How do you find self-defense blogs that are worth reading?

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There is no end of information on the ‘net regarding self defense, personal security, prepping, and other self-reliance topics. How do you find the usable needles in all those stacks of hay?

It’s no secret that the internet is chock full of information: good, bad, and ugly. It’s served to get rid of some of the most egregiously outlandish stuff that was common before the world wide web came into being (for instance, I no longer encounter recommendations to fill hollowpoint cavities with mercury, which used to be a staple of certain self-proclaimed experts back in the ’90s!)

Unfortunately the more believable, but just as nonsensical (and sometimes actually dangerous) stuff is still out there. There are still people teaching and promoting outdated material, and there are still people inventing new things without really thinking them through. For each of these you can find a blogger (or ten) willing to talk about it.

That’s why I started my original blog, and then split all of the self-defense-related talk to the one you’re reading now: because I felt that it a voice of logic and reason was needed to counter some of the ridiculousness that pervades the web. I’m not the only one, however, and there are some other bloggers I’ve come to like and often trust, even if they don’t always agree with me!

From time to time I’ll share those with you. Today, I’d like to direct your attention to a brand new blog from a well established — if not well known — teacher in the firearms world: Claude Werner.

Claude was formerly the Chief Instructor at the Rogers Shooting School, which is one of the most well-regarded institutions in the business. Rogers is renowned for a laser-like focus on the mechanics of precision handgun shooting and it’s fair to say that a certificate from them is a testament that you can shoot a handgun really well. While the general public may not recognize the name, it’s safe to say that anyone in the industry who doesn’t isn’t really “in the industry”!

Claude’s day job is as a researcher and analyst for large corporations. He approaches self defense, and defensive shooting, with the hard-nosed perspective that all such professionals have: he likes to see quantifiable data, not mere opinion. That makes him relatively unique in the defensive shooting world, as he’s always questioning the assumptions that underlie people’s opinions. He’s not afraid to confront conventional wisdom nor ego-drive opinion, and he sometimes arrives at unconventional conclusions that fit the facts better than the more conventional wisdom ever did.

I consider Claude to be one of a handful of truly original and progressive thinkers in this field. Up until now he’s been content to post his articles over at examiner.com (a great site that’s been destroyed by horrendously bad pop-up, pop-over, pop-under, and just generally annoying pop-everything advertisements in an attempt to monetize their audience views.) He’s finally seen the light and started his own blog, appropriately titled Tactical Professor.

Since it’s new he doesn’t have a lot of articles up yet, but it’s a blog I’m already following. I don’t always agree with what he says, but it’s important to understand that can be said (and will be) about every blog I follow. (George Patton once said “if everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.” I concur.)

The reason I follow him is because he forces me to look at my assumptions and beliefs and ask “can I support this factually? Is there data to back this up? Have I analyzed the available data correctly?” I like the alternative explanations he sometimes proposes and love it when he barbecues someone’s sacred ox.

Even if you disagreed with every single thing he says, his blog would still be worth reading because of his relentless search for fact. We should all be so dedicated!

-=[ Grant ]=-

P.S: do you have a favorite self defense or self reliance blog? Share it in the comments!

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About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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