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About the Author

Massad Ayoob has authored thousands of articles and more than a dozen books on firearms and self-defense topics, including Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection; Combat Shooting with Massad Ayoob; Greatest Handguns of the World Volumes 1 and 2; and two editions of Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry. He founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; 1st edition (November 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440240612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440240614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, Mas Ayoob has done it once again, a superbly researched and well written book on the use of deadly force in a self-defense situation. This book is loaded with lots of very sound and well research information and provides you with a library of recommended reading material that you should also study. Great Stuff!

The following is a list of the chapters in this book and a brief synopsis of what each chapter entails.

Chapter 1: Introduction

In this section the author gives you a standard introduction on what to expect in this book. A couple of things in particular stood out to me in this section, and the following section, and that was the recommendation of one book entitled, "A Time To Kill" by Greg Hopkins, and a set of four legal books entitled, "Warren On Homicide." I ordered the first book off of Amazon, and am actively searching for the four legal books, which at the time of this review I have not been able to find. But persistence and the internet will locate them for me in short order, I hope!

Chapter 2: Standards

In this section, the author talks about the "legal standards" by which YOU will be judged if you are ever involved in a situation where you employed deadly force. Each states or jurisdictions laws, although they me be similar, are going to be slightly different from one jurisdiction to another, it behooves you to know and follow the laws of the jurisdiction that you are in. Ignorance of the law is NOT a viable defense.

Chapter 3: The Ability Factor

In this section, the author discusses the "ability" of your attacker to inflict grievous bodily harm or death upon you.
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Excellent Must Read Book.

I received this book as my annual educational item from the Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network, which, by the way, has all of their monthly articles archived to read for free on their web site.

I have attended Ayoob's LFI-1 class and thought the material was so important that I repeated the class two years later as the MAG-40 class. Ayoob is one of, if not the best, expert on this subject. He is the gold standard.

While it is best to attend a class with Ayoob, this book is the next best thing. I am only part of the way through it, but the material and the presentation style seems very similar to being at the class.

When you consider the fact that if you are involved in an incident, you will most likely be charged and have to deal with the legal system even if you were completely justified, the cost of the class or these books is a drop in the bucket. The typical legal defense runs close to $50,000. That is not even considering the worst case scenario where out of ignorance you follow some screwed up advice you read or heard somewhere and act without justification and then do stupid things in the aftermath.

Owning a gun for self defense is a massive responsibility. Every gun owner owes it to themselves and society to become properly trained in the proper operation of their self defense tool and the when, when not and why of using their tool.

This book is a good first step.
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Being well trained in using your firearm, having good equipment, living with reasonable awareness, and having the proper mental attitude to survive a deadly attack are all good ... but unless you have an equally good working knowledge of the law surrounding a citizen's use of deadly force, you are not well armed.

When it comes to this topic, Ayoob is masterful in his knowledge, experience, and ability to communicate. Every citizen who keeps a firearm for self defense needs to read and absorb the material like a sponge. And when you purchase this book, also purchase attorney Andrew Branca's "The Law of Self Defense". Ayoob references Branca's work/book in his book, and like Ayoob, Branca is masterful in his deep legal knowledge and ability to deliver it to those of use with no legal training.
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This is a well researched, wonderfully written, easy to understand book that is an absolutely must read on the topic! Please read this book if you have or are thinking about getting a carry permit. He treats all the critical topics that you absolutely need to understand, explains how things actually are, and provides recommendations on how and what to do under various circumstances.

I have read 6 other of his books and taken a 4 day training class all of which were highly informative and invaluable for my training. Massad's books all contain and this one is no exception plenty of other suggestions for continued reading and study to progress your knowledge. I have read other authors in this subject area but in my opinion Massad Ayoob's book are far and away the best. Mas is The expert and I trust his experience, recommendations and methods. "Deadly Force" gets my high recommendations! So while you are buying this book consider getting his book on "The Truth About Self-Protection" too, another beauty.

Thank you Mas for another outstanding book!
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