’s your midline.

High as Possible:  Always keep the tourniquet as high as possible on a limb; never on a joint.

Grab the Loop and Pull: Don’t get in the habit of grabbing the tail of the tourniquet to tighten it right away. By grabbing the loop and pulling it towards the midline, you’ll keep the tourniquet from spinning and control it better during one-handed application.

Pull the Tail: Take all the slack out of the tourniquet by pulling the tail to tighten it.

Manipulate the Base: If there’s still slack left in the tourniquet, or you can’t tighten it any further because of its position, grab the base and move it. Then take up the rest of the slack.

Tighten the Windlass: Continue turning the windlass until all bleeding stops, or is controllable/manageable. It doesn’t matter what color the blood is, tighten it until it stops.

Anchor the Windlass: Each side of the windlass has a groove that locks into the d-ring, preventing it from coming undone. Lock this in and ensure it’s locked in the windlass groove.

Time and Date: At the end of the tail, the SOFTT has a sewn-in tag for writing in the time and date. A sharpie works great for this, but anything will do. It’s important to note this for higher echelon care, (i.e. hospitals) so that they know how long the tourniquet has been in place.

Practice: You should be able to deploy and apply your tourniquet in 12 seconds, one-handed. Practice until you can meet that goal each time. You’re also not going to ruin your tourniquet by practicing with it, just be sure you’re checking it after each practice session and if you see anything that’s damaged or has the potential to fail, replace your tourniquet.

Get Training: This email shouldn’t be used as a replacement for medical training in the usage of a tourniquet. Seek training for yourself and your loved ones from competent trainers. Remember, a tourniquet is not a last resort!

The last thing to discuss is how to store a tourniquet, we’ve recently developed and patented our TourniQuick® Pouch. It provides not only a fully-enclosed storage method, but more importantly, a revolutionary deployment system that reduces time from deployment to application, saving valuable seconds. Remember, seconds count when you’re bleeding out!™

Whether you purchase from ITS or not, always buy tourniquets from a reputable resource to avoid fakes. A failure to plan is a plan to fail, so keep a tourniquet with you and be prepared to save a life.

Thanks to ITS Tactical for allowing us to share this post.

TNVC Night Fighter 2022 Training Schedule Announced

Monday, October 18th, 2021

TNVC is proud to announce our 2022 Night Fighter Training Schedule!

For the 2022 Training Year, we have instituted a couple of small changes.  We have changed the name of our level 2 class from “Armed Professional” to “Night Fighter 201”. While the content of the class will not drastically change, we wanted to make the course a little more focused and applicable to open enrollment students. Law Enforcement and Military professionals will still get a lot out of this class—the change in the course is primarily in name only. Additionally, we were able to add another location for this course at our Oklahoma venue.

While the listed classes have been locked in for 2022, we are continuing to look at other locations and venues for all three of our classes, so keep watching as classes may be added throughout the year.  

We have also updated our Frequently Asked Questions page with more information and details to include the training locations we go to and answer some common inquiries.

As we wrap up our 2021 training schedule, we want to thank you for all the support.  We enjoyed having all the students we did in the classes; we had lots of fun times and made new friends along the way.

You can always contact us for any specific questions you have, and we will be happy to help you make decisions prior to coming to class.

If you do not have equipment, but still want to train, we will offer limited night vision rentals at each venue.  These offerings sell out quickly, so again sign up early if you intend to rent gear. Complete information about the TNVC rental gear program can be found here:

2022 Training Schedule


• March 5 – 6, 2022 – The Sawmill, Laurens, SC
• March 26 – 27, 2022 – Badlands Tactical, Grandfield, OK
• April 9 – 10, 2022 – Pro Gun Club, Boulder City, NV
• April 23 – 24, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• April 30 – May 1, 2022 – Great Falls, MT
• September 17-18, 2022 – Great Falls, MT
• October 1 – 2, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• October 22 – 23, 2022 – Badlands Tactical, Grandfield, OK
• October 29 – 30, 2022 – Pro Gun Club, Boulder City, NV
• November 5 – 6, 2022 – The Sawmill, Laurens, SC

