As a forum moderator Gunny, you’re one of the last people that I ever would have expected to turn this post into an extension of the Throwdown thread or a dick swinging contest.
I have the utmost respect for Doc Simon, his training and medical skills, his contributions to this forum, and his service to our country. What exactly is your point of insulting those that may have had positive things to say about my
FAK, and linking to Doc’s past posts?
I’m not sure what a shelf full of ETD’s has to do with anything. If I though for an instant that Doc actually paid six bucks a piece out of his own pocket for these (as I have with all the items in my
FAK) then that might be another story. I don't recall Doc ever claiming that he did, or that having access to several hundred ETD's somehow made his bag better than everyone else's.
Granted I’m biased, but I’ve read through Doc’s STOMP
II posts in the past, and I don’t really feel that my
bag and his have very much in common:
Okay, so we both have a bunch of Kerlix and ETD’s – but that’s where the similarity ends in my
Where I have a comprehensive collection of surgical instruments, he’s got a ball point pen and a tattered package of Surgilube that appears to be leftover from the first
Gulf War held down with a piece of masking tape.
Doc’s pack has one IV admin kit whereas I have six. His is wrapped up with duct tape, mine is bagged in a ziploc. Again I’m biased, but I feel my
stuff is just as easy to get to and is a whole lot easier to see what’s inside and available.
Doc’s airway kit versus mine -- Sorry Gunny, I’m just not seeing what you are.
I’ve always felt that a very important part of any kit, and especially a FAK, is organization. Since none of us ever know when someone else may need to use our FAK to aid us
, being able to locate and identify items in a reasonable period of time is critically important. I’m pretty sure an eight year old Ethiopian with a pocket English translator could probably locate the analgesics in my
When I first read Doc’s description of his meds several months ago, it struck me as odd that he wasn’t sure what they were without looking at the list that was out in his truck. It’s one thing to not remember what’s in your medical kit, but to be typing the description while you’re looking at a picture of them and still
not know for sure what they are?
The bottom line is that Doc and I are both obviously proud of our packs or we wouldn’t have taken the time to post them here for others to look at. I know that by seeing what others have posted in the past (including yours and Doc’s) my
FAK turned out much better than it would have otherwise. I’d like to think that some ZS members might actually add an item or two to their FAK that will help someone in the future, simply because they saw it in my
Call me bitter, but it really frost's my
ass that you would feel compelled to imply that anyone who preferred the way I set my
FAK up over Doc's would have to be retarded and in need of enlightenment. I guess it is what it is...