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 defensive skills do you really need?
Studying Claude Werner’s research-based list would be a good way to find out. You’ll notice, if you’ve been through any training courses, is that his list probably doesn’t look much like the class you took.
This dichotomy, between what really happens and what gets taught to gun owners, is something that I’ve become very concerned about in recent years. As a result what I teach has undergone a massive shift, focusing more on techniques and skills that address reality rather than on gun manipulation that looks good in a video.
If you’re serious about using a firearm for self defense, this will be an important article to read.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
The reality of a defensive shooting
I suspect that nearly all concealed carriers have at least a few misconceptions about what using a defensive firearm is really like. Most “instructors”, in my experience, have not a clue.
This is why this article from Sheriff Jim Wilson is so important. He cuts to the chase and looks at the reality of armed self defense, and you may find some of what he says runs counter to what you’ve been taught. Better to know now, when you can change those misconceptions, than have them affect your ability to defend yourself when the time comes.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
A practical look at every day carry (EDC)
The name ‘Nessmuk’ may not be familiar to you. It was the pen name of one George Washington Sears, who wrote for a magazine called Forest & Stream back in the late 19th century. Nessmuk is often credited with introducing the concept of ultralight backpacking and camping to the public. His book “Woodcraft”, detailing his methods, is a classic that is still in print.
Nessmuk was noted for his practical approach to tools, carrying a trio of folding knife, fixed blade knife, and small axe into the wilderness. This article looks at Nessmuk’s concepts and explores what they mean for today’s urban and suburban dwellers.
– Grant Cunningham