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Caring For Tactical Equipment

The following is a guest submission from the folks at TYR Tactical, a supplier of high quality, lightweight tactical equipment.

Picture Credit: TYR Tactical
Picture Credit: TYR Tactical

How to Take Care of Your Tactical Gear

Getting the most value for your money is more important than ever, and extending the life of your tactical gear is much more important than replacing the gear and buying new stuff all over again. After all, the majority of tactical gear is costly and, as a result, should be cared for as well as possible. But how do you take care of your tactical gear? Do you know how to care for your armor and your boots? Have your knives lost their shininess and become inadvertently dull because you failed to take the time to care for them?

If so, here are a handful of pro-active tips that can assist you in helping to maintain the integrity of your tactical gear.

Body Armor Ensure that your armor stays clean and dry when not in use, and store it out of direct sunlight. It is highly advisable that you store it lying flat, not bunched up or curled over; therefore, make sure that it is flat if you are storing it in your trunk or on the backseat of your car. Try to keep it separate from other items in your trunk so that nothing slides around or hits it. In addition, try to make sure that nothing is left resting on top of it.

When cleaning your body armor, there are a few key things to take into consideration.

  1. Do not machine wash or use chemical products, such as bleaches or fabric softeners.
  2. Take out the different removable panels from the carrier (special threat plates, trauma inserts and armor panels), and carefully wipe them down with a damp sponge and a combination of mild laundry detergent and tepid water.
  3. Wipe off excess liquid and then also spot-wash the carrier and allow it to air dry on a flat surface before replacing the panels.

Furthermore, do not dry your carrier in a clothes dryer or in direct sunlight, and never leave it immersed in standing water for long periods of time. Always check that each panel is put back with the “strike face” side facing opposite your body.

Boots When it comes to tactical boot care, getting your boots wet on a consistent basis will probably cause the most damage over time. Therefore, when your boots get wet, it is wise to take out the insoles and let them air dry naturally as soon as possible, preferably somewhere flat. Most washing machines will get banged up inside if you attempt to wash heavy boots so, if you do not have access to an industrial washing machine, it is best to hand wash them yourself.

Remove the shoelaces, wipe away any loose dirt from the sides and soles of each boot with a damp sponge, and then clean the nylon inserts with a small brush. After this is done, smear on some all-purpose leather cleaner bit by bit and wipe using circle strokes. After they are dry, you can buff the leather sections with polish. When the sparkle has returned to your boots, replace the shoelaces and insoles. With care and cleaning, your boots can look as new as the day you first received them!

Knives In due course, any knife will become dull and blunt, especially when used on a day-to-day basis. Cleaning keeps a knife’s performance at its optimum level. In some situations, a dull blade is actually more dangerous than a sharp one, and rust and corrosion will occur if you fail to spend time carrying out proper maintenance. This means that keeping your knife spotless and well-oiled is the best defense against oxidation. If you need your knife sharpened, a professional staff member at a cutlery store can assist you.

To clean your knife, rinse the blade under the tap, making sure that the water removes any loose dirt or crusty residue. Once clean, dry thoroughly and then apply a small amount of oil to the blade – making sure that it does not come into contact with the handle – before polishing to a meticulous shine using a damp towel. You can use gun oil, machine oil, or 3-in-1 oil for this task.

Whether it’s your knives, your boots or your body armor, you must always set some time aside to care for your tactical equipment, so it can continue to function at the high levels of performance you have come to expect over the years. This will guarantee durability, longevity and, most important of all, dependability.

TYR Tactical specializes in ballistic vests, plate carriers, and military backpacks and bags. Our varied inventory also includes adjustable tactical molle pouches, sniper and reconnaissance harnesses, low visibility products, protective equipment, and much more. If you would like more information, please visit us online at or call 1-888-602-7667.

Spring Preparedness at Black River Outpost

In an effort to help preppers be better prepared for Spring, Black River Outpost is currently running their Spring sale on many preparedness items. This is a great chance to stock up on common items or even to use that tax refund to get a few bigger (aka costlier) items at a reduced price! Some of these items are over 50% of the suggested retail prices and include:

  • Ammunition
  • Radios
  • Bags & Packs
  • Knives & Blades
  • Cookware
  • Survival Foods
  • Lights
  • Paracord
  • AND More!

