Once you get your AR-15, there are 5… actually 6… things that you must get, before anything else. It can get pretty confusing, and expensive, when you’re not really sure what to do first, or next. There’s a lot of pressure to spend tons of money, on all the latest and greatest, bells and whistles, that you probably don’t even need… at least not yet.

Make sure that first and foremost, you’re doing everything legally, and safely. Know your local and state laws, and be sure to follow them. Know the 4 cardinal rules of firearms safety, and follow them. Then, do your research before buying anything. Shop around for firearms, parts, ammunition, and instruction. Remember that safety is the most important part of all of this.

In this video, Kyoshi Dave Herman of Five Elements Tactical Training, shares with you years of experience in self defense, home defense, prepping, survival, Warrior Mindset, and plenty of gear reviews, to help you understand what your first priorities should be, once you’ve legally purchased your AR-15.

Five Elements Tactical Training focuses on Self Defense, Home Defense; firearms safety, marksmanship, and tactics, emergency and disaster preparedness, survival skills, and the Warrior Mindset… for beginners, intermediate students, and coaches and instructors alike.

Please pass on this information with your family and friends.
Stay safe out there, Warriors.


  1. Roger Hart on May 6, 2023 at 3:38 am

    New Sub from Sean Kelly CC. Great advice. Every time I go to the range, I see some stupid shooter pointing the barrel around like New Jack City. Training is key in Military and be the best and safest shooter you can be. Ty Vm

  2. Jeff Howell on May 6, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Great information.

  3. General on May 6, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Hidy Dave. That’s pretty good. 75 views in 2 hours. I like your content! & I appreciate all the various things that you do, professionally…& when you do BushCraft stuff, too.
    Bill, from Tn. 🇺🇸

  4. Gianni Wick on May 6, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Awesome video, Kyoshi. You bring up some great points. I like the short videos too. They’ve been cool and interesting. I’m glad you’re still doing your regular content too. Keep it up.

  5. danielszemborski on May 6, 2023 at 3:49 am

    Both highly entertaining and educational! Thank you. I was waiting to see if one of your buddies in blue was going to check on what you were doing, lol.

  6. Bung on May 6, 2023 at 3:49 am

    Regarding the thumbnail: no apostrophe on "ons". On is

  7. Squirrel Covers on May 6, 2023 at 3:49 am

    All I need is ammo and extra magazines for mine.

  8. Brian Holmes on May 6, 2023 at 3:51 am

    I would put the light on the side so if you have to rest your gun on something

  9. charles gillette on May 6, 2023 at 3:53 am

    I have been saying that for years Get the training then train more.

  10. jason hetcher on May 6, 2023 at 3:57 am

    Pretty cool video. I agree with almost all of it. I live in NY too, westchester county. The only difference i have is i zero at 36yrds. I learned it in the marines. It’s a good overall dope. It keeps you within about 5 inches from 25 to 300yrds. Perfect for a red dot. Removes the need for holds because of that 5in diameter of bullet dispersion. It’s perfect for center mass shooting. Looking forward to more content, subscribing

  11. SenditShop on May 6, 2023 at 3:59 am

    Only thing I would suggest would be barrel length if you go with a shorter barrel you can maneuver it around say in a situation with a police officer, he could get it out and into the fight just that hair easier, you’ll just have to go with a vertical fore-grip and pistol brace if you have a short barrel. Yes it effects accuracy but if someone’s taking a shot in a defensive case over 300 yards that’s murder anyways and a 9 inch barrel will shoot 300 yards easily

  12. 223 DMR on May 6, 2023 at 4:02 am

    I don’t have an AR platform but I have a mini 14 . I prefer the mini 14 I just more traditional but I believe the mini 14 is more reliable.

  13. steve stumpy on May 6, 2023 at 4:08 am

    I don’t need or want a sling or optic, because my AR-15 is not for outside use, but just for home defense inside my home. I have a sniper rifle for long distance, which I use only for hunting and target practice. I have a shot gun and 33/33 for hunting, and if I am leaving my house to fight, I am taking my AK 47 and a side arm, which I hope and pray I never will do. The M16 stays at home.
    They say gun don’t kill people bullets do, they haven’t seen me swing the but end of my Sear brand shot gun with wooden stock.

  14. Christopher Bunik on May 6, 2023 at 4:21 am

    Great information and video, thank you for your service. When training don’t forget about hearing protection. God bless and prayers for the blue line…

  15. Isle of Chocolope on May 6, 2023 at 4:26 am

    My condolences for you living in NY. Other than that, great video!

  16. Light of Ryga on May 6, 2023 at 4:27 am

    What a joke. "Its the law, you have to follow it" Ugh, no, you don’t. What about tyrannical laws that are unconstitutional? You follow those? It says clearly, "Shall not be infringed". It is your DUTY as an American to disobey unconstitutional laws. Its because of people like you that the laws in New York exist. You just lay down and take it. How Un American.

  17. Matt Chaffin on May 6, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Great info. Best advice was get training!!! Although I am curious as to what the stripper clips go with?

  18. Aaron Pruett on May 6, 2023 at 4:28 am

    THANK YOU for showing what I’d learned from my father that served 20 in the USMC and that would be the K.I.S.S. method.

    I’d also love to have a “Gucci” AR/AK BUT I’d rather have a nail driver I can count on vs the expensive option that could be following the law offices of Murphy’s Law 😉

  19. Kyo Foxx on May 6, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for this great informational video! 💙💙

  20. Sven Niacin on May 6, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Everyone should buy ar 10’s. These are five ar’s safer than an ar 15