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:
Small pistol or small revolver?
One of the great (and I use that word very loosely) internet debates is about the snubnose revolver vs. the subcompact pistol for concealed carry. You’ll find vehement arguments with people taking both sides of the question, most of which argue from sentiment or mistaken authority rather than from fact.
This article at Lucky Gunner takes a very even-handed approach to the discussion, and much of what the author says is validated by my own experience. I have both, I’ve used both, and like the author I usually default to the snubnose — for many of the same reasons.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Use your head!
That’s what my Dad used to tell me when I acted without thinking. That phrase goes through my head frequently when I’m teaching self defense to others, and I’ve been known to use a more polite version of that admonishment when dealing with problem students.
Not thinking about what you’re doing, and why, can be dangerous in unfamiliar situations. In this article from Greg Ellifritz (which I’ve inexplicably not shared before, despite it being several years old) he dissects a traffic stop where an innocent driver could have been severely hurt — or even killed — because of an action he didn’t think through.
Greg gives a number of excellent suggestions for handling situations like the one profiled, and they have application to all of us. Read this article before you’re stopped by the police.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
One of the blogs I follow regularly is Backdoor Survival, largely because the author — Samantha Biggers — often writes about topics others miss.
This article is one of those: it considers preparedness from the standpoint of prepping misconceptions, focusing on the gaps between old and young, rich and poor, rural and suburban. It’s a very interesting look at why some people — especially the younger, urban dwellers — don’t apply preparedness principles in their lives.
You may see yourself in some of her topics, and get some solutions for becoming more resilient.
– Grant Cunningham