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The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning Paperback – December 2, 2005
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Coverage of the draw from a holster, grip and stance, as well as loading and unloading, are covered in exhaustive detail, with separate sections for different models. Revolvers? Manual decockers? Colt Government models? Double Action Only? All covered clearly and thoroughly. Lots of pictures add clarity also.
For anyone who wishes for a worthy successor to Massad Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme", an excellent book that desperately needs updating, this is it, in my opinion. No longer do I have to recommend Ayoob's classic with the admonition "just ignore the firearm descriptions; they're way out of date". Now I can just recommend John Farnam's handgun book with no hesitation. I think it will be a classic, too.
Much of the lifestyle and tactical advice in the book applies to everyone. Even to those who do not own firearms. The guidance on interaction with police officers and the criminal justice system alone is worth the book's cost. Much of this information cannot be had from any other source.
John Farnam brings an engineer's perspective to the technical descriptions and analysis of all common handgun action types. His distilled non-diagnostic approach to handgun manipulation is widely accepted and taught within the law enforcement and civilian training communities.
This book is a must read for anyone who is even remotely interested in personal defense. The beginner will gain a comprehensive and easily understood foundation. Serious students will benefit from all of the new advances.
The book starts with chapters on mental toughness, personal tactics, law and other "mental skills". There is also chapters on different defensive weapons, first aid for gunshot victims and instructions on dealing with police in case you have to defend yourself with a firearm. This is interesting stuff, although I found it a bit strange that this information was the fist thing in the book. Usually, these things are discussed only after instructions on how to operate the gun. But it is a matter of opinion if this arrangement is good or not. What really strike me as odd, was that Farnam seems to have somewhat paranoid attitude towards police and legal system. That is especially strange concerning that Farnam has a backround in law enforcement.
After that there is a very detailed instruction on different handgun operating systems, mechanical systems and general technical details of a handgun. For someone interested in technical details, this might be interesting reading. But I suspect that an average reader is not this much technically oriented, and therefore this information is too detailed for a book like this. After all, I suspect that there are not that many people who go to a gun store to buy "a rotary barrel handun for self defence", rather they might ask for a Beretta, for instance. Therefore I feel that most of there pages devoted for technical detail, would have been spent better if they had been used for discussing tactics.Read more ›
John Farnam travels the world, teaching firearms skills to the military, law enforcement and other interested citizens. I've had the good fortune of getting to participate in John's classes for about a decade now, and so have seen his techniques evolve over the years. This book is the latest compilation of his teachings.
John has refined and augmented his book "The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning" in this second edition with lots of new material and photos. One would expect topics such as safety and gun handling to be covered in a defensive firearms book, and they are. However, John also covers the moral and ethical consequences of defensive firearms use and the important aspects of interacting with the police and the judicial system. Also discussed in depth are handgun operating systems, administrative and tactical operations for each system, ammunition performance, and more.
If you're looking for a text that covers about everything to do with defensive shooting, this is the one book you need to have on your bookshelf.
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If I could give six stars, I would. By far the best Defensive Handgun book I own, and I own a Bunch, over 86 at last count some going back to the turn of the Century. Read morePublished 5 months ago by speaker4hire
Well written and informative book. I've taken many classes from John and Vicki Farnam and if you can't take one this is the next best thing.Published 6 months ago by Kevin C
I took his two day course a year ago.
I cannot praise his methods enough.
His training may save your life
The book is very informative. Coverage of the different types of semiautomatic pistols and their operation is excellent. John spends little time on revolvers. Read morePublished 22 months ago by diverdon
It's an 'ok' read, but i've gathered much more information from other sources. I read this book before attending Farnam's three day course, and while it was helpful for taking the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Jeff Blyth
A great reference work! A "soup-to-nuts" treatment.
John Farnam has years of experience in law enforcement use of firearms, and this book shows it! Read more
I read this book on Kindle. It is a great resource for the beginner to advanced- a source of reference to consult in the journey to achieving firearm proficiency. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by warriorcraftpupil
Very informative and thorough. Not only covers shooting basics (stance, grip, sighting, trigger pull, etc.) but also self defense situations, dealing with the police, etc. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Kitty Mom
This book is exceptionally thorough and easy to read. The quality and quantity of information is amazing. This is one of the top two books I have on handguns. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Tom