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