Get The Best Bang For Your Buck With This Marksmanship Training

With the current outrageous prices of ammunition and limited range time available to LE and Military entities, it is now more important than ever to find new, innovative ideas to increase your marksmanship without burning thousands of dollars at the range.  Here are a few ideas our staff has developed through various shooting courses and their own desire to get better at shooting without breaking their bank accounts.

Dry Fire

Dry fire, dry fire and then dry fire some more.  Studies have shown that thinking about or conducting an act in a mimicking fashion will have the same neuro-synaptic response as actually conducting the act yourself.  In fact, in 2004 the Cleveland Clinic released a study showing that people who think about a function such as working out will actually gain strength just by thinking about that task in depth.  This doesn’t mean you can become the next Rob Leatham just because you think about shooting all the time, but it does mean that dry firing will have a profound effect on improving your marksmanship.

How to Speed Up Your Pistol Draw

When dry firing ensure you are practicing not only trigger squeeze but every other aspect of shooting as well.  This is a cheap, fast way to improve magazine changes, draws, malfunctions and any other element of shooting that you want to improve on. Side note: make sure you unload your firearm before performing any dry fire drills, otherwise it’s no longer a dry fire drill.

Have a Plan at the Range

When you go to the range have a preset plan on what you want to practice while you are there.  Just loading up magazines and then trying to keyhole for an hour will not turn you into a better combat shooter.  Plan to work on something and conduct numerous iterations of those tasks to help strengthen your skills and build strong muscle memory.  If you are low on ammo or just want to conserve it plan to practice firing iterations such as magazine reloads or draws that tend to burn less ammo than 5 round rhythm drills.  Innovative Shooting Concepts and pistol-shooting.com have great shooting iterations as well as targets you can print out for free that will maximize your range time and ammo expenditure.

Use a Shot Timer

A shot timer is a great way to keep you on your toes and to continually push yourself to the next level.  Whenever you know there is a time standard to meet and or beat you will constantly push yourself.  This will help every shot count and have more training value than if you took your time and paid no attention to speed.  You can pick up a shot timer at brownells.com or midwayusa.com.

Record your Progress

By recording your progress you will be able to see whether you are improving or getting worse.  By setting a standard for yourself you will naturally try to improve from your last time at the range which in turn make your training value go up.

Become a Better Shot With a Pistol

Make Every Shot Count

Most people tend to write-off a miss as no big deal but if you carry a gun for a living a miss means you are failing at your job.  That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to push yourself to the point where you miss, but it should bother you a little if you do.  Each round that leaves your barrel should be accounted for and documented.  A good plan of action is to push yourself to the point where you miss then ratchet it back down to maintain accuracy and marksmanship.  The moment you start to lose your basic fundamentals, stop, regain composure and get back on it.

How to Improve Your Skills Between Range Days

Compete

This can either be in an IPSC/IDPA type arena or just with your buddies at the range.  The bottom line competition will push you beyond your comfort zone and force you to perform under pressure, something you would be doing in the event of a gunfight.  Every range day should end with some sort of competition whether on steel or on paper.  These competitions should be fun but should also focus on the fundamentals of marksmanship.

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Check Out The Best Tactical Instagram Accounts To Follow

New to Instagram or just looking for some great Instagram Accounts to follow?  Check out some of our recommended accounts to help spice up your browsing experience. Best Tactical Instagram Accounts to Follow:   @refactortactical

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The Company- RE Factor Tactical is a tactical gear company run and owned by Special Operations personnel.  They specialize in creating products geared towards the Special Operations community and test all of their products downrange in combat prior to bringing it to the market. The Instagram Account- RE Factor Tactical posts pictures of their current and past deployments as well as their customer’s photos of RE Factor Tactical gear in action. http://www.refactortactical.com   @tareinco

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The Company- Tareinco is a VA based company specializing making innovative and original tactical gear.  All of their gear is Made in the USA and hand made by some of the best sewers in the business.   The Instagram Account- Tareinco routinely posts high quality photos of their gear in use and in production.  The well-shot images are a great opportunity for customers to view and analyze their products prior to purchase.   @hecklerandkoch

