Every responsible gun owner knows the importance of being prepared for an accident. Even the most experienced owners can be injured, which is why it is important to have a range first aid kit. Range first aid kit contents will differ from the first aid kit you might carry with you in your vehicle or leave at home, so let's take a look at what you will need.Bleeding and Hemorrhaging Prevention
One of the most important items to have in your range first aid kit is a way to stop bleeding and prevent hemorrhaging. Gunshot wounds can lead to death by hemorrhaging, so having the right tools on hand can help to save a life. The three most popular items are:Tourniquets
Tourniquets are straps that you can tighten around an injured area to prevent the flow of blood to the wound.Hemostatic Agents
Hemostatic agents are a chemical that promotes clotting when it comes into contact with blood. Usually, these will be on gauze for easy application to the wound.Pressure Dressings
Pressure Dressings are thick, absorbent bandages that allow you to apply pressure to the wound to stop it from bleeding without having to manually apply pressure. These are usually held in place with a nonadherent wrap.
While most range first aid kits will have at least one of these three items, the other contents can vary. Usually, you will find some combination of the following items:
- Medical Shear
- Face Shield
- Emergency Blanket
- Adhesive Bandages
- Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes
- Nasopharyngeal Airway Tube
- Nitrile Gloves
- Surgical Tape
When you receive your range first aid kit, it is important to keep all bandages and gauze pads in their packages to ensure they remain sterile. If your kit includes a tourniquet, remove it from its plastic wrapping for easier access in case of emergency. With the right kit on hand, you will be able to help yourself or someone close to you if the worst happens.