The Range Med Kit is an essential piece of gear for anyone who frequents the shooting range. This comprehensive kit includes everything from massive hemorrhage control to airway management to band-aids, so you can treat life-threatening injuries down to minor scrapes and burns.
We recognize that the best approach to a first aid kit is to tailor it to the needs of the people that will be using it. Many kits on the market have items that don't make sense. They include tons of band-aids or tactical equipment meant for specific scenarios that require advanced training.
Why Should You Carry a Range Med Kit?
Everyone should have their own first aid kit. Especially if you own firearms. Accidents happen. Spall bounces off of steel targets. Hot brass lands on exposed skin. Bad hand placement on a grip can result in a "slide kiss".
At the very least you should have access to a boo-boo kit that lets you treat these common injuries. In addition to boo-boo kits, you should also have the ability to control bleeding, patch holes, and keep injured patients warm.
Where should I put my Range Med Kit?
We wanted a kit that was easily accessible and could also fit in a small pouch. You should want to carry one of these in your range bag or pack it in any vehicles you may take when you go shooting. These kits are a little too big to be part of a concealed EDC kit or on a duty belt.
What Do I Need to Use One of Your Range Med Kits?
First and foremost, you should seek out training. First aid training is just as important as having an individual first aid kit. Handling a medical emergency requires good decision-making just as much as having a chest seal or pressure dressing.
While applying tourniquets and pressure dressings and packing wounds are not difficult skills, it is worthwhile to attend a Stop the Bleed class (or similar training) and get some hands-on experience managing traumatic injuries.
One of the many benefits of training is exposure to simulators that allow you to handle medical emergencies in a safe environment. After you purchase a first aid kit, don't forget to seek out training.
This range med kit is more focused on the components of M.A.R.C.H. and injuries that you are likely to encounter during shooting sports than injuries you would get during more generic outdoor activities. That is why we include a tourniquet, pressure dressing, and chest seal, rather than things to manage allergic reactions and joint and bone injuries.
This kit is intended to save lives and manage minor soft tissue trauma:
- gunshot wounds
- penetrating chest trauma
- chest wounds
- severe bleeding
- scrapes and cuts
The Range Med Kit includes a Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) approved windlass style tourniquet for stopping bleeding on an extremity.
The kit includes an OLAES Pressure Dressing which contains additional wound packing gauze and an occlusive dressing (hidden in the absorptive pad) and a protective eye cup that doubles as a pressure bar.
Compressed gauze is included to facilitate wound packing--which is done in junctional areas like the groin, armpits, and side of the neck. These areas are not accessible for a tourniquet but respond well to focused pressure from a wad of gauze (or gauze stuffed into the opening).
A pair of compact vented chest seals are included to manage penetrating chest trauma. If you need to plug more than two holes, you can use the occlusive dressing found in the pressure dressing.
Other components include trauma shears (which help you expose an injury), an emergency blanket to help keep a patient warm, and a CPR mask to provide a barrier in case you need to give rescue breaths to a patient.
All medical kits should have the ability to manage minor injuries. While a pressure dressing is great, sometimes all you need are simple medical supplies like an antiseptic wipe and a band-aid. You are much more likely to see some minor bleeding than a gunshot wound.