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The Company- Heckler and Koch make some of the best rifles, pistols and specialty weapons in the business.  If you don’t know who the company is then chances are you probably aren’t interested in tactical Instagram accounts.   The Instagram Account- Heckler and Koch posts some awesome footage of their weapons in actions as well as some behind the scenes shots that help you to get to know the people that make up their company.   @killcliff

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The Company- Kill Cliff makes a sport recovery drink that is sure to make you test positive for awesome.  They also donate a portion of their proceeds to the Navy SEAL Foundation.   The Instagram Account-  Kill Cliff posts pics of their cans in action to include some bad ass photos of Operator down range getting their gun on.   @coastguardus

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The Company- Official pictures by the USCG, all photos are owned by the USCG.   The Instagram Account- Incredible photos of the USCG in action!   @thegreenberets

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The Company- Private, individually run account  posting a compilation of photos of United States Special Forces Operators.   The Instagram Account- Nothing but Operators getting their gun on downrange and stateside.  The photos are reposts from a wide variety of accounts spanning the web.   @everyday_tactical

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The Company- This is Instagram’s premier EDC Magazine run by a private group of EDC aficionados.   The Instagram Account- Great photos of users EDC items, constant giveaways, gear reviews and recommendations.  One of the best accounts to follow for anyone interested in everyday carry items.   Did we miss an awesome account to follow?  List their account in the comments below!

