RGD Reviews Recommended Books
RGD Reviews Recommended books are based on their purpose and how we used them. We have organized a small list of books that we not only recommend but that we have read and used the content for some purpose. We will discus how we used them and some of the flaws if there were any.
Recommended Books for Concealed Carry
Concealed Carry Bible
If you are thinking about taking a concealed carry class. Then this is definitely a book you should read first. If you are new to handguns, this book is a full comprehensive class in itself. The author explains everything in detail very well. He covers not only why it is used today but how it was first started. For example the Weaver Stance was originally used by Jack Weaver in competitions. Because of his technique, none of the other shooters at the time could compete with him.
It is now widely used in competitions. He also explains common mistakes used by concealed carriers in public. Along with the legal dangers that we face. He goes on to discuss situational awareness, choosing the right holster, clothing, and the mindset needed. As well as some drills to master and get you started. You will find that not everything in this book is in the NRA basic pistol course. That said everything in the NRA basic pistol course is in this book.
The NRA basic pistol course is widely accepted course for Conceal Carry License today. Currently the NRA has came out with a new NRA CCW course but it has yet to be the new accepted standard at the time of writing this. If I had anything negative to say about this book. It would be the fact that some of the history portions are not important. In the fact that a lot of people just want to know what to use, not why. For me personally I appreciated knowing why it is used today.
The USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense
The USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense course is designed around this book or vice versa. Right now it is the gold standard for concealed carry training. This book does an excellent job of covering everything in good detail. The information goes beyond the basics. It covers everything you would expect in a concealed carry course. As well as helping to develop a home defense plan. The one advantage this book has over the other one is the in depth physiological effects of an attack and the legal aspects.
This goes way beyond just concealed carry. It covers the effects of adrenaline on the body, the aftermath, and a detailed description of how to deal with the police afterwards. This is among the many reasons why it made the RGD Reviews recommended books list. It does explain why they recommend different things but it does not show the history of it as well as the Concealed Carry Bible.
That said, if you are getting ready to take a concealed carry course. This book will give you a solid understanding of everything covered prior to taking the course. The one negative about this book was when the author discussed ways to help cover you legally after a dynamic critical incident. He left out a lot of the other companies that can assist with this and focused mainly on the USCCA
After reading both these books. I then took the NRA course to get a concealed carry license. Both of these books covered everything except personal experiences from the instructor. In the course that I took the instructor handed out the test right at the beginning of the class. Upon reading the test thoroughly, I realized I already knew every answer on the test. From the drills provided, my dry-fire and range practice, the shooting part was extremely easy. I was even complimented on my shooting ability by both the instructor and other students. At the time, I had only owned a handgun for 2 months, but my dedication to learning the material paid off.
Keep in mind no book can replace instructor training & experiences. As a result, if you are going to read either one or both of these books. You will want to pick an instructor based on his unique knowledge & teaching ability. Both books will get you not only prepared but also ahead of the game for the NRA course. Only the USCCA book will get you fully prepared for their course. If you are wondering which to choose the NRA or USCCA certification for your concealed carry permit. Just know you will gain a lot more knowledge with the USCCA course. Their instructors are allowed to add content to the course as well, which may give you a unique advantage.
After researching reviews from instructors who can now teach both the NRA CCW course and the USCCA course. They still give an edge to the USCCA course, albeit not much. The new CCW course provided by the NRA seems to be more on par than the current basic pistol course. Both of these books were written well enough to be fast reads.
RGD Reviews Recommended Self-Defense Books
Defensive Pistol Fundamentals
This is complete breakdown of Rob Pincus Combat Focus System(CFS). That is why it earned a top spot on RGD Reviews recommended books The author Grant Cunningham focuses on showing how & why the system is one of the best to train. He doesn’t just touch the surface but rather explains it. As a result, after reading this, you will actually be able to start practicing it. He is also an instructor of the program, so you get real knowledge of what he teaches. He goes even further to explain what to look for in a self-defense instructor & course.
The course focuses on using your natural reactions to identify, access, and respond to a threat. Going even further he lets you know the types of guns he recommends to carry for self defense. He not only explains why being efficient in your training is so important. He also explains how to get to that point. The book also adds in plenty of pictures to go along with his examples
The bad part is there is a couple chapters that I found harder to get through. He was so focused on drilling in being effective and efficient. That his examples tended to be a partial rinse and repeat of the ones before. As a result, it made it difficult to read at times. Once he got to the meat and potatoes of the course that changed. You could tell he was more passionate about the content. I recommend this book not for the writing but for the knowledge and skills you can gain. It is hard to find a course in a book but this one gets you started on advanced drills.
Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense
Massad Ayoob, is a police officer, expert witness and one of the world’s top trainers. This book doesn’t offer training in self-defense in the traditional sense instead it teaches you the legal side of it. Mr. Ayoob shows case after case examples of where legal breakdowns have happened. He discusses how prosecutors can use self-defense cases against the shooter. There is a real danger to gun owners who end up using a gun to defend themselves. They often find themselves on the wrong side of the law and on the verge of losing their right to bear arms.
Mr. Ayoob offers up many legal defenses. As a result, he educates both the reader and the world on what constitutes a lawful self-defense. By knowing this information, you learn when you can defend yourself legally. He starts out by giving you the standard that needs to be met before you draw your gun. He also shows cases where even when you have done the right thing, the mistakes of not knowing the legal aspects can still get you sent to prison.
He uses his many years of knowledge and experience in the field to prepare individuals for what comes after a self-defense incident. We picked this book out of so many others that discuss legal aspects because of his case studies. He not only shows you what has happened, but also how they were interpreted by the jury. If I had one complaint, it would be that I was expecting some training on self-defense. Although that is what I got, it was from a legal standpoint rather than shooting at the range training. That said, the knowledge is invaluable. If followed, you won’t be able to keep yourself out of court, but you will keep yourself out of prison.
Defensive Shooting Fundamentals level 1 By Rob Pincus
This book is a full course by itself. It contains a lot of information pertaining to Rob Pincus Intuitive Defensive Shooting(IDS) formally CFS. While I have recommended another book from an instructor of the I.C.E. training Grant Cunninghams. I believe this book goes into more detail and includes a full course. It walks you through how to start out as a beginner and ends with you learning how to advance.
He Includes how to front load your training. A concept in which Rob believes will help each student improve and retain their training better. The basics of it involves you as the student training what you have learned and getting good at it before you evaluate your performance. Along with how and when to add in additional skills. What impressed me about this book as well as Grant Cunninghams was their ability to not only show you how it works but also why.
Every instructor has the ability to show you drills and how something may work in specific situations. As a student we also need to know why something is important. By understanding the how and why we can better understand what we are trying to achieve. This book goes a long way at showing you that very thing. It would be hard to question the techniques and training involved in this book. I highly recommend it for every skill level that is not familiar with Rob Pincus work.
RGD Reviews Recommended Books
This is just the start of RGD Reviews Recommended books page more will be added over time. Not every book we read will make this list. We have read some that lacked either evidence and/or quality. If it is not a proven and accepted standard it won’t make this list. For example, not ever trainer supports Rob Pincus CFS system although it is a proven system with the evidence to back it up. There are plenty of good self-defense training systems out there. Because we all have different abilities and weaknesses. We can’t assume one-size fits all.
Mr. Ayoob believes that competition shooting will improve a persons skill set and help prepare them for a self-defense situation. Where Mr. Cunningham feels it’s not efficient to train both. Neither are wrong. Many of the things in the competition world started out in the competition world. The grip and stance are just a couple.
It is important for anyone looking to learn more. You must keep an open mind when learning from different instructors. What is true today may be improved or changed later based on evolution or simply accidental discovery. The gun world has been evolving for over a 100 years and continues to do so. From our stand point at RGD Reviews, we will continue to bring you the top knowledge we can verify. Check back on this page often as it will be updated frequently. If you are looking to read on more of the dangers of concealed carry check out Carrying a Gun – The dangers gun owners face.
RGD Reviews Own book for beginners
If you want to learn how we got started at RGD Reviews and why. Then check out “From Anti-Gun to Pro-Gun and Beyond”. We cover how we once supported new laws, and gun restrictions. Then later how and why our opinions changed. We include all the basics to get started in owning a handgun, along with the gear we first used. Along with the drills that helped us to improve and how buying our first handgun went bad. In it we also discuss how the statics along the way have been twisted by both sides to prove a point of view. The statistics in the gun world often don’t match what the data is really telling us. Finally, we discuss ways that could all change. The website picks up, where the book leaves off.