Your Hump Day Reading List for August 23, 2017

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Revolvers, prepping, and more!

I recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Lloyd Bailey, host of The Armed Lutheran podcast. We talked, of course, about revolvers (and I get in one of my famous digs on the 1911 and its creator), as well as prepping, teaching, and a few other tidbits — including The Tactical Hippie! My segment starts about halfway through the hour show.

 

What happens after the shooting?

What happens after you’ve used your lawfully wielded firearm to protect yourself? What will the police do? How does the District Attorney handle the potential case? How long does it take? This is a good article about the delays that can (but not necessarily will) happen at all stages of a self defense claim investigation. Definitely worth reading.

 

A recommendation worthy of respect

A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet gun writer and retired Texas Sheriff, Jim Wilson. Despite coming from different generations (and with decidedly different takes on what constitutes proper hair length) we got along like a house afire, largely due to mutual respect. Jim recently did me the singular honor of recommending my book “Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver”, and you can read what he says about it over at the Shooting Illustrated website.

 

The sun is out — but for how long?

It’s still summer, but very soon fall will come to North America — and so will the rain. Heavy rains bring flooding, property damage, and sometimes homelessness. Now’s the time to plan how you’d deal with rapidly rising waters, and this article at The Survivalist Blog will help you sort out your preparations. (To aid in that process, may I be so bold as to recommend my new book “Prepping for Life: The balanced approach to personal security and family safety”? It’s designed specifically to help you assess your risk and plan your response.)

 

The Punta Gorda tragedy — blame it on YouTube?

You may recall, some months ago, that I commented on a tragedy in Punta Gorda, Florida. A 73-year-old woman, Mary Knowlton, was participating in a “citizen’s academy” type of event held by the town’s police department. In it, they did some force-on-force scenario training. The officer who was playing the bad guy had his revolver loaded with what he was told were blanks, but instead were live wadcutter rounds. None of the 13 officers present, including a Lieutenant and a Captain, double checked the gun. Officer Lee Coel fired several rounds into Mrs. Knowlton, killing her.

There were a number of tragic mistakes in this event, starting with lax supervision at the Chief’s level right down to a lack of any recognized safety protocols. What I wondered, though, is what they thought they were “teaching” the assembled Chamber of Commerce by staging this force-on-force scenario. Where did they get the idea? As it turns out, someone saw it on YouTube.

None of this is YouTube’s fault, of course. It falls squarely into the laps of the Chief of the department, his underlings, and the negligence of Officer Coel. (Coel and his Chief have since been indicted.) It does illustrate, though, why instructors need something more than the “cool factor” shown in online videos. Training requires a conceptual understanding of safety, along with rigid and consistent safety protocols. Lots of instructors in the private sector fall prey to the cool factor too, and sometimes put their students at risk. If you don’t understand the why of an exercise and how the activity will be conducted safely, and your instructor can’t explain it to you with anything other than “big boy rules”, it’s okay to sit it out — or even leave.

 

Identifying the real risks of travel

Lots of people worry about how “safe” their travel destination is. They worry about things like terrorist attacks, kidnappings, and other high-profile-but-low-occurrence events. In reality, you know what gets most tourists? Traffic accidents. Sounds mundane, but they happen. This excellent article from travel blogger Wendy Perrin tells you what you’re actually at risk for when you travel and how to reduce your exposure. One of the better such articles I’ve found.

 

Going for a run? Here’s how to stay safe.

The Spotter UP blog recently published this article on how to stay safe while running. Good, solid advice — though I’d reword #8 to read “control your distractions”.

 

How to be ready without escalating a tense situation

When I first saw this Personal Defense Network video, before I’d watched it, I thought Rob Pincus had maybe gone over the edge. “Defensive grooming”? What in the world is that? After watching it, though, I think he makes some good points. The idea is to get your hands into a position where they’re ready to execute defensive movements without telling a potential bad guy that you’re looking for a fight. It’s an interesting concept.

– Grant

 

Opening photo by Backpacker – pixabay.com (CC0 public domain)

 

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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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