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Armed - The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry [Kindle Edition]

Bruce N. Eimer Ph D. , Massad Ayoob
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Book Description

The Book Every Responsible Gun Owner MUST Read

It seems everywhere you turn these days someone is offering advice on carrying a handgun for self-defense. But Armed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry is like nothing you've read before.

Authored by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., a noted psychologist with a dedication to teaching skills for staying armed and alive, Armed is the thinking gun owner's bible. This comprehensive volume breaks down not just the tools and tactics, but the mindset and choices a law-abiding citizen must have and make to become self-reliant, alert and legally armed.

Inside you'll find:

  • Why going armed is about owning your safety, not just a handgun
  • The true mindset that drives anti-gunners
  • How to avoid the "Hero Syndrome"
  • What rules of engagement lead to justifiable use of force
  • How to deal with the trauma after a shooting incident
  • Practical dry-fire and live-fire drills
  • Weapon retention--keeping a gun grab from happening to you
  • The Force Continuum--how it works and the actions you'll take along its course to survive an attack
  • And much, much more

With comprehensive overviews on the gear that works and when it works, less-than-lethal rescue options, and common-sense solutions to everyday personal security problems, Armed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry is the one reference book that every truly responsible gun owner must read from cover to cover.

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"Armed is exceptionally informed, informative, practical, thoughtful, and thought-provoking from beginning to end." --The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Bruce N. Eimer has been a practicing psychologist for over 30 years. He has had years of experience as a law enforcement instructor, civilian firearms instructor, concealed carry practitioner and is an avid shooter and gun collector. Eimer is also a gun writer and column editor with Concealed Carry Magazine.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Well, well, well, what do we have hear? Yet another in a long line of concealed carry and defensive handgun books, or perhaps we have one that stands out and a bit above the rest?

Well in my opinion it is definitely the latter. I found this book to be literally full from cover-to-cover with sound practical advise and information presented in a very organized and thoughtful manner, and in such a way that it is very easy for the novice gun owner to follow. Now is this strictly a book geared towards the novice? Well I guess that would all depend upon your perspective. If you already well-versed in the defensive use of a handgun, then perhaps this book is not for you. However, depending upon your existing skill level, if you always consider yourself a student and willing to learn then you will definitely want to have a copy of this book on your shelf. Only don't just leave it there after one reading! Periodically pull it off the shelf and re-read it from time-to-time to refresh and exercise that gray muscle between your ears.

Well before I start off the review on the content contained in this book, I would like to share with you the very last sentence from the author in the preface portion of this book. This line itself really "Says It All" when it comes to the individuals personal protection. "We cannot afford to rely on the police or the government to protect us."

This book really covers a lot of ground and material and in doing so almost falls prey to that vicious literary predator called, "Way to many topics and not enough detailed information on any one topic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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If you are looking for a book on the topic of concealed carry, there are plenty from which to choose. The recent increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued, along with the record-breaking sales of small handguns designed for this purpose makes this a popular topic. But, amid the field of "me too" books on this very important subject, "Armed" rises far above most and offers a depth of insight and advice that others either do not, or do so only in parroting others.

Dr. Bruce Eimer is not only a certified firearm and defense instructor, but also a practicing clinical psychologist. He has dedicated a good portion of his life and career to helping others deal with preparedness to own their own safety and defend themselves, as well as dealing with the mental and societal anguish and trauma that can accompany it. In "Armed", Dr. Eimer shares with us many elements of the subject that have gone previously un-discussed, and punctuates many of the common knowledge best practices from a unique and fresh perspective.

If you carry a firearm for the legal defense of yourself and those within your mantle of protection, or are considering doing so, you owe it to yourself to read this book. I keep this book on my Kindle, and have referenced and re-read it on many occasions. This is not a once-and-done book, but one that you can refer to many times, and should. Some hard realities are presented and discussed. The author is neither trying to frighten the reader, nor reassure the reader - but to frankly talk about issues, impacts, feelings, and social and legal repercussions that every responsible permit holder should understand. The right to bear arms for the defense of self or others is a precious right, but it comes with a heavy responsibility as well. This book is a must-have among your collection on this topic.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I am halfway through reading this book, and I will finish it, but I think I am ready to write a review. Once I finish, if I change my opinion that I typed below, I will update this review.

A great portion of this book contains references to other books that the author thinks we should all read. Much of the information this book contains is culled from other sources. The best parts are when the author refers to his first-hand experience or knowledge of psychology, but too much of it is simply references to other things the author thinks we should read. From that perspective, this is a good starter book for those who are new to CCW. It is a good starting point. If you have read other things or have experience with CCW or have taken good CCW classes, then don't bother. If you are a total n00b, then pick this up. Each chapter takes about 3 minutes to read (or less), and it does contain the essential basics of what to do to prepare to carry concealed. Just be prepared for him to say things like, "You should take a class with a reliable instructor if you are going to carry concealed," without really giving you many tips about what to actually do. It feels like this book is trying to pitch different books and classes, but the book itself contains very little that is not found elsewhere in basic CCW literature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More a personal treatise than "Essential Guide" March 14, 2014
By Rider
Format:Kindle Edition
Eimer is all over the place in this book. Though I personally agree with much of his politics, and clinical opinions, I was looking for a concise guide for novice CWP holders. He relies heavily on Massad Ayoob for much of the useful material he repackages here. I'd probably go straight to the source if I choose to read something else on this topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good information from someone who has actually been there done...
very good information from someone who has actually been there done that. billy
Published 1 month ago by billy spier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars ... just getting into this book and so far I love it. I always enjoy...
I'm just getting into this book and so far I love it. I always enjoy reading Massad's material. He has fought me a lot over the years.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book for new and experienced shooters alike
Well organized and covered a multitude of helpful topics. Good practical advice. Only negative was that it was a bit redundant at times, but still 5 star book
Published 3 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great reading, & will gain knowledge from the book.
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Newman
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Good information.
Published 3 months ago by Roger Waterman
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Good information.
Published 4 months ago by Karen W.
4.0 out of 5 stars but has many good points.
Kind of "wordy", but has many good points.
Published 4 months ago by J. Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book
All in all, this book was very comprehensive. The author does do some back and forth talking that (blurring clear lines in the topic for each chapter), and this occasionally makes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good book on the topic.
Published 7 months ago by Peter N Bishop
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