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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Police Bookshelf; English Language edition (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936279095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936279091
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did receive the book the second time.
Emily Samples
William H. "Bill" Jordan was the Assistant Chief Patrol Inspector of the U.S. Border Patrol when he retired in 1965.
John M. Lane
All of us present-day shooters should read this book and know from whence the current art and science grew.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on August 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
The title of the book speaks volumes. At a sporting pistol match they give a trophy to second place. Second place in an actual gunfight doesn't get a trophy, it gets a trip to the hospital or morgue. After making that point, Jordan (a seasoned veteran of many gunfights as a border patrolman) gives a wealth of practical advice on how to survive gunfights.

The book is aimed at law enforcement officers, and it focuses on the use of the revolver. When Jordan wrote, most officers carried revolvers. Times and technology have changed, but the human factors in lethal confrontations probably haven't changed since Cain and Abel. Dated as it is, the book is excellent reading for anyone who carries a firearm as a law enforcement officer.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2002
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If you want instruction on defensive revolver techniques, this is the book for you. No nonsense, no fluff, just good hard information on how to do it. Not for pistol owners, this book applies to revolvers. Methods in this book are used and referred to by instructors at a well-known firearms academy in Paulden, Arizona.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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I love this book because i am a revolver aficianado (probably rare for a 27 year old today) with a CCW who has an affinity for the "men's guns". ie- no nonsense, get the job done workhorses. This description aptly fits Jordan's writing style as well. I like it and wish all instructional books were this well written. He even interjects exciting and humorous anecdotes (although not quite "PC") about his career as a lawman with the Border Patrol and otherwise. This is a forum from a Type-A who has been there and done that in an *** kicking manner, and is a good read for any sports enthusiast needing the perspective of a never-say-die fighter. One quote stands out clearly, and that is, "with enough determination you can win even when you appear to be losing--just keep shooting!" I could not have said it better! Enjoy this book if you can find it--- I special ordered my copy at Batnes & Noble.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David A. Sinko (dasinko@enter.net) on October 7, 1999
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This book is extremely informative and extremely well written. The fast draw photo sequencing is invaluable. Despite being written some 40 years ago, it is NOT outdated, even in reference to the equipment used. This book is worth every penny.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Cawthon on August 24, 2010
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Bill Jordan was a Border Patrolman beginning in the days of Prohibition and over the years became a legend. Tall and lean, but with a ready smile and a good handshake, Jordan was one of the fastest men with a handgun in history: from a neutral posture, he could draw, fire and hit his target in .27 second. In a courtroom, as a witness for a friend of his, Jordan pulled one of the most incredible feats ever officially witnessed: with a court officer pointing a gun at him, Jordan drew and "fired" his unloaded gun before the deputy could pull the trigger of his weapon. For exhibitions, Jordan would line up six aspirin tablets, drop back six feet and hit all six from the hip.

More than just a top-flight pistolero, Jordan had a big impact on combat handguns. Jordan was one of the driving forces behind the development of the Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum, a medium-frame revolver chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge. He later championed the development of the .41 Magnum cartridge and the Smith & Wesson revolver chambered for it. He also developed the Jordan Holster, one of the fastest combat holsters ever made. I carried various Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers, including a Model 19, in a Don Hume Jordan rig for several years and it was one of the fastest and most comfortable setups I ever wore.

I was privileged to meet Bill Jordan a few times after he retired from the Border Patrol and was working as a field representative for the National Rifle Association; he was even kind enough to give me some tips on my own shooting stance that were of great help to me.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A photographer VINE VOICE on August 15, 2008
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I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Jordan many years ago when I photographed him for an interview. I remember a soft-spoken, tall man with some of the largest hands I've ever had the opprotunity to shake. I admired him for his skill with a firearm, his reputation as a lawman and his kindness as a fine human being. I have an autographed copy of this book. I recently read it again--for the first time in many years.

He was ahead of his time as a proponent of training law enforcement officers for potential life/death confrontations. As a document that helped to lay the foundation for the training methods used today, this is important.

It is, unfortunately, a very dated document due to the multitude of changes that have come about in weaponry over the past few decades. No longer is the double-action .357 Magnum revolver the firearm of choice for lawmen. If there was a contest between the revolver and the autoloading pistol, the autoloader won by miles. Very few (if any) law enforcement agencies use revolvers today.

Skip the first half of this book. The hardware section is no longer relevant. Jump to the last half of the book, in which the other aspects of preparation for life/death confrontations is presented. This is the important stuff that is just as relevant today as it was in 1960.
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