Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 11, 2015

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This is really a “Hump Day” for me — it’s been a hectic week! Not so hectic that I didn’t collect a few things for your reading enjoyment, however: Ian McCollum has a video about one of the very rarest Colt/Browning pistols, the Model 1909; Greg Ellifritz takes a different view of an active killer response; some myths about women and concealed carry; a high-tech way you might be helping people to break into your own home; some frank talk ...

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Your Weekly (More Or Less) Hump Day Reading List for October 14, 2015

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Happy Hump Day! I’ve decided to move the “Weekender” to Wednesdays in the hopes that it will help ease you over the hump and get you to Friday unscathed!

Here are some things I’ve found recently that I think you can make use of: what we can learn from the Umpqua Community College killings; a new ruling about self defense versus your employer’s policies; a young girl who defied stereotypes; a prominent activist perpetuates the stereotype that the young girl smashed; ...

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The Bullpup Rifle Experiment, Part 4: do they have a place in the home defense arsenal?

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You can probably tell from the contents of this site, and from the books, videos and magazine articles I’ve done, that my focus is on a specific part of the shooting world: that of private sector self defense. I bring this up because there are big differences in the skills needed (and the way they should be taught) between this and the military, law enforcement, and competition parts of the shooting world. There is some overlap, of course, particularly when ...

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The Bullpup Rifle Experiment, Part 2: what did I learn about bullpup rifles?

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If you’ve read Part 1 of The Bullpup Rifle Experiment, you’ll know that I started out this little project with a relatively simple goal: to find out what the bullpup rifle was all about. I wanted to learn what they were good for, what they weren’t, and perhaps even a little bit of why they seem to inflame passions on both sides: those who love them and those who love to hate them. Along the way I hoped to perhaps ...

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Incident Analysis: family threatened, attacker shot at home in rural Oregon.

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Oregon is a wonderful state, generally very peaceful and tranquil. That isn’t to say crime doesn’t happen here, however, and there is the need to be prepared — just like you would anywhere else. Today’s case comes from the Medford Mail-Tribune and offers some lessons to heed.

On the evening of July 14th, a man tried to break into the secluded home of Charles and Jeanine Buckman. The Buckmans heard a man — later identified as Matthew Durbin, a transient ...

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What can a foiled terrorist attack teach us about defensive planning?

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By now you’ve no doubt heard about the tragic incident in Garland, Texas. For those who missed it, on Sunday a “Draw Mohammed” Cartoon show was held in that town; contestants vied for the best cartoon in celebration of free speech. There were speakers who are active in the free speech movement, including a Dutch citizen who has earned a spot on an al Qaeda hit list.

Two men — one of whom since identified by the FBI as having ...

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Incident Analysis: Shot with your own gun.

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Lots of folks were out partying on Superbowl weekend, and Matthew Haight of Snohomish, WA was among them. After the game he headed home to his apartment, but what he couldn’t have known is that he was about to fumble a self defense attempt.

When he got to his apartment he noticed the door was unlocked, and he entered to find himself face-to-face with a burglar. Matthew instantly decided that he needed to retrieve his unloaded gun from the closet where ...

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What’s the best way to stop a burglar? Why not ask a few and find out?

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There is something to be said for knowing your enemy.

Imagine if you knew that tomorrow you’d be the victim of a crime. Let’s further say that you knew where it was to happen, how it was to happen, and at what time it was going to happen. Don’t you think that just might give you an edge in preparing?

Of course it would. That’s the value of information, and a recent book called Burglars on the Job by Richard Wright has ...

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A restraining order is a poor way to stop a bullet!

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Oregon City, Oregon is an historic town. It was the first incorporated city west of the Rockies, sitting aside the Willamette River and just downhill from Willamette Falls. The Falls necessitate locks, and the first multi-lift navigational locks were built there. In 1889 the first long-distance transmission of electricity in the U.S. was from those falls to nearby Portland, and Oregon City can boast both the oldest Masonic Lodge west of ...

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If the police can’t come, what will you do?

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All over the country, police budgets are being slashed. For some counties here in Oregon, tax revenues have declined so sharply that police patrols are no longer 24 hours per day. What would this mean if it happened in your town?

A recent story out of Dallas, OR — a small town west of Salem, our state capital — illustrates the issues facing many people who live in non-incorporated parts of the country: there ...

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How do you avoid a “friendly fire” shooting in your home?

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Sadly, it happens with some frequency: a family member is shot after being mistaken for an intruder. Can it happen to you or someone you love?

When I was young our family never locked the house doors; in fact, I’m not sure my parents even had a key! We lived outside of a very small town, one in which nothing every really happened, and one in which people left their cars parked with ...

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Taking a larger view of situational awareness.

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In the defensive training world you’ll hear lots of talk about situational awareness, but little about its actual meaning or application. In this article I’ll explain why I think it’s more than what you’ve been taught, and how to put it to work in a way you may not have considered!

Bryan Black over at ITS Tactical recently penned an excellent article about situational awareness — even though he didn’t call ...

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DVD review: Empowered Citizen Vol. 1 – Personal Safety in the Home.

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This DVD from the Personal Defense Network features Kelly Muir, the developer of the Wrong Woman self defense program, and Rob Pincus, developer of the Combat Focus shooting program, teaching you how to protect yourself in your home!

DVD review: Empowered Citizen Vol. 1 – Personal Safety in the Home
Presented by Kelly Muir and Rob Pincus

This is this first DVD in a new sub-series within PDN’s Personal Firearm Defense series, titled ...

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How safe is your safe? You might be surprised at how safe it’s not!

