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Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet (ETQ): First Look

The new Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet is less than half the size of others on the market and is American-made. It can fit in a mag carrier or pocket. Here's a first look. 

Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet (ETQ): First Look

(Photo courtesy of Snakestaff Systems)

Snakestaff Systems is proud to announce the Everyday Carry Tourniquet (ETQ). Made in the U.S.A., it’s the smallest and lightest windlass tourniquet on the market. We spent years in R&D developing a reliable tourniquet that is 65% smaller than the industry standard. It fits in most 9mm pistol magazine carriers, in just about any pocket, or even on a keychain.

Responsible citizens are statistically more likely to use a tourniquet than their everyday carry pistol; however, very few people carry a tourniquet. Most tourniquets are large and bulky, making them difficult or uncomfortable to carry on your person. We set out to fix that problem without sacrificing reliability.

The ETQ is packed with innovative features that solve common issues. Occasionally, tourniquet

Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet
(Photo courtesy of Snakestaff Systems)

windlasses become displaced during emergency transportation. On the ETQ, a carabiner gate locks in the windlass making the tourniquet more secure. The ETQ also includes a chemlight that automatically snaps and activates when applied—a feature that helps first responders locate an injury in low light. Lastly, the ETQ’s windlass is extremely rigid and textured for positive retention and grip, even when coated in blood.


In our research, we found many civilians don’t know the proper way to apply a tourniquet. The ETQ has simple instructions printed on the product, along with a QR code that navigates the user to an easy-to-understand video tutorial. This video can successfully guide someone with zero medical experience through emergency tourniquet application.


Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet
(Photo courtesy of Snakestaff Systems)

For Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Military, and whoever wants it, we also make the 1.5-inch ETQ Wide version designed to meet criteria set forth by the Department of Defense Tourniquet Working Group. We look forward to submitting samples to CoTCCC and continue gathering real-world data for when they conduct their next round of TQ evaluations. (Unfortunately, they do not meet every year to recommend new TQ’s on the market. The last recommendations were in 2019) This true 1.5-inch wide version is a little bit easier to use, but slightly larger, at 50% the size of the industry standard.

Snakestaff Systems Everyday Carry Tourniquet
(Photo courtesy of Snakestaff Systems)

We have nothing but respect for other tourniquet manufacturers. They have saved countless lives. The ETQ is just another tool in your arsenal. Think of it as a concealed carry handgun – useful when space and concealment is a factor. If you love your current tourniquet brand, keep using it; we just encourage you to carry one every day, to train with it regularly, and only buy quality American-made products.

Your family and friends count on you. Don’t be the guy without a tourniquet in an emergency.

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