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 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 28, 2018

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It’s the last day of February and I’m finishing out the month with more great resources for your health and safety!

 

Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to be irrational

It’s probably fitting that, in some circles, I’m known as “The Revolver Guy”. I’ve written what have been called the “standard works” on the topic, teach one of the few national revolver-centric courses ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 21, 2018

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If it’s Wednesday, this must be the awesome collection of personal safety and preparedness articles known as the Hump Day Reading List. What do you know — correct on both counts!

 

Duplicate function, not form

Those who’ve read Prepping For Life know that I make incessant fun of the “two is one and one is none” philosophy; it’s usually nothing more than a ...

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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 January 10, 2018

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Like a bad penny, I just keep turning up — but unlike a bad penny, what I bring you every Wednesday is actually worth something! Here’s another great group of articles to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe from all sorts of bad things.

 

Pay attention to this before taking another shooting class

Claude Werner is fond of saying that gun ...

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More is not necessarily better, especially when you can’t take care of it

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If you have it, you need to take care of it

Any preparations you’ve made for your safety and protection — whether physical skills, gear and equipment, or storage commodities — need to be maintained to be useful. There is a cost to maintenance, and it’s one we often ignore in our zeal to always acquire more.

That cost may affect your ability to respond efficiently ...

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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 ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 4, 2017

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Welcome to the first Hump Day Reading List of 2017! Today I bring you information about recoil springs and why you should replace them; an experiment that shows just because you look doesn’t mean you’ll really see anything; how to spot someone impersonating a police officer; two stories about silly self defense “tools”; another story of someone shooting a family member in self defense; and how and why you need to pattern your defensive shotgun. Much more to come in ...

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Do you need to modify your carry gun? Should you?

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In the dim past (which wasn’t really all that long ago), if you needed to change something on your carry gun you took it to a gunsmith. You’d wait for him to do the work, pay him lots of money, and go home happy — more or less.

That was the state of things largely because making the available guns suitable for concealed carry and self defense required modifications. In fact, not all that many years ago it was difficult just to find ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 12, 2016

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Is it Wednesday already? Well, no fear — I have information for you! Today: a look at the problems with secure areas, especially when they’re really secure; an article explaining striker-fired pistols; a civil suit can be worse than the criminal trial; Greg Ellifritz shares how NOT to take care of your carry gun; Sheriff Jim Wilson looks at “scanning”; what training overload is and how to avoid it; some information about kidnappings; if you’re at work when a disaster ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 6, 2016

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It’s the first Hump Day of July, and I’ve got some great self defense and personal security articles for you: can you handle your own get-home bag?; Greg Ellifritz has some great tips on very discreet concealment; keeping your defensive revolver running perfectly; teaching children to stand up to bullies; why you need multiple medical kits; how the mainstream media is advising people to respond to active killers; and why the carotid restraint hold isn’t a toy.

 

How ambitious should your ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 18, 2016

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It’s the Hump Day Reading List! To start off, we look at a case where a police officer used his trauma kit to save his own life; a story of a man who shot a neighbor under less-than-perfect circumstances; the horrific incident that started one man on the path to an armed lifestyle; the myth of racking a shotgun; taking apart a classic Savage pistol; a comprehensive look at what cover is and isn’t; what you know determines what you ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 11, 2016

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I love putting together the Hump Day Reading List, because I get to learn too! This week: aftermarket parts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; the popularity of suppressors; concealable guns drive concealed carry; how to recognize when you’re being played; shooting through aluminum isn’t as easy as you might think; you are still not the police; what’s in a trauma kit and why; how to tame the recoil of the shotgun; and Greg Ellifritz looks at a favorite ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 3, 2016

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Another great collection of articles for you this week! Rob Pincus shows you how to take your guns with you when flying; Ian McCollum takes apart a Savage .45 pistol; a look at why safety isn’t in the gear you carry; how to recycle range brass for reloading; a detailed explanation of what “going gray” really means; how to keep your defensive handgun in perfect operating condition; and why 100-yard headshots with a pistol don’t make any sense. Read, learn ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 27, 2016

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Gosh, is it Wednesday already? This week renowned author Sam Harris expounds on self defense; we look at how people try to sell you fear, and how you can avoid it; Rob Pincus does his best to demystify the gun for non-shooters; how to keep your flashlight in perfect operating condition; a great article on the historical basis of self defense and why firearms are tied to that ideal; and Greg Ellifritz has some good advice about dealing with the ...

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Maintaining your pocket revolver: 8 tips to keep your defensive gun in tip-top shape.

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If my emails are any indication, there are a lot of people out there carrying a revolver in their pocket. It might be a backup or secondary gun, but for a lot of people — especially those who live in warmer climates — it’s a primary defensive arm.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that here in Oregon we don’t get a lot of truly hot weather. This last summer was an exception to that rule (I endured a record ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Dec. 9, 2015

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This week I’ve got another interesting bunch of articles for you to peruse: Defensive Daddy talks about keeping your kids safe around your guns; a real-world use of the flashlight as a safety tool; dealing with predators that don’t walk upright; an old scam brought back to life by modern technology; guns aren’t just for men any more; Rob Pincus on how flowers really do keep us safe, when they’re backed up by proper use of force; and Jerry Miculek ...

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An interview with Hamilton Bowen!

