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Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals


Written by Michael Martin, this expansive guide is for anyone who is considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense.

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“Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals” covers crucial topics like understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness, handgun and shotgun basics, shooting fundamentals, the physiology of violent confrontations and the legal characteristics of using deadly force. Recognized as the official textbook of USCCA classrooms, this easy-to-read guide provides full access on what gear you should wear, what gadgets you should use, and how you should train for self-defense situations.

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Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

78 reviews for Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals

  1. Brian (verified owner)

    This book is wonderful! I highly recommend it!!

  2. Anonymous

    Amazing book! Get one!

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Bought the first copy for myself and read front to back. Very informative and well organized. My brother was a new gun owner and asked many questions that were covered by the book. And I had a niece who was also a new owner. So, bought 2 more copies as gifts for them.

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is an outstanding book. A great resource manual for anyone wanting to know anything about concealed/carry or home defense. A must have for any family in these times!

  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This book answers a lot of questions I had.
    Highly recommend!

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very informative book glad I got it

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It is very simple to read and understand

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very well put together and can’t wait to read through it.

  9. Sergey (verified owner)

    A comprehensive primer on all things related to firearms ownership and use for self-defense. Clear language, clear and useful illustrations. I’ve just finished it, now my wife is reading it and our son is next in line.

  10. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Awesome book ! A must read for CC People !

  11. Jason (verified owner)

    Great book for both the basic, and advanced, concealed carry lifestyles!

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I highly recommend this book

  13. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is a great very informative book and good quality for a paperback book. Also the information on these pages is priceless and invaluable for any gun owner.

  14. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Alot of info. I started reading it as soon as I got it. My wife and I both are reading it

  15. Pamela (verified owner)

    Whether you’re a new gun owner or a seasoned shooter, this book has a ton of useful info. It’s a must read reference book for new gun owners especially. I teach basic pistol shooting and I highly recommend it to those in my classes.

  16. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This book was great has a lot of useful tips

  17. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This book is VERY informative, and nicely touches on a broad selection of topics. It’s great to have this book, as a beginner, because the Internet sometimes offers TOO much information, and this book helps to keep things neat and simple.

  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Husband absolutely loved this book. Very informative. Must read!! The hat was a bonus. Liked that too!!

  19. Daniel (verified owner)

    It’s great book for a single buyer only getting one book. Very informative on all subjects and explains in good detail about owning, storing, handling a firearm. What it’s not helpful on is when the instructor has to tag the pages of the topics that will be taught in class and yet, not seeing the organization of the book coinciding with the slides that are sent to instructors. Have to go back and forth flipping through the book looking for each topic. That doesn’t work among many instructors that are trying to stay on a good path of teaching what’s in the book. And the instructors opinions are not as valued when it comes to literally the most important subjects that will affect people differently in each state. I sincerely hope for the next edition, more instructors are communicated with outside of USCCA and those instructors have a great deal of support when it comes to teaching what’s important. I’m hear to give honest opinion, sorry if anyone is offended.

    • James

      Thank you for your feedback here, this will certainly be considered for future editions. The book was designed to be able to be read as a stand-alone resource to help responsibly armed Americans. While the course you were taking did draw from the core lessons in the textbook, the content of the course inherently has to try and cover as much material as possible, within the time frame of the class at hand.

  20. James

    If you own a firearm, then this book is a MUST read. It is well laid out, concisely covers the topics, and while incredibly educational, is also entertaining. This is not a “nice-to-have”, you owe it to yourself and your family to read this cover to cover.

  21. Brian (verified owner)

    Fabulous resource. This is an exciting and intimidating road we’re going down, and this book does a great job of revealing the pitfalls as well as strategies for success and safety.

  22. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I have been a constant student of armed self defense and the moral and legal environments surrounding this topic. This is hands-down the single best compilation of foundational information I have seen and I’m passing it along to extended family as suggested reading. Thank you for making this book available.

  23. Anonymous (verified owner)

    There is a lot of new gun owners over the last year or two. If they don’t read a book like this they can get into very serious trouble. Its a must read for any gun owner.