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 Owning guns is a great responsibility, and one of those is keeping them out of the wrong hands. A safe is one way to do that, but how to you choose from the hundreds of models available?
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Buying a gun safe is no trivial matter. We want a device (a box, if you will) that will keep bad people from getting to our guns, and usually to also keep those firearms relatively unscathed should fire break out.The trouble ...
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Incident Analysis: the case of the Indianapolis TV Burglar.

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A woman in Indianapolis had a little trouble defending her home during a late-night break-in. What did she do wrong, and what can we learn from her experience?

Marta (last name not given) lives with her two children in an older two-story home in Indianapolis. She has a gun for the protection of herself and her kids, but as we’ll see owning a gun isn’t the same as knowing how to use it properly!

Late one night she woke to the ...

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Book Review: DEFEND YOURSELF by Rob Pincus

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Home defense is a huge subject, but a recent book by Rob Pincus aims to make the topic more approachable. How well does it meet that goal?

Disclaimer: I contributed part of a chapter in this book; however, I received no compensation for that material other than a complimentary copy of the book.

Defend Yourself is Pincus’ first book that is not specifically about shooting. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly talk ...

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I don’t care what Joe Biden says, the shotgun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

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I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of the shotgun as an in-home self defense option!

I know this goes against every Billy Bad-Boy trainer in the world and even against our own Vice President, but though I have a shotgun within reach of my bed it’s not the first gun I’d grab in an emergency. I’ve trained with them extensively and even taught others how to use them, but I’m still not wild about them.

Why is that?

Let’s ...

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Is a rifle or carbine a good choice for home defense? Here’s how to decide.

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I recently received an email asking about my thoughts on using a pistol-caliber carbine or a rifle for home defense. Sometimes it’s a viable idea, sometimes it’s not — and occasionally it’s only part of an overall solution. How can you know if it’s right for you?

Self defense inside the home (which is a very different thing than perimeter defense, which happens outside the house but on your property) is a task usually assigned to the handgun, and with pretty good ...

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Can you really be convicted of defending yourself? Yes, when it’s not really self defense.

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The firearm is a lethal force tool that has a very narrow range of application. Knowing and understanding that fact may keep you out of jail!

It’s incumbent upon those who keep firearms for personal protection to know the legalities of the use of deadly force. The firearm, when aimed at another person, is a deadly weapon — and there is a pretty well-established body of law (both common and statutory) which deals with the use of that weapon. Not knowing ...

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How do you know what to prepare for?

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Figuring out how to keep you and your family safe can seem overwhelming, but knowing what you face is a good way to gain the clarity you need to act. Today let’s look at some of the kinds of information might be valuable to you in your quest for personal safety!

Part of the planning process for your personal security preparations is knowing what external risks you face. That information can help you ...

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If you think wild animals are dangerous, take a good look at your neighbors.

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It doesn’t take much for civilized society to stop working, if only for a short time. Think your neighborhood is immune? Don’t bet on it!

One of the personal security scenarios that everyone should consider is the prospect of civil unrest. Even if you don’t live in the immediately affected area, the danger of unwittingly traveling close to (or into) an area with active riots is very real – as Reginald Denny can attest.

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Assault Analysis: The Ramos Family Home Invasion.

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A household is missing a husband and father at the hands of rampaging criminals. Did it need to end this way?

First, please read the news account of how Richard Ramos lost his life. Then come back for the rest of the discussion!

Now that you’ve read the story, let’s look at this a little closer.

Hopefully you’ve picked up on the fatal mistake that Mr. Ramos made: he opened the door to strangers early one summer morning. Even his wife said ...

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How can YOU enhance your physical security?

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As I’ve said countless times, both in print and in classes, your personal safety isn’t just about buying a gun. Here’s some discussion on how to look at security in a more holistic manner.

I’m a “gun guy”. I don’t think I really started out to be one, but over the years it’s worked out that way. Why not? Guns are fun, they have intricate mechanisms and endless opportunities for accessorizing (which we all refer to as ‘customization’, lest we be ...

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How do you find self-defense blogs that are worth reading?

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There is no end of information on the ‘net regarding self defense, personal security, prepping, and other self-reliance topics. How do you find the usable needles in all those stacks of hay?

It’s no secret that the internet is chock full of information: good, bad, and ugly. It’s served to get rid of some of the most egregiously outlandish stuff that was common before the world wide web came into being (for instance, ...

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Answer this question: why do you carry a concealed handgun?

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A while back the blog When The Balloon Goes Up had an interesting article: “Why do you concealed carry?” That’s actually a more involved question than you might think, as the article showed, and I think I’ve identified one reason why that’s so.

I’ve asked many students (and prospective students) why they carry or want to carry (CCW) a concealed handgun, and the most common answer I hear is that they do so to “be safer”. While I understand the sentiment, ...

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Staying safe in the depths of winter

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The cold weather gripping much of the country this winter should serve to remind us that safety isn’t always about the gun, but you’d never know that listening to some people in the self-defense business!

One of the things I often touch upon in classes is the need to look at your personal security in a holistic manner: that is, that everything is interrelated and you can’t ignore ...

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Rob Pincus enrages America. And England. Is France next?

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In case you missed it, the biggest news event to come out of the NRA Annual Meeting and convention this last weekend came from an unlikely source: a seminar on home defense concepts by Rob Pincus. (Those who know Rob may say it isn’t all that surprising he’d make headlines, but with the election of a new and indiscriminately vocal NRA president intent on reliving the 1990s it was surprising the press would focus on Pincus instead. Probably just as ...

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