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Old 08-21-2011, 10:26 PM
Ironspirit Ironspirit is offline
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"With Winning in Mind" by Lanny Basham.
"Warrior Within" by Richard Machowitz
"Practical Shooting" by Brian Enos
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:49 AM
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Merchants At War

For armed store owners and merchants, Merchants at War covers it all. Available from Varro Press, Shawnee Mission, KS.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:25 AM
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'Stay in the Fight!' - Kyle Lamb

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Old 08-05-2012, 03:40 AM
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This thread looks to have been going on for years, but I thought that I’d add a couple of books that really helped me take my game and confidence to the next level: “The Art and Science of Basic Handgun Accuracy” by W.W. Butler and it’s companion follow-up; “The Armed Option: Zen in the Art of Combat Pistolcraft” by W.W. Butler. Both are pretty quick reads, talking about the immediacy of conditioned action...
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:39 PM
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"Patriots"- James Wesley Rawles
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:50 PM
EastofTexas EastofTexas is offline
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A couple of more books

I didn't see these mentioned in the thread and apologize for any duplication.

Green Eyes and Black Rifles: Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine by Kyle Lamb (an excellent book on the AR). SGT. Lamb's daughter co-authored the book and was a graduate student (intern) in my old office for a while. I would like to take one of his courses.

Forensic Analysis Of The April 11, 1986, FBI Firefight [Paperback]
W. French Anderson (Author) (If nothing else this make you realize how many rounds are fired that don't hit any one when the stuff hits the fan.) I have also tried to find data on hit rates for gun fights. Most of the data I have found is unpublished but even at very close range, it appears that police officers only hit their opponent maybe 25% of the time.)

Reading Athena's Dance Card: Men Against Fire in Vietnam by Russell Glenn
This book disputes the findings of Marshall from WWII.

COMBATIVE FUNDAMENTALS an Unconventional Approach [Paperback]
JEFF: GONZALES (Author) (I get his emails all the time but the classes are too far away and many are only for military or LEO.) I bought this book for the guide doing a combat zero on an AR.

I also want to say that Cooper's little book on self defense and awareness is one of the best books I have ever read. I especially like the exercise of trying to spot people you know before they spot you. If it is someone you don't like then you can avoid them and if it is a friend then you can say hello.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:29 PM
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Great Reading !

I have been reading the books suggested in these posts, and I agree that they are excellent ! Contributions like this make this site great !
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:31 PM
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As a recent joiner and have only recently gotten my CHL, I'm on a major learning curve.

I thank you all for sharing - this is a great site.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:55 PM
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Armed Response by David Kenik
Maybe a little off topic for some: Bruce Lee's Fighting Method
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:23 PM
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Has 1911Tuner ever written a book? If not then he should. I LOVE the lengthy posts he has done on various sites over the years where he gets into detail explaining the physics and such of various aspects of how the 1911 works and why certain magazines and parts, etc work better than others.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:38 PM
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Picked up the Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry by Massad Ayoob. New 2nd edition with updates from its original publication.

Haven't read the whole book but so far this seems like it should be required reading by anyone that wants to CCW. Massad writes in a lively, and easy to read style. Highly recommended.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:24 PM
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books by Rory Miller he has a few "facing violence prepare for the unexpected"the title says it all.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:04 PM
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I've almost finished Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life. It's based on the Marine's training to read environments and the people in them to anticipate and thwart danger before it happens. Its about learning to amplify and quantify your "gut instincts".
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:07 AM
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thanks for all the great info folks

I was just going to post a thread about how to increase speed and eventually learn how to double tap. I saw a fella do just that yesterday. He was very fast using a Sig p229 . I think his trigger speed was a lot faster than mine. I am s till searching for ways to improve.

these lists of reading material should help. Now on to a video search of youtube.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:46 AM
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I've had the opportunity to watch the hole gunsite dvds. I think there were 6 covering carry,defense psyc. edege weapons staffs and canes. quite informative. the set was expensive but ok.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:50 AM
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thanks for the lists. is there a consensus on a first read? i'm just starting to explore published world.
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:51 AM
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I've discussed this book in the Street Robberies and You The Basics thread…but it is, IMO, one of the best books at describing the who, what, when, why, and how violent encounters occur, and how to de-escalate, defuse, and avoid these events.

Facing Violence by Rory Miller is a short read, available on Amazon, and IMO should be a mandatory read for anyone concerned with their personal security.

It will keep you out of trouble.

Here's an idea of what is discussed:

Most animal species conduct ritualized combat between males. Snakes wrestle, deer lock horns, rams butt heads. Such rituals comprise genetically programmed steps and are instinctively designed to be non-lethal. In our species, the ritual is called the “monkey dance”. (The term was originally coined by Sgt. Rory Miller and has been adopted by Marc MacYoung and other instructors.) The monkey dance consists of the following steps (adapted from Miller’s Facing Violence):

A hard aggressive stare.
A verbal challenge, e.g.: “What you lookin’ at?”
Approach within arms length, with signs of increased adrenalin (gross motor arm movements, chest bobbing, facial flushing).
Escalating verbal threats.
Eventually, one participant makes contact on the other’s chest, usually with an index finger. This triggers back-and-forth contacts escalating to pushes and shoves.
Finally, one participant touches the other’s face, usually touching the opponent’s nose with an index finger. This triggers a big, looping overhand punch, and the fight is on.

It is what it is.

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