Hello fellow shooters! How is life going? Quite busy at the range, we guess? Good; you must train hard in order to continue improving and get even better.

Well, we want to take a few moments of your time and discuss something very important. We don’t feel many people talk about this aspect of firearms training and it’s high time that they start doing so. We’re referring to first aid kits.

Do you carry a first aid kit to your firearm training class?

Importance of carrying first aid kid to firearms training class

We all are well-aware that firearm training can be dangerous. And to avoid any accidents or injuries at the shooting range, we make sure we exercise the necessary principles of safe firearms handling during training.

But let’s be honest, no amount of due diligence can completely eliminate the risk of accidents from the training equation. And so, all we can do is be prepared.

Yes, we know that every school has trauma gear available on site. But what if on a day, it’s not there? What will do you then?

Then there is another thing that you need to be wary of.

First aid kits have expiry dates. When was the last time you checked your school’s trauma gear box to see if the contents are still fresh?

We know that training schools are not irresponsible, and they keep their first aid kits up-to-date, but they are human after all; negligence can always find a way in.

It’s, therefore, imperative that you carry a first aid kit with you to firearms training class.

What should be in your first aid kit?

First aid kit contents

First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes. For firearms training, we recommend buying a kit that at least has these bare minimums to address an emergency situation:

  • Latex gloves
  • Face mask
  • Tourniquet
  • Trauma pads
  • Trauma control dressing
  • Bleeding control dressing
  • Medic tape
  • Compressed gauze
  • Bandage scissors
  • Chest seal

The basic idea is to have items that can help you control bleeding for 3–6 minutes or more depending on the response time of EMS.

Also, you must get proper training on how to use the items inside your first aid kit. If you have a fully equipped kit but don’t know how to use it, that won’t do you much good  now, would it?

And that’s all for today.

Train hard and be safe!

Gladiators Firearms Training Group is your local firearms training school in Cheyenne, WY. We offer personalized concealed firearms training to private individuals and corporations. Our training classes are supervised by our owner, Eric Dent, who is a Marine Corps veteran and an NRA certified instructor for 7 firearms disciplines. Contact us to learn more about our training program.