Last Sunday I completed my fourth ECQC, this fourth course immediately followed my third course. Here are some things I learned...
Here is a link to the After Action Report, check it out...the link takes you to the M4Carbine Forums.
Stay safe out there, keep working cardio and see you at the next ECQC.
V/r - Rob
Sunday I completed the second of back to back ECQC's here in the Tall Corn State (Iowa) with the first being an LE / MIL Only version...needless to say, I'm smoked!
As per my usual "MO" I've got an AAR (After Action Report) written up for each of them. No, I'm not giving away any trade secrets, just providing a snap shot in time of how ECQC flows...think of it as an appetizer of sorts.
Not into AAR's, no worries as here is a super quick overview of the LE / MIL Only version of ECQC in just a few bullets:
The AAR can be found at the M4Carbine Forums by following the link provided: Here.
Watch for the Open Enrollment ECQC AAR shortly and remember, don't hesitate to jump into the ECQC you attend, you won't be disappointed!
V/r - Rob
Recap from Part I and II...
Gloves aren't the end all be all, but they allow you to "get your hands dirty" without getting them too dirty. ABD pads don't cover all the bases, but they beat the hell out of letting someone bleed all over the place. Stepping it up a bit is an idea for a "fuller" kit used for on body carry...this one isn't so much about what's in your kit, but more about how to carry a kit.
I don't like having a kit stuffed in my pocket. I almost always wear a belt, hence...I want an IFAK that is "Belt Fed". I could buy a kit (pouch) or make one up, I prefer making my own to fit my needs and I thought an AR based IFAK pouch would be a slick option and hopefully push other to build a kit that they will actually wear! I break it all down below...
Personal Needs / Desires:
Results - Soft Pouches:
Results - Hard Pouches:
Results - Hybrid (Taco Style) Pouches:
Alright, so what's in the IFAK stuffed into the Scorpion...I went with bleeding control focused kit and built two of them
After running two of these for a year or so now at a variety of courses and competitions I feel that they both have not only met, but exceeded their initial goals. They are easy to carry, easy onto and off of the belt, and are easy to deploy from.
On Body IFAK #3: AR Magazine Pouch IFAK
Again, this is just one option out of countless that allows you to pack some sort of IFAK on your person, you owe it to yourself and those around you to be prepared for those problems that don't fit into the "Gun Problem" category.
Stay safe, Do Work, Help Others!
V/r - Rob
Recap from Part I...
Alright, another day out to breakfast at your favorite bagel joint and all of sudden somebody's grandpa falls and splits his head open. He's sitting up before you can get to him, he's got a little gash on his forehead, is bleeding like a stuck pig and blood is running down into his eyes and mouth. Every time grandpa talks he sprays blood into the air, he also keeps wiping his head and now has blood all over his hands. No worries! Break out your handy dandy, low profile, ABD dressing and cover that thing up! Next request that the folks at the store to call 911 and then bring you two hand towels; one wet and one dry to help clean him up a bit before the good guys arrive. External bleeding controlled - check, 911 system activated - check, clean up on aisle 3 in the works - check, being able to help your friends and neighbors - CHECK!
What are ABD dressings you ask, depending on what circles you run in ABD can mean "abdominal" or "absorbent". There is also the definition "Army Battle Dressing" which furthers explains the concept that ABD dressings are a bulkier type dressing designed to absorb blood. ABD dressings come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small to ginormous and may also be referred to as "trauma pads" or "trauma dressings". Regardless of what label you throw on it, the ABD Pad we are talking about here is a bulky pad used to help stop bleeding. Considering the fact that this discussion revolves around "On Body" carry, it should go without saying that I prefer a more compact ABD pad if I'm going "light", one that is small enough to carry easily, yet still big enough to actually do some good. Most of the time, I can't tell that I'm carry an ABD Pad and gloves, yet they are there if I need them.
On Body IFAK #2: Trauma / Bleeding Pad
Stay safe and do work!
V/r - Rob
Hitting you hard, fast, and between the eyes so you can get back to surfing social media and updating your status. In short, this is a write up on several "On Body" IFAKs I've been using as of late and what I've got in 'em. No, I'm not getting into medical skill sets, edj-u-ma-cation or one's willingness to help others. Yes, I'm writing this because I'm not seeing many "on body" med kits at competitions and courses, which also means they probably aren't very prevalent "On Da Streets"...ya feel me?
Key terms to get us started on the right foot or "wrong" foot if we are marching...
How this is going to shake out; I'll introduce and outline a handful of IFAKs for the sole intent of "On Body" carry with details to include The Kit, Brand(s) available, The Why, How to "On Body" carry said kit, Positives, Negatives, and lastly, any other considerations you should, well, consider. I'll also include any pics that may be pertinent and of course some that may not.
On Body IFAK #1: Gloves.
Seriously, at an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM you need to throw a set of gloves next to whatever it is that you never leave home without, then never leave home without 'em...EVER!
Alright, off to update my status. Stay safe, don't forget your gloves and stay tuned for "On Body" IFAKs - Part II.
