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Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry Paperback – October 22, 2012
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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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This book is extremely thorough in covering the many aspects that go into the decision to carry a handgun for self-defense. He is obviously very knowledgable about the subject and is very willing to share his knowledge. His experience as a Policeman and especially his vast experience as an expert witness at gun trials makes reading this book even more valuable.
This is an updated version of a book written originally several years ago so some of the subject matter is perhaps slightly "dated". However, the information is still quite relevant. In my opinion, perhaps too much time is spent taking about revolvers as concealed carry handguns(Mr. Ayoob is a "fan" I believe of revolvers and is an expert shot with them). I say this as I belive that "most" people now days are more interested in semi-auto pistols(I could be wrong), but I personally found the information about revolvers very interesting.
Overall, this is an excellent reference book for everyone from the novice concealed carrier to a review for the experienced colncealed carrier of a handgun. I highly recommend it.
Especially nice to see is the second chapter, "Why We Carry", which is one of the best, concise, non-statistics-heavy, non-jargon-intensive defenses of the merits of firearms I've come across. I appreciate that Ayoob recognizes the need to train concealed carry practitioners in clear, concise, effective rebuttals to the many anti-gun myths and misperceptions that circulate in our society. It is very difficult to explain to non-carry-permit-holders why they have virtually nothing to fear--and a lot to gain--by being in the company of an armed, law-abiding citizen. Guns make many people nervous, but Ayoob recounts several simple, practical arguments that remind people why they are a useful and valuable tool that should not be regarded with hysteria, and that ought to be viewed akin to other safety equipment that you hope you never need, but are invaluable in an emergency--much like fire extinguishers.
Also included are a number of excellent anecdotes about previous cases Ayoob has worked, and wonderful tips about the logistics of concealed carry (like how to hug someone or reach up to a high shelf without revealing your pistol). Since I'm already reasonably experienced with much of this, I found the chapter on preparation for the legalities of defensive shooting to be the most interesting and valuable (Chapter 4). Ayoob gives excellent advice about how to prepare before and react after a defensive shooting to ensure a strong and credible legal defense in the event you have to fire your pistol to defend yourself. In offering that advice, he debunks a lot of bad advice that circulates in online forums, such as the oft-repeated admonition that you "shouldn't say a word to the cops until after you talk to a lawyer." As Ayoob points out, it's much wiser to say as little as possible, but enough to ensure that evidence is promptly collected at the scene so your story can be corroborated later in the likely event your assailant(s) lie about what happened. He also explains that this requires good mental preparation before you ever find yourself in such a defensive incident, since at that time, your head will be less than clear due to the stress of the situation.
Good advice, with ample photos and anecdotes to illustrate major points, and from one of the most established authorities on carry and shooting related issues. Highly recommended, especially for newcomers who would like to get their bearings in the world of concealed carry, but avoid all the bad advice and B.S. that circulates online.
Otherwise, it is just OK. I have only been licensed a few months and I really didn't find much in the book that I didn't already know or could readily find elsewhere free.
Still, I appreciate Mr. Ayoob's dedication and effort in producing this book and will be sure to pass it on or recommend it to anyone considering CC.