Its kind of funny that right after I took an Active Shooter course that CAT Tourniquets were highly recommended I get the chance to not only review one but also give one away to my readers.
This tourniquet is a proven design that allows someone to apply it to themselves using only one hand.
It is under $20, and sturdy enough for the use it was designed for.
I am going to put one in my tool bag (where I am most likely hurt myself), as well as put one in my range bag.
I cannot recommend having one enough, but what I can do, is, whit the support of #Ari_Ale_Tools give one away.
The contest for a CAT Tourniquet is simple, to enter simply make a comment on the YouTube video below and on April 30th one winner will be randomly selected for a free Tourniquet.
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Since oxygen is one of the primary enemies of food storage, preppers, homesteaders, and those living frugally can all benefit having the ability to vacuum seal food. The problem for preppers is that most vacuum sealing options are electrically operated. For the frugal, the problem is that most systems use proprietary bags that are expensive. Homesteaders may have issues with the availability of bags – I know I tend to have a half empty roll of bags when I start to process meat.
A few months ago, while exploring the kick-starter website, I found a innovative device that solves all of these problems. I immediately sponsored the project, and asked the inventor, Dr. Cannon, to come on my podcast and explain his machine.
Last month I finally got his thiftyvac device in the mail, and while it was smaller than I had imagined (a good thing), it was every bit as useful as I had imagined.
Basically the thiftyvac is a fixture that turns a large ziplock bag into a vacuum chamber that allows the user to vacuum seal smaller ziplock bags sealed inside. This is useful because traditional electric powered sealers can only work with their proprietary bags that have tiny ridges molded into the plastic – use something smooth like mylar and they cannot pull a vacuum.
Since the bag is placed inside a chamber, as the air is sucked out of the chamber pressure is equal inside and immediately outside the bag so that even smooth bags can be emptied of air.
All you do after the vacuum process is complete is to press the inner Ziploc bag closed.
Let me tell you, I kick myself every time I see it, as it is so simple and elegant, I wish I had thought of it myself.
Dr. Cannon stayed with many commercially available parts both to keep prices low and to ensure reliability. One integral such part is the air pump – the thriftyvac includes a small hand powered pump that allows the device to be used without electrical power. I find that not only is the thriftyvac cheaper to use than my food-saver, it is smaller, and much easier to use.
What is even more impressive is that he did not stop there, Dr. Cannon also invented a new set of mason jar lid adapters, and an adapter to use the thriftyvac with commercial vacuum sealers for those that choose not to use the hand pump.
I am planning on experimenting with it more and see if I cannot use a mylar bag clamp and my 7mil mylar bags. I also want to see if I can use his pump instead of my break bleeder pump as I like using the mason jar adaptors I bought previously.
I haven’t received anything for this article, or the 5 star review I posted on Amazon – I bought my own thriftyvac. I just believe in the product, and think that it serves to solve a need that I have had for a longtime. Namely a cheap way to vacuum seal food and ammo when the power is out…
The winners have been notified of the contest – thanks to everyone that has participated
Eric from Relentlessly Awesome won his choice of either the large or the small sized organizers
Conrad F won the other.
If they don’t claim by the end of the week, we will select another winner…
If you didn’t win, these are some really great organizers, and you can pick them up online at Can Organizer dot com
I don’t mess with YouTube contesting much – It looks fun, but I never seem to have enough time to do it “right” – however – since ThePrepperSite has offered up a contest that is RIGHT up my alley I could not pass it up. You see, his new contest is about what are your favorite prepper books – and he said we could show our library if we wanted.
I used to have a nice organized library, I have a mac program that uses the webcam to scan the barcode and connect to amazon so I can get library of congress info as well as for inventory purposes.
However, since the wife said the boy needed a nursery I had to move my books out to make room for the family. Many of my books are out of print or hard to find – it seems like the more modern we get the more “protected” the powers that be want to make us so that each year it seems like more informaiton slips into the black hole of censorship. An example of this would be loompanics – I disagreed with many (most) of his titles, but you cannot pick an choose which speech you want to protect and still have freedom of speech. Read More …