02 Jun Training vs. Gear: The Dilemma
Training versus Gear
We hear it all of the time during classes… “I bought this gun” or “I have to get the newest tacticool piece of kit out there” or some combination of the two. Now I’m not about to tell you how to spend your money or what you spend it on and in full disclosure, I do have a vested stake in where you spend you money. I do however, feel that it is crucial to attend some form of training in order to improve yourself the most. Here’s a few reasons as to why:
- If you are forced to use deadly force to protect yourself or someone else, no one is going to care if your blaster cost you a cool thousand bucks or your kydex holster was handmade by elven holster cobblers in Mordor. The law is going to care if you had training, made good decisions, had cause to fire, etc etc. The public and media are going to crucify you anyways more times than not regardless of the type of magazines you used. When was the last time you took a class on use of force?
- How many pieces of gear have you bought and never used? We’ve all done it. A sweet deal pops up on Ebay and next thing you know you have another chest rig in the camo pattern du jour solely because you heard on the interwebs that another trainer endorsed it. It then sits and collects dust/dry rot in the basement and never sees the field. Efficient spending? Nope.
- You have 30 firearms, carry one daily, but have never taken a defensive pistol course. That’s sort of like collecting guitars but being unable to play them. (my apologies to Col Jeff Cooper…) Seriously though… it makes as much sense as using a football bat to play water polo. The standard licensing courses simply cover firearms safety and nothing else.
Now I’m not ragging on those of us who like to collect guns but not train with them. To each their own. However there is one simple fact you need to embed into your brain housing groups: if you plan on carrying a firearm, you are taking on the responsibility to not just yourself but your family, friends, and the general public to be as proficient as humanly possible with your firearm. Every round has a lawyer attached to it, and collateral damage is simply unacceptable.
So what’s the point?
The point is this… Spend your money wisely. You will reap the rewards ten times over if you focus your efforts on seeking instruction from reputable instructors. You will find that you may be a high level shooter already, and just need an outside perspective to determine what minute fundamental error you may be making. Trust me… it beats the pants off of wasting your hard earned cash on ammo and getting nowhere.
A question that I ask often to my students in classes is “how long to you have to survive a gunfight?”
My answer: the rest of your life. Are you ready?
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