Your Hump Day Reading List for October 31, 2018

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It’s Halloween, and I’ve got some great stories to help you tackle frightening topics! 


Some people don’t want to learn

In the self defense world, many people seem to have comfortable ideas of how things happen in defensive incidents. That was fine back in the days when we didn’t have objective evidence, but today we do — and yet many misconceptions still exist. Cecil Burch looks at one of them, and wonders where the hypocrisy comes from.


Predators are a little different in the country

If you’re new to the rural life, or if you’re thinking about moving to a homestead to get away from the city predators, you should probably be aware that you’ll be dealing with a different variety of them in the country. You’ll also probably need your defensive firearms far more often than in the city! Read this article about predators on the homestead, with the understanding that geography may change them slightly. (In our neck of the woods, we don’t worry about mink or weasels, but we do have to contend with bobcats and cougars.)


Couches are not cover

What household items or features will stop rifle rounds? One guy did an experiment to find out. (Do not try this at home!)


All the comforts of home — gone?

I’ve found that some people don’t really “get” preparedness as a concept until they look at it from the standpoint of their everyday lives. More specifically, when they list the common comforts that disappear during an incident, they seem to get a little better perspective on the need for prepare ahead of time. Here’s one fellow’s look at what he wouldn’t have should a widespread disaster happen.


He wants your pants. Do you give them to him?

This is a very interesting article from Greg Ellifritz that looks at some of the less common criminal demands he’s seen in his years of police work. It’s worth asking yourself where your “line in the sand” is, that point at which future options for resistance disappear. (This is not an easy exercise, but it’s worth doing. Read the article and think deeply about the message.)


Is prepping like insurance?

I’d certainly say so! Here’s why.


How to prepare when you’re strapped

The “working poor” — those who have a job but can barely pay for the necessities of life — are usually disproportionally affected during a disaster. It’s very hard to prepare when you can barely afford to keep food on the table, but there are ways. Here’s someone who’s been there and done that, and has a lot of good information for those who are in that boat. This is a very important article for a large portion of the population.

– Grant Cunningham

P.S.: Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for my Training Talk show on Personal Defense Network!





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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