Here Are All Of Murphy’s Laws for Your Viewing Pleasure

1. Friendly fire – isn’t. 2. Recoilless rifles – aren’t. 3. Suppressive fires – won’t. 4. You are not Superman; Marines and fighter pilots take note. 5. A sucking chest wound is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down. 6. If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid. 7. Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you. 8. If at first you don’t succeed, call in an air strike. 9. If you are forward of your position, your artillery will fall short. 10. Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself. 11. Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself. 12. Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder. 13. If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush. 14. The enemy diversion you’re ignoring is their main attack. 15. The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: a. When they’re ready. b. When you’re not. 16. No OPLAN ever survives initial contact. 17. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. 18. Five second fuses always burn three seconds. 19. There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole. 20. A retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping. 21. The important things are always simple; the simple are always hard. 22. The easy way is always mined. 23. Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy other people to shoot at. 24. Don’t look conspicuous; it draws fire. For this reason, it is not at all uncommon for aircraft carriers to be known as bomb magnets. 25. Never draw fire; it irritates everyone around you. 26. If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in the combat zone. 27. When you have secured the area, make sure the enemy knows it too. 28. Incoming fire has the right of way. 29. No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection. 30. No inspection ready unit has ever passed combat. 31. If the enemy is within range, so are you. 32. The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire. 33. Things which must be shipped together as a set, aren’t. 34. Things that must work together, can’t be carried to the field that way. 35. Radios will fail as soon as you need fire support. 36. Radar tends to fail at night and in bad weather, and especially during both). 37. Anything you do can get you killed, including nothing. 38. Make it too tough for the enemy to get in, and you won’t be able to get out. 39. Tracers work both ways. 40. If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will get more than your fair share of objectives to take. 41. When both sides are convinced they’re about to lose, they’re both right. 42. Professional soldiers are predictable; the world is full of dangerous amateurs. 43. Military Intelligence is a contradiction. 44. Fortify your front; you’ll get your rear shot up. 45. Weather ain’t neutral. 46. If you can’t remember, the Claymore is pointed towards you. 47. Air defense motto: shoot ’em down; sort ’em out on the ground. 48. ‘Flies high, it dies; low and slow, it’ll go’. 49. The Cavalry doesn’t always come to the rescue. 50. Napalm is an area support weapon. 51. Mines are equal opportunity weapons. 52. B-52s are the ultimate close support weapon. 53. Sniper’s motto: reach out and touch someone. 54. Killing for peace is like screwing for virginity. 55. The one item you need is always in short supply. 56. Interchangeable parts aren’t. 57. It’s not the one with your name on it; it’s the one addressed “to whom it may concern” you’ve got to think about. 58. When in doubt, empty your magazine. 59. The side with the simplest uniforms wins. 60. Combat will occur on the ground between two adjoining maps. 61. If the Platoon Sergeant can see you, so can the enemy. 62. Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can sleep. 63. The most dangerous thing in the world is a Second Lieutenant with a map and a compass. 64. Exceptions prove the rule, and destroy the battle plan. 65. Everything always works in your HQ, everything always fails in the Colonel’s HQ. 66. The enemy never watches until you make a mistake. 67. One enemy soldier is never enough, but two is entirely too many. 68. A clean (and dry) set of BDU’s is a magnet for mud and rain. 69. The worse the weather, the more you are required to be out in it. 70. Whenever you have plenty of ammo, you never miss. Whenever you are low on ammo, you can’t hit the broad side of a barn. 71. The more a weapon costs, the farther you will have to send it away to be repaired. 72. The complexity of a weapon is inversely proportional to the IQ of the weapon’s operator. 73. Field experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. 74. No matter which way you have to march, its always uphill. 75. If enough data is collected, a board of inquiry can prove anything. 76. For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. (in boot camp) 77. Air strikes always overshoot the target, artillery always falls short. 78. When reviewing the radio frequencies that you just wrote down, the most important ones are always illegible. 79. Those who hesitate under fire usually do not end up KIA or WIA. 80. The tough part about being an officer is that the troops don’t know what they want, but they know for certain what they don’t want. 81. To steal information from a person is called plagiarism. To steal information from the enemy is called gathering intelligence. 82. The weapon that usually jams when you need it the most is the M60. 83. The perfect officer for the job will transfer in the day after that billet is filled by someone else. 84. When you have sufficient supplies & ammo, the enemy takes 2 weeks to attack. When you are low on supplies & ammo the enemy decides to attack that night. 85. The newest and least experienced soldier will usually win the Medal of Honor. 86. A Purple Heart just proves that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive. 87. Murphy was a grunt. 88. Beer Math –> 2 beers times 37 men equals 49 cases. 89. Body count Math –> 3 guerrillas plus 1 probable plus 2 pigs equals 37 enemies killed in action. 90. The bursting radius of a hand grenade is always one foot greater than your jumping range. 91. All-weather close air support doesn’t work in bad weather. 92. The combat worth of a unit is inversely proportional to the smartness of its outfit and appearance. 93. The crucial round is a dud. 94. Every command which can be misunderstood, will be. 95. There is no such place as a convenient foxhole. 96. Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last and don’t ever volunteer to do anything. 97. If your positions are firmly set and you are prepared to take the enemy assault on, he will bypass you. 98. If your ambush is properly set, the enemy won’t walk into it. 99. If your flank march is going well, the enemy expects you to outflank him. 100. Density of fire increases proportionally to the curiousness of the target. 101. Odd objects attract fire – never lurk behind one. 102. The more stupid the leader is, the more important missions he is ordered to carry out. 103. The self-importance of a superior is inversely proportional to his position in the hierarchy (as is his deviousness and mischievousness). 104. There is always a way, and it usually doesn’t work. 105. Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when the General is watching. 106. The enemy never monitors your radio frequency until you broadcast on an unsecured channel. 107. Whenever you drop your equipment in a fire-fight, your ammo and grenades always fall the farthest away, and your canteen always lands at your feet. 108. As soon as you are served hot chow in the field, it rains. 109. Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do. 110. The seriousness of a wound (in a fire-fight) is inversely proportional to the distance to any form of cover. 111. Walking point = sniper bait. 112. Your bivouac for the night is the spot where you got tired of marching that day. 113. If only one solution can be found for a field problem, then it is usually a stupid solution. 114. Radios function perfectly until you need fire support. 115. What gets you promoted from one rank gets you killed in the next rank. 116. Odd objects attract fire. You are odd. 117. Your mortar barrage will put exactly one round on the intended target. That round will be a dud. 118. Mine fields are not neutral. 119. The weight of your equipment is proportional to the time you have been carrying it. 120. Things that must be together to work can never be shipped together. 121. If you need an officer in a hurry take a nap. 122. The effective killing radius is greater than the average soldier can throw it. 123. Professionals are predictable, its the amateurs that are dangerous. 124. No matter which way you have to march, its always uphill. 125. The worse the weather, the more you are required to be out in it. 126. The quartermaster has only two sizes, too large and too small. (or “on order”) 127. The only time suppressive fire works is when it is used on abandoned positions. 128. When a front line soldier overhears two General Staff officers conferring, he has fallen back too far. 129. Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last, and don’t ever volunteer to do anything. 130. If at first you don’t succeed, then bomb disposal probably isn’t for you. 131. Any ship can be a minesweeper . . . . once. 132. Whenever you lose contact with the enemy, look behind you. 133. If you find yourself in front of your platoon they know something you don’t. 134. The seriousness of a wound (in a firefight) is inversely proportional to the distance to any form of cover. 135. The more stupid the leader is, the more important missions he is ordered to carry out. 136. When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not your friend. 137 When the enemy is closing, the artillery will always be to long 138 Smart bombs have bad days too. 139 Uncrating and assembly instructions are always inside the crate. 140 If you have a personality conflict with your superior: he has the personality, you have the conflict. 141 If you enter the CO’s Presence with an idea, you will leave his Presence with the CO’s idea.

