Your Hump Day Reading List for January 9, 2019

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 


The Kimber K6s Deep Cover reviewed

One of the things I’m most proud of is my involvement in the design of the Kimber K6s revolver. Getting the opportunity to make the vision of an ideal defensive revolver into an actual product that people can buy was a highlight of my career! It’s been three years since it was introduced at SHOT Show, and Kimber has done a better job with production of the design than anyone predicted. It’s been a successful product line for them, and one of their latest versions is the “Deep Cover”. Mike Wood has a very thorough — and very honest — review.


Buying a homestead? Here’s what to look for.

Buying a rural property isn’t as straightforward as buying a home in a suburban development. There are more variables and more chances for mistakes. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt from the contractor who replaced our septic system because I wasn’t as thorough as I should have been in my inspection!) This article has a great list of the things you should consider when looking at any rural property. It may save you money (and a lot of headaches.)


“I’m being followed!”

You’re driving along, minding your own business, when you notice a vehicle following you. After some distance and perhaps a few turns, it’s obvious that he’s not just coincidentally heading in the same direction. What should you do? This article from Greg Ellifritz has some good tips on what to do, including your options should the situation deteriorate into an actual attack. 


The basics of disaster preparedness

Though written from the perspective of an apartment dweller, this article has good preparedness information for everyone. Surviving a natural disaster is really a matter of good planning, of considering plausible scenarios ahead of time and making appropriate decisions about how to face them. This is an excellent article to share with friends and family who are stuck at the “what should I do first?” stage. 


Alternating shells in the shotgun: good or bad?

A thoughtful article about staggering loads in the shotgun magazine. It’s a dumb idea, and the author does a pretty good job of explaining just why.


The silent killer, especially in bad times

It seems that whenever there’s a major winter storm somewhere in the country, someone ends up dying from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Alternative heating methods can easily introduce CO into a home, and being both odorless and colorless it’s easily overlooked — until it’s too late. This article looks at CO poisoning, why it’s so deadly, and how to avoid becoming a victim. 


“Stupid and irresponsible is no way to go through life, son.”

With apologies to the writers of Animal House, that line describes far too many of my fellow gun owners. I’m on a crusade to get people to store their firearms more responsibly, and guys like this aren’t helping matters. Once again, there are only two responsible places for your firearm: on your person, or secured in a locked container. Please pass it along. (This guy didn’t help matters by trying to conceal evidence from the police, but my main point stands: he didn’t store his gun properly, and his child is dead as a result. It was predictable and therefore preventable, and it’s time we all worked to help eliminate these all too common tragic outcomes.)

– Grant Cunningham

P.S.: Why is my new book, co-authored with Joshua Gideon, getting such rave reviews? Because Praying Safe: The professional approach to protecting faith communities offers a fresh, realistic approach to keeping people safe in houses of worship. Whether you go to a church, synagogue, or temple this is a book you need to have — and to share with others in your congregation!



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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