Your Hump Day Reading List for September 18, 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 we 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:

Revolver for home defense? 

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of the double action revolver. I temper my enthusiasm for the wheelgun with the knowledge that it’s an easy gun to shoot, but a difficult gun to shoot well. It’s a good choice for those people who are fully aware of its both its advantages and its limitations.

Ralph Mroz says that we may benefit from looking at some of its limitations as positives in a home defense context. In his view, the heavy trigger and limited ammunition capacity aren’t the issues they’re often made out to be, and he does an excellent job of defending his position.

Even if you aren’t considering a revolver as a home defense option, you should read the article. He presents decidedly contrary opinions that nevertheless have some validity, and they might make you think about home defense a little differently. It’s worth reading for that reason.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Have you ever audited your home security?

Auditing your home security — systematically scrutinizing your home and practices for known weaknesses — is one of the more valuable things you can do to enhance your safety. But while it’s easy to advocate for the practice, it’s hard for someone who isn’t an expert in these matters to do. But today I bring you help!

This article has a pretty comprehensive checklist to help you audit your own home security. It lists the items and explains them concisely but thoroughly, and it includes several non-obvious weaknesses. I’m adding it to my preparedness planning, and I encourage you to do so too!

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Storing canned food: Best practices

For years I’ve been preaching the virtues of regular canned food as a storage medium, as opposed to the specialized freeze-dried foods or MREs (military rations) some people are fond of. Don’t get me wrong; those things have their place, particularly when food needs to be transported, but at home they’re both expensive and carry the risk of digestion issues when suddenly introduced into the diet.

Canned foods that are regularly consumed and rotated are a much more cost-effective solution to long-term food storage. It’s not just a matter of throwing a case of green beans on the shelf, however. To maximize both nutritional value and palatability, it’s important to store canned foods properly.

This article gives an overview of how to make a canned food stockpile usable for long periods of time. It includes information on storage spaces, how to make storage accessible and rotatable, and information on environmental conditions that extend the life of both commercially- and home-canned foods.

– 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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