The Grant Cunningham Blogcast

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Dec 23, 2016

That's right — no matter how "realistic" your training is, it's never "real". That has implications for how your teacher teaches, and why most don't do it very well!

Dec 19, 2016

Have you ever given any thought to dealing with safety while in the drive-through lane of your favorite fast food restaurant? Here are some tips for making your trip safer!

Dec 5, 2016

Are you preparing for the wrong thing? In this episode I relate the story of one guy who, as the saying goes, was "unclear on the concept".

Nov 11, 2016

A quick thought on what you should NOT be paying attention to.

Nov 7, 2016

How do you know if your defensive shooting standards have integrity and therefore value? Here's one way of looking at the issue.

Oct 28, 2016

Are you trying to specialize? Maybe that isn't the best thing to do for your safety!

Oct 17, 2016

Do you really need those special "go fast" parts for your carry gun? I don't think so, and here's why.

Oct 14, 2016

During an emergency isn't the time for your kids to scatter or fail to heed your directions. How can you teach your children when it's time to listen and follow your instructions? "Emergency words" can help you do that!

Oct 12, 2016

Has anyone ever said "I want to buy a gun to keep myself safe; what should I buy?" How did you answer it?

In this episode I consider how best to answer that question — and I'll bet it's not the way you expect!

Oct 3, 2016

Lots of feedback from Friday's show, much of it coming from the wrong perspective: that of the shooting hobbyist. Learn why becoming a better shooter is irrelevant to becoming a better defender.

Sep 30, 2016

Just because it can be measured, doesn't mean that it needs to be measured — or that your measuring it appropriately. In this episode Grant looks at what is and isn't meaningful to measure in a self-defense context.

Sep 19, 2016

If you live in a very restrictive state or municipality, your choices in defensive firearms may be very limited. How to you pick when none of them meet all the "ideal" criteria?

Sep 12, 2016

A revolution is brewing in the way defensive skills are being taught. The old, irrelevant methods are being replaced by things that are more in line with what we really need to defend ourselves. Here's an inside look at the struggle to become more relevant.

Sep 9, 2016

You may have heard that "we face the same criminals the police do!" Is it true? Well, yes...but there's a lot more to self defense than doing what the police do. In fact, it might even be counter-productive!

Aug 29, 2016

Lots of people think that taking lots of shooting classes will make them safer. What about the people who don't believe that, or don't have the time to become "expert" shooters — who speaks for them?

Aug 26, 2016

Lots of people go through a CCW class and come out convinced they know everything they need to know about defensive shooting. There's a lot that they don't learn, however, and that's why the smart person will take training beyond that state-mandated licensing course. 

Aug 26, 2016

A lot of people think that those of us who prepare to face adversity are paranoid and fearful. Some certainly are, but not all — and if you approach preparedness with the right attitude, it can make you more hopeful and thankful than they'd believe. Here's why.

Aug 26, 2016

Most attackers aren't strangers. This fact will come as a surprise to a lot of people, but what's more of a surprise is that they won't see the attack coming. Here's a look at a very uncomfortable subject, and why your defensive training needs to take this into account.

Aug 26, 2016

It's time to take a new look at defensive shooting fundamentals. Instead of the traditional approach of teaching a lot of irrelevant material, how about being more task-focused?

Aug 26, 2016

Everyone tells you to have situational awareness, but no one tells you what you should do with it — until now! Learn why you need to be able to put your awareness to work in order to truly stay safe.

Aug 26, 2016

I've been playing with the Steyr AUG bullpup rifle for over a year now, but I'm still discovering new things about it. This time, how much easier it is to handle than even the short, light AR-15 carbine!

Aug 26, 2016

What if you're having trouble deciding what to do first (or next) in your security plan? That's a common problem, and in this episode I'll tell you how to break that "analysis paralysis" and make progress!

Aug 26, 2016

You can't prepare for everything at once, so some sort of prioritization is needed. But how do you decide what needs attention first? This episode details some of the things you should do to help you make those choices!

Aug 26, 2016

The first step in your security planning needs to be figuring out the threats you face. Without some idea of the things that can harm you, you can't equip and prepare to deal with them. I outline a simple process that will help you determine what threats you face and what to do about them.

Aug 26, 2016

Most people spend far more time planning a trip to the beach than they do their own personal security! Here's how to start planning to keep yourself and your family safer — in your own home and at the beach!

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