Yet another book thread...


April 18, 2003, 08:55 AM
I noticed that almost all books mentioned in this other thread are either fiction or philosophical/political stuff.

Which books regarding weaponcraft (especially handguns) could you recommend? Are there some "required readings"?

I've just read Applegate's "Kill Or Get Killed" and found it very insightful and interesting. I'm about to start Fairbairn/Sykes' "Shooting To Live".



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April 18, 2003, 10:16 AM
Here's a few you might take a look at.

Stressfire and In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob

The Modern Technique Of The Pistol by Gregory Boyce Morrison.

Handbook Of Handguns by Timothy J. Mullin

Handgunner's Guide by Chic Gaylord.

The last two are available from Paladin Press. Handgunner's Guide is kind of dated, but still interesting. It was reprinted by Paladin.

April 18, 2003, 10:58 AM
I hate book threads.
They cost me so much.

4v50 Gary
April 18, 2003, 11:07 AM
Kill or Get Killed is a classic. I bought mine at a trade show and Col. Appelgate was nearby. I walked up, introduced myself and asked him to autograph my copy. :D

April 18, 2003, 12:47 PM
Louis Awerbuck's Tactical Realities is a fantastic read.
To some extent Chuck Taylor's Combat Handgunnery books are ok, but I think that Awerbuck has gone above and beyond to refine how to train/fight.

April 18, 2003, 03:31 PM
If you're into long range rifle or have an interest in military sniping, you oughtta look at Dean Michaelis's The Complete .50 Caliber Sniper Course: Hard Target Interdiction ( . And he's not talking about the stereotypical long range...he's talking about the 1200 - 1850 yard shooting. His background includes an instructorship with the Army's SOTIC and his recent involvement with the .408 Cheyenne Tactical Project.

Since it's a "SNIPER" course outline, it goes over the usual "this is a hide", "this is some stalking training" yadda, but the majority of the book covers some enlightening details on sight adjustments and the effects of environmental and meteorlogical conditions on those adjustments at extra long ranges. He demonstrates some very effective methods for ranging targets, one of which includes the use of a theodolite, and explains why Mil-Dots are horrible as an accurate, reliable ranging tool. He also goes into a little about the use of the larger calibers in a historical context and their use today.

While the book is pretty expensive and doesn't give the reader the complete data on the majority of .50 Cal ammunition (or any other, for that matter), it is by far the most intelligent offering out of the "manuals" of this nature.


April 21, 2003, 04:30 PM
Trooper, have you checked out the books by DTS ...ääh... Jan Boger? ;)

One of the books if considered rather essential is the "SAS Survival Guide" by John Wiseman.

Andrew Wyatt
April 21, 2003, 05:10 PM
i second the nomination of Greg's book.

he's a great guy.

Andy Stanford's got a good book on low light shooting out. (i forgot the name of it) I think it's called fight at night, but i may be mistaken.

April 21, 2003, 05:36 PM
Competitive Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals by Brian Enos. Best shooting book I've ever read.

April 21, 2003, 06:21 PM
Yeah, I also got Lofty Wiseman's "SAS Survival Book". I really liked his "City Survival", too, though it only dealt with non-firearms defensive tactics.

What about Jeff Cooper's books? Of course his reputation is outstanding, but what can you tell me about his written work?



Charles S
April 21, 2003, 06:53 PM
For tactical and operational considerations one must always consider:

The Street Smart Gun Book


The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning

By John Farnam.

I also like In Self Defense by Michael T Izumi.

Another great read is obviously No Second Place Winner by Bill Jordan.

Lastly, for mindset, it would be difficult to top Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper.

I guess you can tell I really like to read. I have several other suggestions if anyone is interested.


April 21, 2003, 08:03 PM
Cooper's Principles Of Personal Defense should be on everyone's bookshelf and be read frequently.


Another Country

To Ride Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth

are also good books by Cooper. They deal with handguns, rifles, freedom and philosophy. Fireworks even has a couple of car stories.

The Art Of The Rifle is Cooper's rifle specific book.

I have all of these and appreciate them.

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