Your Hump Day Reading List for September 21, 2016

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More great self defense articles this week, including: Julie Loeffler takes a look at common concealment methods for women; a realistic approach to defending schools; Greg Ellifritz shows you what to do if your attacker has pepper spray; the Taurus Judge is a joke for self defense; how to tell if the place you’re in is about to get dangerous; why you should carry more than one trauma kit; and dissecting the post-shooting “scan”. As always, you’ll find something you can use right here on the Hump Day Reading List!


Picking concealed carry holsters for women

Julie Loeffler is back with Part 3 of her Personal Defense Network series on women and shooting, this time looking at options for carrying a defensive handgun. Julie takes a look at the most common carry positions and methods and rates each one for convenience, concealment and comfort. As Julie points out, each of these has unique implications for women and she goes into detail on each one. A great resource for the woman who’s trying to make sense of the myriad concealed carry options.


What should kids do if their school is attacked?

Whenever a school attack happens we hear a lot of the same talk about “arming teachers”, and the discussion eventually degrades to arguments about guns in schools. The problem is that responding to school attacks isn’t a gun issue: it’s a fighting issue, and we need to change the educational culture which has discouraged any and all forms of aggression. In this Personal Defense Network article, Ryan Hoover looks at what we can realistically do to help keep kids safe from attackers.


What if the bad guy uses the same tools?

Many of us carry pepper spray (aka ‘OC spray’) as an intermediate force option, because not every self defense incident justifies the use (or threat) of lethal force. What if, however, the bad guy has his own pepper spray — and uses it to incapacitate you? Greg Ellifritz looks at the implications and responses to someone trying to spray you. Definitely thought-provoking!


Just say no to the Judge. (The Taurus one, not a real one!)

Lots of people, against the best advice from leaders in the self defense world, carry the Taurus Judge revolver loaded with .410 shotshells. Sherman House at Revolver Science looks at the common reasons people give for thinking the Judge is a superior self defense tool, and why each of those reasons is mistaken — sometimes ridiculously so. Share it with the Judge owners you know!


Avoiding the stupid places

John Farnam is famous for advising “don’t do stupid things with stupid people in stupid places.” What if the place you’re in didn’t seem stupid to begin with, but turns stupid in front of your eyes? This is an interesting article about how to tell when the place you’re in is about to “turn stupid”. That’s your cue to get out in a hurry!


Carrying single-casualty trauma kits

Many people carry a trauma kit with them (if you don’t, you should strongly consider doing so.) While many carry enough gear to treat themselves (or a single bystander), what if you happen on a mass-casualty trauma scene? While a public attack is the scenario most think of, a more mundane and far more common incident is a bad auto accident. Out where I live, medical response to a car wreck in the very best case scenario is going to be at least 20 minutes — and it can be more. What if there is more than one person who needs immediate care? This article over at Short Barrel Shepherd looks at the good idea of carrying multiple single-casualty kits and how to use them.


Post-shooting scans

A big part of many defensive shooting courses is the post-shooting “scan”: looking at the environment. The author of this article points out that most of those exercises are nothing more than window dressing and that people really don’t see anything in their fast head-wagging movements. He goes on to detail how he believes they should be done. (I don’t like the word “scan” at all, and much prefer the term “search” or “assessment” of the area you’re in. I’m also not terribly fond of the author’s concept of doing three different types, but his analysis of what people do wrong is why I’m sharing the article.)

– 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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