What books have your read/recommend?

What books have your read/recommend?

This is a discussion on What books have your read/recommend? within the Defensive Books, Video & References forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; On CCW issues of course. I'll start: 1. The Concealed Handgun Manual - Chris Bird 2. Combat Handgunnery 5th ed - Massad Ayoob 3. The ...

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    What books have your read/recommend?

    On CCW issues of course. I'll start:

    1. The Concealed Handgun Manual - Chris Bird
    2. Combat Handgunnery 5th ed - Massad Ayoob
    3. The Ayoob Files - Massad Ayoob
    4. Stressfire Vol. 1 - Massad Ayoob
    5. Effective Defense - Gila Hayes (this ones geard for women)
    6. Tactical Pistol Marksmanship - Gabriel Suarez

    While all these books were great reading and very informative, I highly recommend The Concealed Handgun Manual by Chris Bird for people just starting out or considering to carry a pistol. It goes over guns, ammunition, basic defensive tactics, mindset, and ways to carry. It's a good general information book that also includes real life scenarios.


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    Why not stroll over to the book section of the forum there reviews and such there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White
    Why not stroll over to the book section of the forum there reviews and such there
    My bad, I didn't even realize there was a book section.

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    In Gravest Extreme--Ayoob
    Principles of Personal Defense--Cooper

    The rest do not count until these have been read at least three times. Not knocking the other writers--it is just that these two books, both written before many states had concealed carry, say what is necessary.
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    I think anyone owning a firearm for self defense should read In the Gravest Extreme by Ayoob
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    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    Thomas Jefferson

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    I did read "In the Gravest Extreme". I forgot to list that one.

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    Just read In The Gravest Extreme, trying to figure which one I should read next.

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    My favorites:
    Principles of Personal Defense- Jeff Cooper
    Tactical Reality- Louis Awerbuck
    More Tactical Reality- Awerbuck
    Fighting Smarter- Tom Givens

    I understand the "Some of the Answer" series by Jim Crews is excellent. I just ordered a set he put together on CD-ROM that has all three volumes for a temporary sale price of $29 (I think it was). Sometimes, it does pay to procrastinate.

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    "The Gift of Fear" Gavin Debecker
    "On Killing" LtCol Dave Grossman-read for awareness not Knowledge. Lots of controversy about legit of content.
    "The Truth about Self Protection", "In the Gravest Extreme" "Stressfire" (Vol I&II) Massad Ayoob (actually any of his books)
    "Principles of Personal Defense" Jeff Cooper
    "Ccw: Carrying Concealed Weapons : How to Carry Concealed Weapons and Know When Others Are" Jerry Ahern
    "Weapon Retention Techniques for Officer Survival" Robert Downey
    "Starship Troopers" Robert Heinlein

    That should get you started anyways.
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    OK, since it came up...
    I often see "Starship Troopers" in these sort of lists. I've never read it, so I have to ask- How does it relate?
    Not trying to be smart, because I'm sure it does relate, or I wouldn't see it listed so often.

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    Surgical Speed Shooting by Andy Stafford in addition to all these others that I've also read and won't restate.

    StarShip Troopers gives you the proper perspective and philosophy of self defense and patriotism. It ought to be mandatory reading in the public schools. Also by Heinlein I would recommend Glory Road and The Notebooks of Lazarus Long for exactly the same reasons. Pearls of wisdom here. Pearls of Wisdom.
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    I like Grossman's book "On Killing". Didn't care much for one of his subsequent efforts, "On Combat". I've read and liked a few of Ayoob's books, too.

    I've heard a lot about Jeff Cooper's works, and I'll get a coupld of them pretty soon.

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    Lightbulb Jeff Cooper's Books

    Quote Originally Posted by randytulsa2
    I've heard a lot about Jeff Cooper's works, and I'll get a coupld of them pretty soon.
    You can get a LOT of his stuff online, free. Cooper's Commentaries I guess you can hunt up a link. But I did love his book To Ride, Shoot Straight & Speak the Truth and I truly loved his book of quotations called The Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip.
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    More fiction. These books shaped my personality when I was growing up, so much so that I used to highlight and underline some of his philosophy: The Matt Helm spy series. Not those STUPID movies with Dean Martin! But the original series by Donald Hamilton was awesome in this respect.
    Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.

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