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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When friends are strangers

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Let’s assume, for the moment, that you have a perfect teenager. He or she is always polite, gets schoolwork in on time, excels in extracurricular activities, has above-average SAT scores, and has never been in trouble at school — or anywhere else, for that matter.

This is a kid you can trust, and who has never betrayed that trust. You can rely on him or her ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 9, 2018

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Wednesdays are always better with great self defense and preparedness information!

 

Dealing with the verbally aggressive person

Not every potentially dangerous situation is a surprise. Sometimes they develop from your interaction with another person. Anyone who has ever worked in a service job understands how unhinged people can become over seemingly innocuous things, and sometimes their anger builds to the point of violence. There are some ...

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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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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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You can find perspective in some odd places

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It must be said that I’m not really a travel bug. Don’t get me wrong; I’m no hermit, but I don’t have the intense wanderlust many people do. I can appreciate it, even envy it to an extent, but I’ve never had it.

So it was something of an oddity for me to be reading an interview with globetrotter Anthony Bourdain titled “All the Things ...

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How fast should you shoot?

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Shot timers may be irrelevant to defensive training

For at least a decade I’ve subscribed to the idea that a teacher needs to be open to change, and that in fact one of the best ways to gauge the quality of a teacher is to ask what he (or she) has changed their mind about. If they’re learning, if they’re growing, they’ll experience evolution in ...

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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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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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Porn takes many forms

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Attacked in the night

Ever heard of “defensive gun use porn”? It’s a term to describe a genre of stories where good guys use their guns to beat the bad guys. Such stories are a staple of many firearms-centric blogs and news sites, and they serve not so much an educational role as they do a cheerleading one.

You’ll notice you don’t see a lot of that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 7, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

What’s great about Wednesday, you ask? Why, the great articles on self defense and preparedness that I have for you, of course!

 

Mr. Wilson and the car prowler

Man sees teenager rifling through his car and goes out with his gun to confront said teenager. He decides to hold the teenager at gunpoint while they wait for the cops to arrive, and when the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 10, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

Like a bad penny, I just keep turning up — but unlike a bad penny, what I bring you every Wednesday is actually worth something! Here’s another great group of articles to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe from all sorts of bad things.

 

Pay attention to this before taking another shooting class

Claude Werner is fond of saying that gun ...

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Where are your tripwires?

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Where is your tripwire?

Whether you’re prepping for survival or studying self defense against a criminal, you need to consider the circumstances under which you’d respond — where your tripwires are, the things that will trigger your response. Some people call them “a line in the sand” or “point of no return”, but no matter what the term the function is the same: the circumstances which ...

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Some lessons from the Las Vegas attack

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As I write this it’s been five days since a man opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding over 500. While information is still being processed by law enforcement, and there are still many unanswered questions about the motives of the attacker, enough information has come out about the circumstances of the incident that we can ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 13, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

More great articles to help you and your family stay safe and sound!

 

You’ve got the tourniquet…

…but do you know how to use it? Caleb Causey from Lone Star Medics shows you the basics of applying a tourniquet properly.

 

So you know how to use a tourniquet…

…but have you practiced applying it to yourself under a realistic scenario? Caleb’s back, this time with ...

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You win 100% of the fights you don’t have

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Cat fight

Ever heard the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? It should be engraved on concealed carry licenses all across the country.

You’re always better off taking small precautions (regular immunizations, checkups, and eating properly) to prevent getting sick than you are spending lots of money trying to get well after the fact.

In self defense terms, it means that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 23, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s the world-famous Hump Day Reading list! More great information this week, perfect for sharing with others.

 

Revolvers, prepping, and more!

I recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Lloyd Bailey, host of The Armed Lutheran podcast. We talked, of course, about revolvers (and I get in one of my famous digs on the 1911 and its creator), as well ...

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Where are we going wrong?

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New shooters need good information from the beginning

Daughter, 22, shot by dad who says he mistook her for intruder

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t see an article like this cross my electronic desk, and they bother me. Quite a lot, actually. Why?

Because I don’t think we in the firearms world are doing enough to truly educate people. We do a pretty good job of teaching folks how to pull ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 3, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

Spring is taking its sweet time getting here, but that hasn’t stopped me from collecting great articles for you! This week: a look at how you walk influences predators; what not to do for home security; why you should stop buying and start practicing; a proper response to a potential intruder; and, believe it or not, someone used a snubby to defend ...

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A gun on your nightstand isn’t the best idea, no matter who says so

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Attacked in the night

One of the things I find myself doing on a regular basis is serving as a counterpoint to the fantasies running rampant in the defensive shooting world. I do this by bringing rational thought to the topic of personal defense, and today I’m doing it again!

A recent article on the Concealed Nation website dealt with what to with your carry ...

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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 February 22, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

What’s this? A new Hump Day Reading List photo? You bet! I thought the old one was a little drab, so welcome our new more colorful mascots! Along with it I have some shiny new articles for you to peruse: a look at how to deal with terrorists in trucks; one very knowledgable man’s take on appendix carry; a video about why ...

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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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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 8, 2017

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Welcome to another Hump Day Reading List! This week: kydex vs leather holsters; saying NO!; an “everyday grab-and-go” bag; some historical perspective on readiness; kids can be criminals too; carrying in a purse; and a review of youth model rifles and shotguns.

 

Do you care what your holster is made of?

You should. I used to be a die-hard believer in the leather holster: they look good, form nicely to the body for maximum comfort, and have that comforting smell. At the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 1, 2017

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I’ll start this week’s reading list with some shameless self-promotion: I’ve appeared on two different shows this week! Also: some considerations before you jump into someone else’s problem; your gun isn’t magic; don’t worry about what should be, focus on what is; how to handle “that guy” at the range; and how to avoid getting fleeced on your vacation.

 

I’m Famous, Part 1

Last weekend I appeared on Gun Freedom Radio with Dan & Cheryl Todd. We had a great conversation ...

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