Book thread

We really like this book from Jonathon Gilliam. It really opened our eyes to how horrible our situational awareness really was.


Ones I can personally recommend, having read them and found them worthwhile.

Ayoob, Massad. Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense.

—. In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection.

—. Straight Talk on Armed Defense: What the Experts Want You to Know.

—. Stressfire.

Bird, Chris. Thank God I Had a Gun: True Accounts of Self-Defense.

Branca, Andrew F. The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide for the Armed Citizen. 3rd. ed.

Campbell, Robert K. The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense.

Farnam, John S. The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning. 2nd ed.

—. The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting.

Hulsey, Eddie B. Defensive Handgun for the Armed Citizen.

Johnson, Brian. Crucial Elements of Police Firearms Training: Refine Your Firearms Skills, Training and Effectiveness.

Kenik, David. Armed Response: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense. (I highly recommend this one.)

Klein, Chuck. Instinct Combat Shooting: Defensive Handgunning for Police.

Lamb, Kyle E. Green Eyes and Black Rifles: Warrior’s Guide to the Combat Carbine.

Lawrence, Erik and Mike Pannone. Tactical Pistol Shooting: Your Guide to Tactics that Work.

McCann, Kelly. Combatives for Street Survival.

Miller, Rory. Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected.

Morris, David. Tactical Firearms Training Secrets.

Mroz, Ralph. Tactical Defensive Training for Real-Life Encounters: Practical Self-Preservation for Law Enforcement.

Nance, Richard. gunFIGHT!: An Integrated Approach to Shooting and Fighting in Close Quarters.

Rehberg, Glenn. Defensive Handgunning: A Treatise on Handgun Carry and Use.

Rementer, Stephen R. and Bruce N. Eimer. Essential Guide to Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection.

Spaulding, Dave. Handgun Combatives.

Stanford, Andy. Surgical Speed Shooting: How to Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship in a Gunfight.

Suarez, Gabriel and Gabe. Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How to Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills.

Suarez, Gabriel. Tactical Rifle: The Precision Tool for Urban Police Operations.

Suarez, Gabriel. Tactical Shotgun: The Best Techniques and Tactics for Employing the Shotgun in Personal Combat.

Van Horne, Patrick and Jason A. Riley. Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life.


This is the textbook on gunfighting. In this book former Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales goes over the use of Handguns (he prefers Glocks and 1911s) and the use of Carbines (he prefers AR15s) but nothing is really specific. Besides saftey, Marksmanship, gunhandling , basic drills and training he also goes over concealed carry and proper mindset. This is a text heavy book with very little pics, at $45 it is spendy but its 320 pgs with no wasted space. There is also a kindle version for about half the price.

From the book:

“Jeff Gonzales takes you step by step through developing the combat fighting skills necessary to work in a variety of environments. Utilizing his 12 years as a US Navy SEAL with experiences as a combat operator and instructor he outlines strategies that develop the combat fighting skills necessary to work in any environment. Combative Fundamentals is mandatory reading for the Fighting Man, written by someone who has been there.”


The bible of developing a training routine. It might appear to be geared for self defense but the principles of developing a routine can be applied to competitive shooting too (or he has a sport shooting version). There are also dvds you can buy that show you the drills being ran.

From the book:
“THIS STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE INCLUDES: • Carry Gun Selection and Modification • Legal Considerations (written by Marty Hayes) • Mental Preparation • Physical Preparation • Firearm Skills Development • Alternate Methods of Training • The Training Design Cycle • High Performance Handgun Marksmanship and Manipulation Techniques • Close Quarters Techniques • Low Light Techniques • And much more!”


The rifle version of the book I talked about above.

From the book:

“STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE INCLUDES: • Rifle Selection and Modification (including caliber and rifle length consideration guest chapters written by key experts) • Mental Preparation • Physical Preparation • Firearm Skills Development • Alternate Methods of Training • The Training Design Cycle • High Performance Rifle Marksmanship and Manipulation Techniques • Rifle Retention Techniques • Close Quarters Techniques • Low Light Techniques • And much more!”


Just started reading this, I have not got far enough to really develop an opinion though but so far it seems pretty technical and is covering a interesting topic.


This is book is pretty much the zen of shooting. It goes over the mindset of shooting. Geared towards competitive shooting but still a good read.

From the book:

" Through Brian’s advice, you’ll learn how to recognize and break down the barriers that are limiting your performance-you may begin to look at shooting in an entirely different way. You’ll learn to pressure-proof your match performance, how different types of shooting require different focal points, and you’ll see how to develop an attitude that will let you reach beyond what you thought was your potential. You’ll find a comprehensive set of exercises that will develop and sharpen your skills. You’ll see how it’s possible to drive the gun to wherever your eye can look. You’ll discover that everything you need to know about your technique is told by the gun, if you know how to listen to it. And all the challenges and advanced techniques of practical shooting are covered too: prone, barricade, single-hand shooting, multiple targets, reloading, shooting on the move, and much more. You’ll also get inside tips on IPSC strategies, steel shooting, shootoff tactics, Bianchi, and more. This book will give you all the fundamentals of practical pistol shooting"


Awesome thread. I love it. Thank you @Caw for doing this!


Any good book suggestions? I need a new one. I’m interested in guns and survival for sure but I’m mostly into non fiction. Economics, quantum theory, computing, biography’s, invention histories, wars, mostly nerd stuff. Any ideas?




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Just found one. Permanent record, by Edward Snowden


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Care to challenge your school’in?

The author is not a 10, but the content is 10x

picked this up on a whim on a counter top at a gas station in NC

very happy to have done so


Look interesting


Selco survived literal shtf , his book and blog are pretty dark but informative.

Ive posted a few of his articles in the survival sub forum.


Don’t bite @Joe … its his cannibal cookbook in disguise :japanese_ogre:


What’s wrong with a couple yanks rotatin on a spit on the BBQ grill?


Cannibalism seems pretty practical in a shtf scenario


Best bbq in town.