  24. Anonymous (verified owner)

    An excellent book to read for anyone considering obtaining a concealed carry permit. The book not only covers the handling and care of handguns, but also the necessary knowledge about when and how to best defend oneself with a handgun.

  25. Kevin (verified owner)

    I would highly recommend every USCCA member read….study this book, AND share it with others, particularly those who live with the member. It’s not just important information for the CPL holder, it’s important for all concerned. I believe that having everyone who may be subjected to the same incident as the CPL holder thinking along the same lines will be as important to the outcome and aftermath of a situation.

  26. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This book has so much good info and has truly helped my Husband & I both

  27. Anonymous (verified owner)

    As a Fire Arms Educator I am using USCCA’S – “Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals” In my firearms Educational Training. It is an excellent text and as part of my course I have my students read it cover to cover. The combination of pictorial illustrations, charts and statistics along with the explanations are excellent. My previous occupation was that of an Insurance Claims Investigator dealing with multi-types of claims including Fire, Arson and Explosion and a spectrum of others in the Casualty Field, including Aviation and litigation so I relate well to Mr. Martin’s E.T.B. ( Education Training and Background). The students come away with an with an excellent insight into the ramifications and responsibility of carrying a lethal weapons. The USCCA magazine is also and exceptional one and covers timely topics. I order specific issues as hand outs for my classes.

  28. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very informative book with great tips and guidelines to use. I would highly recommend this great resource! It is a wonderful training tool.

  29. Paul (verified owner)

    Just got this awesome book. Packed full of excellent knowledge and very well laid out.
    The writer did a stellar job. Just started reading and will carry this with me Everywhere. Fast shipping, Thanks USCCA!

  30. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is a excellent book, very good quality and some very good information in it.
    This is a must have book for anyone interested in ccw and home defense!

  31. Anonymous (verified owner)

    With recent issues in our country I have become a new firearms owner. Research through videos & books has been my go to along with range time. This book has been a great addition to my knowledge and training. From basics of proper hold techniques, how to clear jams and more advanced training drills this book has been amazing. Having a heads up on some of the legal side of ever being involved in a incident where I have to protect my family has been eye opening. A great informative read that I will definitely being referring to and using for years to come. Thanks USCCA for bringing all of this useful information to the patriots of our great country and truly believing in the 2nd Amendment from all aspects.

  32. David (verified owner)

    Just started this book. I am a DSF1 Instructor and getting ready to go for CCHDF instructor. USCCA has some of the best training out there. Love the book.

  33. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is a great book for me and my family and I appreciate you guys for giving good folks such as myself very informative info that will come in handy for the things yet to come. Thanks. 5 Star Shells.

  34. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Knowledge is Power !

  35. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Can’t say enough to recommend this book! So well done! Interesting, informative, clear, thorough, practical, well-presented, attractive, worth every penny! I was interested in handguns decades ago and then took a long leave of absence until recently, and this book updates a lot of my prior understandings e.g., no longer preferring the Weaver stance, etc., etc. This book will serve as a life-long reference for me!

  36. Brian

    Excellent book with lots of info.

  37. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent, informative book for all citizens that own or will own firearms in the future. I highly recommend this publication for all USCCA members and non-members as well. As a former firearms training instructor, this book would have been a “must have” for all my students. Thank you and keep up the great work. And the USCCA cap is an added bonus. I get lots of comments on it and I’m proud to tell them what it stands for and where I got it. Thank you very much.

  38. Richard (verified owner)

    Great book, well worth reading.
    Great tips.

  39. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very, very important info. It could save you in a shooting situation. What not to do is as, or more important, than what you should do. Get it, and learn.

  40. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book

  41. Anthony (verified owner)

    There is a wealth of valuable information in this comprehensive guide. I am very pleased.

  42. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Its has great information for a ” beginner” hand gun owner

  43. Paul (verified owner)

    Stellar info and fast shipping. Well written and Very Knowledgeable. Thanks for taking Your time by providing this Excellent Book

  44. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Awesome book, filled with a wealth of information

  45. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent source of information for new Gun Owners and veteran Americans already familiar with the handling and proper storage of firearms so children and teens are safe.

  46. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very interesting read.

