Your Hump Day Reading List for December 18, 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:

Should you lighten the trigger on your carry gun?

Ralph Mroz has some thoughts on the topic. I’m sure the internet commandoes will find all sorts of reasons not to listen!

My position is simple: Smoothing the trigger action is one thing, but making it lighter is another entirely. I know of no recognized authority on the judicious use of lethal force who will recommend the practice. Save the light triggers for competition guns and range toys; your defensive gun should have a stock, or nearly stock, trigger action. 

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Evacuate! But…where to?

Many response plans for active attacks include an evacuation. But the evacuation requires much planning and forethought if it’s to be done safely.

I’ve reviewed more than one security plan which included evacuation into a parking lot. (One institution’s plan had their people evacuating to an employee parking lot that had only one way in or out, was surrounded by a tall chainlink fence, and was at the bottom of a hill in full view of anyone above them. It was like putting all the fish into a big barrel.)

Greg Ellifritz has some thoughts on why evacuating into a parking lot is generally a bad idea, and what to do instead. This is particularly important reading for those who are on “security teams” in churches, synagogues, schools, or anywhere else people congregate.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Documenting loss for the insurance company

Getting an insurance settlement after a disaster can be a frustrating job. They’ll want to know what was lost and how much it was worth, and whenever possible have proof of the loss. 

You might think you’ll automatically know what you lost, and that you’ll remember everything which is missing, but I’m pretty sure you couldn’t close your eyes and do a complete inventory of your living room — let alone the whole house. This is why a home inventory is so important.

Modern Survival Blog has a good article on this topic. My only comment would be that your disaster USB drive should always be encrypted; on it you should have all the important records you need for a fresh start: not just the home inventory, but birth, wedding, and insurance documents, as well as copies of driver’s licenses, credit cards, and so on. It’s all incredibly sensitive information and should be completely protected should you lose the drive.

(Security expert Joshua Gideon recommends this USB drive as being secure enough for that task, and it’s not even expensive. I took his advice!)

– 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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