- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: DBI Books; 4th edition (February 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873491866
- ISBN-13: 978-0873491860
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery, 4th Edition Paperback – February, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
If you want to cover your bases, buy the 4th and 5th Ed. Chuck Taylor and Massad Ayoob agree on more than they disagree, although they come from different views, (Taylor: Vietnam combat veteran, founder of S.W.A.T magazine and American Small Arms Academy, won 7 handgun fights, worlds first 4 weapon combat master, has a South West -AZ- U.S. view. Ayoob: veteran street cop, writes very much from cop's perspective, pioneer of post shooting information on what happens to you now, founder of Lethal Force Institute, has a North Eastern -NH- U.S. view). There are other writers, but you can do no better than these two.
Regarding specific strengths of Ayoobs edition, the section on buying a used gun is worth the purchase price. Ch. 8 on carry and draw is much more thorough, especially on CCW , than Taylor's. Ch. 11 is a stand out with CCW faux pas, CCW and the routine traffic stop and deadly force decision errors. Ch.Read more ›
A lot of gun writers just blow hot air, bragging about themselves or going on and on about their favorite style gun. Ayoob is one of the best known gun writers and gun enthousiasts out there and I like his style. I don't get the impression that he's pushing his ego, but rather that he is trying to show us what to look for, what to think about, what to consider with regards to handgun handling and shooting. I don't agree with everything, but I learned a lot from this book and I'm not a novice to handguns. Ayoob writes honestly and informs the reader as a genuine teacher and one who has much to offer and wants to offer it.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good overview of the basics and more on handgun handling, competitive and combat shooting, defensive ammo selection, concealed carry, handgun self-defense techniques etc.
After reading the book you will feel as though you sat through a week long class on handguns. Although Ayoob will state his preferences, in most cases, he presents both sides of the argument and leaves it to the reader to decide what is best for them.
Recommended for anyone who is considering becomming active in the shooting sports or getting a concealed carry license.
This is not a book for the handgun hobbyist, this is a book for those who are serious about self defense with a handgun. Massad Ayoob is very qualified to write on this topic and his information is top notch. His style is very readable. He really covers every aspect of the topic--self defense with a handgun--as well as one can in a single book.
If you are new to the subject of self-defense, buy this book and Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme" as your introduction to the topic. Unfortunately there is a lot of hot air blowing on this topic today--but rest assured you will not find that here. I give this book my best rating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for the basic defensive pistol owner. Chapters are broken up very well if you are interested in a topic in particular, but most likely you will find yourself... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christopher J Kramer
minimal information for the price, one of many by Ayoob though one of the bestPublished 13 months ago by D. K. Numinen
Massad the author is my go to guy when it comes to police topics like escalation of force, deadly force, handgun tactics you name it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by SCOTT L.
If you want to learn about techniques that work in the real world, get this edition of the book. The other ones are by different authors.Published 23 months ago by Anire Okpaku
Great resource for a person to use in learning the ways to handle guns safely and how to take care of them.Published on March 23, 2013 by Lady Daniels
ayoob does it again. this book is about as all encompassing beginner/intro book to selecting a defensive pistol for self protection. easy to read and reference advicePublished on January 11, 2013 by Al Bryan Go Lim II
This book featured a great deal of useful information. The book reads easily and is a fantastic starting point for any citizen with a concealed carry permit. Read morePublished on June 1, 2007 by D. Pangan
i found this book to be a great read and excellent guide to the modern combat shooter, it covers every aspect from choosing a firearm, avoiding mistakes,training,ammo selection,gun... Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by C. Mayo