What to buy? $80 to spend.

What to buy? $80 to spend.

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    What to buy? $80 to spend.

    I've got several Amazon gift certificates that have piled up over time. The oldest is about to expire.

    My sister had intended they go toward James Bond DVDs, but told me I could get what I want. I already have them on VHS and think it would be a waste of money.

    I have wanted "Cooper on Handguns", but don't know if it's worth $100. I'm sure most of the info is considered outdated, but the Colonel is usually a good read.

    I welcome any comments & suggestions.

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    What have you read or been eyeing.

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    What have you read or been eyeing.
    That would be my question also. What's your area of interest? Old or new?

    Maybe something from any of the old Masters, like Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Skeeter Skelton, Chic Gaylord, or even that pompous old windbag, Charley Askins.


    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.

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    Terry

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    books by Mas Ayoob and Gabriel Suarez are always a welcome addition with any gun library.
    "embrace the suck" - our warriors in the sandbox... it implies that do the best you can in impossible conditions.
    "no plan survives intact upon contact with the enemy" - wisdom of the Grunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardofgore View Post
    What have you read or been eyeing.
    Good question.

    My tastes probably run toward the traditional. My library looks something like:

    Some Kuhnhausen books.
    Pat Sweeney's Gunsmithing for Pistols and Revolvers
    Ditto for Rifles
    Gun Digest Book of _____ Disassembly (All 5)
    Surgical Speed Shooting
    The Art of the Rifle by Cooper
    Principles of Personal Defense by Cooper
    No Second Place Winner by Jordan
    Sixguns by Keith
    Wilson's .45 auto book (Name escapes me)
    McGivern's Fast & Fancy Revolver Shooting
    Texas Gun Owner's Guide by Korwin
    The Concealed Handgun Manual by Chris Bird
    Stressfire by Ayoob

    Long story, but my library's all packed up right now, so this is from memory. As you can tell, my tastes run toward the traditional. I don't want to read something that's faddish, but I'm willing to read good modern stuff.

    At the risk of being ex-communicated, I'll admit I've never read any of Skeeter's stuff. On the rare occasion I pick up G&A (a Viagra catalog disguised as a gun rag) Bart Skelton's column is one of the first I read. I don't know how much their stuff is alike.

    I enjoy Taffin, but haven't taken the plunge on either of his books. I've thought about getting Ed Lovett's snubnose book. I've also thought about some of Fairbairn's stuff you see in the Paladin Press ads. As mentioned in the opening post, I've long wondered if Cooper on Handguns was worth the read or is miserably outdated.

    Bottom line--Storytelling is good, but I'd rather have a reference book to learn something from.

    Anybody have any favorites I'm missing?

    Note: Apologies to my HS English teacher for failing to properly italicizing the title of book when referencing it.

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    Bart Skelton's column is one of the first I read. I don't know how much their stuff is alike.
    Since you say you've never read any of Skeeter's stuff, I'll say this. As a gunwriter, Bart Skelton couldn't carry his dad's typewriter.

    Anybody have any favorites I'm missing?
    Handgunner's Guide, by Chic Gaylord.

    Blue Steel & Gunleather, by John Bianchi.


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    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
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    Terry

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    http://www.amazon.com/Gun-Digest-Boo...2473911&sr=8-8

    I have last years edition and plan to get this one. Looks great.

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    I dont know if they are available from Amazon, but I've started paying attention to Clint Smith, the man knows what he is talking about. He has a few training DVD's out, and I'm not sure about books.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Re: What to buy? $80 to spend.

    Although a shameless plug, you may enjoy my book "Welcome to the Real World, A Dangerous Place to be Caught Unprepared!"

    Direct amazon link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Real-W...6864040&sr=8-1

    Be Safe

    Bryan S. Williams
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    Williams Associates Protective Services, LLC
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    Do you have Unintended Consequences by John Ross? A must have IMHO.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
    Randy Cain.

    Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
    Signed: Me!

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    They have some good training DVDs

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    Three top my list...

    Combat Focus - Rob Pincus
    Combat Gunfighting - Mike Rayburn
    Tactical Pistol Marksmanship - Gabe Suarez
    Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.

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