Your Hump Day Reading List for January 8, 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:

Blading the hips — good or bad?

As I’ve said many times, I rarely share videos simply because their information density is usually very low. Cecil Burch, Jiu-jitsu master and entangled fighting expert, is the exception to that rule; his videos are usually very informative, even for those of us who aren’t martial arts experts.

In this video, Cecil looks at the old “interview” or bladed stance and why it’s not a good idea when dealing with a close attacker. As usual, he provides examples and solutions. 

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

How much ammunition is enough?

Ralph Mroz takes an informed look at how many rounds a carry gun needs — and his conclusion is liable to start all manner of internet disagreements!

I think people spend far too much time and effort worrying about how many rounds their gun carries. There is a whole list of things that are more important to your overall safety and security than how much ammunition is in your gun.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

The Disaster Preparedness Binder

This is such a good idea, we’re implementing it in our house. Having all of your preparedness planning information in one place, where it can be easily accessed for use, makes a lot of sense. If the whole family knows where they can get the information they need to implement the emergency plan, rathe than relying on memory, it can’t help but make a response easier and faster.

It doesn’t do any good to have all the preparedness gear and plans if they can’t be put into place while under a great deal of stress. The Disaster Preparedness Binder would definitely help solve that problem, and I recommend the idea highly.

Read about it over on the Modern Survival Blog.

– 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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