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Fighting Smarter A Practical Guide For Surviving Violent Confrontations by Tom Given

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by Hangingrock, Feb 20, 2015.

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  1. Hangingrock

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    Just received Fighting Smarter A Practical Guide For Surviving Violent Confrontations by Tom Givens ( Revised and Updated Third Edition 2015)

    Should be informative and a good read with the easy on the eyes large print.
     
  2. bikerdoc

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    Please write a review when you are done.
     
  3. Hangingrock

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    No problem I'll do it.
     
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    I’ve read more than my share of books related to the subject of self-defense this is one of the better informational renderings. Frist the font size employed is conductive to ease of reading and comprehension. The book is divided into forty chapters with a total page count of 318. The authors writing style is not wordy but straight to the point and thus being so extremely informative.

    Some of the individual chapters I book marked. Chapter 4 Principles of Personal Defense, Chapter 6 Controlling Fear and Making Sound Decisions Under Stress, Chapter 8 Awareness Games, Self-Training, Chapter 10 Dealing with the Aftermath of a Shooting, Chapter 11 Threat Assessment for the Armed Citizen, Chapter 13 Training Priorities, Chapter 14 The Second Crime Scene (excerpt; So make up your mine now, that: I will NOT get on the floor – I will NOT get on my knees - I will NOT go to the stock room - I will NOT be tied up - I will NOT get in the trunk of a car. If you brandish a weapon and order me to do ANY of those things, you have declared total all-out war. You had better be ready for the consequences.) Chapter 15 The Thinking Gunman’s Bookshelf and Chapter 20 selecting a Sidearm.

    There are various quotes of substance in all the chapters. One that I’ll allude to is the following “The purpose of a high capacity magazine is not to allow you to shoot more. Its real purpose is to allow you to reload less often. Every time you have to stop, take it out of action, manipulate it and get back into action. If your pistol holds more ammunition, you may not have to reload at all.”
    This book is a keeper.
     
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    Thanks for the review. I will look for this book.
     
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    Thanks. Looks like the kindle version isn't ready yet but sounds like a "buy".
     
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    Interesting timing here ...

    Yesterday I read a positive and fairly detailed review of Given's book, got interested in it, and then today saw this thread about it.

    I've read a number of armed SD books over the years - some helpful, others not so much, or at least they didn't add anything really new - but this one's got my attention now. Thanks for posting.

    FWIW, here's the link to that review I saw:

    http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/229570
     
  8. bikerdoc

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    Thanks Hangingrock for a great review. Tom has been leader in SD thinking and this book sounds like a must read.
     
  9. Jeff22

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    Fighting Smarter (3rd edition)

    My favorite part of the book was Chapter 13, which is entitled "Training Priorities:

    Mr Givens has had 60+ students involved in shooting incidents. He analyzed their experiences. He also analyzed shooting incidents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, police agencies where the special agents are in plain clothes and carrying concealed most often while on duty. Almost half of the incidents involving FBI agents were occasions where some thug tried to rob the agent, not realizing who they were.

    Based on his study of those situations, Mr. Givens makes several recommendations about how to structure your personal training program. He suggests that one needs to practice the fast and effective presentation of a handgun from concealment, to be able to place several quick shots into "anatomically important" areas of the target at a distance of 0 to 7 yards, to be able to reload the handgun quickly (particularly if it holds less than 10 rounds) and to be able to draw while performing a rapid lateral sidestep to get off the line of force.

    I'd recommend the book to any serious student of defensive shooting. The focus of the book is the armed private citizen and not the on-duty police patrol officer.
     
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    Excellent book!
     
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