Law of Self Defense
We talk about Andrew Branca‘s book “Law of Self Defense”. Mr Branca was nice enough to send Ben and I a copy of his book to review, and both of us were pretty impressed with it. He does a good job going through the process of things that are put in place after a self defense shooting, from the arrest, to the pre-trial stuff, to the trial, and beyond, and I’ll be honest I was expecting a pretty dry, boring read. I was very surprised to find that it was a light read, but packed with TONS of good information. It’s a hefty book, and I think I got through it in only 3 sittings.
What I found really helpful about the Law of Self Defense book was at the end of each chapter, Branca adds in state specific information which points you to the relevant statutes, and case law in your area. He’s also writing some state specific supplements to the book (I hope NC is coming soon… hint hint…) which go into more detail about the specific laws for each state.
It’s definitely worth the money, and something that you will use as a reference guide, and you will want to read it more than once. (I’m getting it back from Ben asap to read a second time…)
Listener Zack writes in, and asks us about dry fire practice, and how to train when he can’t get a lot of range time. We dive into some things that he should check out in order to practice effectively:
- Dryfiretimer.com (for iOS)
- IPSC Shot Timer (for Android)
- Ben Stoeger’s Dry-Fire Video
- Steve Anderson’s “Refinement and Repetition”
- Ben Stoeger’s “Champion Shooting”
Chris also wrote in, and asked about certifications for doing more at a competitive shooting match than just volunteering. Generally you don’t need a certification to run a timer, but it’s a good thing to have. Most people who step up to become a range officer, or safety officer are experienced shooters, and each of the big games has their own certification system for their game. Usually once a year or so there is a USPSA and an IDPA certification class.
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