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Armed Response: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense Paperback – January 1, 2010
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"Armed Response is a must read for every gun owner." --Alan Gottlieb, Founder, Second Amendment Foundation
"Armed Response is the best and most complete overview of defensive shooting that I have seen." --Ralph Mroz, Training Director, Police Officers Safety Association
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He starts off by discussing the misconceptions people have regarding police protection, the Body Alarm Reaction, the fact that action always beats reaction and empty hands defensive skills. He then covers the basics of gun handling - safety, trigger systems, jams and malfunctions, concealed carry, drawing from a holster, etc... The final parts of the book cover competitions, consequences of a shooting, other safety tools and gun control.
Some unique items in this book you will not find in others...what to do after the bad guy drops his weapon and surrenders? The reality that empty hands skills are necessary regardless of what you carry and a realistic discussion on stopping power and ammunition selection.
Overall, this is a very good book written by a responsible citizen. His lack of affiliation with law enforcement and the military, unlike many self defense authors, makes the book easier to read and understand.
What is owning a gun for self-defense really about? This book, among other things, is about understanding what responsible use of lethal force is about. It's also about the possible threats to your survival and constantly assessing their potential impact on your situation.
One of the best chapters in this book is about the dreadful impact of using your gun for self defense. Paper targets cannot shoot back or lunge forward with a knife. Your assailant may, can, probably will.
The book cuts through much of the hype and just plain wrong information that issues from gun publications and, worse, from Hollywood.
This book really glosses over just about everything it touches, and on top of that, it is so male-oriented as to be next to worthless for a female reader, particularly when it comes to concealment options. Women may want to see Effective Defense : The Woman, the Plan, the Gun.
The basic concepts of the book? Don't trust gun magazines; they have to please their advertisers, and both the magazine and the author are generally in it for the money. A person can cross 20 feet in 1.7 seconds. Know how to defend yourself unarmed because altercations may start or end up that way, and you won't always have time to get to your weapon. Buy a gun you shoot well. Shooting well means being able to pull from a conceled holster, not just at a range at a target. The stress of a real altercation has serious phsyiological and psychological effects that will have an impact on your shooting. Get training in combat-type situations. Know the law in your area regarding self-defense shootings. Keep track of your training.
I think you're probably better off reading In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection by Massad Ayoob if you're looking for a comprehensive look at self-defense shootings.Read more ›
Particurally it covers the standard safety and clearing sections that most other books include as well. Not that this is necessarily bad, as new readers will be happy to potentially pick up some new pointers, but again this material might not be of much benefit to people who are allready CCWing.
I did enjoy, and find particurally helpfull, Ayoob's discussion on the consequences of having to defend onself, as well as his analysis of the steps to take in this type of situation. He was helpful in determining how to conduct oneself immediately after the situation, and the effects of certain phrased sentences/statements.
Overall its a good starting choice if you are considering purchasing a book of this nature, but if you allready have multiple ones, you might want to flip through this book to determine if there is any additional beneficial information.
Some good sections of the book that I found helpful:
Responsible use of Force- This included classifications, situations, etc.
Discussion of Trigger systems- nothing really new here, but nice to have it included in one concise reference.
Properties of Survival- discusses the color system of alertness
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best current guide to weaponary I have read so far. Helpful for building you education on self-defense.Published 6 months ago by Joseph W.
The author wisely avoided "frozen in the present tense" (i.e., info presented that was current and accurate ONLY when written and/or researched) technical specifics (ex,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. G. Evans
Valuable read. Have ensured my sons read the book to develop deeper understanding of self defense.Published 10 months ago by Texas Cavalry
Well-written, comprehensive and appropriately illustrated book which is very helpful on the road to becoming unconsciously competent with handguns.Published 14 months ago by Michael S. Ptaszynski
A very good and worthwhile read. I have a Texas CHL, and this book gave me much more to consider in a legal sense than what I learned in my CHL class. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David W Ellison