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    Book Review: NRA Personal Protection Guide - (merged)

    NRA Guide To The Basics Of Personal Protection Outside The Home, by the NRA Education and Training Division. 2006. 356 pages. Softcover, spiral bound. $19.95. Order from: http://www.nrastore.com/nra/Product....tid=PB%2001765

    This book's 30 chapters and 5 appendices cover practically all aspects of carrying a concealed firearm for self defense. It does not, however, get into the area of recommending specific firearms, action types or calibers. Excellent, high quality, full color photographs are included throughout the book to compliment the text.

    New and experienced shooters alike will find a wealth of information in Part 1: Safety, Part 2: Strategies For Personal Safety, Part 3: Carrying A Concealed Handgun And Presenting From Concealment, Part 4:Basic Defensive Shooting Skills, Part 5: Concealed Carry Shooting Skills, Part 6: Special Defensive Shooting Techniques, and Part 7: Self Defense And The Law.
    This last part is a very broad overview of the subject matter. Several references to federal gun laws, including one on page 16, are so generalized and misleading as to be of little use. Books dealing with the law in greater detail are listed in the bibliography (Appendix D).

    As I said, shooters of all skill levels can use this book, but it does appear to be geared more towards the beginner. In keeping with the focus on the novice, Appendix A: Gun Handling, and Appendix B:Gun Cleaning, for example, are definitely meant for the neophyte. The NRA's version of the three basic rules for safe gun handling are constantly repeated throughout the book to the point of redundancy. This emphasis on safety is commendable, to be sure, because we should never forget the safety rules, but the treatment of the subject here is bordering on overkill. This is a sad reflection on our litigious modern society and the popular, but misguided, notion that we have to be protected from evertything, including ourselves.

    Still, this in no way detracts from the overall excellent quality of the information and advice presented in this book.

    I must also comment here on Appendix B: Gun Cleaning, which recommends that a basic cleaning kit should include safety glasses and latex gloves. I'll admit safety glasses could be useful, but latex gloves? Never! I've been cleaning firearms for nearly 50 years, and I've never worn latex gloves while doing so. I'm not about to start now.

    To sum up, if you are thinking about getting a concealed weapons permit, or have applied for one, or have just received one, or you have held a permit for 20 years, you should have this book. It's well worth it, despite its politically correct tone.

    I rate this a 4.5
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    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    Thanks for that review. Very nice to see input before purchasing one myself.

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    Personal Protection outside the home

    I called NRA training other day and ordered the new handbook on this - I hope as soon as I find a Councillor up to speed on this, to get my cert'. It cost me about $26 with shipping - not a cheap publication even then but - it is well presented.

    I have not read in depth yet at all but - I tell you what - on superficial appraisal this is a tour de force. No book will ever be perfect but this covers one heck of a lot of stuff and I anticipate once I get certified that this will be one real good course to teach.

    I reckon it could well become the de facto material for state CCW course content.


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    Chris,

    I trust you saw my review on this?

    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ad.php?t=13122


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    Hadn't Seen This Review...

    Thanks, I believe this is something for both my wife and me to read...

    I am going to order it...

    Stay educated...stay alert...stay safe!

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    Thx Terry - yes I did actually but in a moment of enthusiasm having browsed thru - posted about it!

    I'll try and merge this in with yours I think.
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    Well...

    my copy is ordered and on the way...

    Thanks again for the info...

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    Talk About Service...

    The above, post #7, was on Nov 19th...book came today, Nov 27...pretty quick (computer to door).

    Nice reference book...large 'spring' spiral makes using this as a reference resource easier. Pretty basic stuff, but still well done, never hurts to re-read...

    References to general safety, and safety outside the home, CCW, basic defensive shooting skills/techniques, and the law...ARE basic, but clear and concise with good pic's and a great 'index' for a quick reference/search.

    Certainly a great reference to share with others, it was a worthwhile purchase.

    OMO...but I think you'll agree!

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    I understand that beginning in January there will be a course under the same name taught by NRA instructors. Any idea how good the course is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Yankee View Post
    I understand that beginning in January there will be a course under the same name taught by NRA instructors. Any idea how good the course is?

    Texas Yankee

    # 1 - who is the Point of Contact for the course ? Name - Phone - E-mail address ?

    # 2 - where / location of the course ?

    # 3 - what are the dates for the course ?

    Thank you.

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