Your Hump Day Reading List for June 29, 2016

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This week’s Hump Day Reading List is full of great information for the self-reliant! First, a new course promises to open your eyes to a new way of looking at personal safety; how to help your body adapt to summer’s heat; Greg Ellifritz looks at the question of giving first aid to someone you’ve defended yourself from; a look at what happens when you’re distracted in public; you’re a prepper and probably don’t even realize it; why you really do need at least a passing understanding of the law; a great article about being a good training ambassador when you take a class; and some considerations about the skills needed to operate a revolver efficiently.


A Thinker’s Approach to Decisions about Personal and Family Protection

The defensive training world continues to evolve; we’re finally starting to get past the focus on gear (hardware) that has dominated self defense and instead are starting to consider things like decision making and risk assessment. One good example of this evolution is a new course from two respected thinkers in the defensive training world: Claude Werner and William Aprill. Their new course, “Violent Criminals and YOU: A Thinker’s Approach to Decisions about Personal and Family Protection”, has just been announced and it looks to be a superb event. It looks at self protection through some simple questions: how do violent criminals think of us, how do they target us, and what do we need to do to avoid or counter their attacks? It’s coming up the first part of October in Norcross, GA, and I suspect it’s going to be sold-out event — so register early!


Summer is here. Is your body ready?

Believe it or not, your body does adapt to heat and Dr. James Hubbard has the information on just how it does that and what you should do to help the process along. Having had the unpleasant experience of heat-related sickness requiring a hospital visit — twice, because I learn slowly — you can bet I pay much closer attention to these things than I used to! It’s really pretty simple but some of us just need things spelled out, and I’m glad Dr. Hubbard does.


You’ve just shot someone in self defense. Should you give him first aid?

The question of providing first aid or trauma care to someone you’ve been forced to shoot in self defense is almost a philosophical question. I’ve heard many arguments pro and con, but Greg Ellifritz has a slightly different — and very practical — opinion on the subject. (For what it’s worth, my opinion is generally the same as his.) You should definitely read and consider the issues he raises.


Remember what I said about managing distractions? Some people don’t.

“Distracted walking”, which is primarily illustrated by walking around with one’s nose buried in a smartphone, is a growing issue. So many people have their attention so monopolized by what’s in their hands that the National Security Council now treats it as a separate category in their annual injury report. They look at it primarily as an injury issue, and make no mistake: preventing injury is as big a part of personal security as avoiding attacks. Even so, if you’re so engrossed in your Facebook status that you don’t see the bus heading at you, you’re probably more than sufficiently absorbed to not see the bad guy following you! This news story from NBC shows pretty graphically what people look like, and what happens to them, when they fail to manage their distractions. You may think “oh, but I don’t do that”, but I’d bet that I can find many instances in your daily life where you are inappropriately preoccupied in public. Treat this story as a reminder: situational awareness starts with managing your distractions!


He’s a prepper, she’s a prepper, wouldn’t you like to be a prepper too?

With apologies to the old Dr. Pepper commercial jingle (which only people of a certain age will remember), the media has done a pretty good job of demonizing the word “prepper”. That demonization has led people to believe that preppers are all anti-government loons holed up in bunkers and waiting for The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). In reality, prepping is nothing more than taking some responsibility for your own safety and security. Recognizing that you might be on your own, either because of a criminal attack or just something mundane like a windstorm, is the beginning of being a “prepper”. Here’s a great article that can help you get past the stigma and on the path to a more independent frame of mind.


You don’t need to be a lawyer, but you’d better understand why you might need one

I find a lot of resistance among some people about learning the legalities of self defense. It’s not uncommon to hear people complain about attending a 3-hour concealed license course because they “don’t need to know all that legal stuff.” Actually, you do — that is, if you want to stay out of prison yourself! Ralph Mroz explains why you need to know at least the legal basics as they apply to self defense.


Helping and encouraging your fellow students

This is a surprising article called “Be A Good Training Ambassador”, which deals with how you can help your fellow students get more out of their training. In any course you attend you’re likely to see some people at both ends of the skill/experience curve, and if you’re at the high end there are things you can do to help out those who don’t have your skill and experience. (There are some instructors for whom these should be a wake-up call, too!) Definitely one of the better articles on training I’ve read in a while.


Developing your revolver skills

Many people are surprised that I don’t recommend a revolver, particularly of the snubnose variety, as a gun for most new shooters. Why? Because they’re not as simple to operate as they’re often made out to be! They actually require some significant practice time to become truly competent with them, and in this article Tiger McKee looks at revolver skills and what’s needed to become competent.

– Grant Cunningham

Opening photo: “Camelus dromedarius at Tierpark Berlin” by Agadez – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons


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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