Gear: On Combat


On Combat

Author: LtCol Dave Grossman. Publisher: Paladin Press.
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Survival
Price: $20
Average Rating:
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Following his best selling, Pulitzer Prize nominated book On Killing, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren W. Christensen, present On Combat, a ground-breaking examination of what it takes to perform, cope and survive in the toxicity of deadly combat as a soldier in a foreign land, and a police officer in the mean streets of urban America. Written by two warriors who have been there and done that, On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle — the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.

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    bighead, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 08:18:47 UTC.
    1st review

    This book should be required by anyone who deals with violence. From understanding the physiology & anatomy of combat stress, to perceptual distortions, and how to cope with the aftermath of a violent confrontation, this book is an absolute priceless asset to the modern warrior.

    Section 3 in the book, titled "The Call to Combat: Where Do We Get Such Men?" was an excellent read helping to explain where modern warriors come from and why we do what we do.

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    Amped, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 19:31:44 UTC.

    Just simply awesome! Book was introduced to me by my academy instructors! Just a really good book and easy read. You want to read it over and over again.

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    Stalker975, Fri, 14 Sep 2007 06:06:47 UTC.

    I know that this book is a great book to read. I am looking to buy this book!

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    CSL, Sun, 30 Sep 2007 04:05:11 UTC.

    One of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

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    Tony_Riffel, Wed, 17 Oct 2007 19:09:08 UTC.

    I wish I could afford to give this book to EVERY cop who graduates from the Academy. Understanding the principals in this book will help you not only survive, but to live life as a Warrior. If you haven't read it, go buy it and READ it. The sooner the better.

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    dennisballentine, Thu, 18 Oct 2007 16:27:52 UTC.

    I highly recommend this book. I feel that the contents of this book have better prepared me on what to expect from my body in stressful situations.

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    TheSarge, Fri, 19 Oct 2007 05:11:06 UTC.

    Another great work from Col. Grossman. Like many of you I have seen the Colonel in person. He is a no-nonsense, tactically sound and common sense military man with huge credibility. As stated before, this is a must read.

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    bethlehemcop, Mon, 29 Oct 2007 03:16:44 UTC.

    Read it twice and couldn't put it down. I recommend this to all LEOs, no matter where you are in your career. This info is not only interesting, but essential in understanding yourself and how to prepare. Warrior mindset!!!!

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    obkahn, Thu, 06 Dec 2007 09:36:49 UTC.

    Absolutly awsome reading for anyone in law enforcement and military. Anyone who has been involved in a deadly force encounter will find this book and his book On Killing eye opening and therapeutic. I recomend all of his books. I also recomend anyone to try to attend one of his classes if possible- you will be amazed by the energy, knowledge, and reality of what is out there and the information he supplies to our profession. I believe these two books should be required reading.

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    epreo, Sun, 06 Jan 2008 21:22:39 UTC.

    I have been to two of LtCol. Grossman's seminars as well as reading his books. I can strongly recommend both. Outstanding books for both LEO's and Military personal alike.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 07 Jan 2008 21:32:05 UTC.

    Excellent read. I won't ramble on about it. Just check it out...and if you've got the time, check out "On Killing" as well.

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    gkelly, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 05:38:45 UTC.

    THE best read for developing a "bullet proof mind" on the market, hands down. should be a must read for anyone in law enforcement profession!!

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    soxgirl0150, Sun, 13 Jan 2008 03:40:57 UTC.

    Its Amazing!!! A Must Read for all!!

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    badkarma, Fri, 08 Feb 2008 14:50:53 UTC.

    Should be taught in all academy classes as required reading

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    Anonymous, Sun, 10 Feb 2008 07:02:44 UTC.

    The book is great as are his videos. I agree this should be a POST required course in all Academies. I wish the public would read this book!

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    D_J_E, Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:33:16 UTC.

    This book covers everything the police academy didn't. I read his book "On Killing" as well and I highly suggest it. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman knows how to speak to his readers. You understand why you think the way you do as a warrior. Easy reading books...My Bible is my favorite book, but my second and third are "On Killing" and "On Combat". Also if you ever get the chance to get to his seminars, GO! ******IT MADE ME KNOW I'M A WOLF BABY!!!!!!!! and I got to laugh at all the little sheepdogs.

