Straight Talk on Armed Defense

What the Experts Want You to Know

Rangemaster’s Tom Givens and John Hearne both contribute to this new text, which features writings from a dozen industry leaders and is edited by Masaas Ayoob.

Full Color
256 pages
Published June 8, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1440247545
ISBN-10: 1440247544
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
List Price: $21.99
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More than a single perspective, Straight Talk on Armed Defense offers an in-depth, full-spectrum study of the most important self-defense and concealed carry topics from today’s top experts. The timely reference gathers the sage advice of Massad Ayoob and eleven other respected armed-defense authorities to deliver decades of practical know-how in one convenient volume. In addition to preparing the armed citizen for an actual self-defense incident, the book also delves into the minutia of all the facets surrounding the use of deadly force. Readers will come away with a solid grasp on how to avoid becoming a victim, the mental make up of assailants, the psychological preparation for self-defense, the legal details of using deadly force, post-incident trauma management, and much, much more. Acquiring a defensive firearm and a concealed carry permit is only one part of the equation. Straight Talk on Armed Defense delivers the other, arming readers with the comprehensive knowledge to expertly, safely, and responsibly defend themselves and those they love.


The experts and the armed defense topics they examine:

  • John Hearne takes us “inside the defender’s head” and reveals the most effective route to train and prepare for self-defense incidents.
  • Dr. Anthony Semone discusses post-shooting trauma and necessary steps to develop resilience and symptom reduction following a deadly force event.
  • Dr. Alexis Artwohl explains why understanding how the mind operates is critical to surviving an attack and the legal and emotional challenges that follow.
  • Dr. William Aprill describes “the face of the enemy” to help us understand violence and those who traffic in it.
  • Craig “Southnarc” Douglas details the conditions present during the typical criminal assault and how to incorporate those conditions into your training.
  • Massad Ayoob discusses power, responsibility and the armed lifestyle.
  • Tom Givens underscores the importance of finding relevant training, through case studies of his own students involved in armed encounters.
  • “Spencer Blue” (a currently active robbery/homicide detective), reveals patterns that emerged during his investigations and describes the differences in tactics of citizens who won versus those who lost.
  • Ron Borsch presents dozens of actual cases of armed and unarmed citizens single-handedly stopping mass murders in progress.
  • Harvey Hedden provides insight and advice on lawfully armed citizens and interactions with law enforcement.
  • Jim Fleming, Esq. describes the criminal trial process and how it plays out in a “righteous use of deadly force in self-defense” case.
  • Marty Hayes, JD, provides the critical questions that must be asked to choose a reliable post-self-defense incident support provide.

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