When shopping for self-defense gear, look for gear that helps you accomplish tasks efficiently, not for gear that looks cool. Sounds simple, right? But it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying gear for the wrong reasons.
Rob Pincus gets a lot of questions about what gear he is wearing, from people who’ve seen him wearing something in a training video clip. He hopes people are asking about the gear because they assume Rob likes it and has tested it against other pieces of gear and found it superior. And in fact Rob does prefer self-defense gear that is functional, affordable, minimalist, and does exactly what it needs to do.
Kydex Magazine Holder
One example of this is the Quick Clip, a kydex magazine holder designed by Brian Sabol. It came about because Brian instructs a lot of brand-new shooters who have no idea about functional gear or placement of it. Like Rob, Brian feels they need gear that is inexpensive, user-friendly, and gives the shooter options for carry. Good looks is not on the list.
Rob actually considers the Quick Clip kydex magazine holder the anti-good-looking piece of gear. It’s a functional piece of kit and it works. It’s not designed to impress the ladies at the range.
The next time you’re in the market for a piece of gear, don’t focus on how cool it looks or whom you’ve seen wearing it. Consider whether it’s functional and whether the minimalist approach is right for you — does it just do what you need it to do? You’ll probably save some money and save time by not having overspecialized gear that only works in one position or for one thing. You’ll have something that works and will serve you in both the training environment and for self-defense.