First impression and overview: Re Factor Tactical Delta Trauma Kit

After using the HSGI Pogey pouch as an IFAK on my 1st Line for a couple of months, it became obvious that it wasn’t ideal.

I needed a “tear-away” pouch that could hold all my medical gear, excluding a TQ, and be low-profile, yet secure enough to mount on my belt.

Instagram came to the rescue! One of the few things I like about social media is the ability to meet and talk to like-minded individuals who, in some cases, have more knowledge about certain things. This time it was medical!

I’ve gotten many suggestions, from basic pouches to custom build ones. One of the suggestions, backed by input from a medic and a video review by the awesome Canadian Robo Murray, really caught my attention.

In comes the Re Factor Tactical Delta Trauma Kit!

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Description from the Re Factor Tactical website:

“The Delta Trauma Kit is a low-profile, minimalist kit designed to provide only essential medical items for treating life threatening wounds sustained on the battlefield.

Compatible with MOLLE or belt attachment, the kit can be worn overtly or covertly while maintaining a low-profile carry. The center red identifier pull-tab allows you quickly detach and open the kit under stress. The outside features a large carrying tab down the center of the pouch for ambidextrous access, and also includes velcro adhesive in addition to the buckle strap for added retention. Additional bungee straps have been included for the addition of a tourniquet on the bottom of the pouch. The interior is built with multiple elastic bands and slots for securing various sized pieces of equipment, including combat gauze, NPA’s, bandages, and other required items.”

Acquiring the Trauma Kit

To be honest, the pouch that was suggested and also reviewed by Robo was the Coyote Tactical Solutions STOMP. An amazing pouch with mostly the same features. I’ve been told that Coyote Tactical Solutions makes the Delta Trauma Kit for Re Factor Tactical.

Looking around on the internet, the STOMP wasn’t readily available in Europe and I didn’t want to pay an insane amount of import taxes.

Then an IG follower showed me the Delta Trauma Kit, a pouch that was in stock at the guys of Tactical Kit in the UK.

I immediately ordered two pouches: One in Coyote for “work” and one in Multicam for “play”. “Hello… I’m an gear-addict…”

Shipping was very fast and I got my gear in TWO days!

First impression

A compact and streamlined pouch that can carry a lot! It’s able to hold all the medical gear I had in the Pogey pouch and then some! I now have the ability to add some items, like a survival blanket and an additional gauze bandage if I want.

I’m also liking the belt attachment. It keeps the pouch securely attached without having to worry that you’d lose your live-saving kit!

I’m already liking the pouch, but will do a review of it after some use and training.

Overview

The exterior

The pouch measures 9 x 5″ or 22.9 x 12.7 cm. It’s a very sleek and streamlined design that is perfect to place in the small of your back.

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On the front there is a loop to pull the pouch away from the mounting and a square field of loop velcro to attach a medical patch.

On the back there is a big patch of hook velcro to securely attach it to the belt mounting.

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On the bottom, there are two drain holes where you can pull the included elastic cords trough. With these elastic cords you can secure a TQ to the bottom of the pouch.

The pouch is closed with a zipper that has red paracord to open it. I like to attach paracord to all my zippers, so it was nice that it came standard.

The interior

Here’s where the magic happens! The pouch lays completely flat when opened, so you have a clear view of everything inside.

The two sides of the pouch are configured differently.

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One has the elastic straps running vertically that have stitching across to hold decompression needles, NPA’s, sharpies and the likes. Behind the straps there is room enough for chest seals and Elastic Trauma Dressings (in my case the NAR ETD 6″).

The other side is where the Delta Trauma Kit differs from the STOMP. Here there is one elastic strap running horizontally, stitched to create 3 loops. Then there are two elastic straps running vertically to create the modularity to set up your kit to your needs. The horizontal straps are perfect for compressed gauze.

In the middle of the two compartments, there is an extra strap that can be used, in my example, for your gloves.

The mounting

The mounting for your belt is done by a MOLLE system with loop velcro on one side and a strap that keeps the pouch secured to your belt. It came with the MALICE clips to attach it. It’s a well thought-out system.

