The list author says: "ItÂs not the gear that makes the "cool guy cool", itÂs the cool guy that makes the gear. You can have the latest toys, but if you don't practice with them, train with them, use them, then often times they are more of a problem than they are help.
Get to know your gear and your equipment. Know how to use it. Know how to maintain it. Know how to use it in the dark, the rain, the blinding dust, and in the middle of a wind storm. Know how to maintain it in the dark, the rain, the blinding dust, and in the middle of a wind storm. If it feels breakable and delicate, take two and now how to swap them out. If it requires batteries take more than you think you need and know how to replace them.
No matter what you use, be it from this list, or from the advice of a friend of a friend, keep the following mantra in mind "Train as you fight, and fight as you train"."
"This bad boy will light up your life, and as an added benefit blind anyone standing in your way. My only complaint with this light is that when used indoors (CQB) is that the "back spatter from reflective surfaces" is detrimental to your vision. And with its power, most anything is a reflective surface. It comes with an IR filter for those times when a bright, blinding, white light is unwanted."
"This light is subtle, keeps the hands free, and looks where you are looking. It does everything that a helmet lamp does, without making you look like you are going spelunking. Mine held up to dust, wind, rain, mud, and performed flawlessly."
"This knife replaced both my Paraframe II and my XSF-1 for my carry knife. It went everywhere I went, and with a little practice opened quickly and locked into place. The blade held its edge through mission after mission, sliced 550 cord, webbing, duct tape, and busted plenty of windows. While I never ended up in hand to hand with it, I'm confident it would have done the job there as well."
"This multi-tool beat the Army issue multi-tool (also a Gerber) like the proverbial red-headed-step-child. Its tool selection is perfect for clearing weapon malfunctions, taking apart delicate electronics, and snipping your way through wire (just make sure its not hot first)."
"If you are one of the few, the proud, the "lucky" to carry an M9, I advise you to leave it on the FOB. If by necessity you find yourself packing it into the heat of battle you can't do better than this holster. When you are doing face to face with people who might just be out to kill you, weapon retention is a primary concern, and that is where this holster delivers."
"These gloves didn't wear out like the Oakley's did, they didn't simply disintegrate one day like the Wiley's chose to do, and after getting broken in they allowed for all the finger dexterity I could ask for while still being fire resistant and sturdy enough to stop a knife. What more do you need in a glove?"
"My Oakley's SI Hot weather boots showed the abuse they took, fraying and cracking, while the BlackHawk's took everything dished their way with a smile and a nod. They were my boot of choice in wet or cold weather though I did find them a bit heavy and didn't provide for the same level of tactile feedback or comfort the Oakley's offered."
"Take care of your dogs and your dogs will take care of you. And these socks are very good at taking care of your feet. Wearing these may very well be as close to sex as your toes, arches, and heels are going to get. They are thick, prevent blisters, warm in cold conditions, and cool in the heat (as long as you remember to keep them pulled above your boot tops)."
"Bring your Yankees cap. Of if you aren't a Yankees fan, bring your Farve jersy. If you aren't a sports fan, bring something. Anything, that lets you be you. That reminds you of herth and home. Just don't wear it in front of the CSM..."
"Read it. He gets it. He's found the words I've struggled with. More than anyone else I've ever read (with the execption of Ernie Pyle). More than Yon (who's scalp hunting colors and taints everything he writes), more than Totten (prose too high handed and introverted) More than Kaplow and Galloway (axes to grind and agendas to advance), Junger really f'n gets it."