You shouldn’t listen to the “shoulds”. Or should you?

Lately I’ve been allowing myself to do something I caution others to never do: read the comments. 
Whenever I’ve come across a news story that has something to do with self defense or disaster preparedness, I read a few of the comments left by others. I’ve noticed something interesting: they often use the word “should”.
“I should be able to shoot anyone who comes into my house uninvited.”
“A couple of days of food should be enough for any …

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 26, 2018

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 about spare parts for all your stuff? 
 
Alertness may have saved lives

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Here’s your sign.

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 up to the alley with a baseball bat, and his two antagonists showed up with a pistol …

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CMP Seeking Venues for Summer Camp Program

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is currently opening its search around the United States for hosting venues of its Summer 3-Position Air Rifle Camps. Each summer, the 3P Camps train high-school age (9-12 grade) athletes on intermediate and advanced air rifle marksmanship skills. The camps run from June to August and feature either a week-long Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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