Stop The Bleed Puncture Wound

Practical Trauma Wound Care is a skill-set we all need in our toolbox. Regardless if it is a gunshot, knife or major puncture wound from a vehicle accident, stopping MAJOR bleeding can save your life!

Gear up with the PRACTICAL knowledge and equipment (PTK or Personal Trauma Kit) TODAY!

The life you save MAY be your own!


This is not medical advice – this is how I would approach/address this issue in hopes of preserving life.

James Tiny Vest

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

TCCC is becoming the standard of care for the tactical management of combat casualties within the Department of Defense and is the sole standard of care endorsed by both the American College of Surgeons and the National Association of EMT’s for casualty management in tactical environments.

TCCC is built around three definitive phases of casualty care:

  1. Care Under Fire: Care rendered at the scene of the injury while both the medic and the casualty are under hostile fire. Available medical equipment is limited to that carried by each operator and the medic. This stage focuses on a quick assessment, and placing a tourniquet on any major bleed.
  2. Tactical Field Care: Rendered once the casualty is no longer under hostile fire. Medical equipment is still…

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Civilian Operator 101: The Best Free Medical References

The Best Free Medical References Available- Updated


Great resource to stick on a flash drive or folder!


Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Trauma Medicine: A New Way To Carry Your Blowout Kit – The Ryker AFAK (Ankle First Aid Kit)


We get it. Sometimes looking like a tactical turtle is part of life (See: Vacationing in Chicago.) Ballistic lids, plate carriers, mags, lights, pouches, drop-legs, doo-dads, gizmos, and thingamabobs that are needed for the mission get strapped to us in one way, shape, or form.

Thankfully, regardless of the loadout in today’s age of playing “How much gear can one person hold?” (Aka Why are there Slim Jims in your mag pouch?!), we are finding that very few people leave out the med kit or IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) when considering their “bad day” rig.

What we often find however, is when the kit comes off and flip-flops and casual-wear become the norm again, our medical considerations take a back seat because of comfort, concealability or lack of pocket and/or belt space. Enter the Ryker Nylon AFAK (Ankle First Aid Kit).

In a quest to fill a gap in medical kit options for law enforcement, the folks at RTN came up with a simple, lightweight ankle-worn rig that maximizes use of limited space while discretely attached to the wearer’s ankle. This kit has proved viable for people from all walks of life and professions.

With multiple vertical pouches to hold a myriad of life-saving options, the AFAK also has a horizontal pouch that is designed to fit a chest seal. As ordered, the AFAK comes empty and allows the user to configure the rig as desired.

For LEOs (or those worried about being left handcuffed to a bedrail after an interesting Friday night) the AFAK can also house a hidden, easy-access handcuff key that can be configured by the wearer.

Working with low-cut footwear or boots with included extension, the AFAK hides well under normal “tactical pants” and blue jeans alike (NOTE: leave your skinny jeans at home, hipsters). After a short break-in walk around the house, the slight weight difference on one leg quickly becomes a non-issue. Even in a full-tilt run, the hook and loop retention straps keep all life-support gear right where it needs to be.

We know that when life is on the line seconds count, and that the best gear left at home does us no good. Ryker Nylon has given us a heck of an option for carrying an IFAK, and cut our excuse options in half.

Read the Original Article at Breach Bang Clear

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Essential Gear: The PTK 1.0


PTK 1.0

With the recent rash of active shooter/terrorist incidents (You know things have went to shit when you have to ask “Which rash of shootings are you talking about… last week or this week?”) I thought it prudent to re-iterate a piece of kit I think every SERIOUS CO should have on them at all times, besides of course a firearm, extra mag, knife and cell-phone: E3 Solutions PTK 1.0.

As a good friend of mine is fond of saying:

“In today’s World, it is only prudent to Train and Prepare like YOU are the First Responder..after all, you wanna bet your life on 911?”

I have always taken that adage to heart as I approach both my personal training and day-to-day preparation. Not only for me and my family’s security, but also for Emergency Medical Care.

If you carry a gun and blade for self-defense fellas, you need to carry one of these PTK’s, it is simple as that. Consider the likelihood of either being involved in a shooting or just being in the vicinity of a shooting and having the ability to stop MAJOR arterial bleeding; not just for yourself, but perhaps some poor soul who was caught in the crossfire. It could literally mean the difference between having to call an ambulance or an undertaker.

I could give you numerous examples of shootings where peoples lives were saved because of the fast action of civilians who kept their “head screwed on” and applied basic gunshot wound/trauma treatment. The amazing thing is that most of these brave souls made use of what was available at the time: a ripped up shirt for a bandage, a coat to wrap the victim in so they would not go into shock and steady pressure on the wound.

Imagine if you could carry everything you needed ON YOUR PERSON to stop serious arterial bleeding from not just a gunshot wound or knife attack but how about something like a car accident? There again, not just for yourself, but maybe you roll up on an accident and you LITERALLY are the first one on scene..what do you do? Call 911 and wring your hands in despair or jump in there and at least try to help? Again, I can tell you stories about people who are walking around today because some brave CO did just that…they gave basic TRAUMA care and the persons lived because of it. I personally carry an extra PTK in my VBOB for this very reason (not to mention an extra fan belt and a battery jumper.)

Keeping your life-saving medical skills sharp is something the CO should take seriously, not just for yourself, but your loved ones and friends as well. It is the PRACTICAL thing to do guys, pure and simple. Besides being prepared with basic kit like the PTK, also plan right now to take a Tac-Med Class this year; (like this one from Lone Star Medics).

It has been my experience that most people put Tac-Med training on the back-burner for more exciting classes. You have to remember the most practical things may not be the most exciting, but it is often the one thing that saves your life.

Read a Review I did last year of the PTK  HERE.

Stay Armed, Stay Practical, Stay Alert and Stay Dangerous!