Self-defense and personal security is getting a lot of attention these days, and rightly so, given the overall degeneration of politeness and decency in this world. To that end there are a great many folks who seek basic knowledge of the subject—witness all the books and shooting schools sprouting like weeds. The folks at Gun Digest have weighed in on the subject of concealed carry with the Gun Digest Guide to Concealed Carry, and the author they chose is an excellent choice.
Jorge Amselle, like me, jettisoned the security of a regular gig at the NRA to pursue a career in freelance writing. A military veteran, Jorge is also a competitive shooter and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He has also earned his writing bones in publications as varied as American Rifleman to the New York Times. Jorge knows whereof he speaks.
He spends what at first seems an inordinate amount of time justifying firearm ownership and the Second Amendment, until you realize that the target audience may not have the level of experience and enthusiasm that many of us have. Jorge covers the subject pretty exhaustively delving into the choices of guns, holsters and ammunition, as well as carrying techniques and the laws surrounding concealed carry. While I may have some minor disagreements with some of those choices, Jorge doesn’t ride his own prejudices into the ground as many of our colleagues—including me, occasionally—do.
Unlike many of the “tactards” out there with the shaved heads and sunglasses with straight temples who purport themselves as the baddest of bad asses, Jorge’s style is more of an anachronism—that of a real journalist. In short, he reports and lets you decide.
The Gun Digest Guide to Concealed Carry may not be the tome for the dedicated tactard who already has a dozen guns in his safe and scattered strategically around his home, but for those looking for good, solid information it certainly fills that bill. It is available at Amazon.com for $9.99 in Kindle format or $14.58 in the dead-tree version.