In STW Episode #10, I interview Greg Hamilton, Chief Instructor at InSights Training Center in Bellevue, WA.
A few weeks ago I drove up to hang out with Greg and take his General Defensive Handgun course. I learned a lot, and Greg shared so many insights about learning, survival, guns, masculinity and the psychologies of violence and self defense that I asked him if he would appear on Start The World.
Greg Hamilton is an over twenty year veteran of the U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces. He is the founder of InSights Training Center, and has trained over 20,000 private citizens, police, and military personnel. Though Greg has trained tactical teams and instructors internationally, his specialty is training the individual — the “lone operator.”
Greg stresses that guns are tools, and based on his extensive experience as an operator and an instructor, he cut through noise and broscience you’ll find online about handguns and shared with us the same gear recommendations he gives to his students. If you’re trying to figure out what to buy and how to get started, here’s Greg’s shopping list.
Greg’s Gear Recommendations
Handgun: Glock G17
Sights: Heine straight eight ledge sights
Holster: Kramer #3 IWB in horsehide with screws not snaps
Magazine Pouch: Kramer horsehide single magazine pouch (get the G19 one for both the G17 ands G19, the G17 pouch is too tall)
Belt: Most people will do best with a 1 1/2 belt. IMO the best is the Kramer shark/horse. You need to order the magazine pouch to fit the belt, the holster is adjustable
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