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 Nov. 25, 2015

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know what I’m thankful for? All of the great articles I found this week! We’ve got Greg Ellifritz commenting on a particularly ridiculous gun article; some talk about talking with business owners who ban guns on their premises; Richard Johnson reviews an interesting new pistol caliber carbine; saving money while reloading ammunition; Claude Werner looks at the case of a woman who pulled her gun when she really shouldn’t have; and Ian McCollum has the ...

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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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Presented by Cecil Burch
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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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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 4, 2015

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Here’s the first Hump Day Reading list of November, and it’s got some gems: Greg Ellifritz talks about hardware vs. software; Claude Werner has a great detailed examination of the most efficient way to grasp an autoloading pistol; some more on the need to train in NOT shooting; Marty Hayes talks about the right to remain silent and what it means for your legal defense; an article about avoiding fads in carry gear; and Ian McCollum touches off a really ...

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Halloween Safety Tips: how to keep your kids happy and healthy at the same time!

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Halloween is upon us again! This is the time of year when the weather here in Oregon turns cold and rainy, but despite that kids still get out and trick-or-treat while their parents (or older siblings) go to festive Halloween parties. Everyone faces higher risks simply due to the activity level, but there are ways to reduce those risks. Today I’m sharing some Halloween safety tips to make the holiday enjoyable for everyone!

Let’s tackle a non-issue first: tainted Halloween candy. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 28, 2015

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Another Wednesday, another batch of interesting articles for you to read! On today’s episode: I appear on The RoadGunner Podcast to talk about lever action rifles; Greg Ellifritz dissects a violent purse snatching; shooting a gun from a “man purse”; Julie Loeffler talks about other women’s reactions to your gun; and The Handgun World Podcast talks about revolvers and gun-owning doctors. Let’s get started!

 

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I recently appeared on The RoadGunner Podcast with “The Un-Named Trucker” (quite possibly the worst-kept ...

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The Weekender for 9/25/15: new SCCY pistol; a unique training opportunity; and support Forgotten Weapons!

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I’m initiating a new feature here on grantcunningham.com: every Friday (or as close to every Friday as I can get) I’ll be bringing you the Weekender: a wrap-up of stories and links that I’ve found during the week, items that I believe you’ll find informative, inspiring, and sometimes even entertaining — all of them, of course, related in some way to the topics on my site!

For Friday, September 25, 2015:

A NEW ENTRY IN THE .380 ACP PISTOL MARKET: the .380ACP ...

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What defensive lessons can we learn from the “clock bomb” scare in Texas? You might be surprised!

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You may not know this, but I’ve recently started blogging over at the Personal Defense Network site. Of course I’ve written articles for them for years, and have done a couple of DVDs and some videos for the site, but now I’ll be sharing things over there on a more consistent basis. You’ll be able to find everything I write for them at this link.

While what I share here tends to be of immediate, practical use the posts on ...

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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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Learning how to NOT call attention to yourself is part of self defense!

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One of the downsides to what James Burke called “unhindered, untested access to knowledge” is a fundamental misunderstanding of probability and causality. Both are critical to staying safe.

This became apparent (for the umpteenth time just this month) when I posted a story on Facebook that dealt with thieves following people home from shooting ranges and stealing their guns. According to the article the thieves targeted their victims partially because of the gun stickers in the windows or on the bumpers ...

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Social conditioning and the unexpected attacker.

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You may have more schooling and diplomas on your wall, but criminals are smarter than you are in some surprising and important ways. Take social conditioning, for example.

Late last year there was a death in Atlanta, the result of a Craigslist sale gone bad. One Daniel Zeitz had gone to an apartment building parking lot to sell his Playstation 4. There he met the alleged buyers, a Mr. Nathaniel Vivian and his 16-year-old girlfriend (whose name was not disclosed.)

It ...

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Someone once said that if you look like food, you will be eaten. Don’t look like food.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Two guys met at a trail intersection while backpacking in the woods, and since they were both going the same direction they decided to walk together. Around a bend in the trail they came face to face with a very angry bear. One of the fellows drops to his knees, grabs his running shoes from his backpack and begins to put them on. The other guy just stares and says “there’s no way ...

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Want to stay safer? Don’t draw attention to yourself. Here’s how.

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Part of staying safe is not drawing attention to yourself — the kind of attention that makes you a target. That’s easier said than done, but it’s a necessary part of your defensive plans.

I’ve said in the past that situational awareness is in reality managing distractions: not allowing yourself to get inappropriately consumed by any one thing. There’s more to it, of course (active watching is the other big part), but making sure that you’re not distracted is crucial to ...

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Your attacker isn’t an animal. He’s a lot more dangerous than that.

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What’s the opposite of anthropomorphism?

Anthropomorphism, as you know, is the attribution of human characteristics to animals (or inanimate objects.) People who believe that guns cause people to shoot each other, for instance, are engaging in a kind of anthropomorphism: attributing desire and the ability to command to a metal object. It’s a tendency that goes far back into our history, to a time when people believed in the spiritual powers of amulets and special stones.

It’s the opposite of anthropomorphism that ...

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A mob is heading into your space. What do you do?

