Your Hump Day Reading List for February 19, 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:

“Easy to shoot, but hard to shoot well”

I’ve been saying that about snubnose revolvers for nearly 20 years now. Fact is, the snubnose revolver is a difficult gun to shoot. The often vestigial sights, short sight radius, small grip, heavy trigger, and stout recoil combine to given even expert shooters trouble.

If you’re shooting them all the time, though, you don’t really notice it — until you shoot a nice semi-auto with a crisp, single action trigger. Justin over at RevolverGuy did just that, and noticed how hard it was to get back to the revolver. His observations are worth reading.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

When are tourniquets not useful?

Believe it or not, in most active shooter (mass casualty) incidents. As it happens, most (77%, according to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery) of the fatal wounds are to the head and chest. Very few fatal wounds are to the extremities.

This news caused something of a shockwave in the defensive shooting community when this came to light, largely thanks to this article at ConcealedCarry. The author explains the findings, how wounding occurs, and makes some suggestions as to what a realistic-threat-based trauma kit should contain.

It’s why I’ve always had a chest seal, along with a tourniquet, pressure bandage, and hemostatic gauze, in my daily carry trauma kit. 

This week in Preparedness and Health:

What dangers lurk in your life?

Not a day goes by that I don’t see a question on a forum or social media pertaining to preparedness. A distressingly large percentage of the time, the question focuses on what category of stuff to buy next. In almost every case, the person is preparing by the kind of things they think they “should” have, rather than on the dangers they face.

This article (ignore the bad lead photo) talks about some of the dangers you may (or may not) face in your life. The key is to start thinking about what can hurt you or your family, in any way you want to define “hurt”, and then make preparations to mitigate the effects. Your list is likely to be longer, but the important thing is that you think about them. 

Buying a ham radio, among other favorite prepper toys, won’t do you any good if you don’t know why you’re buying it, what problem it’s supposed to solve, and under what circumstances that problem would present itself.

– 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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