Your Hump Day Reading List for February 12, 2020

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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:

A special case for the snubnose revolver

Here is a unique perspective on the use of the snubnose revolver as a defensive tool. The author makes the case that, for an elderly person, the snubby might be a better choice than an autoloader.

I feel compelled to point out that his situation is his alone, and may not be applicable to others. I’ve met older folks for whom the snubby was, in fact, a good choice, but it’s not universal. Don’t let yourself get caught in the trap of thinking “old person = snubnose”, any more than you should allow yourself to automatically think “woman = snubnose”. The choice needs to be made on the totality of the circumstances, considering both need and ability.

Sometimes the snubnose revolver is a good choice, sometimes it isn’t. This article simply provides one data point for the kind of situation where it is.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

SWAT or fake?

Criminals have been known to impersonate police officers in order to rob others. At the same time, police have been known to make mistakes and conduct raids on perfectly innocent people (and, occasionally, killing those innocents.) If you’re a law-abiding person and someone comes to your door dressed like a SWAT team, how do you know whether it’s they’re real or imposters?

Greg Ellifritz is a police officer as well as a defensive trainer, and he has some tips for us. Take particular note when he says: “Even in the best of situations, this is still going to be a difficult scenario for an armed homeowner to handle properly. No matter what you do, you won’t likely have a whole lot of time to make a decision that will have life-altering implications.”

Read his article carefully, as there is a lot of detail you need to be aware of if you’re to make the right choices.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Have you gone overboard?

When I wrote Prepping For Life, I had it in my mind to show people how they could prepare rationally, without becoming enslaved to the practice. It’s easy to become obsessed with preparedness, to the point that it affects your enjoyment of life.

This article considers the signs that one’s obsession line has been crossed. I think it’s terrific, because it acknowledges the need to be prepared but tempers it with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s one of those articles I wish I’d written!

I particularly appreciated the author’s point that if you have so much stuff you can’t find it all (or even know you have it), it doesn’t do you a whole lot of good. There’s a whole lot of truth in that statement.

– 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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