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Essential Guide to Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection Paperback – January 15, 2005
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"This book is a definite must for all gun owners, novice to expert. It should be referred to often." -- Steven Silverman, President, Firearms Research and Instruction.
"This excellent text should be read by every gun owner. Thorough and informative, this is a good book to own." -- John Farnam, President, Defensive Training Institute and author of
"This is a great handbook for the handgun owner. Want and expert opinion on what to buy? Get this book." -- Larry Pratt, Executive Director, Gun Owners of America.
"This is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced gun owners alike." -- Tim Schmidt, Editor & Publisher of Concealed Carry Magazine
From the Publisher
This book is not intended to serve as a substitute for appropiate, personalized, live training. It is intended to help readers in selecting appropriate training for them. It is also intended to serve as a reference that beginning, intermediate and advanced handgun owners can turn to again and again.
The right to personal self-defense is protected and affirmed by our Constitution. This right is basic to a free society. However, along with this right, comes the responsibility to be a good citizen, obey the law, respect other people's rights, treat others as you wish to be treated, and be well prepared to maintain your personal security responsibly.
As Colonel Jeff Cooper so well stated, "Firearms, most particularly personal firearms, are Liberty's teeth, as pointed out by the Fathers of our country."
* In-depth exploration of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
* Psychological preparedness for armed self-defense.
* Safe and effective range and practice procedures.
* Basic tactical self protection tools and techniques.
* Recommendations for quality firearms and accessories.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe this is the best book out there for someone just starting out.
There are numerous technical errors in the book, like referring to the S&W 66 as a .38 Spc. revolver (it's really a .357); bad advice, like recommending the Beretta .32 ACP Tomcat as reliable and dependable (it really has a congenitive problem with frame cracking), and finally, inadequate information (about one and three-quarters page on Smith & Wesson). It also doesn't have a decent breakdown of the various calibers and loads that are effective in home and concealed self defense.
It does describe what a revolver is, and how it's different from an automatic, how a centerfire is different from a rimfire, and safety tips...that sort of thing. The photos that do appear are tiny and many times, indistinct. No personal stories are included and, as I said, the text is dry and uninteresting. It might be a good idea to check out the "Look inside" feature.
All in all, this is the worst book in a collection of many other books, some better than others. My recommendation is to shop around for something better.
It covers many aspects of owning a handgun, from actually using & maintaining one to some important aspects of what is allowed under the law.
I only wish the author included a few more diagrams to explain some basic concepts such as the difference in shape & sizes of various bullets and also when he described certain parts of a handgun.
All in all a 5 star book.
I honestly recommend avoiding the digital version and purchasing the paperback version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thorough descriptions and instructions, many useful tips and well thought out advice.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are thinking about buying a firearm, this is a MUST. Excellent book.Published 7 months ago by Jeanette D. Jackson
When my wife and I decided that we were old, we chose handguns as a reasonable means of self-defense. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Earle Williams
Whether you are a trained pro, a handgun owner who wants to know more, a Saturday plinker, or a liberal thinking about buying his first handgun (without telling his friends, of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Just My Opinion
Perhaps it's because I had recently re-read "In Gravest Extreme" I was disappointed in this book. Along with some serious name dropping, it's also redundant. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Richard
This book gives a nice survey of handgun types as well as strengths and weaknesses, gun training, maintenance etc. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Chris