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 out of online training resources

This week I posted another article on the Personal Defense Network blog, titled “Watching and Reading Are Great, But They’re No Substitute for Doing!” It’s all about making the best use of videos and articles for your defensive preparation, and in it I give my tips for putting that great information you see and read into practice. It’s not hard, but if you don’t do something proactively you’ll get little to no benefit — no matter how many hours you spend staring at the screen!


What’s the best defensive ammunition for the .38 Special?

Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training tackles this question and comes up with some pretty good answers (with the disclaimer that I’m personally not too fond of light-for-caliber bullets, like the 110 grain CorBon he suggests, for defensive use.) I did like his explanation about his focus on the Special instead of the Magnum: as he points out, any defensive handgun caliber you pick is likely to take 2-3 rounds to achieve incapacitation of the bad guy — and wouldn’t it be better to deliver those rounds more rapidly, which you can if you’re not fighting recoil? (I’m also  glad to see that he loads his SpeedStrips in the manner I’ve been teaching for the last decade or so!)


Pistol-caliber carbines for home defense?

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of the pistol-caliber carbines for home defense use. At typical defensive ranges they’re more effective and easier to shoot than any handgun, and they make a great choice for a “pool weapon” — the gun that might be used by multiple members of the household. This article from OffTheGridNews has some other considerations (with the understanding that I think #2 is of little concern).


Is there a new defensive pistol choice on the market?

The great thing about modern manufacturing technology is that it’s making it both easier and faster to design and manufacture new firearms. A new company called Honor Defense has a 9mm concealed carry pistol design that they’re introducing, and Richard Johnson at Guns, Holsters & Gear has the scoop. They look interesting; I hope they work as good as they look!


Drawing a handgun for close-quarters shooting

When the threat is in contact — or within arm’s reach — the old-fashioned “shove & shoot” and “speed rock” simply aren’t viable responses. You need to control the threat before you can decide to draw your gun; in this video, Rob Pincus and Andy Loeffler show the real dynamics of shooting while in contact and why control is so important.


Bullpup Shoot 2015

Did you know that there is a shooting event just for bullpup enthusiasts? If you’ve been reading my Bullpup Experiment series and gotten excited about the possibilities of these compact yet overlooked rifles, maybe this is the event for you! (Of course my friends at Steyr Arms were there!)


– Grant Cunningham


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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