Your Hump Day Reading List for April 29, 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:

Is the snubnose revolver still viable?

There has, in the last few years, been a small renaissance in the revolver world. New revolvers have been introduced to the market, and the variety of models has never been greater. Many of these revolvers qualify for the term “snubnose”: a short-barreled revolver designed for self defense.

It can be argued that the “snubby”, as it’s often called, is the quintessential defensive tool. Small, light, concealable, and safe to carry, its attributes would seem to be ideal for today’s concealed carry needs. But being “old school”, some people contend the snubby is out of date and therefore useless for the job. Which is it?

Sheriff Jim Wilson has been carrying a snubnose for many years, is something of an expert on its use, and has some thoughts on its suitability for self defense.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Keeping track of what happens in your neighborhood

This article may be slightly disconcerting or even controversial, but I think is worth sharing and considering.

It’s been said that information is power, and having information about the goings-on in your neighborhood may prove to be valuable in the long run. Whether from a preparedness or crime prevention standpoint, knowing a baseline for your neighborhood enables you to spot anomalies that may be concerning or even downright dangerous.

This article explains a low-key method of gathering such information, what to look for, and how to go about it without looking like you’re “casing” the area. It’s something to carefully consider. At the very least, it may help you spot people who are already doing it.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Summer’s coming! Are you ready?

I know it may be hard for some to believe, but summer is just around the corner. With the warmer weather will come a number of health risks — some due to the heat, and some due to the activities we engage in when it’s warm and sunny out.

Being prepared for those risks means being aware of not just how to treat them, but more importantly how to avoid them in the first place. (I’ve been hospitalized twice for severe dehydration, and when the weather gets warm I prepare by instructing my friends to constantly remind me to drink water!)

This article looks at some common summer emergencies and how to handle them. (If someone in your family is allergic to insects or plants, now’s the time to stock up on antihistamine injectors and topical treatments!)

– 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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