All of the books listed on this page were written by a state or local police officer.
Dave Spaulding (retired) has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He retired Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (Ohio). He has had a varied career in law enforcement in assignments such as: Communications;
Corrections; Court Security; Patrol; Evidence Collection; Investigations; Undercover Operations; and, Training. He spent 12 years of his career on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on their SWAT team and
give years as the supervisor of a multi-agency narcotics task force. Lieutenant
Dave Spaulding has a BA in Social Psychology.
Spaulding is a graduate of most of the major, if not all, firearms training schools.
He has also served as an instructor of H&K, the Tactical Defense Institute is a past president of the Ohio Tactical
Officer's Association. He is the co-author of Defensive Living: Attitudes,
Tactics and Proper Handgun Use to Secure; and, the author of Handgun
to one reader/reviewer of Handgun Combatives, “My copy of this book has highlights,
sticky tabs, and notes in the margin. I like his thoughts on training regarding simplicity of technique. Spaulding eschews
complex, difficult, or fancy technique. Instead, he focuses on what he can guaranty will work and how to recover when Murphy's
Law takes effect and the guaranty fails. I started to say that although he covers some basics, this was not a basic level
book. Now that I think about it more, I think much of this book is pre-basic defensive handgunning. It addresses the question
what are the goals and objectives of our training before jumping into training techniques. To this end, I particularly like
chapter one: "Developing the Combative Mind," chapter two: "NLP Skill Development and the Way of the Jedi," and chapter ten:
"Technique, Physiology, and the Continuous Motion Principle.”
is currently a deputy sheriff with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office (Colorado) where is he is a training officer. He has also worked in the private industry since 2001. In addition to being the Director
of Operation for the Valhalla Shooting Club and Training Center he is a staff writer for SWAT Magazine and has contributed
to many other publications including Tactical Response, Law & Order and Gun World magazines. Rob Pincus is a life member of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and is a graduate of The Military
College of Vermont. Rob Pincus is the author of Combat Focus Shooting.
to the book description of Combat Focus Shooting,
“Praised by experts and students alike for his practical approach to intuitive shooting techniques, Rob Pincus has brought
his program into a skillfully written dialogue featuring sections including: Working with what the body does naturally, Background
and Philosophy of Combat Focus Shooting, Combat (or Defensive) Accuracy, Combat Focus Range Drills, The Critical Incident
Reload, Volume of Fire, and The Balance of Speed and Precision. Pincus' book covers the content and underlying principles
of the revolutionary Combat Focus Shooting Course in their entirety. Combat Focus Shooting is the intuitive shooting program
that is designed to work with what the body and mind do naturally during a dynamic critical incident. This program helps the
shooter to learn the "Balance Between Speed & Precision" and use either sighted or unsighted fire as appropriate to get
combat-accurate hits efficiently during a lethal force encounter.”
Evan Marshall is a Special Weapons
and Tactics trainer for a federal agency with counterterrorist responsibilities. He retired from the Detroit Police Department
after 20 years of service. His assignments included Tactical Unit, Crime Scene Investigation, Homicide and the Special Response
Team. He has trained groups as diverse as the Federal Air Marshals and the U.S. Army Special Reaction Team. His articles on
ammunition, ballistics and tactics have appeared in the law enforcement and firearms press over the past 25 years. Evan Marshall
co-authored a series of three books with Ed Sanow: Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition;
Handgun Stopping Power: The Definitive Study; and, Street Stoppers: The Latest Handgun Stopping Power Street
According to the book description
of Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition (third in the series, published March
2001), “Evan Marshall and Ed Sanow rocked the firearms world with the release of Handgun Stopping Power and Street Stoppers.
Both books predicted the effectiveness of all types of ammunition by studying the results of real-life shootings rather than
relying on laboratory tests that ignored the dynamics of an actual gunfight. This third book in the series provides the very
latest street results of all the major handgun calibers, from .22 LR to .45 ACP, as well as popular rifle and shotgun loads.
It also contains chapters on short-barrel ballistics, the emergence of the hot new .357 SIG caliber, the continued success
of the .40 S&W, the development of the latest exotic ammo, the effectiveness of black powder firearms and a brand-new
ammo test protocol based on the results of the many gunfights of U.S. Border Patrol officers.”
Massad Ayoob is a Captain with the Grantham Police Department,
New Hampshire. He has taught police tactics and civilian self-defense in a variety
of venues since 1974. Massad Ayoob is presently Director of Lethal Force Institute (LFI), which trains 800 to 1,200 people
each year in judicious use of deadly force, armed and unarmed combat, threat management for police, and advanced officer survival. Through the institute, Massad coordinates a dozen LFI staff instructors and assistant
instructors in four countries.
In addition to being the founder of the Lethal Force Institute,
Massad Ayoob, is an acknowledged expert on the use of deadly force in self-defense by civilians. He has long advocated for
the armed citizen, however, his experience as a police officer illustrated to him how poorly the average citizen understood
the laws concerning deadly force. In an attempt to correct the dangerous misconceptions on the subject, he wrote “In
the Gravest Extreme.” The success of that book help establish LFI as a full-time training academy
The most famous LFI course is Judicious Use Of Deadly Force
(LFI1). The course consists of 40 hours of immersion training that goes well
beyond law school and the police academy in the critical decision-making area of use of deadly force. Topics of the course include prevention, intervention and aftermath management. Moreover, the course includes: when the citizen can and cannot use a gun in self defense; tactics for home
defense; street gunfighting tactics; how to take a criminal suspect at gunpoint; selection of guns, ammo, and holsters; psychological
preparation for violent encounters; and, justifying your actions in court. Finally, intensive combat shooting comprises 40%
of the course.
