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In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection
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For example, you're walking down the street and someone insults you. Do you get into it with them, or just keep going? He explains that since you are carrying a firearm, it is your responsibility to avoid having to use it, if possible. So getting into an arguement with some punk because he called you a name, which could escalate into something which might cause you to draw your weapon, must be avoided. Legally, it could be devisitating.
But he doesn't shy away from using it when absolutely necessary. One carries a firearm for a reason, and that is to avoid death or serious injury.
Also bear in mind that when this book was written, some very fine firearms hadn't been developed and/or used much, like the Glock. The same goes for calibers of ammunition, like the .40 S&W.
Read this book because the principles still apply. Afterwards, do some further reading about various state and federal laws which now apply. Also, research the various handguns that are available today.
If there is only one book in your library about self-defense with a gun, this should be it.
I was fortunate to be among those admitted into Massad's very first class for civilians way back in 1981. Since that time I have steered away from several potentially deadly situations based on his common sense (a rare thing) advice about "staying safe".
If you are interested in "how to kill the bad guy and get away with it" read elsewhere. This book is not for you. If you want to learn how to keep safe and out of trouble and the grief associated with grave decisions, read this book. It is the best of its kind.
All that said, this book still offers excellent advice and great stories. Ayoob definitely has a talent for presenting information and then explaining why things are the way they are. He does not just dump his opinions into your lap, he helps you to understand.
If you read this book and then stop, you will have a good working knowledge of the issues concerning concealed carry in 1980. If you read this book and follow up with more current ones (i.e. The Complete Book of Combat Handgunnery), then you will have a better understanding of the issues relevant to today.
Should be part of everyone's library, along with Cooper's Principles of Personal Defense, but definitely should not be the only reading you do on the subject.
Massad claims he began to use firearms at age four, and won his first of several hundred pistol awards as a teenager. He was captain of a first string pistol team at the age of twenty-two. Then he became a policeman in 1972.
In his career, he has become recognized internationally as one of the world's leading authorities on police weaponry, and regularly serves as a consultant and courtroom expert on firearms and shootings.
He has been the handgun editor of "Guns" magazine, and is a regular contributor to several other leading journals.
In this book, Ayoob advises the reader on the legal implications of firearms use in self-defense, and the whole subject of keeping, storing, carrying and using firearms.
He talks about basic gunfighting techniques, the calibers best suited for personal protection and how to choose a weapon, "common sense" as it relates to firearms use, and the deterrent effect of defense handguns.
This is a very good book, and it comes highly recommended by most knowledgeable shooters.
Now, if you are a beginner, about to buy your first handgun, or a police cadet or a new correctional officer in training, and are seeking a book which will help you to pick out a firearm, or to safely use the one you have, let me recommend a better one: "George Tooley's Beginner's Book on How to Handle Firearms Safely," also available on Amazon.com.
This is a very good book. Buy it, too. But the late George Tooley's book is even better, although less well known. He had 45 years in corrections and law-enforcement, most of it teaching firearms use.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a fun book - by an interesting man. But I get a sense that it rambles all around the subject matter, with stories and anecdotes, as though he distilled a script for his talks... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Capt J. D. Obenberger
Lot's of good info for the CCers. After reading the book I was left with a better sense of the gravity and responsibility of carrying in the civilian word, especially with the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by PBJ
I read this back in the 80s when I got my first concel carry and have recommended it to everyone thinking about once since. I think it should be mandatory. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Patrick Scroggs
Well-organized and well-written, this book is a "must have" for anyone who keeps and/or carries a sidearm for protection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 1wayticket2WY
A must read for anyone seriously considering, or already carrying. Helps in understanding *all* ramifications of using deadly force to protect yourself.Published 2 months ago by Wendell Ficklin
Well written and informative. If you are a concealed carry individual, this is probably a must read. Mr. Ayoob is without a doubt the premiere authority on this subject.Published 2 months ago by J. Centore
Good to have by your side if you have to go to court for shooting a perpPublished 2 months ago by Frank Tobias III