How To Call In A 9Line MEDEVAC And MIST Report

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9-Line MEDEVAC

Unfortunately, in today’s military, the chances of using a 9-line MEDEVAC format in combat is high and many operational personnel are not receiving the training required to call it into medical personnel correctly. If a MEDEVAC is improperly requested in, the patient may not receive medical care promptly, possibly resulting in catastrophic consequences. All personnel, civilian or military should be trained to calmly and collectively call in a 9-Line MEDEVAC under stress. Additionally, training should include stressful scenarios where personnel, from privates to senior officers, practice calling in MEDEVACS to training cadre. When calling in a MEDEVAC, there are several steps that the individual must take to ensure the 9 Line is properly called in and dispatched units are given the necessary information required to reach the patient’s location.

Step 1: Return fire/render the scene safe- Before attempting to call in a 9Line MEDEVAC the scene must be rendered safe. Personnel should not reduce the overall efficacy of the force’s firepower to call in a 9Line. If the unit under fire reduces the overall aggression and violence of action against the enemy force it could result in a greater loss of personnel. At all costs, the firefight must be won before moving towards rendering aid to the wounded.

How To Properly Call in a 9 Line MEDEVAC

Step 2: Care under fire- Once fire superiority has been established medical personnel can begin care under fire. In this step medical personnel and medically trained operators can start to tend to life-threatening wounds while maintaining security.

Step 3: Determine the number of patients by type- this is not only valuable information to have when calling in the 9line but it will also allow medical personnel to accurately triage patients based on their medical condition and chances of living. In this step critically wounded personnel is identified and consolidated in the event, there is limited space on incoming MEDEVAC platforms.

Step 4: Contact MEDEVAC channel- while ensuring the scene safe is important, getting the MEDEVAC out is also critical. MEDEVAC units will have varied response times but giving them notification of the situation as soon as possible will help reduce their time to the station. If the operating element has a BFT, this should be hit as quickly as possible to let supporting units know of the emergency taking place. Again, operating personnel should practice radioing for help as part of their response to an attack.

Step 5: Using 9 Line MEDEVAC format to call in MEDEVAC- The first five lines are most important when calling in a MEDEVAC, the other four can be relayed when birds are in the air. Ensure you have a safe LZ for the landing party.

Important: no matter what the situation on the ground the radio operator should remain calm and collected at all costs. Personnel calling in a MEDEVAC while in a state of panic may relay incorrect information or speak in a manner that is incomprehensible over the radio. Remember, responding units will not come any faster if the RTO is calling the 9Line in a sensitive manner. To ensure the 9Line is called in properly the Operator should consider writing down the information to ensure all pertinent information is passed.

9Line Format

The 9-line MEDEVAC format can vary based on the operational element. Some items use the U.S. military 9line MEDEVAC while others use NATO 9Line or internally generated 9Lines with the unique information required for supporting units. All leadership and medical personnel should get with local MEDEVAC elements to ensure they have proper radio frequencies and 9Line formats readily available. Also, every person on the ground should have a 9Line MEDEVAC on his or her persons at all times. This can be a card placed in an IFAK, on a radio or kept in a pocket. We recommend using the RE Factor Tactical 9Line MEDEVAC reference guide which can adhere to the back of radio, buttstock of a weapon or inside of a vehicle.

General 9 Line MEDEVAC

Line 1: Location of pickup site- this is given in an MGRS 6-8 digit grid.