  47. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book for new and experienced shooters. I’m going to get my wife to read it.

  48. Anonymous

    I have only been able to read about 1/4 so far. But has great information and is well put together. Have learned alot so far !

  49. Mike (verified owner)

    Well written, LOTS of information, taking it slow trying to digest it all, but I would say to anyone, get the book you will not be disappointed!

  50. Anonymous (verified owner)

    One of the smartest purchases I have made! Highly recommend. Everyone should read.

  51. Alex (verified owner)

    There is a lot of firearms information available online, but that flood of information can be contradictory and confusing for new shooters.
    This book provides a well-written and carefully organized guide that walks shooters (from novice to ninja) through both the fundamentals of defensive pistol use as well as important legal and ethical considerations.
    This book is a sound investment for both new and more experienced members of our community.

  52. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Have only made it halfway through and can’t wait to finish it. Many good points so far for sure.

  53. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book for the beginner and the seasoned carry individual. Great info and perspectives.

  54. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book for beginners and the seasoned concealed carry person. Awesome tips and perspectives.

  55. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great resource to have nearby. Tons of great information.

  56. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This book is excellent. A great review of many things responsible gun owners should know. Will be sharing with the family as well.

  57. Vahan (verified owner)

    Awesome book. Great info. Great look. Great for the coffee table to get anyone interested and talking.

  58. William H. (verified owner)

    The author of this book did a very great job, but let us not forget all the illustrations, yes the pictures and charts; without them, we will all be lost. Well
    done for all your hard work and so far I have seen other guides and videos that help
    support this book and the instructors are great, always.

  59. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Just started to read it but so far the information is excellent and I’m sure I will get a lot more out of it. The illustrations are a tremendous help in understanding the material. Great job!

  60. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very informative, you need this book!

  61. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very timely , I just finished the book last night, what a great book it covered so much good information. I would recommend this book to every person who asked if it was informative. This book is worth every dollar in cost.

  62. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It’s a really good book for new gun owners. Its worth a read by even the most experienced gun owners out there. The level of detail provided is easy to understand and helpful. I would recomend any level of enthusiast read.

  63. GLEN (verified owner)

    great book, everyone should read this book

  64. Anonymous

    Awesome book. Everything you need to know about home defense ..ammo,handguns ,shooting. It’s a veritable Encyclopedia. A must have. I intend to buy my friends this book as Christmas presents.

  65. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Wonderful Book, everyone who is a gun owner should read it!!!

  66. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is the first book I’ve purchased from the Store with the intension of passing it on to family members new to the gun community. This book is very well produced, great formatting, a thorough primer that i enjoyed reading. I’m proud to be the one passing it on. Thanks again for the educational content USCCA!

  67. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book! Every gun owner should study and apply the information contained in this volume.

  68. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book. Ideal book for responsibly armed person to teach family the fundamentals of situational awareness, home security, and other aspects of responsible gun ownership.

  69. Eric (verified owner)

    Excellent resource of information! I bought an additional 2 as Christmas gifts for family members who own firearms.

  70. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I’ve been using Michael Martins course since I joined in 2014. Would like to get the 2nd Edition, DVD’s, to go with it. Doesn’t appear to be available any longer to Associate Instructors. My students love it.

  71. Mark (verified owner)

    Very well written in an easy to understand format even for the beginner. Highly recommended for any Responsibly Armed American. This is a Reference book you should have in your library. Ad USCCA Training both online and at the range, and you will have the knowledge to make a right decision the first time, as it could be your last with the wrong choice of action for the given situation.

  72. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I’m always impressed with the USCCA and the valuable information they distribute. It keeps me in the know even when I thought I was up to date. Keep up the good work!

  73. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The book is very informative.

  74. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Full of good information

  75. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The book is very informative and well written! I’ll be recommending this book to my friends. Thanks!

  76. Tim (verified owner)

    As a Concealed Carry Instructor in IL this book is an excellent resource and one of my primary teaching tools. I utilize it extensively as both a direct information source and as a jumping off point for deeper discussion. Thank you U S C C A for this fine product. Tim J Nation.

  77. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very well put together and extremely helpful.

  78. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very well put together and extremely helpful.

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