When professionals choose their equipment, they pursue every advantage that gear can offer.
With the latest technologies, gunfighters are safer, smarter, and faster than ever before. Whether you’re a soldier, a police officer, or an American gun-owner, your gear is a toolset. Every pouch, pocket, and armor plate will define your effectiveness in combat, and even basic equipment can make the difference between triumph and tragedy.
Though most Americans are comfortable with firearms, few have experience with body armor or tactical equipment. As a result, gear can draw significant reactions depending on who you’re talking to. Some might view it as a sign of paranoia or ‘prepper’ behavior. Some might even see it as extremism.
In reality, both perceptions are flawed. If you purchase a firearm for self-defense, you’re already recognizing that human behavior is inherently dangerous. The purpose of tactical gear is to help defend you from those dangerous behaviors, offering you superior protection and responsiveness in times of crisis.
In many ways, arguments against gear are the same as arguments against the AR15: they’re both based on superficial appearances. Gun-owners know that a military aesthetic should not discredit protective equipment—especially when it’s responsible for saving countless lives.
Ultimately, tactical gear represents a wide spectrum of readiness and severity. As we walk through this guide, you’ll find that a lot of gear is great for camping and outdoor activities, so don’t feel like every piece of kit has to come in camouflage.