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"A one-stop-source of information for the new defensive pistol shooter. I seriously recommend it to my students." -- Gabe Suarez, President, Suarez International and internationally acclaimed tactical firearms trainer and author.

"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

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The focus of this book is on the safe use of combat handguns as a defensive tool. With violent crime on an upswing and the advent of terrorism, every responsible law abiding adult should be prepared with a personal defense plan. Owning firearms and knowing how to use and maintain them safely should be part of such a plan.

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."

TOPICS INCLUDE:

* 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Looseleaf Law Publications (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889031658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889031651
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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I have been carrying handguns concealed for over 10 yeras and this book is probably one of the top 5 books I've read on the subject. It's not about tactics but more on what handguns and accessories work and tips on cleaning and what to buy to clean your gun. They get into specifics with revolvers and autos. I actually went through the book after reading it once and highlighted parts to use as reference. Whether you're new to shooting or looking to carry concealed, I highly recommend this book.
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I highly reccomend this book. I knew very little about handguns, when I bought this book. This book takes you through everything you need to know when you don't know anything about guns. From selecting a self defense handgun to handling, ammunition, shooting, holsters, Psychological factors, and more.

I believe this is the best book out there for someone just starting out.
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Like most books on the firearms, this one spends a lot of time on self-defense issues. I wasn't particularly interested in that topic but the book does offer a lot on safety, how to clean and maintain your firearms, and many of the issues relating to owning a firearm. The book touches on legal issues, scenerios to be aware of, and of course self-defense and practical concerns. A good basic book for beginner to intermediate skill levels, experts should probably look elsewhere.
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I had high hopes for this book after reading the reviews, but having just received it and read it (or as much of it as I could bear), I have to say, if you're brand new to guns and only know what you've read in the instruction manual, this book may be for you. Despite the fact that there are few photographs, the language is bland and uninteresting, many of the facts and recommendations wrong and having inadequate information, still, you may find something useful in it if you can stay awake. Unfortunately, the cover is the most interesting thing about the book and, speaking of instruction manuals, the book reads like a giant one, itself.

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.
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Very Comprehensive book.
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.
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I found the book to be very comprehensive for the description and function of handguns. It encompasses the technical specifics of handguns and explains the responcibilites for anyone who owns a handgun or is planning on purchasing one in the future. The contents of the book are concise and too the point. This is definitely a book that should be included in every gun owner and enthusiast's library.
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The book itself is great so far. Very informative. I am definitely getting my money's worth. That being said, it is a complete PITA to read it. The formatting is horrible. It is as if the OCR machine used to scan the original text had a seizure throughout the entire scan. I have purchased tons of digital book editions and this by far is the only one that has been an utter disaster.

I honestly recommend avoiding the digital version and purchasing the paperback version.
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This is a comprehensive and informative reference guide to the basics of all things related to handguns. It's a must-read for anyone new to shooting or anyone considering purchasing a firearm. However, advanced shooters can still gain from it. After owning it for over a year I still refer back to this book occasionally and it's worthy of keeping in my home library.
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