Your Hump Day Reading List for January 22, 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:

Why not a lever action rifle?

Someone recently referred to me as a “Fudd” (a derogatory appellation frequently used by those who don’t understand how much they don’t yet know) because I recommend such “outdated” defensive tools as revolvers and — gasp! — lever-action rifles. Because, you know, in the history of firearms no one has ever been able to use either of those to defend their life. (I’m being sarcastic, of course.)

Here’s an article that details why one person consciously chose the lever-action as his personal protection rifle. He gives some background on the design, its usability, why it’s ideal for travel across state lines, and even gives some tips on models, calibers, and modifications.

I don’t agree with absolutely everything in the article, but overall he’s done an excellent job explaining why, even in the 21st century, the lever-action rifle is still a good choice and may in fact be the best choice under certain circumstances.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Avoiding AirBnB scams

AirBnB is popular and getting more so with every passing month. I use it regularly when I travel; my brother and his wife used it to discover a couple of amazing places to stay on their Caribbean vacation. If you don’t use it yourself, you likely know someone who does.

Of course when anything becomes popular there are always those who will try to take advantage of it. AirBnB is no exception, and in fact may attract some of the more sophisticated scammers — who have started their own service for AirBnB scam artists!

You can read about it, and how to avoid the scams, in this enlightening article at the Krebs On Security blog.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Pass your knowledge on today!

You’ve been diligent in preparing; you know self defense, how to treat traumatic wounds, how to find your way home even when lost, and perhaps a lot of other important skills.

But what about your kids?

This article looks at the kinds of skills you can teach your children, at what age they’re ready to learn specific things, and even how to teach them.

(Some of the skills the author lists aren’t necessarily applicable to every situation, but it’s the concept he proposes which is most important. You can easily adapt his methodology to your child’s specific needs.)

– 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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