Your Hump Day Reading List for April 13, 2016

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How’s your week going? Well, I’m about to make it a little better with some great articles and videos! This week: women are buying guns, but why?; Ian McCollum shows us a Nagant revolver you might not have known even exists; Greg Ellifritz considers what you should do if a fellow airplane passenger gets rowdy; a look at how guns can be intentionally disabled; a new way to mount sights on a lever action rifle; getting your legal education on; doctors and nurses carrying weapons; and what happens when your pet rifles gets dirty — as in really dirty. That all sounds like — the Hump Day Reading List!


Yes, more women are buying guns. But why?

You’ve probably heard that gun sales and concealed carry license applications by women are up — and, by all accounts, way up. Why are women suddenly so interested in firearms? This article from an online magazine called MomZette looks at the question from the perspective of women, and explained by a woman who herself has decided to buy a gun. Their reasons vary, but their commitment is strong.


When is a Nagant not quite a Nagant?

The Russian Nagant pistol is a fairly common commodity on the surplus market. They’re plentiful and cheap — some of them sold for under $100, fresh off the boat — but not exactly what you’d call attractive. Nor all that nicely made, either. Turns out that the Poles made their own version of the Nagant in the FB Radom factory, and if you know anything about Radom you know they were capable of producing extremely nice arms. As it happens, their version of the Nagant is a whole lot nicer than their Iron Curtain overlords! Ian at Forgotten Weapons has a look at a Nagant variant I’d actually be proud to own.


What do you do when a fellow airplane passenger goes berserk?

Despite all the flying I’ve done, I’ve yet to see a truly unruly or violent passenger. Perhaps I’ve just been lucky (or perhaps because I almost always fly Alaska, which is the airline of choice for mellow Pacific Northwesterners), but I do think about what I would do in the event someone did become violent. This article by Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training gives you some basics about what to look for and what your intervention options might be.


All jammed up

This is an interesting article about how your concealed carry pistol might be rendered temporarily inoperable by an assailant or due to environmental considerations. I present it here primarily because the author did one of the few consistent tests of how various guns operated under specific conditions, something rarely done. I’ll add the caveat, however, that most of his scenarios presuppose poor responses by the defender (e.g., drawing the gun before the in-contact attacker has been brought under some degree of control.) Overall, I think there are things that can be learned even if I don’t completely agree with the entire premise.


Sight options for your lever action

Since I’ve come out of the closet in favor of the lever action carbine as a defensive tool, many people have asked me how to mount popular optics (like red dot sights) on them. Here’s one option from the Skinner Sights folks that looks both well made and attractive — and gives you a backup sight option as well. Definitely worth checking out!


Your legal education begins here

Over the last 25 years I’ve been consistently championing the idea of legal education as being a vital part of your defensive shooting skill development. The one class I think everyone should take is Massad Ayoob’s MAG-20 (formerly known as LFI-1), and here’s one experienced shooting instructor’s review of the course. I’ll simply say that I agree with everything he says!



Armed nurses? Docs packing?

In case you didn’t know, hospitals aren’t the serene, safe spaces they pretend to be. Emergency rooms, in particular, can be downright dangerous; more than once doctors and nurses have told me of gang fights erupting in the trauma center, and attempted murders of patients are not unheard of. The question asked in this article from Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership is: should hospital staff be armed? As long as they’re responsible enough to get proper training, I should think so; how about you?


Dirt, rifles, and malfunctions!

Now I’ll be the first to admit that these kinds of tests are just a little on the silly side; I don’t drop my gun in the mud very often, so how well it rejects dirt is really secondary to my selection criteria. It is, however, a little entertaining to watch the looks on fanboys faces when their pet gun proves to be no better than anything else in the reliability department. (The real news, from all of these, is just how good the AR-15 really is!) Check out the latest such test.

– 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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