Your Christmas Day Reading List for December 25, 2019

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Welcome to your Christmas 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:

A couple of revolver items for your consideration

First, Marcus Wynne — who is one of the best but perhaps least-known defensive writers — has a great range report on the Ruger LCR revolver. I get a lot of questions about the LCR, and despite my initial misgivings (I wrongly predicted the gun would fall apart), it has proven to be a superb choice in the lightweight carry category. 

Many people pick rubber strips, such as the SpeedStrip (Bianchi) or TuffStrip (Tuff Products), for carrying spare revolver ammunition. The only problem is that they end up at the bottom of the pocket and can be difficult to retrieve — especially in proper orientation. The RASC offers a way to attach a pocket clip to an ammunition strip, making it easier to carry and retrieve. It looks like an interesting product.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Home invasions and “house clearing”

Sheriff Jim Wilson has some thoughts on the best way to handle a potential intruder.

I agree with him; trying to clear your house on your own is probably a bad idea. If you need to move to your child’s bedroom to protect them, that’s one thing; but moving around a dark house, alone, trying to out-maneuver an intruder is a choice fraught with danger.

I’ll add this: many times the bump in the night is caused by someone other than a bad guy, and far too many people have shot their spouse, child, neighbor, or completely innocent and confused drunk person by mistake. The first thing you should grab is your flashlight, not your gun, and a forcefully delivered “who’s there?” will go a long way to making sure the person you’re pointing your gun at isn’t one of your own.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Some thoughts on organizing for preparedness 

I don’t normally share video content, because the information density is almost always low, and this isn’t much of an exception. But the topic is a little unique: how to organize your preparedness resources so that they’re not only easy to use, but also don’t call attention to you as a prepper. The presentation isn’t good, but some of what the guest has to say is.

The video format is the dreaded “talking heads”, but there are also a few illustrations of what they’re talking about. It’s worth listening to, with the occasional glance at the screen when they finally show something interesting.

– 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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