Prepping for GSWs

The purpose of survival culture is to assess and address probabilities and uncertainties, and of course, prepare accordingly.  We view assumption as the greatest Achilles Heal of humanity, and disdain attitudes of complacency, apathy, and general stupidity.  For us, wide eyed and naïve ignorance is a fatal disease; one that gestates during the best of times, and strikes mercilessly during the worst of times.  That said, there are some scenarios which even survivalists do not like to think about.

Being shot, or, hit with indirect shrapnel, is not a problem many of us want to imagine having to deal with.  Some preppers, believe it or not, refuse to acknowledge that fighting may ever occur.  They may think that the coming collapse will be mitigated and that government tyranny will fade away along with the financial structure.  They may have a rather irrational faith in the effectiveness of digital currencies and other questionable technologies in defusing future crisis.  They might even see themselves as “invincible” or untouchable, believing that their training will trump any circumstance.  However, historical precedence cannot be denied.  Most economic disasters over the past century have led to eventual widespread war, internal conflict, surges in domestic crime, government brutality, or, all of these violence prone situations combined.  And, no matter how much training you might have, there is no accounting for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ideally, the best method for dealing with a gunshot wound is to not get shot.  Since there is absolutely no way to guarantee such luck (even people who avoid conflict can still be a victim of it), we must set aside some money, and space in our bug-out-bag, for a fast and effective medical pouch designed specifically for a traumatic combat injury.


My GSW kit has Quikclot combat gauze (2 packs), a pressure bandage, ace bandage, forceps, C-A-T tourniquet, alcohol, and several large pieces of sterile gauze.


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6 Responses to Prepping for GSWs

  1. csmallo says:

    Don’t over look feminine pads. I have had several EMTs tell me that pads were a regular part of their gear. Made to soak up blood and cheap compared to “official” medical supplies.

  2. OhioDude says:

    Mr L

    LA Police Gear has a nice pre-set pack for $20, made by Adventure Medical Gear. It goes into one of those East German rainpattern grenade pouches [ the quiet, non-velcro design] with room left over for small med vials, Nu-Skin, butterflies, whatever …. the QC alone is almost worth the $20

    SKU #: AMK-2064-0292

    Trauma Pak with QuikClot® includes trauma pads, sterile gauze, wraps and duct tape to secure dressings or improvise a seal for a sucking chest wound, non-latex gloves and bio-hazard disposal bag, and an instructional sheet with information on how to quickly diagnose and treat wounds.

    Cut the interior separator right and you have nice front flap that can go over the “incidentals” and leaves the AMG pouch ready. Throw in a TK4 tourniquet [H&H Assocs, 800 226 6708 / 9044220] and it’s probably less than $30, with S/H


  3. Sarthurk says:

    I have a similar set of equipment in the truck, car, and motorcycle. These aren’t bad things for an auto accident either! I have yet to get sutures and hemostats though. One can never tell when it’ll be awhile until professional help will arrive. Hey, does doing surgery on fish count?

  4. eastofthepecos says:

    Three words that can save a life: Israeli Battle Dressing.

    I never leave home without one in the med kit

  5. Chris says:

    Lose the alcohol. Soap and water works better, betadine solution works best as an antibacterial barrier, and does not destroy tissue. tampons work well as pressure dressings stuffed into wounds. Plastic wrap or aluminum foil and tape for sucking chest wounds (but only tape three sides). I know how to make a cheap heimlich valve, too.

  6. CLSX2 says:

    1. The only things that a Combat Lifesaver/Medic has that will stop life threatening bleeding are: pressure, tourniquets, and wound-packing. There is NO bandage on the market (Hemostatic or otherwise) that will do that. Learn how to wound pack and apply tourniquets.

    2. If a tampon will stop your bleeding you probably weren’t bleeding enough to worry about. If you need to pack a wound you need gauze – because you have to pack directly on top of the spot that is bleeding.

    3. The best tourniquet on the market (CAT-T) is only about 70% effective at stopping femoral hemorrhage. You are likely to need more than one.

    4. Chest seals (improvised or otherwise) aren’t going to be very helpful if you don’t have the ability to needle decompress the chest. Chest seals will not stop internal bleeding.

    5. Nasal Pharyngeal Airway. Stopping all the bleeding is cool, but if the patient can’t breathe it will end up being a moot point. The NPA is a lot of capability for a small item.

    6. Hemostatics aren’t proven to work much better than regular gauze on life threatening bleeding.

    7. Rapid CASEVAC to a Trauma Center. All of this stuff is a moot point if you aren’t going to get the patient to higher level of care.

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