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Effective Handgun Defense: A Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Paperback – December 15, 2004
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- Publisher : Gun Digest Books; First Editiion edition (December 15, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0873498992
- ISBN-13 : 978-0873498999
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The chapter titled "Carry and Concealment--a brief look at fashion and holsters" alone was worth the cost. Warning--this is not for people who just want to have an expert select the holster system for them. Frank James states his preferences and why he prefers them. He lists most of the alternatives.
Chapters Two and Ten cover the all-important aspects of mind set. Page 32 has a monologue titled "the spirtual side of armed self-defense." I'm biased: I believe that I have to make up my mind before I get into a do-or-die situation as to when and why I'll shoot another human being. I don't think I'll have time to discuss the issue with my assailants, because if I had the time, I wouldn't have to shoot them. Frank James makes the reader think about this question: shoot or no shoot?
Other chapters cover equipment and training and tactics. Frank James preferes revolvers because not all self-defense problems walk about on two legs and revolvers can be chambered for more powerful cartridges than automatic pistols. The author freely admits that all of his defensive encounters were with the four-footed wild, feral, and domestic creatures, and he's glad that he never had to shoot another human. James demands that training be as realistic as possible. "Effective Handgun Defense" is filled with photographs of guns, holsters, and people from the gun world--in essence, a permanent gun magazine.
However, this is not a stand-alone training manual on self-defense with a firearm. The book does address the issues involved with legal concealed firearms carry, but again this is directed at the knowledgable who will get additional information and training from elsewhere. I found "Effective Handgun Defense" a valuable addition to my gun book library, but if I were developing a training program for another, I'd want other guidebooks. There is no index, but there is a bibliography and a list of equipment vendors and schools that will be useful to anyone who will take the time and make the effort to legally carry concealed firearms.
This book is very informative, and covers many areas of defensive handgun usage. It is very readable, easy to understand and at times a little funny, because of the author's wit, and honest opinions. Once I started reading it, I found if difficult to put down. So if you're just getting started; an intermediate shooter, or advance handgunner, the information is applicable for all levels. I highly reccommend this book. It will be a good addition to my gun library, and hopefully in yours.
Second paragraph the author acknowledges he has never been in a gun fight. Does that discredit his opinions? Not, but it lessens his ability to form opinions on those subjects that the book supposedly describes. The first one hundred sixty pages could easily be handled in one hundred pages less, and still not short the reader of any worthwhile information.
It's easy to see why it is so "inexpensive".
For me, effective handgun defense should cover awareness, weapon concealment, drawing, and using the pistol. The author only covers one of these four areas. I would have given this book more stars if the title was different.