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Recommendation of which book to start with

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by crash_gsxr750, May 18, 2011.

  1. crash_gsxr750

    crash_gsxr750 Arrows first

    Apr 22, 2008

    You and a few others have written many books on self defense, could you point me to which of yours (or maybe someone elses)

    to read first?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Of mine, I'd start with "In the Gravest Extreme," "The Truth About Self-Protection," and "StressFire." Mike Izumi's "In Self Defense" is another good one. Bill Jordan's "No Second Place Winner" may be a bit dated on gun selection, but contains timeless advice on self-defense. All available from Police Bookshelf,

    Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery and Book of Concealed Carry are also mine, and might be useful, as are many others in the Gun Digest series. Available on Amazon.

    You always want to have the Jeff Cooper classics: "Cooper on Handguns" and "Principles of Personal Defense." Check Amazon for those. Go to Paladin Press for an excellent selection of self-defense titles. Chuck Taylor, Louis Awerbuck, Steve Wenger and (IIRC) Walt Rauch and Dave Kenik among many others have good titles there.

    Too much good stuff out there for me to list here on the topic. Two "companion volumes," however, are useful to anyone who keeps a gun for self-defense: "Gray's Anatomy" (know thy target) and "Black's Legal Dictionary" (useful guide to legal principles).

    It'll be a life study...but a potentially life-saving one.

    Good luck,