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Imagine this: you’re out for a nice evening with your wife. You decide that you’ll go see a movie at the local mall, maybe have a little dinner afterwards, and then head home for some much needed rest. A perfect date night, right?

Well, it certainly would be, right up until the movie theater you’ve chosen is invaded by as many as 900 teenagers. Not “invaded” as in “everyone decided to go see the same movie at the same time and ...

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Flying with guns: some tips to make it a little less stressful

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Yes, you can fly with guns — but it can be an intimidating experience. Here’s how to make it a little smoother.
I have, on occasion, flown with a gun. The procedures have changed over the years (and it was a whole lot easier in the pre-9/11 era), but it’s not an uncommon practice. It is common, however, for people to have trouble with the practice!

I’ll admit it can be a little frustrating, particularly if you don’t ...

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Incident Analysis: Have you thought about how you’d deal with a criminal gang?

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Wisconsin has, from the time I was a kid, seemed like it should be a quaint place. Their largest city, Milwaukee, is smaller than the largest city in my home state of Oregon — and Portland isn’t known as a large city by most standards. Famed for dairy farms and agriculture, Wisconsin isn’t the first place you think of where crime is concerned.

Wisconsin is also a latecomer to the topic of concealed carry of a handgun. Their “shall issue” law ...

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Defensive DVD Review: Interactions with Law Enforcement While Armed

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Defensive DVD Review: Interactions with Law Enforcement While Armed
Presented by Jeremy Wilson and Rob Pincus
Published by the Personal Defense Network as part of the Personal Firearms Defense DVD series

When the Personal Defense Network (PDN) sent me this DVD, I realized something about the defensive shooting world: there are two subjects about concealed carry (CCW) which no one seems to want to touch, yet they’re something that those people who ...

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Incident Analysis: a 7-11 clerk gets shanked.

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A big part of “situational awareness” is managing distractions. Here’s what happens when you don’t.

Rancho Cucamonga is an upper-middle-class city in California, known for it’s nouveau riche attitudes and lifestyles. It’s home to people who’ve made a decent amount of money (by California standards; anywhere else they’d be seen as quite wealthy) and like to show it off. You’ll see lots of expensive automobiles and nice homes, and the city’s overwhelmingly ...

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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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What can we as armed citizens learn from the Charlie Hebdo Magazine attack?

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The recent attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has brought organized terrorism back into our consciousness. What can we, as legally armed citizens, learn from this tragedy?

Of all the things I’ve learned in the training world, the value of team tactics ranks up there with the scariest. Not in terms of being scared while attempting a room or house clearing (though those things are unnerving), but rather the realization of ...

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Incident Analysis: Neighbor vs. Carjacker

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Your neighbor has just been thrown out of her car by a carjacker — and he’s about to drive off! What’s the right response?

Last August a Phoenix, AZ woman was pulling into her driveway when she was approached by a male who asked to use her phone. Still in the driver’s seat, she said no. That’s when the suspect opened the car door, pulled her from the car and threw her ...

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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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Halloween is coming up! Will your kids be safe?

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Some of my fondest childhood memories are of trick-or-treating. Here’s how to make sure your kids remember Halloween as a happy time too!

I was a grade-schooler on a farm outside of a small town in the late 1960s, and back then Halloween was a wonderful holiday. We could run all over the town getting treats from every house, and we’d quite literally come back with the large paper shopping bags stuffed with goodies.

My favorite house was of the retired couple ...

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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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The maddest skills in the world won’t help if you can’t tell when you need to use them.

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What’s the easiest way to defeat a martial artist? As it turns out, it’s the same way you defeat just about anyone: you wait until their mind is on something else.

Out of New Zealand comes the sad story about a young MMA instructor named Tyson Murugan, who was stabbed to death on the street for, apparently, his cell phone.

How does someone who presumably knows how to take care of himself ...

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Purses and bags – are they really a good place to carry a gun?

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Lots of people do it, but what are the downsides?

“Off-body carry” (OBC) is a catch-all term for carrying a gun in something that is not attached to your person. We usually think of OBC as being in a purse (female-centric), but that’s not always the case; many men, I’ve found, carry their personal defensive firearm in a shoulder bag (“manpurse” or messenger bag) or a backpack.

The first major issue with OBC is the speed of employment. It’s much slower to ...

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Staying Safe While Traveling, Part 9: avoiding the stupid

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There’s a saying, usually attributed to master trainer John Farnam, about staying safe: “don’t go to stupid places, hang around with stupid people, or do stupid things.” That’s valid at home, but even more so when traveling!

Everyone has a different reason for traveling: for some, it’s to see new sights; for others, it’s to see old friends and family; for others, it’s to get some business done. In all cases, we ...

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Staying Safe While Traveling, Part 8: are you fit to go?

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Your physical fitness is as much a part of your travel security as any weapon that you might have!

I know that I may be touching the “third rail” of self defense with this post, but as someone who struggles with personal fitness myself I think I’m in a good position to point this out: if you’re not physically fit, it’s far more difficult to keep yourself safe!

Most people don’t realize the physical demands of dealing with any sort of attack. ...

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