Your Hump Day Reading List for July 27, 2016

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More great personal security, home protection and preparedness information this week, including: what hunting can teach you about shooting positions; Greg Ellifritz is back with some information about lockdowns; Claude Werner digests FBI statistics and comes up with surprising conclusions; when a cheap gun beats a quality gun; personal safety insights from South Africa; how to protect a church and the people inside it; practicing personal security and preparedness; and why those window stickers might be making you a target. Great stuff on the Hump Day Reading List!


Is there a self defense lesson to be learned from hunting?

Believe it or not, there is some crossover from the sometimes staid world of hunting to that of home protection and family defense. In my Perimeter Defense Rifle course, for instance, I teach people how to use the rifle as a defensive tool outside of what we normally consider handgun range — to keep threats from breaching our inner safety perimeter. Because of the extended yet plausible distances of that class, and the need to take advantage of the rifle’s ability to deliver power at a distance, I teach shooting positions beyond standing. Kneeling, squatting, and even sitting have their place in perimeter defense. In the hunting world those are called “field shooting positions”, and this article from Jim Wilson is a good introduction to them. The article is worth reading, but in adapting that information to perimeter defense with a rifle I should point out two things: I don’t see any use for the prone position in defensive shooting, and he doesn’t cover the very useful squatting position. Still, it’s a great article and shows that yes, there is a lot of overlap in the shooting world if you’re knowledgeable enough to understand what is and is not applicable!



Lockdowns are common defensive strategies at schools, hospitals, and many other kinds of locations — but are they really a useful tool? Greg Ellifritz looks at the lockdown, when it is and isn’t useful, and the problems that even a good lockdown procedure can have. He makes a lot of good points (like the lockdown area needing an escape route, something I see wrong with a lot of school procedures) and gives some ideas on how to make the lockdown work to the defender’s advantage. You probably won’t need this information, but you should share it with your school officials or anywhere else you are subject to a lockdown procedure.


What does the FBI really say about gunfights?

Quick: how many police shootings happen at night? If you’ve been around the defensive shooting world at all, you’ve no doubt heard someone claim that “FBI statistics” say that “most” shootings happen at night. Trouble is, very few people have actually looked at the data from the FBI, and it’s a better-than-even chance your last shooting instructor has no clue what they really say. Claude Werner has crunched their numbers, however, and came up with some interesting facts — including how often officers are involved in after-dark shootings — in this article at Personal Defense Network. Highly recommended, but be prepared to see some sacred cows slaughtered!


Cheap guns for self defense?

Before we go any further, I need to make this clear: I do NOT recommend poor-quality handguns for self defense! The reason I’m sharing this article, however, is because of something I have said and do believe: the tool is not as important as the resolute determination that you will use the tool to keep from being a victim. I’ve also said that the gun you will actually carry (or can afford) is better than no gun at all. The RG revolver in this article is a cheap, unreliable gun — but it’s what the homeowner had, and combined with his steely resolve caused a criminal to give up. (I’ll also add that he should have simply let the guy go rather than make the risky decision to hold him for the police.) The lesson here isn’t about the gun, which is good because an RG isn’t much of one!


An interesting perspective on personal preparedness — from South Africa?

If you’ve read my articles on personal security planning, you’re familiar with the concepts of analyzing threats and risk. This is an interesting article from a writer in South Africa who teaches defensive preparedness in his country, and you’ll find some of the same ideas stated in a different way. It’s definitely worth reading to get another view of managing risk, in a country where attacks are more common than they are here. Most impressively, he understands the meaning of context and uses the word specifically and correctly. (My only comment is that your incident may not be a gunfight, and in all likelihood will not be — but his advice is still valid.)


Protecting houses of worship

In recent years churches have found the need to have security teams in place — and the larger the church, the more sophisticated their security concerns. If you’ve been tasked with participating in church security team, or feel that it’s time your church learns to protect itself, this article at Personal Defense Network will give you an overview of the task ahead. (And no — it isn’t all about active shooters!)


How often do you practice? I’m not talking about shooting!

When we talk of practicing our defensive skills, most people think about going to the shooting range. Some might think of some sparring time in a martial arts gym. But practice goes well beyond fighting and shooting, and this article from the Ready For Anything Wire talks about practicing with all your preparedness gear — and your plans, too. Definitely something everyone should be doing!


Bumperstickers and you: not a good combination

You’d be surprised how much information someone can glean just by looking at your car. This short but valuable article is written from the perspective of a military family, but applies to law enforcement and private citizens as well. Look at your car from the perspective of someone who’s “casing” you — and don’t give him the information he needs to make you a target!


– 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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