I am a sparing poster, but thought I would contribute something that needs to be confronted. I don't intend on insulting anyone's intelligence or experience and I am open to discussion, but I think I have a solution to a often costly problem.
Many places make it an SOP to mount their tourni someplace easily accessible iby both hands on the front of the kit. In my experience this is as much for the first responder as it is for the wounded warfighter. The last thing that I want to do as a buddy is bleeding is mess with a zipper or a buckle. So the question is how would I mount a tourni?
Many guys I come across use rubber bands as retainers for the tourni. IMHO it is kind of like putting the first aid pouch upside down on the old LBV's shoulder. Sure, it works but I wouldn't trust it to save my life when I need it. Rubber bands can crack and deteriorate in hot arid climates very quickly.
Another alternative is use the tourniquet mounts that are pre-fabbed by many manufacturers, and this can cost anywhere from $15-40. When units start factoring the cost of this for a battalion-size element, the cost can be staggering. Especially if the unit desires two tourniquets be placed on the front of the kit. My solution was fairly simple:
Acquire 2 Web Dominator buckles (for a large ratchet-style tourniquet) and loop them so that one side is fixed and the other is open to hook in where the other bungees would. If retention is of great concern, another set could be in place to double the strength. Obviously, a single web dominator would suffice for a smaller CAT-style tourniquet. Another option is to double up these dominators so both sides are closed. Instead of releasing the bungees, simply slide out the tourniquet.
Pros: Easy to access system with low probability of failure. Low cost of $1.95 per bungee (tacticaltailor.com)
Cons: Rubber bands have much more grip with the synthetic rubber. The web dominator contact points are plastic and bungee.
I have used this system without regret for about 4 months with no complaints or issues.
Thank you for the podium gentlemen, please pick apart my idea and let me know your concerns.