ODDS vs. STAKES: WHICH MATTERS MORE? Balancing Your Lifestyle w/ Preparing for Sentinel Events

We’ve all heard the expression used. Generally it’s when someone is insisting that you HAVE to carry a full sized handgun (preferably with a +5 mag extension), at least one spare mag, a backup gun, a fighting knife, and there’s usually some kind of gimmicky impact weapon in the mix too.

If these same people truly subscribed to this mantra, they’d be in peak physical condition, drive the safest vehicle as they could as little as possible, and live such risk averse lives that there’d be question as to whether they were actually alive or not!

The fact is that it’s both. Everything we do is a balancing act, making sure that we’re not taking undue risks, and the ones we do assume are calculated and mitigated as much as we realistically can.

Yes, given a choice I’ll always opt for my dotted G19 above anything else in the inventory, however there are circumstances where trying to cram that solution into the equation would be inappropriate or unrealistic.

Just as with “it works for me”, if there’s a clearly articulable reason for what you’re doing, and you’re taken an honest assessment of your needs and knowledge, skillset and abilities, then run with it. But don’t expect to be taken at face value just because it hasn’t failed for you YET.

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."