The Evil Princess reminds me that there’s another new book out this week, my own latest.  I think of it as my “Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence” book.  Teaching at venues like the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference, I’ve been able to get to know – and pick the brains of – the best and the brightest of subject matter experts in the world of threat management.  Thanks to those folks, the new book coming out this week is a most useful compendium, if I do say so myself.  Here’s what the publishers, the Gun Digest folks, have to say about it:


Straight Talk on Armed Defense


Acquiring a defensive firearm and a concealed carry permit is only one very small part of the armed lifestyle equation. Straight Talk on Armed Defense equips you with the knowledge to responsibly defend yourself and those you love.


This volume gathers the advice of Massad Ayoob and 11 other highly respected armed-defense authorities to deliver decades of information from one convenient source. You 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.

  • 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,” 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 provider.


EDITED TO ADD: Should be available jUNE 8 from Amazon, BUT AVAILABLE NOW FROM .


  1. Order placed! It is, however, listed as a pre-order with no date shown. When should this be available for shipping Mas?

  2. I just ordered it from and a small donation has been made to the NRA Legal Defense Fund as part of the purchase. It’s a pre-order since it hasn’t been released yet, waiting patiently…. patiently….

  3. Howdy Mas, I was hoping to ask you a somewhat personal question; have you ever experienced a negligent/accidental discharge with a firearm in your life-time. I’m a relatively new shooter, (about 5 years now) and some of my older shooting buddies insist that AD/NDs are inevitable if you work with guns long enough.

  4. Eddie, I have. 1977. Put a JHP from a Colt .45 auto through a bridge table. Wrote an article about it that night for GUNS magazine, titled “Anatomy of a Handgun Accident.” Today, I’d have called it “Anatomy of a Negligent Discharge”; that terminology wasn’t in use then.

  5. Pre-ordered from Amazon quite some time ago and willing to wait as I know it will be worth it.

    Catching up on Proarms podcasts – thank the Evil Predator for me, great stuff as always.

    Keep on teaching! Waiting for my back to heal to be able to stand long enough to take a course, and came across an article listing you as one of the last true revolver experts out there – law, shooting, wheel guns, I have to get my butt off the couch and bring an anachronism to class to learn the Old Ways.

    All the best,

  6. Eddie,

    I bought my first firearm in 2001 at age 37. I’ve only had one ND so far. Several years ago I was shooting a 2 X 4 match (you shoot a board in half until it breaks in two). I was using my Ruger GP-100 revolver, six-inch barrel in .357 Magnum. The whistle blew, time to stop shooting. I stopped, but my hammer was pulled back. I had been taught to use two hands to ease the hammer down, and that’s what I usually did. But it was a hot June day, and my gun was hot from all the fast firing. I didn’t want to touch the gun with the fingers of my left hand while I placed my left thumb in the path of the hammer, like I had been taught. So, I decided to use the Cowboy one-hand decocking method. BAD IDEA!! My hands were slippery with sweat, so as I used my right thumb to ease the hammer down slowly, it slipped and the gun fired. The bullet travelled across a folding table in front of me, missing it, and landing harmlessly in the grass. Good thing I was following the rule, “always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.” I still felt terrible, but I’m glad I was following that rule.

  7. I’m glad you decided to put this book together, Mas. I was hoping you would do something like this since I’ve never been able to attend any of the conferences that you go to. I’ve got my copy on order & I look forward to reading it. I will probably end up giving a few copies away as gifts, also, & I will definitely tell other people that it’s forthcoming.

  8. Way Back In the 1950s, I Acquired A 7.35 Carcano (Same As Oswald’s, except His was a 6.5, I Think), Anyway, I Had been Trying to Make it Have a Little Smoother, and Crisper, Trigger Pull. After I Stopped That Effort, I Reloaded it, and stacked it next to my TV watching Chair.

    Some time Later, while Watching a Cowboy, B Movie, Shoot Them Up, I Unthinkingly Scooped it Up, Aimed at an Image on the screen, and Squeezed the Trigger, Upon Which The Floor in Front of the TV was covered With the Glass, from the TV Screen, and I was Very Embarrassed, But Unhurt.

    This was an 8 Dollar Rifle, From “Golden State Arms, in Pasadena, CA, If Any of your Readers Were in the U.S. Navy Housing, at Long Beach, CA, or Otherwise Lived in the Area?

    Well, I finally got the trigger down Pat, and Even put a Bishop, schnoble Stock onto It, Far Exceeding The Old Italian Rifle’s Value.

    Despite the Rifle’s Sewer Pipe Looking Rifling, It Didn’t Shoot that Badly, Except The Only Ammo Available was the Old Surplus Military, in 5, or 6, round Stripper Clips, That had a Tendency To either “Not Fire At All”, or to “Hang Fire”, Up to Several Seconds!

  9. Eddie: Hope you are finding some videos of ND’s on the Web. There are some doozers. Mostly Murphy’s Law: if it can, it will. I’ve had a couple of near disasters over the years. Good muzzle control prevented lasting grief. Both of my ND’s were with bolt-action, high-powered rifles. I stopped carrying them cocked after the second near-incident, with a .375 H & H. Almost hit my dog, nearly broke his eardrums. You don’t even need to get a finger on the trigger to fire, anything in Nature will work. Lever action carbines can seemingly become cocked on their own. What you really need to look out for, though, is whether the shooter next to you is being safe. If somebody is mishandling at a range, tell the Range Master immediately.

  10. I have read most of your books a look forward to your new book it sounds like a great resource. I will probably give it as a gift to my adult children and a few friends I have introduced to shooting. I have given several people copies of Deadly Force when that book first came out.

    I’ll be ordering from Amazon in mid June when I am back home to recieve the delivery.

    Thanks Mas

  11. Waiting its arrival. I consider myself fortunate to have had instruction from over half of the writers, including you of course.

  12. THIS book combines the advice from several experts in the business, Mas at the forefront. Sage advice for the legally ARMED CITIZEN! Currently reading it and highlighting all the finer points. Stay safe all.

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