Your Hump Day Reading List for February 3, 2016

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Another great collection of articles for you this week! Rob Pincus shows you how to take your guns with you when flying; Ian McCollum takes apart a Savage .45 pistol; a look at why safety isn’t in the gear you carry; how to recycle range brass for reloading; a detailed explanation of what “going gray” really means; how to keep your defensive handgun in perfect operating condition; and why 100-yard headshots with a pistol don’t make any sense. Read, learn and share!

 

Flying somewhere? Taking your gun with you? Here’s how.

Not very many people travel as much as Rob Pincus does (at least, I don’t know anyone who does!) and as a result he’s got a lot of experience with taking guns on airplanes. In this extended video at the Personal Defense Network, Rob shows you how to properly pack your firearm and what to do when you get to the airport. He goes into great detail about the seemingly endless number of variations in procedure at various airports, and it’s there that his experience shines through. I’ve never experienced, for instance, being mistaken for a law enforcement officer and being given paperwork to carry my gun into the cabin — but he has, and explains how to handle that situation should it happen to you. Very valuable advice in this 10-minute video!

 

Taking apart a piece of history.

You probably know the story of the Savage .45 pistol that was entered into our military trials — and which eventually lost to the Colt/Browning entry which became the Model 1911. With only 288 guns made in total, you’re unlikely to run into one of these rare and historically important pistols. If you do, however, Ian at Forgotten Weapons will show you how to disassemble one in this informative video!

 

Thinking about safety in the macro, as opposed to the micro, sense.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: your gun doesn’t keep you safe; it’s all the other stuff you do which actually prevents things from happening to you. In this article, Dave Spaulding looks at a bunch of that “other stuff” and some things you might consider before adding that third gun or that fifth knife to your EDC. How many of them do you practice on a daily basis? (Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of the color codes he uses, but apart from that his thoughts are pretty solid.)

 

Reloading starts with empty brass. Here’s how to collect and sort it efficiently.

Lots of people — yours truly included — reload their own ammunition. Some do it as a hobby unto itself, others do it to save money, while still others do it because they can’t stand to see anything wasted. Whatever the motivation, reloading ammunition can make it easier to get in the practice you need to keep your skills sharp. This article gives you some strategies and ideas for collecting and sorting the brass you generate (or find!) at the range.

 

Living the gray lifestyle.

Some time back I wrote an article on the benefits of not attracting attention to oneself — being the “gray man”, in the parlance of personal security. In this excellent article at MOTUS, Clint Terrill goes into detail about what gray looks like, what the benefits are, and some ways in which you can go about making yourself a little grayer. It’s all about fitting in with your environment, and sometimes that requires both a wardrobe and an attitude change. He’ll show you how to do both!

 

Keeping your defensive handgun in running condition.

If you’re new to the world of concealed carry and defensive shooting you might not yet be aware of the necessity of maintenance. Guns are incredibly durable and generally reliable devices, but even the best machine needs some care and attention. Jim Wilson at American Rifleman looks at the basics of gun maintenance, lists some things you need to do, and even when to replace parts (and throw away the old ones!)

 

Plausibility. Some people really are starting to get it.

The defensive training world is often inundated with questionable ideas arising from relatively uncommon incidents. Recently we’ve seen a surge in trainers urging their disciples to practice long-range handgunning with the idea that they might be called to make a 100-yard headshot in a mall. With their pistol. While the bad guy and everyone around them is moving. It’s a foolish idea and ignores a whole lot of reality — in other words, it isn’t very plausible. In this article, Ralph Mroz  lays out his analysis of why this “skill” isn’t something you should be spending your limited time, energy and money on.

– Grant Cunningham

 

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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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