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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Samurai Publishing (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615379478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615379470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and easy to understand.
jackie0
The book is a great resource tool to add to ones collection of how to shoot safely.
Jeff
Obvious gramatical, punctuation and capitalization errors litter its pages.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Burns Wadley on December 29, 2010
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Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail In a serious attempt to learn all that I can to prepare for the inevitable encounter with a low-life, I read as many professional books on preparing the mind and body as I can find. "Defensive Handgun" was ballyhooed in an NRA magazine as the epitome of instruction in how to handle oneself in a life threatening situation. First of all, there are more than enough typographical errors to lend credence to the idea that these books come straight from MS-Notebook to press. Beyond that, most of the other information can be found elsewhere, but the really desired information regarding actual confrontations is lacking in examples, per se. A good discussion of dealing with more than two adversaries is essentially absent. The many pages wasted in listing the offices of the various authorities would have been put to a better use in discussing what to do in real life threatening situations. This becomes really important to those of us who do not frequent gymnasiums and karate schools. I have no trouble with the idea of mental preparation, but it would be nice to know who to shoot at first when the chips are down and more than two thugs seek to gain the advantage over me. Tell me what to expect from these cowards as the shooting begins. Do they wet themselves and run away? Do they rush me? Do they apologize and wish me well? I need to know what others have experienced so that I can have an expectation of surviving if I do my part. If I have seven rounds, and I am proficient with my weapon, how can I best place my shots when confronting a large gang? I feel that I was promised this information and it was not presented.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Radford Harrell on October 18, 2010
Even though I consider myself well prepared regarding home defense, I've learned a lot from this book. Lots of great pictures to illustrate ideas and techniques learned in the field. Turns out Mr. James is a security and defense expert, running a company that does just this type of work for VIPs, government officials, etc... I'm very impressed with this book!
His company is here and no, I'm not related to Mr. James... [...]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Leonard C. Holifield on November 10, 2010
Mark "Six" James is one of the best defensive handgun and firearm instructors of this generation. His techniques, tactics, philosophy and methods of engagement are fresh, cutting-edge and highly effective to say the least. This book is yet another testiment to Mr. James expertise in this field. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn effective defensive handgun techniques to help ensure their survival in the real-world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Briggs on April 18, 2011
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I, too was drawn to the 'possibilities' of this book by the review within the pages of the NRA magazine, and the GLOWING reports that immediately follow . In retrospect ... I WISH I'd taken the time to read ALL the reviews posted here. SORRY! I can get past the poor editing and typos, but for shooters with ANY advanced handgun experience there is little reason to spend time within these pages. Although the author attempts to address a WIDE variety of subjects, there is little 'meat' on the bone to devour. I'll pass the book to someone with exceedingly basic questions and NO exposure to the tools and mind-set required. Rating? 1 star for experienced folks, and only 2 stars for 'newbies'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dustin J. Cassidy on January 26, 2011
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This book contains all the basic information on safe handling and shooting of a handgun including stances, grips, and aiming. Other than that, it is merely a book of random tips and tricks that may or may not be useful. I personally did not gain much from this book and feel like the title is very misleading. Also, the publishing is terrible! There is a typographical error every five to ten pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Strickland Security on October 27, 2010
It's vital that anyone who posseses a firearm or has a desire to obtain one reads this book. Mark James, provides a step by step instructional method to master the use of a handgun. His expertise is clearly demonstrated as he provides you with a concise and completely understandable teaching of defensive handgun training.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Floyd Lee Woods on April 4, 2011
This book is for those who have very limited or NO familiarity with firearms. There is very little situation based information (which the catchy title might lead one to believe the book is about). This is mostly gun operation/handling info. Moreover, the grammatical errors in this book make for disturbing reading. On one page alone the word 'perpetrator' is spelled three(3) different ways ON THE SAME PAGE!!! If you are going to write a book there should at least be some form of proof reading by one with at least basic English grammar capabilities; how much would that have cost?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. Dodd on March 17, 2011
There are so many typographical, grammatical, and sentence-construction errors in this book that reading it is like trying to jog on a path of #3 stone.

* Periods are used where commas should be, resulting in sentence fragments.

* illustrations often don't match the step-by-step narrative (or some photos were omitted).

* Commas and hyphens are often omitted, resulting in run-on sentences that lose coherence. For example:

"If as example you are defending in the home and the other family members are not trained allowing the trained family member to handle the business alone may be the best option as the others stay behind cover or attempt to escape if the counter attack was designed to provide suppression fire."

OMG! Sadly, this is not an isolated example. Words are randomly capitalized (e.g., "Grasp the Handgun"), and sometimes the wrong word is used ("If a crow appears and they start to become riotous...." Surely he meant "crowd," not "crow."

Another flaw is the author's assumption that I'll be venturing out armed to the teeth. He advises reaching for your "alternate" handgun, and talks about carrying a second pistol magazine or revolver speedloader on your belt.

Perhaps the best personal defense is to show the bad guys that you're ready for them. Nothing says "don't mess with me" like walking around with two handguns in holsters, a knife, and an ammo belt! Who needs concealed-carry! Just strap on your guns and head out. :-)

Seriously, I was hoping for good information on defensive handgun use, but I didn't get it from this book.
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