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Conclusion

The Delta Trauma Kit is definitely an upgrade to my old system. It’s low-profile, tear-away and holds everything it needs to.

If you’re in the market for a new IFAK pouch, you should take a look at this one!

~ FMB

Links:

Tactical Kit

Re Factor Tactical

 

The Delta Trauma Kit was not a sponsored item, my review and thoughts about the product are truthful and not funded.

 

 

Equipment Series: 2nd Line

The second part of this series is of course my second line!

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Task

My second line is dedicated to fighting and completing my mission. In English: things to make holes, things to plug holes and things to make holes in the ground and everything on it.

Location

All my fight and mission gear is either on my plate carrier or my MAP/Day pack.

Mostly I work only with a MAP style bag on my back because it’s more streamlined and smaller than the issued Camelbak Motherlode.

When I need to carry more food, water, munitions, batteries and what not, I will carry the issued backpack because it remains a decent pack.

Contents

Plate Carrier (WAS DCS with LVL IV and IIIa Plates)
SCAR Mags x3 (WAS pouch)
SMK Gren (WAS pouch)
Surefire
PRC-152 (HGG Pouch)
Knife (Pocket Piefighter)
Admin pouch (WAS) Compass
Slate Cards
RED Card
Pencil
Eraser
Sharpener
Römer
Small calculator
Markers
GPS Dakota 20 (to double check) (WAS pouch)
MAP (WAS Cargo Pack) or Daypack PRC-117G
PRC-117 Batt
Liberator III Long Cable
Hydration Bladder
Weapon Cleaning Kit
Insect Repellent
Boo-Boo Kit
Stripped MRE
Liberator III
Princeton MPLS LED light
CAT TQ (Tactical Tailor pouch)
IFAK CAT TQ
Israeli Pressure Dressing
Quiclot/Celox

Depending on the mission, our VDL system can be added either in the internal radio pouch of the carrier or in the issued PRC-152 pouch. Using the HMD we are able to see the video feed from our air assets, wich is a big plus!

The Setup

In these pictures, I don’t have the Cargo Pack attached and my Spiritus Systems GP pouch is still attached on my plate carrier. This is the setup with our VDL system. The admin pouch can be closed, but on the pictures I stuffed it with some extra aerial pictures.

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Here are some extra pictures from my last exercise:

If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know.
~ FMB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment Series: 1st Line

1st lineTo start the 3-part series, it’s only logical to start with my 1st Line!

All lines are used to complete certain tasks.

Task

My first line is used to survive, escape & evade and fight. The “fight” part isn’t common for a 1st line but I have included it because I carry 2x 5.56 and 2x 5.7 magazines on my belt.

Location

Where do I put the items to survive, escape & evade and fight?

All the survive and escape & evasion items are in my clothing. The reason for this is that my pants and smock/combat shirt will be the last things I will drop.

although I really want to control naked one day…

My “fight” items are on my belt.

Contents

Survival, escape & evade

Survival tin/ E&E Kit
Waterproof Container
Signal mirror
Razor blades x2
Sewing kit (strong needles, cord)
Snare wire/string
Fishing kit (hooks,wire,weights)
Small candle
Waterproof matches
Condom
Magnesium & ferro rods (fire lighting)
Survival blanket
Cotton patches
 Medication (anti-diarrea, headache, …)
Pockets
Notebook and pencil
Lighter
Camo Cream
Small Air Marker Panel
Boonie hat
1:250 000 Map of Belgium
Sawyer Water Filter
Magnets (to hold up maps, air pictures)
Chalk
Extra Petzl headlight
Emergency Strobe Light
JFIRE

Fight

Belt (HSGI Suregrip)
5.7 Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)
SCAR Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)
FNH 5.7
Dump Pouch (WAS)
IFAK (HSGI) NAR Field Dressing
Chest Seal x2
NPA
ARS
Nitrile gloves
Shears
Permanent marker
TCCC Card
Flat Duct Tape
Compressed Gauze x2
Leatherman (WAS pouch)
GP Pouch (Spiritus Systems)
Chem lights (x2 IR, x2 Vis)
Krill Light IR (Not shown)
PRC-152 Batt (Not shown)
Petzl Headlight
MS2000
Spare Batt (AA, AAA, CR123) in container
Gloves (Mechanix)

The setup

Escape & evade

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Fight

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So that is my current first line. The dump pouch is a new addition to my belt and I will see if I like it. My first impression is good, so I’ll let you guys know.

