36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Buy Only One Book on Shooting...
The Modern Day Gunslinger is the one to buy. This book is the most comprehensive and well-written book on practical pistol shooting skills that I have ever read. Starting with the indispensable basics of gun and range safety, Don Mann covers every base from the Combat Mindset and weapon selection, to stance and practical shooting drills. When I got the book today, I...
Published on July 21, 2010 by D. Buxman
64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation for beginners, but very little original material
I am a gun guy. I shoot guns often and have done extensive reading on guns and gun culture for the past decade and a half. Were I new to handgunning, this would be an excellent introduction to MANY facets of handgunning and related topics (carry methods, tactics, mindset, etc.). Thus, to the beginner, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
To those of you who...
Published on January 7, 2011 by J. Sams
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Buy Only One Book on Shooting...,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)The Modern Day Gunslinger is the one to buy. This book is the most comprehensive and well-written book on practical pistol shooting skills that I have ever read. Starting with the indispensable basics of gun and range safety, Don Mann covers every base from the Combat Mindset and weapon selection, to stance and practical shooting drills. When I got the book today, I couldn't put it down, but I will certainly read it again and keep it handy for future reference. This book has practical and useful information for both beginners and experts. It is liberally illustrated with informative photographs that compliment the narrative. I appreciated the fact that the author didn't make universal value judgments where they weren't required. While the rules of gun safety leave little room for debate, the choice of caliber or concealment methods are a matter of unique personal choice, based upon individual needs and characteristics. The author understands this distinction and provides the information each shooter needs to make his or her own choices. The Modern Day Gunslinger is a book to be studied, contemplated and implemented on the firing line. I recommend it without reservation.
64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation for beginners, but very little original material,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)I am a gun guy. I shoot guns often and have done extensive reading on guns and gun culture for the past decade and a half. Were I new to handgunning, this would be an excellent introduction to MANY facets of handgunning and related topics (carry methods, tactics, mindset, etc.). Thus, to the beginner, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
To those of you who have been around the "gun block" a few times, this book offers very little in the way of novelty. The book covers such things as the Cooper Color Codes, the Grossman "Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdog" analogies, basics of weapon presentation from open carry and concealment, basics of caliber selection, and many other topics you have seen in countless other books/ magazine articles. I found very little in the way of original thought or new approaches. It reminded me of the "Gun Digest Book of Handgunnery" volumes from the past several years only longer.
There were a couple of inaccuracies in the book, one being the author's reference to the "Hackaworth Rip" supposedly named for shooting instructor Ken Hackaworth. Unfortunately, the fellow's name is Ken Hackathorn.
All in all, I like the book and feel it is well worth the $12 or so I paid for it if nothing more than for a future reference for my son when he is old enough to begin studying the handgun and its use. For a newbie, it is WELL worth that price as it brings to one tome a great deal of beginner knowledge and basic technique. For that accomplishment, I applaud the author. For me, however, I was a bit disappointed in the fact I already had most all of this information in other books published many years before.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The PIPE-HITTER's Bible to Pistolcraft!,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)The "Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual" is by far one of the most detailed compendiums on pistolcraft I have read in a longtime. The book covers a lot of information not covered in most pistol books; topics range from the mental aspects to the hardware, as well as the dynamics and mechanics of gunfighting and advanced marksmanship. If I was to make one complaint of the book it would be in the quality of the paper the book is printed on, which is flimsy and not a quality durable paper found in most other books. But I bought the book for the information not the quality of the paper. I highly recommend this book to military and law enforcement personal as well as the concerned and armed citizen.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)This review is based upon a response that I had made to another review that closely matches my feelings about this book.
I've been involved in shooting sports for over 30 years to some degree or another, and bought this book with the intention and hopes of gleaning new information that would increase my skill set and enjoyment of the sport and hobby, along with practical information in the area of personal defense.
Did this book help meet my expectations? Sort of...
The one thing I think this book is trying to accomplish is an all-encompassing view of handgun use and marksmanship. Some aspects I felt that were presented well, but others were lacking. Personally I think that one area that the book succeeded at was breaking down the mechanics of the gunfight itself... meaning what to expect, typically what kind of range such an incident is likely to occur, terminal ballistics, etc. It also works through the various pros and cons of the various types of carry, weapon selection, and so forth. Finally it covers various drills on actual use and practice of handgun marksmanship. While I would agree with some of the others that there isn't a whole lot of new material covered here, it never hurts to look at any subject from different perspectives. If I could have left this review here, I probably would have given the book 4 or 5 stars. HOWEVER...
