What Did I Changed My Mind About Last Year?

  1. The efficacy of pistol-mounted flashlights.
    They have a purpose, which is to identify that yes, that is the correct target you’re pointing your gun at. However, they are slow to activate, don’t have a brightness advantage over today’s flashlights and serve one purpose. Get a good handheld light instead, and learn how to use it.
  2. I don’t need all those spare mags.
    I carry one spare mag these days, and if I my carry gun held more than 8+1, I probably wouldn’t carry that either.
  3. Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?
    I used to carry two rounds on 9mm shotshells in my second spare mag. Hey, I live literally right next to the Everglades, and carrying some snakeshot seemed like a good idea at the time. I was wrong.
  4. The utility of hybrid holsters.
    Here’s the thing… Any holster that uses the pressure of your body as a retention device is going to fail in situations where your body isn’t pressing up against the holster. Can that happen while you’re laying hands on someone out to do you harm? You betcha.
  5. The utility of tourniquets.
    Over the course of this year, I went from carrying nothing to carrying an improvised tourniquet to carrying a SOF-T in a flatpack (more on that later). I made carrying a tourniquet a priority for me, and I was able to find ways to make it work.