You’ll appreciate this pistol guide if:
- You want to learn how to defend yourself during an unexpected attack
- You’re looking to learn how to use a pistol for self-defense
- You’re a fan of Grant Cunningham and his previous works
The surprise attack, the ambush, is the most difficult type of incident to prepare for, but is rarely discussed. In Defensive Pistol Fundamentals, Grant Cunningham discusses the concepts, skills, and equipment you’ll need to overcome this worst-case scenario. While the concepts and skills discussed can certainly be utilized while using a variety of different firearms, this guide specifically covers the use of a semiautomatic pistol.
Properly handling and manipulating a pistol are both important skills to learn, but what are also needed are shooting and judgment skills that will ultimately help you overcome a lethal threat. After learning how to operate a pistol, find out what you need to do in self-defense situations, as well as why and how to execute these actions. Discover your body’s natural responses to violent attacks, and develop tactics to effectively combat these threats – for your own, and ultimately your loved ones’ safety.
In Defensive Pistol Fundamentals you’ll find:
- A look at defensive shooting from the standpoint of the private citizen, as opposed to a police or military operator
- A consideration of the latest in medical and scientific research, which explores how the brain processes information and makes decisions, in order to become more efficient in defense training
A word from the author:
“This book is about defending yourself from the surprise criminal attack, or the criminal ambush. It’s about that very short period of time – measured in seconds – when you find your life in imminent danger and where lethal force is the correct response.” –Grant Cunningham
About the author:
Grant Cunningham is a renowned author, shooting/self defense instructor, and gunsmith who is particularly noted for his expertise with the double action revolver. In addition to his books for Gun Digest, Grant’s articles have been published in a number of magazines, and he is a frequent contributor to the Personal Defense Network.
When he’s not writing or building great guns, Grant teaches shooting and self defense courses around the country. Grant is a certified Combat Focus® Shooting instructor, as well as teaching his own curriculum specific to defensive use of the double action revolver and lever action rifle. His students praise his unique style combining authoritative information with thorough yet engaging delivery.
PART 1: FIRST THINGS FIRST
CHAPTER 1 Safety First!
CHAPTER 2 Being Efficient
PART 2: THE HARDWARE: YOUR PISTOL AND HOW IT WORKS
CHAPTER 3 Picking a Semi-Auto Pistol
CHAPTER 4 Ammunition for Defensive Shooting
CHAPTER 5 Testing Your Pistol for Reliability
PART 3: THE CONCEPTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
CHAPTER 6 Realities of Defensive Shooting: The Ambush Attack
CHAPTER 7 Your Body’s Natural Reactions
CHAPTER 8 Making Decisions Efficiently
CHAPTER 9 What is Precision in Defensive Shooting?
CHAPTER 10 Balance of Speed and Precision
CHAPTER 11 Can You – Or Should You?
PART 4: THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO LEARN
CHAPTER 12 Managing Scarcity: What Skills Do You Need?
CHAPTER 13 Foundations – Grasp and Stance
CHAPTER 14 Trigger Control – The Key to Effi cient Shooting
CHAPTER 15 Eyes and Sights – The Defensive Sighting Continuum
CHAPTER 16 Drawing the Pistol
CHAPTER 17 After Shooting – Assess!
CHAPTER 18 Dealing with Multiple Aggressors
CHAPTER 19 Reloading Your Pistol in an Emergency
CHAPTER 20 Malfunctions – What They Are and How to Deal With Them
PART 5: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: TRAINING AND PRACTICE
CHAPTER 21 Integrity in Training
CHAPTER 22 Training in Context
CHAPTER 23 Choosing a Training Course
CHAPTER 24 Practicing Realistically: Drills and Procedures
APPENDIX A Respectful Irreverence
APPENDIX B An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power