More Lessons From Ukraine – If you read my previous blog about some of the lessons to be learned from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I provided multiple examples as to lessons we can apply here. Those were the importance of never giving up your right to self defense, being the grey man, as well as the governments fluid support or hatred of firearms based off their own political survivability. However, as the events continue to unfold there are several more lessons we can take from this event and apply it to the US.
The importance of maintenance and supply:
Over the last 24-36 hours, we have seen what appears to be the Russian forces stalling out on their attack, losing momentum allowing the Ukrainian military to defend their positions, consolidate and target the invading forces. It has been widely reported that this is likely due to maintenance of their equipment and supplies, such as fuel. While this may appear to be not applicable to the US populace, it can be drawn in parallel to carrying a firearm for our own protection.
First point is your firearm, the holster it is in, belt and other carry related items should be maintained and in good working condition. A firearm is no good if it is rusted, rounds can’t feed, or the barrel is caked with carbon. Similarly, your holster must be in good working order, which if its Kydex, you likely have more to check as I have had several rattles loose from wear, thus reducing the retention. You won’t find that issue with our Roughneck, Relic or Original holsters don’t have that issue. And if you are reusing that belt that you’ve had since you were in college and have added a few holes on to make it fit, replace it with one of the Double Shot gun belts we have here.
The second portion we can talk to is supply. Tanks don’t run on hopes and dreams, and neither does your firearm. While FBI statistics state that citizen involved shootings typically are resolved in under 7 rounds, I am a big fan of having extra. Just like a tank, without what makes it work (bullets) your handgun is a paperweight. I always carry and extra magazine and can’t recommend our ammo holsters enough.
Function over form:
We have seen from the combat footage that the Russian armor has been seeing heavy losses. Why is that? They are supposed to be the premier weapon system, and in many respects, they are…in their time in place. Armor is great in open terrain, but not good for urban warfare. This is the same for choosing both the round and type of your carry gun. I love a beautiful wheel gun, but if I am going after grizzly, I might want to reconsider my 38SPL. You may love your full-size Glock, but the location you are going to carry may require you to reconsider the correct tool for the job.
Author: Ian Bolser