Your Hump Day Reading List for April 1, 2020

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Hump Day Reading List

Welcome to your “No Fooling” Hump Day Reading List! 

The readers have spoken, and have told me in very specific terms that they wanted the Hump Day Reading list (which I put on hiatus for the duration of the pandemic quarantine) to come back. One person told me that it provided a sense of normalcy which she felt her locked-down life needed right now.

I think that’s a good reason to resume our pre-scheduled programming! 

Without further ado, here is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms (and the constant pandemic news) 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 — and not an April Fools joke among them:

This week in Defensive Training and Gear:

Defensive rifle alternatives?

Every so often I get an email which asks about such “alternative” weapons as pump-action shotguns and lever-action rifles. The gist of most of them is “someone told me my lever-action rifle was obsolete and unsuitable for defense. Should I sell it and buy an AR-15?”

My usual answer is “no”. The lever-action rifle works as well as it always has, and if a person is used to the handling and operation, there’s really no reason to replace it with something that’s simply more popular.

But hey, I’m just one guy. What do others have to say? Here’s another guy’s opinion. (Warning: it’s pretty much the same as mine, so if you’re convinced the lever-action is completely obsolete and unusable, you might want to avoid clicking on the link.)

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Travel scams and you

Travelers are easy marks for all kinds of scams, even if they speak the local language. In some locales fleecing tourists is almost expected, and scams abound.

Here are some good habits and practices to cultivate to help you avoid a travel scam.

(I always take pictures of the inside and outside of my rental cars, even here in the U.S. A large, national rental agency once attempted to charge me for a dent in my rental car, a dent which appeared after I’d returned it. I had time-stamped pictures on my phone which proved the dent wasn’t present when I parked it in their lot, so any damage had to be their fault. They eventually relented, but I’d have been stuck with the charge if it hadn’t been for my little habit!)

This week in Preparedness and Health:

How do you keep important documents with you?

One aspect of preparedness vexes a lot of people. It’s important to have copies of all vital documents, but paper takes up a lot of space. As a result, we don’t usually carry them with us — but what if the disaster happens when you’re out of town, or destroys your storage space (your home) while you’re having dinner with friends?

One way is to digitize those documents and keep a copy with you at all times. This article looks at the documents you might need, and possible ways to keep them handy. (I despise the “digital bug-out bag” title, but you can ignore that — because the information in the article is pretty good.)

– 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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