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"This is possibly Ayoob's best book yet." --USCCA

About the Author

Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor. He was the director of the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, New Hampshire from 1981 to 2009, has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues since 1974, and has appeared as an expert witness in several trials.

Ayoob has also authored several books and more than 1,000 articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues, and has served in an editorial capacity for Guns Magazine, American Handgunner, Gun Week, and Combat Handguns. Since 1995, he has written self-defense- and firearms-related articles for Backwoods Home Magazine. He also has a featured segment on the television show Personal Defense TV, which airs on the Sportsman Channel in the United States.

Ayoob remains an internationally prominent law enforcement officer training instructor and serves as chairman of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Massad lives in Live Oak, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; 1st edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440218579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440218576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off I have to say that I am thoroughly disgusted with several of the negative reviews posted for this book since the the negative comments are aimed directly towards the apparently poor transfer from print to e-book format. Just because the quality of the transfer from one format to another is of poor quality does not mean that the content of the book is questionable. I have an actual physical copy of this book lying right next to the keyboard as I type this and I can attest to the fact that the quality of the content contained in this book is nothing short of fantastic. Sure some of the information, okay most of the information, is "old hat" and has been around for quite awhile and has definitely been in print before in other formats, but that doesn't take away from its quality in the slightest. Good information is still good information. Now as far as the Kindle format is concerned, this is a problem that should be addressed with the publishers and not the author, and especially not the content of the book.

I have been a fan of Mas Ayoob ever since I first read, Ayoob Files: The Book and his other oldie but goodie, In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection, of which I am a firm believer that both of these books should be in everyone's personal library. Now on with the review...

This book is broken down into five chapters of which I will give you a brief synopsis of what each chapter contains.
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A valued mentor once advised me to "start at the end where you want to see yourself and work back to where you are now. Then you will understand the important steps and decisions you must make to get where you want to arrive." This book starts with you in front of a jury explaining why you shot and possibly killed someone. I can think of no better advice for anyone contemplating an armed response to another human's actions. This is not a narrow book for gun nuts but a more general treatise on the importance of awareness, attitude or mind-set, tactics and the law. There are many examples related from the viewpoint of you standing in front of a judge ... illustrated with sobering cases taken from real life of well-intentioned people going to jail for "just defending themselves or their family." There is an interesting and appropriate chapter on firearms in the martial arts dojo that I appreciated as a nine year student of aikido. And you have to love a serious combat shooter that advises you to pay heed to Ogden Nash, "When called by a panther...Don't anther!" This book is full of very good advice, indeed.
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I bought this on amazon last week. It is mostly a compilation of old material Ayoob has written. There is a lot of filler, especially in the section on competitive shooting, which is basically a breakdown of each stage of an IDPA match. Despite the lack of original material, I don't regret buying the book. Ayoob is a good writer and there is useful information in many of the chapters.
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Mr. Ayoob is a good writer with important information. However, this book is not one of his better efforts. The photos are very poor and often do not track the text. Much of the text consists of reprints from earlier articles. This book needed a good editor. It looks like they just put together old photos and text with little new info. Pick another Ayoob book like his title on concealed carry.
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If you have a concealed carry license and carry a firearm, you should read this book. If you are thinking about doing so, you should read this book. The same goes for anyone interested in what entails with carrying a gun, whether it is a civilian or police officer doing it.

Ayoob describes three historical figures well-known as gunfighters, what to expect when in a deadly force situation (what the sympathetic nervous system does to the body, etc), and great advice for those who carry concealed.

Highly recommended. For additional in-depth and excellent information on deadly force situations, check out Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's "On Combat" or perhaps his "On Killing" (both books also recommended by Ayoob in "Combat Shooting").

I should note that I purchased the Kindle version of this book; some of the captions for pictures seem to be misplaced but other than that it is fine.
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I'm just a guy that wants to be able to protect my family, friends and home. I've read most of Massad Ayoob's books and found them to be straight forward and extraordinarily helpful. For me, this book provides perspective (from a career professional) on what REALLY happens in a gun fight (not the TV/movie crap) - and helps me prepare for an event I never want to experience. If you are thinking of using a firearm for personal defense, or, like me, have one and want to be better prepared, you need to read this book.
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The thing I actually enjoyed about the book is how it stresses proper mindset & training on when NOT to squeeze the trigger. I was expecting a more military oriented book. Ayoob's books have been highly recommended, but this first one wasn't what I expected. It's still a good read. The stories of 3 famed lawmen were definitely worth reading. I wouldn't consider this a "must have" on the bookshelf. Pictures, though relevant, are dated. Not a big deal, but it's worth mentioning. The author's writing style is easy to follow and engaging. It's just ok for me. Some one else may think it great. It's not garbage and I don't feel the money was a waste primarily because of my first comment...it keeps your mind on when not to use the weapon.
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