Your Hump Day Reading List for November 23, 2016

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I know everyone is pressed for time this holiday week, so I’ll keep it short — but I won’t skimp on the quality! This week: why tiny .380 pistols are a problem; what to do when violent protestors surround your car; Greg Ellifritz has some lessons from bombings around the world; what you need to know about guns around kids; and Marcus Wynne has some good advice on teaching small children personal security concepts.


Ultra-Compact .380s: not what they’re cracked up to be?

I’m in agreement with Jarrod Needs, the author of this Personal Defense Network article: the ultra-compact .380 pistols, often sold to new shooters and far too often pushed on women simply because they’re small and light. What people either don’t know or choose to ignore is that they’re difficult to handle and even more difficult to shoot efficiently. They have their place, but only if the user truly understands the compromises in these tiny designs!


What do you do if a mob surrounds your car?

With violent protests becoming a more common occurrence in this country, and many roads and bridges being the scene of traffic stoppages, it’s probably time to give a little thought to what you would do if your car was surrounded by an angry mob. A mob attack on a vehicle can end very badly, and the very best thing is to avoid them if at all possible. If you’re suddenly surrounded, though, this article has some thoughts on what you can do to protect yourself and those in your car.


Learning from recent bombings around the world

The public bombing remains a favorite terrorist tactic around the world, and we’ve experienced a few of those on our own soil as well — though, thankfully, not as many as in other countries. Because they tend to be more common in other places it’s probably a good idea to analyze them and see what we might expect in the future in our own country. Greg Ellifritz looks at some recent bombings and finds some clues that might help you avoid being a victim of one.


Kids, guns, storage, and need

I’ve said this before: particularly in a home with children, there are only two safe places for your gun — on your person, and locked securely away. Lots of people want to keep their guns out and ready, but too often kids find them and tragedy ensues. No, you can’t hide them well enough for your kids not to find them and this article includes a video showing just why that’s so.


Teaching small children to be aware without being afraid

The best thing you can do for your children is to teach them how to protect themselves. You won’t always be there for them, and the night before they leave for college in another state isn’t the time to begin their defensive education. Marcus Wynne has a great starting plan for kids between 4 and 6 years old. Remember, it’s just a start; you need to teach them more as they can responsibly assimilate it, and your obligation to make them self-sufficient never ends. Start now and don’t stop.

Have a Happy (and Safe) Thanksgiving!

– Grant


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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