To see all of the items that are on sale, click on the image below. Don’t wait though, the sale won’t last forever and I am sure the best items will run out of stock fast!

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

When it comes to survival, there’s no such thing as “too much rope.” Need a shelter built? You’d better have a rope handy. Want to secure your food against scrounging wildlife? A little bit of rope might mean the difference between having supplies to eat, and having something eat all of your supplies. Need to bind up a broken limb or build a makeshift litter in which to drag an injured companion? You guessed it; without rope, you’re going to have a pretty difficult time (trust me, duct tape doesn’t work nearly as well as some people would have you believe).

Rope is a key ingredient in a hundred different emergency survival solutions, and as such, it’s always a good idea to keep plenty of strong rope on hand as part of any emergency kit. Of course, there’s a downside as well: rope, even when it’s bunched up into coils, can still take up valuable space, and unless you want to be carrying around an entire extra pack full of rope the next time you head out into the wilderness, you’re going to want to find a better way to pack and carry it. Well, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Or rather, paracord has got you covered, and by that of course we mean that you should cover yourself in paracord.

Paracord is a light, thin nylon kernmantle rope that can generally hold up to 550 lbs without fraying or breaking. As you may have gathered from the name, It was originally designed to be used in parachuting during World War II. However, soldiers quickly learned that the rope itself was good for more than just allowing them to hang safely from canvas tarps as they descended gracefully from the sky. Once they were back on solid ground, they found that it actually came in handy in other situations as well. When a bootlace would break, paracord could easily fill in as makeshift replacement. When cargo needed to be secured on the go, paracord proved to be as durable as anything this side of steel cable. So, it’s no wonder that well over half a century after it’s initial introduction, paracord is still being used by hikers, campers, and survival enthusiasts around the world. Of course, most of them aren’t taking the paracord off of parachutes; instead, they’re finding other ways to keep paracord on their persons, in the form of belts and bracelets.

In addition to its strength, paracord is so thin that it can easily be weaved into a variety of intricate shapes and patterns, such as braids. Doing so allows the paracord to take up less space. This means that by turning a length of paracord into a belt, a necklace, or even a bracelet, a survivalist (or anyone else for that matter) could easily carry as much rope as they could ever need, without having to worry about how to pack it all. When properly woven, 50-100 feet of rope can be turned into a fashion accessory that could potentially save your life. A paracord survival bracelet can be easily unwound at a moment’s notice, and the rope itself can be be cut to varying lengths, or unraveled to produce even thinner strands that can be used for everything from floss, to fishing line, to suture thread.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t even need to be particularly crafty to create your own paracord bracelet; just buy a length of paracord and follow the instructions in the video linked to above.

Easy right? Once you’ve got your paracord bracelet, you’ll feel as though you’ve got the dangers of nature wrapped around your little finger (or around your wrist, or whatever). If only other emergency supplies were this easy to carry around. Of course, wearing a belt made from road flares would probably present its own unique issues, so maybe we should just stick with the paracord for now.

About The Author – Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Reinforcing The Need For Basic Preparedness

There are events that occur daily in our lives that reinforce the need to prep. Not all of these events are catastrophic and not even all of them are experiences that we witness first hand but, there are things that are constant reminders of why we should be prepared. Last week, my family and I got a not so subtle reminder of why basic preparedness is essential. A week ago, there were a number of devastating storms that caused tornadoes, torrential rainfall, and high winds throughout the Midwest United States. Our house happens to be situated in an area where we are susceptible to losing power as a result of high winds and murphy struck in a big way! We lost our power and were left in the dark for what we were told was going to be upwards of seven days! This is not what we had in mind as a way to spend our week. It was not going to be the end of the world though because we have a basic plan (as everyone should) to deal with such circumstances.

