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Handgun Combatives Paperback – January 1, 2002
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In the book, Spaulding goes though the usual stuff of selecting the handgun and holster, but in my opinion, Spaulding gives advise that is a way above average. Usually, in similar books they only advise which guns and accessories are good, but Spaulding advises how to select gear that is good FOR YOU. In other words, he tells how to select gear that is both of good quality, but is also suited to your individual needs and physique. It is odd though that after the chapter on gun selection, there is seven chapters (about 50 pages) before Spaulding goes to holster selection.
Spaulding does a good job of presenting proper shooting stances (actually combat stances, because shooting a gun in a range is a totally different ball game than shooting in combat), getting a good grip (he gives an interesting trick that helps you to determine the proper grip that was totaly new to me), and so on. He also discusses extreme close quarters shooting, shooting in the dark, the problems with automobiles and so on. He also stresses that your practice should reflect the conditions of real life, not those of a shooting range.
The only real problems with the book are those of production. It appears that Looseleaf law publications have tried to save printing costs by limiting the number of photographs to a minimum, and printing the captions as small as possible.Read more ›
One thing that seems to distinguish particularly good books on this topic is how well it addresses extreme close quarters combat (fistfight distance). Many of the books of this genre ignore the topic even though the odds are high that if you ever have to use a gun to protect yourself, it will be at nose-to-nose distance. Spaulding devotes a seven page chapter to the topic. His advice on this topic is similar to his advice throughout the rest of the book . . . a simple and reliable approach.
Table of Contents:
About the Author, Foreword, etc
"Chapter 1: Developing the combative mind"
Levels of awareness, willingness to use force, focusing on simple, street-proven techniques, etc.
"Chapter 2: NLP Skill Development and the Way of the Jedi"
Not as weird as it sounds. NLP stands for Neuro-linguistic programming. This is all about modeling your practice after experts, using mental imagery, and understanding the thought process that occurs during combat.
"Chapter 3: Legalities in Using Force For Personal Defence"
Three pages long. You better have darn good reason if you kill somebody, or you will end up in prison. Does not address state CCW laws at all.
"Chapter 4: Personal Fitness for Combatives"
Two pages long. Summary: get in shape and learn hand-to-hand combat - the gun can't solve everything.
"Chapter 5: Other Things to Think About"
Six pages about the necesity of hand-to-hand combat, First Aid kits, knives and defensive driving.
"Chapter 6: Selecting the Personal Defense Hangun"
The book is only about semi-autos. No revolvers. It goes on to give advice on selecting the proper size, grip, finish, sights and caliber.
"Chapter 7: Individualizing the Personal Defense Handgun"
A reprint of one of the author's magazine articles about how he customzized his gun. This chapter is meant to open your eyes to the fact that you can have a gunsmith drill, grind, sand, cut and otherwise modify your gun to be your perfect weapon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taking Dave's Advanced Combative Handgun class end of October, getting a head start by reading his book. Excellent read.Published 4 months ago by Simply SigSauer
I'm not being excessive with my praise either--no hyperbole here. I've taken handgun training at numerous places in the country and am even a Certified NRA Law Enforcement... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Southernrecon
This book was very informational with practical advice on what it takes mentally and skills to survive a violent encounter. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by scredmond
Just like the review title says - A MUST READ (BIBLE) FOR BEGINERS, and a GREAT REVIEW FOR THE EXPERIENCED. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by war horse
This is an incredibly well written book, full of practical, real world information. I have begun implementing the tactics taught and I am experiencing a dramatic improvement in my... Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by John A. Campbell
While one can get too much information on tactics this book had several additional ideas to use for your protection. Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Rocky L. Janda
Dave Spaulding is a true "student of the art" of firearms. He has been published in most of the firearms magazines available for many years, and he has attended many of the leading... Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by Eric M. Bills
Spaulding shows how some of the most current techniques and training are lacking for real life scenarios. Read morePublished on February 10, 2007 by Christopher Gebhardt