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The Concealed Handgun Manual
The Concealed Handgun Manual

The Concealed Handgun Manual

How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense



592 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: January 2019

ISBN 9780997558135

Rights: US & CA

Privateer Publications (Jan 2019)


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Containing beginning and advanced shooting instruction, updated safety information, and accounts of incidents of concealed handgun self-defense, this comprehensive handbook intends to prevent gun owners from becoming the victims of a criminal or terrorist attack. The book offers advice for selecting and buying a handgun, discussions of the importance of self-protection, methods for concealing weapons, and an examination of the mental attitude required in case of an armed encounter, as well as advice on how to avoid violent encounters entirely. In addition to providing a current list of handguns suitable for concealed carry, this updated edition includes new information about the psychological ramifications of using deadly force against another human being and provides information and context from recent events, such as the mass shootings at Sutherland Springs, Texas, Virginia Tech and in Tucson, Arizona.


"The Concealed Handgun Manual is a 'must read' for every serious defensive shooter. Chris Bird's recommendations are firmly grounded in reality, unlike so much of what masquerades as good advice on this subject. Each new edition contains even more timely, useful information. I regularly distribute the Manual to my own defensive shooting students."  —Emanuel Kapelsohn, law-enforcement firearms instructor, author, attorney, and expert witness in firearms cases

 "Chris Bird's work on concealed carry comes at an appropriate time on this important issue. The book is well written, illustrated, and very informative."  —Clint Smith, director, Thunder Ranch shooting school

"An excellent guide to responsible, safe, and lawful exercise of the right to bear arms. Useful for persons who carry licensed firearms for protection, and for persons who want a better understanding of this controversial, important subject." — Dave Kopel, author and research director, Independence Institute

"In this book, Chris Bird has artfully challenged citizens to prepare themselves to survive a mass killer incident. It's a challenge that may save your life!" -- Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Past President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

 "This is a fantastic piece of work! The time you spent interviewing those involved in each incident has produced a very clear picture of both the killers and their victims' actions throughout the ordeal. Other than training I have attended wherein the investigating agency presented the incident from start to finish, never before have I been privy to such detail. -- Sheriff Wayne Rausch, Latah County, home of the University of Idaho.

Author Biography

Chris Bird is a certified concealed handgun instructor, the former director of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association, and the author of Thank God I Had a Gun and Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.