Your Hump Day Reading List for December 4, 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:

“Anything is a weapon if you hold it correctly”

There’s some truth to that statement, but first you have to see it as a weapon. Most of us don’t think that way, and so we don’t see the possibilities of the things around us.

One of those things we see all the time, but often ignore, is the fire extinguisher. Greg Ellifritz has some good ideas about using the ubiquitous fire extinguisher as a weapon. 

(I always take note of where the fire extinguishers are, not just for their weaponization but for their use in case something like a fire were to break out!)

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Where can you get good self defense information?

First a disclaimer: Sheriff Jim Wilson mentions me in this article, and for that I’m thankful, but he also has a lot of really good information — and I would have shared it even if I hadn’t been included!

There are a lot of sources for self defense (and preparedness) information out there, but along with such a huge selection comes a certain variability of quality. Some of it is good, some obviously bad, and a lot in the middle that’s questionable.

Jim gives some good guidance on how to choose your sources. To his tip I’ll add this: when you find one of those good sources, ask them for referrals like Jim’s. If, for instance, Claude Werner follows someone, it’s a pretty good bet you should, too.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

What’s a weather radio and why do you need one?

For some reason the humble weather radio — especially those with an alert function — get overlooked by a lot of people. That’s a mistake, and I think everyone should have one (or more) in their preparedness gear.

This article lays out what a weather radio is, how their alerts work, and some considerations for choosing. To those recommendations I’ll add this: many radios, both receivers and transceivers, have weather bands built in. Many amateur (ham) radios, most police/fire scanners, and even some CB radios have weather bands. Some even decode the weather alerts. 

(For those fellow hams out there: remember, even if your HT doesn’t have weather frequencies built in, most VHF transceivers can be programmed to receiver in the 162mHz range of the weather broadcasts!)

– 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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