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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Looseleaf Law Publications (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889031550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889031552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good book about using handguns in combat. In the book, the author not only tells about the technical stuff (correct grip, stance and so on), but he discusses the tactis and mental aspects as well. The author has reviewed many established models of operation, and has found that the most common way is not always the best way to conduct business. ... Spaulding also gives answers to questions raised, ...
In the book, Spaulding goes though the usual stuff of selecting the handgun and holster, but in my opinion, Spaulding gives advise that is a way above average. Usually, in similar books they only advise which guns and accessories are good, but Spaulding advises how to select gear that is good FOR YOU. In other words, he tells how to select gear that is both of good quality, but is also suited to your individual needs and physique. It is odd though that after the chapter on gun selection, there is seven chapters (about 50 pages) before Spaulding goes to holster selection.
Spaulding does a good job of presenting proper shooting stances (actually combat stances, because shooting a gun in a range is a totally different ball game than shooting in combat), getting a good grip (he gives an interesting trick that helps you to determine the proper grip that was totaly new to me), and so on. He also discusses extreme close quarters shooting, shooting in the dark, the problems with automobiles and so on. He also stresses that your practice should reflect the conditions of real life, not those of a shooting range.
The only real problems with the book are those of production. It appears that Looseleaf law publications have tried to save printing costs by limiting the number of photographs to a minimum, and printing the captions as small as possible.
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My copy of this book has highlights, sticky tabs, and notes in the margin. I like his thoughts on training regarding simplicity of technique. Spaulding eschews complex, difficult, or fancy technique. Instead, he focuses on what he can guaranty will work and how to recover when Murphy's Law takes effect and the guaranty fails. I started to say that although he covers some basics, this was not a basic level book. Now that I think about it more, I think much of this book is pre-basic defensive handgunning. It addresses the question what are the goals and objectives of our training before jumping into training techniques. To this end, I particularly like chapter one: "Developing the Combative Mind," chapter two: "NLP Skill Development and the Way of the Jedi," and chapter ten: "Technique, Physiology, and the Continuous Motion Principle."
One thing that seems to distinguish particularly good books on this topic is how well it addresses extreme close quarters combat (fistfight distance). Many of the books of this genre ignore the topic even though the odds are high that if you ever have to use a gun to protect yourself, it will be at nose-to-nose distance. Spaulding devotes a seven page chapter to the topic. His advice on this topic is similar to his advice throughout the rest of the book . . . a simple and reliable approach.
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This book doesn't seem to have a search inside feature enabled. So here's what is inside (plus my little summary for each chapter):

Table of Contents:

About the Author, Foreword, etc

"Chapter 1: Developing the combative mind"

Levels of awareness, willingness to use force, focusing on simple, street-proven techniques, etc.

"Chapter 2: NLP Skill Development and the Way of the Jedi"

Not as weird as it sounds. NLP stands for Neuro-linguistic programming. This is all about modeling your practice after experts, using mental imagery, and understanding the thought process that occurs during combat.

"Chapter 3: Legalities in Using Force For Personal Defence"

Three pages long. You better have darn good reason if you kill somebody, or you will end up in prison. Does not address state CCW laws at all.

"Chapter 4: Personal Fitness for Combatives"

Two pages long. Summary: get in shape and learn hand-to-hand combat - the gun can't solve everything.

"Chapter 5: Other Things to Think About"

Six pages about the necesity of hand-to-hand combat, First Aid kits, knives and defensive driving.

"Chapter 6: Selecting the Personal Defense Hangun"

The book is only about semi-autos. No revolvers. It goes on to give advice on selecting the proper size, grip, finish, sights and caliber.

"Chapter 7: Individualizing the Personal Defense Handgun"

A reprint of one of the author's magazine articles about how he customzized his gun. This chapter is meant to open your eyes to the fact that you can have a gunsmith drill, grind, sand, cut and otherwise modify your gun to be your perfect weapon.
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By A Customer on March 4, 2002
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This book is destined to be a classic of combative firearms usage in the same way as Jeff Cooper's PRINCIPLES OF SELF DEFENSE or Bill Jordan's NO SECOND PLACE WINNER. Dave Spaulding has distilled his over 25 years of experience on the streets into a concise manual that addresses in detail not only the technical aspects of firearms selection and combat technique, but the essence of combat survival: the survival mindset. Buy this book if you have any interest in surviving a lethal confrontation.
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