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About the Author

A 10-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, where she served as Department Firearms Instructor, Gila Hayes has a long career writing for publications including Women & Guns. She is also Contributing Editor for Women's Issues for Gun Digest. With her husband Mark, she operates The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc., a practical firearms training school. In addition, Gila has recently started a second business, the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; 1st edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440203903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440203909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Cranford VINE VOICE on July 9, 2010
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I have been collecting books on "defense for women" since I first had the money to buy books. I was bullied in school frequently. When I joined the Marine Corps and went to boot camp in 1975, my reason for buying "defense for women" books was that if the techniques worked for out-of-condition women who had not been brutally indoctrinated in the warrior culture, they'd work even better for me. Unfortunately, most of the "defense for women" books are trash.

Not so with "Personal Defense for Women" by Gila Hayes. The book is more of a guide to learning than a complete instruction manual, but I have a better understanding of the "shoulder pocket" for managing shotgun recoil. Folks, I did it wrong for 35 years--now I'm retraining myself based on the clear illustrations on Page 248. This book takes the novice through every phase of learning to protect yourself. Chapter One, A Woman's Rights and Responsibilities, is the foundation of the whole book. If your society holds that you have no right to live, if your attacker has every right to rape and kill you, then the rest of the advice is a moot point.

Nobody has the right to rape or murder you.

Chapter Two covers the "color code" technique that confuses so many is explained. Conditon Yellow is a state of relaxed alertness to your surroundings and the readiness to go to a higher state of alertness and readiness to act. This chapter helps accomplish the next chapter--you cannot avoid trouble if you have zero situational awareness.

Chapter 3--A Fight Avoided Is a Fight Won, is very good advice.

The advice goes through to Chapter 24, Post Shooting Survival. The Afterwards is a discussion of the difference between "victim" and "survivor.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RamboLiberal on February 17, 2010
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Though I've been shooting handguns for a decade plus & trained in martial arts for nearly 3 decades there was still a lot of good information I gleaned from this book. Very well-written. I like that a book for women seriously discusses guns, holsters, concealment, ammunition, etc. as well as tasers and pepper spray.

Gila demsytified for me rifles & especially shotguns and ammo choices for those as well as good techniques for woman to be able to use.

I advise any woman seeking information on self-defense to buy this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Edward Patton on February 6, 2010
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I have four granddaughters. I thought this book would help me discuss "Personal Defense for Women" with them. It delivers!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Gibson on June 8, 2011
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Self Defense for Women is one of the best books I've read on Self Defense (not just "for women"). I've shot revolvers for over 30 years, but recently decided to start Conceal Carry. I started researching, reading, took training from a qualified instructor,and even bought a new gun. I didn't realize how little I knew until I started learning!

I read a lot of great books by a lot of great authors and I glad I did, but I'm so glad I ran across this one. The reason this book is so valuable to me is because it takes and covers pretty much EVERYTHING on the subject in a very well written, easy to understand & remember way.

I have a habit of highlighting my books for easy refresher and reference. By the time I got to the last page, the whole book was pretty much covered in highlights! I was so impressed with it, that I bought 3 more copies for my sisters and daughter-in-law, who agree that it is one of the best books they've read too.

I can't recommend this book highly enough! I don't write reviews often, but this one I had to!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By another commenter on December 29, 2009
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A very readable, useful guide to personal safety, with practical advice on a wide variety of essential topics. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By imadragonkeeper on August 6, 2012
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Gila Hayes has penned a must read book for women on the value of self defense (and how to not behave like a victim). There is a bit about using guns to defend yourself, but there is so much more here than just how to shoot. She discusses unarmed defense, taser/pepper spray use and also the emotions that go along with using any kind of defensive tactics against another person. She cites references and links to more information about products and devices she mentions and lots of information on how to find various types of training. Every woman should read this book and everyone with daughters should share the knowledge here with them as well. Even men will get benefit from the information written here even if it is geared toward woman - valuable information is just that, regardless of the targeted audience
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon on December 29, 2012
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This book was purchased as a gift for a new female shooter. I read it first so I can discuss it with her when she is finished. It is written in a very easy to understand fashion and stresses all the fundamentally important aspects that make for a safe well educated shooter. Now all that remains is practice, practice, practice.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Don L. Frederickson on January 30, 2010
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I would give this book toall my friends. It has great inmormation that is good for both men or women. You can use the information in evfery day life. I support
what she has put together.
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