Line 2: Frequency and call-sign at pickup site- this is the frequency and callsign that you will be talking to the incoming MEDEVAC aircraft on. In most cases, this is a predetermined, non-encrypted channel that is set-aside for MEDEVAC. If possible write this on all 9Line cards before the mission.

Line 3: Number of patients by precedence- A- Urgent (surgical)- i.e. requires the in-flight surgeon to perform surgery while en route to the hospital. B- Urgent (non-surgical)- the i.e. patient has an arterial bleed that can be stabilized until arriving at the hospital. C- Priority- i.e. injuries that are not immediately life-threatening but could become fatal eventually. D- Routine- i.e. patient requires regular medical care, but the unit cannot transport them by their means. E- Convenience- i.e. nonlife-threatening care provided to personnel in a combat zone.

Line 4: Special Equipment required- A- None B- Hoist C- Extraction Equipment- i.e. jungle penetrator D- Ventilation

Line 5: Number of Patients by type: A- Litter- cannot walk on their own B- Ambulatory- able to self-move to MEDEVAC platform

Line 6: Security of Pickup area- N- No enemy troops in area P- Possible enemy troops in area (approach with caution) E- Enemy troops in area (approach with caution) X-Enemy troops in area (armed escort required)

Line 7: Method of Marking at pickup site (important: always ensure marking equipment is available to the marking personnel. If you are going to throw purple smoke, ensure you have purple smoke on hand) A- Panels- i.e. VF-17 panel B- Pyrotechnical equipment- i.e. pen flare, red star cluster C- Smoke Signal- (provide smoke color) D- None E- Other- i.e. IR flash or beacon

Line 8: Patient Nationality and Status A- US Military B- US Civilian C- Non-US Military D- Non-US Citizen E- EPW

Line 9: NBC Contamination A- Nuclear B- Biological C- Chemical *During peacetime provide terrain of pickup site

9 Line MEDEVAC Example

“Bravo five this is Victor two, request 9 line MEDEVAC“ “Victor two this is Bravo five prepared to copy” “Line one, one eight Sierra whiskey papa one two tree one four five one seven” “Line two, two seven zero zero Bravo Five” “Line tree, alpha one, bravo tree” “line four, alpha” “line five, alpha four” “How to copy over?” At this point, the MEDEVAC line will repeat all given and initiate movement for MEDEVAC. Once in the air, the operator will relay final four lines in the same manner provided. Remember, training to send in a 9Line is necessary for all personnel on the ground. You never know when YOU may be calling in a MEDEVAC and you never want to wait until the situation to take place to figure out that you are unable to call it incorrectly. A simple way to keep a 9Line on you at all times to carry the RE Factor Tactical 9 Line MEDEVAC format which is available on our website. Made in the USA of tough marine grade vinyl,  they are precisely cut to fit on the back of a PRC-148 radio or the buttstock of a rifle.

M.I.S.T. Report

The M.I.S.T. Report has recently been incorporated into the 9Line MEDEVAC format and traditionally comes after the 9Line Format.

The M.I.S.T. Report stands for:

M – Mechanism of injury (mine, GSW, RPG, RTA, etc.given)

I – Type of Injury (found and or suspected)

S – Signs (pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate)

T – Treatment is given (morphine, tourniquet, etc.Example) A/C – adult/child (include age if known)

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Funny Ways to Rate Underachieving NCOs

Time to knock out some NCOERs?  Don’t know how to rate that underachieving Non-commissioned officer who hasn’t seen his feet since basic training?  Well, with the help of some awesome fans we have put together a few bullets for you to help ensure they are quickly promoted to the next rank of awesomeness because let’s face it, if you put a rucksack in formation long enough they will put stripes on it.

 

 

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-Works well when supervised

Consistently sets own standards and then fails to meet them

-Help build local economy by frequenting local strip clubs

-Received McDonalds customer of the year award for most visits to on post restaurant

-Unsuccessful in locating bag of grid squares

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-Consistently leads subordinates, to local bar

-Was caught selling APFT insurance

-When combining 3 performed APFTs over the year soldier earned a score of 275

-Ponders while others are in action

-Maintains a low speed, high drag demeanor

-I cannot think of a national emergency that would warrant a promotion

-Officer should go far, away

-APFT score would make a good room temperature

-Fell out of family tree

Works well with shiny objects

-Should attend Ranger School, for DFAC detail

-Performed job of latrine security guard with valor

-Managed to not be found restrained to floor buffer by power cord this quarter

-Thinks AR-670-1 is more of a fashion guide than a regulation

-Displays a Be, Know, Don’t attitude.