This book does have a few negative aspects to it as well unfortunately. Some of the other criticisms against this book are that the material is poorly organized and doesn't seem to follow a logical order. On this I have to agree. Also, to me it is very clear the author's biases coming through... for example I very much get the feeling that he doesn't have much regard for the 9mm Parabellum round while not really explaining why or covering the advantages. Cost of ammo, pistol capacity, and risk of overpenetration are factors that should be taken into account. Simply saying that the troops in Afghanistan were very dissatisfied with their 9mm pistols really doesn't cut it. Yes, this is a personal subject based very much on the individual shooter's needs, and as such I think that taking a more "subject neutral" approach here would be more useful.
One aspect that I found slightly annoying is that that he also engages in some political grandstanding that I felt was unnecessary, and makes me question exactly who the target audience is supposed to be? For example, how is the War on Terror or a rant about the effects of violent video games on desensitizing children directly relevant to my needs as a civilian to defend my home and loved ones? Not to mention that some of it (i.e. video games) is highly debatable, and not really pertinent to the subject at hand.
Another criticism that has been leveled at this book, and again one that I agree with is that it seems to be pushing Lt Col Dave Grossman's works. Certainly I came away feeling like it was some kind of a mutual admiration society. That's all good and well, but again not the reason I purchased the book in the first place.
Perhaps another point worth adding is that if the book is going to talk about the combat mindset, the appropriate use of force, and/or "battlefield conditions", there should likewise be a discussion about the consequences of what happens if using a gun becomes necessary and dealing with the fallout. Maybe not so much for the military and law enforcement since that is part of their training, but most certainly for the civilian "sheepdog" who might be forced to draw his pistol in self defense. Arguments and bravado in favor of an armed population aside, essentially the point I'm trying to make here is that carrying a gun is a SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITY with SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS should the owner ever be in a position to use deadly force! I feel that books such as this that covers the other topics such as the appropriate use of force are doing their reader a disservice by not discussing what happens following a shooting... like it or not, it is part of the "total package".
I agree with some of the others that there are better books out there covering some of the more specific aspects. For someone new who is planning to get their CWP and or using a pistol for self defense, I would say that Massad Ayoob's book "In the Gravest Extreme" is a FAR superior starting point. Gabe Suarez's book "The Tactical Pistol" covers much of the same material in this book, but is much more cogent and to the point. For those who are looking to shoot in competition, Brian Enos' book "Practical Shooting" is very highly regarded.
Verdict: I'm giving this book three stars since I consider it to be a mixed bag... some of the information is good and useful, while at the same token it also contains opinion and other fluff that may or may not be of any use to the reader. While I certainly wouldn't consider it to be a "bad" book or a total waste of money, it wouldn't be my first choice on the subject either.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read First If You Intend to Carry,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)Imagine that you are in a situation where you have every reason to believe that you are about to be murdered or at the least seriously injured. In this case you have two and one half seconds to kill the threat that 92% of the time will be within twenty feet of you. This is the subject of The Modern Day Gunslinger by Don Mann. Of course there are important considerations: what can you do to minimize the danger in the first place? What are the legal risks, i.e., where you reasonable? If not, you may be on your way to jail. And of course, how can you prepare yourself to do what you must do in the two and a half seconds that you have to do it. And then, what if there is more than one threat? This book is a training manual and all throughout there are helpful shooting tips that alone are worth the price but don't look for any brand or type recommendation as there aren't any. Don Mann spent twelve years writing this book and we - that is all of us who are carrying or considering carrying - owe him a debt of gratitude.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great - much better information in other places.,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Kindle Edition)I was disappointed to say the least in this book. It was recommended by the National Rifle Association (of which I am a life time member), and I have to wonder who got the kick back for plugging this book.
It is simply a re-hash of some of the great teachings of Col. Jeff Cooper, with a healthy dose of over abbreviated material from the book "Armed Response" by David Kenik (Both Kenik's and Cooper's books I HIGHLY recommend).
If you've never picked up a book and defensive or tactical shooting before, maybe you wouldn't be that critical of this book. But why bother when there is so much better material out there.
The book is not even close to it's advertised status as "the ultimate handgun training manual".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Day Gunslinger,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)This is not the "ultimate handgun training manual" it claims to be. For one thing, Mann is not a careful writer. His language isn't always precise and his thoughts are poorly structured. His experience in teaching is verbal, not written, so he isn't as practiced in the nuance of writing, I suppose, and so doesn't fully account for the differences in presentation. The book could have been written with more care to suit meticulous readers. Frankly, the book is a mess.
Mann shirks some topics and spends better time on others. Safety, the combat mindset, and tactical handgun handling are the substance of the book. He's perfunctory on discussion of hardware: the handgun, ammo, and holster. This isn't a book on concealed carry, per se. It's on gun handling during a self-defense emergency. So getting the gun from holster to hand, and what to do physically from that point on - how to reload and respond to malfunctions, and how to fire, reload and clear malfunctions when only one hand can be used - are what Mann teaches.
