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ITS Tactical Hosts Lone Star Medics Medicine X Course

By Bryan Black

We’re thrilled to host our first medical course exclusively for readers here at ITS Tactical! Instruction will be provided by Caleb and his crew at Lone Star Medics and take place Saturday, May 7th thru Sunday, May 8th.

Our Medicine X course will be held on a private range just outside of Weatherford, TX. The physical address will be disclosed to those registering for the class. There will be a limited amount of seats for the class, so be sure to get your registration in soon if you’re interested.

Below you’ll find information on the course, cost, prerequisites and an equipment list.

Medicine X Course Outline

  • Date: May 7-8, 2011
  • Time: 0800-1700hrs
  • Cost: $450/person; Members of ITS Tactical (Plank Owners and Crew Leaders) save $100! $350/person
  • Location:  Outback Gun Club (Private range just outside Weatherford, TX. Physical address will be disclosed once student application is returned to LSM.)

This two-day course is based off the “Care Under Fire” phase of the TCCC principles. Each student will learn how and more importantly, when to care for the wounded while in the immediate area of an ambush or active contact situation. This will be a fast-past and physically demanding course.

Each student will learn the following subjects through limited lecture, plenty of hands-on skills practice and multiple scenario-based training sessions. Students will conduct these scenarios using live fire drills as individuals or in two/four-man teams.

Subjects Covered

  • Care Under Fire principles and techniques
  • Casualty Movement Techniques –  Drags & Carries
  • Rescue Rigging
  • Improvised Litters
  • Rapid Trauma Assessment/Rapid Blood Sweep
  • Control Bleeding; proper use of:
    • Tourniquets
    • Pressure Dressings
    • Hemostatic Agents
  • Self-Aid and Buddy-Aid Techniques
  • Caleb’s “Almost Famous Dehydration Lecture”
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
    • Equipment
    • Selection
    • Proper Placement/Carry


Each student must provide either a Military ID, Law Enforcement ID, ora state issued Concealed Handgun License. Non-Military or Non-Law Enforcement must provide proof of training from an accredited firearmstraining center/organization in defensive pistol and/or defensive carbine with application.

Students will be expected to demonstrate proper weapons control and manipulation throughout the course. This will not be a class for first-time (beginner) shooters. Should any person during class be deemedunsafe by either LSM, ITS Tactical, and/or acting Range Officer; they will be allowed to participate in class with a “Blue Gun” only. They will not be allowed to continue with any live firearm. No refund will be given to any student who is deemed unsafe.

Equipment List

* Indicates Mandatory

  • *Eye and Ear Protection
    • Eye protection – must be actual safety and impact resistant eyewear and reading glasses do not count as eye protection.
    • Ear protection – can either plugs or muffs.
    • Eye and ear pro will be worn during all skills practice and scenarios.
  • *Rifle or Carbine
    • 5.56 or larger, .22cal conversions are welcome.
    • Must be zeroed before class; a zero confirmation will be conducted after the safety brief. If you need to adjust, it must be done during a break and with a cadre member.
    • Sling – whichever style you can safely use during vigorousmovement. (Kneeling, running, carrying equipment in both hands, transitions, etc.)
  • *Pistol
    • 9mm or larger.
  • *Ammo
    • 200 rounds of quality rifle, minimum
    • 300 rounds of quality pistol, minimum
  • *Holster
    • Must be specifically designed for pistol you are using in class.
    • No shoulder rigs, ankle, butt-pack, or cross-draws allowed.
    • Vest mounted will be on a case by case and must be approved by LSM cadre prior to class start date.
  • *Magazines
    • Minimum of three rifle mags (we recommend carrying more).
    • Minimum of three pistol mags.
  • *Mag pouches, plate carrier, chest rig, vest, whatever you need to wear to carry all your ammo through each scenario. Each student will be required to wear all kit throughout the entire course, lecture, skills practice, and scenarios.
  • *Canteen of some sorts,  Camelbak style recommended.
  • Pen & paper for notes; small notepad might be good too.
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt recommended.
  • Sturdy footwear – absolutely no sandals, or flip-flops allowed.
  • Knee & elbow pads
  • Gloves; Nomex, leather, be sure you can still operate firearms safely whilewearing them.
  • Bug spray, sun block, hat, etc.
  • Wet/Cold weather clothing; we train rain or shine.
  • IFAK
    • If you don’t have one, don’t worry, one will be provided for use in class.
    • If you have an IFAK pouch and would like to use it in class, that’s fine as well.
    • If you wish to have your kit evaluated by a Medic, feel free to bring it.
  • Body armor and/or ballistic helmets are welcomed; but not mandatory.“Bump” or soft helmets are welcomed as well.

