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Stop the bleeding: first aid kits for the range.

Written By: Bob - May• 03•13

I know of lot of folks absolutely hate The Truth About Guns and everything site owner Robert Farago does, but they nonetheless churn out enough content that some of it strays from the formulaic enough to actually be useful. One of their regular writer is a EMT, and did a nice write-up on three levels of trauma kits relevant to shooters.

I’ve made it a rule to carry a IFAK composed of similar elements with me every time I go to the range. Based upon recommendations from a SEAL combat medic I stock Celox over Quikclot, but that very well may be a “Ford vs. Chevy” sort of argument that is irrelevant when you actually need to use it.

Shooters plinking one another is blessedly rare at well-managed ranges with a good line boss and range safety officers, but I’ve seen the results of an out-of-battery fire, and swore to always be ready for anything more serious than that. I’d also add that a general camper’s first aid kid with band aids, an OTC painkiller like ibuprofen, burn gel, a disinfectant and tweezers is also good to have around for the bumps, bruises, abrasions, and burns from hot brass finding flesh that are your most common range injuries.

At outdoor ranges, a case of bottled water,  a can of powdered electrolyte-heavy sports drink mix, and some glucose tablets are also a good idea, especially with summer rolling in. Heat injuries are rough.

Train hard and play safe out there.

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  1. Phelps says:

    I’ve gone the full monty with my IFAKs, with the entire wisdom of the TCCC teachings. I have two, one that stays on my Mad-Max web gear at home, and one that stays in my trunk. Other than cosmetics, they are identical. I went all the way and added the decompression needle, since the TCCC findings were that it would prevent 33% of the preventable deaths.

  2. I posted something similar the other day, only more for mass casualty events – and I follow your blog – I’m also an Appleseeder. So here is my post.

    I really need to add burn cream, we had a hot brass burn at the last shoot and nothing to put on it. Getting some tonight.

  3. bubba says:

    Chinook Medical is a good place to get blow-out and first aid kits. HSGI makes nice molle/pals admin and blow-out pouches, they also make a great battle-belt one that is much improved on what I carried 40 years ago. Remote Medical International is a great place for training; I highly recommend their WFR Wilderness First Responder course. The course price is right and the training is thorough and excellent.

  4. georg felis says:

    A collection of gauze pads and a couple rolls of VetWrap (the stuff for vets is actually the same stuff as they sell for people, only half the price as far as I can tell) are always in my backpack. Bandaging most limb injuries is just a waste of expensive medical supplies, when the doctor’s office or emergency room is just going to have to cut the whole thing off to ‘properly’ deal with the injury. Wash the wound to get out as much foreign material as reasonably possible, apply burn cream for burns, place gauze and wrap carefully (not too tight, please. Just firm.) An hour or two later, the doctor will snip your little creation off the affected limb, repeat the rinse/clean/goop process with approved technique, and re-wrap with Official Made-For-People vetwrap.

    As somebody with hairy arms, it beats the heck out of bandages. :)