Don’t let your tools become weapons. Weapons have many uses within and outside this industry but I want to emphasize that in this craft they are a tool first. Your primary weapon is your brain that is fully armed and sharpened with the requisite training to know when and how the tool becomes a weapon.
I am afraid that many specialists have converted what we truly do into “direct action” missions. In saying that, wires have gotten crossed in their brain housing group whereby it’s almost punch/shoot/cut at all costs. When you are properly trained at the onset of your career the priorities of protection will never be second to terms like ballistics, mil-spec, FPS etc and will be dominated by terms such as consult, alert, shield/move or evacuate AND force continuum.
I will never dismiss the importance of tools in this industry and God knows I have my share. However, I am always reminded if the core principles of protection whereby if used properly it lessons the potentiality of resorting to my slung, kydexed or sheathed tool box.
This is not a hunting expedition nor is the craft a direct action industry. Gear is likened to football equipment – it’s the training and prowess of the runner that makes the difference. He eludes confrontation with his training. It’s not the helmet. That’s for his protection.