If you guys have any questions, please let me know.

Update on FMB: I have some exiting news! After becoming a contributor to Spotter Up, an amazing community of writers from all backgrounds, I might start working together with a tactical gear company in their T&E program.

In due time I will keep you guys updated!

~FMB

Equipment Series: Intro

2nd lineAfter doing a little poll on IG, I noticed there is interest in what I wear and carry on the job.

Being the people pleaser that I am (I’m really not), I thought I could do a 3-part series about my “3 lines”.

Overview of the series:

  1. Line 1: Clothing and belt-rig.
  2. Line 2: Plate carrier and MAP.
  3. Line 3: Berghaus pack.

In these 3 articles, I will try to outline what I usually carry and why. Note that these items can of course change, depending on the mission, environment and tasks.

For me, equipment is a living being. It changes constantly because of own experiences, but also because of insight from colleagues.

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Lately I am carrying a heavier 1st line and a more streamlined 2nd line, while 12 months ago it was the other way around. What I post here, will be what works for me now.

Most of these items (99%) are personal items that I have bought to better do my job as a JTAC. The equipment we get issued is not up to the task of holding all our radios, magazines and other items.

If you have any questions, remarks or advise, you can always leave a comment here or on my IG.

IG: @firemissionblog

 

~ FMB

FNH 5.7 Sidewinder Holster

The current issued sidearm  for the Belgian Armed Forces is the FNH FiveSeven. The pistol is a real upgrade from the ancient FNH GP ( High-Power). I had one, made in 1952.

The 5.7 has some negative points that I’m not going to discuss here, but one of them is finding holsters.

We are issued a dropleg holster made by RADAR Holsters. It works, but it is a drop leg and this isn’t 1980. I changed the mounting so that I can use it as a Mid-Ride holster.

Due to operational reasons I needed a concealable holster for the 5.7.  It needed to be OWB, fit the FNH 5.7 MK II and be able to be carried on a belt and on a MOLLE platform.

In comes the FN FiveSeven MK II Sidewinder Holster by KYDEXHOLSTER.NL.

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Overview

From their website:

**Special Item for The Belgium Army**

This is our flagship, our standard and first designed concealment holster to be worn on the outside of your waistband.
It is designed to be as flat as possible, to ensure as much concealment as possible for a OWB holster.

-This holster comes with Injection molded belt loops.
-Our holsters are made of Kydex (made in: USA).
Kydex is a thermoplastic, when we heat this up to the right temperature, we can mold it around your pistol of choice. When it cools, it will keep it’s new shape, making it fit like a glove around your weapon.
When Kydex is cool, it’s hard, which ensures the holster will keep it’s shape without the weapon inside. Which will ensure you can re-holster your weapon just as easy as taking it out either in or outside your waistband.

About Kydexholster.nl

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Kydex Holster is a sister-company of MILE Gear, a Dutch veteran-owned gear company.

Lennart Peeters, a NLD Royal Navy veteran that saw the shortcomings of the tactical gear that some European armed forces are issued. He countered this by starting MILE Gear, stocking quality brands such as HSGI, Haley Strategic, Ferro Concepts and several others.

Now he also started Kydex Holster, making several types of kydex holsters for handguns, but also for magazines and the awesome M320NTH.

Ordering

The current estimated time for delivery is 5 to 8 weeks. This because the company is getting a lot of orders from Belgian units and service members, civilians ( they can also make holsters for specific airsoft sidearms) and the KCT ( Korps Commando Troepen, the Dutch Special Forces).

