Your Hump Day Reading List for June 10, 2020

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Something’s different about your Hump Day Reading List! 

It was time for a new picture!

Don’t worry, though, because this is still 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:

How important is ejector rod length?

Justin over at brings some thought to an often contentious topic. As I’ve told my revolver students for ages, technique is more important than the length of your rod (usually followed by nervous laughter).

It’s true, though. Read the article for Justin’s explanation

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Safety tips for travel — that aren’t just for travel

My personal philosophy is that safety isn’t a singular thing; it’s the cumulative effect of all the decisions you make about where you go, what you do, and how you conduct yourself. It involves not just safety from crime, but from a wide range of life-altering events. 

This article embodies that philosophy. While travel is still a question mark for a lot of us, this article looks at a wide range of things you can do even at home to protect yourself from harm. Yes, some of them will seem like “just common sense”, and some of them probably don’t apply if you’re staying home — but how many of them are you doing on a daily basis?

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Dealing with gardening failures

My understanding is that the recent coronavirus lockdowns, along with some spotty grocery shortages, has caused many people to decide to plant their first (or first in many years) gardens. Stores with seeds were sold out, and online seed companies were suffering from order overload (and supply shortages of their own).

Since many people are new to gardening, or at least out of practice, it’s conceivable that some gardens won’t produce up to expectations. Factor in the vagaries of weather, and a bad gardening year is in store for at least some people.

This article is from last year, but the lessons are timeless. If your garden isn’t doing as well as you’d hoped, Erica has some solutions — maybe not for this year, but to set you up for success next season.

– 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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