So you finally pulled the trigger and purchased a quality medical kit for yourself and hopefully even got some training. At a minimum you should go take a First Aid & CPR Course, which is offered at many locations. You should go through your kit so that you know the layout of the contents, this way you are not fumbling around looking for an item during the emergency. You also need to familiarize yourself with the contents and have an extra set of items (at least an Israeli Bandage and Tourniquet) to practice with. If you have done all of that here are some tips that will make deploying your medical gear faster.
If You Carry A Gun...
You Damn well better be carrying a Med Kit!
They go hand in hand, Life & Death.
You carry a gun because you have the desire to protect you and yours, but chances are very low that you will ever use it. Chances of needing to use a Medical Kit are much higher, as illustrated so greatly in the article "Prioritizing Sheepdog Tendencies" by the Loadout Room.
Yet very few people EDC a Med Kit along with their concealed carry. I urge you to carry both and I don't care if you build your own, purchase ours, or even buy one elsewhere. Please be responsible and carry a Medical Kit if you choose to carry a Firearm on a daily basis.
When you choose to carry the power to take a life, it is your responsibility to carry the power to save a life.
Think it is too bulky or uncomfortable? Then you haven't seen our EDC Pocket Trauma Kit and read/seen the reviews. The EDC Pocket Trauma Kit is just like a good holster, the more you wear it the more it conforms to your body. Just sit on it in your back pocket while driving for a week or two and you will see it take shape.
As always, thank you for your continued support in our effort to save lives and Live The Creed.
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Live The Creed? You hear it a lot from us, and you see it written on every order we ship out. But what are we really talking about?
When we reference the Creed we are talking about this one found on our website. It is the foundation for building the products that we do and is the guide to how we live our life.
The Creed is not just a marketing scheme, we would build these kits for free if we didn't have families to feed. The terrorist bombings in Brussels highlight the reason we Live The Creed.
I was just reading a story about a man who was at the Airport when the explosions went off, luckily he was far enough away not to be injured. In the aftermath of the bombings Police and first responders didn't show up for minutes. That is precious time when people are bleeding out on the floor. The man saw a child who was bleeding moderately and tried to help, but the man only had a tissues and could not stop the bleeding.
Our Survival Creed says: If I find another in need of help I will use my knowledge, skills, and gear to save them.
In the depths of winter my wife and I found ourselves literally running through Moscow's Metro System to catch the Aero Express that would take us to Sheremetyevo Airport, and then home to Phoenix. We were running late, and all the crowds in the metro were not helping. If we missed this train, we would miss our flight and be out a couple thousand dollars. We finally made it to the station just in time to jump on and find a seat. Despite it being winter I was soaked in sweat and exhausted from running while carrying over 120lbs of luggage myself. We quickly grabbed two available seats, the rush of everything combined with the exhaustion of the journey made me miss something important. I am not afraid to self critique, this is the only way to improve and learn. My situational awareness was down and I never looked around to see who was in that wagon with us. From where I was sitting it looked like a train full of regular people trying to catch their flights. I never saw the suicide bomber until it was too late.
Read almost any book on special operations and you will see perseverance in action, as it is a mental requirement for anybody who wants to serve in that capacity. These men keep pushing forward despite all the different obstacles and setbacks in their way. The role of Perseverance in survival is a major one and if you do not set your mindset to Persevere when put in a survival situation you will die.
Having a STRONG MINDSET is not something that happens overnight. It is something that you must work at every day. In your work, in the Gym, in your relationships, and in all the little things you do. Perseverance is but one trait of a Strong Mindset. You must live with the intention of developing a strong mind, it will not happen unless you put in the work. Lets look at a very simple example of perseverance in action: Exhausted on the last set of your workout? Add 5 lbs and push through it. Even if you are not successful in completing the whole set you will have grown mentally by making that decision in your head to persevere and finish strong.