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Practically Speaking: An Illustrated Guide; the Game, Guns and Gear of the International Defensive Pistol Association Paperback – July 20, 2002


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rauch & Company, Ltd. (July 20, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0966326016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966326017
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Upon receiving his BS degree from Carnegie Tech and completing service as a Special Agent in U.S. Army Intelligence, Walt Rauch was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and an Investigator with the Warrant Unit, First Judicial District, PA, where he made over 2,000 felony arrests. He now operates his own consulting company, Rauch & Company, Ltd., for defense-weapon and tactical training. Rauch & Company services include expert witness testimony on firearms use and tactics.

Rauch is a co-founder of several shooting sports, including the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the National Tactical Invitational. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of USPSA, IDPA, the 1911 Society and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI).

Rauch is also a writer and lecturer in the firearms field. He is published regularly in national and international publications including Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement and other Harris Publications specialty magazines, Primedia's Handguns, Guns & Ammo specialty magazines, POLICE AND SECURITY NEWS, Cibles (France) and Visier (Germany). He is the author of a book on self-defense, titled REAL-WORLD SURVIVAL! What Has Worked For Me.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dean Speir on July 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
The sport of IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) grew out of a dissatisfaction with the "equipment race" into which many had felt the enormously popular International Practical Shooting Association had evolved. (Some even suggested that "Playtime" replace the "Practical" in that global organization's name.)
IPSC was founded in 1976 in an effort to codify the burgeoning but loosely knit discipline of "combat shooting," and was conceived more as a form of martial art than the "run `n' gun" sport with $3000-$5000 highly specialized handguns and factory-sponsored shooters that dominated a decade later.
Some of IPSC's founders and early movers & shakers branched out in the mid-`90s by establishing IDPA in which the basic tenet was that anyone could compete with an ordinary off-the-shelf handgun and an inexpensive nylon holster... i.e., a Ruger P90 and an Uncle Mike's "Sidekick." The real test would, as with the Olympic ideal, be of the individuals' skill against a timing device, not who has the highest-priced toys.
Integral to the success of this new discipline was having the right people to establish the organization, individuals with the necessary experience and, what is of critical import, credibility.
Walt Rauch is on every count one of those "right people." A former Federal and municipal law enforcement professional, a street-savvy urban survival guru, and an active participant in IPSC from the very start, Rauch, as one of the more prolific writers in the gunzines over the past 15 years, not only had the name recognition a fledgling operation like IDPA required, but, remarkably, still had his credibility intact, no mean feat in a realm too regularly staffed by churn-`em-out hacks and desperate wannabees.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Barrett on December 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I felt this book was very overpriced for what is basically a large format promotional pamphlet for the IDPA. It is a very basic book aimed solely at the IDPA newbie and won't be of any use to the shooter who has been through at least a handful of matches and is on the IDPA email list.

It had no information on practice drills or stances. Any technique information was very skimpy.

Since it's a 2004 book, it has no information on the 2005 rules changes and the resulting brouhaha.

There are better competition shooting technique books out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Murphy on July 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Practically Speaking promises to be an illustrated guide to IDPA shooting-and it delivers. It is a book that would be a great help for someone interested in IDPA (The International Defensive Pistol Association) who doesn't know where to start. This book has the answers for you. At the same time, those who are already experienced shooters will find this book useful as well. There is a lot of history of the sport inside, along with tips and tricks most shooters are probably not aware of.
The book starts with the basics. What is IDPA, where its place within the real world use of the handgun falls, and how to get started. Readers are exposed to the philosophy and beliefs behind the sport, along with its rules and background.
After that it goes into the guns and gear of the sport, what works and what doesn't. Readers learn about holster choices, guns and belts. The advice on equipment works not only for IDPA, but also for the street.
Next is the lowdown on the mechanics of IDPA shooting and tactics for handling the sport. Readers also learn about the various techniques and shooting positions they will encounter when shooting IDPA. Reloads, moving, use of cover, even dim light applications are encountered. Shooters reading this book will know what to expect when they strap on their gun and go shoot IDPA.
Lastly, the book delves into the subject of IDPA courses of fire, the stages shot during matches. Readers see how stages are put together, then are shown several examples of good IDPA stages. The scoring system used by IDPA is also explained here, which will be appreciated by newcomers to the sport who are interested in learning how their results are measured.
The book is well written and the color photographs work well to illustrate points and describe equipment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank W. James on July 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Walt Rauch was a founding member of International Defensive Pistol Association and as such he speaks with an authority that few can match on the subject of IDPA competition. Rauch's book "PRACTICALLY SPEAKING" An Illustrated Guide contains eighteen chapters and covers subjects like "What Is IDPA?", "The 'Game' and Self-Defense" as well as defines and explains the equipment, the rules and shooting techniques necessary for this increasingly popular venue for handgun competition.
Rauch explains how to engage targets in priority and sequence. He explains and illustrates how to use cover and he goes into detail on how one should 'slice the pie'. If some of these terms sound like Greek language to you, but you are interested in learning more about IDPA handgun competition then you are probably in the "Must Buy" groups of information consumers. If you are not interested in learning anything about IDPA competition but have recently acquired a concealed carry permit for a handgun, then this book should still be on your list of recommended titles.
Rauch ends this work with a conclusion and following that a 28 item list entitled "Rauch's Rules for the Real World". Any one charged with the responsibility of protecting their family, their home or themselves against human predators would do well to study each item on this list and absorb the lessons each item teaches.
I highly recommend PRACTICALLY SPEAKING by Walt Rauch to anyone seeking informed guidance and information on the subject of a self-defense handgun.
Frank W. James
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