Legion Firearms is about to release a new of kit that promises to be both extremely effective in the field and one of the most impressive examples of cross-branding in the industry to date. It was designed by Jason Crosby for Legion Firearms, built to their specs by First Spear, additional T&E provided by 21ST Century Gunfighter and approved for use by Pocket Doc of Dark Angel Medical. Now all they need is marketing by Weyland-Yutani and the peerage would be complete.
The item in question is called the D27 (as in Delta-Two-Seven) Tourniquet Admin Pouch. It’s was designed to work from the center line on a wide array of body armors and plate carriers (carrying a primary tourniquet on the center line where it can be reached by either the left or right hand of the individual operator is becoming an increasingly frequent SOP in some tactical circles). It’s snag-free, protects from the elements and has a quick-pull tab do you can deploy it quickly (the tab tucks away so it doesn’t deploy accidentally). In addition to the tourniquet, there is ample space for small general purpose type items and references (9-line cards, rescue blade, etc.)
The D27 was developed by Sgt. Crosby, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, based on a preliminary design he stitched together himself while deployed. The pouch is the genuine result of an evolving requirement they had in his former platoon (he’s now teaching mounted gunnery at Ft. Hood as a battalion master gunner advisor).
His platoon had, like most others, adopted SOPs to the location of aid items, standardizing the location of their IFAK and bleeder kits with a TQ located centerline on their armor. He advises that for his individual needs, when they were in the built up environment of eastern Baghdad in ’08 and ’09, that having a TQ mounted horizontally high on his chest worked best. They were encountering lots of EFPs and suffering catastrophic amputations and were going through lots of TQs. Because of that, and the dictates of the AO, they preferred an assaulter type configuration, with open top mag pouches and the like. He made a few hook panels with shock cord attached to the pile field found on most admin pouches and it worked out well.
This changed when they deployed to RC South and found themselves climbing walls a half dozen or more times a day, crawling around and navigating pomegranate orchards. The terrain and activity there in the Arghandab River Valley was much less forgiving of exposed equipment. The threat demanded a continued use of multiple aid item locations, but the way there were carrying it before wouldn’t hold up.
“I was unable to find a tourniquet pouch that would fit the C-A-T, SOF-TT, or SOF-TT Wide in a horizontal, enclosed fashion,” Jason told me, “so we decided to combine such a pouch with the top flap of an envelope-style admin pouch. By this time I had been locating my centerline TQ on or above the flap of my admin pouch for a few years. I found the location to be easily accessible with either hand, out of the way of other equipment, and easily located by others if need be—look at the face, look straight down, center-line stuff right below the face, it was an obvious way to locate.”
Some of the men in his platoon saw what he’d made and liked it, and the idea spread.
“I made this pouch for me,” Jason said. “Some guys saw it and said ‘hey, make me one’ so I did, and now it’s worked out. It’s admittedly niche. —not everyone runs their tourniquets horizontal, they lack real estate, or they don’t like it.”
For those who need or prefer vertical pouches, Jason likes the one from Blue Force Gear and another from OSOE. [I’ll link those in later as soon as I’m sure which ones he’s speaking of. DR]
“This is only gonna work for guys that run it up high and horizontal. Plus [having it built in appropriate colors is another benefit as] a big black tourniquet up high center line is an aiming point. It may not be a huge deal, but it has been a documented problem. Just takes once.”
Based on his design and lessons learned from the field, Legion went to First Spear for production.
“There’s some really big brains at First Spear,” Jason says, and laughs. He’s completely sincere about understanding that some shooters won’t like the D27. You can almost hear the shrug in his voice. They’re going to use what they’re going to use. “Like I said, it’s niche, but…this design works.”
Oh, and the reason it’s named the Delta Two Seven? That was his old call sign. He wants to make that clear. He was the second platoon Platoon Sergeant in Delta Company. His callsign was Delta 2-7. He doesn’t want to come across too hooah, in fact he sound embarrassed they named it after him.
Many thanks to 21ST Century Gunfighter for the photos.