Your Hump Day Reading List for August 21, 2019

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Hump Day Reading List

Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List! 

This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that seem to run our lives these days. Instead of a machine deciding what you’ll see, I personally go out and look for great articles that actually have value in the quest for greater personal and family safety.

From all of the articles that I find, I weed out the “fake news” and those that don’t have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the growing scourge of information overload, I distill everything down to what I believe to be the three most useful articles you can read right now, explain the context of those articles, and identify any bias so you can trust what you read. 

It’s a more personal, more targeted, and more efficient way to get the information you need!

Here’s what I’ve found for you this week:

This week in Defensive Training and Gear:

Some thoughts on pepper spray

Lots of people in the defensive shooting world are dismissive of chemical defense agents: “They’re not as effective as a bullet!” My response: “No kidding. They’re not supposed to be.”

Pepper spray is used in those cases where you need something more than a loud voice and something less than killing the guy. In reality, a huge percentage of the interpersonal conflicts we have fall into this category. As I’ve said before, the firearm is a specialized tool with an extremely narrow range of application. Chemical sprays have a much wider range of use; they can be used in a greater variety of circumstances than can the gun.

Jim Wilson wrote a good introduction to the use of pepper spray. This isn’t to say it’s easy to use, and to that end I recommend getting some training in deploying it properly. I also recommend choosing a spray brand that has an inert training canister you can practice with. In fact, I consider that a “must”.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

What’s the biggest risk of foreign travel? Not what you think it is…

Without Googling, can you identify the single largest cause of travel-related deaths? Hint: it isn’t kidnapping, terrorist attack, or even having your kidneys removed for sale on the black market.

According to this article, it’s traffic accidents. I can believe it! The author looks at the data, the causes, and some ideas to mitigate your risk while you’re enjoying your vacation. 

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Expecting a baby? Own a gun? Here’s something important.

Expectant mothers (and their significant others) often have questions about what they can and cannot do during their pregnancy. One of those questions has to do with shooting while pregnant.

Champion shooter Julie Golob is also a mom, and she did a lot of research to come up with the answers. She put that information into a great and FREE ebook that you can download. I highly recommend it, and  you can get your copy here.  

– Grant Cunningham

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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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