Your Hump Day Reading List for April 26, 2017

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It’s starting to look like spring around here — great articles are popping up! This week: sighting in your defensive handgun; making fitness a priority; some questions about revolvers; defeating a dog attack; some great hotel safety tips; how to use body language to stay safer; and time out doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on your progress.

 

Did you know your pistol needs to be sighted in?

I’m actually a little amazed how many people never think about sighting in their pistol. Many people seem to simply accept what comes out of the factory, but it doesn’t need to be that way! This article from Personal Defense Network will give you the basics of making sure your bullets wind up where you want them to go.

 

What’s your shape?

I mean your physical shape! Your first priority, whether for self defense or general preparedness, should always be to get yourself into better physical condition. Frankly, a very large percentage of shooters are likely to die from a preventable health issue than to ever need to use their defensive firearms. I’m not picking on anyone, either, because I fall into that category myself! This article should serve as a motivator for all of us to get into better shape now.

 

Some questions about revolvers…answered!

Sheriff Jim Wilson recently answered some common revolver questions. I especially agree with #4; while I won’t turn down an extra round in a revolver, if the choice is a lower capacity gun I’ll carry and a larger one I can’t, I’ll take the small gun every time. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t defend yourself with a revolver! (In fact, if you have one of those small 5-shot revolvers, you should have a copy of my new book Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver!)

 

What do you do against a dog?

I hesitated to link to this article, simply because I don’t consider the author to be a reliable source for much, but it’s actually pretty good. You’re more likely to be attacked by a dog than a human, and your instinctive reactions won’t be helpful. This article explains why and what to do instead. (His advice about covering the dog’s eyes, though, doesn’t ring true; once the dog is committed, it’s unlikely to let go just because it got dark. Other than that, it’s not a half-bad article. Definitely worth reading.)

 

Staying safe in your home-away-from-home

I see lots of hotel safety tips, but this collection is a cut above most. In fact, the tip about how to use online sources to check out the property is really good. My favorite article this week. (My favorite method to secure a hotel room door is the Wedge-It. It’s spendy for what it is, but it works better than any other door wedge I’ve found. I carry two of them wherever I go!)

 

Making yourself less appealing

No, I don’t mean to the opposite sex — to the criminals! Fact is, your physical demeanor is a huge part of your victim profile. As the old saying goes, “if you look like food you’ll be eaten”. This is a good explanation of why, and how to avoid looking like a victim.

 

Taking a break doesn’t mean giving up your progress

While written from the standpoint of a prepper, this article has a lot to teach us about defensive training. I see lots of students who take many classes, but never take the time to consolidate and practice what they’ve learned. Combined with most instructor’s abysmal understanding of how that brain actually learns and retains information, those students never really progress. If you’re taking time off, use that opportunity to study and practice the skills you’ve already learned. Downtime can be progress time if you make it so!

– Grant

 

 

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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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