Key House Press

The book "Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals," is a comprehensive guide for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self defense. The book is a complete guide to understanding conflict avoidance & situational awareness; handgun & shotgun basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters
; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training. The book is a comprehensive, easy to read manual with rich graphics and diagrams, printed in full color.  Second Edition, 2012.  221 pages.

Chapters include:

  1. -Developing a Personal & Home Protection Plan

  2. -Handgun and Shotgun Basics

  3. -Shooting Fundamentals

  4. -The Legal Use of Force

  5. -The Physiology of Violent Encounters

  6. -The Aftermath

  7. -Gear and Gadgets

  8. -Basic and Advanced Skills.

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  3. -Intermedia Outdoors

  4. -The Sportsman’s Guide


Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

“Normally, when a gun book boasts about the color illustrations and photos found inside, we have a chuckle — it's not as if color photography is a particularly cutting-edge development. But sometimes, the quality of the images found in a book make it noteworthy, and that is certainly the case with "Concealed Carry Fundamentals," written by Michael Martin.

With the proliferation of firearm-training manuals, "Concealed Carry Fundamentals" doesn't offer any remarkable new advice on drills, carry methods or the combat mindset, but it illustrates the information you may have read elsewhere better than any book we've seen.  It can be difficult to understand the fundamentals of a proper grip or the proper use of cover without seeing these concepts. This book eliminates that problem entirely thanks to — you guessed it — the perfectly selected color photographs supported by well-designed illustrations.

Martin also covers the workings of handguns, revolvers, shotguns and ammunition for self-defense, again aided by superior images. As with many instructional volumes, he reserves a chapter on the legal use of force and combat mindset, where concepts you likely have read about before are made substantially clearer by the excellent use of photos and drawings.

While "Concealed Carry Fundamentals" doesn't really break any new ground, it is a welcome addition to any shooter's bookshelf thanks to its clarity and well-designed layout. It is ideal for new gun owners or those looking to purchase their first firearm—perhaps the best book on the market for this crowd.

Experienced shooters can also benefit from the coherent images, especially the chapters dealing with combat psychology, where previous reads may have left some confusion.  The promise of color photographs and illustrations is, in this case, no idle boast.”  Shooting Illustrated


Editorial Review

The book "Minnesota Permit to Carry a Firearm Fundamentals," is a comprehensive guide for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self defense in Minnesota.  The book contains the complete content from our "Concealed Carry Fundamentals" book, as well as a complete chapter on the Minnesota Permit to Carry Law (the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act), and a revised chapter on the use of  force, with specific statutes and guidelines based upon Minnesota law.  Fourth Edition, 2011.  245 pages.

The Minnesota chapters include:  

  1. -How to apply for a permit, who is eligible, why you might be denied, and what to do if you are denied.Where you can legally carry, where you are banned from carrying, or where you must inform the appropriate authority or get written permission before you carry.

  2. -Understanding your obligations during encounters with law enforcement.A detailed explanation of why you might be charged with "carrying under the influence" or "negligent storage."

  3. -What those "bans guns" signs in Minnesota really mean.

  4. -Detailed explanations, illustrations, and scenarios for how Minnesota courts will view any use of force to defend yourself, another person, your home, or your property.

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Minnesota Permit to Carry a Firearm Fundamentals

Available exclusively through Gander Mtn. Training Academy, Basic Handgun & Concealed Carry Fundamentals is based upon our book Concealed Carry Fundamentals, and is available through all Gander Mountain retail locations and Gander Mtn. Academies.  The book is included with each Gander Mtn. Academy course.

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Basic Handgun & Concealed Carry Fundamentals

Basic Handgun & Concealed Carry Fundamentals

ISBN: 978-1-4507-3724-1

Edition:  1st Edition, 2011

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2

Number of Pages: 207

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