Ok, I get it. Firearm training is a lot sexier than medical training. But to be a good defender, prepared for emergencies both natural and man-made, means having an acceptable collection of skills and knowledge.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you’re going to carry the tools to make holes, (defensive weapons) you need the tools to patch holes (trauma gear). This conference is your chance to get trained in both, from excellent, world class instructors with real life experience.
After a year of lost training due to Covid shutdowns, it’s time to get back to picking up new skills or brushing up on old ones.
The month of September is full of live training! Learning about trauma techniques from the internet is better than nothing, but it doesn’t beat in-person training – Ask questions and practice procedures, so you can confidently save a life when it matters most.
At some point you outgrow those basic weapons classes at your local gun range and require more advanced instruction from world class shooters and Warfighters.
One of things I am most proud of America for, is the warrior subculture. This unique little niche is full of military veterans and active duty, but also civilians from all walks of life.
There are many gun owners in the world, but few “Students of the Gun.” Many assume that to be one means you must have some sort of credentials or you aren’t legitimate, but some of the most accomplished shooters I know are civilians who never once put on the boots.
I’ve known just as many veterans boasting incredible shooting skills who don’t even know where the safety is on that shiny new rifle they bought.
Having a commercial, purpose-made tourniquet ready to go in an emergency is essential for keeping someone alive. Trying to build your own on the spot takes time you don’t have and won’t be nearly as effective as something like the CAT.
And no, your belt is not an acceptable substitute of a quality tourniquet. I run into people all the time that say they would just use their belt to control a life-threatening bleed because they haven’t stopped to think about how it might actually be done.
After leaving the military, I worked for a short time in an ammunition factory. Expensive loading machines have a tube full of shock sensitive primers and one day, a primer stack blew up while a coworker was clearing a malfunction, amputating his thumb.
Amputations are something I have some experience with. I’ve had to work on many different forms of traumatic amputations in different environments. From austere locals to clinical settings and I’ve learned a few things along the way that might help if you witness this common injury at your place of work.