Your Hump Day Reading List for April 20, 2016

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Welcome to Wednesday — and the Hump Day Reading List! Today Greg Ellifritz has some lessons to be learned from recent news events; a look at why what works in the shoothouse may not work in the real world; Ian McCollum examines the pinfire revolver; storing a defensive shotgun; some women and gun myths get busted; how to deal with people who suddenly find that they aren’t as prepared as you are; and a look at why black women are buying guns faster than any other group. Something for everyone, only in the Hump Day Reading List!


A look at recent trends in mass shooting attacks

Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training is always good for solid information, and this time he takes a look at two recent mass casualty attacks and notices that they both involved multiple locations and switching of vehicles (both indicating long-term planning and logistics.) What lessons can we learn and why are they important? You’ll have to read his article to find out!


Just because it’s authentic doesn’t mean it’s real

Lots of people think the “shoothouse” is the epitome of testing grounds, but they really aren’t. They may be authentic in the sense that their props reflect actual environments, but they’re not real in the sense that what works there might not work so well when actually employed against people who can shoot back. Ralph Mroz has some thoughts about this as applied to the CQB use of the long arm, and why the lessons learned in the shoothouse may not be as clear cut as you might think.


What’s a pinfire revolver?

In the early days of the self-contained metallic cartridge the method of ignition was not completely settled. One of the early systems was called the pinfire, so named because of the small protrusion from the base of the cartridge. When struck by the hammer, the “pin” crushed and ignited the priming compound contained on the inside of the cartridge. While never at all popular in this country, the various pinfire cartridges (and there was a large assortment, from a tiny 2mm up to at least 15mm) saw considerable use in Europe. Ian at Forgotten Weapons has a look at some pinfire revolvers and shows what made them work.


How do you store your defensive shotgun?

How to store a defensive firearm that’s staged (in a location and condition intended for defensive use) is a matter of some discussion. In my opinion a shotgun is best stored in what’s often called “cruiser ready”: empty chamber, full magazine tube, hammer down and safety on. In this way the user only needs to pick up the gun, chamber a round, and it’s ready to be used. Chris Baker at Lucky Gunner has some thoughts on the practice, and I agree with his analysis.


Busting myths about women and guns

When it comes to women and concealed carry there are a lot of men who feel quite confident about their knowledge of the subject. In reality, too many of them perpetuate myths about women by repeating ill-considered or downright wrong advice. This article examines several myths about women and guns and gives generally solid advice. (Even though I literally “wrote the book” about defensive revolvers — two books, actually — I agree with her stance on revolvers for women. I just wish she’d fleshed that argument out with solid information instead of appeal to popularity.)


What about everyone else? What do you do with those who aren’t ready for disaster?

Many of you, I suspect, are “preppers” to one degree or another: people who make the effort to become more self-reliant in the face of adversity, whatever that may be. Learning self defense, for instance, is in fact a form of prepping. Storing food and water sufficient for a few weeks is another prudent form. What do you do, however, when disaster does strike and you’re faced with pleas from people who haven’t taken your self-reliant attitude? This is a difficult question, and this article from Survival Blog talks about some ways to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. Good read with wider application than you might think.


Self defense is for everyone, regardless of skin color

As I’ve reported previously (and frankly the news is hard to miss), women are flocking to buy guns and learn how to use them in self defense. As it happens, black women are part of that trend too — in fact, they may be leading the pack. Concerned about crime in their neighborhoods, black women are taking advantage of their rights to self protection in record numbers. I, for one, applaud them for taking those steps to self-reliance.


– 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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