Book of the Month

Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail

By Mark “Six” James

Mark “Six” James is a friend of mine, and in my opinion the subject matter expert with regards to Firearms. His book Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail is without question one of the best.

As an executive protection specialist we pray we never have a need to have to bring our firearms into play.    However when we do we realize time is life.  Firearm instructor and fellow bodyguard Mark “Six” James has written a comprehensive, but easy-to-read book focused on the art of defensive combat.

Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail details many critical topics of particular importance to the protection specialist.  It will take you from selecting your tools to defending your client or family member.

This comprehensive resource is beneficial to both new and experienced protection specialist and will challenge us all to upgrade and keep our training contemporary.  In addition to helping you build a strong shooting platform based on the timeless firearm fundamentals.  “

There is no such thing as advanced shooting there is only advanced applications of the basics.”  He also covers many of the most stress filled situations like dealing with multiple adversaries, effective use of cover and concealment, slicing the pie, malfunctions and many more tactical applications.

One of Mark’s key goals is to always make his students “instructor independent verses instructor dependent.”  Defensive Handgun goes a long way toward accomplishing that objective.  It explains means for avoiding dangerous situations, gauging the appropriate level of response to a threat, and how to apply that level of response.

The concepts are easily understood because James takes care to not only fully explain terminology but includes many illustrations to help you visually grasp the techniques.  The 8.5” x 5.5”, 232-page, paperback from Samurai Publishing will fit neatly in your shooting bag or briefcase.

James is the founder and executive director of Panther Protection Services, LLC, which provides security consulting, threat assessment, executive protection, self-defense training and firearm instruction.  He and his company regularly protect government officials, corporate executives, entertainers and professional athletes.

Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail is available for $19.95 plus shipping at or from Panther Protection Services, LLC, 3695F Cascade Road, Suite 2207, Atlanta, GA 30331.  Phone 404-349-9117

  • Dr. L.C. Holifield

    Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail is destined to be one of those books that every firearm enthusist and civilian looking to enhance their odds in a self defense / life or death situation will have on their bookshelf. Mark “Six” James is ‘Spot On” in his latest work on Defensive Handgun! A great read and a must have!

  • Andre Gibson, EPS

    Mark is a true professional and know his handguns and weapons …hand down. His book is amazing and if you are in this business… This should be in your arsenal.

    Rangers Lead The Way

    Great Job Panather

  • Robert Brown Jr

    This book is on point! I read this book and met with Mark to go over the techniques outlined and I’ll tell you; even the average person can gain from what he has outlined. Just as Dr. L.C. Holifield stated, If you’re looking to increase your odds in a self defense situation, this is most definitely a MUST READ/MUST STUDY. Very easy to read and understand. Great Book.

  • Kenneth Mitchell

    As a firearm instructor and protection specialist, I found many pearls that are of value to any shooter and particularly protection specialist. Great read for anyone who wants to enhance their firearm skills.

  • Doc Rogers

    Six; I definitely get your new book: Defensive Handgun: Preparing to Prevail! Great article.

  • Six

    Thanks for the support Doc. Stay safe my friend.

  • Jessica

    This book has absolutely made me feel more comfortable in my self defense skills bar none. As for me working in an environment where many women have been assaulted and hearing about women being aggressively assaulted in their work places, I feel more aware of what to look for, and more confident in defending myself and fellow female co-workers. Thank You Mark!

  • Nicholas

    The Defensive Handgun Book has not only opened my eyes to other forms, and skill sets out on the market, but has also showed me various ways in applying it to a defensive situation if need be. The instructions as well as the pictures allowed me to understand exactly what was going on, step by step. Very informative book.

    Thanks Mark,
    Keep up the great work,
    Nicholas Irving