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Save the Date: Shooter Self-Care First Aid Class

If you’re a shooter, and you don’t carry a first aid kit in you’re range bag, you’re leaving the house unprepared. Given the remote location and lack of appropriate first aid facilities at most shooting ranges, being prepared to treat yourself or your buddy until EMS arrives can literally mean the difference between life and death. Most ranges I frequent have no AED, their first aid-kits amount to little more than a plastic box full of Bandaids and a few gauze pads, and the most absorbent dressings they have are found on a roll in the Porta John.

But equipment is only half the equation. Proper training is just as important.

A number of people over the years have approached me to teach first aid classes for shooters. Problem is, no such canned course exists. The only thing that comes close is Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which is primarily aimed at combat medics and corpsmen operating under battlefield conditions.

In other words, not for laypeople.

However, for any of you interested, I have put together a self-care class for gunshot wounds at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. It’ll be taught by shooters (all of whom happen to be medics and EMT instructors), for shooters. We’ll cover:

  • Adult single-rescuer CPR and AED use
  • Recognition and management of life-threatening bleeding
  • Use of combat tourniquets
  • Hemostatic dressings
  • Occlusive dressings
  • Thoracic trauma treatment
  • Eye injuries

The course includes a Self Care Basic Trauma Kit, 2 pack of Halo Chest Seals, and SOF Wide Tactical Tourniquet.


Self Care Trauma Kit

Self Care Trauma Kit


Halo Chest Seal

Halo Chest Seal


SOF Tactical Tourniquet

SOF Tactical Tourniquet


As you can see, these items list for right at $100 with taxes. Because I’m awesome and have great contacts, I can get them for you, for this class only, for $70.

Seventy bucks.

That’s getting a huge discount on the kit, and the instruction for free.

The only catch is, these kits are apparently assembled by a small family of Norwegian elves, and one buyer just placed a huge order of them, so we need as much lead time as possible to get ours before the class. That means that the deadline to register is Friday, March 14, 2014.

If you want in the class, send me an email with your name, address and phone number, and hit the PayPal link in my right sidebar for $70. If you can’t make the class for whatever reason, I’ll either refund your money, or just ship you the kit.

Don’t hesitate, guys. The first 25 guys to sign up get in the class, and I absolutely must send off the order by Friday afternoon, March 14.

Class date and location are:

Saturday, April 26


Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis-Airport/Plainfield
2264 East Perry Road
Plainfield, Indiana 46168
Phone: 1-317-839-1900

Sign up now, and I’ll see you in Indy!

Comments - Add Yours

  • Cybrludite

    If only I had the time & the budget to make it up there! Looks very similar to what’s in my truck/range 1st aid bag. (Though I do need to replace the Celox, which is past its use-by date)

  • Don Gwinn

    I’m in!

  • Greg Friese

    A) this is a great idea. Good on you for taking it on.

    B) What kind of shooting range are you going to where people get shot rather than targets?

    C) These are all first aid skills, especially CPR, AED, and major bleeding, that lay people are likely to use in any environment. So great knowledge to have.

    I will look forward to hearing how the class goes.

  • Tami Jo

    I was very surprised when the range I was at didn’t even have bandaids (my stupid self managed to have my thumb in the wrong place and the slide hit it and split it open). I learned my lesson both about my grip and carrying some supplies of my own.

  • Tamara Keel


  • Awelowynt

    Will there be fancy certificates suitable for framing?

    • Ambulance_Driver

      I’ll break out the crayons and do one just for you.

  • Oddball

    I would love to join in. Do I need to do something other than respond here?

    • Ambulance_Driver

      Oddball, hit my PayPal link on my blog, and send me your contact information at my email address:

      • Oddball

        Yeah… I re-read the post after posting this and saw the link. You should have an email from me and the donation.

        Something about following directions being a good thing…

  • Erin Palette

    Signed up!

  • eiaftinfo


  • Travis Beck

    Two, please!

  • keads

    I’m in!

  • Simon Jester

    wrong login..

  • The_Jack

    I signed on!

  • Heath J

    Amanda and I are in.

  • philabor

    I’m in. Looking forward to it.

  • Rob Reed

    I sent an e-mail and never received a response.

    If there are spots left i will send PayPal to snag a seat.

    Let me know, please.

    Rob Reed (Trebor)

    • Ambulance_Driver

      Never got it, Trevor.

      Was it to my address?

      • Rob Reed

        I sent it to the following address:

        Just let me know if there is still a spot left, and what address to send the PayPal, and I’ll send it today.


  • Lauren Yee


    Loooong time lurker, first time commenter here. I think it’s awesome that you’re doing a shooter’s first aid class. If you do it again, or if anyone else wants to do one, I’d suggest taking a look at the Army’s Combat Lifesaver Course (CLS). It’s a canned course, complete with PPT slides and a student workbook, that trains regular soldiers in basic lifesaving techniques. It is designed so that your average Joe can learn and apply it.

    The focus is on basic airway management, penetrating chest wounds and hemorrhage control. It also addresses things like splinting and medical documentation. It’s listed as a 40 hour class, but I’ve taught it in half that time. If you cut out the stuff that civilians don’t need to know you could probably teach it in two 8-hour sessions. Personally, I’d also add a hot/cold weather injury section.

    An outdated version of the CLS student’s workbook can be found online:

    The workbook contains some lessons that don’t apply to civilians, but the rest of it would be great for shooter first-aid. Also, anyone who can’t attend your class but is motivated to learn might enjoy reading it. I have some old PPT’s as well, if you’re interested.

    Anyway, thanks for writing your awesome blog.


    • Ambulance_Driver

      I’m familiar with CLS, it’s just way too much info for a one-day class, much less a half-day one.
      I’m incorporating some of that material, but limiting most of the scope to self-care in non-combat settings.
      Kelly Grayson