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Posted March 18, 2015
Jim Cirillo was a member of the NYPD Stakeout Unit, an NYPD Emergency Services member, IPSC Competitor, and Firearms Instructor. He has survived many shootouts during his time on the many high risk assignments he had during his time with the NYPD. This Book is a short read and covers various subjects such as Safety, Bullet Design, Jim's lengthy experimentation with various types of Hangun configurations, A discussion of the Pros and Cons on Competitive shooting as it relates to what lessons can be applied to real life or death armed confrontations, and finally what most probably bought the book for Jim's NYPD "War Stories".
The title was well selected as this book is about "Guns, Bullets, and Gunfights" in that order. Jim was an interesting man and was friendly with the big names in defensive Handgun tactics such as Massad Ayoob, and Jeff Cooper. The Book is short and the chapters on Guns and Bullets include allot of technical information in short chapters. The principle reason I gave this a good rather than very good is not because the content was poor or the title misleading rather I felt that at least the accounting of Jim's first ever shootout was repeated several times over and after reading it the second time I felt that was more than sufficient. This may not have been a huge deal if the book had more than 112 pages.
Unfortunately, Jim was killed in an auto accident in July of 2007 and given that he successfully defended himself in best as I can tell no less than twenty shootouts only to be killed in an auto accident is just a crazy end to his life. I would have liked to here more about his time with the NYPD but there are many, many books out there authored by former and even current NYPD members a great one is Edward Conlon's Blue Blood.
It is a good book I will buy his Book, "Jim Cirillo's Tales from the Stakeout Squad" and review that once I have finished it.