Caring for your defensive flashlight

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flashlight maintenance supplies

You do carry a high-intensity flashlight as part of your everyday ready kit, don’t you? If not, you should! I believe the compact high-intensity flashlight is the most useful self defense tool you can carry. It serves as a detection device, allowing you to spot danger before it can reach you; as a deterrent, using the bright beam to distract and disorient; and as ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 29, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

A springtime Hump Day List, featuring: a look at hotel security you may not have considered; making a drill for an active shooter at work; the safe way to deal with a home invader; making self reliance a positive activity; what pepper spray can and can’t to; making your passwords more secure; a different look at open carry; and a sad tale ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 22, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

In this week’s Reading List: how to deal with stupid people when you know them; the problems with using fingerprints for security; a look at pocket pistols; hacking the 911 system and why it’s dangerous; a flashlight saves the day; how to discuss preparedness with your spouse; what you should do with your kids if you’re attacked; and promising new defensive ammunition for ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 15, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

This week, we look at bad choices in defensive firearms; what not to do when carrying concealed; knife training for self defense; how to deal with the fear of carrying a gun in public; what to do if someone is approaching your car when they shouldn’t; and a non-apologetic look at a DA/SA autoloader article. Happy Wednesday!

 

Bad defensive firearms

This is actually a ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 8, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s Wednesday — time to get your personal security in gear! This week: an expert looks at “going to the ground” in a fight, and why you should consider grappling in your training; easy ways to blend in with the locals while traveling; how to decide between a rifle or a shotgun to protect your home; why a bug out trailer beats ...

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The hard truth about knife defense — exclusively on Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

Last night’s episode of Training Talk was something of a milestone for me. I’ve always wanted to have a candid talk about knife defense with Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense, and we finally got to do that — in public, no less!

Alessandro is an expert on the knife in self defense, and we talked about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 1, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s the first of March and the Reading List is coming in like a lion! Today you’ll learn about squib loads and how to identify them; how to deal with the HK VP9 magazine release lever; how to prioritize your skills and preparations; the medical skills you need to know to deal with life-threatening trauma; how to unload a pistol for beginners; ...

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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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“What is mindset?” — an excerpt from my new book!

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Parents protecting their children have the proper mindset

Have you ever thought about what it takes to make the decision to protect yourself? Maybe it’s a matter of simply reframing your viewpoint.

Here’s an excerpt on mindset from my new book, Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver:

 

Mindset

First, you need to make a decision: that your own life and the lives of your loved ones ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 25, 2017

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Another great collection of articles in this week’s List! Are tattoos a privacy risk?; how to deal with pepper spray if you’re on the receiving end; helping your significant other see the wisdom in preparation; how to deal with hugs when you’re packing; what’s involved with hosting a training class; a counterpoint on bugging out; how to use your car to survive a winter storm; and it’s surprising how dumb people can be when it comes to their own safety. ...

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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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Fort Lauderdale and the wisdom of traveling light

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Luggage weighs you down and raises your risk profile

Last week’s shooting attack at Fort Lauderdale Airport gives us an opportunity to look at risk management from a personal standpoint.

Airports are a favorite target of terrorists and are obviously attractive to deranged individuals as well. Part of the attraction is no doubt their status as a consistent no weapons zone; no matter where you are ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 11, 2017

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It may be snowing like crazy at my office, but I braved the elements to bring you these great articles! First, Cecil Burch has a great overview of the various martial arts for self defense; a look at a carjacking that shouldn’t have happened; I’m getting tired of saying it, but don’t shoot at shadows; how to find a locksmith when you really need one; how you should respond to that knock in the middle of the night; where to ...

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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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Things people say: “Thinking while shooting”

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Learning how to think is vital to self defense

I recently posted about the need for instructors to teach, and for students to learn, how to think during a defensive incident. Everyone agrees that it’s a necessary thing to do.

The problem is that many of the people agreeing don’t really know what it means.

Unclear on the concept

Case in point: someone sent me a link to yet another video of a shooting drill. In it, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 21, 2016

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It’s almost Christmas, but I’m still working digging up great articles for you! This week: what NOT to do when someone has broken into your house; hard-learned lessons from a violent place; Greg Ellifritz looks at using a fire extinguisher as a weapon; why stalking needs our attention; what happens when you don’t conceal your gun; cliques, tribes, and why they interfere with truth; and Rob Pincus has some thoughts on thinking critically about appendix carry.

 

Don’t be this guy. No, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 30, 2016

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A really interesting List this week! We start with geese as a defensive tool (no, I’m not kidding); considerations to make before deciding to engage an active killer; a woman is dead because of an irresponsible and untrained gun owner; women shopping for defensive handguns; what to do and what not to do at a drive-through; how to secure private information on your smartphone; and how to use that phone to deal with 9-1-1.

 

A feathery alternative to the Rottweiler?