The chapter on dry-fire practice (chapter 2) has no training advice whatsoever other than safety concerns to insure an unloaded gun and a safe backstop if a cognitive error (my terminology) has occurred. The possibility and danger of cognitive errors are the reason for all of the obsessive checking and rechecking of firearms for a loaded round or magazine, for the removal from the room of live ammo during dry-fire practice, and for treating every firearm as a loaded gun, and thus for keeping the muzzle always pointed away from anything you don't want to fire upon. Mann certainly expects dry-fire practice to involve techniques taught later in the book, although he doesn't say this. Why he put the chapter so early in the book isn't stated, although it's likely he was expecting some readers to be tempted to pick up a handgun and start some impromptu trigger pulling. He wanted to give enough safety advice early to avert negligent firearm handling.
Even though the book is focused on the self-defensive employment of a handgun, Mann has little to say about self-defensive handgun or ammo choice. Look elsewhere for useful advice.
The chapter on holsters is non-committal, and no brands are mentioned. Mann discusses each holster type and lists the advantages and disadvantages. A disadvantage he missed on the small-of-the-back holster is that the firearm is over your lower spine, and a fall or hard push backwards onto a solid surface could force a strong impact of the holstered gun upon your spine, possibly causing extreme injury. He also has no discussion of retention holsters or the levels of retention a holster might have. Safariland (especially) and Blackhawk come to mind. So-called "duty holsters" and specialized competition holsters are not mentioned. The intent of the chapter is to discuss holsters for concealed carry.
Something often missing in books on shooting is discussion of the scientific reason explaining why a particular technique or method is used. Typically what we get is a commanding do-as-I-say approach, with no validation beyond the purported authority of the author, often through appeal to a military or tactical-cop background. Of course, serious combat experience counts infinitely more for expertise in firearm tactics than armchair imagination or amateur, gun-range aptitude. To learn about gunfights we rely upon those who've been in them. To learn how to shoot well under stress, we rely upon those who have done it. Yet physics, human biomechanics and psychology are what underlie our stance, grip, aim, trigger use, reaction to recoil, and recovery of stance, grip, and aim, as well as our fight-or-flight reactions to a threat or attack. There is a reason this stuff works and the reason is scientific, not esoteric and manifest only to elite tactical-gun gurus.
One book I know of that includes scientific discussion is Competitive Shooting: Techniques and Training for Rifle, Pistol, and Running Game Target Shooting, by A.A. Yur'yev. The English translation from 1985, published by the NRA, is from the 3rd Russian edition of 1973, the 1st edition having been published in 1957. Note the date: handgun shooting is one-handed only. Another noteworthy book, quite different from Competitive Shooting, but an excellent, even profound, discussion of handgun shooting, is Practical Shooting : Beyond Fundamentals, by Brian Enos, published in 1990. Neither of these is concerned with real-world tactical shooting, which is the only concern of The Modern Day Gunslinger. In fact, Mann almost sneers at shooters practicing for extreme accuracy from seven yards (page 84), because from a tactical training viewpoint that is not a complete preparation for a real self-defense emergency. His criticism makes sense, but it is indicative of his attitude, and of the purpose of the book, that he dismisses such practice for precision of hits and doesn't cover accurate shooting at all beyond "combat accuracy" (hits within an eight inch circle, regardless of range).
"Combat accuracy does not require tight groups. All that is required to stop a threat with handgun rounds are hits to the central nervous system and/or hits that drop the blood pressure with large and/or numerous cardiovascular system injuries." (87)
Incidentally, Brian Enos "highly recommend[s]" this book "to everyone, from novice to seasoned pro". On the contrary - Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals by Enos is one book every handgun shooter should study. The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual isn't. If this is as good as it gets (as the effusive endorsements over the initial five pages of the book proclaim) then the standards of quality and substance in the tactical community need to be raised.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Editting is an issue.,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Kindle Edition)For the most part I found the book to be informative and well written. As one of the other reviewers indicated, however, editting was a problem. Not having seen the book in hard copy, I don't know if it is the book or only the Kindle vesion. There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of repetition of photographs and text in the second half of the book. I would have been able to give the book a much higher rating had the book not fallen apart in the second half. Given that there were some very high ratings for this book, I suspect that the Kindle version might be the problem. Otherwise, I don't believe anyone would have been able to get to the end of the book without becoming frustrated due to the repetition.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ultimate handgun Manuel,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Paperback)I saw the NRA advertisement for the book and bought it. After reading some of the reviews for this book I would have to agree that this book was poorly organized and has issues with the illustration. I felt that after reading this book I learned very little and that the book was more cliché and anecdotal than factual. It was not helpful in improving my shooting. This is not the ultimate handgun manual. "Code black" on this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great,
This review is from: The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual (Kindle Edition)I'm new to handguns. For a beginner it did not explain things well. Full of gun language. Lacking good diagrams and graphics. On a positive note. Covered a broad range of topics and considerations for personal protection with handguns.
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The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual by Don Mann (Paperback - August 1, 2010)