Your Hump Day Reading List for August 15, 2018

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We may be in the dog days of summer, but I don’t think you’ll find any dogs in this week’s selection of defensive preparedness articles! 

 

Uber scams? Say it’s not so!

This year I finally became an Uber user and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Turns out, though, that there are scams Uber drivers can (and do) pull on people. Here are the most common ...

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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 ...

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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 July 25, 2018

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I haven’t let this heat wave stop me from gathering more great self defense and preparedness articles for you! (Now, where did that iced tea go…)

 

The gun shouldn’t be the first thing you grab

“I don’t need to identify my target, because I can tell my girlfriend’s steps from an intruder in the dark”.  Someone actually told me that, in explanation for not having ...

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Self defense, quantum physics, and negative outcomes

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The great physicist Werner Heisenberg is responsible for describing a very interesting phenomenon in quantum physics: our observations effect the behavior of quanta (quantum particles). In other words, by simply observing an experiment, it’s possible that we inadvertently change the outcome.

Quantum physics gets really weird after that, but this is as far we need to go. For now.

Doing it means you won’t need to do ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 18, 2018

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Wow, is it ever hot here in Oregon! If it’s scorching where you are, cool off with a nice beverage and these great articles!

 

This is a scary story, and you need to read it

This is an article about how a photographer gets access to make pictures at the top of high-rise buildings. But it’s not a photography article! The reason it’s interesting and ...

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What if nothing happens?

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No matter what the preparedness focus, be it just self defense or a full-blown disaster, in the back of everyone’s mind is a little voice that wonders if they’re not being just a little silly.

“After all”, the little voice says, “you’re spending a lot of your time, energy, and money on something you don’t know for sure will ever come to pass. What if it ...

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The best defense is still not being there

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A few weeks back I wrote an article on why I don’t entertain the notion of “what-if” scenarios. If you haven’t read it, you should.

On a somewhat related note, I also don’t entertain the notion of the foregone conclusion scenario. It’s the one that presupposes a specific outcome or a specific event in an effort to support a particular conclusion. For instance, I was going ...

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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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The fishing hook fantasy

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Why do so many survival kit suggestions have fishing gear in them?

Over the years I’ve noticed that survival/escape/bugout/get-home kit contents always seem to include fishing gear. I don’t mean poles, reels, and aluminum boats with fish-finding radar, but hooks, line, and perhaps some weights.

The idea is that if you’re stranded somewhere you can pull out the hooks, attach them to some line, and drop them ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 14, 2018

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Wednesday the 13th is extra lucky, and I’ll prove it by sharing some really great articles to help keep you and your family safer and more secure!

 

I wish I’d written this. It’s that good.

This article from the Preparedness Advice blog is pure gold. The author looks at five pieces of common preparedness advice and takes each one apart, and I agree with just ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 6, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of June? Why, let’s celebrate with some great self defense, personal safety, and family preparedness articles!

 

How will you protect your children?

When you have children, defense planning gets substantially more complicated. The younger they are, the more impact they have. This article looks at the five biggest myths people have about keeping their kids safe, and it’s worth reading.

 

Can you ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 30, 2018

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This week I bring you more great articles to help you and your loved ones live safer lives. Why not grab a beverage and do some reading?

 

Gun thefts happen — too often

An introduction to some of the ways to keep your guns from being stolen. (Frankly, I wish the author had simply said “never keep guns in your car, period.” I realize that ...

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Can buying less actually give you more safety?

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The concept of minimalism intrigues me, because of its emphasis on personal growth rather than the acquisition of things. It forces one to ask “what’s important to me?” and “what do I really need?” rather than “oh, look, free shipping if I spend more money than I originally intended to!”

Sadly, in this case the self defense and firearms media is always working against you.

Thinking of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 16, 2018

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Is it Wednesday again already? How time flies when I’m collecting articles to share with you!

 

Credit card thieves are amazingly enterprising

Krebs on Security posted this article about credit card skimmers — but this time there’s a new wrinkle: they were placed on card scanners at the checkout lines of grocery stores, right under the noses of the clerks. He even ahs video of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 2, 2018

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April showers have brought…May Hump Day Reading List articles! Don’t miss out on any of these great references for all parts of your protected life!

 

Great examples of personal threat assessments

If you’ve read Prepping For Life, you know that I recommend doing threat assessments for everyone in your family.  This is a very interesting article from the Active Response Training Blog, specifically on doing ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 25, 2018

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Spring has finally sprung in Oregon, and I’m celebrating with a great collection of articles for all aspects of your defense, safety, and preparedness!

 

This article is dumb. Read it anyway.

Why do I say it’s dumb? Because these are five types of people you should ALWAYS avoid, whether you’re carrying or not! (Remember John Farnam’s famous advice: Don’t go to stupid places, do stupid ...

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Selling defense without talking about prevention

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“F**k marketing. There are too many people in marketing.” — Steve Jobs

A while back I saw a slick promo video for a training organization (which will remain nameless), and it’s bothered me ever since because it makes the job of teaching people how to truly stay safe so much harder.

The video showed footage of a road rage incident where both drivers stop their cars and ...

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Do you have conflicting security priorities? You’re not alone.

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A couple of weeks ago I talked about how the “I won’t go anywhere I can’t carry a gun” attitude affects the lives of those who pretend to put it into practice.

The people who say things like that also have a tendency to insist that everyone can carry all the time, and fail to understand that some people really, truly can’t. It just isn’t ...

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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 April 4, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and this week I have a particularly good selection of articles for your perusal!

 

On this week’s Training Talk: Active Killers

Tomorrow evening, April 5, be sure to tune into Training Talk on Personal Defense Network. My special guest expert this week is Joshua Gideon, and we’ll be talking about active killers: what can we do to stop them? We’ll be looking at the ...

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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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Once you’re in contact, the defensive problem changes

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Last week I talked about the mistaken notion of seeing self defense and personal safety as a battle to be won, because such a mindset can lead to bad decisions. Today let’s look at a related topic: your view of the place for your concealed carry gun might be affected by some mistaken training notions.

Shortly after I wrote last week’s article someone sent me ...

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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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Hump Day Camels

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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Hump Day Camels

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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Grant’s Monday Miscellany

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Notes and miscellaneous thoughts

A few quick notes of interest:

— On last Thursday’s Training Talk, martial arts and combatives expert Cecil Burch and I talked about defensive use of the knife. Cecil may be known as “the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Guy”, but he also has multi-decade experience in several edged weapon disciplines. He’s taken that knowledge and applied it to plausible self defense for the rest of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 14, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

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 January 31, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

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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What does “preparing for the worst case” mean?

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In both the self defense and prepping communities, people talk about preparing — training and equipping — for “the worst case scenario”. “We train for the worst case”, schools brag (and their students claim).

What, actually, is the worst case?

The mind runs wild

If you were to take a little time (or perhaps watch an apocalyptic movie or two) I’m sure you could imagine an absolute ...

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