- Perfect Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Pentagon Publishing; FMFM 0-7 edition (July 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601700008
- ISBN-13: 978-1601700001
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The empty handed techniques are very well explained and the simple illustrations work well to show the high-points and details. The knife fighting techniques look very efficient. I've tried them out, within the limits of training with a partner that you want to live. They seem to work reasonably well. The bayonet material is not necessarily something I'll be using any time soon, but it could have application, with modification and a bit of imagination, to a walking stick or cane.
I also like the philosophy contained with the book. It's straight-forward and no-nonense.
You're not going to learn to fight like a Marine from this book (they offer a pretty intensive course, just sign up). If you do train and practice self-defense then this book will offer you additional tools to work with.
Fundamentals of Close Combat
Very good - a good overview of kicking, punching, stances, etc.
Line I - Wristlocks and Counters Against Chokes and Headlocks
Line II - Counters Against Punches and Kicks
Both good - I have seen most of these techniques at some time and most are good. They may not be my first choice, but if they are practiced correctly, they should work ok.
Line III - Unarmed Defense Against a Knife
*Wow*, all I have to say is you better be dang good. There is one technique, defense for an inside slash, out the five they show that is one I would use. The others will probably get your neck or spine cut. I certainly hope they teach our Marines something better at boot camp.
Line IV - Knife Fighting
Good - basic knife fighting, could be used by anyone.
Line V - Removal of Enemy Personnel
I am not qualified to discuss this one.
Bayonet Fighting and Line VI(counters)
I am not qualified to discuss this one, but it seems to be straight forward and not bad.
Weapons of Opportunity
Good - makes sense to use what you have handy.
Anyway, I rated this book at 3 stars because there are a few things that are useful in it. The big dissappontment was the the knife defense section. In my opinion, except the one, the other knife defenses are questionable, don't use them.
It is identical to the 1996 Paladin Press reprint titled "U.S. Marines Close-Quarters Combat Manual" Paladin Press, 1996. I believe both are reprints of Fleet Marine Force Manual (FMFM) 0-07, Close Combat, dated 9 July 1993.
LINE was replaced for a short period of time by the Marine Corps Close Combat Training Program (MCCCTP), which is reproduced in the reprints "Close Combat" by Paladin Press (large 8-1/2" x 11" size, no publication date shown) and the identical "U.S. Marine Close Combat Fighting Handbook" by Skyhorse Publishing (smaller size, pub date 2010). I believe that these two are reprints of Marine Corps Reference Publication (MCRP) 3-02B, 18 February 1999, also titled Close Combat.
Then MCCCTP was then replaced by the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) in 2000. There is a book available on this system called "The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program: The Complete Combat System" pub by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. I am not sure if this is a reprint of the current official USMC MCMAP manual. If anyone knows this or also knows of a video that is available on MCMAP please add a comment.
The official military versions of these manuals (LINE, MCCCTP, and possibly now MCMAP) have been available for free before for download on-line on various government and private websites (but this changes). You can try searching on the tiles/keywords + USMC or Marine Corps.