-Becomes hungry when called butter bar

-Soldier would be out of his depth when standing in a puddle

-Social hand-grenade

-Consistently carries out duties to own satisfaction

-Almost found North on a map

-Candidate for Darwin award

-Caught making coitus with BN Commander’s daughter during Army Ball, promote immediately

Don’t want to be one of the aforementioned NCOs, maybe read this blog.

Here Are Some Tips To Protect Yourself On Facebook

With the increased use of Facebook worldwide, hackers and foreign intel services now have more access than ever to open source information.  Because of this we have grouped with some of the industry experts to help inform operators, service members and citizens how to protect themselves when using Facebook.  We have provided a set of easy-to-follow pictures to help you change your account for increased security.  Please keep in mind these are only suggestions on ways to keep yourself safe and you should contact a professional or Facebook for expert advise.  RE Factor Tactical does not guarantee any information provided in this post will keep your information or account safe and it is up to you to take the correct actions. Rules: 1) You should always treat Facebook as an open source medium and assume anything you say and or post can be used in a criminal manner by an outside party.  Even with complex passwords, adding full profile protection and only being friends with those you trust and know, your information can still be viewed or stollen by someone with little knowledge. 2) Only add friends that you know and trust.  The easiest way to access Facebook information it by viewing a profile through other individual’s updates.  This means that when you are tagged or mentioned in a photo or post, that photo/post is visible to anyone that may be friends with the person mentioning you and their friends will then see that information.  In many cases someone could browse your friend’s open profile to view and gather information about you through any mutual posts or pictures that you appear in.  Encourage your friends to take the same precautionary measures as you. 3) Facebook constantly updates their timeline and privacy settings.  Ensure you are up to date on the most current timeline and privacy settings as they change.  This post is up to date as of 16 January 2013.  We will update as we find out more but we always suggest knowing how your information is shared. Logging in: When logging in you should develop a password that is at least 10 characters long and contains at least 1 upper case, 1 lower case, 1 number and 1 special character.  i.e #$kDS12shd!@LXZf43 Always avoid using passwords that look like words such as pa$$wOrd as well as keyboard “waterfall” combinations such as 1234qwerasdfzxcv (if you look on your keyboard these are the first 4 key strokes going from left to right in succession.)  When hackers attempt to break your password they will use these type of pre constructed passwords first and often have databases of millions, yes millions, of preset passwords that they will push through an account.  No matter what password you develop keep in mind it can be cracked and use the next steps to truly protect your identity.

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About Section:

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Your about section has a plethora of information. In many cases someone can access your free information to see where you live, where your family lives, your phone number, date of birth, place of work, birthday and anything else you put in there. For military and SOF types this is something that could be very useful to the enemy especially if you ever found yourself in an interrogation room.  All someone would have to do is hack your FB account and completely dispute any information you may be trying to send their way. Civilians, while you may not find yourself rolled up in some type of situation where you or our national security is at risk, but with the information found on this page people can begin to steal your identity.  Think about it like this: if I break into your email (which is extremely easy), I can search your messages for “bank” and find out what bank you most likely use based on the emails they send you on a regular basis.  I can then go into your bank account and hit “forgot password” where I am most often challenged with your name, birthday, challenge word such as where did you go to high school (that is provided in your timeline) or your mother’s maiden name (if you have relatives listed this is easy to obtain) and then have them send a new password to your email that I know have access to.  From here I can generate a new bank account password and will then have access to your bank account.  Once you have a routing number and bank account number the possibilities are endless. To correct this only provide as little information as possible.  In reality, no one cares where you went to high school, college or any other type of institution of higher education.  Most of your friends most likely know where you work and your relationship status is only to make your girlfriend/boyfriend less jealous because you are openly telling all the other past people you were in a relationship with that you are now taken.  As far as birthdays go, give Facebook a fake one, don’t worry the joy you get from having a bunch of friends who forgot it was your birthday anyways, write on your wall saying the exact same belt fed response of “happy bday!!! :)”, isn’t worth the potential identity theft.

