Concealed Carry Equipment:
Why ignoring EDC gear is a mistake.
There seems to be some serious pushback in the defensive world to the idea of paying attention to the defensive gear you select. I understand where this resistance to gear is coming from. It stems directly from the idea that there are plenty of folks out there that focus on gear only.
- Media outlets
They are all guilty of paying too much attention to the gear. If we are realistic about our defensive needs it becomes pretty clear pretty quickly that no one NEEDS a $2500 defensive handgun. Yet there are plenty of very expensive defensive guns out there and plenty of people that are willing to pay for them.
Rarely will a $2500 custom GLOCK out perform a stock GLOCK in meaningful terms. Sometimes the effect is exactly the opposite. In tweaking the standard we can create more problems.
If you took the $2000 excess and spent it on training rather than on costly enhancements to an already capable gun think of the difference that you might see in your performance. You would be faster and would be prepared to deal with much more than a skeletonized slide can provide.
The idea is, we can take equipment too far. If, however, you don’t understand that some gear is going to perform better than other gear in defensive situations, you are missing the point.
There are some important ideas that people need to understand about gear. When we ignore defensive equipment it leaves the evaluation process of defensive tools up in the air.
- New defensive shooters
- Folks looking for a change
- People trying to correct an error
Folks need to have discussions, hear opinions and learn about concealed carry gear. If CCW gear isn’t being talked about, how is that learning supposed to take place.
Gear can make self-defense simple or complex.
Simple gear tends to make your task more simple. Complex gear tends to make your task more complex. When it comes to self-defense, simplicity goes a long way. We need to specifically and intentionally select simple defensive tools.
When it comes to stopping a threat we need to accomplish the task with as little time effort and energy as possible. Efficiency is the benchmark.
- We want our defensive too to be efficient.
- Simplicity and efficiency often go together.
- We need to educate ourselves about gear and its level of complexity so that we can make quality decisions about the gear we trust our lives to.
One of the best ways to make our defensive gear efficient is by selecting efficient gear up front and then become efficient in using that gear. Train with that simple defensive handgun. Practice with that simple defensive handgun. Spend your money on ammo and instruction. You will find yourself well ahead of the curve.
Good defensive gear needs to be evaluated beyond the price tag.
The price of quality defensive gear rarely reflects its ability to do its job. In addition, the true cost of gear is rarely tied in to the price tag alone.
Efficiency in stopping the threat is our goal and efficiency is rarely related to or reflected in the price tag of defensive tools.
- The cost of defensive tools rarely ends with the cost of the primary tool. Make sure to consider accessory costs.
- Also consider additional maintenance and care that some defensive tools could require.
- More complex tools take more time, effort and energy to master. Consider your time as an important factor in the overall cost of an item.
- Look for significant gains when evaluating new gear. While seconds count in violence, spending your resources on training instead of the newest gear probably has a better pay out.
Defensive gear can be motivational.
Defensive tools that are fun to train with, carry and care for can motivate you to train more often and with more vigor.
Having the right tools inspires confidence and confidence could be the greatest defensive asset you have. Invest enough resources to make sure that your gear inspires confidence.
- Don’t make the mistake that more $ = more confidence. You need to seek gear that works.
- Consider your context and make sure you select gear that works for you.
- When all else is equal, select the gear you like. If you like it, your will train more, gain more skills and more confidence.