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:
How about the old “thirty-thirty”?
On occasion someone will ask me what I think about the .30-30 Winchester as a general purpose defensive round. I think it’s perfectly adequate to the job of protection, from whatever predator, well beyond the range of what’s considered “justifiable”. It’s also light in recoil and the rifles in which it’s usually chambered are slim, light, and easy to handle. What’s not to like?
This article from Ammoland looks at the history and use of the .30-30 rifle and cartridge, and comes to much the same conclusion. The author makes the point that it was a lawman’s rifle long before the concept became popular, and was the choice of many lawman even after it had been “superseded”.
As I said in Protecting Your Homestead: Using a rifle to defend life on your property, “While it’s not ideal in any one category, its combination of adequate performance, good handling, and ubiquity may make it the best choice for some people in some circumstances.” To that I’ll add it’s rarely a bad choice for anyone!
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Someone’s in your backyard at night. What do you do?
If there’s one thing I’m tired of, it’s people telling me that they’re ready to shoot “anyone” who is on their property at night. “There’s no reason for anybody to be in my backyard, unless they’re up to no good!”
As it happens, there are lots of reasons any number of people might be on your property in the dead of the night — and some of them might be police officers. How do you handle these common yet dangerous encounters?
Greg Ellifritz has some experience along these lines, and in this article makes recommendations — for both sides — on how to prevent these incidents from escalating.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
A different look at economic collapse
I minored in economics in college, and for a time considered making it my major. As a result I tend to think of economic crises in terms of major events, such as market downturns, collapsing bubbles, rapidly spreading bank failures, and so on.
This is because many recessions have in fact begun with just those types of dramatic triggers. But what if an economic collapse happens slowly, gradually, without an event that signals to everyone “we’ve got trouble in River City!” ?
This article at Organic Prepper looks at the gradual downturn and what it means to the individual or the family. I think it’s worth reading and considering. (As it happens, the preparations you make to ride out such an event will probably also work for the more dramatic variety. The reverse may not always be true, particularly if the implementation of those preparations relies on an specific trigger event.)
– Grant Cunningham