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Building a Better Gunfighter: Improving Marksmanship, Mechanics and Mindset Paperback – 2010

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About the Author

Richard Fairburn started his professional public service career as a full-time firefighter and part-time police office, but soon switched to full-time law enforcement.

He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1982 with a degree in law enforcement administration and in 1983 from the Illinois State Police Academy's Basic Peace Officer course. During his police career, he has served as a patrol officer, deputy sheriff, investigator, chief deputy sheriff, chief of police, and criminal intelligence analyst. In 1978, Fairburn attended the Illinois Police Training Institute's Police Firearms Instructor School, obtaining NRA instructor certifications in pistol, rifle, shotgun, and police firearms. Since 1999, he has served as a full-time police trainer and program manager at a state police academy in the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581607385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581607383
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not about making you better at competitive target shooting, but a comprehensive manual on increasing your skill in combat shooting. Winning on the street is the focus of this book.

After the introduction, written by well-known Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, the author explains in the introduction the reason for writing this book. This 198 page volume is broken down into three sections.

The first section covers building a better gunfighter. Chapters include philosophy of training, climbing the circular staircase, coaching forward the three M factors (Marksmanship, Mechanics and Mindset) gunfight tactics, team tactics, scenario-based training outside training and other related topics, The second section deals with being a gunfighter, covering skills maintenance, in-service programs, vehicle and home tactics, practical competition and fight for your rights. The final section explains how to survive a gunfight with chapters on post-incident physical, post-incident survival mental and post-incident survival legal issues.

There is a lot of excellent material in this book on basic and advanced shooting techniques and tactics that will be of interest to all weapons instructors.

In conclusion, this is a book for police officers, police trainers and anyone else interested in being a winner and survivor in a gunfight.

Rating: 5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)
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I was expecting a more technically detailed approach regarding training methods. Still, a good, easy to read, book with a few interesting stories.
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VG product for "sharpening up" on some old skills )former LE / SWAAT officer who was in law enforcement for 29 years). Most of stuff is basic information for me, but to be able to have a fresh source (as I have a number of training books, DVDs, and training notebvooks from several advanced schools attended) - as long as it IS good info is always just good sense.... Plus my wife is looking at getting her Concealed Carry Permit later this year and aside from shooting (whoch she already knows and is relatively good with it - handguns anyway), knowing basic combat handgun tactics at a more basic level is something very good for her also.
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I will start out saying that this is not a book for beginners. This is an advanvced level book. The author has effectively captured information gained through years instruction, both given and recieved.

Excellent book. Must read for anyone carrying concealed or LEO.
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I was disappointed in this book. I am familiar with the author from Police One website and have enjoyed his writing in the past but this book lacked basic information on several topics that were mentioned. The fundamentals of marksmanship specifically lacked detail. Save your money and pass up "Building a Better Gunfighter".
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