It's been 30 years since I first acquired my carry permit, and guns are a big part of my personal and professional life. But I can still remember when I was a newbie. In those days, there weren't a lot of how-to guides that explained how to use a self-defense handgun: you had to read a schwad of magazine articles (still a good idea) or enroll in a defensive handgun class (also still a good idea).
For today's concealed-carry newbie, however, things are a lot easier. Besides having more options in guns, ammo, holsters and accessories than ever before, we've got excellent one-volume guides to concealed carry such as Defensive Handgun Skills by Dave Fessenden. Fessenden, a certified NRA Firearms Instructor, has cleared away all the clutter about concealed-carry handgun techniques and distilled a lifetime of experience into only 128 pages. He's given us what I think is the best how-to guide to carrying and deploying defensive revolvers and semi-autos — he doesn't overwhelm you with technical jargon or complex technical issues. For the concealed-carry beginner, it's a no-sweat introduction to the carry gun — and at only $11.55, it's about half the price of a large delivered pizza, even a crummy one. Check it out here.
And keep shootin'!