Book Review: Effective Hangun Defense by Frank W. James


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orangeninja
February 9, 2005, 11:39 PM
I wrote this on Amazon.com but though I'd post it here since I'm sure a couple of people here know how to read. :rolleyes:


"To read the title of this book you would think that it would cover such things as handgun defense. I'm affraid that although I really wanted to like this book, most of the information pertained only with particular guns that tickled the author's fancy and covered very, very little regarding tactics. Instead, this particular book focused almost exclusively on the gun itself and had little to do with defense, tactics, scenarios or even anacdotes.

The author did have anacdotal evidence to argue why say a .357 Magnum is a great fight stopper but the 9mm is sorely lacking.

His chapter title "Effective Calibers" was almost a flashback of standing in a gunstore while two old guys behind the counter argued over which caliber is more effective than the other.

To sum it up. If you want a book on defense...look elsewhere. Handgun Combatives would be a good start since little of the book actually talks about the "gun" itself but more in terms of it being a tool.

If you want a book that reads like an anectdotal Guns&Ammo magazine complete with opinions based upon bias and legend, this is a must have. Personally, I'd save my money."

This book really read a lot like an old guy showing you his personal gun collection. Save your dime on this one.

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Standing Wolf
February 10, 2005, 12:35 AM
If you want a book that reads like an anectdotal Guns&Ammo magazine complete with opinions based upon bias and legend, this is a must have.

Well said.

orangeninja
February 10, 2005, 12:43 AM
Why thank ya'. ;)

I'd like other Highroaders to do a book review every once in a while. There is so much crap out there at $20.00-$40.00 a pop...it'd be nice to know what is recommended and what isn't.

Henry Bowman
February 10, 2005, 10:52 AM
If you want a book that reads like an anectdotal Guns&Ammo magazine complete with opinions based upon bias and legend, this is a must have. Funny, that's how I describe almost anything written by Ayoob. [flame suit on]

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