Because I needed the holster fast because of operational reasons, they put my order as one of their priorities. After ordering the holster at 1900 Hrs on day X, the holster was shipped on day X+1! Talk about service!

I do need to make clear that this was because they make exceptions in some cases. An airsofter has less need for a holster than lets say, a member of KCT (not hating on the plastic pewpew guys).

Options

When ordering the holster, you can choose several things, this because every holster is a custom item.

You can choose between the following colors of Kydex, for the inside and outside:

– BLACK
– GREY
– FOLIAGE GREEN
– FLAT DARK EARTH
– COYOTE BROWN
– EMT RED
– WOODLAND DIGITAL
– DESERT DIGITAL
– URBAN DIGITAL
– MULTICAM
– CARBON
– CLEAR/TRANSPARENT

The holster is available in a light-bearing version. Current available lights are:

  • Inforce APL
  • Insight M3
  • Streamlight TLR-1
  • Surefire X200/X300
  • Surefire X300U (A & B)
  • Surefire X400/X400U/X400V

So all the most popular handgun lights.

The holster can be made with a 5° and 10° tilt if needed and with a high or low cut. Mine is a low cut version.

Mounting options include 1.5″, 1.75″ and 2″ belt loops or 2″-3″ Malice Clips or 3″ MOLLE Lok.

I ordered the Malice clips and belt loops.

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Tension

As you can see in the pictures, the holster as a screw in the center. This screw allows you to adjust the retention of your sidearm in the holster. This system works perfectly!

You can adjust it from as loose as a college girl on a thursday night to as tight as a college girl on a thursday night! If you know what I mean…

( All kidding aside, it is adjustable to the level that you won’t be able to get the pistol out.)

My thoughts

After first holding the holster I was amazed of how lightweight it was! This, probably, because of the thin Kydex that was used.

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Because of how thin the Kydex is, the holster is very concealable when used with an EDC belt under a jacket or shirt. I hope it is strong enough to withstand use and abuse, but I doubt that this will be an issue.

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The option to mount the holster with the Malice clips or with belts loops is something I really like. It mounts perfectly on my HSGI SureGrip belt.

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Word of caution: mounting it to the belt makes it ride high, thus being somewhat impractical for use with a full plate carrier. But hey, it’s a concealed holster!

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My 5.7 fit perfectly in the Sidewinder. The retention was adjustable to my liking with a simple turn of the screw.

I am very pleased with this holster and the customer service of Kydexholster.nl.

I also ordered a sidewinder for my Glock 17 with Surefire X300U-B in black and it’s a beauty aswell. I will post some pictures on my IG after some use.

Conclusion

The Sidewinder is a very good solution for operators, soldiers, LEO’s and civilians that need a OWB holster. Furthermore it is the BEST solution I have seen for Belgian personnel that need a OWB concealed holster for their FNH 5.7 MK II!

Go check out these holsters on:

http://www.kydexholster.nl/

Instagram

http://www.milegear.nl/

 

DISCLAIMER: I did not receive the holster or payments for this review. Both holsters were paid by me.

Gadsden Dynamics – Commanders Case 

On the modern battlefield, soldiers rely more and more on tablets and smartphones for targetting and Blue Force tracking.

In the civilian and airsoft world, people can find navigation and “tactical” Apps that can help them. Some examples are TacticalNav, Geo Tracker and Personal Eye System.

With the increase in use of these tablets, there has been a growth in demand for dedicated pouches to accommodate these devices. Not only for the protection of the electronics, but also for the ease of use and access.

In comes the Gadsden Dynamically Commanders Case. It is a pouch developed with USMC JTACs for their Kilswitch tablets. But, being available in several sizes, the pouch is suitable for a multitude of devices.

Gadsden Dynamics

Who is Gadsden Dynamics? From their website:

“Gadsden Dynamics manufactures 100% MADE IN THE USA tactical and survival gear. We are a family owned and operated, cottage industry business focused on providing high-quality, handmade gear for the prepared civilian.

We also teach Concealed Handgun License courses in Northeast Ohio (Geauga and surrounding counties).”

