Your Hump Day Reading List for July 8, 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:

Small guns, small sights

One of the big complaints about snubnose revolvers, and many of the subcompact pistols, are the poor sights they’re usually saddled with. They’re small, usually dark, hard to see and to align. When you need to use your sights you really need them, and sights that can’t be used easily are no advantage.

This article has some great ideas for making the sights on your snubnose revolver more useful, and the same ideas can be applied to many of the small autoloading pistols as well. 

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

How to prevent home invasions

A home invasion is a crime where attackers enter a knowingly occupied house. The target may be property, or the attackers may be looking for victims. In either case, it’s a dangerous situation for the innocents in the building.

Here’s a great article with “lessons learned” from a failed home invasion attempt. There are things you can do to prevent this increasingly common crime, and this article covers a number of them. 

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Looking for a homestead? Don’t get taken!

If the news is correct, the coronavirus pandemic has motivated a lot of people to move out of the cities and suburbs and into the countryside. As a result, real estate agents have reported a surge in inquiries about rural properties.

Buying a property in the country, particularly bare land, isn’t like buying a home in a subdivision. There are a lot of potential pitfalls, and making a smart purchase requires some knowledge on the buyer’s part.

This article is from a couple of years ago, but the advice is still sound

– 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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