Luck happens, but sometimes it happens to someone else.

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This is a sobering tale, and I share it for a lesson that’s not immediately obvious.

Concealed Carrier vs. Armed Robber

The story is relatively simple: Mr. Miller was at his son’s house looking at a plumbing problem. His son was not home at the time, but was on the phone with his father. The timeline is a little unclear, but it seems that Miller ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 19, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

Birdshot, self defense, and you

Last week I received a request for information on the use of birdshot for self defense. Rather than writing a whole missive, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 5, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Stop parroting home defense fallacies

The defensive shooting world has worked overtime for the last few decades to teach people how to draw  faster, shoot faster, ...

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This guy got lucky. You might not.

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Holding petty criminals at gunpoint is usually a bad idea

One of my big peeves in this business is the number of bad lessons that are presented in the context of “he had it coming!”

In these stories there’s usually a petty criminal (these are almost always minor property crimes) who is caught “red handed” by a virtuous (and obviously very manly) gun owner. The gun owner ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 22, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Timing is everything

In the defensive training world, everything is always about “faster”. We train to draw faster, shoot faster, move faster. Our drills are always about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 15, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it will work

When we speak of defensive shooting with a handgun, there are two likely ranges: within arm’s reach ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 24, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defensive Equipment:

A bullpup rifle review

It’s been a long while since I’ve featured any gear reviews here on the List. I intentionally don’t do much talking about gear, because ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 10, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Not everyone needs to be shot

There is a persistent and vocal group of people who truly believe that just because someone is in their house, they ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 3, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Context is everything. Still.

About a decade ago, I started talking publicly about the idea of context: the condition or environment in which something can be understood ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Is ‘round count’ a good way to judge a shooting course?

Back in the ‘olden days’ of defensive shooting training (which I’ll arbitrarily define as the 1990s), ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 19, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles for you to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Concealed carry and outdoor activities

I get a lot of questions regarding concealed carry for hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of options, and this article at RECOIL ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Self defense isn’t always about bad guys

Sometimes it’s about bad animals! This news story out of Georgia shows us that dangers don’t always look like our preconceived notions, and sometimes your defensive firearm ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 16, 2019

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Over the years I’ve gotten occasional feedback that the Hump Day Reading List is too long. More than one person has emailed me to the effect that their time is limited, and that they’d like me to identify the most important information for them. 

I’ve been getting more of those emails lately, which tells me people really do need help “de-cluttering” ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 9, 2019

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

The Kimber K6s Deep Cover reviewed

One of the things I’m most proud of is my involvement in the design of the Kimber K6s revolver. Getting the opportunity to make the vision of an ideal defensive revolver into an actual product that people ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 2, 2019

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It’s the first Wednesday of 2019, and thus the first Hump Day Reading List of the new year! Sit back and treat yourself to my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

An interesting range experiment

I’m sharing this article not because I necessarily agree with the base assumptions (or the terminology), but because the exercise described ...

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Announcing my new book — PRAYING SAFE: The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

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Praying Safe cover

Today I’m proud to announce the publication of a new book: PRAYING SAFE — The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

This book is all about helping churches, synagogues, temples — religious institutions of all types — protect themselves from a wide range of threats.

This book came about because my co-author, Joshua Gideon, and I have grown annoyed with the superficial and often ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 12, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

It isn’t about the weapon

It never has been, and it never will be. Self defense is about the resolute refusal to be a victim, and using whatever means you have at hand to enforce that decision. This group of middle-school girls ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 5, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Positioning yourself to survive the attack

Cecil Burch is “the guy” when it comes to dealing with attackers who are in physical contact with you. In this informative PDN video, Cecil introduces a simple yet effective “survival posture” to ensure you’ll stay ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 28, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of the best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Protecting your guests

The holidays are a time when we typically invite guests into our homes to share in the celebrations. Everything gets cleaned and spruced up — but what happens to those defensive tools you have staged “just in case”? Those need to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 7, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of November, and I’m starting the month off right with some great articles for you! 

 

Have you ever heard the term “violent criminal actor”?

This article explains what that means, and why it’s important to understand. It’s possible for a violent criminal to appear normal and “safe” until they’re put into the environment where it’s necessary to use violence to ...

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Revolver Knowledge: Resetting the double-action trigger

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A revolver shooting issue that comes up frequently is resetting the double-action trigger (or, more correctly, allowing the trigger to reset.)

This problem seems to be more common among those who are accustomed to shooting autoloading pistols, as they tend to develop habits that shooters of lesser experience do not. (I’m not saying the problem is exclusive to that group, mind you, but they exhibit ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 24, 2018

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Another Wednesday, another great collection of articles for your enjoyment and enlightenment! 

 

Another resource for travel safety

One thing I do before renting a room (or AirBnB) is to check the neighborhood’s crime stats. This used to be a tedious process, but there are new tools out which make it easier. 

 

What living off-grid is like, and why you should try

I know a lot ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 17, 2018

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More great defensive preparedness articles for you this week! 

 

Making your home into a fortress (?)

I’ll acknowledge that the author of this article goes a little over the top at times, and that I think his mania for protecting his identity is a little silly in this day and age, but his article has some excellent  information and looks at the topic ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 26, 2018

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Some great articles for the last Wednesday in September! 

 

Keeping the family safe in public spaces

Jeff Gonzales has some good advice for what to do with your family when you’re in a public space and a violent incident unfolds. 

 

Let’s see…

…you’ve got a stock of food, medical supplies, defensive tools, survival kits, generators, and everything else a well-prepared home needs. But what ...

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Here’s your sign.

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This story made the rounds of social media last week. For those who haven’t seen it (or the graphic video shot by the girlfriend of the man who was eventually killed in the confrontation), the story boils down to neighbors having an ongoing disagreement over trash between their domiciles. 

The argument had apparently escalated over time, to the point that one party showed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 29, 2018

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Most people’s vacations are over and it’s back to the grind — but the Hump Day Reading List is here to give you a mid-week break!

 

Medical preparedness most don’t think of

What would you do if you or someone around you had a severe allergic reaction? It might be from a bee sting or a food allergy, but either (and more besides) can be dangerous ...

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Interchangeable chokes for defensive shotguns? Why not!

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Georges Rahbani with shotgun, kneeling

Instructor Georges Rahbani showing a kneeling position with the defensive shotgun

If any firearm could be said to be overlooked, it’s the defensive shotgun. While not a tool for the inexperienced, it must be acknowledged that the shotgun loaded with a defensively-appropriate shell (preferably in the buckshot category) is a force to be reckoned with. As a tool for ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 8, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of August — time to get your learning on! 

 

Is that “CIA Letter Opener” really undetectable?

Turns out that carbon fiber knives are, in fact, detectable. The author of this article looks at materials for undetectable knives, what works and what doesn’t, as well as looking at whether these are tools you should even be considering. Excellent information.

 

What if the bad ...

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Safe storage and self defense aren’t incompatible

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I recently shared to my social media accounts a story of an attempt by a local government to impose storage restrictions on gun owners in their city. The ordinance specified that firearms had to be locked up, except when they were “in use” (whatever that means).

Of course this drew the ire of many people, including the NRA. 

(Just to be clear, I am a proponent ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

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I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 

 

Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?

I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual ...

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