Registration Information

All students must be registered and have applications turned in by April 30, 2011. Each student must also make a non-refundable payment of 50% of the course price by April 30, 2011.

To receive an application to register, you must email Caleb Causey and request the application form for “Medicine X” hosted by ITS Tactical. Payment options will be provided on student application form.


I personally can’t think of a better way to support wives or mothers on Mother’s Day than by learning such an important skill-set! Seriously though, we hope to be finished up by around 4 p.m. that Sunday and if you’re local you can still make it back for a Mother’s Day dinner.

I’ll be running the course right alongside everyone else and look forward to meeting some new people from ITS. Hopefully i’ll also see some familiar faces that I’ve trained with before. Again, any questions regarding the class need to be sent to Caleb as he’s handling the registration.

This is going to be a fantastic class and there will be some extra surprises in store for everyone, so if you’re on the fence about going, don’t hesitate! A special thanks to Caleb at Lone Star Medics for helping us to get this class going!

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  • Man do I wish I lived in Texas. I would love to take this course. I am curious if anyone would know of something compareable to this course in the Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa area? I just haven’t seen any good classes like this in my neck of the woods. We do have basic first aide but nothing that covers shot wounds or proper use of tourniquets or hydration. I hope you guys to a follow up and let us unfortunates know how it went.

    • walrus61

      Man do I wish I lived in Texas.
      Me too!

    • zendog… We are always looking for hosts; even out of state. Talk to your local range and see if they would like to host one of the classes. Give us a call if you need anything.
      PS: Everyone wishes they lived here:)

    • You got that right brother! Texas is the place to be!

    • Thanks Caleb, I am going to ask around at the ranges I go to to feel for interest.

  • Bryce

    This is a really good course, Caleb and the LSM crew do a great job. There is an AAR floating around the net if you are interested in what to expect,”medicine x aar” should find it.

    • Thanks for the comment Bryce, I’m really looking forward to this course!

  • We are very excited to be working with ITS Tactical. Thank you guys for your help as well.
    @ Bryce: Thanks for the kind words; amigo. And it was a great AAR, see if we cant find it for everyone…

    • Bryce

      Here is the link to the AAR.


      I’ll see you in Tulsa. Do you know what you are presenting?

    • @ Bryce: Most likely will be something along the lines of penetrating trauma and how regular folks & those first responding to a scene can provide aid. Also might be some Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid stuff as well. Got some new kit we’ll be bringing out for everyone to put their hands on…See you there.

  • Frank

    Does this class offer certification in TCCC or just follow the lesson plan?

    • Frank, hopefully someone will correct me if my assumption is wrong, but I don’t think there’s a true certification in TCCC. There may be agencies or companies that offer their own certification in TCCC, but as a whole TCCC is guidelines that are established for the military to follow and not get technically “certified” in.

      That being said, this course does not certify in TCCC, just follows the principles and geared towards the care under fire phase.

    • Chris74

      PHTLS – Has all Certificate programs associated with TCCC for the Military and issues a Certification Card under the National Association of EMT’s

  • Jensen

    Will there be any CEU’s offered toward this class?

  • Hey folks, sorry for not answering back on this thread… This course will not offer a certification for PHTLS or TCCC. Each student will receive a Course Completion Certificate from LSM. We can offer CE for Texas Peace Officers as an elective, but as far as any EMS CE credit; we are still working on it. We wont have EMS CE for this course untill late in the year; hopefully! The course uses the priciples from the TCCC “Care Under Fire” phase, not the entire course. Hope this helps everyone out…

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