2018 : the No Gear Year

| January 3, 2018 | 4 Comments

I will limit my purchases in 2018 to items required for training, or need to be repaired / replaced due to training.

Training Over Tools

This is a phrase we’ve written and said over the last few years, but we are putting our money where our mouth is in 2018.

Unless we need something for training, or break something, all of our self defense budget is going to training in 2018. That means no new guns, no new slings, no suppressors, no knives, no saps, no semi-trucks that transform into giant robots. Well, maybe I could bend the rules for Optimus Prime.

The objective is to take money I would spend on items I don’t need, and spend them on training. Training is always needed, even if that means revisiting the basics.

Training is expensive enough as it is. No matter where the class is held, the cost of the class and the equipment / consumables needed for that class can cost $300 – $800.

Travel, lodging, and having someone take care of our household while we’re gone can exceed the cost of the event or class by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times.

We’ve traveled for conferences and training more and more over the last four years. We’ve also taken more specialized classes, which are usually more expensive.

All of these factors contribute to the idea that we’re not going to spend money on gear in 2018.

There are some extenuating factors, however:

  • If something breaks, especially due to training, we will repair or replace it. I still haven’t replaced the frame of my G19 that exploded, and my Adidas Rydell bag is wearing out after several years of EDC.
  • If something becomes obsolete due to training, we may replace it. I don’t see this happening, but a good example was my transition from assisted opener folding knives to fixed blades a few years ago. Maybe medical gear?
  • Items needed to continue training. We haven’t picked Jiu-jitsu up again, but when we do we’ll go to someplace that will require a new gi. I think it would be disrespectful to wear our existing gis with Gracie Academy logos at a different academy.
  • Items as part of a charitable event. Last year we helped one of our training partners recovery from a fire at his employer’s tattoo studio ; we’ve bought apparel and accessories before to benefit people or humanitarian endeavors. This will continue in 2018.

So, that’s our framework for our No Gear Year. The main intent is to spend more money on Software, and less money on Hardware.

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Chris Hoffman says:

    My buddy and I were just chatting along these lines. I realized that I was becoming a collector instead of a user. I haven’t gone to a training course in a couple of years, I hope to change that in 2018.

  2. travis crawford says:

    That’s what happened to me last year more by circumstance than design. Mentally I just got so enraptured in training that suddenly I had training scheduled so often it just kinda took up all the time and the budget I had. No more cool things showing up at the door or being bought. Even stopped three builds in their tracks. Funny thing was it didn’t bother me, and through further retrospect since, continues to not bother me. Surprisingly to me, far more rewarding. And , that is a huge surprise because nothing was more cool than a new blaster and possibly the gear to go with it to me for quite a few years. It wasn’t on purpose, but by far the best thing that developed/happened with me in this realm of things.

  3. DavidY says:

    Definitely going to track shooting related expenditures this year, probably divided between hardware, software, and other. Nervous but interested to see what I will find.

  4. Dale says:

    Great article. After taking some initial classes in basic handgun and rifle, I stopped. You, and some of the other commenters, just confirmed a belief I had about myself, but didn’t want to acknowledge. I’m headed into the man cave this afternoon to compile a sale bin, with the money to jumpstart a training fund. Building stuff is fun, but a waste after a fashion. Thanks.

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