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    mem7k942, Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:14:56 UTC.

    I haven't read the book but I do have the audio copy of his speech which is outstanding. If you should ever get the chance to here him in person don't miss it. I had the chance and it was great, LTC Grossman is one of the best speakers I have ever heard. His siminars are usually free; don't miss it.
    Piss on golf--

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    ccmason, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 08:10:57 UTC.

    Great read. This book is a must for any warrior on how to deal with combat and killing.

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    CJS, Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:00:12 UTC.

    After reading On Killing by Lt.Col. Dave Grossman I just had to read this one. I’m not to sure which book is better but, they are superb books none the less. This book is a real eye opener into the psychological effects of combat, and it is a good read for anyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get some fantastic insight into the human mind. Any non fiction book Lt.Col. Grossman writes I will be a fan of, one of my favorite authors.

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    carrollcounty15, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 03:14:09 UTC.

    This should be the first thing a new LEO is handed when they are hired. This lets the newby see just what they are going to find out on the street. A wonderful read. Take the time to sit down and read, and when finished reread. For me this is an essential part of my job.

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    tbarber, Wed, 09 Apr 2008 01:30:07 UTC.

    All I can say is awesome read. Should be required reading for all leo's.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:46:28 UTC.

    Very good book.

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    PODAV, Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:09:33 UTC.

    surviving combat today is much diffrent than years ago now its an urban war we fight the streets that have eyes and sometimes they even talk served 3 tours in Iraq

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    goags74, Mon, 28 Apr 2008 22:21:55 UTC.

    This book does an excellent job delving into subjects that we as "rough, tough" cops don't want to get into. However they are essential for surviving lethal encounters. Knowing what to expect from you mind and body before, during, and after a deadly encounter is a valuable weapon in our arsenal.

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    Buddylaw, Thu, 05 Jun 2008 19:50:13 UTC.

    Absolutely neccessary read for anyone in the Leo, Military community. A must read. As a matter of fact On Killing is another must read. I strongly recommended this to my soldiers prior to deploying.

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    j706, Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:34:28 UTC.

    Should be required reading for all military and LEO's

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    Wolvarine, Sun, 22 Jun 2008 05:10:30 UTC.

    Great Read!

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    rayray225, Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:13:19 UTC.

    Get this book and read it, then read it again and again. I did. It should be required reading for the academy.

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    rjpike, Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:29:04 UTC.

    This is a great book for anyone who's job it is to confront human violence. A must read for any law enforcement Officer. Part of Lt Col Dave Grossman's bulletproof mind seminars.

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    PPD8020, Thu, 26 Jun 2008 03:04:15 UTC.

    Another excellent book by Lt. Col Grossman. This should be issued o every recruit.

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    Oreto401, Tue, 01 Jul 2008 20:01:52 UTC.

    Very interesting and thought provoking book . a definite must read.

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    jwesson, Wed, 02 Jul 2008 07:52:32 UTC.

    Definitely a must read for every soldier and LEO. LtCol Grossman is a subject matter expert in the area of killology and the psychology aspects of it.

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    Hoffa_45, Wed, 02 Jul 2008 08:05:49 UTC.

    Outstanding Book. Must read!

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    harveyd2, Sat, 13 Sep 2008 01:57:40 UTC.

    Good Stuff

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    Anonymous, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 02:34:36 UTC.

    Colonel Grossman knocked it out of the park with this book. It is essential for any road cop. READ IT!

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    twotonkas, Wed, 01 Oct 2008 21:20:26 UTC.

    This book really should be read by every department! LtCol Dave Grossman not only understands and has first hand experience, he goes beyond and teaches you about how your body works and how it response to combat. What a blessing Col has been to my family! Thank you Col Grossman!

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    battleborncop, Tue, 07 Oct 2008 14:53:32 UTC.

    Excellent Book and Author. I had the opportunity to attent his two day seminar "The Bullet Proof Mind". Also and excellent speaker. Very valuable information!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 17 Nov 2008 06:32:10 UTC.

    some good reading

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    1K950, Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:09:05 UTC.

    He will be at the Hits K9 seminar Louisville Ky April 2009

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    Anonymous, Mon, 08 Dec 2008 04:40:23 UTC.

