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Old 08-26-2006, 07:06 AM
kilogulf59 kilogulf59 is offline
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Here is my short list of reading and reference on the subject.
  • "Shooting to Live" by Fairbairn and Sykes.
  • "Kill or Get Killed” by Col. Rex Applegate.
  • “Bullseyes Don’t Shoot Back” by Col. Rex Applegate and Michael Janich.
  • “The Close-Combat Files of Col. Rex Applegate”.
  • “Shooting For Keeps: Point Shooting For Close-Quarter Combat” by Rex Applegate (video)
  • “The Principles of Personal Defense” by Col. Jeff Copper.
  • "No Second Place Winner" by William Henry Jordan
  • "Defensive Use of Firearms" by Stephen P. Wenger
Though I have not read or seen these yet, they do come highly recommended by people I respect…
  • “Basic Gunfighting 101” by Michael T. Rayburn
  • "Instinctive Point Shooting: Street Proven Firearms Tactics” by Michael T. Rayburn (video)
Here's a few downloads/pdf files that may be of interest to members or guests...

USMC Close Combat 1999

USMC MA-1.02 Fundamentals Of Marine Corps Martial Arts

USA FM 21-150 Combatives 1992

USA FM 3-25.150 Combatives 2002

Hope these help someone...
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Ken aka kilogulf59
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:33 AM
BarryinIN BarryinIN is offline
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I'd like to amend my previous list (Priciples of Personal Defense- Cooper; Tactical Reality, and More Tactical Reality- Awerbuck; and Fighting Smarter- Givens) to add one more.
Actually, it's a series.

Jim Crews' "Some of the Answer" series includes seperate books on handgun, carbine, and shotgun, plus a fourth book "From Behind the Line" about his observations as a firearms instructor.
I'm not sure if it's the only form it's available in now, but he had been doing a special run this summer on CD-ROM. It includes all four of those books, and is available in a printable, or read-only form. The four book series costs about what a single book would.
It's good info (I especially like Behind the Line) that should benefit anyone.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:07 PM
PSP7304 PSP7304 is online now
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Leadership and Training for the Fight by Paul Howe.
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:05 AM
ColtLover ColtLover is offline
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Lots of good references. I was looking through my bookshelf and came across these ones.

"She Who Dared" Undercover work in Northern Ireland against the PIRA. Jackie George and Susan Galloway

"The Operators" Same thing but different author, James Rennie.

Both of these books offer some great insights and stories from members of 14 Intelligence Company, a unit about whom almost nothing was known until the last ten years or so. There is much to learn in these writings about handling oneself on hostile streets. Timeframe is 1980's.
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:04 AM
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LTC Grossman.

I have to give a BIG +1 to On Combat by Dave Grossman. Go to his website, www.killology.com. There is great information there about mindset, and the warrior spirit.
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:02 PM
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Fighting Smarter back in print

I just found out that the third edition of "Fighting Smarter" will be a print edition. Copies should be available after 11/13 or so from www.rangemaster.com.
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Old 12-04-2007, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by ajp3jeh
I just found out that the third edition of "Fighting Smarter" will be a print edition. Copies should be available after 11/13 or so from www.rangemaster.com.
It's now available for $28.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:14 PM
EZ Rider EZ Rider is offline
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I would also like to recomend “The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning”.

In the interests of 100% transparency I am a cadre instructor for John Farnam in the Pacific Northwest and DTI. Even so I recommend John’s book along with all the great suggestion already posted.

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Old 06-14-2008, 10:40 PM
Toocool Toocool is offline
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I haven't gone through all the replies here, but Mas Ayoob's The Truth About Self Protection goes way beyond just CCW for protection. There's a lot more to think about.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:43 PM
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seen someone already listed but heres a link
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:31 PM
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"Fireworks" Jeff Cooper
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:37 AM
spartakis spartakis is offline
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everyone should print this off and read it even if dont plan on going to war

Read the Bible God is Great.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:29 AM
double-0-Pi double-0-Pi is offline
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Originally Posted by Coop View Post
The Art of War --Sun Tzu
Pay close attention to the lines about deception.



i was about to post this...

now i dont have to
Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:39 PM
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A little off subject...

I know it's not a "shooting manual" of sorts, but since this thread is for a recommended reading list, ya'll need to read Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. I just finished it tonight. I knew SEALs were tough, but holy sh*t! It's an amazing story and a prime example of what our Military is capable of doing over there. Very sad, yet very inspiring!
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:42 PM
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"Meditations on Violence" by Rory Miller is perhaps the finest book I've ever read that addresses the psychology and physiology of violent encounters on a person who wants to defend themselves. Really, a must read for anyone who carries.

"He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.." --Benjamin Franklin

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:27 PM
JimD303 JimD303 is offline
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Originally Posted by PSP7304 View Post
Leadership and Training for the Fight by Paul Howe.
I'm glad I'm not the first one to recommend this book in this thread. This was an excellent read.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:19 PM
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Recommended Reading

On Combat, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

On Killing, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Warriors, Loren Christensen
A free people ought to be armed."
- George Washington
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:48 PM
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Recommende Reading

Right now I am reading:

1) The Modern Day Gunslinger by Don Mann

2) Armed Response by David Kenik

Would recomend both to be added to your library
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:07 PM
daver1 daver1 is offline
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"Bullseyes Don't Shoot Back"

Thanks to all for the titles. Can never get enough knowledge. Has anyone read the book -"Bullseyes Don't Shoot Back", Textbook of Point Shooting for Close Quarter Combat, by Rex Applegate and Michael Janick? It looks to be worthwhile. I am ordering it and will report. Art of War has been the original text on indirect strategy and deception. It deals on the level of nations and armies rather than personal combat. Relating it to personal self defense in martial arts and gunfighting is not much of a stretch and essential reading. As always- you fight like you train. Train 24/7.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:13 PM
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can any one recommend a book on modern pistol marksmanship , mainly focused on 1911?

everyone seems to be going away from the Weaver stance to the iaisosceles Stance , from what I can tell
and I would like a good reference , I have just started shooting service match

“The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair.” — Col. Jeff Cooper, GUNS & AMMO, January 2002
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:48 PM
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Equally important to marksmanship and gunhandling skills is combat mindset. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman!!!!!!!
Would also reccomend Lt. Col. Danny McNight!!!!

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:41 PM
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I just finished Into The Kill Zone by David Klinger written by a cop who has been ther he went on to study the emotions of over 80 other officers and all the things they felt from the drawstroke to weeks and months after their shootings. I think this book gives some real insight to what it really is like.
I just had an 8 hour training seminar with Dr. Klinger last week.

I was very impressed, he is an extremely knowledgable guy, as well as having killed someone in a gunfight himself, and having good tactical knowledge.

He's one smart guy.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:19 PM
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Jack O'Connor's "The Rifle"
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim Burke View Post
There's a page on Tom's website dedicated to the book which gives ordering instructions.
This book is $75.00 at amazon.com. Must be pretty popular.

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Old 08-06-2011, 01:51 PM
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You can order a ring bound current edition directly from Rangemaster using this order form for $32.
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