I’ll admit ...

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EDC Trauma Kits and Reality Based Training on last night’s Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

I had a couple of great discussions with Rob Pincus and Caleb Causey on last night’s Training Talk show!

Rob talked about reality based training, force-on-force, and scenario training. Lots of people in the business use those terms interchangeably, but as Rob points out they’re not synonymous. It’s completely possible to have reality based training without running scenarios, and ...

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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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I learned something on Training Talk last night!

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Last night’s Training Talk episode was a great one!

My special guest was Klint Macro with The Trigger Presser’s Union, and we had an in-depth discussion about defensive preparations for gun owners. He recently wrote an article for PDN about the topic, but in our discussion we went further into the topic — and then he gave me a teaching idea I’d never heard (and never would have thought of on my own.)

No, I’m not going to tell ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 2, 2016

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Another Wednesday brings more great defense and preparedness information! This week: how to make a response plan for a terrorist attack; an armed intervention gone horribly wrong; some novel methods to deter people from your home; some online privacy and security tips; considering the dynamics of criminal attacks; preparing for a power outage; a great pistol-caliber carbine to consider; Greg Ellifritz looks at the need to recognize gunshots. Enjoy!

 

“Why” may not matter — deal with the problem as you face it

How ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 26, 2016

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Once again, a great crop of stories for you! In this issue: another look at defending yourself from someone you know; an alarm system that will cuddle and lick your face; expanding on the idea of training your kids how to respond; some Halloween safety tips; should you shoot a burglar?; the right way to clear bad guys from your home; Greg Ellifritz looks at how you might respond to a shooting in an isolated area; and Rob Pincus has ...

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Will your kids know what to do in an emergency?

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One of my recurring nightmares (probably influenced by television) is being in a critical, terrifyingly dangerous situation with my wife. In every episode of this nightmare she can’t see the danger coming and I’m forced to yell instructions to her — instructions on either what do do (“run!”) or what not to do (“stay still!”) Instead of trusting my judgement, she uncharacteristically turns around and starts arguing! She’s then promptly swallowed by the expanding chasm, or eaten by the devilish apparition, or ...

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Less-lethal defense options on last night’s Training Talk!

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Last night’s Training Talk episode was full of great information about less-lethal self defense tools!

My special guest, Jarrod Needs, and I discussed the various kinds of less-lethal defensive options: their strengths, weaknesses, along with the silly and the useless. If you missed it, don’t worry — you can watch the replay just by clicking on this link!

– Grant Cunningham

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 5, 2016

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Another Wednesday, another Reading List! In today’s list: learning to fight back; knowing where your line in the sand is; the police probably aren’t going to save you; what not to do when your attacker is in your face; getting your gun ready when you don’t yet need to shoot; a sad case of someone who didn’t understand when the fight was over; preparing for winter storms; and Greg Ellifritz teaches us to look for opportunities. Read, learn, and share!

 

Model ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 28, 2016

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Today’s Hump Day Reading List includes how to deal with negative reactions to your defensive firearms; why you can’t just run down people even if they’re blocking your path; pickpockets are very good at what they do; a look at specialized concealed carry clothing; Greg Ellifritz looks at self defense from a new perspective; how to escape a riot on foot; and Claude Werner points out that killing someone, even in self defense, isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 21, 2016

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More great self defense articles this week, including: Julie Loeffler takes a look at common concealment methods for women; a realistic approach to defending schools; Greg Ellifritz shows you what to do if your attacker has pepper spray; the Taurus Judge is a joke for self defense; how to tell if the place you’re in is about to get dangerous; why you should carry more than one trauma kit; and dissecting the post-shooting “scan”. As always, you’ll find something you ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 14, 2016

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More great information to keep you safe! This week: don’t take your gun off in the restroom; Rob Pincus has some resources to learn how to appendix carry safely; why martial arts aren’t the be-all, end-all of self defense; Greg Ellifritz considers the importance of medical gear in a class; teaching kids to be safe, not afraid; how to live with a red dot when your vision isn’t perfect; taking the collective mood of your environment; and how to buy ...

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Medical response options on last night’s Training Talk!

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Last night’s episode of Training Talk was great! I had a long conversation with one of the true experts in trauma response, Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics.

We talked about tourniquets, pressure bandages, when to teach kids advanced first aid skills, the kinds of injuries that can cause massive trauma, how to carry a trauma kit no matter how you’re dressed, and a whole lot more. This is an episode that could save your life or the life of a ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 31, 2016

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Wednesday is school day here on the blog! This week: how predators choose who to attack; window stickers might give you away; Cecil Burch says it’s okay to stay in your own lane; Greg Ellifritz has an important look at cultural norms and why you need to be aware of them; Rob Pincus talks about response planning for mass casualty attacks; parallax in non-technical terms; a story about a guy who understands the proper role of the defensive firearm; and ...

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