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Guns & Warriors: DTI Quips, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 7, 2006

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By Roger Lanny

John Farnam is the consummate instructor, with impressive credentials. His Guns & Warriors from DTI Publications, Inc. is a compilation of his e-mail newsletter (which started life in hard copy) to his students from its inception in May 1998, through the end of 2002. Although I have been a delighted recipient of what is now called DTI Quips since 2000, I enjoyed reading those items just as much, and marveled at what I'd either forgotten, or, perhaps, overlooked.

This book is sure to fascinate and inform you - and it's a darn good "read." Guns & Warriors covers virtually every facet of handguns, rifles and shotguns, plus nine chapters on fascinating insights into various international hot spots and history that rival the History Channel on TV.

The various items are not only John's own thoughts and insights, but also from those of his friends and colleagues from many and varied organizations. Quoted anonymously, they make for extremely useful training points and lessons.

An excellent addition, missing from most books of this type, is an extensive index. It makes locating a partially remembered or new item trivial. You will find this a worthy addition to your library, and/or, a great gift. If John doesn't mind me plagiarizing one of his phrases, his book is - "Highly Recommended." --Women & Guns Volume 17, Number 6 November-December 2006

About the Author

John Farnam is president of Defense Training International, Inc. and has been teaching defensive firearms courses for over 30 years. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, a major (Retired) in the U.S. Army Reserve and a police officer with many years of practical experience. Mr. Farnam is the author of several books. Each year, he travels across the country teaching the latest defensive firearms techniques to police departments, federal and state agencies as well as foreign governments. He is recognized as an acclaimed and prominent lecturer, expert witness and consultant. The American Tactical Shooting Association awarded John Farnam the "Tactical Advocate of the Year" in recognition of his commitment to presenting dependable tactical information to those attending his training programs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Defense Training International Publications; 1st edition (July 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965942252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965942256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Carney on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
An excellent compilation of John Farnam's `quips', or informative e-mail messages, sent from May 1998 through 2002. The book is well organized and makes for an easy read. Highly recommended to anyone interested in practical information from one of the best trainers out there. I've recreated the table of contents below to give the reader a better idea of what the book contains.

Guns & Warriors: DTI Quips, Volume I


1. General Advice

2. Travel Advice

3. Women

4. Gun Handling

5. Techniques

6. Tactics

7. Accidental Discharges (AD's)

8. Civilian Incidents

9. NTI

10. Ammo

11. Pistol Advice

12. Pistol Reliability

13. Pistol Problems

14. After Market Parts

15. Rifle Advice

16. Rifle Reliability

17. Shotgun Advice

18. Show News

19. Hunting

20. Police Incidents

21. Officer Involved Shootings

22. Duty Gear

23. Patrol Rifle

24. Training Tips

25. Military

26. Bosnia

27. Philippines

28. South Africa

29. Terrorism

30. History: Miscellaneous

31. History: America

32. History: South Africa

33. History: The World Wars

34. History: Southeast Asia


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Collins on March 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is John Farnam at his best. It shows his grasp of everything from the latest trends to the lessons of history. He is blunt and to the point, and is hard on himself and others, as he should be! As he relays so often, this is a hard world, their is no room for sissies, and you are on your own in an emergency! Their is no fluff here, only hard learned facts!

He is also adaptable, as is shown in this book, when something better comes along that works, he will acknowledge it and add it to his tactical tool box. He has a sharp mind and is a fantastic instructor!

I constantly go back to different chapters, even ones I have already read, and will still find something new. As John says, "Highly Recommended!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dietrich VINE VOICE on November 11, 2009
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The book is a collection of short notes on gun related topics, collected over a number of years and arranged by general topic. There are lots of gems, some redundant items and some internal conflicts which beg clarification.

The author is a former military officer and highly respected combat firearms instructor. His knowledge and enthusiasm come through loud and clear.

As a somewhat neophyte I was sometimes confused. For example, there are numerous references to Glock pistols, both positive and negative. One of the most concerning was the pistol's tendency to fail to extract a fired cartridge and load a new cartridge unless high power ammunition was used and a strong wrist opposed the recoil. This would seem to be a case closed issue as the consequences are unacceptable. In a later note he indicates that he carries a Glock, among many other weapons. It is because he has the skill and discipline to prevent the problem?

I would like to find a consolidated recommendation on the issue, realizing that it may be broken down by model.

The discussion of the problems getting diverse police forces qualified with the 12g shotgun included a recommendation that lighter officers be allowed to use a 20g for training and qualification. It's not clear what you do in the field and why this seems like such a bad practice. Perhaps it is a 20g for initial training with a requirement to qualify with the 12g at some point.

The author's travels and international connections provide a wealth of interesting information on gun related issues around the world plus lots of very short stories of what works and does not work.

There are many comments on the ability of various ammunition to penetrate things from windows to car doors.
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