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:
Diving deep into electronic hearing protection
There aren’t many good articles on hearing protection out there, particularly about the active (electronic) variety, but this article makes up for it by being very thorough. The author calls it a “deep dive” into active hearing protection, and he’s done an excellent job of explaining how they work, and how to differentiate between the good and the bad.
Pay particular attention to what he says about gel earcups — I consider them an absolute MUST for any earmuffs, electronic or not. They make a huge difference in effectiveness.
(It’s worth noting that most of the people who research this topic thoroughly, like the writer, seem to end up buying MSA Sordin earmuffs. I’ve had my pair for more than 15 years, and I’ve not once regretted paying the admittedly steep price. I highly recommend them.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Another perspective on what to do after a defensive shooting
Sheriff Jim Wilson has a little experience in this area, and gives his recommendations for how to handle yourself after a defensive shooting.
You’ll note that many of his tips are very similar to those of other authorities who have studied this issue on a professional basis. There’s probably a reason for that!
Each person has a different way of explaining why they recommend a particular course of action, so I suggest reading the article thoroughly to get the author’s perspective on this important topic.
(Even if you are forced to draw your gun but don’t actually shoot, be the first to call 9-1-1. You want to start the narrative that you were the victim, rather than waiting for the other guy to do so.)
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Is retirement a disaster?
For some people it certainly is! The author of this article points out that retirement is not only a major change in lifestyle for most people, but it also makes preparedness a more difficult task in many ways.
He gives some good tips from his own experience about prepping for, and during, retirement. (For those of you who have yet to hit the big “four-oh”, pay particular attention to what he says about prepping for retirement now.)
– Grant Cunningham