Two Innovative Safety Technologies Shown off at the 2018 SHOT Show

There were two really innovative safety and emergency response products for shown off at the Shooting, Hunting, & Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) this year. The event took place in Las Vegas the week of Jan 16-19.

1. Wound Cube by Phokus Research Group

In ADS Inc.’s booth, a “Wound Cube” by Phokus Research Group was demonstrated. The wound cube will help medical students understand how to subdue bleeding. The wound cube is four inches and is made of non-toxic silicone which is semitransparent. It simulates tissue consistency and what it is like to treat a real gunshot wound. The cube has many wound channels which can be a good place to put a flashlight. It can also be used with a blood stimulant to make training emergency response crews even more realistic. The cube is not expensive, so students can save money without having to buy an expensive training aid.

2. SOF Life Preserver by Mustang Survival

Mustang Survival also showed off their new improved inflatable life preserver at this year’s SHOT show. They have been attempting to make the inflatable life preserver be lightweight and inconspicuousness. They have done just that. The SOF life preserver is just one pound and has the buoyancy of forty pounds.  The inflation enclosure is made of ultra-lightweight membrane film which contributes to it being so light.

Mustang Survival partnered with ADS for five years to perfect the SOF life preserver. They also made a new programmable inflator with CM Hammar. The new programmable inflator can be programmed to generate inflation by depth, by time being in the water, or both. The SOF life preserver comes in three ways. The MD1500 has a programmable automatic inflator. The MD1501 has a HIT Hydrostatic inflator. The MD1502 has the CM Hammar inflator. Mustang Survival also made an appliqué which adheres to armor vests. The life preserver is perfect because a person can still get to their gear without hindrance. The SOF life preserves come in four colors which are sepia, multicam, coyote tan, and black.


Natural Gas as an Energy Source

Natural gas is the cleanest available fossil fuel. It is also an extremely efficient fuel. Natural gas is primarily methane gas, it has a very simple chemical structure of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms, (CH4). It is an important source of clean energy; as it does not produce carbon dioxide. Therefore, the use of natural gas does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Natural gas is the most reliable form of energy that is environmentally friendly. It is extremely efficient and is often used to power most home appliances. The efficient nature of this source of energy is responsible for reducing the impact of carbon dioxide, (greenhouse effect), on the environment. It is well known that natural gas is considered ninety-two percent efficient.

Not only can natural gas power home appliances, it is used in cars, small trucks, buses and utility vehicles. When used to power an automobile, it reduces many of the common components of air pollution. When used as a fuel for an automobile, natural gas can reduce carbon monoxide pollution by up to ninety percent. Used as an automotive fuel it reduces other pollutants such as; nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, and other non-methane gases.

Natural gas vehicles are like gasoline fueled vehicles in terms of speed, handling and acceleration. However, a vehicle using natural gas is limited by its storage capacity. Typically, they can only store about half the fuel of a gasoline powered vehicle. However, there are a variety of heavy-duty trucks fueled by natural gas. Buses typically rely on natural gas as a clean, reliable fuel source. Typically, a large heavy-duty vehicle has extra storage capacity for natural gas.

Although the use of natural gas is common in heavy-duty vehicles; it’s not commonly used in cars and light-duty trucks. However, consumers have the option of converting their gasoline powered vehicle to a natural gas-powered vehicle. A qualified custom retrofit can convert a gasoline powered vehicle to a natural gas-powered vehicle.