- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Privateer Publications; 6th edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965678482
- ISBN-13: 978-0965678483
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Chris Bird goes beyond the usual hardware and into the critical software: the ethics, the morality, the emotional and psychological elements of preparation, survival, and aftermath in a way that gives his book the third dimension of depth. I would recommend The Concealed Handgun Manual for the library of anyone who goes armed in public.” Massad Ayoob, director, Lethal Force Institute, and author, The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry
“A really good book for someone who is not sure if they want to carry. It definitely fills a need.” —Former Senator Jerry Patterson
Chris Bird’s text on this important subject is thorough and expert. Highly recommended!” John Farnam, president, Defense Training International
The book explores all aspects and ramifications of carrying a concealed firearm. In addition to shooting instruction and guidance as to when it would be necessary to fire a gun in self-defense, the book also recounts many real-life events. This is an extremely useful guide for those who want to learn more about the world of concealed carry.” Michael O. Humphries, American Rifleman
Through Chris Bird's significant journalistic talents, the reader meets numerous gun owners, and learns why they carry a defensive firearm. A good number of Bird's anecdotes concern women and how they came to carry a gun. Expect stories about female stalking survivors, women who used cunning and courage to emerge unscathed from home burglaries, survivors of infamous shoot-outs and more.” Gila Hayes, Women & Guns
A must for those looking to carry a concealed handgun.” The Second Amendment Foundation Reporter
These are all things you need to know to cope with the emotions that overwhelm you in such a situation. He also shows what can go wrong and how the consequences may not be what you expect. If you wear a gun, this is a book you can't afford not to read.” Bill Clede, American Guardian Magazine
Although intended to show readers how to choose, carry, and shoot a gun in self-defense, it does much more. The final chapter gives an excellent overview for each state's concealed carry laws. I use it in my CWP class to help with questions about laws in other states.” H. Richard Daniel, president, Gun Owners of South Carolina
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I found the documented shooting scenarios to be the most interesting and enlightening. Bird does a good job of balancing the advantages of concealed carry and training with the sobering reality of the aftermath of using a firearm. That's good. It SHOULD be sobering. And it's good to know your life as you know it could be essentially ruined if you shoot someone in clear self defense. The book shines light on the inconsistencies of law, and the unfair treatment of the law-abiding citizen. But it also documents the recent progress made in many states.
You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. The police exist to solve crimes, not look after your individual interest. Don't expect someone else to defend you from the bogeyman...learn the art of self-preservation, and when you do - and don't - need to exercise your Second Amendment rights
I was active in the gun hobby about 45 years ago but then did nothing for many years. Concern about the growing problem of home invasions gave me an incentive to get back into the hobby directed toward home defense. But here in Alabama the law is such that I had to get a Pistol Permit in order to carry both a gun and ammunition between home and shooting ranges. Now that I have that permit I find that it allows me also to carry a gun concealed on my person. That was never my intent. But I decided to look into the matter in case a need arose.
This book gives many examples of the complexity of carrying, and potentially using, a gun in public. If you are considering carrying a gun, you need to read a book on the subject. Without this knowledge you could be sued for thousands of dollars or spend significant time in jail. Today, most States offer Concealed Carry Permits (or the equivalent) to anyone who wants one and who has never been arrested nor had problems with liquor or mental instability. Much of the legal aspect of what you can do with your gun depends on the laws of the state where you live. You may or may not be able to use your CC Permit when traveling. You have to check that before any trip to distant States. A route I travel to visit family has several holes where I can't carry.
What I learned from this book was that: 1) Defending my home and the people in it, I feel confident I can use the gun to disable anyone who enters carrying a gun or other lethal weapon. 2) Outside the home, I can only use the gun to directly prevent a loss of life (mine or a friend or family member. "Disable" means to make the culprit stop any threatening motions. Of course this might result in their death. The goal is to stop the criminal act. I had to wonder a bit about preventing theft or damage to property. My answer is "No, the Gun cannot be used, even in a threatening manner to stop a theft. The exception is theft of the gun. If a culprit tries to take my gun, he would be shot to prevent his irresponsible use of the gun.
Modern life is such that defense of a home with a gun is a necessity in my opinion. But this is my choice and is based on my ability to shoot a handgun with good accuracy. I don't intend to carry my gun anywhere outside the gun unless something very unusual develops. That's my choice after reading these books.