I found out about them trough Instagram and had my eyes on one of their cases for a while. When they were searching for reviewers, I saw my chance to test it out.

Commanders Case

The case is designed to hold a tablet and comes in several versions.

The first two versions are the Commanders Case and the Commanders Case – Lite.

The first having the following features:

• Clear, flip-down map case for notes and coordinates. This case is fixed inside of the pouch.

• Pen holder. Four elastic loops to hold pens or pencils.

• Flip-down “table” like functionality. The pouch is held open with a piece of paracord on both sides.

• Zippered for protection against sand, dust, etc.

• Industrial grade, high-strength velcro for securing tablet inside the pouch. The back “plate” has a full velcro lining, aiding in keeping the tablet secured in the pouch.

• Hard case for tablet protection.

The Lite version

• Does NOT include the clear map case.

• Does NOT include pen holder.
After choosing one version or the other, you can choose one of the six sizes:

Picture courtesy of Gadsden Dynamics

5″X7″ or 12.7 cm x 17.78 cm

6″X8″ or 15.24 cm x 20.32 cm

6.5″X8.5″ or 16.51 cm x 21.59 cm

7″X10″ or 17.78 cm x 25.4 cm

7.5″X9.5″ or 19.05 cm x 24.13 cm

8″X10″ or 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm

So for every tablet or smartphone you will find a pouch.
I received the Commanders Case 6”x8” for a 7” tablet.  It included all the options and the malice clips to attach it to my plate carrier, as well as a patch.

Overview of the pouch

Front

On the front there is a  5 x 5 Molle segment with Velcro on top. So you can attach IFF/Flag patches and/or Molle pouches.

The case is closed using a heavy duty zipper, with the standard metal zipper pulls. This is something I will change for paracord zipper pulls. I have never liked the metal ones because they are noisy, can’t be grabbed quickly and they are slippery. Hopefully this can be changed in an update for future pouches.

A second way of closing the case is via a strap on the top with velcro. This is a quick way to close it under stress and keeps the pouch secured with a tablet inside.

Back

On the back there are two Molle columns of three high. These might be enough for the USMC issued carriers, but on my Warrior Assault Systems DCS carrier they made the pouch sit either too high or too low. Using zip ties I was able to attach the pouch the way I wanted on my PC. Maybe in the future they will add more options or you could just ask, because they are really open for custom work.

Interior

Inside of the pouch there are several “levels”. Starting from the front:

The first “level” is for the tablet. On a rigid surface they attached a full velcro panel. If you attach hook velcro on your tablet you can secure it inside the pouch without fearing it will fall out.

The next “level” is a clear map case. It is however too small for a map, but be honest, nobody has ever carrier a map inside a command pouch. It might be used for a GRG, but I use it to hold Freq tables, codewords and general notes. This panel can also be secured using the velcro tab, making you able to use the tablet, without the map case falling on it all the time.

The last “level” is the back panel and includes some “admin stuff”. More specific, a larger pocket for a notebook, a smaller pocket for a compass or römer and four elastic loops to hold pens, pencils or permanent markers.

The pockets are a bit tight making it sometimes difficult to quicly get your notebook out or trying to pit a bigger item in them.

To be honest the whole pouch is a tight fit if I want to fit everything inside together with the tablet in a rugged case. But it was developed to hold a tablet WITHOUT a rugged case. So this explains the fit.

A small addition I suggest is an anchor point for dummy cord. As you can see on the pictures I attached my compass on the paracord at the sides.

Positive points

Dedicated tablet pouch

Heavy duty rigid construction

Fully adjustable when ordering

Keeps you in the fight, while being able to use your tablet for targetting/ troop tracking

Great customer service

Negative points

Tight fit for a tablet with rugged case – in all fairness it was designed for a tablet without case

Metal zipper pulls

Mounting options are somewhat  limited

Conclusion

I really like this pouch and it is one to look at when you use a tablet.

It does have some limitations but they are customizable when ordering.

