The “long game” of self defense

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It’s easy to think of self defense as a thing you do in response to a bad guy. After all, that’s what most self defense courses focus on: bad guy appears and you perform the indicated response.

So neat. So tidy. So precise.

And so misleading.

Self defense doesn’t start when the bad guy appears, or when he starts his attack, or when you make the decision to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

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I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 

 

Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?

I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 20, 2018

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It’s another Hump Day, and I’m here to share some more great personal defense and preparedness articles with you. (Which is actually redundant, because personal defense is but one form of preparedness, though  not everyone realizes that — yet!)

 

“People don’t plan to fail…they fail to plan”

A self defense plan (which is really just a part of an overall preparedness plan) is, I believe, ...

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When friends are strangers

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Let’s assume, for the moment, that you have a perfect teenager. He or she is always polite, gets schoolwork in on time, excels in extracurricular activities, has above-average SAT scores, and has never been in trouble at school — or anywhere else, for that matter.

This is a kid you can trust, and who has never betrayed that trust. You can rely on him or her ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 9, 2018

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Wednesdays are always better with great self defense and preparedness information!

 

Dealing with the verbally aggressive person

Not every potentially dangerous situation is a surprise. Sometimes they develop from your interaction with another person. Anyone who has ever worked in a service job understands how unhinged people can become over seemingly innocuous things, and sometimes their anger builds to the point of violence. There are some ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 11, 2018

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Is it Wednesday already? Wow, how time flies when you’re busy collecting great self defense and preparedness articles to share!

 

Training or practice? Why not both?

Something that the gun world often gets wrong is the difference between training and practice — and it’s not just a semantic argument, either. Training is where you learn new things, new skills; practice is where you rehearse and replay ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 28, 2018

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Another Wednesday, another collection of great articles to inform and educate about self defense, family protection, and preparedness!

 

Jump on in, the GPS water is fine!

There was a time when I was a die-hard GPS hater, but as the technology improved (and I learned how to use it most effectively) I changed my mind. There are times when compass triangulation doesn’t work, and times when ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 21, 2018

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Another hump day, and another great collection of articles to improve your safety and self-sufficiency!

 

How’s your food storage?

Having a stash of food to see you through an emergency has long been recommended (even FEMA and the American Red Cross say you should have food stored). Six months of food is a good goal, and a year’s worth is even better, but many people don’t ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 14, 2018

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It’s almost the Ides Of March, but I’m not going to stab you in the back — instead, my new camel caravan has brought information to keep you from being stabbed by the sharp knives of misfortune of all kinds!

 

Have you given this any thought?

Preparedness is more than just guns; I advocate an approach that recognizes the wide range of hazards you face, and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 14, 2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some Hump Day articles to help keep you and your Valentine safe, secure, and happy!

 

The best pistol you’ve never fired

It’s not exactly a secret that my concealed carry autoloading pistol-of-choice is a Steyr S9-A1. I started carrying its predecessor, the S9, more than a decade and a half ago; it’s reasonable to say that between the two ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 7, 2018

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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 ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 31, 2018

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It’s Wednesday again, and here are more great self defense, travel safety, and preparedness articles for you to peruse while you wait for Friday to arrive!

 

Is there such a thing as “too many flashlights”?

Probably not, as John Farnam explains. I’ll deviate from his recommendations just a bit, though, and suggest that having fewer but higher quality lights is really the way ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 24, 2018

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While everyone else is at SHOT Show this week, I’m hard at work bringing you great self defense and preparedness information!

 

When shooting schools don’t produce results

This is a pretty good article that looks at some of the reasons defensive shooting instruction often doesn’t deliver what it promises (or is expected) to deliver. I’m in particular agreement with #3.

 

Your gun does not ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 29, 2017

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November is winding down, but the great information in the Hump Day Reading List never ends!

Want to host a training course? Here’s how.

On Monday I said I was looking to teach in more parts of the country during 2018, and invited you to host one of my classes. I’m sure more than a few people wondered just what that entails and how to ...

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Real talk about effective church security

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With the recent attack on a church in Texas, in which 26 people were killed and dozens injured, many people are looking for ways to prevent or respond to such attacks. And there are others ready to prey on that need with bad or incomplete information. Everyone, it seems, is suddenly a “Church Security Consultant”.

As a result you can find lots of misguided articles and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 25, 2017

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I didn’t intend for this to be Revolver Week, but I did find several good revolver-related items — plus information on surviving wildfires, con men, shooting out of fear, why some people put off training, and more!

Are you prepared for wildfire?

This is the first of two articles I’m sharing about lessons learned from the recent wildfires in California. These fires, pushed along ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 30, 2017

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What’s in the Hump Day Reading List this week? A variety of articles on self defense, preparedness, safety, and responsibility — all aimed at helping you live a more resilient and happy life!

