Your Hump Day Reading List for November 13, 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:

The pistol caliber carbine as a home defense option

Every so often someone will send me a nasty email, complaining about my promotion of the pistol caliber carbine (PCC) as a defensive tool. “It’s not as powerful as a rifle cartridge!”, is the usual complaint.

No, it’s not, and that’s the point. There is great virtue in having a firearm that’s very easy for all qualified members of the household to shoot. The PCC is easy to shoot, much easier to hit with than a handgun, and carries enough power to be effective at the task.

Mark at Growing Up Guns looked at his home defense situation dispassionately, and decided that a PCC would best fit his family’s needs. He wrote this article about his choice, the rationale behind it, and goes on to describe how he equipped it for the task.

If you want to know why I (and so many others) recommend these guns that “aren’t as powerful as a rifle”, read Mark’s article.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

How to answer a knock at the door?

A knock at the door might be nothing more than a pesky salesperson (or religious zealot) — or it could be the prelude to a burglary or attack. How should you handle this common scenario?

This article gives a few options you might consider. While it stops short of what to do if you actually open the door, the article does have some good information on how to avoid opening it in the first place. 

With the prevalence of electronic doorbells which feature both video and two-way audio, there’s really little excuse for not knowing exactly who’s there before you open your door.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Staying safe in the snow

Winter is here! Some areas of the country already have snow cover, and wintertime recreation is on everyone’s mind.

There are dangers that come with recreation in the snow, and it’s up to you to know what they are and how to protect yourself. This article was written for an Oregon audience, but it’s applicable anywhere in the country where downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing are popular. 

I’ve been on search and rescue operations in the Oregon mountains, and if our subjects had read this article many of those missions would have been unnecessary. Enjoy the powder this winter, but do so safely!

– Grant Cunningham


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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