If anything else, you should always have at least one of these on you.
Tourniquets are easily the most important part of your IFAK. You can't ever have enough of them, whether they're on your kit, in your car, in your purse, backpack, or even just crammed in the pocket of your pants.
In the right place and at the right time, they're literally a lifesaver.
But we pick TQs that are actually good to stock instead of many "tactical" distributors looking for a quick buck off of a Chinese clone.
Why the C.A.T.?
The patented C-A-T® is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. Tests proved that the CAT completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.
It's easily used by both amateurs and experts, something many tourniquets alarmingly fall short of. The CAT features it's trademark Red Tip Technology® that does a lot more than you'd think — in times of duress, simple tasks can be awkward or challenging, and an easy to understand visual cue could save precious seconds. The ladder buckle doesn't jam up, and the whole process can be done one-handed.
The Gen 7 CAT utilizes a durable windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. Unlike many Tourniquets, the windlass on the CAT boasts generous range to tighten it on extremities large and small.
Trusted by countless professionals in the field, the CAT is king. Don't settle for less.
Gen 7 Specs
- Buckle has one contoured slit
- Single routing buckle for faster application
- Wide windlass diameter with convex grip rings
- Rounded leading edge with thick plate
- Thick windlass clip with buttressed sides
- Red Tip Technology® provides visual cue during application
- Fully weather resistant
- Packaged: L 6.5 in. x W 2.4 in. x D 1.5 in.
- Open Length: 37.5 in.
- Weight: 2.7 oz
Further Information & Guides
Below is some more useful information about this product as well as a great resource to educate yourself on proper care and training.
Don't be intimidated! Much of the content in these guides are easy to learn and practice.
- Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Guide (Highly recommended)
Instructions for use from NAR
- Informational video for proper usage and staging
It's a tourniquet.
Watch the YouTube tutorial on this.
I have a few other tourniquet systems. This one imo is superior to being able to use one handed in case an arm is disabled. It has some other properties that kommando store says in their description why this is an upgrade and it holds true. While pretty straightforward in how to operate there are nuances to all tourniquet systems and I implore you watch this brands video on how to operate the system.
Tis but a scratch!
Cuts off legs with ease!