What Matters – Part One

by: B.D. Pruitt

Too much time and energy is wasted discussing and worrying about things that don’t matter – especially in the gun universe. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a hearty debate about why the 16 gauge is superior to the 12 gauge. But, in the end, most of what is said or written doesn’t matter. In the end, it is the individual – not his equipment – that makes the difference.

We’ve all heard, read, and seen stories of individuals who beat overwhelming odds to survive precarious situations. Their survival wasn’t based on equipment. It was due to determination and tenacity. In other words – mindset.

I understand wanting to stack the odds in your favor prior to any unforeseen event. I pack an emergency kit in my car in the event that it breaks down. I also have a spare tire and jack. But, when all is said and done, it seems to me that, during any event, whether the odds were stacked in your favor or not, it is the individual that succeeds or fails.

Stop wasting time and energy debating aspects of self defense that don’t matter. Stop wasting time practicing or copying tactics that don’t matter. Warriors have known for centuries what matters.

“The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplemental.”

~John Steinbeck

  • Mindset
    • Skillset
      • Toolset

In that order…

We will cover mindset, skillset, and toolset more thoroughly in parts two, three and four of this dissertation.