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What little items have you added to your range-bag first-ad kits?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Mark1964, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Mark1964

    Mark1964 Member

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    What little items have you added to your range-bag first-ad kits?
    I ask because after a lovely bit of slide bite this weekend I restocked the routine FAK -- the boo-boo kit -- with two items (good Band-Aids and "Wet Ones" singles) and added one new item (a styptic pencil.)
    By way of context, I'm on blood thinners. Any little bleed can look more dramatic than it is. Bothers me not at all. I'm used to it, and know how to address it -- as long as I know I'm bleeding. But not everyone's like that, and I don't want to gross out the gentler souls.
    Those individual wet wipes are danged handy. And I find keeping some inside the boo-boo kit a good idea, 'cause I don't have to rummage for 'em in the main bag. (I hate bleedin' all over my gear when I can avoid it.)
    Also added the styptic pencil to the little-wound kit. I figured for small cuts, lot handier and cheaper than a coagulant agent like Quik Clot or Celox.
    Also by way of context, I do keep both a simple FAK (the boo-boo kit) for minor stuff and a separate blowout kit -- tourniquet, pressure bandage, Quik Clot Z-fold gauze, shears, a bit of duct tape, marker, gloves -- in the range bag. Lord knows I hope I never have to use the latter, but the simple FAK has come in way handy many a time.
     
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  2. John Joseph

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    1/2 pint of snake bite medicine now that Colt started making Pythons and Cobras again:rofl:
     
  3. jak67429

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    Bandaids couple of sizes, some gauze pads, roll of gauze, little packets of Tylenol. alcohol wipes. Keep these in zip-lock bag in my range bag. And make sure to change out the band aids after a year. the adhesive gets bad with heat / age.
     
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  4. Mark1964

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    Re changeouts, yep.
    I change out the Tylenol and aspirin in my kits every year, too.
     
  5. herrwalther

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    I keep a tourniquet and hemostatic agent as part of my EDC in an ankle carrier. In my opinion, that is the bare minimum to have on hand to deal with a severe bleed. And you have both, and that is more than most people consider in a range bag.

    A small first aid kit is more than just about stopping a life threatening bleed. I cannot tell you how many times I had a hot piece of brass land on skin and give an uncomfortable burn. Or a finger that gets rubbed raw on an extended session. Both a simple band aid can fix. I started carrying a small first aid travel kit on my range bag with the little boo boo stuff.

    An important factor to consider is first aid capabilities at the range and how far are you away from higher level care. If your range is on the back 40 a good hour away from a hospital and no medical supplies on site, it is a good idea to pack a few more items for more situations.
     
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  6. LiveLife

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    Some bandaids for me but in recent years, I changed the beige masking tape with blue painters tape.

    I found the blue color can be used as point of aim stickers and could be used to apply more pressure to wrap around the bandaid to stop the bleeding.
     
  7. Mark1964

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    Yep. I've taught and RO'd and worked some well attended shoots (GSSF, ISTEM/AIM, 3-gun intros for youth at the Grand American, youth days at a local club, etc.) When you're there for a long day or two or three, you find yourself needing some stuff.
    When I was helping out an event, dang car gut full fast. Range bag, armorer's tool bag, cooler, jacket, extra shirt, sometimes an instant-up canopy, etc.
    Have never needed the blowout kit, thank goodness, but the basics kit has been used a lot. Little cuts & scrapes, slide bite, bee stings, etc.
     
  8. PWC

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    Not just for range bag, hunting and fishing kit too..
    Along with band aides, you might add a bottle of liquid bandaide. Smells like clear nail polish (may be what it is), similar small bottle with brush. On small cuts it will seal the wound and keep out bacteria. I usually brush on 3 coats and depending on what I'm doing use a bandaide or tape or not. Works well on scrapes, it must have some pain deading too.

    I have even used super glue to close not so minor of wound, cover with bandage. Both are waterproof.
     
  9. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    As a former combat medic, EMT-P and RN, my kit is large and heavy.
    Never used it much but I'm ready.
    The only thing I refuse to carry is Narcan.
    Oh, you are a junky, sorry for your bad choice.
     
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  10. sparkyv

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    I keep those larger knuckle band aids in my range bag and apply one before I shoot my BHP web-biter so I don't bleed all over the place. Alternatively, I can use a piece or two of gorilla tape for this.
     
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