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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!

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