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The RE Factor Tactical Tourniquet Standard

The propensity to carry a tourniquet, especially among civilians is on the rise which is great.  Massive hemorrhage is the most commonly found preventable death on the battlefield which means it’s crucial to carry the equipment to control it.

While many civilians, LE personnel and military personnel are carrying tourniquets, they often don’t have the training to properly apply it in a timely manner.  There are no set application time limits like we have in the shooting world where a certain draw speed, reload speed or split times have become standard for departments, courses or in challenges.  So here is our standard:

Reach your stored tourniquet with either hand, apply it only using one hand, in under 15 seconds.  

This means if you are carrying a tourniquet you should be able to grab it with either hand and apply to any extremity, to completion, in under 15 seconds.  This may seem easy but when you try it you will be amazed at how difficult it can actually be to accomplish the above in under 15 seconds.  After you have applied the tourniquet you should check your pulse either using a standard finger test method or using a pulse oximeter.  While both methods won’t guarantee you that you have applied the tourniquet 100% correctly it’s a fairly good measurement of how well you applied the tourniquet in under 15 seconds.   This standard exists no matter what kit you’re carrying, your physical or mental state, available ambient light or any other outside factor.

Below is a video we shot awhile back of applying the RATs Tourniquet.  (Yes we know it wasn’t from a stored position, yes we know we didn’t show how well it did or didn’t work and yes we know the “injured” extremity was moving.)  We will work on getting a better video but in the meantime it should get an idea of the standard across.

The reason we chose 15 seconds as our standard is because: 1. it’s an achievable standard that anyone can reach with some practice 2. if you have a massive hemorrhage you can lose consciousness in 15-20 seconds which means if you can get the tourniquet on in under 15 seconds you should (hopefully) apply it before going unconscious.

While it’s important to train with a tourniquet, it’s equally as important to not use a tourniquet that you train with as the tourniquet you trust your life with.  IF YOU USE A TOURNIQUET FOR TRAINING DO NOT USE IT AS YOUR PRIMARY TOURNIQUET.  Simply paint the tourniquet blue, red, pink or whatever color you need to help you remember it’s a training tourniquet only.  This is because when you use a tourniquet for training you begin to stress it; this coupled with environmental factors can drastically reduce your tourniquet’s efficacy or cause it to fail when it counts.

As far as what tourniquet to use we don’t care if you use a RATs, CAT, SOFT-T, SWAT-T or any other tourniquet on the market.  This isn’t a post to determine what tourniquet is the best, you can leave that for the millions of other forums out there.  As far as how to store/carry your tourniquet that is up to you as long as you can meet the standard above.  While we offer a number of carrying solutions for a number of types of tourniquets we suggest you use the one that allows you to quickly apply it as well as carry it securely.

If you can matched or beat the standard we want to see it!  Please feel free to upload your video of you getting your tourniquet on as set above and either tag us (@refactortactical on IG, reftactical on Twitter RE Factor Tactical on Facebook) or use #REFTTQSTANDARD.

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Job Vacancies

Company Profile:

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is a Veteran run, Veteran owned company based out of Englewood, CO. We specialize in creating unique products for the tactical industry and our product line varies from bags, tactical pouches and survival gear to satirical posters and targets.

Position: Part-time Graphic Designer

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is currently seeking a part-time graphics designer to help us continue our strong marketing/social media platforms and product design. We are looking for someone to work at our office in Englewood, CO 2-3 times a week. This has the opportunity to move into a full-time position in the near future.

Why RE Factor Tactical?

Our unique work environment promotes creative thinking in both product design and marketing. We take a different approach to our marketing platform that requires individuals to think outside the box. We encourage our employees to help advance the company’s product line and marketing platform through unconventional designs. RE Factor Tactical is dedicated to hiring our Veterans and gives preferential hiring to Veterans and former EMS/LE personnel.

