Your Hump Day Reading List for January 1, 2020

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Hump Day Reading List

Welcome to the first Hump Day Reading List of 2020! 

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 on this New Year’s Day:

This week in Defensive Training and Gear:

Test your defensive ammunition in YOUR gun!

This article serves as a good illustration of why you need to test your carry ammunition in your own gun. The author changed his carry ammunition; it seemed like a small change to him, but he found out some months later — when he finally got to the range — that his gun simply wouldn’t feed that round reliably.

This is why I suggest running at least a box of your chosen defensive ammunition through your gun. It’s not necessary to shoot up great quantities of increasingly expensive premium ammo, but you do need to at least verify that it and your gun will play nicely together.

I’ll also take this opportunity to reiterate another of my precepts: don’t carry defensive ammunition that wasn’t made by a major manufacturer — namely, Federal, Speer, or Winchester — and never use any ammunition made by a company that isn’t a member of SAAMI (the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute). The ammunition the author used meets neither criteria, which may account for some of his issues.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Staying safe in public spaces

Police officer Greg Ellifritz wrote an article based on surveillance video of a woman who was was stabbed, and her child held hostage, by an assailant. The woman was just going into the grocery store when the attacker took advantage of her lack of awareness.

She made several mistakes, which Ellifritz details in his article. It’s important to note that her assailant waited for the most opportune moment, the point at which she was both most distracted and most physically vulnerable, to strike. A moment’s inattention is all it takes if there’s someone waiting to take advantage of it. 

Had she paid more attention to her surroundings as she pulled up to the curb, she may have noticed this fellow watching for a victim. Had she not allowed herself to become distracted in an unsecured space, she may have seen the attack coming in time to avert it — assuming, of course, that she possessed the skills and/or tools with which to do so.

There’s a lot to learn from this incident. Read the article carefully.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Eat what you store, and store what you eat

I know I sound like a broken record sometimes (my wife would agree), but there are certain things which bear repeating. One of them is storing food that you actually eat, and rotating through it by actually eating it.

You don’t want to get into a situation where you need to rely on your stored food, only to find out you (or someone in your family) can’t stand it. Worse, to find out that someone is allergic to an ingredient and/or is actually sickened by it.

Learn from the mistake the author of this article made. Eat what you store, and only store what you actually eat.

– 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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