Your Hump Day Reading List for January 15, 2020

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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:

Some in-the-waistband (IWB) holster advice

There’s been a sudden increase in holster questions to my inbox lately, and many of them have asked about specific brands of holsters — usually those I can’t in good conscience recommend.

Rather than going to the trouble of writing a redundant article, I decided to share Greg Ellifritz’s excellent post on IWB holsters. The information is still as valid now as when he wrote it four years ago. 

(There’s a holster manufacturer that’s been trying for quite some time to get me to accept a paid ad on my blog, along with “complimentary” products. I refuse to do so; not only because the product displays most of the failures Greg talks about in his article, but also because accepting it would appear to be a tacit endorsement of their crappy products. 

If I recommend a product, it’s because I’ve spent my own money on it and have found it satisfactory in all regards — not because I was paid to do so. “Influencers”, a self-applied title becoming common in the firearms industry, cannot be trusted.) 

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

It’s easy to become paranoid

Those of us who spend a lot of time studying, teaching, and planning for bad things run the risk of developing creeping paranoia: the growing fear of that which we study. I’ve seen it, time and again, in the actions and attitudes of others in this business.

It’s a risk faced by people in many fields. I’ve heard of epidemiologists afraid to leave the houses for fear of contagion, and known an oncologist who wouldn’t eat foods with “sharp edges” (lest those edges abrade the lining of their intestinal tract and lead to a polyp, which might become cancerous.) Knowing too much can sometimes be as bad as not knowing enough.

This is a great article to restore some sanity to those of us in the preparedness world. Everyone who prepares to face life-altering incidents — whether it’s economic collapse, natural disaster, or active shooter — needs to step back every so often and look at the world with a different attitude.

From the article: “If your self-defense protocols & training are making you more suspicious, more hostile, and less comfortable in social environments – your protocols and training aren’t helping make your life better.” Amen to that!

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Can preparedness and minimalism co-exist?

The minimalist movement — deciding what’s “enough”, and paring one’s life down to that level — is gaining traction all over the country. Marie Kondo and Joshua Becker are becoming household names, and seminars and books about the topic are common just about everywhere. 

But how can one be a minimalist, and still prepare — when preparedness, almost by definition, requires the stockpiling of “stuff” one might never use?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, but have yet to come to a solid resolution for my household. Articles like this one, however, are useful because they show how others have grappled with this dichotomy, and the solutions they’ve devised for themselves.

If you’re attracted to minimalism and likewise wonder how that lifestyle can fit with the preparedness lifestyle, it may provide some insight.

– 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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