Thought for the day: A lesson learned.
After a training session with an instructor I admire and respect, we naturally started talking about weapons and the latest innovations in optics and calibers. He paused for a moment, then stated, “You know, I made serious error several weeks ago in a street situation, one that I was lucky to walk away from”. Now this is a retired former Tier-1, experienced instructor with a KM school, the guy is well trained, smart, and in shape.
Intrigued, I said, “how so?’ He said he had fallen into a “gun snob attitude”, one that had almost got him killed. He was walking back to his vehicle from his KM teaching and two perps walked up in the parking lot, pulled a handgun and demanded money. Looking pensive, he said to me, “you know my first thought? That asshole is pointing a HI-Point nine at me, what a piece of shit”. Now, my first thought should be on surviving, not his weapon choice. Having disdain for a weapons make does not make it any less dangerous, he said.
What happened, I said. Looking sheepish, “I gave them my “street roll”, around twenty dollars in ones. They said a few choice words and ran off”. “I was lucky”. Driving back to the hotel, I was struck by the story and realized I was guilty as he was. I remembered several times I was watching some dipshits and thinking that those AK’s looked like shit, actually dismissing them for some reason. You know, a dirty AK will kill you just as quick as a clean one.
I remembered taking cheap brands of revolvers and autos off drug dealers and thinking “what a piece of shit”. Stupid. Just stupid. A bullet doesn’t care whether it is fired from a Hi-Point or a Kimber, it will kill all the same. Don’t let “weapons snobbery” cause you let your guard down.