What’s great about Wednesday, you ask? Why, the great articles on self defense and preparedness that I have for you, of course!
Mr. Wilson and the car prowler
Man sees teenager rifling through his car and goes out with his gun to confront said teenager. He decides to hold the teenager at gunpoint while they wait for the cops to arrive, and when the teenager decides to flee the man shoots the teenager in the back. Now the man is charged with first degree assault (he’s lucky; if the kid had died, he’d be facing manslaughter at the very least.) This is a sobering example of how a situation can escalate far beyond one’s knowledge, capability, and judgement — particularly when bad choices (the introduction of the gun into a simple misdemeanor property crime) are made at the outset.
Bugging out: the transport issues
As you may know, I’m not a fan of the ‘bug-out’ concept except in some very specific instances. First is the problem of exactly where to go; then you have to figure out how you’re going to get there in one piece. This article, although not written as a critique of the bug-out concept, does have an enlightening enumeration of the problems inherent in the travel part of the process.
Gear focus: The Steyr AUG rifle
Over the last year I’ve gotten numerous emails that ask, essentially, if I wouldn’t consider posting a few more gear-oriented articles in the Reading List. I’ve consciously avoided too many such topics, mainly because the concepts which underlie self defense, home security, and preparedness are largely independent of the gear used. I do understand the desire to know more about what’s available in the marketplace, and to that end I’ll share this article on the capabilities of the Steyr AUG bullpup rifle — a gun that’s found a place in my preparedness over the last several years.
Dealing with rifle slings in storage
Great article about the problems encountered with rifle slings in the safe and around other rifles. I have only one minor disagreement with the author, which revolves around the statement “slings are too important to go without”; I don’t think that’s always true, particularly in the home defense context, and submit that one good option is to simply not have a sling on the rifle in the first place. (I go into this discussion in some depth in my next book about using the rifle in self defense; I’ll have more to say about that in a few weeks!) If you choose to have a sling, the author’s recommendations on how to secure them are good and worth considering.
A very common ruse used by street criminals is asking questions of their target; things like “got a cigarette?”, “got a match?”, or asking what time it is, are designed to catch the victim off guard and, if possible, divert their attention to getting the requested item or looking at their watch for the time. Greg Ellifritz has a good, all-purpose response to these questions and why it’s important for you to do so, too.
If you live in a rural area, you need to read this
‘Casing’ a house in a rural area requires a little more creativity than it does in the city. Strangers stick out like sore thumbs in less-populated areas, and locals tend to know each other. How, then, does an enterprising burglar or home invasion attacker figure out which houses are suitable targets? Here are a few of the more common ploys, and one that isn’t too common but is surprisingly effective.
Groin strikes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be
Sorry for the crass pun, but combatives expert Cecil Burch has something to say about them — and why he doesn’t teach them. Cecil is the “quiet guy” in the defensive training world; he’s got a phenomenal background but doesn’t tend to blow his own horn about it. When he talks, though, you should listen! (If you’d like to hear more from Cecil, he’ll be on my Training Talk show at Personal Defense Network next week — Thursday, February 15th. Be sure to tune in to hear one of the best in the business talk about knife defense — and I’ll be there, too!)
– Grant Cunningham
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