Your Hump Day Reading List for September 19, 2018

I’ve got an interesting mix of articles for you this week, all of which I believe to be worth your time to read. Yes, even the infuriating one at the end!
 
Concealed carry and traffic stops
How should you handle a traffic stop when you’re carrying a defensive firearm? Greg Ellifritz is a police officer in Ohio, and he has some thoughts on the matter. (I’ve noticed that the details vary a bit from region to region, and …

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Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment

Although the entire premise of this blog and my research on Gun Culture 2.0 more generally is that self-defense and concealed carry have been become the core of American gun culture, I do recognize that self-defense and concealed carry have always been a part of American gun culture. Even in the late 18th and early … Continue reading

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The “long game” of self defense

It’s easy to think of self defense as a thing you do in response to a bad guy. After all, that’s what most self defense courses focus on: bad guy appears and you perform the indicated response.
So neat. So tidy. So precise.
And so misleading.
Self defense doesn’t start when the bad guy appears, or when he starts his attack, or when you make the decision to respond in some preplanned way. It actually starts long before he …

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Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture by Clayton Cramer

I had the opportunity recently to review historian Clayton Cramer’s new book, Lock, stock, and barrel: The origins of American gun culture (Praeger, 2018), for CHOICE, a monthly publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries designed to help librarians decide which books to add to their collections. My overall evaluation is that this … Continue reading

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 12, 2018

 
Sorry for not having a Hump Day List last week, but I was down with a nasty cold. What’s worse than a cold in summer? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out! 
 
Handguns and arthritis
I get lots of questions from people who are just starting to suffer from arthritis, scared that their shooting days are coming to an end. It doesn’t need to happen that way, and this article from a physical therapist …

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Washtenaw Club Hosts First Remote Small Arms Firing School

By Steve Cooper, CMP SAFS Instructor & Marketing Manager YPSILIANTI, MI – Despite unrelenting humidity and temperature hovering at 90 degrees, 34 members and guests of the Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club fired a highly-successful Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) on Sunday, August 26, just outside of Ann Arbor. It was the first remote, or stand-alone CMP SAFS entry-level Continue Reading

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Gun Training Videos: “I Really Like Chris Costa, Travis Haley, and John Correia”

Although I have been on a bit of a writing hiatus this summer, owing to my racket stringing side hustle and moving to a new house, I have continued my travels through American gun culture. On a sojourn to Texas in August, I spoke to the director of training at a large gun range. At … Continue reading

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Meet Andre Gross – Champion Airgun Target Shooter

By Stephen Archer, Hard Air Magazine Publisher https://hardairmagazine.com Recently, HAM Publisher Stephen Archer had the chance to meet and talk to one of shooting sports’ young rising stars – Andre Gross. Andre is the holder of 7 state shooting records and has attended the Junior Olympics eight times. As a true allrounder, Andre shoots at a serious competitive level in Continue Reading

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New Rifle Events Added to the 2018 Western CMP Games Schedule

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer PHOENIX, Ariz. – The 15th annual Western Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Travel Games is set to bring another round of marksmanship events to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Oct. 16-22, 2018, with a fresh lineup of challenging competitions. The week-long series of vintage and service rifle recreational matches is open to competitors of all ages and Continue Reading

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