A good rule of thumb when planning your attire for training classes is: If you wouldn’t wear it out to dinner with your friends and family, you probably shouldn't wear it to class. Wearing things to class that you don't wear on the streets is just wasted training reps. Train smart, plan ahead.
Anyone who's ever trained with me knows that the digital hearing protection I have are old school MSA Supreme Pro X. The ones I have are from 2009 and are excellent. The ones made today are tantamount to high-priced junk. I have no problem boldly making that statement because I know that I'm holding the proof of it in my hands.
If you shoot steel you'll quickly see a need for wrap around shooting glasses. Even though the bullet dumps almost all of its energy on impact, it still has just enough zip left in it to pepper the air with hundreds of small particles per round. These particles can get into your eyes and scratch your cornea quite badly.
After dozens of classes held in all types of weather I've come to the overwhelming conclusion that proper head protection consists of a hat, not a cap. Ball caps are the default tactical headwear but they offer zero protection to the sides of your face, or your neck. Sun damage is bad juju and should be avoided at all costs. If you come out to training you should truly consider investing in a quality hat.
After trying various brands of footwear I've finally settled on one that works well for my T1C Footwear. I specifically wanted something that offered everything I was accustomed to in the Magnum boots I used to wear as a cop. However, I didn't want to wear anything that had any resemblance to LE or tactical wear. I've found that the Merrell Ventilators offer everything I'm looking for and they also have a great twin brother in the Moab Rovers.
As is obvious, from my videos, I like shooting steel up close. I find steel to be the most efficient learning medium for learning firearms skill sets. However, from time to time bullets will fragment and kick a little bit back at me. I sometimes catch little pieces of fragmentation in my knuckles. Even still, I don't wear gloves when I train. There's a solid reason behind it. Here's why.
When I'm asked the question "what is the real world application of this drill?" I often think to myself "there is little in the training world that is real world." Yeah that's a loaded statement. What I mean by that is that in the training environment it's impossible to set anything up that is truly a one to one "real world" scenario. Training is comprised of a bunch of little training moments that have different skill sets involved in them that apply to the overall "real world" experience.
Trigger Control is one of those things that is thrown around like the whole 9mm versus .45 discussions. The fact is that when the fight comes to you all you're left with is yanking on that trigger as fast as you can. For a long time I have taught and will continue to teach that pulling on the trigger is just about what you have when it gets ugly.
Sight Alignment is one of those things that is talked about heavily but what seems to be lost is the fact that when someone is trying to kill you you are hard pressed to even see your sights. The big bad man seems to take precedence in situations like that.