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Kill Or Get Killed: Riot Control Techniques, Manhandling, and Close Combat for Police and the Military

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This is the best and longest-selling book on close combat in history. Reprinted and in current use by the U.S. Marine Corps as an official training manual, it details methods of self-defense, offensive close combat, combat shooting and crowd-control techniques in riot situations. Colonel Rex Applegate is widely regarded as the father of modern close combat and combat shoot ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 1st 1976 by Paladin Press
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This is not a review of the entirety of Kill or Get Killed. Of sixteen chapters, I only read six. There is a perfectly good reason for that, as I will explain shortly.

Kill or Get Killed is the textbook complied by Colonel Rex Applegate, one of the grandfathers of the modern combatives systems developed by the British and Americans during the Second World War. This review focuses on the version published by Paladin Press, which originally was released in 1976.

I had heard of Applegate vaguely for
Miroku Nemeth
Interesting from a historical perspective at the very least as far as a combat manual used to support the power structure of the State. Much of the actual combat material is good, and stands the test of time, especially that which is close to the hand-to-hand combat techniques found in Fairbairn’s writings, etc. The ideological and racist biases of the text are disturbing, but represent authentically the mindset of someone who trained soldiers, police, intelligence officers, etc. to defend the s ...more
Rambo Yearone
Mar 26, 2015 Rambo Yearone rated it really liked it
one of the very few really-professional manuals you can read, this book is old, but written by the most famous expert of all times.
A must read for anybody interested in hand to hand combat in a war or ivil war enviroment.
Etienne Melton
Jan 26, 2013 Etienne Melton rated it liked it
An interesting piece however dated it remain relevant. It reads like any other military combat manual with a healthy dose of closed minded racism due to its inception time. It is informative and direct but there is little to be taken from it in contemporary times for civilian use. I feel that it has a place on the shelf next to the poor man's James Bond, We Shall Fight in the Streets & The Anarchist Cook Book as reference for a civil war that may never happen. However there is a good mindset ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Now I know how to kill. Awesome!
Haytham Badawey
Dec 27, 2013 Haytham Badawey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-skills
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Amos Kwon
Feb 07, 2011 Amos Kwon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book on self defense and lethal techniques. It's an oldie, but the basic principles still hold true. This book won't make you capable or teach you how to instantly overcome fear, but it will give you specific instructions on how to make yourself less of a target and less of a liability. Any man who wants to protect his family should read this.
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it was a good mystery and scary book there was lots of blod pumping parts it was a really good book
Jan 27, 2008 Krotpong rated it it was amazing
I have a first edition of this classic.
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A classic
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