Why you should bring a first-aid kit to the gun range

A first aid kit should be an essential part of any range bag. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Range day can be full of excitement and adventure, but it can also be a time for minor injuries. From slide bites to bumps, bruises and scrapes, it’s important to have the right tools on hand to treat accidental injuries that occur while shooting. A first-aid kit nestled in a range bag could be the difference between a good day at the range and a premature departure.

A first-aid kit is a collection of items gathered together to help treat wounds or trauma in the event of an injury. First-aid kits are versatile and can be tailored to fit whatever environment a person occupies, be that a car, home or even the range. While most ranges have first-aid kits on hand with trained individuals staffing its counters, it’s important that gun owners themselves have a first-aid kit on hand in their range bag.

Even if you frequent a range with a well-trained staff, there are times where you might go shooting at a different facility or with some buddies in an unfamiliar area. Having a first-aid kit already ready to go in your pack eliminates any last-minute packing and ensures you have the tools on hand should an accident of any kind occur – be it a slide bit on the web of your hand or something more serious like a wound caused by ricochet.

A first aid can be purchased from a retail outlet or pieced together individually based on needs. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Having your own first-aid kit stocked with supplies near you at all times on the range or while shooting ensures that if you or a range mate is hurt, injuries can be attended to quickly and efficiently.

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