In the time that I posted my last, I’ve taken TWO classes from Graham Combat and they’ve completely changed the way I’ve looked at the world and the way that I carry myself in daily life. If you ever get the chance to take one of his courses scrape up the cash and figure out a way to do it. In the meantime, go subscribe to his youtube channel.
I also took a class from Dark Angel Medical. Medical training, I believe, is second only to mindset training. You’re way more likely to use a tourniquet than a pistol in your life. Shooting classes are fun, no doubt, but I’d highly suggest some sort of advanced medical class beyond your basic Red Cross first aid/CPR.
Also, carry a damn tourniquet. They’re not big, they’re not expensive, and you can save a life. Doesn’t have to be a gunshot -any number of trauma incidents can cause massive bleeding. You wanna be that jackass that’s standing there at a car accident watching a 12 year old girl bleed out from a femoral artery because you couldn’t be bothered to take a class and learn how to properly use a TQ? As Matt Graham says – “It’s 2016 and the American medical community kind of frowns on people bleeding to death.”
Heck, the DHS even says to carry one in their new campaign – Stop The Bleed
I’ve also bowed to pressure from my friends and retired my camping Crocs. I’ve now transitioned to Chaco sandals. They’re insanely comfortable and while my wife keeps making fun of me, I don’t care. I have 4 kids and drive a tactical Toyota minivan. What do I have to prove anymore? I embrace my dirty hippy side sometimes.
After all, who expects the dude in the Chacos and the DMB t-shirt to be appendix carrying a G19?
Speaking of appendix carry, yeah, I get it. It’s not for everyone but if you are one of those who enjoy it, the two best holsters I’ve found are the 5 Shot Leather SME made by my friend John Ralston and the JM Custom Kydex AIWB. They’re both fantastic, just depends on your leather/kydex preference.
I’m planning on being around a lot more. I have a lot of crazy stuff floating around in my head that needs to be put to paper.