Keep Moving, Whenever You Are

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’m not sure why this picture was taken. It may have been for my original blog project, maybe about appendix carrying a 1911.

I do know it was taken in 2009.

There’s a lot going on in this picture, a lot that I would consider “wrong” today and I am sure is going to generate some ridicule from my peers as well as the usual Internet warlords.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • I’m appendix carrying a 1911 Officer model with a 3″ barrel in a Blackhawk soft holster.
  • I am wearing a “fashion” quality thin leather belt that was not made to support gear.
  • I’m not wearing an undershirt, so the pistol and mag carrier are resting against my skin.
  • At this point my training was single source ; I’d attended a few courses from instructors at Suarez International. I strongly believe that students should train with many different schools. I still follow and practice a lot of the SI stuff, and am grateful for their training, but I was one dimensional in regards to my viewpoints.

I’m only proud of two things in this picture: my physical condition and that I knew my journey had just started.

I was at the beginning of a road, and I had to keep moving.

A lot has changed about my self reliance skills and tools in the last 8 years.

I’ve acquired a much wider skillset since this photo was taken, and the tools I carry in my mind and on my person reflect that.

I have a purpose built gun belt from Wilderness Tactical. I’ve used different Kydex holsters as my handguns and needs changed. I also carry a Clinch Pick knife on my belt, and a TDI KABAR in my pocket, along with OC spray from ASP. I also carry medical gear in my pocket, and a second set on my ankle.

Since this photo was taken I’ve accumulated training across several disciplines from several schools. From trauma care, to verbal skills with unknown contacts, to active shooter engagement and more, I’ve continued to study with multiple instructors in each area of self reliance.

Additionally, at the time of this photo my main purpose of writing about guns and holsters was to review products. That was my purpose of my second blog — reviews about all sorts of stuff.

I obviously still review things, but my overall mission is to share information about training, and encourage people to go into public armed with knowledge and tools that they know how to use.

I started Jiu-jitsu last August, and I am not very good at it. But I didn’t expect to be, and I know that learning a new skill takes time. So we keep moving forward, no matter how slow or fast the pace may be.

Sometimes when I talk with new students they are embarrassed that they don’t know a bunch of stuff, or have owned guns for years without taking a fight-focused training class, etc.

Don’t do that to yourself. It doesn’t matter what part of the road you’re on, as long as you keep moving.

I’m not proud of what’s in this photo, but I am proud that I continued to move.

Things change. We should change. We should continue to learn new things, relearn old things from new people, and experiment.

About the Author:

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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