Good firearm/self defense books?


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Arrogant Bastard
August 30, 2008, 09:33 PM
I am currently reading Ayoob's In The Gravest Extreme.

I also have Cooper's Principles of Personal Defense.

What other good books are out there?

Something else that would be helpful, since I'm still a newbie, would be a book (or perhaps better, website) that goes over firearm anatomy, so I don't sound like a maroon when I point out "this doohickey here" -- something like a firearms encyclopedia, perhaps?

Another fun book would be a book of the history and engineering behind firearms -- preferably a nice coffee table book, with lots of pictures of antique weapons.

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ClarkEMyers
August 30, 2008, 10:11 PM
The ENCYCLOPEDIA of MODERN FIREARMS
Stock Number 108-002-001 Heavy Buckram Cover, Best Quality Paper at Brownell's is well worth the money and a good place to start and finish. Kuhnhausen especially for the 1911 but also for anything he covers.

Ayoob's additional books and Cooper's additional books including on rifles along with The Modern Technique....would be a good start for social purposes. There are many other aspects Tubb on high power, anybody from Askins up on shotguns and handguns, Keith on handguns, shotguns and hunting - there are many books waiting to be discovered.

rodregier
August 30, 2008, 10:42 PM
Louis Awerbuck on combat shotguns.

Gabriel Suarez on tactics / technique.

John Farnam on technique / tactics.

Many available thru amazon.com

basicblur
August 30, 2008, 11:17 PM
Been a while since I read In The Gravest Extreme (gotta pull it off the shelf) but Iíd think it might be getting a bit dated?
Anywho, check out Ďbout anything by Massad Ayoob (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Massad+Ayoob). I have quite a few of his books and they typically cover all aspects of self-defense (leading up to, the act, the aftermath). Even the ones you may not think would cover the subject (The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery comes to mind) have excellent sections on such.

I see itís not released yet, but Iíll probably buy his upcoming The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry (http://www.amazon.com/Gun-Digest-Book-Concealed-Carry/dp/0896896110/ref=pd_bbs_sr_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220147797&sr=8-6).

You might also want to check out Lenny MaGillís site (http://gunvideo.com/) if youíre interested in DVDs? I see they have a "6 for $99" special at this time.
If you check in the left column, you'll see a "Self Defense-Firearms" link to a page of such DVDs.

I took 'em up on one of their 5 for $109 specials and the DVDs are pretty good, 'specially for the price.
The Bill Wilson & Ken Hackathorn House Clearing & Cornering Techniques (http://gunvideo.com/index.php?category_id=63&tpl=pgroup_descrip&pid=4974&return=%3fcategory_id%3D63%26page%3D2%26nothumbs%3D%26filter_1%3D%26filter_2%3D%26filter_3%3D%26filter_4%3D) and Night Master "Low Light" Shooting & Flashlight Techniques (http://gunvideo.com/index.php?category_id=63&tpl=pgroup_descrip&pid=4972&return=%3fcategory_id%3D63%26page%3D2%26nothumbs%3D%26filter_1%3D%26filter_2%3D%26filter_3%3D%26filter_4%3D) are good.

I'm sure you can find 6 DVDs you'd like at the site?
Heck...at that price I think I may have to do some shopping!

Duke Junior
August 30, 2008, 11:33 PM
Walt Rauch's "Real World Survival:What Has Worked for Me", is suburb.
Years of experience in the business of protecting high profile personalities,Walt has seen and done it all.
Writes for many firearms mags like Combat Handguns.

http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-Survival-What-Worked/dp/0966326008

Joe Cool
August 30, 2008, 11:40 PM
If you want it straight from someone who has been there and written about it, try getting a copy of "Guns Bullets and Gunfights by Jim Cirillo. He passed away last year and I found his stories and conclusions from his actual gunfights from his NYC days very compelling. I keep it right next to Cooper's book and Ayoob's book previously mentioned.

spwenger
August 31, 2008, 01:53 PM
While my book (http://www.spw-duf.info/book.html) does not dwell on nomenclature for doohickeys, it has received consistent praise on the self-defense aspects of firearm use.

SCKimberFan
August 31, 2008, 01:57 PM
spwenger

You may want to post an excerpt from the book to give folks an idea of how its written.

just a thought...

thunderstorm
August 31, 2008, 02:20 PM
John Ross, Unintended Consequences

http://www.john-ross.net/

CWL
August 31, 2008, 03:48 PM
John Farnhams books are great

pax
August 31, 2008, 09:44 PM
My site has a glossary, www.corneredcat.com/Glossary/glossary.aspx

pax

Defensory
September 1, 2008, 06:13 PM
"Tactical Pistol Shooting"---by Erik Lawrence

The essential reference for the beginning shooter, Tactical Pistol Shooting provides a thorough introduction to the use of tactical pistols. Readers get instruction on defense mindsets, pistol terms, shooting fundamentals and shooting positions, with emphasis on important safety precautions and lawful personal defense.

The book then instructs on more advanced techniques, training drills and complicated shooting environments. More than 250 detailed, step-by-step photos clearly illustrate the techniques shooters will master to become more adept with a tactical pistol. Appendixes include a discussion of shooting standards, equipment supplies listings, progress worksheets and more.

-Provides beginners a thorough introduction to the use of semiautomatic pistols -Offers techniques for more advanced skills -More than 250 step-by-step photos illustrate techniques.

http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Pistol-Shooting-Lawrence-Erik/dp/0896891755/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-2637922-2786046?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220303367&sr=1-1
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RPCVYemen
September 1, 2008, 08:24 PM
Walt Rauch's "Real World Survival:What Has Worked for Me", is suburb.

This comment caused my brain to lock up for a minute - I thought that you were using "suburb" as the opposite of "ghetto", and making a comment on the "street cred" of the book.

Then I realized that your spell checker probably morphed "supurb" into "suburb" - instead of the correct "superb".

You had me guessing for a minute.

Mike

Duke Junior
September 1, 2008, 08:29 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duke Junior
Walt Rauch's "Real World Survival:What Has Worked for Me", is suburb.
This comment caused my brain to lock up for a minute - I thought that you were using "suburb" as the opposite of "ghetto", and making a comment on the "street cred" of the book.

Then I realized that your spell checker probably morphed "supurb" into "suburb" - instead of the correct "superb".

You had me guessing for a minute.

Mike

You got it,Mike.My bad for not noticing that spelling error.Can't blame spell check.
Superb it is by Walt Rauch.:)

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