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Privacy Settings: To access your privacy settings go to your timeline main page

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Security:

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Your login approval allows for one more level of security when accessing your account by forcing the person logging in to send a verification code to your cellphone that you then enter into FB for approval.

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Privacy settings: Your privacy settings will allow you to manage who sees your posts.  If left alone anyone on FB can view just about anything you post from relationship status updates to you telling the world that you will be out town for the holidays and that your house is free to rob.  To combat this, ensure all posts are viewed by your friends only.

Also, don’t forget to change who can look you up.  If you allow anyone to look you up then you are open to search by anyone on FB.  A good option is to limit only your friends to having access to search for your account.  You will still be able to find others but it will keep you from receiving random friend requests from individuals that you don’t know as well as reduce your overall footprint on FB. FB-Privacy-11-1024x575[1]

Search Engines: FB gives you the option to make your profile searchable in different platforms such as google, yahoo or bing.  To keep someone from finding your profile through google leave the box unchecked.

Facebook-search-engine-1024x559[1]Timeline and Tagging: Recently, Facebook changed to a new timeline platform which offers a more secure experience when used correctly.  Your photos, profile or information may be displayed to others if you do not limit your tagging.  When you are tagged in a photo a notification goes out to your friend’s newsfeed telling them that you have been tagged in a photo.  If you don’t limit this the photo can be displayed to just about anyone on Facebook and you will quickly become searchable. Even though you may take steps to keep your photos available to your friends only they might not be as reserved with the photos they share of you.  Again, always remember to encourage your friends to take the same secure steps as you to ensure the upmost security. In addition to tagging, Facebook has begun to use facial recognition software that will analyze your face and suggest to others to tag you in a photo that you may appear in.  This facial recognition has negative implications if put into a database and the results are still pending on what criminals and foreign intel services may be able to accomplish with your information.  To combat this, go into the Timeline and Tagging section and only allow tagging of you after it has been approved by you.  In addition turn off Facebook’s facial recognition.

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Blocking: You should always block anyone who attempts to add you as a friend who you don’t know, especially if their profile looks fake.  Blocking suspicious apps will also help avoid any unwanted third party apps from accessing your information.

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Followers: If you leave your posts public, people will be able to subscribe to see anything you post even if you don’t allow them as a friend.

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Apps: This is one of the biggest reasons for the illegal dissemination of information.  When you subscribe to an application it will most often take your basic or detailed information and stores it in its system.  This system is always prone to hacks and if the app is untrustworthy they may attempt to sell your info to an outside source, regardless of what they tell you.  Apps can be created by just about anyone and when they have access to use your profile they have access to all your information.  Ensure all apps that you aren’t using are deleted and only use apps if absolutely necessary.

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FB Adds: Facebook’s adds and monetization platforms are constantly changing and being updated.  The way FB advertises to you is that it looks at your interests listed on your profile or pages that you like and recommends ads that are similar in nature.  However, as FB increases their advertising there is no telling where they might end up and any information you allow them to access may be used for adds targeting or as integration into other platforms.  To reduce your signature we recommend changing your adds setting so that FB can not use your information in the future.

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Again, these are only suggestions and will not completely protect you or anyone else from identity theft.  If you have any others please feel free to share them with the community so we are all kept up to date as possible.

Why We Made The RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap

After going through countless “tactical” hats that never fit properly and wear out quickly, RE Factor Tactical decided to take matters into our own hands and create the most advanced tactical hat on the market.  To us a hat isn’t just something that covers your eyes from the sun, especially when used in an operational environment.  Because of this we sought out to develop a hat that is specifically designed for use in the field.  For years the owner of REFT has been modifying Flexfit hats by sewing velcro on them for use downrange.  Because of this, we met with Flexfit and developed a hat designed specifically for the operator.  Below are just a few of the features of this hat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4k2rUbrLBY#! To purchase the RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap go to http://www.refactortactical.com/Blasting-Cap-p/reft-bc.htm   Problem- Many tactical hats are uncomfortable out of the box and take prolonged use before breaking in. Solution- We made our hats on a Flexfit base which offer a perfect, comfortable fit right out of the box.  The hats come in S-M and L-XL for a universal fit.

