I’ve found that almost everything in live can be summed up in the phrase “balance is the key”. Well, everything that doesn’t fit there goes with “it’s all in the wrist”. But for a lot of things, it’s a matter of balance. This can be a matter of avoiding “too much of a good thing” as much as it can be a cost/benefit analysis.
Unfortunately, a lot of times in matters of defensive carry or shooting sports, people leave all semblance of balance behind and go straight to one extreme or the other. For example, I recall seeing a video where an individual displayed his ‘defensive’ emergency gear. He showed off a rifle, 6 loaded magazines, and body armor, which he carried “because you never know when you’ll get in a gunfight.” A spare gas tank, food rations, etc. He advocated everyone carry a rifle and ammo with them, since it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. This reasoning can justify ANYTHING. Sure, I’d rather have a gas mask and not need it, than need one and not have it. Same goes for a translator that speaks Farsi, an anti-tank rocket, a fake foreign passport, a backup laptop, and replacement spark plugs and spark plug wires. Read the rest of this entry →