You Might Unknowingly Be A Cosplayer

When most people think of “cosplay” they’ll think of the folks that get dressed up for the Renaissance Festival or a comic book convention. The truth is that cosplay is way more common than that. For some folks their cosplay is insisting on a full duty loadout, even though they work a white collar office job. For others it’s that they say their pocket knife is a defensive tool, even if they’ve done 0 edged weapons training. For others still it’s something entirely different, and they go full ham trying to elevate their style by immediately jumping to jackets & ties in bold colors & patterns. The common thread among all of these is a desire to immediately rush out and buy a solution without the requisite level of thought & analysis. Mission drives the gear train, and METT-TC is a thing.

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."