Your Hump Day Reading List for September 7, 2016

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More great self defense reading for this week! First, why you need to include a dog in your defensive planning; Greg Ellifritz considers what you should do after you’ve stopped the active killer; why you need a practice tourniquet in your kit; how to carry spare revolver ammunition; dealing with the spontaneous fight; how to properly analyze incident video; and dispelling some pervasive shotgun myths. Be sure to share with all of your friends!


How about a defensive tool that will lick your face?

As Jim Wilson points out in this article, the dog is often the least-appreciated home defense tool. I’m not talking about an attack or guard dog, either; those take both special training and special handling to own responsibly. (They’re also not cheap!) Rather, the dog’s first role is that of advance warning device to alert you to the presence of something that’s not right. Any dog will do that naturally, and size isn’t a requirement. The second role is deterrence; many people, including many predatory humans, have a fear of large dogs. The dog’s presence and aggressive barking will be enough to turn away a sizable percentage of bad people, sending them looking for easier pickings. If you don’t have a dog as part of your total protection plan, you’re missing out on an effective and lovable way to keep your family safe!


What to do AFTER the active killer has been stopped

There is a lot of good information out there about what to do when you’re up against an active killer (both in terms of using your concealed carry handgun and using improvised weapons.) What, though, do you do after you’ve shot the bad guy? Greg Ellifritz, an active duty police officer who has had to contemplate how he’d respond to such an event, gives some really good tips. Remember that the responding police officers have no way of knowing that you’re the good guy — make sure that you at least don’t look like the attacker yourself!


You’ve got a tourniquet — but do you practice using it on a regular basis?

If you missed my conversation with Caleb Causey on last week’s Training Talk, we discussed his recent article about training tourniquets and why you should have one. Most people (and I sheepishly admit I’m one of them) will go to the range and practice their shooting skills regularly, but take a medical course one time and forget about those skills. The trouble is that you’re far more likely (probably by an order of magnitude) to need to use that tourniquet than you are to need to use your gun! How do you practice those skills without degrading your equipment? Buy a training tourniquet! This is an eye-opening and much needed article. Read & heed!


Carrying spare revolver ammunition

It’s rare to find a case in private sector self defense where someone reloaded their gun during an incident, and almost impossible to find a case where a reload affected the outcome. However, it’s reasonable that a multiple-attacker crime combined with the reduced ammunition capacity of the typical revolver could result in the need to reload — and thus I recommend that you carry a reload for your revolver (or any gun that you have for personal defense.) There are a number of ways to carry spare ammunition, and this article looks at several. (I’ll toot my own horn and recommend my own personal speedloader carrier design, now being produced by Crossbreed Holsters!)


What do you do if a fight breaks out around you?

The ubiquity of video today means that we can look at fights and attacks in a way that we couldn’t before — and, in this case, you can see what it’s like when a fight breaks out in a restaurant. On the Stuff From Hsoi blog, John Daub does a superb job of analyzing what you should do to keep from being a casualty of a fight you had nothing to do with. (My favorite: don’t worry about WHY it’s happening, instead think about HOW you’re going to respond to keep yourself safe.)


Speaking of video, how do you analyze one?

As I said above, video is ubiquitous these days. Whether bystanders using their iPhones, police dashcams, or surveillance footage, you’ll see lots of incident videos on the net. How can you analyze the videos you see and derive good lessons from them? Wim Demeere has a superb step-by-step plan for you to learn as much as you can from every video you see. This is one of those articles I’ve got permanently bookmarked for reference; it’s that good and, I think, that important.


Myths of the 12-gauge shotgun abound. Here’s to debunking some of them.

The 12-gauge shotgun is, to some people, a magic wand that sweeps away bad guys with little to no effort on their part. The trouble is that many of their beliefs about the shotgun are either flat out wrong or at least substantially incorrect. Here’s an article debunking some of the myths about the 12-gauge.

– 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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