... from Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training. With the high gun sales, much of which is attributed to new buyers, there has been a plethora of articles aimed at those that are firearm novices generally, or may be novices as to particular platforms. This roundup of articles and videos is no different with several articles aimed at people new to the AR15 platform, shooting pocket pistols, what is M-LOK, etc.
There is more, however. Ellifritz links to an article comparing the Weaver and isosceles stances for shooting pistols (I've know that the isosceles is supposed to be better, and I've practiced it, but I still prefer a modified Weaver stance); off-body concealed carry for the disabled (e.g., fanny-packs and a holster designed to attack to a wheel-chair); a look back at the San Bernardino shooters/terrorists; links to several videos on different aspects of using a shotgun for self-defense; an article about the effectiveness of the less-lethal rubber buckshot rounds; reloading your 37-mm rounds (Ellifritz warns against breaking Federal law, but I'm not sure if he is warning against loading certain types of projectiles, or if he mixed up the legal 37-mm launchers with the NFA controlled 40-mm launchers); defending against animal attacks; and more.
One of the articles to which he links is from The Armory Life blog, on the topic of "Controlling Your Fear." And, as the title suggests, the topic of the article are some different methods to manage or overcome fears. I would, however, remind readers that you do not want to render yourself fearless or unnecessarily dismiss fear. Fear is a warning device and if we listen to it, it can save your life. It operates at the lizard-brain level, but can be subconsciously informed by the reasoning portion of our brain. What often leads us to ignore it is the monkey-brain not wanting to lose face, or our rationalizing away fears.
I recently finished reading Marc MacYoung's book In the Name of Self-Defense: What it costs. When it's worth it and he discusses how fear can be useful to warn us of impending danger. He, in turn, recommended The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker, which I also recently finished, and it goes into more detail about fear responses and other subconscious ways that our brain warns us of potential danger. As de Becker explains, violent crime is rarely out of the blue, but people generally can sense that something is wrong, although it may show up in different ways (e.g., joking about someone in the office going postal, a creepy vibe, etc.).
I would highly recommend MacYoung's book, and would also recommend de Becker's book. I will warn you that de Becker is a hoplophobe and takes the position that you are worse off having a firearm for self-defense than otherwise. The last few chapters of his book also focus more on threats to famous people or organizations, and read more like advertising copy for his security consulting company. Nevertheless, I still recommend the book because the good far outweighs the bad.