Editor’s Pick: The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery


Editor's Pick: Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery

Here at Gun Digest, we put out a fair number of books about handgun shooting technique. We do this 1), because it’s our job, 2) and because our readers continually ask for more reading material on the subject. Still, some would question how much practical application one can get from a book of shooting instruction. With the wide variety of authors writing for us, many of whom are the premier experts in the craft, we think you can get a lot.

Take for instance The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery, by noted handgun expert Massad Ayoob. One of our more prolific authors, Massad is nearly a household name. So how good are his books? Well, one of our editors, Corrina Peterson, who is no stranger to firearms, recently read the book and took Ayoob's lessons straight to the handgun range — and she had great results.

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Even with her solid background in guns, thanks to her stint with the U.S. Army, Corrina took the time to review Massad’s “5 Lost Steps of Combat Handgunnery,” one of the most important sections in the book, and produced some winning results on target with a Glock and KelTec she’d brought along for the ride.

We think this says something. As editors for publications devoted and dedicated to all manner of guns, we handle firearms here every day, every month, all year long, and we have decades of skill, practice and accumulated knowledge to our credit, and yet we still return to our very own books for refresher courses and tips to improve our time on the range and our preparation for when things might get rough.

If you’re looking to improve your skills, we strongly suggest you take a look at The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery and others from Ayoob, van Zwoll, Cunningham, and many other knowledgeable, practiced authors. Take what they say to heart, then take it to the range. You can’t get better with practice alone, and that’s why we’re here to help. We know guns so you know guns.

Click here to get your copy of The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery


  1. I have read a lot of books and articles on the subject of “Combat Handgunnery”. I’m sorry, but all the print, classroom training and range training will not prepare someone for the real thing if they have never been exposed to the real thing. The above can give all the basics, and try to make some scenario seem real.
    But books and classes cannot reproduce the shaking hands and arms, sweaty hands, sweat in the eyes, knotted stomach, dry throat and just plain nervousness of the unknown around (maybe) the next corner.
    Just sayin’.


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