I found that I regularly use it as a stand alone pouch for the tablet, without it mounted on my plate carrier. But I will be using it more, mounted on there.
Go check out this case and other great products by Gadsden Dynamics on their IG and their website.
FMB

2017, The year with content!

2016 is over!

Last year I started my IG-page and blog Firemissionblog.

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Planning to release at least one post every month and satisfy my readers, something different happened.

With the recent terror-attacks in Brussels, resulting in more protection of the major cities of Belgium, and the excisting work-load I had, my blog was limited to only a couple of blog posts.

THIS WILL CHANGE!!!

I only made 2 posts, but this doesn’t mean I didn’t recieve support.

In 2016 I had 482 views from 322 visitors. Most of them from the UK and the US. These are rookie numbers!

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On IG I gained 193 followers over the 43 posts I’ve made.

Hopefully the pictures I posted on IG made up for the lack of blog posts.

I would like to thank s23gearmonkey75, The Reptile House and JimmyPie for the support.

I wish everyone an amazing year filled with new gear and adventures.

I will do my very best to post more content and work out all the ideas I have!

Below you can find some pictures of upcoming posts!

Stay Tuned!

Stay safe.

FMB

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Spiritus Systems Medium GP Pouch

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There are a billion versions of ‘general purpose pouches’ around the world.

Well, maybe not a billion, but still a lot. Looking at all the GP pouches, they are mostly that: a medium sized pouch with probably a zipper.

In comes the Spiritus Systems Medium GP pouch!

What the hell is Spiritus Systems?

Spiritus Systems is an American company that makes their products in the USA.

I found out about them trough Instagram and they post cool product pictures almost daily! You should probably check them out…after you read this review.

Ugh, another GP pouch!

This GP pouch isn’t ‘general purpose’ because it’s just a simple pouch, it’s GP because it’s great for a lot of stuff and it’s adaptable for several uses.

It is made by quality materials in the US and has the following dimensions: 7″ x 6″ x 3″.

But this is a little bit…iffy. ‘Why?’ you may ask?

This is why:

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It looks tight, but you’ll enjoy it…

The front pocket is made with a four-way stretch material that is strong, but still stretches out to fit a pair of mechanics gloves folded in a douchy way, medical gloves, notepad, spare batteries, candy or some condoms and lube.

Filling that ‘little’ pouch up, it doesn’t push the main pouch in that much. It is dual-zipperd and has nice rubberized pull-straps.

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The stretchable pouch closes easily, filled with the work gloves.

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Rubberized pull-straps.

Looking at the main compartment of the pouch, you can see why it’s adaptable. It is completely cover with  loop velcro.

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Both interior sides of the main compartment are covered by loop velcro.

The pouch can be used with Spiritus Systems Insert Suite system. Try saying that fast ten times in a row.

You can buy the velcro attachments in a set or separately. The attachments are backed with hook velcro so you can attach them on your GP pouch or use them with all your other velcro lined gear.

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Several different options are available.

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40MM Grenades aren’t a problem.

Because a lot of you guys carry sensitive materials that you really don’t want to lose (everybody hates the numbers check at the end of a mission or exercise) they have included two tie-down loops on the interior of the pouch.

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The tie-down loops are included on both sides of the pouch.

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On the bottom of the main compartment, there is a large drain hole for you Spec Ops guys that do Scuba stuff…or for that time you fell in the creek.

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The main compartment is can be closed using the dual-zipper, also with the rubberized pull-straps.

You can attach the pouch to all your platforms using the hybrid Molle attachment system. It uses a rubberized fabric that is lightweight and looks strong. We’ll see how it holds up after a while, but I’m not worried.

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So what are the uses for this pouch? Spiritus Systems explained it best in their Youtube video (link on the bottom), but I’ll give you guys an idea.

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Oh, yeah that’s the Multicam version. I couldn’t help myself.

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The GP pouch can be used as an IFAK, using the insert suite as an organizer.

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With my order, I received some cool stickers.

I like this pouch a lot and I will definitely use it on my work rig. I do hope the stretch material keeps doing it’s job.