Massad Ayoob appears selectively as a court accepted expert
witness in the areas of dynamics of violent encounters weapons and weapons/self defense/police training, and survival and
threat management tactics and principles. In addition to the sixteen books he has authored, he has also penned over 1,000
articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues; and, has served in an editorial capacity for Guns
Magazine, American Handgunner, Gun Week and Combat Handguns.
In 1986, Michael Conti joined
the Massachusetts State Police. During his career he has worked in a variety of assignments, including patrol, SWAT, special
security details and undercover assignments. He has been involved as a professional trainer since 1991 and holds numerous
instructor certifications in various use of force disciplines.
In January 2000, Michael Conti
was tasked by then Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police to organize, staff, and train the first full-time Firearms
Training Unit. During the creation of the unit, Michael Conti developed a firearms
training program specifically geared to preparing police officers for the realities of the lethal force encounter. This successful
program, dubbed The New Paradigm of Police Firearms Training, has received nation-wide attention and been profiled by the
Law Enforcement Training Network (LETN).
In addition to his work for the
Massachusetts State Police, Michael Conti has written two books, In the Line of Fire: A Working Cop’s Guide to Pistolcraft (1997), and Beyond Pepper Spray: The Complete Guide to Chemical Agents, Delivery Systems,
and Protective Masks (2002), both published by Paladin Press. He has also had more than 100 articles published in
various local and national publications
Dave Lauck has been
involved in law enforcement for over 20 years. Currently, he is employed by the
Campbell Country Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming. Dave is a police and NRA
certified firearms instructor, as well as a contact weapon instructor. He is a POST certified practitioner/lecturer in SWAT
and in counter sniper tactics. Lauck has served as a firearms instructor for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Hollywood's
Stunt Person Organization.
As founder of the S.A.T.A.
he has provided services for members of state, local, and federal police, USMC, Army, National Guard, Rangers, Seals and qualified
civilians. Lauck is also founder of the O.M.C. (One Mile Club) where shooters test their long-range shooting skills. In 2002
Lauck received a Golden Eagle Award from the U.S. military for professional firearms training. In 2003 he was selected as
chief sniper instructor for the 2004 World SWAT Conference.
books mirror his expertise. His is the author of “Advanced Tactical Marksman:
More High-Performance Techniques for Police, Military, and Practical Shooters,”
“Tactical Marksman: A Complete Training Manual For Police And Practical Shooters” and “Tactical 1911:
The Street Cop's And SWAT Operator's Guide To Employment and Maintenance.”
Among Dave’s accomplishments as a competitive shooter are: 1990 Tactical Rifle Event winner at the S.O.F.
World Championship Tactical Match; top 10% finisher in the 1990 S.O.F. 3-gun World Championship Match; Team Captain at the
1991 S.O.F. World Championship Match; 1st Place in the NRA 600 yard Countersniper Match in 1988; 1st Place in the 1987 S.A.A.
Countersniper Shoot-off; 1986 South Dakota Highway Patrol Two-Gun Combat Match Police Champion, and Champion of the 1985 Northwest
Regionals. Additionally, he was the Wyoming Tactical Division winner in 1995. In 1996 and 1997 he was the recipient of Outstanding
Shooter awards and has been top shooter 1998-2005. In 2006 Dave Lauck was the first to surpass Col. Jeff Cooper's 20-20-20
challenge; 20 shots, in less than 20 seconds, in less than a 20 inch target at 1000 yards. Lauck used a personally customized
D&L precision rifle with Black Hills match grade ammunition for the event.
The Lauck family has
been involved in American custom firearms as far back as the 1700s. This unsurpassed
family tradition lends to pride in every job. Dave Lauck’s company, D&L Sports, continues to teach safe and responsible
gun ownership to all generations.
Dave has customized
8 consecutive World Championship presentation firearms and is considered among the top 5 pistolsmiths in America. He also
customized the first place tactical carbine for the first National Patrol Rifle Championships, 2006. His tactical rifles have
been considered the best available by the ASOSA and others. In 1998 the MR-30PG tactical rifle developed by Lauck swept the
tactical matches, earning 1st place in the overall International Tactical Rifleman Championships, 1st place in the Carlos
Hathcock benefit shoot-off.
In 1996 Lauck was unanimously
selected to receive the Excellence in Craft Award from the AGA. Dave Lauck received the 2005-2006 ITRC awards for dedication
above and beyond the call of duty. Dave Lauck was the recipient of the 2006 APG President's Award for advancements in the
shooting industry. His presentation quality custom 1911 for Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper was inducted into the Buffalo Bill Historical
Center Museum in 1997. In 2001 Lauck customized two gold inlayed presentation handguns for President Bush and Vice President
Cheney. In 2003 Lauck customized a personal 1911 for General Tommy Franks to recognize his leadership of American combat troops.