V/r - Rob
Pic - Digitcare Defender T gloves, Keen with SFD Responder and goodies worn on my "Wrong Side", 4 inches of concrete.
I haven't gone AWOL from the blog, just haven't posted much of anything here this year...I'll get on that as there are things I would lie to share. My kindest apologies friends!
With that said, while I haven't been doing much here in the blog realm, I have opened an Instagram account and have been posting over there...also tagged the animal known as "book-face". Nothing to crazy with Instagram except that I've jumped into posting videos which I hadn't really done up until now for a variety of reasons. As far as the vids to watch for, I'll have some from courses, competitions, product intros, and whatever else feels right.
At this point in the game I've posted vids from the past two ECQC (Extreme Close Quarters Concepts) courses that I've attended with Craig Douglas as well as some vids from the private competition I hold monthly...along with the vids, I attempt to loosely outline what the hell it is that we are doing or attempting to do.
You can find me at Instagram at "@lhgk_us". Side note, there are several "lhgk" accounts on Instagram...I'm the only "lhgk_us" so be careful as you never know what the hell some fruit cake is going to post on another account.
Check it out and follow along if you have an account...remember, don't leave home without your med gloves stuffed in your pocket!
Stay safe - R
To black rifles, black coffee, and a 2017 so bright you have to wear black frogskins...at night!
V/r - Rob
We are rapidly wrapping up 2016 and within a few hours will usher in 2017. I want to take a quick moment and say "THANK YOU" to all of you that were part of LHGK this past year, it was a blessed one to say the least and I'm continuously humbled by this trip I call an "adventure"!
2016 was nothing less than HUGE for myself and LHGK as a business; 5 courses hosted, a total of 10 courses attended, 25+ courses taught, lectures at 2 trauma conferences, 14 firearms competitions, trips as far north as Minneapolis, south to Texas and west into Wyoming!
With all of that said, regardless of what you or define as "success", 2016 would have sucked if it were not for the constant and unending support of not only my wife and boys, but also my old and new friends...it is truly an honor and privilege to be able to do all of "this" and with an immense amount of gratitude, I say thank you to all of you that were a part of it!
If 2016 was a great one for you personally, keep after it; if it was less than what you want to call stellar, you know what tomorrow is, so...get after it! Surround yourself with good people, get/stay in shape, get some sun, sip some good coffee, help your neighbors and keep fighting the good fight!
Oh, yeah...don't forget your gloves!
2017 will be LHGK's 9th year hosting courses in the Council Bluffs, IA / Omaha, NE metro area...the first was a Vickers Tactical 1911 Pistolsmith Course back in 2008! The hosting "expedition" was by no means planned and started with a simple request for help from a friend who was trying to a secure the facility for the Pistolsmith Course I was attending. With a little sweet talking I secured a classroom, then a range and lastly, built a few benches for "a-whole-lotta" LAV 1911 building goodness...easy stuff!
Prior to writing this little "blip on your radar" I really had no idea how many courses I had hosted through today, so I added 'em up...November's two courses with Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives were numbers 24 and 25! Breaking it down a little further, since that first one in '08 we've used 4 different classrooms, 3 different ranges and have had somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 students attend those events! WOW!
Alright, onto what's up our sleeve for 2017...staring off the new year strong with Dr. William Aprill and Paul Sharp in January. Followed rapidly by Craig "SouthNarc" Douglas and his Armed Movement In Structures course in February...think HUGE facility and airsoft BB's! Craig's returns again for BACK TO BACK courses in May with a Law Enforcement ONLY version of his Extreme Close Quarters Concepts and then an open enrollment ECQC. Summer rounds out with Larry "LAV" Vickers and his Carbine Operator Course. All of the courses mentioned above are listed under the "Hosted Courses" tab...so, uhhhh, yeah...check 'em out!
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my friend and mentor Shawn Claussen of Dynamic Shooting Systems for guiding me on this hosting expedition...he has provided countless hours of correspondence and support over the past several years in helping me attempt to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to hosting. Shawn is a top notch host himself and leaves no details untouched when coordinating courses. In addition hosting and being a lifelong student with an endless desire to get better, the dude is also a helluva instructor...if you get the chance, let him drop some knowledge on ya!
If you have been through the LHGK "doors" in the past, thanks...it's an honor and privilege to say the least! If you are thinking of heading to the "Tall Corn State" for a course we are hosting, have faith that it will be a positive experience! As always hit me with questions.
Stay safe out there!
V/r - Rob
Just wrapped up two separate, one day, Critical Skills Combatives courses with Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives. Cecil took the "polar plunge" this past weekend and making a little jog to the north and east for this one and braving our first local spell of cold weather...lucky for all of us, this one was held inside which made training in November in the Midwest more than bearable.
Awesome course on all accounts....short, sweet, simple, to the point, no gimmicks, no BS, lots of reps, lots of learning and tons of hidden gems stashed in this one for those paying attention!
As usual, I've got a couple different sources available to view the AAR's depending on your flavor of the day, check 'em out...
Stay safe out there!
V/r - Rob