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Here is a list of "must-reads" that my CC instructor gave me. What do you all think? If I had to choose 2 or 3 to start with which would you recommend? Anything I need to consider that was left off the list?

Recommended Reading

The Best Defense By Robert a Waters Cumberland House 1998
Outgunned! By John & Robert Waters, Cumberland House 2004
Guns Save Lives By Robert A Waters Loompanics Unlimited 2002
The Waters books profile true stories of people who used firearms to defend themselves
Armed Response By David Kenik ASD Publishing 2004
A guide to concealed carry
The Truth About Self Protection By Massad Ayoob Bantam 1983
A look at the different aspects of self defense
In The Gravest Extreme, By Massad Ayoob
The Ayoob Files The Book By Massad Ayoob Police Bookshelve 1995
Massad is a top authority on self defense
Thank God I had a Gun, By Chris Bird
Deadly Force Encounters By Dr Alexis Artwohl Paladin Press 1997
Profiles the physiological effects of shooting on police officers
Defensive Shooting for Real-Life Encounters, By Ralph Mroz Paladin Press 2000
Not an Easy Target,& Stayin Alive By Paxton Quigley Fireside 1995
A guide to self protection for women
ON Killing By LT Col Dave Grossman
ON Combat By Lt Col Dave Grossman
 

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Deadly Force Encounters By Dr Alexis Artwohl Paladin Press 1997
Profiles the physiological effects of shooting on police officers
Defensive Shooting for Real-Life Encounters, By Ralph Mroz Paladin Press 2000
Not an Easy Target,& Stayin Alive By Paxton Quigley Fireside 1995
A guide to self protection for women

A great list and any would be super reading. I have NOT read the above books listed, but have the rest.

Of those I have...I'd start with these 4...

The Truth About Self Protection By Massad Ayoob
In The Gravest Extreme By Massad Ayoob
Outgunned! By John & Robert Waters
Guns Save Lives By Robert A Waters

Enjoy...:wave:
 

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Of your list (I've read all but the Mroz book), I'd start with

In the Gravest Extreme by Ayoob. It's a true classic and of the books on the list it provides the most crucial information that a newly armed citizen needs to understand immediately.

On Combat by Dave Grossman. Deeply thoughtful and compelling read, with lots of mindbenders to help you along the path to understanding what this lifestyle might mean for you in the future. If you'd rather, Deadly Force Encounters by Artwohl & Christensen can stand in this place; it's shorter, a little more dry, and not as good overall for mindset, but provides a very good intro to the physiology of sudden, acute stress during dangerous events.

The Ayoob Files by Ayoob. Lots of good lessons in those stories for those who have eyes to see them. After The Ayoob Files, then pick up the Waters books -- which are good but not, I think, quite as compelling as Ayoob's work.

Edited to add, of books not on your list, you might want to pick up David Klinger's Into the Kill Zone: a cop's-eye view of deadly force, which nicely complements either the Grossman book or the Artwohl book. It's full of anonymous (highly researched & credible) firsthand accounts from law enforcement officers who used firearms in criminal encounters, and provides a fascinating inside peek at what the dry theory actually looks like in real life practice -- before, during, and after the event.

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I think "Principles of Personal Defense" by Jeff Copper is a must read!

I would make this one of your first 2-3 that you choose to start with.
 
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