RE Factor Tactical Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder

Evolving from the butt-stock magazine pouch, RE Factor Tactical has released their Rapid Deployment Butt-stock Tourniquet Holder. The piece of tactical nylon is designed to handle a RATS tourniquet mounted onto the buttstock of any common modern sporting rifle.

The Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder is attached via “simple” bungeee cords to maintain “a secure, low profile…” mount “…without interfering with charging handles or bolt action movements. Construction is of typical tactical nylon but uses a Neroprene sleve with a Velcro retention strap to keep the tourniquet secure. The pouch stays in place using the bungees and a rubberized surface on the firearm facing facet.

On a personal note, I am not sure if the rubber backing is sufficient to keep the pouch in place. I would like to see a bungee wrap around the back of the stock to ensure that the pouch is kept in its intended location.


For fans of other tourniquet systems, the Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder is compatible with other models. RE Factor Tactical calls out specific compatibility with CAT or SOF-T tourniquest.

The Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder is Made in the USA. It is priced at $24.99 across a wide variety of colors to match the terrain (or the rifle). Colors include Black, Tan, Ranger Green, and the nearly universal Multicam.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • KestrelBike

    Perfectly sized for a twinkie.

    • Sianmink


  • TVOrZ6dw

    Don’t real operators keep tourniquets pre-tied to their limbs, since they don’t have time to bleed?

    • SimonSays

      There are some trousers and jackets that have tourniquet liners which can be tightened when required. A lot more innovative and effective since all extremities can be done without moving anything over.

      This is just another way to lose your personal tourniquet while it should be on your body at all time.

      • CommonSense23

        Those built in tourniquet sucks. They were ineffective and wouldn’t make a deployment before failing.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I like how in an article on TFB about tqs, maybe three people here have TCCC. The rest is snark and silly stuff.

          • Szymon

            As a former CLS and Afghanistan vet, I think you underestimate the gun community. There are actually quite a lot of people with hands-on experience. It is such a pity the mall cops are so vocal in the discussions.

          • Bill

            All my firearms instructors and I have been to training specific to treating GSWs on the range, the classes are becoming more common in the LE training field. I also typically have at least one EMT/Paramedic/CLS in each academy class, just based on the numbers. They become the official Guardian of the Trauma Kit.

          • “…maybe three people here have TCCC.”

            Well, my wife and I make two of them. We are on our way to an active shooter exercise with one of the local PDs this afternoon. I don’t know that I would find it useful for our purposes to have a buttstock torniquet-holder, however.

      • Bill

        Have a pair, buried in the closet, Impossible to use, have no idea if they’d actually work, particularly compared to a real TQ. At least i didn’t pay for them.

    • n0truscotsman

      Putting them in the blouse arm and lower leg pockets sufficed well enogh. That comment made me laugh though 😀

  • Scott Tuttle

    pish, thats what your sling is for!

  • derfelcadarn

    Next up, the buttstock tactical cup holder for your Starbuck’s macchiato. See shark, jump.

  • I’m all about using the rifle (AR-15), and I’m a big proponent of having a tourniquet handy. However, this product all but eliminates off-hand shooting that can be the only viable option for the available cover in a defensive shooting situation – which the product appears to be targeted towards.

    • SF

      elite soldiers have been strapping things to their stocks for years and years now. this is a better solution to the rubber bands that are currently used. Most SEALs I worked with had a CAT and an IR chemlight on there. Off hand shooting isn’t that popular. I practice it, but there are very few situations when I would prefer to shoot off hand with a rifle.

      • Bill

        During off-road work like marijuana eradication and really-rural raids I rubber band a compass to my fore-end. Old SAS trick. Now there are buttstock GPS mounts for the millennials.

      • Like I told CommonSense23 my experience is in law enforcement special operations not military. We train extensively for off-hand shooting (rifle and pistol) to allow the best use of cover when you have to be covering an area for an extended period of time. As such, this wouldn’t work for us.

        In my area off-hand transitions are pretty standard, but I know they are not taught in many areas of the country.

    • CommonSense23

      What are you using your gun primary for. Having a double mag on your gun and a tourniquet on it are great for a general use, walking around the don/vsp, or if emergency happens. If you are hitting a house with all your gear on, you got time to set your gun and t.q.s properly.

      • My experience is in law enforcement special operations, not military. Some of the places we have to clear get pretty tight, so less bulk out front is better. We train extensively for off-hand shooting (rifle and pistol), and I’m nearly as proficient from both sides. This allows the best use of cover – especially over long periods of time. Having this tourniquet pouch on the butt-stock would prevent that.

        On a long call-out the less weight on my rifle the better. Staying on target for long periods of time gets very exhausting. I’ve tried the double mag set-up and its great on the range – reloads are amazingly quicker. However, after a couple of call-outs having to hold a door/window for long periods of time with little or no bracing I was happy to go back to single mags.

        My tourniquet is in a pouch on my chest for easy access by either hand or a partner. I suppose if someone has gone very minimalistic in their call-out rig than this might be viable.

        • n0truscotsman

          I actually figured you for a law enforcement type since most I know have similar opinions. Most military doesn’t train off hand because, IMO, emphasizing it isn’t as big of a deal as it possibly could be in the law enforcement side of things (of course people have differing opinions on this). Difference between Infantry and law enforcement context.

          The big problem I had with double mags is that the reserve magazine has a tendency to attract dirt where dirt is a *bad* place to go, and if the rifle is beat around hard enough, the top round could move out where its supposed to be, defeating the purpose of double mags to begin with (improving speed).

