Defensive Uses of Firearms
I. Self-Defense: Armed and Unarmed (2nd Edition)
by Shane C. Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org
© Copyright 1993, 1995 by Shane C. Henry. Limited permission to reproduce for personal use granted.
Neither the author, nor the author's organization, nor the distributor accepts responsibility forinjuries or damages resulting from the following information. Some actions described below may beillegal in certain localities or states, and as such, they are not supported by the author nor any associationsthereof. The reader should understand that he alone is responsible for his actions.Foreword: If you are reading this guide, you know that crime can happen to you. Neither I nor anyoneelse need waste time documenting the prevalence of violent crime. My purpose here is to provideinformation, ideas, and perhaps some persuasive arguments, not to present a single, all- encompassingtype of self-defense. Your job, as a reader, is to approach this document with an open mind; when you hita concept that you don't agree with, define the "why" of your disagreement. Nothing says I'm absolutelyright. I make no claims of being an "expert", only an inquisitive and moderately experienced practitionerwilling to share my insights. This isn't a multiple choice quiz with one answer; there is more than onepossible strategy or solution. But whatever you choose to do, think about your reasons. I don't expectanyone to agree 100% with what I have to say...but if it makes you think, I've done my job.This isn't a "gun-only" document. I am personally a proponent of gun ownership for responsible citizens,but if you don't like, don't want, or can't have a firearm, I'm not going to berate you. There is still muchvaluable information to be garnered from this document. But the emphasis is on firearm defense. Thereason for this is two-fold; first, there is plenty of good information available elsewhere on personalsecurity without a firearm. The wealth of information makes it redundant to cover here more than briefly.I trust that you can uncover information about securing your house or dealing with international terrorists,and so the information here on those topics is presented only as an introduction to make you think aboutthe topic. The other reason is that while there is much information on non-gun defense, there is very littleon defense with a weapon, particularly with firearms, and what does exist is often incomplete orcontradictory.I hope, in this guide, to provide you with a consistent philosophy and strategy for dealing with crime,armed or unarmed. Again, I make no claims that the information is exhaustive, but it does at least touchon most topics dealing with defense. This guide is aimed at the novice, the non-defensive-trained gunowner, or as a refresher/reinforcer for a more experienced defensive gun owner. I have tried to keep thedetails at a level where the novice isn't confused, and to explain the terms completely, without patronizinga more advanced audience.This is a "pro-self-defense" document, and for this I make no apologies. If you don't believe that youshould use force, and perhaps even kill, if necessary, to defend yourself, please don't waste time readingthis. Buy yourself a Nerf bat or a plastic flower, and hope that you don't ever become the target of aviolent crime. I'm not going to spend a lot of time convincing you to believe as I do--I expect that if you