 

The unseen danger of blunt force injuries

There is a perception, particularly among those who have little exposure to actual violence, that empty hands aren’t really dangerous — at least, “not ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 23, 2017

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It’s the world-famous Hump Day Reading list! More great information this week, perfect for sharing with others.

 

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 ...

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There’s a difference between “infuriated” and “threatened”

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I’ve noticed a trend in the last year. More and more news stories are covering incidents where gun owners (usually with concealed carry licenses) use their firearms inappropriately or even recklessly. Along with this trend I’m also seeing more gun owners cheering them on, usually from a “get tough on criminals” point of view.

As it happens, more of these people being convicted for their ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 12, 2017

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Gosh, it’s been a couple of weeks since I put together a Hump Day Reading List. I apologize for the break, but life sometimes intrudes. Let’s get back to it with a pile of interesting and informative articles!

 

This is the very illustration of “negative outcome”

If you follow me on social media, you may remember my comments when this story broke last November. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 24, 2017

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Another week and more quality articles for you to peruse! In this edition: a defensive encounter where the good guy did a lot of bad things; how to make your training more realistic; smart TV warning; what apartment burglars do; testing you and your gear over a weekend; dealing with disruptive airline passengers; a Sikh yoga instructor uses a revolver and wins; ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 5, 2017

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It’s a short List for this week, but good things come in small packages! I’ll start off with an important article about securing your online profile; some tips about hotel security;  the courts have not violated the 4th Amendment rights of concealed carriers; how to institute active shooter drills at your company; and what to look for when you buy locksets and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 15, 2017

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Another selection of useful self defense and personal security articles this week, including a look at surviving your normal life; the real security risks of connected devices; how to harden your computer against ransomware; how to carry a trauma response kit; the tactical pen is dead, long live the tactical pencil; a simple security precaution almost no one takes; and finally a level-headed look at travel and terrorism.

 

Can you survive your everyday life?

I know lots of folks who carry all ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 8, 2017

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Welcome to another Hump Day Reading List! This week: kydex vs leather holsters; saying NO!; an “everyday grab-and-go” bag; some historical perspective on readiness; kids can be criminals too; carrying in a purse; and a review of youth model rifles and shotguns.

 

Do you care what your holster is made of?

You should. I used to be a die-hard believer in the leather holster: they look good, form nicely to the body for maximum comfort, and have that comforting smell. At the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 1, 2017

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I’ll start this week’s reading list with some shameless self-promotion: I’ve appeared on two different shows this week! Also: some considerations before you jump into someone else’s problem; your gun isn’t magic; don’t worry about what should be, focus on what is; how to handle “that guy” at the range; and how to avoid getting fleeced on your vacation.

 

I’m Famous, Part 1

Last weekend I appeared on Gun Freedom Radio with Dan & Cheryl Todd. We had a great conversation ...

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Think before you shoot. A long time before.

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Staged photo of crime scene

A sad tale crossed my desk earlier this week. It seems one Billy Williams was awakened in the night by one of his children, who reportedly told him that someone was trying to break into their house via the front door.

Mr. Williams retrieved a handgun from a safe in his bedroom and walked to the door. There were no ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 18, 2017

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This week: should you look while holstering?; a look at why the lever action rifle is still a good choice for defense; easy ways to protect your rural homestead; a simple way to look at knife defense; don’t let your mouth write checks the courts won’t let you cash; pockets of violence where people are scared; how one Frenchman handled a terrorist driving a semi-truck; and Rob Pincus has some ideas on how you can broaden your self defense. Enjoy!

 

Holstering: ...

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The Fort Lauderdale attack: it’s not the gun. Again. Still.

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Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim area

Just a few days ago a man with a history of mental issues boarded an airline in Alaska, after declaring his gun in checked luggage as required by law. He sat down in his seat and the suitcase containing his pistol and ammunition was placed in the cargo hold beneath him. When he got to his destination in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he retrieved his luggage, went into ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 23, 2016

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I know everyone is pressed for time this holiday week, so I’ll keep it short — but I won’t skimp on the quality! This week: why tiny .380 pistols are a problem; what to do when violent protestors surround your car; Greg Ellifritz has some lessons from bombings around the world; what you need to know about guns around kids; and Marcus Wynne has some good advice on teaching small children personal security concepts.

 

Ultra-Compact .380s: not what they’re cracked up ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 16, 2016

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I found some more good stuff this week: a look at mindset; how to properly lock the slide open on a pistol; being aware of the psychopaths in your midst; how to avoid getting stomped in a fight; some thoughts on security in hotels; Greg Ellifritz looks at surviving the mob around your car; and thinking about vacation preparedness.

 

Are you really ready to defend yourself?

I’m sharing this article because it has some great information on preparing yourself mentally for the realities ...

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