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:
Gear maintenance is a necessity
It’s easy to forget about the support gear we carry. Our guns get the most love, because we shoot them all the time — but what about, say, the holsters in which we carry them, or the belts which support all the weight?
With the advent of Kydex (thermoformed plastic) holsters, screws have become ubiquitous on our carry gear. How often do you check yours? (I’ll admit to not checking mine as often as I should.) This article looks at some gear failures and what to do about them.
Check those screws, and use some sort of thread sealant on them. Loc-Tite Purple is the preferred low-yield threadlocker for screws which won’t need any sort of adjustment; Vibra-Tite VC3 is preferred for things like tension screws, or the screws on leather holsters which occasionally need tightening to compensate for leather shrinkage. (Those of you with a good selection of automotive compounds will find Permatex Gasket Sealer — the thin red liquid — makes a good substitute for VC3.)
(Those of you carrying revolvers: VC3 is my go-to for sideplate and crane/yoke screws.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Open carry: just say “no”
This is probably going to make some people mad, but it’s hardly a secret that I’m not a fan of the practice of open carry (except during activities such as hunting.) As a method of carrying a defensive tool, there are no real advantages and many disadvantages to the activity.
I’ve also been quite clear that if one chooses to open carry, they really need a retention holster (preferably a Level III) AND hands-on training in weapon retention techniques. This, I contend, is the only responsible way to open carry.
Why do I say this? Because open carriers have their guns stolen off their hips on a regular basis. Even police officers, who almost universally have retention holsters and the training that goes along with them, still have their guns taken occasionally. Greg Ellifritz has done an excellent job of chronicling these thefts, and explains why open carry is a generally bad idea.
Seriously, I don’t know one acknowledged expert in the defensive shooting world who recommends open carry — and most of them recommend against it. There’s a reason for that; actually, a bunch of reasons. Read Greg’s article for them.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
No time to prep? I’ll bet that’s not true!
We’re all busy these days. I get it; with job, kids, laundry, grocery shopping, extracurricular activities, business breakfasts and dinners, commute time, paying bills, mowing the lawn, and vehicle maintenance, who has time for prepping?
In my book Prepping For Life I show how to plan out prepping activities so that they fit into a busy schedule. But what if even that seems un-doable?
Well, as this article points out, if you have 15 minutes you can do something positive to move your prepping along. No, you won’t be able to tackle a large project, but if you can commit to taking 15 minutes every day or so to do one of the things in the author’s list, you’ll be a little more prepared than you were just a few minutes earlier.
By the end of a month, you’ll have made real progress. One painless little bit at a time!
– Grant Cunningham
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