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Real World Survival : What Has Worked For Me Paperback – May 14, 1998
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...how can you identify if you are being threatened?...What should you do?...These are all questions answered in full... -- Petersen's Handguns, Nov., 2000
There is so much great material in this twelve-chapter book that this review cannot do it justice. -- The Law Enforcement Trainer Magazine, Sept./Oct, 1998
About the Author
Rauch is also a writer and lecturer in the firearms field. He is published regularly in national and international publications, including Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement and other Harris Publications specialty magazines, Emap/Petersen's Handguns, Guns & Ammo specialty magazines, S.W.A.T. Magazine, Police and Security News, Cibles (France) and Visier (Germany).
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As the reviewer from Costa Rica notes, the first two chapters are quite good. I also thought that the rest of the book was well done. This is an excellent book for beginners, and covers many of the basics in a straightforward and no-nonsense manner.
Sure, as a Gunsite graduate, much of the book was perhaps a little too basic for my tastes. I don't need advice choosing a sidearm, for example. Like the reader from Costa Rica, I would have preferred a more advanced treatise, and I hope this book is successful enough to entice Walt Rauch to write a followup book, with more advanced topics.
That said, I believe this is an excellent book for people who are considering whether they should own a firearm for self protection, and don't quite know where to start, or even what questions to ask. It's also great for people who HAVE made the decision to defend themselves and their loved ones, but need some solid guidance from a more experienced individual... a person like Walt Rauch. For people in either category, I would suggest ALL the following books:
1. Real World Survival by Walt Rauch
2. The Truth About Self Protection by Mas Ayoob
3. Drive to Survive! by Curt Rich
More experienced shooters can certainly benefit from those three aforementioned books, and for them, I would add to the list... Jim Cirillo's book, some of Mas Ayoob's books, some of Jeff Cooper's books, and all of Gabe Suarez's books.
Bottom line... Walt Rauch wrote a damn fine book!
Still, worth buying just for those two first chapters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read it cover to cover. Walt passes on a lifetime of experience...and I found it extremely informative. Have better appreciation for weapons now.Published on January 16, 2013 by n
This book is excellent. If you are looking to develop a defensive mind-set, this book is it. It may be the best of its kind. Read morePublished on June 4, 2005 by Wise Sage
Unfortunately I found the book "Real World Survival" a waste of time. I thought the author could have said what he wanted to in half the time and it's a pretty short book... Read morePublished on March 17, 2002