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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Defensive DVD Review: Defensive Mindset with Rob Pincus

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Review: Defensive Mindset DVD

Over the years there has been much written and said on the topic of the defensive mindset. Many defensive shooting courses start with and claim to develop such a mindset, but usually amount to little more than trite sayings and broad exhortations.

Call me jaded if you will, but to be honest that’s what I was expecting when this DVD arrived in my mailbox. It was a pleasant surprise to find something very different than what I anticipated!

This ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Dec. 2, 2015

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Hope you and your family had a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving! I know, we all ate too much and are now forced to do exercise penance, but I’d do it all over again — and probably will next year! The holiday didn’t keep me from collecting some great articles, however, and for your reading enjoyment this week Claude Werner talks about changing his mind; the SIG Academy has a different way to talk about the relationship of sight alignment and ...

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Your defensive flashlight: lithium or alkaline? You might be surprised which one I prefer!

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In the last couple of years I’ve become a big proponent of the high intensity compact flashlight as a personal security and defense tool. I use those words specifically because the flashlight is the perfect example of a multi-use device: it serves as an early warning system, by allowing you to detect dangers before you get to them — or they get to you; it sets up a psychological barrier against a human threat, by showing that you’re in control ...

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Defensive DVD Review: Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense

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Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense
Presented by Rob Pincus
I.C.E. Training

This DVD is a bit of a departure from most of the Personal Defense Network productions that I’ve viewed. It’s entirely lecture-based, presented by Rob Pincus in a studio setting, and it’s also one of the most information-dense of the productions I’ve seen!

Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense is Pincus’ “50,000-foot view” of self defense, covering a wide range of topics all of which relate to personal defense in ...

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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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Defensive DVD Review: Surviving The Knockout Game with Cecil Burch

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Surviving The Knockout Game DVD
Presented by Cecil Burch
Immediate Action Combatives

Cecil Burch has made a name for himself over the past several years for his sometimes unique approaches to defensive tactics: those things that you do when you’re engaged in a response to an attack. He’s trained with the best instructors in several types of martial arts and in the shooting world, and that wide background makes him a popular instructor with police, military special operations, and private ...

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Personal safety apps: do they really keep you safer?

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Sometimes I think people have a distorted view of personal security — particularly in the media!

Now I know that’s hard to believe; after all, if you can’t trust the media, who can you trust? (In case anyone doesn’t get the sarcasm in that sentence, well — it’s sarcasm!) They’ve been reporting lately on a number of new smartphone apps to help keep people safer, going so far as to label them as self-defense devices.

Are they? What do they really do ...

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Don’t let what you CAN’T do get in the way of what you CAN do. That goes for your children, too.

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A story out of a middle school in Alabama has made the rounds recently. The principal of that school suggested that parents send their kids to school with canned food, which they could hurl at an attacker in self defense.

Predictably, the gun community (particularly certain segments of it) responded with scorn and derision: “Idiotic”. “Stupid.” “Naive.” And, of course, the perennial favorite in the bumper-sticker philosophy department: “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is ...

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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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Would YOU know what to do in a mass-casualty attack? Here’s how to find out!

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The world, many people say, is getting more dangerous. You can make it a little less so by knowing what to do if a terror attack happens to you!

From all over the world we read of mass-casualty terror attacks. Shootings in Paris; bombings in other parts of the world; shopping malls and train stations attacked; and even here at home we’ve had more than a few people lose their lives to ...

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Gun people really don’t understand pepper spray. Not many other people do, either!

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A recent article about the failures of pepper spray got me to thinking: why don’t people understand what it’s really for?

Gun people (that is, people who own and/or carry firearms for personal defense) sometimes get a little myopic. Oddly enough, people who don’t like guns get a little myopic too. When it comes to oleoresin capsicum (“OC”, commonly called pepper spray) both sides have a poor understanding of its place in ...

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Defensive DVD Review: Legalities of Non-Lethal Force

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Defensive DVD Review: Legal Considerations Of The Use Of Non-Lethal Defensive Force
Presented by Marty Hayes, Kerry Tanner, and Rob Pincus
Published by the Personal Defense Network as part of the Personal Firearms Defense DVD series

This is an interesting DVD in the Personal Defense Network’s series, interesting in the sense that it doesn’t deal with the use of lethal force. It does, however, address the idea of using the threat of ...

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Are you defensively fit? This New Year, resolve to be.

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I know, I’m not big on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing either, but I’ve found that it’s easier to make lifestyle changes stick when there is more than one benefit to the resolution!

Lots of folks start off the New Year with a resolution to get into better shape. For most folks it’s about looking better or fitting into a specific piece of clothing; for others, its an understanding that excess weight can be a health issue unto itself.

One thing ...

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DVD Review: Knife Defense Against Multiple Attackers.

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How do you deal with the increasingly common multiple attacker crime — armed only with a knife?

Knife Defense Against Multiple Attackers
Presented by Alessandro Padovani, Safer Faster Defense

I’ll admit it — I’m not a knife guy. Don’t get me wrong; I carry one (actually two) almost everywhere I go and use them as tools on a daily basis. I actually wear knives out from use! I’m not an expert in using ...

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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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DVD Review: Immediate Emergency Medicine with Caleb Causey

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Today I’m reviewing another DVD in the Personal Defense Network’s Personal Firearms Defense series. This time, it’s Caleb Causey teaching us how to deal with life threatening trauma!

Immediate Emergency Medicine
Presented by Caleb Causey and Rob Pincus

I’ve been pretty vocal over the last few years about the need for knowing how to treat life threatening trauma. I think it’s a good idea for anyone who carries a firearm for personal defense ...

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Wasp spray for self defense? This myth just won’t die!

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It’s happened again — a supposed “expert” says yellowjacket killer is an effective self defense weapon. True, or unabashed nonsense?

The internet is buzzing about a recent NBC news segment where a security “expert” recommended the use of wasp/yellowjacket/hornet spray as a good replacement for pepper spray (aka oleoresin capsicum or ‘OC’ for short), or even a firearm.

This strikes me as odd advice, as I’ve been sprayed with OC and once accidentally got a face of some wasp killer, and I’m ...

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Is Amtrak trying to create victims by stomping on the Second Amendment?

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Amtrak recently produced a safety video that garnered some negative attention in the shooting community. How valid are the criticisms?

This article about Amtrak’s new safety campaign has been getting a lot of attention, most of it condescending or ridiculing (as the author of the piece shows.) I think everyone is missing the bigger picture, because I think the video is actually pretty good — for what it is.