Your Hump Day Reading List for May 6, 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:

Concealed carry and the restroom

I’m constantly amazed at how many otherwise knowledgeable concealed carriers don’t understand how to handle restroom chores. It’s actually not a hard concept, but for whatever reason people don’t apply any systematic thought to the process.

This article has some excellent tips on how to keep your gun secure while you’re doing your business. (To which I’ll add this: any carry method that doesn’t easily and securely facilitate normal human activities, such as using the toilet, is a non-optimal method.)

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Think locks are over-rated? Think again.

Ohio police officer Greg Ellifritz has been sharing this information for several years now, and very little seems to change: the vast majority of home and car burglaries happen to those who fail to lock their doors!

I know, I know, “if someone really wants to get in, a lock won’t stop them”. The reality, though, is that simply locking your doors (and windows) is enough to prevent a huge number of burglaries — because not everyone is a skilled burglar, and not every house attracts the most skilled criminals.

Think of it from the thief’s point of view: why bother trying to force a locked door, and risk someone hearing you, when the neighbors are likely to have unlocked doors that make your job easier?

Fact is, locked doors prevent crime. It’s so simple, so easy, that there’s no excuse not to do it.

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Prepping yourself

As in, prepping your own person as opposed to prepping by yourself!

Getting in mental and physical condition to survive is actually more important than any other single thing you can do. Making sure you’re in good physical shape, and that you have the right mental attitude, goes a long way to enhancing your resiliency and survivability. That’s what this article is all about.

If you’re not in good physical condition (barring any actual infirmities, of course), start rectifying that now. Last year I decided my upcoming 60th birthday would see me in better shape than my 50th birthday did. I’m no bodybuilder or marathon runner, but I’m in much better shape than I was a year ago. I know I can survive much harsher conditions today than I could just a few short months back, and it’s both a pleasure and a comfort.

If you have bad habits that could be a problem during a prolonged disaster, now’s the time to overcome them. If you can’t face the thought of bad things happening, face that fear now before you need to “for real”.

Prepping is more than buying guns and freeze-dried food!

– 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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