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Practical Shooting : Beyond Fundamentals Paperback – July 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0962692505 ISBN-10: 0962692506 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Zediker Pub; 1ST edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962692506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962692505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book worth reading and highly recommended as a generic guide to shooting.
Timo Martikainen
This is a "must buy" book for the competition pistol shooter or just anyone that would like to learn to shoot a pistol safely, accurately and with speed.
Lee Kiser
"Freeing" your mind to take in the whole environment, and noticing all the things you do when you are shooting ( good and bad ).
Matthew T. Duplessie

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Duane Thomas on February 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The name Brian Enos is familiar to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the action shooting sports. In the late 1970s and early '80s, Enos and his good friend Rob Leatham revolutionized competitive shooting by developing techniques allowing high speed pistol control - and a level of performance - previously impossible. They did this by questioning everything, throwing out many of the sacred cows like the Weaver Stance espoused by the experts of the day, and embracing anything - no matter how unconventional - that worked. The techniques they developed (for a few years, until the other guys could adopt the same methods to catch up) didn't just put Leatham and Enos ahead of the rest of the best in the world - they were in an entirely different CLASS.

Beyond Fundamentals has been called by those who've read it, "Zen and the Art of Pistol Shooting." It's also been called, "A book written by an IPSC Grand Master that you have to be an IPSC Grand Master to understand." There's a certain amount of truth to that. Most books on handgun marksmanship tell you that truly high-level shooting really has very little to do with equipment and technique, it's 95 percent mental...then spend 95 percent of the rest of the book talking about equipment and technique! Enos tells you shooting is 95 percent mental, then spends 95 percent of the rest of the book talking about mental states of consciousness.

The reason no one had ever written a book like this before, and why some people find it impenetrable even today, is because it's just damn hard to describe a mental state of consciousness so that someone who's never experienced it can understand what you're talking about. This is definitely a book that benefits frequent re-reading as your skill level improves.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By plinker on July 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
The prices listed for these used copies ($76.00 as of this writing) are a bit steep considering Brian still publishes the book, and sells it at brianenos.com for $19.00
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. J Rives on July 19, 2003
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If Jedi Master Yoda wrote a book about pistol shooting, this would be it. Enos wrote this book to help intermediate level shooters become advanced level shooters. This isn't a book about self-defense or tactics. It's a book about shooting . . . Mostly the inner, mental effort involved in shooting.
Some of the writing in this book becomes esoteric. How do you describe how you think? Enos works very hard to try to convey the mental processes involved in championship level shooting. Just as this would be a difficult book to write, it takes some effort to read. Unlike many gun-books or gun-magazines, this isn't shallow reading.
Enos doesn't spend very much time writing about the mechanics of gun-handling or marksmanship ( if you're looking for that, then I'd suggest looking at Gabriel Suarez's Tactical Pistol Marksmanship and Tactical Pistol) but when he does, pay attention. He has some neat training exercises that will help you move beyond the intermediate skill-level.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lee Kiser on April 24, 2000
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This is a "must buy" book for the competition pistol shooter or just anyone that would like to learn to shoot a pistol safely, accurately and with speed. I am a Master in both open and limited class USPSA competition and soon to make Grand Master. I could not have reached this level with out this book! Brian Enos knows pistol shooting and he has put his years of expirence into this book. This is the one book that covers most everything one needs to know to learn to be efficient with a pistol. But one must practice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read it my first time as a C-class IPSC shooter. Im reading it for the third time now and hope to earn my master class this year. Its a mental game and this book really attacks the mental aspects of shooting.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Physician on May 7, 2006
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I am fairly experienced with firearms and have trained with some of the best instructors in the country. I have read many of the better books written on the subject and will say that this is easily the best book written on shooting the handgun. Whether you are a competitive shooter, law enforcement or interested in personal defense, this book will change the way you think about shooting. The sections on shooting technique are worth the price of the book but where Enos goes above and beyond is in how he addresses the mental aspects of shooting. His treatment of mindset could be applied to any other sport or just everyday living. This book belongs on the shelf of any serious shooter. I've only finished my copy for the first time but it is already filled with highlighted passages and notes in the margins. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Farris on March 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
If your competition has read this book, and you haven't, don't plan on winning much. There aren't many top shooters that don't use most of the stuff in this great book. Brian Enos, and his shooting partner Rob Leatham, pretty much changed the way pistols are shot in competition. Enos has shared this info with us through "Beyond Fundamentals". Shorten your learning curve...get this book. It will save you countless of rounds and range time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Buol Jr. on December 6, 2010
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I you don't already know who Brian Enos is then you don't know much about high level practical shooting.

An incredibly thoughtful masterwork written by a master of his craft at the peak of his excellence, this is more than a "how to shoot" book. It is a text on how to properly think about shooting and training in the context of practical pistol. The title, "Beyond Fundamentals" with the admonishment to master fundamental skills in order to go beyond them sums it up. Of course, one can never truly master the fundamentals and that is part of the thoughtful, no-thought approach this great book takes.

Many pointed out that certain sections will be beyond most shooters until they have already reached a given level of skill. True. Don't take this as condescending, but certain ideas in here simply won't make much sense until you've experienced shooting at a higher level. When training hard and scratching for skill gains, this book is always worth a re-read.

I've pointed out that the best way to find the "cutting edge" shooting techniques of tomorrow is to look at what winning competition shooters are doing today. Brian Enos, along with Rob Leatham, literally rewrote practical shooting and their ideas have trickled down to all forms of military, law enforcement and civilian shooting everywhere. Even Gunsite, Jeff Cooper's famed school, has restructured parts of its doctrine obviously derived from this. That's probably like getting Moses to rewrite the Ten Commandments.
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