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Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense Paperback – November 21, 2014
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About the Author
Massad Ayoob has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals, and authored more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics.
During his distinguished career, Ayoob has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships, appeared as an expert witness for courts in weapons and shooting cases, and currently appears in numerous television shows. He founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group.
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Could easily have been 5+ star if not for some of the powerpoint lecture photographs. I mean how many photographs of Mas as talking head do you need?
Despite it's feel as a week-end seminar packaged as a book there is invaluable information here that will save your butt!
Not tactical know how but a lot about how the law works and what you need to be exposed to in case you're ever in a shooting situation.
For instance if you don't know a bad guy can cover 21 feet in ~2 seconds and beat your head in with a hammer you can "justifiably" use lethal force. Once you are aware of such threats you will have a stronger defense should be dragged to court.
As with other Massad Ayoob books his style is well suited for the topic. Serious and clear but a knack to keep the pages turning.
Seems to work fine as a book you can bounce around to discover topics of current interest of read straight through.
I don't know of any other volumes that cover such topics for CCW so if you are considering CCW I highly suggest you give this a read.
There are many experts who can teach you how to handle your firearm and survive a gunfight, and Massad Ayoob is one of the best.
But Ayoob was the first man to recognize that when the gunfight is over and you've survived, that's only the beginning of the fight. Mr. Ayoob was the first to address what happens *after* the smoke clears. Everyone else stopped once the bad guy was stopped. But some 36 years ago, in his book "In The Gravest Extreme," Mr. Ayoob addressed the rest of the story for the first time: The emotional and especially the *legal* aftermath of a self-defense shooting. You survived the attack, now how will you survive the legal process?
Massad Ayoob covers what happens: The "Mark of Caine" syndrome, the police, the courts, and what you should expect and what you need to do before, in preparation, and after. There is no better authority on the subject. Yet he writes in an accessible, readable, and relatable way; this is no dry academic text. It is backed by his experiences in the field and in the courtroom.
Now, some "hoplophobes," as the late, great Colonel Jeff Cooper called them, might argue that this is a book about how to get away with murder. That couldn't be further from the truth. If anything, this book is about how *not* to shoot somebody when you shouldn't. If every gun came with a copy of this book instead of a cheap gun lock, I would argue that more lives would be saved. Seriously.
If you own a gun and you are looking to learn, buy this book first. In fact, splurge a little and buy In The Gravest Extreme too, and read it first. Everything there is as relevant as the day it was published decades ago. Deadly Force expands upon those concepts and relates them to current events.
This is an absolute essential, and I give it my very highest recommendation.
During the course CHL course we watched a few videos and one of them, which impressed me a lot and was full of information (and let my wife realize how serious this all is) was Massad Ayoob explaining what to do if you are pulled over and are carrying. After the video our CHL instructor said that Massad is one of the foremost experts in the field and that we should seek to read and learn more from him.
So, that's the main reason I bought this book... and I can say that I've learned a lot from it (Stand your ground vs Castle doctrine, disparity of force, ability-opportunity-jeopardy, what to say and what NOT TO SAY, and on and on..).
As a result of reading this book (and realizing how much I don't know and how much skill I lack) I will be enrolling in local firearms classes and are also looking forward to attending the MAC20 with Massad Ayoob locally in May. All in all, great book by an expert in the field!
If you are consideing concealed carrying you MUST read this (and other books) to make sure you understand very well the responsibilities that come with concealed carry. Also, consider taking classes and practicing because knowledge without skill is just as dangerous and irresponsible.