It is often said that if someone performs the basics well, they are an expert. We find this to be a true statement, especially when considering all things tactical. As you read through this issue, you will likely find something that catches your eye in the form of a rifle review, or a flashlight, or even Kyle Lamb’s revelations about two-point slings and their use.
These may seem like basic items for anyone who follows our way of life: LEO, security contractor, military, armed citizen—and we may take them for granted. So, if you are a grizzled vet, I urge you to take a second look at what is being presented. You might learn something new or remember something forgotten.
You will find several articles dedicated to armor, shields and helmets—and not in a “Game of Thrones” kind of way. These are realistic, lifesaving solutions dedicated to keeping the good guys safe and making the bad guys less effective. It gets back to the basics of personal protection.
Our buyer’s guide on individual first aid kits and blow-out kits may not seem as radical as a buyer’s guide on polymer-framed next-gen handguns, but consider that most people will have a greater need for such a kit when disaster strikes, be it a shooting, car accident or some other calamity.
We touch on training with a story about a force-on-force class. Part of the class is a basic primer on interacting with other people while armed. And, if you really want to put your gear to the test, check out what we saw at Cola Warrior West.
Getting back to the basics, we have two excellent pieces about using sights versus not using sights, using a red dot on a handgun and steering clear of them in favor of irons. Both sides have merit, and anyone who wants to become a better shooter needs to make the decision on which route to take.
There is a cornucopia of new gear we have seen recently and a buyer’s guide to mankind’s most basic tool—the knife.
We always strive to bring you the latest and greatest reviews of new products and training tips. At first glance, these may not appear "basic," yet give them time and put them through their paces. Using a new piece of gear, be it a rifle or trauma kit, will become second-nature as long as you start with the basic instructions. A new skill learned in training can become instinctual through repitition.
When in doubt, go back to the basics.
“... IF YOU ARE A GRIZZLED VET, I URGE YOU TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED...”