16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Well Rounded Book; More than Adequate Novice/Experienced,
This review is from: The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense (Paperback)
This book provides a great "once over" of handgun basics and is more than adequate for those who possess limited knowledge of firearms. Too often, someone will buy a gun armed (pun intended) with only bits and pieces of knowledge that he/she has picked up by reading magazines or what they have heard from their uncle who was in the army. If you feel as if there is any aspect of handguns that you don't understand, then you need to acquire a book authored by an expert that touches on all the issues. "The Concealed Handgun Manual" does that, and Chris Bird knows handguns.
The book is complete with detailed accounts of actual shootouts (including the legal ramifications - not always favorable), mentions popular concealed firearms choices, holstering options and a list of contact information for manufacturers along with phone numbers (great info. for those without internet access). Mr. Bird explains the fundamentals of semi-autos and revolvers and expounds upon the various bullet calibers available for defensive handguns.
Chris Bird claims that 9mm and .38 special hollow points are adequate rounds for defensive shooting while one reviewer of this book cautions that for experienced shooters, anything less than a .40 Smith and Wesson cartridge has insufficient stopping power and then you should read "Combat Hand Gunnery" by Chuck Taylor. Well, data on caliber stopping power (or "Knock Down" power) abounds and this issue can be argued all day long with winners and losers on both sides of the caliber equation. BOTTOM LINE is this - if you can consistently hit your target with a 9mm but can't hit the broad side of a barn with a .40 Smith and Wesson, then go with the 9mm. Chris Bird addresses this along with the importance of aiming for the "cardiovascular triangle" in lieu of the "center of mass."
The skinny - great book, you will not be displeased if you buy it. The only topic that Chris Bird could have spent more time on is gun cleaning. Only a page and a half or so is dedicated to this topic. It would have been nice to see a few well-written, illustrated pages on this. Hope this review helped someone. Please be safe.