With all this talk about concealed carry and various loadouts (see this article) there was some chatter about carrying medical gear. That is all fine and well, but you have to ask yourself what is killing you first.
Self aide, buddy aide, corpsman
The idea of applying self aide post lethal confrontation should be addressed. It seems wishful thinking to be involved in a fight and not get hurt. Whether it be a hang nail or a bullet hole knowing how to treat the injury should be part of your preparation. There are several emergency medical training or gunshot treatment classes now being offered. What at one time might have been a small field has exploded and the advancements in this field are truly amazing.
What’s killing you first?
In our strong hand only training blocks we talk about what is killing you first. Is the injury you might have sustained forcing you to continue fighting strong hand only or is the bad guy who continues to press the fight. It may seem pretty easy to figure out what the tactical imperative is, but surprising it is not reflected in the various techniques we see being taught. The same can be said regarding medical gear as part of your concealed carry loadout.
By no means am I telling you not to carry medical gear, but at some point you need to take a realistic approach to your loadout. Given the fact you are suppose to be concealed that would include said medical gear. I mean what justification would you give if someone was to observe whatever gear you are carrying. I mean it is one thing in a training class to show up on the firing line with your Batman utility belt to include your medical gear. It is an entirely different story on the concealment side. If you read the attached article you should get an idea of the challenges being armed entails and now you are going to make it more challenging by carrying more gear.
Hey, if you can pull it off then more power to you. It is funny during the “peer reviews” in our Concealed Carry Tactics classes how some folks will do things during that drill in an effort to better conceal. They slouch, get big and other tricks in an effort to “hide” their package. Sometimes it works and other times its kind of funny to watch because they know they are not doing a good job of concealing. Imagining if that was your daily behavior.
So, let’s talk about the dynamics of a lethal confrontation, but let’s pretend we can only carry so much gear. Would you choose to carry a spare magazine over a battle dressing or what about a flashlight over a tourniquet? Remember, you first have to win the fight in order to apply self aide. Then lets talk about improvised tools, which are you more likely to find in a lethal encounter; a spare magazine or something that can absorb blood. Would you be able to produce a powerful light with what you found lying around or are you more likely to manufacture an improvised tourniquet?
The bottom line is you have to make choices, there is a finite amount of real-estate we all have to work with to do a good job of concealing. The most important thing to remember is to win the fight first.