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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Privateer Publications; 1st edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965678458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965678452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much to be learned from Chris' painstaking, detailed research. I recommend this book highly."  —Massad Ayoob, director, Lethal Force Institute


"Wow! 'Riveting' may be an overused word...but it is perfectly descriptive of the stories that Chris has compiled."  —Suzanna Hupp, Texas state representative


"Great true stories that spark a self-analytical What would I have done?"  —Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner


"If you don't own a firearm for personal protection, you need to read this book."  —Combat Handguns magazine


"The humanity of Bird's subjects . . . left me with a warm feeling toward these survivors, and regrets for the one who did not make it."  —Women & Guns magazine


"I am deeply impressed with the book by Chris Bird."  —GunNews


"Like I said, ya gotta read the book. It's a purchase I don't think you'll regret."  —American Handgunner magazine

About the Author

Chris Bird is the author of The Concealed Handgun Manual, a former police reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, a certified concealed-handgun instructor, and a director of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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This book opens one's mind to what can happen.
DEH
Stories such as these prove concealed carry laws work, and the armed citizen is the most likely person to end a criminal's killing spree--more often than the police.
Gordon H. Hutchinson
This book is a must read for anyone who has or is thinking of getting a concealed carry permit.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
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In this relatively short (307 pages) book, author Chris Bird has done what the news media has failed to do with all of its massive resources - tell the truth about the incredible effectiveness of firearms for self defense.

Rather than revealing the amazing positive statistics and stories of these encounters, the establishment reporters have done just the opposite. They have portrayed a totally one sided picture of the relatively few misuses of guns and ignored the literally millions of protective uses of these weapons by American citizens.

As Mr. Bird states: 'According to various academic studies, each year at least a couple of million ordinary citizens use firearms in response to criminal attack or threat. In only a very small percentage of cases is the gun actually fired.' That is incredible. It is a travesty that this is not broadcast wide and far.

In this volume, the author chronicles the stories of fourteen of these average people who protected themselves and/or others with firearms. The situations and outcomes are vastly different, but there is a common thread: Ordinary people effectively warding off criminal attacks.

Most people in this country have been conditioned to believe that they should simply call the police when in danger and all will be well. This book will help dispel that notion. I highly recommend it. Another one that everyone should read is Dial 911 and Die. This is certainly not for men only. Mr. Bird also cites the research showing that women actually have much more to gain in safety than men by keeping and/or carrying a firearm.

This is a must read for anyone who is concerned about improving his/her own safety as well as that of family members.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Schwartz on June 18, 2009
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This is a well written book. It reveals much about the criminal attitude, self defense preparedness, the psychological impact of shooting incidents, the aftermath of the incidents, and critical examination of
these incidents. Your mind and body must be prepared if you want to protect yourself from violent
crime. Certain decisions need to be made before you are attacked. You won't have time to engage in
philosophy when only seconds remain for you to act. The incidents reported here are varied enough
to give you some important things to think about. If you are on a search to obtain critical knowledge
about protecting yourself and/or your loved ones and also being a responsible citizen, then this book
is for you. Thanks Chris Bird. Job well done !
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By B. Everitt on June 7, 2007
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This book was recommended by a shooting instructor and it was exactly as he described. This books tells of people that showed/used a gun to diffuse different situations and had very different outcomes. Like most books it has ordinary citizens getting through situations just by brandishing a gun. Unlike other books it also shows some of the places where bad things happen to good people. This book was a real eye opener.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stevebowhunts on June 30, 2010
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Thank God I Had a Gun by Chris Bird is a must read for people that think "that only happens to other people." Chris did an outstanding job telling the real life stories of 14 ordinary people that had no idea their day or night would begin or end the way it did. It shows the preparedness of lawabiding citizens to resolve a life threatening situation when as usual, the police are minutes away when seconds count. Budget cuts in city and county governments short staff city police and county sheriff departments. As lawabiding citizens, we must be responsible for our own safety. Chris does an excellent job in pointing that fact out in the book. Great book. I give it 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Buchanan on January 10, 2012
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Chris Bird did a great job with this book. The 14 stories are very interesting, instructional, uplifting, and one story, in particular, stands out as I remember the various news stories mentioning that Pizza Hut fired the delivery driver, Mr. Honeycutt, because he defended himself against an armed robber bent on murder. The armed robber was "unsuccessful" because he picked the wrong pizza man to rob AND forgot to "prepare his weapon" (I don't want to spoil the story for you). Mr. Bird's book further reinforces my determination to always carry a defensive weapon at home and in public.

I've read some reviews here complaining that Mr. Bird frequently mentions of the race of the perpetrators. I fail to see why this is a reader complaint as race was certainly a factor in helping the police determine who the bad guys were, therefore, race is certainly part of each story. I find it very annoying to read news articles of unsolved crimes containing a near-complete description of the perp, but race is not mentioned. Such political correctness run amok only aids the perp in further eluding the police and watchful eye of the public.

Buy this book and you won't put it down before you reach the back cover.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Vance on May 22, 2007
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Chris Bird has done an excellent! I could not put this book down, very informative, as a female who carry's for protection I was made aware of a few things I had not considered. I would suggest anyone considering having a firearm for protection to read this book, any doubts they may have will be quashed after this read. Overall this book is a definate learning experience, very well researched, excellent!
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