Principles of Personal Defense

Book Review: Principles of Personal Defense
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This new edition of Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense – with a fitting tribute by firearms expert Louis Awerbuck and all-new drawings by renowned illustrator Paul Kirchner – presents his timeless theory of individual defensive behavior clearly, concisely and practically.

All free people who aspire to stay that way should read, study and share the wisdom found within these pages. Considered by many to be one of the greatest books on combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning ever written, it deserves a place of honor in every library.

This book was one of the first “gun books” I bought, and some of the thoughts have stayed with me ever sense. Cooper’s discussion of color codes, tactical residential architecture, and the true role of security guards have shaped my thinking as I have grown in the subject.

This is a small book, but it is filled with concepts that any martialist needs to be aware of.

Unfortunately, I was not born soon enough, nor learned about firearms early enough, to have trained under Colonel Cooper.  However, I have worked with many people who have and hold certificates from Thunder Ranch.

I do however, read his work and while some of it has been advanced by science, the mindset portions are as valid now as ever.

Practical Home Defense Plan

Let me preference this by stating each state and local jurisdiction have different laws concerning self-defense.  Any article cannot give you a complete strategy.  You must research the laws of your particular jurisdiction before you create your practical home defense plan. I live in Tennessee, and my state’s laws allow the assumption that if someone … Read more

The Best Guns and Ammo for Self-Defense

The Best Guns and Ammo for Self-Defense

It’s important to understand the relationship between the personal defense weapon you’re planning on purchasing and the kind of ammunition it uses.   This article is about the best guns and ammo for self defense.  At at least some general guidelines. One of the things that often comes up is “stopping power”. What is generally meant … Read more

5 Self-Defense Moves that Anyone Can Learn

Though we do believe that proper martial arts training is the best way to learn an arsenal of effective self-defense moves, there are some basic moves that you can easily learn without having to spend years of training. On this post, the team at is sharing 5 self-defense moves that anyone can learn and … Read more