    This is a must read book. Gets your mind set into how to think and tobe able to go home at the end of the day.

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    ChristopherLee, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 18:39:42 UTC.

    After my shooting this was one of the books that got me through the tough times.

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    dino98, Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:34:35 UTC.

    This book is absolutely amazing. This really should be read by EVERYONE, as a life or death situation could present itself to anyone. However, LEOs in particular should be REQUIRED to read this in the academy and every so often afterwards. This is a book that should be in your private collection. I'll be looking for 'On Killing' now.....

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    moonofc, Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:07:29 UTC.

    Wow!!! If you are an officer who has been on the job a while and needs to get that edge back, this book is great for that. All the things they should be teaching in the academy, all the reasons we do what we do and the REAL justifications for them. Also great for family and friends of law enforecement who don't quite understand our tough and trying professions. This book prepares you for everything.

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    jv741, Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:38:37 UTC.

    It is by Lt. Col Grossman. Enough said.

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    prophet911, Mon, 09 Feb 2009 08:49:21 UTC.

    This should be required reading in ALL academies.

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    michael_blok2000, Sun, 15 Feb 2009 19:35:54 UTC.

    Great Book. If you havent seen Col. Grossman you dont know what your missing.

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    Bandaid, Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:06:16 UTC.

    Col. Grossman really tells it like it is regarding the need for force on force training and the realities of PTSD. This book is a must read for all lawmen and soldiers. You really need to hear his message in person.

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    Sledpusher, Sun, 08 Mar 2009 02:38:38 UTC.

    amazing man that wrote an amazing book

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    ocsd2413, Fri, 20 Mar 2009 21:34:37 UTC.

    This book should be required reading in every academy in the country. I read through it once a year and can not recommend it highly enough. If you're serious about going into harms' way, read this book. If you're a warrior, read this book. If you read no other book, ever, read this book. And then read it again.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 21 Mar 2009 22:34:15 UTC.

    Excellent book, and a must read for everyone "rookie" to "Old Guy." Clearly, Col. Grossman has done his homework, and has shared it with all of us. I picked up this book at the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar, and it was the right choice. I also suggest attending the seminar, which also covers some of the material from this book.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:57:41 UTC.

    Outstanding!!! I read this years ago while in the military and read from it often.

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    JCM1447, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:59:01 UTC.

    I read this book about a year ago for the first time, and have finished reading it again recently. You can't ask for a more indepth look into combat. Everything is covered, and in detail. This should be read by everyone in the military or law enforcement.

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    Deaton443, Sat, 04 Apr 2009 14:31:02 UTC.

    Very good read. Very insightful

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    Bulldog136, Tue, 14 Apr 2009 14:58:54 UTC.

    A great book, should be read by all, including officers. Good insight on what happens when the body is put under the stress of combat.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 22 May 2009 02:48:39 UTC.

    A must read. It will give you incite and educate you on how to survive that next 'bad' call!!

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    custer, Sun, 24 May 2009 14:31:21 UTC.

    only 100 pages in and I am really enjoying this book.

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    sarge916, Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:21:20 UTC.

    A must-read for anyone charged with "keeping the peace".

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    Commander31, Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:58:47 UTC.

    Excellent read! Every LEO should read it. LTC Grossman puts on an excellent presentation, so if you get the chance to attend one of his Lectures, you have to go!

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    Sheepdog_1, Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:24:47 UTC.

    On Combat and On Killing were both recommended by instructors at the academy and by seniors in the military. I read both. On Combat is an awesome source for understanding and dealing with what you have seen, felt, and heard during the high stress situations we are sometimes forced into. This will help you prepare for them, and also help you deal with the aftermath. Read them Warriors.

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    AFGuy1227, Mon, 06 Dec 2010 04:05:47 UTC.

    This book should be required reading for anyone that goes into harms way. It gives good advice on what to expect and how to react to the stress of deadly encounters.

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    woodard_1cor15_57, Mon, 06 Dec 2010 07:32:37 UTC.

    Excellent book! Wish I had it while I was in the Marine Corps. Regardless, it was one piece of the puzzle that helped me survive my critical incident recently. A must for a police officers!

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:31:51 UTC.

    okay .

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