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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Defense Training International Publications; 2nd edition (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965942279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965942270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What he teaches is simple, strong and effective.
RCK
He ends the book with this thought: "Chance favors the prepared. Fortune, the bold. Providence, the audacious!"
writer49
This book should be required reading for anyone contemplating keeping a shotgun or rifle for personal defense.
Steve Collins

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
If I had to choose only one book as a reference for self defense using a rifle or shotgun it would be this second edition of the Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting. While principles remain the same, over time tactics and weapons can change to meet new demands. John Farnam is on the cutting edge of those changes. John has a practical way through his classes and by interacting with other professionals in this field to determine not only what tactics and equipment work, but also the circumstances in which they should be employed.

The book covers among other things: Operating systems, sighting systems, ammunition selection (and why), stoppage reduction (It is my opinion that if you've never had a stoppage in your weapon you aren't training realistically enough for a self-defense encounter), fighting positions, weapon retention and a whole lot more. While the book is certainly a great addendum to formal police and military training, it shines as a textbook for the ordinary person who wants to protect themselves from violent career criminals and who recognizes that while having to defend oneself with a firearm is a remote possibility, when it does happen it is vital to have not only the best equipment one can afford, but also the best understanding of how to effectively and decisively use that equipment. This book (as much as any book can substitute for formal training on the range with a professional instructor) will show the reader how.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By writer49 on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
John Farnum, Vietnam combat vet, retired Major in the Reserve, police officer, author, lecturer, instructor, consultant and expert witness has instructed thousands in the art and craft of defensive firearms. This is his fifth book and the second edition of his rifle and shotgun book. In 231 pages he covers tactics, handling, shooting, maintenance, in the use of tactical shotguns and rifles. In addition he devotes significant space to the mind set and principles to help readers prevail in dangerous encounters.

The book begins with a scenario - "You are facing four heavily-tattooed gang-menbers across the street. They are armed with knives and pistols that they are brandishing in a reckless and threatening manner. In fact, they are shouting threats as they point their weapons at you... the range is 40 meters. They know, as do you, the police aren't coming and that no one is going to help you..." From here, Farnum begins a conversation with you that reads like he lectures - dynamic and fast moving.

Half of the book is devoted to the shotgun, the other to rifles - not just any rifle or shotgun, but tactical, military type firearms. The reason is simple - military firearms are built to stand up to the abuse and heavy demands of combat and Farnum believes we should entrust our lives to nothing less.

The book covers how to carry, deploy, use and maintain these weapons. One of the most useful features of the book is the detailed photographs that show how to maintain, carry, shoot, load, and clear stoppages. One of my favorite parts of the book is his recommended brands of rifles, shotguns, ammunition and accessories - as well as those that are definitely not recommended. All are accompanied by his reasons - for or against each item. Very helpful.
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Great, universal truths and tactical thinking to effectively utilize long-arms for your defense. While useful for the beginner, it has in-formation that will clearly help the more advanced long-gun shooter.
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If you cannot take one of John's courses in person, then definitely read his books and defensive handgunning as well as this book. Experienced Law Enforcement people and a retired E-8 Army vet who were in my classes were highly complementary of what they learned. His ideas gained from decades in the business could save your life.
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