Book Review - THE SNUBBY REVOLVER by Ed Lovette


Dave Williams
February 24, 2003, 11:06 AM
Hello everyone.

I just picked up this book:

The ECQ, Backup, and Concealed Carry Standard
by Ed Lovette foreword by Bert DuVernay, Smith and Wesson Academy
In this book, former CIA operative and Combat Handguns columnist Ed Lovette pays homage to the short-barreled revolver, or snubby, holding it up as the timeless standard in concealed carry, backup and extreme close quarters (ECQ) defensive weapons. He addresses the four most common complaints about the snubby – grip, front sight, trigger and ammo capacity – and presents viable ways to remedy those issues based on his personal experience. Lovette devotes the second half of the book to defensive tactics, running the gamut from basic personal defense to strategic planning for extraordinary situations such as surveillance and carjackings to considerations specific to the use of the pocket revolver. This book is a must for anyone seeking objective, practical insight into the snub-nose revolver’s enduring value. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 softcover, photos, 120 pp.
ISBN: 1581603827
Publisher code: SNUB
Price: $15.00

To begin, I purchased the book used from the books I mention in this post are available at amazon), but it is also available from the publisher at My copy cost $8.95, which is a good deal IMO. I've ordered books from both, and never had a problem with either.

The editing of this book is superb, no errors such as typos, miscaptioned photos, spelling errors, etc. (A problem I ran into with a copy of HANDGUN COMBATIVES, by Dave Spaulding, was parts of two chapters missing, and one whole chapter missing.) Errors like that can be very perturbing. The photos in the book are in black and white, and are quality photos, unlike some other gun related books I own. Lovette mentions that this book is meant to be a companion to he and Spaulding's book, DEFENSIVE LIVING.

The author, Lovette, is a BTDT guy, having been a Special Forces Captain, a Police officer/trainer, and a CIA paramilitary operations officer/trainer with a ton of real world experience. There is a CIA disclaimer in the beginning of the book that was kind of interesting. He talks about the issue guns of the CIA, someting I've never seen in print before. He addresses the choices the CIA agents make re gun selection that was the topic of my thread, "Choose a Chiefs Special over a BHP?", at

The first part of the book(pg9-pg62) focuses on the guns, ammo, holsters, accesories, and techniques specific to snub nosed revolvers. He also discusses the "why" of the snubby. There are numerous photos of Lovette's personal guns and holsters, and he gives his recommendations on holsters, ammo, speedloaders, and other accessories. He doesn't seem to mind what gun is used, as long as it is a reliable specimen. He does prefer a six shot gun if it is to be the primary weapon.

The second part of the book(pg63-pg108) is the tactics section, discussing specific snubby techniques, and some techniques that would easily transfer to other guns as well. He gives the reader tactics to counter kidnap, carjacking, surveillance, robbery, etc. Knowing that Lovette was responsible for training our nations intelligence operatives, with some success, gives all these techniques a lot of crediblity. This section has a lot of material that an instructor could "borrow" for his/her own pesonal protection/ccw classes.

Interspersed throughout the book are numerous stories of gunfights/incidents involving the snubby. There are also some situations(including some involving CIA Agents) detailed in which the participants involved were not armed, and the results may have been better had the participants been armed. I found these gunfight stories well written and each story helped to drive home whatever point Lovette was making.

Lovette doesn't advocate the snubby as an openly carried belt gun, but as a concealed firearm for the private Citizen, off duty LEO, undercover Agent, etc. Someone who has to armed all the time, but discreetly. He makes an excellent case for the little gun.

In my opinion, anyone who either owns/carries/thinking about carrying a snubby, or any other concealed firearm, or is just interested in personal defensive measures, should pick up a copy of this book. It's a keeper.

Please excuse any editing, grammatical, spelling, or other errors. My editor has the day off.

Dave Williams

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Jim March
February 24, 2003, 03:46 PM
Yup. You can make a very convincing case that in an indoor gunfight at a range of 3ft or so, the "lowly" steel-framed 38 snubby with good +P fodder is the #1 type of gun that will get you out of there alive.

Muzzle flash and noise won't be unacceptable;

It won't go out of battery on contact with the opponent;

It's hard as heck to grab it away from you;

Stopping power, firepower and speed/controllability of follow-up shots are all more than adequate.

February 24, 2003, 06:48 PM

Thanks for the review....

February 26, 2003, 07:47 AM
hi dave,

thanks for the great review. i currently have the book on order from borders, unfortunately at the full retail price.


Kahr carrier
February 26, 2003, 09:19 AM
Looks like a new book to buy,thx for the review.:)

February 26, 2003, 10:16 AM
Looks like Amazon's got it for $10.50. Used from 8 and change.

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