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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What if you disagree with your defensive shooting instructor?

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You’re at a defensive shooting class; maybe this is your first, maybe it’s your twenty-first. Your instructor says (or does) something you disagree with. What do you do?

There are a lot of different approaches to teaching self-defense shooting, and while at least 90% of the mechanics that are taught are the same from instructor to instructor, the way in which they’re taught varies rather considerably. There is very little focus in this business on teaching in and of itself, most shooting ...

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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!

 

Lever Lovin’

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

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Tap-Rack is an action, not a dance. You don’t need to add moves to it.

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I recently read a blog post about a trainer who got into trouble talking about the “tap-rack” methodology for clearing malfunctions. It seems this person, as many do, added a step to the procedure: “squeeze” (or some term which implied pulling the trigger.) This resulted in a virtual spanking from the internet experts, who decried that pulling the trigger was never the proper ending to a tap-rack, and that it should be “scan”, “assess”, “move”, “decide”, “bang”, or something else.

In ...

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My new book of defensive shooting drills, HANDGUN TRAINING, is almost here!

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from the official release of my NEW book — but some people will get it early!

Handgun Training – Practice Drills For Defensive Shooting is my latest book and I’m quite proud of it. It’s a collection of drills for the average person who wants to practice relevant, plausible defensive shooting skills.

I wrote this book because my students would always ask me what they should practice after class; my answer was “all the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 21, 2015

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Congratulations — you made it to another Wednesday! Here’s this week’s collection of tips, information, and enlightenment, including how you can best use online articles and videos in your skill development; what ammunition you should carry in your .38 Special revolver; some alternative thoughts about pistol caliber carbines for self defense; a new concealed carry pistol makes its debut; how to deal with a threat that’s in contact with you; and some fun bullpup rifle shooting!

 

How to get the most ...

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How many self defense classes have you taken this year? They may be holding you back!

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One of the common recommendations in the training world is to study with as many different people or schools as you can, to get as many different perspectives as possible in order to get a more fully formed opinion of the subject of defensive shooting (or self defense in general.) I think the idea is sound, but the execution is often lacking.

I see a lot of students come through my classes as part of their own effort to get that ...

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Meopta Optics, Part 2: the MeoTac 1-4×22 RD tactical scope

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In the first installment I told you about the Meopta M-RAD 3 MOA sight, which is what originally attracted me to the line of rifle sights from Meopta Sports Optics. For a red dot sight it’s great: rugged, reliable, holds zero. (I keep mentioning the “holds zero” part only because I’ve used some red dots which wouldn’t!) This review will cover their MeoTac 1-4×22 RD tactical scope and how it differs from the M-RAD.

The problem with the electronic red dot ...

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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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Meopta Optics, Part 1: the M-RAD red dot sight

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Early in The Bullpup Experiment I mentioned that I had a few issues with the stock Steyr optic: while a good product, it fit neither my physical make-up nor my eyesight issues. I also mentioned that I contacted the folks at Meopta Sports Optics to find an alternative, and that they had sent out a couple of their products for me to use and abuse as part of my little experiment. Today I’d like to tell you a little ...

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The Bullpup Rifle Experiment, Epilogue: the Steyr AUG magazine choice – do you prefer Original or Less Reliable?

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Apparently this little series has established me as the “go-to guy” for Steyr AUG questions, because my email box has seen a big uptick in volume from people asking various things about the AUG and about bullpups in general. I’m glad that there’s so much interest in these intriguing firearms!

As I’ve said, the reason I did the “bullpup experiment” was to learn about them and to develop training doctrine for the private-sector shooter. This is especially important because so ...

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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 3: what did I learn about the Steyr AUG?

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(If you’re coming in late, please read Part 1 and Part 2 of The Bullpup Experiment for some background on the project!)

While I got to play with several bullpups during the last few months, the vast majority of my hands-on experience was with the Steyr AUG A3 M1 model. As I noted in Part 1, I picked the AUG in part because it was the first — the original — modern bullpup rifle and really set the ...

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On the Umpqua Community College killings.

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I’ve had numerous emails and messages asking me what I know about the killings which took place in my backyard this morning.

