Your Hump Day Reading List for August 8, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of August — time to get your learning on! 

 

Is that “CIA Letter Opener” really undetectable?

Turns out that carbon fiber knives are, in fact, detectable. The author of this article looks at materials for undetectable knives, what works and what doesn’t, as well as looking at whether these are tools you should even be considering. Excellent information.

 

What if the bad guy doesn’t follow orders?

This is a good article from the Statesville (NC) Record&Landmark newspaper about an encounter a homeowner had with a potential burglar. Read it and think very deeply: had the bad guy suddenly gotten up and turned to run away, would you shoot him? Why or why not? What is the threat? These situations are dangerous — the better course of action, absent an ongoing felony crime, is usually to let him go rather than trying to hold him for the authorities. 

 

The “get home bag” for beginners

An introduction to the concept. I’ll add one caution: be sure that you can actually carry your bag (or pack) for long distances over rough terrain. I’ve seen a lot of 35-lb packs that the proud owner couldn’t have taken more than a few blocks (especially if hills are involved) without collapsing in exhaustion. If you’re not used to hiking in rough terrain, weight is going to be your most important consideration. Practice hiking with your get-home bag and discover for yourself just how far you can (or can’t) go.

 

Being prepared — to deal with the TSA?

What preparedness items can you actually carry on an airline? Here’s a look at one person’s approach to the problem. (I’m not a fan of the ferrocerium rod; the need for starting a fire is already covered with the allowed lighter, and it’s just more weight — and one more suspicious article for the TSA to confiscate. Keep it simple.)

 

Tourniquets associated with sixfold decrease in mortality

There hasn’t been much data available on tourniquet use outside of the military, where their lifesaving abilities are well established. In the civilian world, that kind of information has been hard to come by. A recent study on civilian pre-hospital tourniquet use, however, showed a dramatic improvement in survival when tourniquets are properly applied. If you’re unsure about the value of the modern tourniquet, don’t be!

 

Homesteading isn’t just for the wealthy

If you’d like to move away from the city for the safety and lifestyle advantages, but don’t think you can afford to, you should know that it’s possible to acquire a rural homestead on a modest salary. You just need to keep a few things in mind. 

 

Aging and defensive firearms

As people age they often experience physical and cognitive declines that bring the subject of defensive firearms to the forefront. When is someone “too old” to have a gun for self defense? This article takes a look at some of the considerations.

– Grant Cunningham

P.S.: If you haven’t read any of my great books on shooting, self defense, and preparedness, click on the link to explore the subjects I’ve written about. I’m sure there’s something in them that you can use — today — to realistically prepare to keep yourself and your family safe. Whether you like reading on an electronic device or holding good ol’ paper in your hands, you’re likely to find one of my titles useful in your life. 

 

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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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