Thoughts from Class 6 – Changing Gear

The last BP2/DPS1 class I helped with at KR Training generated a bunch of thoughts in my head. I thought I’d make a small series out of it.

Gear

For many folks, DPS1 is the first venturing into that world of concealed carry, especially since one thing discussed in the class is not just how to draw your gun but how to draw it from concealment.

So there’s discussion of holsters, clothing, locations, all manner of things.

There’s no way I could write a simple blog posting to cover it all — there’s just too much information out there. But I did want to address one issue: that of changing your gear.

First, you should be willing to change your gear. Pick something and try it out. If you find it doesn’t work, do not be afraid to dump it and try something else. This might be getting a whole new product, or it may just be adjusting the product you have. When I first got my MTAC holster, I went through almost every possible adjustment setting until I found what worked for me. Yes, maybe the first setting was good, but I had to be willing to try setting two, three, four, etc. because who knows, maybe setting five was the best of all. Yes, this can be annoying and expensive, but this isn’t something you can do half-assed. For instance, as I write this I’ve learned the Werner Carry System isn’t working well for me and I’m back to the Uncle Mike’s grips and pocket carry for my snub. I’ve got an appendix holster from Comp-Tac on order to see if that might address the situation for me; it may, it may not, won’t know until it gets here and I can give it a try. But I’m willing to experiment until I find the system that works for me.

Second, once you find your gear setup, be sure to practice with it. My personal opinion is to be reluctant to change from it. I know some people who change what gun they carry and where/how they carry it more often than most people change their underwear. If that system works for you, go for it. I recently read an article where a highly qualified instructor was involved in a realistic training scenario; for the scenario he carried in a manner different from his normal carry. When the fur flew, what did he do? He went for where his gun — but it wasn’t there; he went for his normal carry location, not his new one. Monkey brain kicked in, he dropped back to his ingrained habit, and in the scenario he got killed. Take that for whatever it’s worth.

I grant that we can have different circumstances in a day that may necessitate us to change. Whatever your personal case may be, I’d say the key factor is to be practiced in your circumstances. When the shit hits the fan, you’re not going to think, you’re just going to do… make sure that things are ingrained well enough that you do right.

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