NIGHT FIGHTER 201: (Formerly called Armed Professional)

• April 22 – 24, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• September 16-18, 2022 – Great Falls, MT
• September 30 – October 2, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• October 21 – 23, 2022 – Badlands Tactical, Grandfield, OK


• March 4, 2022 – The Sawmill, Laurens, SC
• March 25, 2022 – Badlands Tactical, Grandfield, OK
• April 8, 2022 – Pro Gun Club, Boulder City, NV
• April 21, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• April 29, 2022 – Great Falls, MT
• September 15, 2022 – Great Falls, MT
• September 29, 2022 – Alliance, OH
• October 20, 2022 – Badlands Tactical, Grandfield, OK
• October 28, 2022 – Pro Gun Club, Boulder City, NV
• November 4, 2022 – The Sawmill, Laurens, SC

See All Training Classes:

See you on the range!

If you have any questions that you would like to see addressed in future newsletters, or follow ups to this letter, feel free to email us at: [email protected].

You can also look at our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly asked questions:

AUSA 21 – Chiron-X1 CQC Armor

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Cervello Global is offering Chiron-X1 CQC Armor with training by Redback One.

Chiron-X1 CQC Armor is made from carbon fiber and padded, allowing the wearer to train at full speed, protecting the wearer from injury due to strikes from blunt force weapons along with punches and kicks as well as the use of marking rounds. Additionally, it provides head, neck, throat and cervical spine protection against compression, hyperextension and whiplash.

To the left of this photo you see a full ensemble while to the right Redback One’s Jason Falla demonstrates that you can scale the armor to the level needed for the type of training being conducted.

Air Guard’s 104th Medical Group Trains on Medical Care, Combat Tactics

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Members of the 104th Medical Group attended a two-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care course through the Center for Education, Simulation & Innovation with Hartford HealthCare Sept. 18-19, 2021, in Hartford, Connecticut.

During the interactive event members were taught the goals of TCCC, which are to treat the casualties, prevent additional casualties, and complete the mission. They were also taught the three phases of TCCC; care under fire, tactical field care, and tactical evacuation care.

“TCCC is a new secretary of defense medical initiative that can be used by all members while deployed in theater or during home station emergencies,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Reynolds, 104MDG aerospace medical technician. “During this specific training, 104MDG members went through live action scenarios, hands on skills, and critical thinking situations to perfect their knowledge of combat related casualties.”

According to Rob Lanouette, Department Consultant for the Tactical Medical programs at CESI, good medicine can be bad tactics if you don’t do the right thing at the right time.

“The TCCC course is important in that it is designed to integrate medical care and tactics in a combat environment,” said Lanouette. “TCCC addresses those differences.”

Lanouette went on to describe the purpose of the three phases of care. During the care under fire phase, treatment is limited to suppression of hostile fire, moving the casualty to cover and controlling massive hemorrhaging.

Tactical Field Care is the care rendered to the casualty once the casualty and rescuer are no longer under effective fire. A more in-depth assessment and treatment are rendered.

Tactical Evacuation Care is the care that is rendered during transport by aircraft, vehicle or boat to a higher role of care. The care that was rendered in the Tactical Field Care is continued in this phase. More advanced care may be rendered as additional equipment may be carried by the evacuation unit.

Reynolds said mastering the three phases can play a critical role in saving lives.

“It is important for all military members to be trained in the basics of TCCC so if a situation ever occurs, life can be maintained until the next level of care can be accomplished,” said Reynolds. “This was a great training for the members who participated because it gave us a chance to perform under pressure and to really test our knowledge, not to mention the comradery that was felt throughout the training.”

On the second day of training, the 104MDG Airmen were required to participate in a final scenario. This scenario was a culmination of the TCCC objectives that were learned throughout the course and is designed to simulate an austere environment. Audio and visual devices, environmental conditions and physical activity were utilized to induce stress that is often found in those environments.

