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:
Training to shoot one-handed
This article is sometimes a little “over the top”, but it’s a good essay on the need to learn and practice shooting one-handed.
The reality of life is that you won’t always have both hands available to use a firearm in that rare circumstance you need to. Many trainers focus on being injured, but there are a lot of reasons you might need to shoot one-handed: holding a child, opening a door, on the phone with the 911 operator, holding a flashlight, sweeping an innocent behind you, and so on.
In fact, I think the situations are so common that the average person should devote at least a third of their practice time to shooting one-handed, using the strong hand, and perhaps five percent of the time shooting weak-handed.
(For the same reasons, I recommend not carrying a firearm in a way that requires both hands for access. You should practice the majority of your time drawing the gun one-handed, without assistance from the other hand.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
“I was in fear for my life!”
The Tactical Professor, Claude Werner, looks at the idea of fearing for your life as a justification for the use of lethal force. In short, it’s not enough; you need to understand when lethal force is justified and when it’s not, and fear is only a part of the equation. It’s often not enough by itself.
As Massad Ayoob has been telling his students for years, fear must be articulable; you must have a reasonable belief that the actions of your attacker pose a threat to your life. Claude calls this “knowing the rules”, and you’re unlikely to get away claiming ignorance should you shoot someone without proper justification.
I heartily recommend Massad’s class, as well as Claude’s book “Serious Mistakes Gunowners Make”; link in his article.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Preparedness is more than just guns and freeze-dried food. It’s about finances, too.
Most people in this country cannot afford even a small crisis, let alone a large one. From car breakdowns to emergency room visits, there are many things that can be a drain on a family’s finances. In some cases, they can be the “straw that broke the camel’s back”.
This article at The Organic Prepper looks at a range of common emergencies and what they might cost. (I’ll add that recent experience, coupled with obscene insurance deductibles, has made the medical emergency category even more expensive than what’s listed in the article.)
Having an emergency fund should be one of the first (if not THE first) preparedness moves you make. If you’re buying guns and ammo but don’t have a rainy day fund, sell off some of those guns and set the money aside. You’re more likely to need that than to shoot zombies.
– Grant Cunningham