From Bleeding to Bullets

By Ian Kenney
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From Bleeding to Bullets

July 19th, 2020

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You have your gun; you have your ammo. That’s all you need, right? Wrong. There is a whole host of shooting gear that you should have, from something as simple as a shooting rest all the way to an emergency trauma kit. But what should you buy?

“Buy once, cry once” are words that you’ll hear spoken many times in the firearms world. From guns to accessories, you’ll find that in the long run it pays to spend a little extra for peace of mind. And TAB Gear offers the kind of quality you should demand, while still hitting some competitive pricing.

After using TAB Gear for over a decade, I’ve come to rely on them for sewn goods as they’ve proven themselves in all conditions. Recently, TAB Gear was generous enough to send me some of their newer items to share with you.

The Tripod Shelf from TAB Gear gives you a handy place for your extra gear while shooting.

Tripod Shelf

This item is so amazingly simple and functional I wonder how I’ve gotten by without it all these years. Made from 1000-denier Cordura, it forms a triangle-shaped shelf attached to the legs of a tripod, secured via Velcro One-Wrap straps. Once attached, you have a shelf with 12” sides that’s large enough to hold just about anything you’ll need close at hand while on glass or behind the rifle.

It easily folds up with the tripod when you’re on the move and has enough slack that it can ride up the tripod’s legs if you need to widen the footprint for stability. Super light and durable, you can leave the shelf attached and forget about it until you need it. The tripod shelf retails for $25 and comes in three solid colors and three camouflage patterns. 

Bleed Kit

If you’re using firearms, a trauma kit is one of those must-have items and TAB Gear offers a solution for that. Their Bleed Kit is available as two options — just the outer pouch or as a complete kit that includes some very high-quality products.

The “Bleed Kit” is designed to carry what you need to deal with an emergency on the range or out in the field.

The outer pouch is made from red 1000D Cordura, with a YKK zipper and a Biothane pull handle at one end. The backside of the pouch is covered in Velcro so that it can be secured where it’s easily accessible when needed. 

The full kit is packed with the following:

  • CAT Tourniquet
  • Combat Bandage
  • QuickClot Combat Gauze
  • Compressed Gauze
  • Hyfin Chest Seal
  • Mylar Blanket
  • Nitrile Gloves

Even with all of that packed inside, there’s some room left if you wanted to customize it further. The pouch will set you back $30, while the complete kit is about $140.

Silent Ammo Carrier

Ammo management can be a hassle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been digging in the bottom of my pack for another box of ammo. The Silent Ammo Carrier (SAC) is designed to help you organize your ammo to make life just a little easier and more efficient.

More than just a simple zippered pouch, the inside of the SAC actually has two compartments that segregate ammunition or spent brass. The front of the pouch features heavy-duty elastic loops for spare ammunition to top off magazines and MOLLE webbing on the back for multiple mounting options.

The Silent Ammo Carrier is designed to carry ammo in the field, safely and securely.

The SAC is 7”x4”x2” with the ability to easily hold 100 rounds of .308 ammunition and mitigates rattling and damage while inside your pack or range bag. The Silent Ammo Carrier is available in multiple colors and retails for $50 on the TAB Gear website. 

Rear Bag V2 (Large)

A good rear bag will follow you everywhere because of its overall versatility in a multitude of situations. I’ve been using TAB’s first-generation bag for quite a while, but when I saw they had another version, I had to try it. The dimensions of the V2 rear bags haven’t changed: the large is 9”x5”x2”, but the heavier poly beads have been replaced with lighter fill to bring the weight down to just 3 oz. Velcro One-Wrap straps are used instead of nylon webbing so that you can easily strap the bag to the forend of a rifle to use as a front bag. 

The TAB Gear “Rear Bag V2 (Large)” is a handy shooting accessory that can also function as a forward rest as well.

Gross adjustments can be made by standing the bag on different ends, while fine-tuned adjustments are done by simply squeezing the bag. Sometimes lightweight bags don’t do well as rear bags because the fill crushes and doesn’t hold its shape under recoil. I haven’t found this to be the case with the V2; it holds its shape well under the rifle, almost as good as my legacy bag. 

The large Rear Bag V2 is $39 and available in multiple colors and camo patterns. 

Closing Thoughts

Good gear is worth its weight in gold, and for me it doesn’t get much better than TAB Gear. Essentially bombproof and made in the United States, I can’t think of a better place to get shooting accessories. Check out TAB Gear before your next range trip.

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Ian Kenney

Ian Kenney

Ian Kenney served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army just after 9/11 and is a veteran of the Global War on Terror. Ian is a life-long firearms enthusiast and competition shooter regularly participating in everything from rimfire to long-range precision matches. When not shooting or writing about shooting, Ian enjoys bushcrafting and hiking in the woods of Virginia.

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