Lanouette, also a prior Marine who served as a paramedic for 28 years and state trooper for 21 years, said he was impressed with the work ethic and ability of the 104MDG members to complete the 16 hour course successfully.

“The 104th did a great job representing the Air Forces Medical Services mission by displaying their commitment to delivering trusted care,” said Lanouette. “As the coordinator of the final scenario, I had asked a lot from them. I may have taken some of them out of their comfort zone during this mentally and physically demanding final scenario. The 104th was able to meet the objectives of the course and should be proud of this accomplishment.”

By Randall Burlingame, 104th Fighter Wing

TMS Tuesday – Virtual Training: TMS University

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Do you want a place where you can have access to learning and relevant information on pre-hospital trauma treatments and equipment? Do you want to do it from the luxury of your home? Do you want this access for free? If you answered yes, TMS University is the place for you!

TMS University is TacMed Solutions online training portal for e-learning and information sharing! When you register, you will have access to:

• Information on TacMed Solutions and other product Tactics
• Discussion Groups
• Published clinical reports, studies, and papers
• Free or low-cost online classes and training
• Associate Trainer Program members hosted training content
• Case studies on incidents and uses
• Anything relevant we can find to help you succeed!

If you want access to all these great resources, get registered today for free! Check it out at TMS University – TacMed Solutions!


Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Simulation Training Group Pty Ltd this week officially released Virtual-Shot, a new and innovative hooting simulation system that is the first of its kind. Virtual-Shot enables a Rifle, Airsoft, or Gelblaster owner to attach their phone to their weapon and turn it into a virtual shooting range. Virtual-Shot offers a new way for gun owners and Military Simulation enthusiast to enjoy using their weapons at home, without ammunition, al whilst learning real shooting and marksmanship skills.

“Virtual-Shot is the shooting simulation system we wish we had when training soldiers for combat in places like Afghanistan, South East Asia, and Iraq.”

Daryl Batchelor, Co-Founder

Hardware Features:

• Standard Picatinny mounting system

• Configure in either Scope or Red Dot mode

• Secure universal mobile phone mount

Application Features:

• Easily downloaded from Apple Store or Google Play

• Built-in video tutorials for beginner shooters.

• Multiple Scope options and magnifications

• Adjustable targetry including; types, distances, and movements

• Adjustable Wind Conditions

• Adjustable projectile weights and velocities for accurate bullet trajectories

• Advanced Shot analytics, including shot time splits, pre and post shot movement analysis.

• Games levels include; Junkyards, Deer Hunting, Zombie Survival and Black Hawk Down.

• Gallery Ranges – including IPSC and falling plate style challenges

See it on YouTube.

Virtual-Shot is Australian Owned and Manufactured.

Virtual-Shot offers global shipping and has distribution hubs in USA, Europe, and Australia.


For more information on Virtual-Shot, visit

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 66: Strong Band, Weak Hand with Bill Blowers

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

SureFire Field Notes is a multi-segment informational video series with tips and techniques from subject matter experts of all backgrounds. In this episode, Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical discusses the importance of training your off hand shooting and a metric to baseline your performance.

Field Notes Playlist

TMS Tuesday – Diesel: K9 Simulator

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

K9s faithfully serve along side us in the military and on law enforcement teams, so it is our responsibility to be ready to help them in the case of an emergency. TacMed’s two K9 simulators, K9 Diesel and K9 Hero, are advanced full-body K9 simulators that serves as a skills trainer by simulating active breathing, audio queues, and over 28 different features and medical intervention sites.

It has adjustable breathing, interchangeable limbs, audio, pulse, full anatomical skeletal motion, and bleeding junctional wounds. It can serve to help train in IV insertion, intubation, amputation scenarios, paw lacerations, CPR, bloat, needle decompression, wound packing, and more!

It is currently used by trainers, veterinarians, military handlers, and K9 first responders. Get yourself trained and ready for a K9 emergency.

Check it out: K9 DIESEL – TacMed Solutions