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We teamed up with Flexfit to offer the highest quality possible

Problem- Most tactical hats on the market come with only one Velcro patch that frays quickly due to shoddy sewing. Solution- We asked Flexfit to embroider the outside edges of front and rear  2.5″x3″ Velcro patches.  These allow for a more durable hat and multiple removal and adhesion of Velcro.

Embroidered edges allow for prolonged Velcro use

Problem- Most tactical hats place velcro patches on the front but nothing on top for identification from aircraft. Solution- We placed a 1″x1″ velcro patch on the top of the hat, specifically designed to accommodate an IR patch

A 1″x1″ Velcro patch on the top of the hat allows for use of an IR marker

Problem- When not using IR patches, Operators will take them off and can often lose them or forget to put them back on before a mission. Solution- We placed a 1″x1″ velcro patch on the inside of the hat for storage of the IR patch when not in use. To purchase the RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap go to http://www.refactortactical.com/Blasting-Cap-p/reft-bc.htm

An interior 1″x1″ velcro square allows for storage or IR patches when not in use.

Problem- VF-17 Panels are cumbersome to carry and are often left behind due to space restrictions.  However, these are essential when marking the Operator’s location during daylight hours. Solution- We tasked Flexfit with finding the brightest neon orange possible and then integrating it into the cap.  This allows the Operator to have the ability to be seen in emergency situations or as a near recognition signal.

A VF-17 panel is sewn into the hat for emergency signaling

Problem- Most tactical hats offer no breathability in hot environments. Solution- We outfitted the back half of the Blasting Cap with a sport mesh, breathable material for rapid cooling during extraneous activity or in hot environments.

The back half of the hat comes with sport mesh for increased breathability in hot environments
The back of the hat comes with a 2.5″x3″ patch in the back

In addition to fixing common tactical hat problems we added a few extras.  First, we reduced the pitch of the front of the hat allowing for a lower profile look.  In addition we added the RE Factors of various explosives along the inside of the hat for quick reference for breachers, EOD and anyone else working with explosives.

The Top 10 Tactical Hats (Reviewed)

Finally, on the tag we included the RE Factor Tactical TNT molecule logo.  To add to this, our Operators tested the hats downrange prior to releasing them on the market to ensure 100% quality and usability to the end user.  We firmly stand behind our products since we trust our own lives to their dependability.  For more info on the hat or to purchase visit  http://www.refactortactical.com/Blasting-Cap-p/reft-bc.htm To purchase the RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap go to http://www.refactortactical.com/Blasting-Cap-p/reft-bc.htm

Alternate use of the velcro for a headlamp adhesion pad

To purchase the RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap go to http://www.refactortactical.com/Blasting-Cap-p/reft-bc.htm

Ways to use your Operator Band

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The Operator Band is the first 550 cord band specifically designed to meet the needs of the Operator working in semi and none permissive environments.  The band’s components were chosen after attending the US Army SERE Level C Course as well as spending years down range.  We have provided a small but not complete list of some of the uses of the Operator Band.

30′ 80lb Test Fishing Line: –       Fishing Line –       Sewing thread –       Lashing –       Snare line –       Net building –       Shoe Laces

FISHING

 

18″ 40lb Test Snare Wire: –       Snare –       Lashing –       Fishing Line –       Fishing Lead –       Fire wire

LEADER

 

P51 Can Opener: –       Can Opener –       Rope Cutter –       Fire Striker

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12′ 550 Paracord: –       Lashing –       Rappelling line –       Fishing Line –       Bow String –       Tourniquet –       Belt –       Backpack strap –       Shoe Laces –       Snare Line –       Net –       Bear Bag Line –       Laundry Line –       Candle Wick –       Restraint –       Rifle Sling –       Swiss Seat

PARACHORD

Fishing hook: –       Fishing Hook –       Sewing Needle –       Compass Needle

Small piranha fish caught in Amazonian basin
Small piranha fish caught in Amazonian basin

 

Handcuff Key Buckle: –       Handcuff Key

 

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Flint Fire Starter: –       Fire Starter –       Sinker

FIRE

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For more information on the Operator Band visit https://www.refactortactical.com/shop/operator-band/