Duties:

• Assist in design of new shirts, posters, patches, targets, books, and stickers

• Create marketing pictures and banners for social media, catalogs and product cards

Skills / Knowledge:

• Must have a strong working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

• Experience in taking photos/videos is a strong plus

• Experience in working within the tactical gear industry

• Ability to create new designs/ideas with little input or direction

• Ability to meet deadlines, work quickly and efficiently and turn ideas into sellable products. 

• Ability to create books, pamphlets and product cards

Qualifications:

• 5+ Years experience in graphic design

• 3+ Years experience in working the tactical gear industry

• Military/LEO/EMS past work is a strong plus

• Strong working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are a must

• Ability to come into our office in Englewood, CO is a must

If interested please email your resume and portfolio to info@refactortactical.com

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Position: Part Time Customer Service/Warehouse Assistant

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is currently seeking a part-time customer service agent to take calls, returns emails and respond to customer questions on our social media platforms.  In addition they will be asked to help with miscellaneous tasks within our warehouse when not responding to customer inquiries. 

Why RE Factor Tactical?

Our unique work environment encourages veterans to focus on lessons learned in the military and apply it to our company and their everyday work life.  Our company strives to offer veterans a environment where they feel welcomed and we value their experiences.  At the moment we have a 65% veteran strong workforce and would like to continue to offer Veterans more jobs as we grow.

In addition we take a train the trainer approach with our employees and attempt to teach our employees as many skill-sets as possible that they can take with them either into other areas of the company or follow on jobs outside of RE Factor Tactical.  In short we want to ensure your time with us is as valuable and beneficial as possible.  

Duties:

• Answer phone calls, return emails, respond to customer inquiries on social media.  

• Assist in daily warehouse tasks to include (but not limited to), prepping product for shipment, organizing inventory, counting inventory, assisting in new product ideas and packing orders.

Qualifications:

• Must be over 18 years of age

• Must be able to work at least 15 hours a week at our office in Englewood, CO. 

• Military/LEO/EMS past work is a strong plus

• Must have strong grammar, spelling and syntax. 

If interested please email your resume and portfolio (for graphic design position) to info@refactortactical.com

Can you answer 20 questions required to become a US citizen?

So we were sitting around the office seeing how well we can do on the Civics Exam that is required to become a U.S. Citizen.  All in all we didn’t do too bad.  There are 100 questions in all but we figured we would put up 20 so you guys could see how you did.  The answers are shown at the bottom of the page.

1. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

2.Name one state that boarders Mexico.

3.Who is the commander and chief of the military?

4.What are two ways that Americans can participate in democracy?

5.Who makes federal laws?

6.If both the President and Vice-President can no longer serve, who becomes president?

7.Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?

8.Who are the two main political parties of the United States?

9.What does the Judicial Branch do?

10. Who was the first president?

11. Name one of the writers of the Constitution.

12. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

13. Name the war between the North and South.

14. What is the economic system of the United States?

15. What do we call the first 10 amendments of the constitution?

16. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800’s.

17. Name on branch of the government.

18. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

19. What does the Constitution do?

20. Who wrote the declaration of Independence?

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Answers:

1. Pacific Ocean

2. Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, California

3. President

4. Voting, join a political party, help with a campaign, join a civic group, join a community group, give an elected official your opinion on an issue, call senators and representatives, publicly oppose or support an issue or policy, run for office, write to a newspaper.

5. Congress, Senate and House, U.S or National Legislature

6. Speaker of the House

7. President

8. Republican and Democrat

9. Reviews laws, explains laws, resolves disputes, decides if a law goes against the constitution

10. George Washington

11. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Publius

12. U.S. Diplomat, Oldest Member of the Constitutional Convention, first Postmaster General of the United States, Write of Poor Richard’s Almanac, started the first free libraries.

