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Beginner's tactical advice
on December 12, 2011
The author leads the reader thru a variety of different defensive circumstances--urban neighborhood, farm, lowrise apt, highrise apt. I thought the advice given was fairly accurate on tactical defense, until I came to the part about weapons. The Author recommends a .308 cal.(7.62x51) rifle, a "POF PX308" (never heard of it) "with a 16 in. barrel. It is death incarnate at 900 meters and it will stop almost any non-armored vehicle within 200 meters." Hmm. I don't think so. Maybe if you hit it in the engine it might stop a car or truck at 200 meters, but don't count on it. Further, a 16 inch barrel is not that accurate, over 250 meters, even with a scope. That is why they make longer barreled rifles. the 16 in. is good up to 300 meters, if that.
The author lost me on his credibility at that point. The author also recommends a Barrett .50 cal rifle. Okay if you can afford the $4000 for one (scope is more)and $5+ per round, and you want to hit targets at one mile. His other advice leads me to believe that he is really not that familiar with firearms and based his writing on what someone told him. The reader should talk around their choices with other knowledgeable folks before buying.
My recommendations would be (per family of 3 or 4) a .308 Remington or Savage bolt action, ($500), Upper shelf scope ($400+), a 12 ga pump shotgun (Rem 870 or Mossberg), and two semi-auto pistols (same, with about 20 mags) in .40S&W or .45Auto caliber. Of course lots and lots of ammo for each, to use in defense, hunting, and barter. An AR-15 style carbine (here is the 16 in bbl) would be an add-on after the above. The selections given by the author generally price the average family out of the market.
The author failed to note that an Army rifle (M-16) uses the same parts as an AR-15, yes, but some in the fire control area are illegal for civilians to have, and must be very careful which parts they have to avoid prosecution by the BATFE. On page 149, item 7, I think the author has mistaken the AK with the AR-15. The AK will do what he says, but not the AR-15, which must be kept squeaky clean to be reliable. To read up on gunware, get a copy of "Boston's Gun Bible."
As mentioned elsewhere, the book is the less for typos, spelling, and other poor proof-reading. the author should have had a professional proofer review it and used better graphics (apparently originally in color, but not in the book) that looked cheap and was hard to comprehend.
All in all, the book is not bad on basic defensive tactics as far as it goes, but could have been better organized with better advice. There are better books out there.