Your Hump Day Reading List for April 6, 2016

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Is it Wednesday again? Holy cow this week went by quickly, but I still found the time to bring you some great information! I have a new article up at the PDN Blog; someone showed me a great prepper blog that’s not scary or offensive; Greg Ellifritz looks at a case where a man shot another man over a dog — but not really; a look at TASERs and stun guns for self defense; being in a rut gives you blinders; Claude Werner on pre-planning your responses; a revolver with an aluminum cylinder, and what went wrong; and how to store your emergency supplies so they’ll be read when you need them. Enjoy — and would it be too much to ask for you to share this with your friends?


My latest article at Personal Defense Network: how smart is your instructor?

You may read my blog, but did you know I also blog over at Personal Defense Network? My most recent post there concerns what it takes to be a teacher. With lots of new “instructors” entering the market and subscribing to the notion that it’s their shooting skills which qualifies them to teach, I thought it was time to look at the qualities you really need in an instructor. Predictably, a certain segment of the shooting world reacted quite negatively — which tells you more about them than my article!


“Preppers” don’t need to be nutcases!

There are lots of preparedness/survival (‘prepper’) blogs out there, but frankly I don’t read many of them. They seem to so often be a haven for fringe characters: conspiracy believers, anti-science people, religious extremists, militia members, and even white supremacists. I was recently turned onto a prepping blog called Preparedness Advice, and so far it’s a breath of fresh air! They cover all kinds of general preparedness topics but without the political, racial and religious overtones so common in the prepper community. I’ve gone back through several months of their posts and so far haven’t found anything that raised my hackles. If you’re looking for preparedness information without the craziness, check ‘em out.


Can you shoot a human to protect your pet?

Greg Ellifritz over at Active Response Training has a great article about a man who, if you were to look only at the headline, shot a naked man who was attacking his dog. From this many people have concluded that it’s perfectly fine to use lethal force to protect an animal from a human being. As Ellifritz explains, it isn’t that simple — and, in this case, wasn’t true to begin with. You have to look at the details, and in the case he points out a small piece which made the homeowner’s actions justifiable. The law isn’t always easy to understand, so make sure you research the application of any defensive concept for yourself!


Just how effective are electrical defense devices?

One of the things that really bothers me is when I see a television news story about personal protection and they feature the obligatory electrical arc of a “stun gun” — and imply that it’s an effective means of self defense. Here’s a good introductory article about the various kinds of electrical weapons, what they do, and what their limitations are. Definitely worth sharing with those people you know who won’t carry a firearm, but want something that they can use to fend off a physical attack. They may change their minds after reading it!


Don’t get in a rut — it can actually be dangerous

This is an interesting article about the concept of complacency and why it’s dangerous to the prepared mind. Aside from not allowing you to make progress in your life, it may contribute to the kind of “head in the sand” posture that invites attack from those who perceive weakness. Not exactly a self-defense article, but the ideas expressed are certainly applicable to you and your defensive preparations.


In reality, the OODA Loop is really about planning. Here’s how that works.

Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor, has an excellent illustration about how preplanning your responses is not only possible, it’s really a necessity. When bad things happen isn’t the time to improvise a response; thinking about the consequences of an attack and how you’d generally respond is both easy to do and a big help to avoiding what he calls “negative outcomes”. Definitely worth reading and thinking carefully about.


An all-aluminum revolver?

Did you know that the U.S. Air Force once issued all-aluminum revolvers (frames and cylinders) to flight crews? It’s true, but today the guns are a rare artifact. Both Smith & Wesson and Colt produced the guns, the S&W model being the later and far more numerous model — about 40,000 coompared to the Colt’s 1,200 or so. The guns were eventually recalled and scrapped because firing them with full-power .38 Special ammunition had a tendency to burst the cylinder quite spectacularly. Read about the gun at the NRA Blog.


Storing and transporting your emergency supplies

If you’ve taken the idea of self-reliance to heart you’ll have a store of essentials ready for emergencies. How should your emergency supplies be stored — and what if you have to move them? This article from the “Ready For Anything” wire has some ideas to help you protect your supplies. (Note: they talk about “bugging out”, which I’m not generally a fan of except in specific instances. You need to assess for yourself if bugging out is the right response for you and your circumstances, and plan accordingly. If it is, this article will definitely be of help. In no case, however, do I recommend or condone the practice of keeping firearms with those supplies; the only safe places for a firearm are on your person or securely locked up!)

– 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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