- Series: Gunfighting for Police
- Publisher: Police Bookshelf; Fourth Edition edition (June 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936279036
- ISBN-13: 978-0936279039
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stressfire, Vol. 1 (Gunfighting for Police: Advanced Tactics and Techniques) Fourth Edition Edition
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The first thing to strike you about this book is the absolutely awesome cover photo capturing the vortex-like fireball as Ayoob triggers one round of Federal .357 Magnum 125-grain jacketed hollowpoint out of a 4-inch barreled Smith & Wesson Model 13 revolver. Muzzle flash provides the only illumination for the photo. This shot was taken, obviously, before the era of flash-retardant powders greatly reduced the super-flamethrower effect of many .357 Magnum loads, including the Federal 125-grainers.
StressFire is a book on gunfighting. In it Ayoob puts forth the techniques he believes work best, based on having debriefed hundreds of gunfight survivors. It's good stuff. Ayoob looks into this controversial topic with rare insight. He was one of the first well-known instructors, for instance, to condemn the Weaver Stance as a combat technique, recommending instead a modified isosceles. Read this book, see if you can argue with his logic.
Massad Ayoob is a wonderfully articulate writer, with extremely strong opinions. Like his fellow gunwriter and instructor Jeff Cooper, he's the sort of larger-than-life personality that attracts both devoted followers and sworn enemies. Just to make it clear where I come down on the topic, I've trained with Mas Ayoob, I've read his articles and books for 20-plus years, I like the guy. But whether you love him or hate him, there's one fact that's undeniable: no one can honestly say he's done more to provide good, solid information on the use of the defensive handgun to the average citizen than Massad Ayoob.
Do I agree with everything in this book? No.Read more ›
STRESSFIRE gives you a good idea of what you'll be up against when the chips are down and how to prepare yourself. I know cause I've been there.
My copy of this book has frayed edges, highlights and notes written in the margins. I turn back to it once in a while. Just this year, when I was having trouble with one particular skill at local pistol matches, I pulled this book from my shelf and had the answer I was looking for immediately.
The book covers a variety of topics on self defence and combat, including mental conditioning. Ayoob has developed his StressFire system onto a complete package that covers it all. Therefore, he has something to say about everything. That in itself is a good thing, and it adds to the completeness of this book, but it also gives a distinct impression of "empire-building". Since the StressFire system is Ayoob's creation, every time he mentions how things are better on StressFire, he seem biased. In addition, Ayoob rarely recommends a technique he has not invented himself (one of the only exeptions is Chapman flashlight technique, which Ayoob recommends in addition of his own StressFire technique).
But as I mentioned, the book is a complete package, and the techniques and tactics presented in the book seem reasonable and sound. I would recommend this book to anyone who carries a handgun, on or off duty.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this book several times. I purchased this copy for I new shooter to study !! It's old but stress never changes !!Published 6 months ago by Spang
Author an expert in his field. Great tips. Recommend for sports enthusiasts.Published 9 months ago by Macamazon
Tells you what stress factors do to your accuracy, but adds very little that I didn't know on beforehand.Published 10 months ago by Ervin Eikeland
Great book from Ayoob. It sure teaches you to make very sure before you pull the trigger! Lots of good stuff here.Published 11 months ago by Herb Finch