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The Modern Technique of the Pistol Hardcover – September, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0962134234 ISBN-10: 0962134236 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Gunsite Press; First Edition edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962134236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962134234
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John M. Buol Jr. on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jack Weaver was interviewed by American Handgunner magazine (May/June 2008) about how he created the Weaver Stance and the history of practical shooting. These developments led to what is known as the The Modern Technique of the Pistol. Greg Morrison, under advisement from Jeff Cooper, wrote a book of the same name that stands as the definitive text of the subject.

Overview

This 1991 effort codifies the then-current doctrine of defensive pistol as taught by the American Pistol Institute (API), now under different management and called Gunsite Ranch.

The forward begins with "The Evolution of the Modern Technique", as described by co-creator and chief proponent, Jeff Cooper. Dissatisfied with handgun technique of of the time, Cooper attempted to improve handgun technique by helping put forth an "Advanced Combat Pistol Course" just after World War II.

Upon separation from service, and free from bureaucratic restriction, he formed several shooting clubs and ran a number of different competitive venues with the help of several like-minded marksmen, mostly from the civilian sector. Over the course of time, consistent winners and their technique began to surface in these varying, freestyle matches. These events would lead to the creation of the International Practical Shooting Confederation and lay the foundation for a number of practical shooting disciplines. The best, most consistent techniques of the day were codified into the "Modern Technique of the Pistol." and Cooper founded API to teach it.

The Modern Technique consists of three components, or the "Combat Triad":
1.Marksmanship
2.Gun Handling
3.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hayduke on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Some ten years ago I attended Gunsite's pistol courses. My goal was to use Cooper's training doctrines insofar as appropriate to improve my agency's firearms training. I was already quite familiar with those doctrines, but a week's immersion brought it together. As it happened Morrison (author of the book) was the chief instructor and I saw quite a bit of him, as well as Cooper. Not surprisingly, my class notes and the book are almost identical. As pointed out elsewhere, reading a book is not a substitute for good one-on-one training; but this is a good basic text that can be referred to again and again. There is a great deal of nonsense written on this entire subject, and the difficulty is in differentiating the very good from the very bad. This book is not perfect, but it is very good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Being a fan of Jeff Cooper, it is easy to spot his influence in the writing style as well as the techniques developed at Gunsite. Morrison gets it all correct, although this is not the last word in development of techniques that work and are safe. That work is ongoing. Expect to read this book over and over for the simplicity and clear line of thought. This is not a how to book, that is the work of individual instructors. Helpful guidelines on tactics, the "states of alertness" or color codes set down by Col. Cooper, the tactical niche of the handgun, the combat mindset. A wonderful book for the dedicated student of the gun. As a note, I must stress that there is at least one practice that Cooper and Morrison espouse that I can not reccomend to anyone! Let the buyer beware! This is empahtically not a how to do it all by yourself book. Get some professional training and then get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Clayton on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I spent two weeks at Gunsite in the 1980s, had dinner with the Colonet and his lovely wife, and returned home with deadly handgun and rifle skills. This book is like returning to the American Pistol Institute classroom and hearing it all again from the master.

If you have been to API, it is worth every penny of the current price.

Colonel Cooper had no patience with pretenders, dabblers, and hobbyists. If your pistol was gussied up or powered down to help you score more bullseyes, he would be happy to show you the door. This book has the same attitude.

But he could take a firearms novice and make him both safe and deadly in six days. Few can make that claim.

Here's a goal to shoot for. In API 250 (General Pistol) we learned the "El Presidente" drill. Start holstered with your back to three silhouette targets, twenty-one feet away. Start the stopwatch. Turn, draw, and fire two shots at the chest of each target. Reload. Fire two more chest shots at each target. On the twelfth shot, stop the watch. You get one point for each 10-inch bullseye, maximum of twelve. Lose one point for each second over eleven seconds. Add one point for each second under ten. I saw someone get ten hits in 4.5 seconds, score fifteen, using a 9mm service pistol. Twelve shots, reload, all in 4.5 seconds.

Good enough for social work, as the Colonel would say. At the time I attended API 250, over fifty Gunsite graduates had "met the elephant" in mortal combat and all had won. Cooper was very proud of that.

This is a rock-hard system that works very well, thank you. I guess that makes me a "purist." I don't know why anyone would want to mess with a system that works this well.

The book: If you are a "family member," go hungry for a week and buy the book. If you were never there, you might not benefit from it. It's too easy to just read the parts you like and not really get the message.
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