Reminders of IFAKs

Every now and then, we’re reminded that we will bleed if/when we are shot.  Some folks think little about the ramifications if little or no action is executed when we leak.

ToddG of wrote about a recent self-inflicted gun shot wound by one of his students.  The primary lessons?

* Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. This was not the student’s first formal training class and he had also participated in IDPA matches. He had drawn and reholstered his pistol probably a hundred times so far during AFHF this weekend alone. But a moment of inattention was all it took for a bullet to make two new holes in his body.

* Make a plan before an accident occurs and communicate that plan to everyone. Literally less than 30 seconds passed between when the student shot himself and two trained people were attending to the wounds. There was no panic, there was no standing around trying to figure out who was going to do what. We had a plan, everyone knew the plan, everyone followed the plan.

* If you are on the range, you should have a GSW kit with you. Even if you do not know how to use it — in which case you should learn — at least have the kit in case someone else has the know-how but not the supplies. An IFAK should be part of every shooter’s range kit.

* Never be in a rush to holster your pistol. We all know it, we say it, we teach it. Not all of us do it.

I wrote a couple of posts regarding GSW kits. Be sure to take a look at them – it may prove useful someday.

LMS Defense – Defensive Medicine
My preferred kit

Take a look at the LMS Defense Blog, too.  They recently published their post on their pocket IFAK.

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One Comment on “Reminders of IFAKs”

  1. February 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    UPDATE: The student called me this morning and reported that he is already up and walking around without crutches. He hasn’t needed any pain medication. He said it hurts (“like a really bad cramp”) but otherwise all is well.

    On a personal note, I want to thank the readers here at and other sites that have picked up this story. So far, I haven’t seen a single “OMG stoopid!” type comment. It’s heartening to see so many experienced shooters realize, “crap, that could have been me!” rather than the typical Internet Conventional Wisdom that demonizes every AD as something only the unwashed would experience.

    This student is now a walking, talking billboard for trigger finger discipline. I told him he’s welcome to re-take the class any time.

    By ToddG on Feb 1, 2010

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