That’s What She Said: 2015 Review

| December 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

Resolutions Schmesoloutions…

On January 1 of 2015 I resolved to keep track of everything I learned. I wanted to see if it made a difference in how I felt about the outgoing year. Instead of looking back at things I had failed at, seeing what I accomplished would set benchmarks for future goals. I started a Pinterest board called “Shit I learned in 2015” and began pinning all of my small victories there. I’m happy with the outcome. So much so that I’ve decided to expand the concept to my firearms education. If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll be able to see my progress.

Best of 2015

SHOT Show 2015

What a way to start the year. I made a lot of mistakes, but I also made some new friends and found some products that are still favorites.

Vertx Commuter Sling

I have quibbles, but so far this bag remains my favorite option for off-body carry.

Force on Force training with QSI 

This particular class reinforced “trust your gut” like no other class I’ve ever taken. It’s super boring to watching me walk out of that elevator unharmed. Good. While we all understand that FOF scenarios are as artificial as a static range (you know something’s coming), they remain my favorite way to illustrate how hard it is to get to your gun even when you know you might have to. It is also the only time you can safely test new gear and alternative holsters, particularly one-way draw styles like the flash bang or belly band that neither ranges nor instructors deem safe enough for active live fire training.

Close Quarter Force-On-Force with QSI

Okay, so technically this one class gets two mentions. The preceding deals with practical aspects of the class, this mention highlights just how much this class scared me. I’m not a sappy person. I’ve never cried during any of the firearms training I’ve taken even when I’ve failed so hard it made me reconsider why I continued to try.  I cried after this class. The scenarios distilled every fear I push away on the daily and made me live in them all day long. I now know exactly what I need to work on.

I took some classes that challenged me more than ever this year. Rifle and pistol malfunction clearing and reloads one handed with my off hand is something I hope I never have to do to save myself…but I could.

I didn’t take much footage of  myself running drills this year, I’m going to change that for personal growth. If it interests readers I’ll be happy to share post-class footage in hopes of opening discussion of the good and the bad of my performance, and to show new students what they might expect when they begin their own training.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who trusted me enough to train with me, and those who reached out with questions and encouragement. Here’s to another great year!

 

About the Author:

The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd is a defensive firearms student, mother and advocate for pushing the boundaries of how we train. She believes that defensive training must balance context, mindset, and skill to be most effective. Her specialty has become testing alternative modes of firearms carry and best practices of less than lethal force options through rigorous force-on-force scenario based training.
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  1. Tommy says:

    Thank you for the tip on the Vertx Commuter Sling! I really need a spacious ‘non-tactictal’ looking bag, and that looks like the perfect solution.

    • The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:

      I’m so glad it works for you too. They have a new, more compact model out that I’m going to take a look at this year.

  2. kyliewyotie says:

    Yes the Vertx sling bag is great.
    My wife and I are both using them, as edc/diaper bags.

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