13. The civil war.

14. What is the economic system of the United States? Capitalist economy, market economy.

15. The Bill of Rights

16. War of 1812, Mexican American War, Spanish American War, Civil War

17. Judicial, the Courts, Executive, President, Legislative, Congress

18. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

19. Sets up the government, defines the government, protects basic rights of Americans.

20. Thomas Jefferson

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The Father of the American Navy

betsy-ross-flagWhile most Americans are familiar with George Washington and his exploits leading the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones, the “Father of the American Navy” and first American naval hero is less well known.

Jones was born “John Paul in 1746 in a small town on the southwest coast of Scotland, he later added the last name Jones to evade law enforcement upon moving to the United States. Jones began his career as a sailor at the age of 13 and worked aboard several merchant ships transiting the Caribbean. After a mutineer confronted him and Jones killed him in self-defense with a saber, he was forced to flee to the United States.

After the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Jones volunteered to serve in the fledgling Continental Navy. Due to his reputation as a skilled naval captain, he was given command over a small merchant vessel converted to military use, the 42-gun USS Bonhomme Richard (named in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac in French). He used the Bonhomme Richard to effectively terrorize British commercial and fishing activities off the coast of Nova Scotia in the early days of the war.

Unlike George Washington and the Continental Army who were engaged in a mostly defensive battle against the invading British Army, Jones took the fight to the enemy. His reach extended across the Atlantic Ocean to the British Isles where he captured valuable resources for the American war effort and disrupted enemy supply lines.

At the Battle of Flamborough Head, in 1779, Jones and the men under his command left their permanent mark on United States’ naval history. Commodore Jones led a small squadron of American and French ships on a mission to disrupt British commerce. On the afternoon of September 23rd, the American and French squadron attacked a 41-ship merchant convoy being escorted by the 44-gun Frigate, HMS Serapis, and the 22-gun sloop-of-war, HMS Countess of Scarborough.

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The Bonhomme Richard engaged the Serapis but they quickly found themselves outgunned when their 18-pound guns backfired, damaging their own ship and forcing them to take the remaining 18-pound guns out of commission. Out gunned and out maneuvered by the Serapis, Jones saw that their only chance for victory was if they boarded the Serapis. The Bonhomme Richard turned and rammed the Serapis after which the order was given to bind the two ships together with grappling hooks. Boarding parties from both ships were repelled by snipers, hand grenades, and with sabers in bloody hand-to-hand fighting.

During the fray, the Bonhomme Richard’s ensign was shot from its flagpole. Thinking that the Bonhomme Richard had lowered its flag in surrender, the commander of the Serapis, Captain Robert Pearson, shouted over to Jones asking him if they intended to surrender, to which Jones famously replied, “SURRENDER? I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!”

After a lengthy and savage fight, the marines aboard the Bonhomme Richard eventually overcame their foes aboard the Serapis and the British were forced to surrender. Badly damaged during the fighting, the Bonhomme Richard had to be abandoned and sunk, John Paul Jones and his crew took command of the Serapis. The Battle of Flamborough Head and the brave men who fought and died there, will forever be remembered by patriotic Americans. It is a testament to the fact that quick wit and tenacity can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

In a strange twist, Jones ended his naval career working as a mercenary naval captain for the Russians, fighting the Ottoman Turks in the Russo-Turkish War. After retirement, Jones moved to Paris where he died and was buried. His remains were repatriated by Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 and interred at their rightful resting place at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Anapolis, Maryland.

 



1800’s Neckbeards

1800’s neckbeards

 

A neck beard, much like a fine work of art, takes time, patience, and the masculinity of a full grown male rhinoceros to cultivate. The Civil War era, hands down had some of the most spectacular and panty wetting neckbeards in recorded history; so we are going to provide you with a short list of RE Factor Tactical’s favorite Civil War neckbeards.  Before we get started we are going to go over the rules and regulations of having a neckbeard that makes the list. The face must be completely clean shaven with the facial hair starting below the jaw line. Basically it looks like a clean shaven man with a small animal wrapped around the neck. A mustache is acceptable as long as it does not connect to the sides of the cheeks like you would see on a regular beard. A good example would be Ron Jeremy’s caterpillar he has crawling on his face. That is pretty much all of the rules and regulations for a neck beard, so without further adieu here are some of the best neckbeards that flooded countless basements in the civil war era and kept ladies changing their socks several times a day in the 1800’s.

