Let me tell you why the STOMP and Special Operations Medical Bag by Blackhawk is a piece of shit. A lot of medics will disagree with me. They will disagree because they used it in AIT. If that is what you learned with, you tend to think its the greatest thing ever. So you have no experience with it. Let me prove it…
If you look closely you this bag has no way to unbuckle the shoulder harness.
What that means is if you are pinned down in the prone you cannot easily take off the bag. It means you will be fumbling to get your bag off if you are wearing full kit.
What does every medic in the world say is the cure for everything?
Action Figure Therapy Knows…
Motrin and Water… It prevents the need of an IV.
So why is it that to access the hydration bladder you have to open up the entire pack and pull out all your supply to refill your hydration bladder… DUMB.
“Oh but Black you should have your own bladder on your kit.”
Yes you should… Have you ever gone out on a hike in the desert? carry as much water as you can. Seriously use both.
This shit screams SHOOT ME I AM A MEDIC!
Not only do you have that shiny piece of shit plastic that does fuck all but hold your moral patches it also is readily identifiable as a purely medical bag. Which makes you a target. The only way you could be more of a target is if you wear officer rank and hold a machine gun.
Big internal pockets and inserts that are not secured.
Which means they will get lost amid chaos. WIND happens when you are a medic outside… which means all your 4×4 and 2×2 in gauze will litter the area. If this doesn’t happen to you in training it will happen to you in real life. Which you will like get comments like “not used to working outside doc?”
Velcro your individual inserts or dummy cord them.
What TO look for in Medic Bags
Organization. Can you organize and label your treatment compartments. If your need to get someone who knows dick about medical treatment it helps to label each thing in your bag so you can easily say… HEY grab me this ___ it is in ____ pocket! and you will get what you ask for quickly. EVEN better is MESH pockets so you can see what is in each pocket.
Retention. Everything you put in the bag will fall out if you aren’t careful. Guess what. You will not always be careful. You will fuck up. So prepare for this. Take your bag. Fill it. Open it up and shake if violently… hell even throw it.
The best medical bag is the one you have with you. I can modify a Blackhawk Stomp if I need to! If you do not have that high-speed medical kit with you at all times then you will be fucked. You can’t magically conjure up medical supplies out of thin air. Guess what. You might need this shit driving down the road or walking through Walmart. Emergencies do not wait for SHTF or civil war to happen.
So as a medic I always have a CLS bag… or manpurse with me at all times. It is probably 3x the contents of an IFAK with an either an IV kit or a saline lock kit and a SAM splint. A CLS bag is small enough to be easily carried and can fully treat a severely injured patient. A CLS bag is like your pistol. It is only there to fight your way to your rifle which should be your Aid Bag.
If you have any questions feel free to ask…
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