If you have been listening to the show lately you know we have been doing a ton of free giveaways. One of the best is the latest from 5.11 Tactical, in which we have curated some of their best products, stuffed them into their best sling bag, and will be sending it out to one lucky person in time for Christmas.
First up is the MOAB (Mobile Operation Attachment Bag) 10 sling bag. All of us at the show use this bag. It is great for every day carry (EDC), hiking, traveling, and in my case was my diaper bag for daddy duty for over two years. It easily fits a bunch of diapers, diaper wipes, butt ointment, sippy cups, snacks, and a hidden HK P2000 just in case.
I got to go try my hand at curating the 5.11 products first and I made my theme officer survival. I’ve been an EMT since age 16, so I always like to have medical supplies nearby for when it hits the fan. I believe the products I have pulled together will allow you to take care of yourselves and others whether on-duty or off-duty.
First up is the bag itself.
This is the actual bag you will be receiving should you be the lucky winner. As you can see the outside will have a Green Line patch, underbag storage for a jacket or sweatshirt, padding on the backside, and plenty of MOLLE attachment points for almost any type of pouch or tactical attachment. The bag features heavy-duty, self-healing YKK zippers. The nylon is water resistant 1050D and holds up to abuse very well. My bag has survived two infants, over five years of travel and use, and looks brand new. There are also fields for a nametape and morale patch.
Inside is an admin area for business cards, keys, pens, flashlights, dip, and any other item you can imagine. There are plenty of stash pockets throughout the bag.
The bag has over 1000 cubic inches of storage and can easily hold any type of tablet or 15 inch laptop.
Inside you will find several long zippered pockets that can handle clothing or other larger items. This is where I carried at least a half dozen diapers at any one time. They remained conveniently out of sight even when the bag was fully opened.
There are two sections of two overlapping mesh pockets. These are very convenient as you can quickly see what you are looking for and don’t have to fumble around trying to find those important items like extra magazine, thumb drives, or passports. They have velcro closures and pull tabs for easy opening.
On the back you have padding and channels which allow for some air movement. You can also add a hydration pouch and run the tubing through an opening at the top of the bag. This is one feature I have never used. I have used the hydration pocket though for extra storage of books and other flat items.
On the strap is a pouch for a small radio or cell phone. It will not hold a larger Android or iPhone. It has channeling for headphones or wires if you plan to use this for communications. Previous models of the iPhone used to fit in here for me but now it is mostly used to hold morale patches, extra business cards, and Green Line patches.
At the base of the strap is a fleece lined pocket used to hold sunglasses. It is a handy feature to keep the lenses from getting scratched up inside the bag. But it is by no means crush proof.
My favorite feature is located between the main compartment and the admin compartment. It is a velcro-secured space that can easily accommodate a large framed handgun. With very little practice you can bring the bag to your front side where it will sit horizontally, reach into the pocket, and draw your concealed weapon. You can quickly get your firearm into play should things go sideways. The pocket is very low profile and I have never had any problem with the weapon coming loose or shifting out of position.
Included with the bag will be the UCR Thigh Rig for one option to carry an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) and magazines for your M-4.
Attaching this to your gunbelt and securing around your leg couldn’t be easier. The thigh belt has rubber stitching to help keep it in place. It is super comfortable and helps you easily carry extra gear off your waist or back. You can carry a tourniquet, multiple blow-out kits, extra TP for emergency field downloads, and extra magazines. It has a quick drop down design and multiple bungees and loops to keep things in place. If you don’t want to carry your IFAK on your belt or tac vest this is the way to go. I wore a kit like this for years and no matter how far I got away from my vehicle I could always stabilize a patient with just the gear in the thigh rig.
The Ignitor Med Pouch is the minimum that you should have on you at all times and is very similar to the IFAK kits the agency has been issuing lately. This kit can handle a tourniquet and enough first aid products to patch yourself or another person up should you suddenly develop some holes. The pouch is lightweight and easily attaches to the MOAB 10 or a tac vest using 5.11’s Slick-Stick system.
Don’t want to use up any of the space in the bag for a silly thing like water? Then attach this carrier to the outside of the bag and easily carry some of the bigger water bottles. Cabrera has also told me that it can purportedly handle 12 dip canisters with no problems.
No one wants to touch anyone else’s bodily fluids, so we have included a disposable glove pouch. I wish 5.11 had offered this when I was using the MOAB 10 as a diaper bag, there were times when it would have been critical.
Finally, as 5.11 says: Always Be Ready. You tracked a group for hours, finally apprehended them, and now you are starting the processing by writing them up in the field or at the station. Danger always exists and during the write-ups is no different. This Double Duty tactical pen allows you to always have a defensive weapon on you. This pen is machined from aerospace aluminum and can easily be switched from the pen end to the pointy defensive tool tip end. I haven’t tried breaking a car safety window, but I think it could easily handle it. It also includes a Fisher Space Pen PR4 black ink cartridge. It is one of the coolest pens I have ever put my hands on and now is a permanent part of my EDC.
So how do you get all this? It’s easy. Just listen to the show, tell a friend or co-worker about it, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Let us know you want to be part of the 5.11 contest and you’re entered!
If that isn’t easy enough you can enter right here:
Contest runs until December 15, 2016.
Best of luck and I hope you have enjoyed this review of all the great 5.11 products you can win. Thanks to 5.11 Tactical for supporting Border Patrol agents and The Green Line.