What I can tell you is that I have relatives and friends in Roseburg, some of whom are hurting tonight. Evil came to a beautiful part of the country — my part of the country — and found some people unprepared. That’s what evil likes; it thrives in those environments.

I’m not going to advocate for more gun control, nor ...

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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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The Bullpup Rifle Experiment, Part 1: why would I do such a thing?

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As you may know, I’m a proponent of the rifle as a defensive tool — particularly for what I refer to as “perimeter defense”, which are threats at distances beyond which we think of the pistol as a more suitable tool, and for defense of a fortified or ensconced position (like being barricaded in your safe room.) The rifle’s greater power, greater precision, and corresponding ability to deliver both at extended distances makes it a formidable tool in the correct ...

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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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Self defense ammunition selection: how important is accuracy?

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An interesting question came into my mailbox recently: why don’t I ever list accuracy as a criteria for picking ammunition for self defense or for concealed carry?

It’s a valid question. After all, when you see a defensive ammunition test (either in a magazine or online), one of the prominent features is almost always an accuracy comparison  — how accurate it is compared to competing brands, how accurate it is out of various guns, and occasionally how accurate it is at ...

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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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What’s the difference between tasks and skills in defensive shooting training? Does it matter?

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When training defensive shooting techniques, it’s common — too common, in fact — to focus on the skill used rather than the task to be performed. Now some people will say that those are the same thing, but they’re not. In fact, they’re very different.

I recently read an article on the importance of and the procedures for practicing reloading a handgun. The article started from a bad premise (reloading during a fight is a vital skill when the best information ...

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More questions you should ask your defensive shooting instructor – and why.

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I recently received a note asking about questions to pose to potential instructors, questions that would tell a prospective student whether a shooting instructor (and their material) was worth consideration. That process is called “vetting” an instructor: assessing his or her background and suitability. It’s incredibly important for prospective students to do, yet there’s no easy way to do it.

Because of that, most people fall back on the instructor’s resumé: what shooting courses he’s attended, what military or law enforcement ...

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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 I’ve been doing lately, and some new class announcements for Threat-Centered training!

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Whew! It’s been crazy around here lately!

I just got back from an unplanned consulting trip. As some of you might know, from time to time I do a little work with companies in the shooting industry. Some of those jobs have resulted in products, some will in the future, and occasionally there’s the company that decides maybe their product idea isn’t as good as it could be. In this case, I’m happy to say that I think we’ll see a ...

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Welcome to the new GrantCunningham.com website!

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This has been some time in the making!

Over the last year I’ve become dissatisfied with my site, because it didn’t reflect what I do and where the shooting world is going. My self defense and personal security articles were banished to my sister site (www.personalsecurity.us) and people coming here were treated to nothing but guns and shooting. Now don’t get me wrong — I like those subjects, but if you’ve read any of my self-defense books or articles on other ...

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Is the old lever action half-cock safety really all that safe?

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We’ve all been taught about the half-cock notch on lever action rifles. How safe is it, really?

When I was growing up lever action rifles (with the exception of the Savage 99) had no safeties. It was assumed, and taught, that the safe way to carry a lever action with a round in the chamber was to lower the hammer to the half-cock notch. When needed, the hammer was thumbed back as the gun was brought to the shoulder.

Fast forward to ...

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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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Just what is a “critical skill”?

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I really should stop reading stuff people link to on FaceBook. I really should. It’s like chocolate chip cookies; you know they’re bad for you, but you eat them anyway!

The latest was a linked article which talked about practicing your reloading skills. In it, the other repeatedly referred to reloading the gun as a “critical skill”. That phrase really annoyed me, because his definition of the term and mine were obviously radically different. In fact, I suspect he (like almost ...

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Got a new Glock 43? Looking for holsters and maybe sights??

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The 9mm Glock 43 may be new on the market, but it’s already getting a lot of attention from both shooters and accessory makers. Here’s how to find out what’s available for this new “mini-9”!

The introduction of the single-stack, striker-fired 9mm Glock 43 pistol has been hard to miss. Everyone’s been talking about it and Glock even held a special event at the recent NRA Annual Meeting to introduce their latest pistol to the gun media. (Heck, even I got ...

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