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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Technical, But Loaded With Great Information, February 1, 2012
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This is one of the best "technical" books on ballistics that I have read in some time, perhaps ever. However, please be advised that it can be quite dry at times and reads more like a college textbook rather than something meant for the masses. Although having said that, if you are interested in ballistics and its effects on the human body then you definitely want to have a copy of this book in your own personal library. This book cannot be read in one sitting and instead should be digested a bit at a time and then used as a reference manual once it has been completed read through a time or two. The one thing that I was disappointed with was the lack of illustrations and photographs. There are a few, and I do mean a few, that merely show bullets and varying degrees of deformity, but no actual photographs of wounds created by said bullets. This is a very big drawback in my opinion especially considering the subject matter that the book deals with. Now there is plenty of graphs, charts, and tables to show the scientific evidence on the material being presented, but like I stated earlier, a bit dry.

Now the best advise that the average person could learn from this book I am going to give you for free in this review, and it is as follows:

The three primary components needed for effectiveness with handgun bullets are as follows and in order of importance. These are facts and are indisputable!

1. Bullet Placement - Hit the correct target and you will have better results than if you don't.

2. Bullet Penetration - The farther the bullet goes into the body, the more damage it will cause.

3. Bullet Diameter - The larger the hole the more permanent damage that is done to everything that is in the pathway of that bullet. A 1 inch in diameter hole will cause more permanent damage than a 1/2 inch hole. In other words, a .45 will cause a bigger diameter hole, hence more permanent damage, than a .22.

For the average person this book might be a bit too much on the technical end, but for the firearms aficionado or firearms instructor it should be a permanent fixture in your personal library.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor
NRA Firearms Instructor
Author and Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
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