Friday, 31 May 2013

Review: 'The Modern Day Gunslinger' by Don Mann

The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual, by Don Mann, US Navy SEAL, 2010, Skyhorse Publishing, $17.95, softbound, 435 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: effective. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Written by decorated combat veteran Don Mann, this book addresses weapons and range safety, marksmanship, tactical guidelines, combat mind-set, concealed carry, and defensive training techniques. 

Mann discusses stance, of which there are dozens, as well as variations, according to the author. He advises experimenting to find the stance that works best for you. A good shooting stance will include stability, mobility, balance, and natural point of aim. Mann says that once you establish your natural point of aim, you will be able to glance away without losing your aim. 

Basic kneeling positions and ready positions are also discussed, and so are -- among many other things -- grip and trigger control, follow-through and scan, and training fundamentals. 

In the chapter on malfunctions (also known as 'stoppages'), Mann looks at those malfunctions most commonly found when firing semi-automatics. There are three types of malfunctions (some weapons trainers classify them into two categories), and Mann describes each of them in turn, as well as listing possible causes for each and the procedures for clearing these malfunctions. 

Under 'Loading, Reloading, and Unloading,' Mann tells us not to look down at your weapon when correcting malfunctions, loading, or reloading. Instead, he says, you should correct every malfunction and conduct each reload as practice  for a gun fight. 

Mann stresses the importance of regularly practising dry fire. This will help you learn and enhance your skills at trigger control, draw stroke, reloads, sighted techniques, weapons handling, malfunction clearing, and more. 

Training tips are given throughout the book, and there are quotes from various people, including Winston Churchill, Sun Tzu, and Wyatt Earp. 

This is a good book for people who train with guns as well as for writers who want to write about those people. 

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