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Paul Abel's unique writing style makes for enjoyable reading as he educates the reader about evaluating which handgun and caliber is the "right" firearm to have available in various circumstances and uses, as well as his insightful comments covering such topics as: practical self-defense, defensive hand to hand techniques, how to react when assaulted, law enforcement issues, and the enjoyable hobby-related aspects of gun ownership. Whether you're new to the world of guns and personal protection or a long-time gun owner or self defense practitioner, you'll find Paul Abel's topics interesting, relevant, and very practical.

THESE OLD SIXGUNS
Paul Able's reminiscences about various handguns and exhibition shooters, and how he became involved in shooting lectures and programs for schools and civic groups.

ASSAULT SURVIVAL THROUGH DEFENSIVE HAND TO HAND TACTICS
Paul Abel describes two scenarios illustratinging that those who learn and use a few simple assault response and defensive hand to hand techniques can turn the tables on the bad guys during an attack.

POCKET PISTOLS
Pocket pistols for centuries have been used for personal self defense. The stopping power and ease of concealment and carry of revolvers and semi-automatics of various calibers are examined in light of Paul Abel's years of experience.

PERSONAL SURVIVAL TACTICS
It is a proven fact that when you find yourself in a lethal confrontation, you will do what you have practiced. If you have not practiced proper procedures and tactics you stand a large chance of losing any confrontation.

SHOTGUNS FOR HOME DEFENSE
There is no better home or business defensive firearm than "the world's greatest equalizer", a shotgun. I do adhere to some advice I was once given--I would never take on a bad, armed person with a handgun if I could lay my hands on a good shotgun.

SELF DEFENSE MISCONCEPTIONS
It is important to know how to use concealment and cover and what to do and what not to do if you ever are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a defensive shooting situation. Paul Abel relates a case study and discusses how to survive a home invasion.

BIG BORE HANDGUNS
Are the high power, high velocity magnum handguns really necessary for self defense today? Paul Abel relates a case study and discusses the relative merits of using various big bore caliber handguns for self defense.

FAVORITE SHOOT-N-IRONS
What makes the handgun number one for defense? Handguns can be concealed and carried easily. Paul Abel discusses the stopping power of some of his favorite handguns used in the line of duty over many years as a law enforcement officer, used while hunting, and concealed for self-defense.

CALIBERS FOR DEFENSE
Various handgun calibers used for defense are evaluated by Paul Abel, based on his practical experience during almost forty years' experience in police departments.

SELF DEFENSE AND YOU
A real-world scenario and comments on basic defensive tactics, cover, and concealment that could make the difference in knowing how to survive a home invasion by armed criminals.

FRIDAY NIGHT TERROR!
A home invasion scenario commenting on reaction and response time (or lack thereof), and issues surrounding the location and storage of defensive firearms in the home.

PISTOL BASICS
Tips on choosing a gun that is right for you and handgun basics, focusing on the needs of first-time handgun owners and Oklahoma concealed carry license holders.

RELOAD FOR FUN AND SAVINGS
Comments on the different types of reloading presses and the advantages of tailoring the ammunition for the rifle, shotgun, or pistol that is shooting it. As well as saving money, it's also a fun hobby!

STACKED DECKS
Recent media coverage of sensational crimes involving the shooting deaths of innocent bystanders and school children prompted this common-sense analysis of the fallacies, brazen scare tactics, and far-fetched proposals promoted by the major media outlets, bleeding-heart liberals, and other misguided anti-gun (and anti-Second Amendment) activists such as: waiting periods, banning guns, requiring gun or trigger locks, registration of your firearms, and the push for ballistic printing of all firearms to be sold. Paul Abel notes their failure to address issues surrounding the root cause factor of such criminal acts—the human operator.

TRAINING vs. GIMMICKS
A critique of current law enforcement training shortages and administrative gimmicks, from the experiences gained during a lifetime of law enforcement service in various police departments and as a county Sheriff.

WHERE ARE WE SAFE?
We have never lived in a more dangerous time. Is there any place that you can feel assured that you and your family are safe? These days, certainly not in your home or vehicle, or even at work or church. You need to be prepared for any situation that can occur.


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