          Which is why REDI-MAGs became a thing a while ago. I never could get into them though from my own personal preferences.

          Which is funny since I have a tourniquet taped to all my fighting rifles’ buttstocks.

      • iksnilol

        Agree with having a double mag (or triple mag, cause 5.56 is lightweight). Though you need couplers, you can’t have rounds sticking out at the bottom.

        But I won’t keep a tourniquet on my stock, simply because the pouch gets in the way if I want/need to shoot leftie.

        I’d rather keep the tourniquet on me. In a pocket or pouch.

    • That’s why the TK on my house rifle is on the *sling*. Just as accessible, but also out of my way.

  • USMC03Vet

    But the internet has ingrained into me that ounces = death.

    I don’t know what to do anymore.

    • ozzallos .

      And two is one and one is eight.

  • TJbrena

    I keep seeing tourniquets wrapped around AKS stocks in Ukraine. Might make for a slightly more comfortable cheekweld, too.

  • Edeco

    I keep a road flare in one of my mag pouches to cauterize with. Just light it, be like “rawr”, stick it in the wound hole, wait a moment, withdraw slowly.

    Kidding of course. I do seriousely have some clotting pads.

    • Billy Jack

      That you John? John Rambo?

    • Bill

      bite a bullet off and pour a case full of powder in the wound also, for extra burnage.

  • Billy Jack

    Eh, I’ll keep it on my belt. That’s pretty bulky to have on your stock. Why not just strap a lunchbox to it and make sure it’s stuffed to capacity? Nothing wrong with a lunchbox, mini-fridge, 32in television and a wifi router being on your rifle. Weight and bulk aren’t issues for anyone and then there’s more real estate for your Jay Lenos.

  • Bill

    I can see this on an AR, even an EBR, but on a “Modern Sporting Rifle?” If the prairie dog hunt goes really badly?

    • Squirreltakular

      I think medical supplies are a must anytime you’re around live weapons. Murphy’s Laws applies.

      • n0truscotsman

        hell yeah they’re a must.

        I like how you can buy BOKs specifically designed to fit in your cargo pockets now, too. Good stuff. A bit bulky but whatever.

        Come to think of it, I cant think of any time I *dont* have a BOK wthin arms reach of me when I’m conducting my daily business. Wifey and I each had one in our bags when we vacationed to Europe last fall.

        • Bill

          Mine includes a tourniquet, and lives in a pocket or on my LBE.

    • iksnilol

      You really d’nae wanna find out what a boar can do to ya.

      • Bill

        A: A 5.56 would be near my last choice for going after a boar.
        B: Real Men hunt them with spears and sticking’ knives.

  • Squirreltakular


    It’s almost impossible to have “too many” tourniquets.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    One more thing to catch my gat on? No thanks. Also, TTP for CAT/SOFTT use is to use the wounded dude’s. There is a decidedly non-zero chance that the wounded’s rifle won’t be immediately reachable and/or pretty banged up.

  • Longrange

    If someone is hit badly in a firefigth the first thing that is typically dropped is the heavy rifle. And even if buddies drag him out of the line of fire the rifle is typically left behind. And there goes the tourniquet..

  • Dave Kravetz

    A Tourniquet SHOULD NOT be on a firearm it should be on the person per an outlined SOP.

  • Wyatt Earp

    Tourniquets? In a non-military setting? Where the standard for EMS response is 5 minutes for basic life support and 8 minutes for advanced life support-and the standard is met more often than not? Are you kidding me? You need a tourniquet so badly that you want to carry it around on the butt stock of your rifle? Give me a break.

    You don’t need a tourniquet, you need an education.

    This isn’t a war. A tourniquet is a last resort device. In 30 years in the field, I’ve never met a bleeding incident that couldn’t be stopped with direct pressure. Including bilateral traumatic below the knee amputations. You don’t slap on a tourniquet because you just shot yourself playing quick draw, or anything else. DIRECT PRESSURE.

    Sure, I can replace fluids, etc because I am a medic, but as far as stopping bleeding, I am the same as anyone else.

    According to a Navy doctor of mine who served in Battalion Aid Stations in Iraq, the military is going away from chemical clotting agents for a variety of reasons-chemical reactions, difficulty in debridement, etc. Chemical clotting agents don’t work that well, overall, and don’t replace direct pressure. The days of cavalier, “Oh, I’ll just dump some (insert name of chemical clotting agent here) into the wound” are over.

    The “tourniquet” shown, because it is so narrow, will do massive damage to the injured extremity just by itself.

    • Doc Rader

      I agree; the Rats TQ is no bueno. Too narrow, no actual studies done on it, questionable marketing using TCCC vs. CoTCCC…

      I also agree that “well aimed” direct pressure is the only definitive treatment for hemorrhage.

      I disagree with a TQ being last resort. TQs can be used to buy time to get well aimed direct pressure. The are used in pretty much all surgeries, and if you’ve ever had BP taken, you’ve had a TQ on. It’s a lot easier to teach someone to put on a TQ “high and tight” than it is to teach “well aimed” direct pressure. And a bleed that would benefit from a TQ would be long exsanguinated by the time the injury is recognized, EMS is activated, EMS is dispatched, and you add in the 5-8 minutes to get on scene, and the add the time for the EMT to conduct a primary assessment, decide to provide hemorrhage control, and apply said control.

      And since TQs can be left on for a decent amount of time before tissue infarction, it is really not that bad of an intervention to buy time until a higher level of care can be realized.