I sometimes get accused of being “difficult” when it comes to discussing equipment. I don’t mean to be ;-)
I thought it might be helpful to answer some of the common questions I get here in the hope of getting us on the same page. I’ll also post more detailed thoughts on specific choices in future installments.
“Equipment”, in this context, will refer to the all the tools we buy as shooters:
And so on, and so on, ad nauseam, infinitum ;-)
Q: Does the equipment you choose matter?
A: Yes… but no.
Quality equipment choices matter. You should choose the gear that meets the requirements of the role it will serve. You also will want to make choices that work for you and not against you.
You also probably have a limited budget for these choices so it makes sense to choose wisely… the first time. ;-)
Yet, as much as we make of these choices, they are the least important things you will equip yourself with! In the Defensive Preparedness Triad, equipment ranks the lowest. As long as you choose something reliable that you can operate and will actually carry, you are good. Buying better equipment does not make you a better shooter or (generally) more prepared. Mindset and skills make the difference.
Let that sink in…
I say, stop worrying over equipment and focus on the more important things you need! You simply cannot buy skill or the proper mindset – instead, you must work hard to cultivate them. That is where the majority of your time, energy and budget should go.
Get to it. Do the work!
Now, that said, I do have opinions (like most everybody) on what constitutes good gear choices. Context matters, though. For my opinions to be even remotely helpful to you, we need to put them in perspective. That means we need to talk about your needs, your goals, and where you are in your development.
For that, you need to come and get some training :)