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Hamilton Bowen, the renowned gunsmith and proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms, doesn’t often grant interviews. When he does, you should listen.
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Hamilton Bowen is a name familiar to anyone who appreciates fine firearms. Through his company, Bowen Classic Arms, he’s become known for exquisite craftsmanship and unparalleled style.

(I’ve said, more than once, that he’s the only guy in this business who consistently gets the ...

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Do Glocks break? Occasionally. Here’s how to fix them.

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Despite their well deserved reputation for reliability, on occasion a Glock will break. The good news is that they’re easy to repair!
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It’s fashionable amongst certain members of the shooting fraternity to spout “all guns break eventually.” That’s true, but the trouble is that it’s often used to justify owning guns which break all the time!

Like automobiles, there are some firearms which are generally regarded as very reliable and some which ...

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Keeping the AR-15 (and M4 carbine) gas system running.

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I’m constantly amazed at the number of people who believe that the gas impingement system of the AR-15 rifle and M4 carbine is somehow a liability. So strong is this belief that there is today a growing subset of the industry making good money by adding parts to the original Stoner design in a misguided attempt to “fix” the “problems”.

Over the years (and many tens of thousands of rounds) I’ve not found the gas system of the AR pattern rifles ...

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Reeves Jungkind, 1927-2013.

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I received a sad email from Massad Ayoob yesterday; Reeves Jungkind, Python ‘smith extraordinaire, has died.

For those of you not familiar with the name, Reeves Jungkind was generally regarded as one of the true masters of the arcane Colt revolver action. He, along with Fred Sadowski and Jerry Moran, were the Three Musketeers of Colt tuning: you’d be hard-pressed to find any people better than they, and their work became almost legendary. Sadowski died some years back and Moran dropped ...

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The home made gun isn’t a new thing, despite what you hear on the news.

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There’s been a lot of angst amongst the gun prohibitionists this week, and the latest comes from the revelation that the first firearm made entirely with a 3D printer was successfully test fired just a few days ago.

The reaction from the gun-grabbers was hardly surprising: they’re moving to make 3D printed guns illegal. Of course we all understand how meaningless such a law would be, but they have to do something, by golly!

You may not be aware ...

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How to de-Cosmoline a gun.

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of dealing with Cosmoline, you don’t know what you’re missing! Cosmoline is the sticky, nasty, smelly but highly effective rust prevention grease so commonly used on military arms.

Some people really get addicted to the stuff; me, I hate it. I admit that it does its job remarkably well, however, and even though I generally admire things which work well I still can’t work up much enthusiasm for this!

Everyone has their own little tricks and techniques ...

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Inventing in your garage: where are today’s John Brownings?

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The other day over at Forgotten Weapons, Ian wondered why there isn’t more garage gun-building going on. Not in terms of putting together Franken AR-15s from parts kits – that’s not “building”, it’s merely assembling – but actually constructing guns from scratch, inventing new ways of approaching the mechanics of firearms function. It’s legal for an individual to do (you should research the laws yourself, but it boils down to not building an NFA weapon and not ...

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An update on lubrication: an authoritative reason to use food-grade lubricants on your guns.

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Last week I got a great email from a fellow who works for one of the major oil companies as a lubricant specialist. He complimented me on my article on lubrication, and said it was “the best and clearest explanation I have ever read.” That’s nice to hear from someone who does that sort of stuff for a living!

He related the tale of searching for lubricants for his shotguns, and found that none of the many ...

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Revolver malfunctions, Part Two: maintenance-induced failures.

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In the first installment we looked at revolver malfunctions caused by ammunition. (I’ve edited that entry to consider dirty ammunition, which can also cause stoppages. I recommend that you go back and re-read it for that discussion.) It’s important to note that ammunition failures are not the fault of the revolver and they’re not unique to the revolver (they happen to autoloaders too.) They do, however, account for the majority of revolver failures and thus must be understood and dealt ...

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Revolver malfunctions, Part One: ammunition issues.

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I received an email last week, a sort of complaint that I don’t write much about revolvers any longer. Well, I wrote an entire book – isn’t that enough?? OK, OK, you win – let’s talk about revolver malfunctions.

I’ve mentioned before, in more than one venue, that the revolver typically will have a longer mean time between failure than an autoloader (we’re talking unique failures, which automatically discounts those due to ammunition problems – which can affect either platform equally.)

The ...

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Some thoughts on round counts and reliability.

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What follows came up in a discussion about the reliability of 1911 pistols, but is actually universally applicable: to Glocks, SIGs, HKs, rifles, shotguns – and, yes, revolvers.

The context of the discussion was the validity of looking at failures during a training class as indicative of larger problems. It usually takes a form similar to “I’m not going to fire 1,000 rounds in self defense, so a gun problem in a class proves nothing; my gun is reliable enough for ...

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Ed Harris on metallurgy for firearms.

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(Editor’s Note: Ed’s back with an incredible article on firearm metallurgy! This originated as a reply to an email from a “DG”. Ed gives some phenomenal information on the metals used at his employer, Sturm Ruger, to build their guns. I think you’ll find it very interesting, if a little complex!)

DG: A toolmaker friend wants to know what types of metal are used in a revolver. Having read your posts, I figured you would probably have the answers. Please feel ...

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