How to Identify a Fake Rapid Application Tourniquet System (RATS)

Fake tourniquets are nothing new. There are plenty of articles and videos on the Web on how to spot a fake CATS or SOFT-T / W tourniquets, and the dangers of using them.

I knowingly purchased a fake RATS tourniquet online so I could show you the differences between a counterfeit and the real thing.

Click here for more information about the authentic RATS

If you don’t have time to watch the video: don’t buy the Fake RATS (FRATS).

It’s bad for the following reasons (there are more in the video):

  • the cord is made out of a bungee-like material that is not as effective as the real RATS
  • the cord is shorter than the real RATS, which made it impossible for me to cut off blood flow to my leg
  • the thinner FRATS cord allows the cleat to move / pivot, which may result in mis-application and possibly injury
  • the FRATS cord is stitched onto itself, which is less secure than how the real RATS is secured (metal band and hog ring)
  • it is difficult to maintain the proper “three finger loop” for safety on the FRATS.

Don’t buy knockoff tourniquets of any kind. The intent of this post was not to help people find fake RATS tourniquets, but explain why you shouldn’t buy one. I wouldn’t even use this as a trainer, since the dimensions are wrong and the application isn’t consistent with the real deal.

Disclaimer: I spoke with the creator of the RATS in order to get some technical information. I personally purchased the counterfeit and the real RATS tourniquets, and did not receive any outside compensation for this video.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

2 Comments on "How to Identify a Fake Rapid Application Tourniquet System (RATS)"

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  1. Thanks for the video and the warning about the FRATS. I just happen to have stumbled onto your video while looking at your website and was surprised to see that there are fakes being sold. Unfortunately for me, it was too late as I had already purchased two of the FRATS unknowingly. These FRATS I bought are going into the trash immediately and I will be purchasing the real RATS from the manufacturer’s website. Thanks for putting this information out there… you’ve surely saved someone from having a serious injury go even more horribly wrong!

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      I’m sorry you got burned, but I hope you stick around the site for other stuff. Thanks for the feedback, it’s comments like yours that keep us going.

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