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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: I.C.E. Publishing company; First edition (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979150876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979150876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combat Focus Shooting - Evolution 2010 is not just a simple edit. It's been greatly expanded, now over 210 pages and with very little fluff. Gone is the minimalist treatment of the concepts that underlie the program; the new book feels luxurious in comparison, with every facet of the Combat Focus philosophy explored and explained. The new edition makes it easier to understand what CFS is all about and especially why it's different from other courses. It's much more readable and closely follows the path of a live CFS class. Of course nothing beats taking a CFS course in person, but this book will give you a good grounding in the concepts and science behind intuitive shooting. If you want to develop defensive shooting skills that reflect the realities of actual encounters, Combat Focus Shooting - Evolution 2010 should be on your reading list. It's a must-have for every serious student of defensive handgunning. --Grant , May 2010

Combat Focus Shooting, Evolution 2010 is an intelligent warriors guide to responding to a critical incident with a handgun. The excellence of the book stems from the fact that the material is largely principle based rather than just simple technique, as technique should always evolve for the better when placed under critical examination. Rob's analytical yet simple style of explaining what will happen in a fight and how to train for it make his Combat Focus shooting system one that any true warrior, no matter how experienced, can learn from. --Mike Seeklander, U.S. Shooting Academy

About the Author

Rob Pincus is a professional trainer, author, and consultant. Rob provides efficient training methodologies and valuable information to those interested in developing firearms, tactical operations and defensive skills. His methods stress gaining maximum value from limited training resources and working well with what the body does naturally under real world conditions. In addition to his work in various aspects of the law enforcement profession, Rob was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Reserve after earning his Bachelor s Degree in Political Science at The Military College of Vermont. Rob is the developer of the Warrior Expert Theory and The Combat Focus Shooting program, which have been integrated into military, law enforcement and defensive training programs throughout the United States and Europe. Rob's opinions on tactics, defensive use of firearms and personal or facility security are sought out from around the world. Rob founded I.C.E. Training Company and is the host of both The Best Defense and S.W.A.T. Magazine TV television shows and is the Managing Editor of the Personal Defense Network.

More About the Author

Rob Pincus is the owner of I.C.E. Training Company and developer of the Combat Focus Shooting Program. In 2005, Rob wrote the first CFS Book and in 2010, he released Combat Focus Shooting: Evolution 2010. The second CFS Book was dramatically expanded and much more detailed than the first. It also included significantly more background material explaining the underpinnings of the program and addressed additional topics that were not being covered in CFS training at the time the first book was written. Rob has also published The Training Log Book, a collection of essays from Rob and over 30 other trainers that includes 100 pages formatted for the owner to log their own training experiences. In addition to his written work, Rob has produced over 40 Training DVDs and had over 3 million copies distributed through branding partners including The National Rifle Association and The Second Amendment Foundation.

Formerly the Director of Operations at the Valhalla Training Center, Rob has been a trainer and consultant in various combative fields for many years. His background in military, law enforcement, executive protection and recreational shooting gives him a broad experience base. Rob's specialty is progressive reality based training and fitting the fundamentals into the context of his diverse students' environments.

At the end of 2007, when Valhalla's ownership decided to make the venue more exclusive, Rob established I.C.E. Training Company.

His courses emphasize EFFICIENCY and what really works during critical incidents, not what looks good on the square range or sounds good in court or in a classroom. Rob's ideas on training & tactics have been shared all around the world through his role as a writer and Training Consultant with S.W.A.T. Magazine as well as lectures and courses throughout the United States and Europe. His programs and concepts have been featured in magazines, news programs and television shows around the world.

In addition to being one of the most active instructors in the firearms industry, conducting over 50 courses per year, Rob has hosted several television shows, does team building events and owns & operates his own gym, CrossFit Sapere Aude.

