North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet
North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet
North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet
North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet
North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet
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North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet

MSRP: $29.99

Noted as the best prehospital tourniquet in the February 2008 supplement of The Journal of Trauma

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 C-A-T® completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.

The C-A-T® 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. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T®’s unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor skills are compromised.

The patented Combat Application Tourniquet® (C-A-T®) featuring the proprietary red tip design and the mechanical advantage of a band within a band has been the Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army since 2005. The innovations in the C-A-T® are protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7,842,067 and 7,892,253.

Product Enhancements:

  • NEW Single Routing Buckle for faster application, decreased blood loss, effective slack removal, fewer windlass turns, and simplified training with single protocol application standards
  • Reinforced windlass rod with increased diameter for enhanced strength and aggressive ribbing for improved grip
  • Bilateral windlass clip for rapid windlass lock and bilateral buttress for added strength
  • Enhanced windlass strap changed to tactical gray and sonic welded to clip for constant contact providing safe windlass security and a place to document the application time
  • Reinforced stabilization plate with beveled contact bar
  • Signature red elliptical tip (Red Tip Technology®) provides visual cue during application
  • Patented free-moving internal band for true evenly distributed circumferential pressure

  • Special Features:

  • Awarded as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Inventions” by the U.S. Army
  • Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army
  • Used by both conventional and Special Operation forces
  • Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research
  • True, one-handed application tourniquet
  • Quickly controls life-threatening extremity bleeding
  • Recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Designed to perform in all weather conditions
  • Small and cost-effective
  • Protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7,842,067 and 7,892,253

  • Dimensions:

  • Packaged: L 6.5 in. x W 2.4 in. x D 1.5 in.
  • Open Length: 37.5 in.
  • Weight: 2.7 oz
  • Reviews
    52 Reviews
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    98% Recommend this product (51 of 52 responses)
    By Jimmy
    April 25, 2018
    Great Price!
    Cheapest price I have found online. Hope I never have to use it, but I'm glad I have it.
    ProsEase of use and carry.
    By Shirley
    San Antonio , Tx
    April 12, 2018
    I'm glad I purchased such an essential tool , plc'n myslf ahead n this race called Lyfe . . . I recommend anyone reading this to do the sme , STAY RDY TO KP FRM GTTN RDY . . . !
    By Dustin
    Pacific Northwest
    January 31, 2018
    Perfect for all my Med Packs
    I carry all 4 different kinds ( CAT, RATS, SOFT-T, & SWAT-T) either in my car, backpack, pocket, chest rig, and in my vehicle trauma bag. The CAT Gen 7 is sturdy and well made. Hopefully I never have to use any of them again. I had to use my CAT 6 last year and it performed exactly as it should have. I am excited to use a CAT 7 in training and if I have to use it in Real Life then I will be excited to use it then as well.
    ProsWell Made
    ConsNone at this point. Will update if I need to.
    By Travis
    Layton, UT
    January 25, 2018
    High quality product
    This product is well made and constructed. Of course without using it on someone, it's hard to say 100% that this is an amazing product, but I have full confidence that if it is ever needed it will perform as designed.
    By Mike
    January 21, 2018
    I bought 2 for my work vehicle. Any door has access to potentially life saving items. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.
    ProsMight save my life Might save another's life Affordable I like the color options (I chose bright color)
    ConsAlthough straight forward to use, take the time to familiarize yourself with it before use.
    By Stephen
    December 15, 2017
    Fits well in the Eleven 10 year holster.
    By Shawn
    December 15, 2017
    Great life saver
    Lifesaving well made
    ProsSimple to use
    By Nathanael John
    Anaheim, CA
    November 29, 2017
    Best tourniquet around
    What can you say. CATs are the best and should be carried at all times if you carry CCW. It’s a small enough package to be concealed well and is the best to stop bleeding and save lives. Buy this as this site has the best price of any site out there.
    ProsSmall Compact Does its job perfectly
    ConsNone whatsoever. Don’t settle on RATS. Spend the money to get CAT.
    By DMars
    South Carolina
    November 29, 2017
    Hopefully will never have to use it but its military quality
    By Scott
    November 11, 2017
    Very important item for shooters , hunters ,LEO ...
    Great piece of gear . Got this for my daughters IFAK . My personal preference is for the other CoTCCC approved TQ , but the CAT is battle tested & easily passed the test.
    Pros,effective , affordable , easy to use .
    Consnone found
    By Craig
    Reno, Nevada
    October 20, 2017
    A must have for a first responders
    Easy to use, only tourniquet you can apply to yourself.
    By Sam
    New York
    September 4, 2017
    Worked when I needed it
    I've carried one since I got on the job, and when the time came to use it on someone, it deployed just as I've trained with it, and it worked to control an arterial bleed. Someone is alive today becuase of this product and proper training.
    ProsEasy to carry, works as intended
    By Keith
    June 7, 2017
    Quality Tourniquet
    As my first tourniquet this may come with a little inexperience but the quality of the product is good. It feels well made and I have practiced using it on myself and others. I would recommend this to a friend.
    By Joseph Seeburger
    May 11, 2017
    Fine product
    Slim and compact. Fits any where
    By Richard
    Bloomington, IL
    April 28, 2017
    Don't leave home without it
    When a turniquet is the only solution, this is as good as it gets.
    7 Questions & 11 Answers
    from California asked:
    November 10, 2017
    Is this a 100% authentic North American Rescue CAT tourniquet?
    1 Answers
    Yes this is authentic North American Rescue gear.
    Customer Service
    on December 5, 2017

    from N/A asked:
    April 20, 2017
    will this fit in eleven 10 Rigid TQ Case Gen & CAT?
    1 Answers
    Yes this will fit in that tourniquet case.
    Customer Service
    on April 27, 2017

    from California asked:
    March 16, 2016
    Is this the new Gen 7 version of the CAT?
    2 Answers
    Yes. G7 red tip.
    on March 25, 2016
    from La Quinta, CA
    Yes it is marked G7
    on March 25, 2016
    from Sergeant Bluff, IA

    from Texas asked:
    December 22, 2015
    What is the NSN# of this tourniquet?
    1 Answers
    The NSN for the black CAT is 6515-01-521-7976.
    Customer Service
    on December 30, 2015

    from Texas asked:
    October 15, 2015
    Is there only one TQ at this price?
    1 Answers
    Yes, we have a cheaper one listed here -
    Customer Service
    on October 16, 2015

    from Columbus OH asked:
    September 25, 2014
    Will this go through a metal detector without setting it off?
    4 Answers
    I own this tk and there is no metal on it.
    on September 25, 2014
    from Lansing, IL
    No, it will not set off a metal detector. I also keep this in my carry on luggage and it has never caused an issue going through x - ray machines used on multiple international and domestic trips.
    on September 25, 2014
    from NYC
    Not sure. In the windlass is wire reinforcement. It might not be enough to set off the detector. But then it might. The old models had no wire reinforcement and the windlass would sometimes break. New models Luke this one have the metal wire. Sorry I couldn't answer completely
    on September 25, 2014
    from Ca
    Have not tried, but no metal on it so should be fine. I carry it at work.
    on September 25, 2014
    from China Grove, NC

    May 11, 2013
    What pouch will this fit in?
    1 Answers
    North American Rescue makes a holder specifically for this tourniquet. You can find the holder here:
    on May 11, 2013

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