What do you have already? What's your budget? What weapon system?
A lot of people will swear by the "less is more" thinking, and they're right, to a degree, because if you go into a game/event looking like a turtle, you're going to act/move like a turtle.I've been airsofting for awhile, mostly with friends, and now I've started going to short Mil-Sim events and whatnot, So I was wondering, what are some useful pieces of gear that I can add to my load-out that will serve me well? Some examples I guess would be Comms, or a first aid pouch / kit. I want to expand my load-out but I want to get stuff that's PRACTICAL, not just TACTICAL.
Im running an M4 platform as of now. All I have, apart from things that are just appearance, more or less (shemags, hats, etc), I have a Condor XPC, Admin Pouch at the top of my chest, x3 double stack m4 mag pouches, 3 Mags total, A tactical belt with x2 pistol mag pouches ( I plan to attach my holster and dump pouch to this once I get them) and that's pretty much it. My budget is not defined. I'd rather pay less for something that has similar or same functionality as something else, but depending on the gear in question, I may be more likely to dish out more for something extremely useful / important / high quality. I also like to keep a few tools on my rig, especially for mil-sim type events. A few months ago, I was using a JG AK tactical with 1 hicap that I put in a double m4 mag pouch. I used to use the second mag pouch loaded up with various small tools, but now I need my mag pouches for mags . as of now, I have nothing to really store the tools in.What do you have already? What's your budget? What weapon system?
Pick up a hydration pack+bladder, for sure.Im running an M4 platform as of now. All I have, apart from things that are just appearance, more or less (shemags, hats, etc), I have a Condor XPC, Admin Pouch at the top of my chest, x3 double stack m4 mag pouches, 3 Mags total, A tactical belt with x2 pistol mag pouches ( I plan to attach my holster and dump pouch to this once I get them) and that's pretty much it.
duly noted. when I'm doing 24 hour games out in the woods, dehydration can be a *** kicker, i dunno why I didnt think of a hydro carrier. thanks for that onePick up a hydration pack+bladder, for sure.
These are directed to everyone in the thread, not specifically towards who I am quoting.I'll probably be back with more to say, but I do want to put in one thing about a med kit.
If you're just going to bring band-aids.....don't bother.
My med kit is for moderately serious injuries, anything else (small cuts, bumps, scrapes) I can live with. I've attended multiple events with the very real possibility of becoming seriously injured. God forbid something does happen, I want to make sure I can take care of it, or at least stop the bleeding, so I can wait for first response to get there.
I completely agree with the other guys as far as treating others- if you are not trained, you can often do more damage.
What I carry is for myself, and people who trust me should the need arise.
This would be for large cuts, gashes, stuff that actually hurts and should be treated. I am CPR certified and have grown up knowing a lot about medical treatment and first aid, but I am by no means a doctor.
Med Kit (waterproof)
-Small bandaids (I know I said forget em but meh)
- Alchohol wipes (for sterilization)
- Sterile, sealed gauze pads (stops bleeding)
-tensor wrap (to apply pressure)
-Rubber gloves (disposable, sterile kind, use once, throw away)
-Antibacterial cream(I believe, I should check)
-A decent amount of Hypafix (this stuff is great, if you don't know what it is, google it)
I always have a knife and flashlight on me.
TL;DR- I'm not a med expert, but I believe you should be able to help yourself if others can't. Take a first aid course if you can, it can't hurt anything.
These are directed to everyone in the thread, not specifically towards who I am quoting.
1) You don't need sterile gloves unless you're doing a major operation. Even then, sometimes you don't need them. Nitrile gloves are what you want, not rubber. Rubber/latex is a huge issue with allergies and not worth the risk of anaphylaxis. They can just be 'clean'.
They are nitrile gloves, that's all I've ever bought, but I don't really call them that...
2) Medical advice over the internet is a bad idea. Especially if you're just CLS or whatever the hell you have since there isn't any civilian counterpart.
Not trying to give any advice, just saying I personally think it's a good idea to carry a slightly more flushed out med kit, especially on 24hr events in old buildings.
3) Alcohol wipes don't sterilise. They clean. You don't want to use alcohol wipes to clean wounds anyways. If you want to clean a wound, you should be using clean water and irrigating it and then applying a dressing. IF you need to disinfect a wound, antibiotic ointments like neosporin and bacitracin are all you need. If you can't apply ointments because the wound is that huge, you shouldn't be self treating anyways.
Hold on, does isopropyl alcohol not sterilize wounds? Because that's all I've ever heard and used them for/seen them used for, by doctors as well.
4) When I attend events, I don't want anyone else to bring anything or try to treat anyone else. If you jump in because the internet taught you something and you try to tell me how to do what I do for a living, I'm gunna rip you a new one once I fix up my patient. Plain and simple.
Again, this stuff is for me, obviously someone who needs serious medical help should get it from a pro. I'm usually out on my own, and I have been injured before, where I have to treat myself. I'm not suggesting anyone untrained perform first aid on someone seriously hurt.
5) All anyone should bring is some of the following:
-Ibuprofen for when aches and pains and such
-Water. Lots of water.
To be honest, that's really all you should need. You can bring athletic tape and prewrap if you need it (should you know how to properly tape ankles) in case of sprained ankles. Other than that, that's all you should need. Your medical kit in bbwars is for yourself and yourself only. DOn't touch someone unless you're trained. The implications of treating someone else are serious.
6) At the guy giving medical advise, the above poster doesn't appear to have any sort of training or knowledge about medical stuff, so i'd just stop now. You're going to end up getting him into trouble (hence why i have reiterated a few things multiple times).
7) To the original poster, I reccomend you go get at least first aid and BLS certified. It's great knowledge to have and could save a life someday. If you want to go even further, become an EMT. The job is a blast!
How long did it take for you to get where you are? As far as schooling and I guess difficulty as well. I think it would be an interesting career!
Welp, that was quite a tangent.
I'm sure Papayaland thanks you for your help in their trying times.Definitely no hard feelings. I'm just blunt, and always have been since I joined the forum.
Alcohol works to clean a wound, but it's not worth putting the patient through the pain at that point. Alcohol is used to kill a lot of pathogens prior to an injection, incision, etc. to avoid infection as much as possible since your body has commensual bacteria all over the skin. Debriding a wound with cool water at moderate pressure is enough IMHO. If I am risking infection that bad, they need to be put on antibiotics so alcohol is a moot point. The thing with alcohol is that it will cause your blood vessels to swell (vasodilate) so the bleeding will be harder to stop as well. In a pinch, sure alcohol if you dont have water.
It took 2.5 months of didactic training and 2 months of on the job training to get my certs in the military. I've been doing it for a couple years now, so I know way too much for my own good sometimes.
There's a reason why if you rub a whole lot of alcohol on your arms and let it dry that youll see the veinous structure of your arm.I'm sure Papayaland thanks you for your help in their trying times.
Thanks for letting me know, I didn't even think about the dilation with alcohol, though I'm not sure why. I've always used it and simply bared the pain.....sounds like I don't need to do that anymore
Yes. It's still kind of pertinent, though.Has my thread been hijacked?
Call it a polite hijacking. Less box cutters and more generally helpful knowledge.Has my thread been hijacked?
Call it a polite hijacking. Less box cutters and more generally helpful knowledge.
Ok lmao. Im not complaining, useful knowledge is usefulYes. It's still kind of pertinent, though.
Sorry bout thatOk lmao. Im not complaining, useful knowledge is useful