Customer Reviews

As an instructor I recommend this book to my students and to those of you reading this review.
Brian Forney
I have attended one of these courses and the book reinforces all the concepts learned during the class with well written concepts and useful drills.
Exercise your mind and understand how your body will react when faced with a dynamic critical incident.
Jon Abel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David C. Jones on June 28, 2007
The book has excellent information about why Rob Pincus is an advocate for combat focus shooting in certain combat situations. My only complaint with the book is the numerous spelling and punctuation errors. I'm not talking about 3 or 4 in the short book, but many times that number. They are minor errors and relatively easy to overlook, but in a professionally published book I would expect better proofreading. (Rob, if you would like a proofreader for any of your other works, please contact me.) Other than that, the information is wonderful. I'm looking forward to getting out to Valhalla for some training!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gorem on December 6, 2010
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This book is great for all types of shooters. Rob focuses on shooting in real life situations. He works with what the body already does in a incident and helps to make you balance speed and precision so you are just as accurate as you need to in the situation. He doesn't talk about the ridiculous situations, like a bad guy surrounded by nuns and school children. He uses real life, likely-to-happen situations. Overall, great book of all levels of skill.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shanko on April 16, 2011
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Being a police officer and use of force/firearms instructor, I'm always looking for ideas to increase officer safety. In reading this book, I've found Rob has come to literally the same conclusions and methodologies that I have come to based on my nearly 20 years of training. Grouping 10 rounds in a quarter sized hole at the range does not necessarily equate to winning a gunfight when targets shoot back. Rob references Tony Blauer's SPEAR System in the book and clearly understands the application to gunfighting. We have to train to respond to what is seen on dash cam videos, not what works in the friendly confines of the dojo or gun range. We have to account for physiological responses [startle-flinch/tunnel vision/lack of fine motor skills] that occur in reality and address them in training That mindset is evident in the book and in the training philosphy. I've never read a firearms book that had me shaking my head in agreement more than this one. One reviewer was critical of the books editing. While there are some editing gliches, the content of the book is what I bought it for, and it delivers!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Nicora on October 21, 2010
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I first learned of Rob from the NRA videos personal firearm defense series. As a rookie shooter and new to CCW and firearm self defense I was looking for something to get me to the next level. I thought this book would be a great start and I was right. This is a must have for anyone into ccw and firearm self defense. I learned so much and have read through it many times. Its well written, easy to understand and the pictures and illustration are a big help. Working well with what the body does naturally is my favorite chapter, it really makes you think.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By BookLuvr39 on December 8, 2007
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I've been a handgun shooter for a bit over 50 years now. I had high expectations of this book after reading the reviews here on Amazon. I was sadly disappointed. It has about 100 very small pages of mostly common sense information written in 3 page chapters. An example would be his observation that:
1. When should you use the sights on a handgun? Answer: It's up to you.
2. What kind of gun is best for defensive use? Answer: It's up to you, whatever kind you like is OK.
3. In a defensive situation, 5 shots fired in 2 seconds into a 12" circle is better than 5 shots fired in 10 seconds into a 1" circle. Really......that does make some sense. 10 seconds in a gunfight is an eternity.
4. Generalizations like "practice how you expect to shoot" really goes without saying and is just basic common sense.
I just did not find ANY useful, enlightening, or significant information in this very small book. I have only returned 2 books to Amazon in my many years of buying them here. One was damaged in shipment. This one is the other one I returned. I will add, if you've never handled a gun before and are totally unexperienced with firearms, you might find a couple of useful pointers in this book.
I should edit this to add some recommendations that may offer more information along these lines. I highly recommend:
1. Stress Fire by Massad Ayoob
2. In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob
3. Guns, Bullets, and Gunfights by Jim Cirillo
4. No Second Place Winner by Bill Jordan
5. Almost any of the books on defensive handgunning by Jeff Cooper or Chuck Taylor
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Whiteman on March 27, 2011
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I like what Rob Pincus brings to the shooter, expecially those of us who have a ccw and may have to use a weapon for defensive purposes. I received a lot of information from his series on SWAT Magazine TV, and wixh it would continue. I thought what he presented in his book added to what information I had based on other books in my library; however, I was distracted by the grammatical problems that were prevalent thoughout the book. His thoughts are based on intuitive shooting and what the body does naturally when the dynamic critical incident occurs. Would I buy his book again? Yes, but my feeling is that you need to read it at least twice in order to get the most out of this presentation.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norm N on April 14, 2011
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Frequently, paragraphs start in mid sentence. This is the kind

of error that I guess spell-check can't catch. Also too many grammatical errors which spell-check doesn't catch either. From comments made in his book it appears he's short on time. He invents complicated words to explain his methods but doesn't define them well enough. I was left not sure what he meant. This reflects badly on 3rd party compliments as to his thoroughness and professionalism. It definitely does not inspire confidence and I expect alot better for what I paid.

His method and training address the issue of how real encounters happen too fast and too close to use gunsights. According to a New York police study you can find on the internet this holds up to be true. Pincus also points out that you should spend about 20% of your practicing using one handed shooting with your strong hand. I intend to do that and for awhile at least I'll practice it more than 20%.

It seems as if we've come full circle from sighted shooting to non-sighted shooting but the truth is we should practice both. Pincus method is in between which is also necessary in my opinion. And I agree with Pincus that we should do it as naturally as possible without conflicting/fighting our strong natural reactions.

I wish he and others would address the times when it would be better not to have a gun. The truth is when somemone pulls a gun on you and they're too close, you might be better off ducking and physically attacking or running for cover - not reaching for your gun. That to needs to be considered also.
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