 

Youtube link by Spiritus Systems: https://youtu.be/Ahtdvm-372M

FMB

You can check the company out here:

http://www.spiritussystems.com

IG: @spiritussystems

All pictures property of Fire Mission Blog

Slice a pie with the Pocket Piefighter!

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I’ve had knives most of my teen and adult life.

Growing up learning how to responsibly use and take care of my knives, I have always wanted one thing:

Owning a custom knife

While I was scrolling in my Instagram feed something caught my attention. It was the IG page of Jim, AKA @no1jimmypie AKA The Original Pieman.

Looking at his page and pictures, I found out he was a British knife maker, doing it as a hobby. His work was constantly receiving praise and his pictures were incredible.

I made up my mind:

I’m ordering a custom knife from Jim!

At the time it seemed that there were two general designs he made: The Piefighter and The Pocket Piefighter. The Pocket Piefighter (PP) being the smaller of the two.

I decided on ordering a PP.

The ordering process was pretty straight-forward: Contact Jim via DM with a picture and a description of what you want.

Looking through his pictures I found a blacked-out knife with black scales and a black blade. Knife choice: Check!

Now the sheath…: The PP comes with a kydex sheath designed to be worn on the small of your back ( the 6 o’clock position). I wanted a somewhat original sheath so I ordered the Kryptek Mandrake pattern for my sheath.

I send all the information to Jim and he informed me about the process, the price and materials that will be used.

Communication is key! and communication with Jim was excellent.

Now it was up to the Pieman! During the whole process I received pictures showing the craftsmanship that went into making my PP.

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The blades! (Picture by @no1jimmypie)

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Attaching the scales (Picture by @no1jimmypie)

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A lot of knives to be made! (Picture by @no1jimmypie)

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Finishing touches (Picture by @no1jimmypie)

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Kydex in all the colors! (Picture by @no1jimmypie)

After about two weeks, I received a package in the mail ( I get a lot of packages, the UPS and DHL guys are starting to know me).

I finally ( didn’t take that long, but I was impatient) had my very own, beautiful and custom Pocket Piefighter in my hands!

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To be honest, it was smaller than I imagined. After some use, I realized it was exactly the size I needed. (That didn’t sound wrong, did it?)

My PP was truly the work of a man with passion for blades. The handle is very nicely made and fits the palm of my hand perfectly.

The blade is blackened like requested and made of 01-Tool Steel. Let me tell you: the blade was sharp! ( Bye-Bye arm hair!)

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The Kydex sheath has enough retention to be held upside-down without the PP falling out. Which is of course a must when wearing it horizontally on your belt.

It does release the blade easily when I want to.

As previously mentioned the sheath is designed to be worn on the small of your back and is provided with two plastic loops to attach it to your belt. Attaching the loops on either side of my belt loop, the sheath stays in place. Right where I want it.

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Although the sheath is normally for horizontal carry, I did find another way to carry the blade more concealed.

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Of course I don’t recommend carrying the blade concealed in public like this, because that would be illegal.

But you could…

I have had the Pocket Piefighter for a little less than two years and the blade is still sharp and the finish is still good. People that know me are aware that I use and abuse my gear, so this is a testament of the quality of Jims’ work.

I was so impressed with his work that I gave my father and brother a PP each. Both in different colors, sheaths and finish on the blades.

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The one on the left is now my brothers’ PP

To conclude this review, you can tell I like the Pieman and his creations. Evidently I can only recommend doing business with him. Over the years he has expanded his range of designs.

You can find him on IG: @no1jimmypie

As a teaser, I’m also in the possession of a Pieman unicorn: This beauty! ( Lovingly provided by my Significant Other)

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(Picture by @no1jimmypie)

This was my first review, so if you have questions or recommendations, you can always contact me!

FMB

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Fire Mission FFE, Over!

Welcome to my blog!

It will be a blog where I review tactical and military gear. These reviews will be truthful and unfunded. The reason behind these reviews is that, beside myself, a lot of military members, armed civilians and airsofters are looking for quality gear. To help them in this “neverending journey”, I will explain why some products work or don’t work for me.

I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for.

FMB

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