Your Hump Day Reading List for July 22, 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:

What about a revolver for self defense?

Okay, it’s true: I’m a fan of the double action revolver, and so I’m partial to sharing articles which praise their virtues as a defensive tool. At the same time, I’m not so partisan that I ignore their deficiencies.

This article, from another revolver aficionado, takes a similarly balanced viewpoint and is therefore worth reading.

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

How do you defend yourself when you’re incapacitated?

Sooner or later, almost all of us will become ill or require medical care (such as surgery) which has a recovery period. During that time, when mobility and/or strength have been temporarily reduced, it becomes more difficult to mount a defense against an attacker.

This article looks at self defense after surgery, but the principles apply to any medical event where your physical movement has been impaired to a degree. 

This week in Preparedness and Health:

“When things get bad, I’m heading to your house!”

Anyone who is involved in preparedness, to almost any degree, will eventually face this kind of comment from friends or family. While it’s usually delivered in a joking manner, the intent is real. And those expectations need to be managed before the people come knocking on your door.

I’ve shared articles about this type of situation before, but this one is better than most. The blog’s author solicited feedback from several “preppers” on how to handle such people, and received a number of very good suggestions. Even if you’ve never had to deal with this type of issue, the article is worth reading — because, sooner or later, you’ll need to.

– 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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