We’ve enjoyed reading Massad Ayoob’s articles in various publications like American Handgunner and Combat Handguns for years. It’s clear that he has amassed a wealth of knowledge of all things shooting and self-defense related during his law enforcement, training, and writing career.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Ayoob’s work is the variety of topics that he covers with authority.
- Shooting techniques
- Self defense tactics
- Legal issues related to owning and using a firearm for self defense
- Criminal behavior
- Ammunition selection and performance
- And so on…
The sheer variety of information covered in The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery makes it worth the purchase price.
We read this book several years into our never-ending learning experience and found it to be useful at the advanced intermediate stage. The content and style of the book lends itself to a broader audience than gun enthusiasts however. We think it’s a great starting point for someone just thinking about buying a gun for self defense. It covers handgun styles, ammunition basics, realistic defensive strategies, legal issues, and more.
If you had to pick just one book to introduce a potential gun owner to shooting and self defense concepts, this one would be high on the list. Not only is it chock full of relevant information, it’s a fun and easy read – a credit to Ayoob’s communication style.
Pick up a copy for yourself and an extra for a friend who might be thinking about buying a gun. It’s well worth it.
AVAILABLE HERE: The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by Massad Ayoob