Your Hump Day Reading List for January 6, 2016

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The first Hump Day List of 2016! To celebrate, I’ve found information on avoiding stalkers; a very forgotten Colt pistol; Ian McCollum talking about some odd rifles from a familiar company; Greg Ellifritz dropping some knowledge about dealing with hostile crowds; Rob Pincus helping you plan ahead; Claude Werner showing how to avoid negative outcomes; and a video about training to overwhelm a shooter even if you don’t have a gun yourself.


Would you know how to deal with a stalker?

Recognizing and dealing with a stalking attempt at the earliest stage is important. Identifying a possible threat, and taking steps to deal with it, are always preferable to being in a position where using lethal force becomes necessary. The issue, though, is that a lot of people either don’t recognize the warning signs or can’t allow themselves to believe that it’s really happening to them — let alone know what to do about it. This article from Personal Defense World talks about how to recognize a stalker and some concrete steps to take immediately if you’re a target.


Remember the Colt Scamp? Don’t feel bad, no one else does either.

How would you like to have a full-auto .22 caliber pistol? Back in the ‘60s Colt designed just such a gun for the U.S. Military, who were looking for a machine pistol to serve as a personal defense weapon (PDW.) Colt came up with the Small Caliber Machine Pistol, or SCAMP: a select-fire, .22 caliber centerfire pistol with a 27-round capacity. Of course the fact that you’ve never heard of it tells you how successful they were, but Nathaniel over at The Firearm Blog has the whole story about this fascinating and forgotten Cold War relic.


What do you think of when I say “Heckler and Koch”? I’ll bet this isn’t it.

HK is known for their MP-5 submachine guns, G3 rifles, and most recently the VP9 pistol. There was a time, however, when they were trying to break into the sportsman’s market by producing a line of autoloading hunting rifles. The SL-6 and SL-7 rifles didn’t sell all that well; they were expensive and a little on the homely side, and as a result sat on dealer’s shelves long after they’d been discontinued. If you’ve never seen one of these I’m not surprise, but of course that’s what prompted Ian at Forgotten Weapons to do a video on the things!


Flash mobs aren’t always about singing and dancing.

During the holidays there were a number of reports about flash mobs in shopping malls, and while none of them resulted in a tragedy not all such events are quite as innocuous. Large crowds of people can be extremely unpredictable, and knowing how to handle the situation may determine your physical safety. Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training goes over some tips about dealing with flash mobs, including thinking through your options before you actually face an unruly crowd.


The importance of practice and training in establishing a complete self-defense plan.

Rob Pincus at Personal Defense Network has been presenting a series of articles titled “Comprehensive Self Defense”, which help you to develop and implement a personal and family defense plan. In Part Four, Rob looks at the difference between training and practice, how to approach each one, and some ways to help you integrate both into your defensive planning. As he points out, “training and practice are both vital to your comprehensive self-defense plan. Without them, all your previous work will be of little value.” I couldn’t agree more!


There are all kinds of things that can go wrong in a defensive gun use. Here’s how to avoid them.

Claude Werner is known as The Tactical Professor, and he’s been taking a hard look at what he calls “negative outcomes”: those instances where the ownership or use of a firearm had less-than-stellar results, almost always due to the ignorance of the person possessing it. He’s got a new DVD out called “Serious Mistakes Gunowners Make”, and on his blog he tells us all about it: the situations he’s identified as problematic, a real life example of what happened and the negative consequence, and how to prevent that from happening to you. Knowing Claude as I do, this is sure to be a superb addition to any defensive library!


This is what a counter-attack looks like.

I’m posting this not because it’s terribly comprehensive or has a lot of intrinsic informational value, but because I think it’s important for everyone to see and understand what an unarmed defense against a mass murderer might look like. I know Aaron Jannetti, and in this video you’ll see clips of a class that he teaches which shows people how they can fight in a group and prevail against an armed attacker. As he points out, there are other options: get away if you can safely; arm yourself if you have that option; and barricade in a manner that the bad guy can’t reach you. If none of those are an option, fighting may be your best response option and knowing how to do it, particularly in concert with others, is important. Watch this group; see how they storm and overpower their armed attackers, knowing full well that they take a risk doing so but that they take a greater risk doing nothing.

That’s it for this week — see you next Wednesday with more fun stuff to read!

– 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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