Time and time again I see students buying and using the latest and greatest handgun, long gun, optic, etc on the market, yet when asked if they have any basic medical training, or if they carry any basic medical gear, I get a confused look as if I just spoke a foreign language. Sometimes I get the response of “I have medical training but I have my blowout kit in my vehicle,” or even worse, â€œWow, no I’ve never thought about it before.”
Whether you want to admit it or not, if you participate in firearms related activities recreationally there’s a chance that you will encounter a Gun Shot Wound (GSW) type incident, and if you’re a law enforcement officer, there’s an even greater chance that you’ll have the need to provide aid to yourself or a bystander on or off the job. There’s also a chance that by carrying a firearm or other lethal tool that you may be wounded, or need to provide aid to a loved one, or encounter an innocent bystander that is injured.
Blood loss is one of the major causes of human expiration and by you having the necessary items at the ready, you may be able to keep someone conscious until the EMTâ€™s show up and take charge. As the clichÃ© goes, “if you know how to make holes, you should know how to plug them too.”
That’s where having a med kit and the training to use it comes in.
Low Vis Inside the Waistband (IWB) Med Kit
- Nylon Construction
- Outside mesh pocket and availability to attach unit patches
- Zipper Opening
- Multiple internal pockets to hold an/all your desired medical items or can be filled with medical items supplied by Tac Med Solutions
- External â€œEarth Magnetâ€ loop allows user to wear inside/outside waistband or off-body inside a vehicle or bag
- Available in Black or Coyote Tan
No-Vis Ankle Medical Kit (NVAMK)
- Nylon Construction with Velcro closing
- Internal padding made from closed cell foam making air to move freely between ankle and kit to remove sweat and odor
- Multiple pouches to fit whatever medical items the user desires or can be filled with medical items supplied by Tac Med Solutions
- Wraparound low-profile design can be worn under any wide-leg pants with zero signature
- Available in Black or Coyote Tan
Medical Items Available for Either Kit Made by Tac Med Solutions:
- SOF Tactical Tourniquet (Wide)
- HALO chest seal (Regular)
- NPA 28F w/ lube
- Z-Pak Dressing
- 4.5″ Shears
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 Combat Casualty Tag
Then your Choice of one of the following:
- Celox (Regular)
- Quikclot (LE, must have military/law enforcement credentials to purchase)
Low-Vis IWB Med Kit
The Low-Vis Inside the Waistband (IWB) Med Kit is aÂ low profile design that lends itself well to use in virtually any and all formats. From being worn on body inside the waistband to being worn off body attached to car seat head rest, this kit is extremely versatile. There’s also a piece of rubberized Velcro that wraps around the ends of the zippers of the kit so if worn IWB, it can be ripped upwards to release the earth magnets and it can be ready to use. Internally there are various pockets and elastic bands to hold any form of medical equipment small enough to fit in the kit. On the front of the kit there is an elasticized mesh pocket backed on soft-sided Velcro so as to be able to attach unit patches or your blood type.
The flexibility of this kit is one of its best features. It can be used in a variety of settings ranging from jobs in a low-visibility profile to the everyday person on the go. Compared to traditional medical kits that for example utilize Velcro or clips as attachment points, the earth magnets on this IWB kit mean its ready to be deployed whenever you are. It has strong retention, but not so much that you wonâ€™t be able to get it out when you need. With a simple, direct and intentional tug the magnets will separate thereby allowing the user to get to their desired medical items.
No-Vis Ankle Medical Kit
The No-Vis Ankle Medical Kit (NVAMK) is veryÂ minimalist and is by far the most low profile product I’ve worn. Even though the user is able to set up and use whatever medical products they want in any of the various pockets, Rogue Gunfighter (RG) recommends situating the main fold-open pockets to sit on the back of your calf. The reason for this is that this is for the most part the widest part of your leg and most pants sit the â€œbaggiestâ€ in this specific area. With that being said, when the user puts the NVAMK on, the Velcro opening should sit directly in front of the shinbone. This setup this allows the NVAMK to have a zero visibility signature.
When used in conjunction with RGâ€™s LVR or MOAB plate carrier that has a soft-sided Velcro admin panel on the chest, the user can deploy the NVAMK on the move and realistically attach the medical kit to the admin panel and provide self-aid even if one of their arms is disabled. Also if you are in a situation where you need to provide medical aid on the move, this would be another great reason to utilize attaching the NAVMK to yourself if wearing one of these plate carriers.
One thing to note is that when wearing low-cut sneakers this kit may be a tad uncomfortable, as it will slide down and rest on the bend of your ankle. However, if you go with midto high top boots this kit will rest perfectly on the top of the footwear. I have personally worn this kit daily – it adds little to no bulk, is extremely comfortable and breathes as if youâ€™re not even wearing it.
At the end of the day, whether youâ€™re a law-abiding citizen, military member or part of law enforcement, a med kit and the ability to use it should be part of your daily wear. Not knowing how to perform immediate medical aid for yourself or others is obviously a bad choice, but knowing how to and not having the necessary gear on you is potentially worse. This is more than just being able to purchase products that you can carry throughout your day-to-day life, itâ€™s also about being able to recognize what you may lack in training.
If you have the training, then Rogue Gunfighterâ€™s IWB Med Kit and No-Vis Ankle Medical Kit should be added to your inventory of medical gear. Instead of hoping that the worst never happens, you can be aware that itâ€™s possible, and you can be ready for it to occur.