Basic Preparedness

Here are some key components to a basic emergency plan…

#1 – A Blackout Kit: Don’t get stuck fumbling around in the dark. Keep at least one source of backup lighting (flashlight, lightstick, lantern, etc.) available in an accessible and convenient spot. It might not be a bad idea to have multiples strategically staged throughout the house. A light source is also a good item to keep on your keychain in the event you are not near your blackout kit when there is a loss of power.

#2 – A Basic Medical Kit: First aid is something that could be needed at any time. Stick a kit in the car, in your desk at work, and have one at the house. A commercially produced kit is a good start, especially if you are not comfortable with the idea of building your own kit but look at what your needs are and what the contents of the kit are. Many of these pre-made first aid kits are lacking in the quantity or quality of the supplies included as well as missing some of the advanced components that you might need.

#3 – A Plan To Deal With Food: Not only is it necessary to provide fuel to our bodies on a daily basis, but it is also beneficial to avoid losing money and food as a result of spoilage. To meet our needs and avoid this loss, develop a plan to deal with the perishable food that is left on hand following a disaster. Two of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by cooking food with a barbecue grill or over a fire. Both bbq’s and fire pits are common place and can provide not only the means to cook but also heat water as needed. If space is limited, disposable, single use grills can be purchased to fulfill this requirement.

#4 – A Way To Get Clean Water: Water is great. Clean water is better. Every emergency kit should have a way to filter and decontaminate water. Consider also keeping some clean water stored at home, in the car, and even at work if feasible to have access to in an emergency. In the event that clean water is not always available, have a plan to locate and clean dirty water. Plan on having enough, or being able to get enough, water to have one gallon per person, per day for drinking and cooking at a minimum. If the resources are available, add an additional gallon per person, per day for hygiene purposes.

#5 – Shelter – Sheltering in place at home is typically the most comfortable way to wait out a storm. This is not always feasible though and a plan should be in place to go somewhere else if it is required. Look for a family member, friend, or acquaintance that lives on the other side of town, a different city, or even another state if that is what it takes to get to safety. It is advisable to have a minimum of two routes to get to each destination in the event that one route is closed or obstructed.

#6 – Security: I am a gun guy and think that if you are comfortable with gun ownership, then this should be a vital part of any security plan. It is also not the only answer. High quality locks on doors and windows are a basic component of security and should be the priority. A nonlethal defensive option should be available like pepper spray. If a firearm is the only tool that is available, it could lead to having to make a tough decision that might be avoided with a nonlethal option.

#7 – Energy: A secondary source of power (generator, solar panels, wind turbine, etc.) is a great thing to have when the power goes out. Not only does this maintain some of the basic comforts that require power but it can also be a way to minimize the loss of refrigerated and frozen foods. Keep these two things in mind when it comes to backup energy sources: 1. When an entire area is without power or systems of support, a dwelling with power will stand out like a lighthouse for lack of a better term. This can lead to becoming a potential target if things are really bad. 2. An energy source, like a generator, that is powered by fuel will require fuel to be stored to power the generator for a reasonable period of time. Even if a large system is not practical for you, a small portable solar system can be a great way to keep a few things charged.

It can never be definitely predicted when a disaster will strike. Having a leg up on the recovery by not being caught helpless can be a game changer. I was reminded of the basic need for preparedness last week. What will the situation be for you if a disaster were to strike today?

Safeguard Armor GHOST Giveaway!

Safeguard Armor has launched a new giveaway on their Facebook page. This month in celebration of the launch of their new GHOST™ Bullet, Knife Edge and Spike Proof Vest…..they have decided to give a set away!
Safeguard GHOST
The GHOST™ Covert Vest is extremely lightweight and boasts one of smallest carrier designs in the world. It offers up to level IIIa ballistic protection and can be upgraded with edged blade and spike protection.
All Safeguard protective panels are made from 100% Kevlar!To be entered all you have to do is:
1. Go to the Safeguard Armor Facebook page.2. Share the giveaway post.3. Like their page.That is it! The winner will be selected at random. The giveaway closes on the 30th of September 2013. Good Luck!