Remember when you first decided to carry? You were thoughtful and diligent in your approach to selecting gear. The same should be true when you decide to change your gear. Changing your everyday carry (EDC) gear is a big deal. This is the kit that you will be relying on to save your life, so you want to make sure every element of that kit works for you. One of the most important elements of changing your EDC gear is to make sure that it works for you before you need it.

If at all possible, you should set up your new EDC gear and practice with it before you carry it on the street. This goes for everything — not just a gun and holster combination. If you get a new flashlight or a new knife or an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) that hangs on your ankle, you need to train with it, practice with it and make sure it works the way you expect it to before you go on the street. I’m going to be taking the next couple weeks to “break in” my new holster, light and laser. But I won’t be carrying on the street until I feel good about it.

What Really Matters Is Performance

Name brand, price, carry location, style, color — those are all support elements to the real deal: performance. If your gear works for you, then it is the right gear. But don’t go cheap. Remember that your gear will be expected to function under dynamic and demanding conditions. It should be comfortable and durable, but it also has to perform every time it is needed. Price, style and color are negotiable. Performance is not.

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