Substandard CAT

From the t'interweb site. I am more disturbed that an airsoft company produces them!

Counterfeit CAT Tourniquets
May 10th, 2010
Many military and Law Enforcement organizations are issuing the Combat Application Tourniquet. Unfortunately, a replica product built in Hong Kong by Element Airsoft and made to resemble the CAT has been showing up in medical equipment sets. Organizations and individuals may see a lower price and think they are getting a good deal but according the briefing below, the E-CAT does not perform to the same standard as the CAT Gen III.

Combat Application Tourniquet (GEN III vs E-CAT)

We have seen this time and time again and the issue is not limited to just medical equipment. Most companies catering to the mil sim or airsoft markets manufacture to a lower standard than US Mil Spec and use lower quality materials, not to mention that they are not Berry Compliant. When a purchaser chooses to save a few bucks, he also cuts corners that can cost lives. It is imperative that the purchaser realistically assesses his needs and purchases the right product for the right application. Remember, buy quality, cry once.

For information on the military issue CAT visit
It is a bit disturbing that there is a demand from a recreational hobby market, but there are a minority of airsofters that take emulating the appearance of certain military forces to such an extent that I've seen multiple page long arguments over the correct colour of webbing buckles and there will be some individual who'll want to have the contents of his medic pouch appear correct and then there will be the ones that have the cash to splash on buying the real thing...but unlike the people they are making a poor impression of airsofters don't have to worry about the need for tourniquet.

Neither do they need to worry about encountering more than a muddy puddle but....
Erm. You should always look out for "Only a toy" stickers.
Or the word "Airsoft" come to think of it.
you'd have to be working for mod procuement to think buying kit from an airsoft company would work for real :oops:
they also sell fake ballistic plates etc etc
I think the best way to deal with this would be to have a sniper slot a few air-softers/re-enactors at the next Military Odyssey gathering - that way they could have the whole walt experience by using their made-in-china trauma packs...

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