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Neckbeard number one is business up top, and amish down below. He has a clean shave on his face,  and what resembles a rich widow’s well groomed house cat on his neck. The beard looks to be at least six inches long , well maintained and as white as snow. This classic neckbeard took months, maybe even years to get to refine, and yes I know what you are thinking, the carpet probably match the drapes.

 

 

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Neckbeard number two is much shorter, much darker, and less kept. The photo resembles a mug shot which was probably taken after he was caught stealing your Great Grandfather’s girl. This neck beard sporting meat titan was sliding into dm’s way before it was cool, this was done by having his servants deliver formal requests to ladies asking to court them. After knocking the dust off it, he tossed them a shiny nickel, ordered them a carriage and sent them on their way.

 

 

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Neckbeard number three is a much bushier continuation of his hair that includes sideburns and wraps completely around the face. He chose this style of beard because it softened the grip from ladies thighs whilst he wore them like scarves. This beard is well rounded, and reminds us of a giant pack of cotton balls. You will notice if you look closely that his hair swoops under his glasses and flairs out like a judge’s wig to remind you that he is the law of the land, and indeed running shit.

 

 

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Last but not least, neckbeard number four is the only contestant that offers unlimited mustache rides to the thirsty ass wenches of the 1800’s. His unruly neck beard denotes that he lives a rugged and fast lifestyle. He engaged in questionable activities with even more questionable women. Don’t let his hipster, good guy glasses fool you, if you crossed him he would empty a revolver in you and then run off with your baby’s momma.

We understand after reading this and seeing the pictures of these neck bearded Demi-Gods that you probably feel inferior and want to start growing your own neckbeard as fast as humanly possible. Please remember that growing a neckbeard comes with very serious and sometimes fatal consequences. You will be attacked at random by hordes of women trying to ride your precious life-giving war hammer, and claim their spot next to your throne after giving birth to your mighty neckbearded war babies. These neckbeard thirsting trollops will stop at nothing to get your pure and precious neck bearded seed and will get it by any means necessary.

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Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 31 and Injures over 80

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Via multiple news sources

On January 10th a Taliban insurgent wearing a Suicide Vest (SVEST) and a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonated near the Afghan Parliamentary Building in Kabul, killing 31 and injuring over 80 people.  The attack began with the SVEST detonation near a van followed with a VBIED detonation after Afghan police arrived on scene.

An Afghan Police spokesman said the attackers targeted Afghan Intelligence Officials.  Officials believe both Afghan Intelligence personnel and civilians are among the dead.

This is the bloodiest attack in Kabul in recent months.

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The U.S. Military is sending a Marine Task Force Back to Afghanistan

Jan 3, 2017 0 Middle East - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)
Jan 3, 2017
Middle East – U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)

The U.S. Military announced that they will be sending a 300 man Marine TF back to Southern Afghanistan this spring to help fight again the Taliban’s annual spring offensive.  The Task Force will primarily operate in Helmand Province and is expected to undergo a 9 month deployment.  The military anticipates this to be an ongoing rotation.

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USMC Lt. Gen Beyler stated, “Afghanistan remains a dangerous and dynamic environment, and our aim, training and advising the Afghan forces, is to preserve and build upon the gains they’ve made. Marines will face risk in this new assignment.”

According to the official release “Task Force South West, made up of Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and led by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr., will train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police.”

While the Marines haven’t been to Helmand since 2014 it is a well fought area for the corps.  It’s unclear as to how much their position will include actual field operation, however it’s likely they will see some of the tougher fighting this year.

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