Defensive shooter Rob Pincus of PDN and competition shooter Rob Leatham of Team Springfield discuss differences in equipment between the defensive and competition worlds.
Competition shooters care about the score, and to that end, Rob Leatham would do anything to his equipment that would result in a better score. The guns and gear (such as holsters) that he started off with were perfectly fine for practical purposes, but as he began to care more and more about gaining the tiniest advantage over other competitors, any concern for what was practical in a pistol became unimportant.
An example of this is optical sights added to handguns. The two Robs talk about the positives and negatives of adding an optical sight to a handgun and whether it’s worth the money. It all depends on what you are training for — competition or defensive use.
Today’s technology has resulted in gear that is capable of doing things we may not need. Always make sure you’re training the right skills in the right way for your context.