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June 2013

Being - Tactically and Practically - Prepared By Ted Demosthenes, Suarez International Instructor You’ve just finished lunch on Day One of your class with Suarez International. With your busy work-week behind you, the trip down to Phoenix went well, including the airport check-in adventure of dealing with the ticket agent, airline paper-work, other passenger’s raised eyebrows, the TSA’s inconsistent packed-weapon practices, and the ever-enjoyable trip through the “security” check point. The weather’s mild, the range is great, and the class members are friendly and experienced. The morning has been spent doing admin, safety briefings and class conduct, a thorough review of principle skills, and a gear check to see what everyone was carrying and if it appears adequate for the course (remember the gear list in the course description?). The instructors are evaluating each shooter’s level of preparation for the course and, after some warm-up with dry practice, the class proceeds to initial live fire from contact ready. You’ve come to class with your new 9mm pistol, an appendix inside the waistband (AIWB) holster, mag pouch, 4 mags, and the... Read more →

As soon as the first TSD MAG-15s came in we shipped them out to our friends in the US Military community for testing. Here is a write up that was sent to us, and posted at, on their torture testing of the best magazine for the M4 system. Here is his commentary. By the way…notice the TSD Combat Systems RMR Glock 19 in the pics? Ok guys I want to share some of the torture testing of the TSD-MAG15 magazines that we conducted yesterday. Basically what we did was treat one of the new mags very vary badly and then tested its function. I started out by simply test firing the magazines during some of our standard M-4 courses of fire (approximately 600 rounds spread across four different magazines). They all functioned reliably in slow, rapid, and full-auto fire. The magazines were always loaded to the full capacity of 30 rounds and were compatible with standard stripper clip speed-loaders. I also tested the MAG-15′s compatibility with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and it fit and functioned 100% during a... Read more →

TOURNIQUETS The history of the tourniquet dates at least as far back as 500 BC when the Romans designed a device to control bleeding during amputations. It was made mostly of bronze and was lined with a bit of leather for “comfort”. Primarily because of the practical need to control bleeding during surgical procedures, other tourniquet designs proliferated during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. These were quite simplistic and culminated in the development of a pneumatic tourniquet that is currently used thousands of times/day across the world to permit the creation of a bloodless field during procedures on both the upper and lower extremities. The Romans were probably the first to use a tourniquet in an emergency setting like one would encounter during a violent altercation (for our purposes, the only concern worthy of consideration). However, tourniquet use gradually fell upon disfavor around the time of the Civil War, presumably because of the significant number of injuries that resulted from prolonged TQ use prior to the performance of surgical amputations. For many years lay people and uneducated emergency responders... Read more →