Review: Armed Response by David Kenik

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    Angry Review: Armed Response by David Kenik

    # Paperback: 192 pages
    # Publisher: Merril Press; Com edition (May 2005)
    # Language: English
    # ISBN-10: 0936783451
    # ISBN-13: 978-0936783451

    Well, I know it has great reviews on Amazon, but I didn't like this book.

    The Author seems condescending at times and I just don't like his writing style. He's very verbose and I took nothing new away from this book.

    At times, I felt like I was reading a post by someone on a web forum.

    He can go on for paragraphs stating the same thing over and over.

    To be honest, I started to skip pages. At first I thought maybe I'd miss something so I went back and read what I skipped.

    I then concluded that it was OK to skip many pages.

    <shrug>

    It's not that it's BAD info. I've just read *all* of the information contained in the book previously. Also, as mentioned- I did not care for the writing and editing of this book.

    Felt like a fluffed up magazine piece.

    I suppose it could be very good if you are totally new to firearms and CCW.

    There are better options in my opinion, however. Andy Stanford's book is very concise by contrast to Armed Response.

    There were MANY sentences that got on my nerves. Here is an example from page 64...

    "Choosing an Auto
    So you promise to learn about proper usage, find the right ammunition, clean it, and practice as discussed in the previous chapter and you are ready to move on to a semi-auto?"



    Yes, Daddy! Please pwease! Can I have a cookie too???



    There were 4 or 5...billion of those sorts of passages in this book.

    Another went along the lines of, "You got your gun and now you need to pick out the right caliber for your gun."

    He also seemed to have a chip on his shoulder at times.

    To be honest, I hated this book.

    EDIT-TO BE FAIR: We aren't the audience for this book. A total newb would find this a wealth of info. There's nothing new for in it if you are a member here methinks.
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    Dean

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    Maybe it should have been called "the idiot's guide to CCW"?
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    Everybody wants to write a book these days.

    "At times, I felt like I was reading a post by someone on a web forum."

    Possibly that's because that is where he grabbed his info from.
    Maybe we all unknowingly helped him write his book.
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    "At times, I felt like I was reading a post by someone on a web forum."
    Well, that's horrible [IMG]http://www.lxcoupe.com/images/*****.gif[/IMG]

    See if you can return it to Amazon, just for laughs, since you weren't satisfied.

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    Well, I bought it. So, it's mine now. There was a review that stated there's nothing new if you have been around the scene a bit. I'd give it to friends who have no knowledge though so it may come in handy.
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    Strikes me there is only so much that can be written on the main subject - and without engaging in raw plagiarism, an author really has to just revamp the old material and apply his or her own unique style.

    Seems in this book it was that which failed - by irritating the reader.

    There is in part at least a semblance of - ''If you've read one - you've read em' all".
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    I agree I just recently "finished" this book, though I did some quick page turns in many chapters. It would probably be alright for someone brand new to shooting handguns and interested in ccw.

    There were some passages written by the author that tended to irk me. I don't like being irked, especially when I'm a paying customer
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    good books to read

    Does anyone have any recomendations for some good books on CCW?

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    I would reccomend checking out:
    In the Gravest Extreme by Massaf Ayoob
    Concealed Handgun Manual by Chris Bird
    Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by massad ayoob, new edition comes out in october i think

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    I have the book, and was in the pilot class with my wife. We were complete newb's at the time, and found it all extremely helpful.

    Everybody's gotta start somewhere.

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    Same here. I read that book before I got my license. I found it very helpful.
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    Would you like to sell the book to me? Please PM me. Thanks.

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    I have the book and also found it to be very informative and I liked the style that it was written in.

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    has anyone here ever read (thank god i had a gun) by chris bird? i can only get it by ordering it for 20.00 dollars,and i wanted to know what a real person thought of it before i pay 20 for it.....thanks
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    I felt the same way about it. Well, I'm not done with it yet. I'm trying to force myself to finish it. The book is full of a lot of opinions that I don't necessarily agree with. He does have some good information, but you have to sift through it to find it.

    I got it cheap and used from Pete though, so I don't feel too bad about it.
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