Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Gun Digest Books; 1st edition (November 25, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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In this new book, a companion piece to his two books on revolvers, Mr. Cunningham disparages the wheelgun along with the .38 SPL cartridge for serious defensive work, while oddly OK'g the .380 auto, to which I would strongly disagree. With Smith & Wesson continuing to sell scads of .38 SPL J-Frame revolvers year after year, it would suggest to me that many others don't share his viewpoint. With that being said, all of his remaining advice on real world training makes eminent sense, regardless of your choice of defensive handgun. Loaded with black and white photographs to illustrate his points more clearly, written only two years ago, Defensive Pistol Fundamentals is current by any standards, and sets out an important training regimen clearly and effectively. Some interesting tidbits include the author's research that proves the .45ACP is just on par with the .40 S&W and 9mm Para - when compared with real life results from defensive shootings - an opinion that will gain no traction with the disciples of John Moses Browning. Carefully read, though, his argument actually makes perfect sense, and for those who are not of the 1911 persuasion for concealed carry due to smaller body and hand size or strength, his recommendation to consider the Glock pistol in its 9mm permutations dovetails exactly with pistolaro Mas Ayoob's long time suggestions. Cunningham's writing reads like a good friend's teachings, both conversational and easy to understand, but much of what he says will have you thinking later to yourself, "why didn't I think of that before?
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