Saturday, February 1, 2014

First Spear Tourniquet Pouch

First Spear 6/9 Tourniquet Pouch

I recently picked up two of the First Spear Tourniquet Pouches in the 6/9 attachment method. 6/9 is one of First Spear’s MOLLE style alternatives, and will be familiar to those who ever saw the Blackwater Gear line 6 or so years back. This is a more refined version of that concept, whether First Spear intended it to be similar or not.

The First Spear TQ pouch allows you to retain your MOLLE or Belt mounted TQ in a marked pouch centerline or wherever your unit SOP’s dictate. I advocate for and carry my TQ’s centerline in a purpose built pouch to avoid a few things happening to them. Mud, Solar erosion of the materials and lessen the chance of it going missing. Previously I had used a TQ pouch from North American Rescue that did all three of those things, however made the TQ difficult to remove from the pouch.

The First Spear TQ pouch is a clam shell opening, that protects the TQ from solar erosion, mud and securely holds the TQ’s while allowing rapid deployment. The clam shell works by folding the two tall side pieces over the TQ. Next you fold the top flap down over the side pieces locking them in place. The last piece is the flap with the red tab getting pulled from the bottom over the side pieces and top flap. Ensure that the side pieces were held together while applying the bottom flap over. To deploy, you simply pull the tab down and the TQ will be accessible.

Inside the TQ pouch is a small elastic flap as well as a loop for storage of a Sharpie. The back of the TQ pouch has two elastic straps that help hold the pouch compact, especially when used with different sized TQ’s. The Elastic flaps are spaced to allow interaction with MOLLE webbing spacing, or use in the First Spear 6/9 or 6/12 systems. I do not have a MOLLEMinus setup from Blue Force Gear at this time, so I can not check compatibility with that.

As you can see by the next photos, this will work on a 2” duty belt with the First Spear Missing Link MOLLE adapters. Pictured on a Ares Gear Duty belt.


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