A rant about gear

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This is what I’ve learned during my service: War is chaos.

You have no idea what’s going on. You are always focusing on the mission, the enemy or on saving your buddies. Then, you focus on you. You cannot use overly complicated gear, you simply can’t. You mind is going at a gazillion miles an hour. More often than not you are confused.

The simpler the gear, the better it is. Your life depend on this.

Like Richard J. Machowicz wrote in Unleash the Warrior Within:

"Combat is an incredibly intense microcosm of life. In the space of a few minutes you can run the entire gamut of emotions—from fear to hate, from loss to triumph. It is an extremely powerful metaphor. Combat requires the ability to focus like nothing else. In combat, action has to be simple and it has to stay simple. Under the life-or-death pressure of an attack, even the slightest complexity will lead to confusion, and confusion can get you killed. Success in combat is about thinking and acting decisively, cutting through fear and achieving clarity in rapidly changing circumstances.

You depend on your gear, if it breaks or you have to think too much before using it then you are in trouble.

Let me say it again: The simpler the gear, the better it is. Your life depend on this.

So, stop trying to get the gear with the most features. Try instead to get the gear that will give you the feature you need the most, that will perform again and again, that will not break and it’s not complicated to learn.

Then learn everything about it. Make it into an extension of you.

Then use it.

The simpler the gear, the better it is. Your life depend on this.

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