Your Hump Day Reading List for November 14, 2018

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I unearthed some really good articles for you this week. Read them and increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Remember what they say about that river in Egypt…

Whether it’s a criminal attack or a natural disaster, many people — perhaps, even, most people — simply don’t believe it will happen to them. This is an insightful article about why people don’t take threats ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 7, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of November, and I’m starting the month off right with some great articles for you! 

 

Have you ever heard the term “violent criminal actor”?

This article explains what that means, and why it’s important to understand. It’s possible for a violent criminal to appear normal and “safe” until they’re put into the environment where it’s necessary to use violence to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 31, 2018

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It’s Halloween, and I’ve got some great stories to help you tackle frightening topics! 

 

Some people don’t want to learn

In the self defense world, many people seem to have comfortable ideas of how things happen in defensive incidents. That was fine back in the days when we didn’t have objective evidence, but today we do — and yet many misconceptions still exist. Cecil ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 24, 2018

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Another Wednesday, another great collection of articles for your enjoyment and enlightenment! 

 

Another resource for travel safety

One thing I do before renting a room (or AirBnB) is to check the neighborhood’s crime stats. This used to be a tedious process, but there are new tools out which make it easier. 

 

What living off-grid is like, and why you should try

I know a lot ...

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The critical skill no one teaches

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The ability to judge risk is critical to the long game of self defense. (As it happens, it’s also critical to efficient preparedness, investing your retirement funds wisely, and the choice between flying or driving to your vacation destination.) Yet, despite its importance, it’s very rarely talked about — especially in the self defense community.

“You never know where evil will strike!”

While it’s true that ...

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Here’s your sign.

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This story made the rounds of social media last week. For those who haven’t seen it (or the graphic video shot by the girlfriend of the man who was eventually killed in the confrontation), the story boils down to neighbors having an ongoing disagreement over trash between their domiciles. 

The argument had apparently escalated over time, to the point that one party showed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 12, 2018

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Sorry for not having a Hump Day List last week, but I was down with a nasty cold. What’s worse than a cold in summer? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out! 

 

Handguns and arthritis

I get lots of questions from people who are just starting to suffer from arthritis, scared that their shooting days are coming to an end. It doesn’t ...

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Interchangeable chokes for defensive shotguns? Why not!

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Georges Rahbani with shotgun, kneeling

Instructor Georges Rahbani showing a kneeling position with the defensive shotgun

If any firearm could be said to be overlooked, it’s the defensive shotgun. While not a tool for the inexperienced, it must be acknowledged that the shotgun loaded with a defensively-appropriate shell (preferably in the buckshot category) is a force to be reckoned with. As a tool for ...

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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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Safe storage and self defense aren’t incompatible

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I recently shared to my social media accounts a story of an attempt by a local government to impose storage restrictions on gun owners in their city. The ordinance specified that firearms had to be locked up, except when they were “in use” (whatever that means).

Of course this drew the ire of many people, including the NRA. 

(Just to be clear, I am a proponent ...

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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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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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Keep your perspective as safe as you keep your jewelry

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Believe it or not, the job I do isn’t actually all that pleasant. I’ve run into a lot of people who tell me they’d “love” to have my job; they tell me that “it must be fun”. They see the travel, or focus on the guns and shooting, without thought to what those things represent.

Trust me, it’s not all sunshine.

Facing reality isn’t always pleasant

The reality ...

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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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“But what if…”

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In my job I get some wonderful emails from people who’ve read one of my books or taken one of my classes. I also get awful emails, usually from people who’ve done neither of those things.

There is a special class of email, though, that I really dislike getting. It’s the “but what if…” question about something I’ve said or written regarding the use of ...

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A new way of looking at likelihood and plausbility

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A couple of decades back I started to talk to my defensive shooting students about the likelihood of being attacked and needing to use their firearm to defend themselves. It seemed to me that some people, based on their lifestyle and habits, were more likely to need to use lethal force than others.

It also seemed to me that, even when the defensive firearm was ...

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The importance of rifle balance

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A recent talk with a colleague reminded me that in our zeal to embrace the new, we sometimes lose sight of the virtues of the past.

Before you get all worked up and start calling me a “Fudd”, understand that I love the things modern technology has given us. Whether in firearms, electronics, or anything else, I’d never want to give up the progress we’ve made.

I’m ...

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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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About last night…

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If you tuned into Training Talk last night at 6:pm and found nothing happening, I must apologize — we ran late!

Normally I start on the dot at 6:pm, but last night we had some technical problems that took us some time to resolve. We finally did, though, and started the show at about 6:16.

And what a show it was! Attorney Jim Fleming did ...

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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 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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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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You don’t need to win. You need to survive.

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not a fan of macho nonsense. And I don’t particularly care where it comes from.

So much of the defensive training world is built around the lifestyles of people who spend all their free time on the range or at the gym; some shooting instructors quite literally live at the shooting range. Surprisingly few of them have ever held ...

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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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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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Why do we teach moving while drawing a defensive firearm?

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Moving rapidly and defensively

A popular concept taught in many defensive shooting courses (including mine) is movement off the line of attack. It’s variously referred to as “getting off the X” or “lateral movement”, and probably some other terms I’m not remembering, but the concept is pretty consistent: make it harder for the bad guy to hurt you by getting out of his way.

Moving is ...

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Things people say: “Don’t carry a nice gun.”

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If you have a concealed carry firearm, and you use that firearm against another person, the chances of the police seizing that gun for evidence are very high. If your attacker is injured or dies, it’s a certainty that your gun will end up in the evidence locker.

Once in evidence, your gun will not be returned to you until after all legal proceedings are ...

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