Originally Posted by doc540
"separate combat equipment from civilian usage"
In my particular case, "civilian usage" actually translates to "might shoot every two or three months".
Nothing wrong w/ only getting out 4-6 times a month but some may shoot once a week and seek instruction 1-2 times or more a month in addition.
Good equipment is still good equipment and worth saving for or streemlining other "hobbies".
Gear doesn't make the shooter but it can help. I also feel that talent can overcome bad gear. I'd rather have good gear and talent. Working on both.