Defensive Use of Firearms

Revised and Updated

by Stephen P. Wenger; foreword by Bert DuVernay


118 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
photos, Illust.

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
Acclaimed in its first edition for packing so much information into such a small package, Defensive Use of Firearms has been updated for today's gun owners. The most apparent part of this update is the expansion of the skills chapter with the addition of several techniques, fleshing out a continuum for close-quarters combat.

This concise and affordable handbook offers material of value for everyone, from the newest gun owner to the experienced instructor. It teaches common-sense principles, tactics, and techniques distilled from hundreds of hours of the author's training, which includes certification as a law-enforcement handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, and tactical shooting instructor. The chapters on tactics and skills include detailed line drawings that aid the reader's grasp of the concepts described. A glossary is included for the reader who may be new to the world of firearms.
Stephen Wenger has an extensive résumé as a firearms instructor, including certification from the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division, National Law Enforcement Training Center, Lethal Force Institute, Chapman Academy, International Training Consultants and Options for Personal Security. He is a charter member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.
1) Safety With Firearms
2) Mental Awareness
3) Mental Preparedness
4) Tactics
- Close Encounters
- Where to Aim?
- How Many Shots?
- Cover and Concealment
- Low Light
- Reflections – Friend or Foe?
- Be Ready to Improvise
5) Skills
- Trigger Control
- Shooting Positions
- Shooting While Moving
- Long Gun Shooting Positions
- Eye Dominance
- Aiming the Gun
- Drawing the Concealed Handgun
- The Point–Shooting Continuum
- The Safety Circle
6) Equipment
- Handgun Selection
- Personalizing the Grips
- Autoloader Choices
- Ammunition Selection
- Holster Selection
- Spare Ammunition
- Night Sights and Lasers
- Flashlights
- Other Equipment
- Long Gun Selection
7) Legal Issues