Recommend some self-defense books!


October 13, 2004, 04:36 PM
I'm looking right now for a few books to read. I mainly want books that teach proper hand-gun control, and hand-gun control in a defensive situation. Also books that will teach general self-defense knowledge(awareness, escape, diversion, etc.), would be of help. If you've read a book that has anything to do with this subject and you liked it, let me know!

Also, this is my second post on this forum, but I've been browsing for a few weeks. There's a good batch of guys(and gals :)) on here and I hope I can contribute.


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Dave Markowitz
October 13, 2004, 04:38 PM
"In the Gravest Extreme," by Massad Ayoob.

"Real World Survival - What Has Worked For Me," by Walt Rauch.

October 13, 2004, 05:12 PM
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October 13, 2004, 05:40 PM
"In The Gravest Extreme" and "The Truth About Self Protection" by Massad Ayoob would be a good place to start, IMO.

Being prepared for the legal and emotional s--tstorm that will happen should we have to use deadly force in defense of ourselves or others may not be pleasant, but it's vitally necessary.

Protecting oneself these days demands much more than shooting skills. The system will NOT be your friend, and knowing how to deal with that fact may well be more important to your ultimate survival than all of the 'how-to-shoot' books ever written.

Forewarned is forearmed; arm yourself, please.

October 13, 2004, 06:30 PM
StressFire by Ayoob.

October 13, 2004, 07:55 PM
In the Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob

Effective Defense by Gila Hayes


October 13, 2004, 08:25 PM
The principals of personal defense by Jeff Cooper, Great book short easy read, much harder live by.

In the gravest extream,

I keep reading to learn am much as I can. THere are no second place winners in a gun fight. Another book by Bill Jordon. Dated but worth while reading.

October 13, 2004, 08:48 PM
"Principles of Personal Defense" by Jeff Cooper.

Anything by him is worth its weight in gold.

October 13, 2004, 08:53 PM
Tactical Reality. Louis Awerbuck

October 13, 2004, 08:55 PM
Combat Handgunnery by Chuck Taylor. Great read for technics and hardware.

Theres another one by Chris Baird, but I can't remember the name of it.
I think it's called The Concealed Weapon Guide.

October 13, 2004, 09:02 PM
combat handgunnery by ayoob!!!! A must read, also gravest extreme

Tall Man
October 14, 2004, 10:41 AM
The Law of Self Defense: A Guide for the Armed Citizen ( should find a space on your bookshelf. It's author is a practicing attorney.


October 14, 2004, 11:02 AM
"Can't we all just get along" by Rodney King

and dare I forget

"ACLU and UN guide to self defenselessness"

October 14, 2004, 11:25 AM
I second the books by Mas, Walt Rauch and Gila Hayes. I'd also like to add THE FARNAM METHOD OF DEFENSIVE HANDGUNNING (by John Farnam), DEFENSIVE SHOOTING FOR REAL-LIFE ENCOUNTERS (by Ralph Mroz) and, if you've got a few coins left over, TRAIL SAFE: AVOIDING THREATENING HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE OUTDOORS, by Yours Truly.

For pure shooting, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read SHOOTING FROM WITHIN by Mike Plaxco and Brian Enos' flawless PRACTICAL SHOOTING: BEYOND FUNDAMENTALS.

Also, sit down and memorize THE ART OF WAR. Sun Tzu rocks!


October 14, 2004, 01:14 PM
Fighting Smarter by Tom Givens of Rangemaster

October 14, 2004, 02:56 PM
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

One of the best books on the subject, definitely the worst title.

Baba Louie
October 14, 2004, 09:01 PM
"Kill or Get Killed" by Col. Rex Applegate

Also "The Close-Combat Files of Colonel Rex Applegate" by Applegate and Chuck Melson

They may be more Offensive oriented than Defensive but both are worth having in your library none the less.

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