Your Hump Day Reading List for October 2, 2019

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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:

Do you know how to evaluate your revolver’s condition?

Mike Wood over at RevolverGuy wrote a great article about how to check your revolver for safety and function. Though normally a very reliable arm that is remarkably resistant to neglect, revolvers can and do wear or break down. It’s important to know how to spot problems — before you learn about them the hard way!

I’ll add one thing to his excellent procedure: on a Colt or Smith & Wesson revolver with the firing pin on the hammer, the firing pin should be able to pivot just a bit up and down. On a Colt it will pivot freely, while a Smith & Wesson has a small spring which allows the pin to move only under pressure. 

If the pin doesn’t move at all, it’s usually a sign that debris (or possibly corrosion) has worked its way into the firing pin channel. A squirt of cleaner or very light lubricant in the gap behind the firing pin, followed by wiggling the pin up and down, will usually clear up the problem.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Some hard lessons about avoiding the fight

Sharing this article was a tough decision, because it contains some verbiage about the mechanics of fighting which I am unqualified to evaluate. That being said, the rest of the article about avoiding fights and recognizing pre-assault cues is pretty good, which is why I chose to include it.

I’m particularly glad that the author, who I take to be in his late-20s/early-30s, recognizes that simply being nice to other people goes a long way to preventing physical conflict. Too many of the younger generation seem to forget that the best way to avoid social violence is to not act like a jerk. 

(I feel compelled to repeat one of Claude Werner’s recommendations: taking a Dale Carnegie course, where you learn to treat other people with respect, is probably more valuable to personal safety than any shooting course. It’s a sentiment I agree with.)

All is not perfect, however, as the last section of the article contains a piece of advice I caution you to NOT take: the author suggests that, after an altercation, you not hang around for the police to arrive. He also seems to denigrate those who advocate calling the police at all. I’m rather disappointed in his machismo attitude, given the quality of the rest of the article, and I encourage you to ignore that advice. You should be the first to call 911 and to stick around (if it’s safe, of course) to talk to responding officers.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

All prepped up an no place to go?

The recent experience with the almost-disaster of Hurricane Dorian on the east coast prompted many in that area to vent their frustration on social media. I was surprised to see the number of people complaining that they’d been “tricked” into last-minute prepping, only to end up not needing those preparations. They felt their time, effort, and money had been “wasted”.

It’s important to remember that preparedness is insurance, and like any insurance it may go completely unused. In fact, all prepping should be done with the hope that you never use it! Regardless of the type of event, from criminal attack to an earthquake, most people will never actually need the skills, equipment, or supplies they’ve acquired.

I found an excellent essay on this very topic over at The Organic Prepper, and I encourage everyone to read it. The author does a great job of bringing perspective back to preparedness, and I believe that perspective is important to maintaining a healthy long-term outlook on the subject.

It will also help you avoid frustration!

– 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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