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Armed Response: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense - (Paperback)

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By David Kenik

They walk among us. Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, millions? They are "the armed."

Product Description

There's more to responsible and effective gun ownership than possession -- more than a few trips to the local gun range. Although important, these things are about the "hardware." As Massad Ayoob explains in the foreword, one must be aware of the "software" -- meaning the mindset behind owning and carrying a gun.

"Armed Response" is a comprehensive guide for using firearms for defense before, during and after a life-threatening assault. From learning what to ask yourself before deciding to carrying a gun to how to choose a gun that's right for you, what to look for in holsters, how to carry a concealed gun, proper training techniques and the legal issues and implications of using lethal force, "Armed Response" is, by far, the most complete resource available.

This book is the culmination of hard-learned experience and instruction from internationally recognized use-of-force instructors. These are valuable real-life lessons about preparing to face a lethal threat, winning a gunfight and surviving the ensuing court battle. A comprehensive resource of this magnitude cannot be found outside of expensive tactical schools.

"Armed Response" is organized into succinct, compact-sized chapters that can be quickly and easily read. A few of the chapters include:

  • The Need for Empty Hand Skills
  • Responsible Use of Lethal Force
  • Beyond the Basics of Gun Handling
  • Revolvers Versus Semiautomatics and Handgun Selection
  • Concealed Carry and Alternative Carry Concepts
  • Ammunition Options and Stopping Power
  • Consequences of a Shooting
  • Rules for a Gunfight



"'Armed Response' is a must-read for every gun owner." -- Alan Gottlieb, founder, Second Amendment Foundation

"This book is written for those who have taken upon themselves the ultimate responsibility, the protection of the ones we love." -- Gun Week

"An excellent starting text for the first-time gun-owner or the citizen just beginning to explore armed self-defense."  -- Massad Ayoob, director, Lethal Force Institute

"Defending the family against a terrorist or criminal is not the same as shooting a paper target, thus firearm enthusiasts need direction if they are to be successful at their defensive goals. They will set off on the right track and find everything they need in this book. I recommend it highly." -- Gabe Suarez, internationally recognized authority on reality-based combat training

About the Author

David Kenik is co-founder and executive director the Police Officers Safety Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers advanced training to law enforcement officers. As a gun-rights advocate, he co-founded and is past chairman of Citizens' Rights Action League, a statewide group that advocates the right to self-defense and lobbies against gun-control legislation in Rhode Island. Under his leadership CRAL was and continues to be an effective force against restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merril Press; Com edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936783451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936783451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches