Special Forces Survival Kits Improved

by ben burckhalter
Special Forces Survival Kits Improved
During the course of my career as a Green Beret, I was issued many things, some I was made to turn back in to the Army and others I was allowed to keep. My Pelican 1020 Survival kit was one of the items I was allowed to keep: originally intended to keep a soldier alive during an escape and evade situation, it was rendered obsolete by a more modern idea, leaving it to a list of items that the [...]

Gatorz Eyewear Magnums: Duty Approved

by ben burckhalter
Gatorz Eyewear Magnums: Duty Approved
It’s no secret that the guys at Crate Club have a good relationship with Gatorz. This isn’t just a business relationship, but a relationship we’ve built by using their products. A lot of us used Gatorz in and out of our military service. Why? Because they’re strong, dependable, and stylish. They avoid the overt 90s look of most Eye pro, but still offer the protection to keep your eyes in your[...]

The Emerson CQC-7 BW - SEAL Approved

by travis pike
The Emerson CQC-7 BW - SEAL Approved
Is there a more classic tactical knife than the Emerson CQC-7 (And the CQC 6 by relation)? The CQC 7 was the first real tactical folding knife. Today I could go on any website that sells knives and buy a tactical folder, and that’s because of Ernest Emerson. The CQC-7 serves with some of the United State’s most elite forces. In the book No Easy Day, it was revealed the point man on the bin La[...]

The Emerson Mini CQC-15 - The best of Both Worlds

by travis pike
The Emerson Mini CQC-15 - The best of Both Worlds
The Emerson Mini CQC-15 exists in an interesting place in the Emerson CQC realm. Obviously its a smaller variant of the Emerson CQC-15, which itself was quite a big knife. The CQC-15 was itself a combination of the Emerson Commander and the famed CQC-7B. So the mini CQC-15 is also derived from the Commander and the CQC-7. What it takes from Mom and Dad The first thing you notice is the tant[...]

Crate Club Tac Pen - Stab with Style

by travis pike
Crate Club Tac Pen - Stab with Style
The Benchmade SOCP changed the knife realm a bit. It wasn’t a huge influence on the tactical world overall but created a completely new genre of tactical knives. The close quarter's tool was developed as the last line of defense for extremely close quarters combat. It’s made to be used when grappling on the ground when fighting over your weapon, or in any situation where things are too close [...]

Stop the Bleeding, Save Lives, Carry a RATS Tourniquet

by ben burckhalter
Stop the Bleeding, Save Lives, Carry a RATS Tourniquet
Tourniquets save lives. That’s one of the first things I heard from “Doc,” during my first Combat Lifesaver course in my first year as a Marine. As my time went on we drilled, and drilled, and drilled with tourniquets. We learned how to apply them under stress, with a fighting patient, with one hand, with our offhand, and eventually, everything culminated with live tissue training and some he[...]