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“I found myself reading most of the book in a single sitting. . . . If you are ever asked 'How can I get started in shooting?' give them this book. If you are an aspiring competitive shooter, buy one for yourself.” (Chip Lohman, Shooting Sports USA)

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I think there is a shooting sport out there for everyone whether it's the fast-paced action shooting sports, drilling out the x-ring or busting clay targets. I love the challenge of trying new sports and divisions. It only makes me a better shooter and I hope, by sharing my passion, I help inspire someone else to give a shooting sport a try.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161608698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086985
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shooting is like chess, the basics can be learned in a few hours, but mastery can take a lifetime. As a primarily individual pastime, it offers the opportunity to improve oneself, to push abilities to new levels and to develop skills that may one day save a life. But taking that first step into gun-sports can be intimidating; Sure, there are plenty of resources on the internet, but there is also a lot of misleading information, and for the novice it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

For less than $20 they can now get all the answers they need from world-renowned shooter, Julie Golob in her new book called `SHOOT'.

Julie's shooting career started at the tender age of 14, later after leaving school she joined the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) where she spent the next eight years honing her skills to become one of the most accomplished shooters in the world. Not content to just shoot, Julie has spent the past few years on a mission to promote the growth of women in the shooting sports. Along with Kippi Leatham and Sharyn Cohen they formed the Women of USPSA [...] to encourage more female participation.

This mission has now expanded into a book.

With nearly 250 pages, it is densely packed with information, not only about all the various shooting disciplines, it also contains examples of how women are competing against (and in some cases beating) the men in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sport.
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As someone who just got into shooting and is considering shooting sports, this book is invaluable. She gives clear definition to many of the questions I had about the different organizations, type of guns and just about everything I was looking for answers for.

The book is very nicely written and easy to understand. I can tell by the way the book is written that Julie is an great teacher.

As an aside, I was surprised at the quality of the book physically. I am used to seeing paperback books that have cheep paper used, not this one. Heavy glossy paper. As a former book publisher I love that they did something as small as use quality paper in making this book.
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If you are familar with Jeff Cooper's, the Art of the Rifle this is an excellent companion book which serves as an introduction to the various shooting sports and competition leagues. For new shooters just getting into competition, it can be pretty overwhelming just using the example of handgun alone, there is USPSA, IPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge etc., each with it's own quirks to competition, divisions that range from production stock firearms to race guns like Limcats made for the Open Division of IPSA. While basic in its overview, Julie does a fantastic job of providing a comprehensive overview of the different organizations. This is where the book excels. Even the obligatory safety section in the beginning of the book, offers just a little bit more from Julie's perspective as she talks about the danger of lead and pregnancy and actually something that as a guy I never considered but protecting the hearing of a fetus as well. My only complaint is that some of the photographs would have been nice to have some description with the photograph with some tips, the series of full page photographs showing a speed reload would have benefited from this. And while the photography reminds me of the color edition of Art of the Rifle and for the most part is excellent, the photograph on page 166 seems out of place, it appears to be an uncomfortable body position with a poorly photoshopped right foot, eh, that's a minor thing and its probably more strange to me than anyone else. I really like the chapter on advanced skills and would have liked a description of the strong hand to support hand transfer found on page 191, but that is probably something that would be better served maybe by a DVD to accompany future editions of the book.Read more ›
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Julie Golob is a remarkable woman. She is the penultimate ambassador for the shooting sports, safety and conservation. This books covers anything you wanted to know about the different types of competitions with guns. A must for any shooters library of manuals.
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What can you say? This book is a great intro into the world of competitive shooting. I just couldn't stand still in a lane and punch holes in paper any longer. I love shooting, but was getting bored. I have begin doing some local matches and with the help of this book I am learning a ton. Read this if you want to get into competitive shooting. Read this if you love America! Just read it!
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Some background will help put this review into context. I'm a former law enforcement officer who took over a decade off from shooting before coming back to it early this year to it in the form of action pistol shooting. I'm relearning the shooting world in general as well as learning a couple different action pistol games such as USPSA and Steel Challenge.

Julie Golob is an asset to the shooting community in that she's not long a very accomplished shooter, but also is an exemplary ambassador for the sport. She's an excellent communicator makes extensive use of social media and has a passion for getting new people into shooting sports with a special emphasis on women's participation.

Unsurprisingly, she wrote this excellent book that serves as one of the finest introduction to both shooting and the modern shooting sports that I have found as I have reemerged into the shooting world. Her writing style is relaxed, but concise. She stays on point with her given topic whether it's explaining firearms technology in a very understandable manner or talking about how to approach shooting an action pistol match.

The first part of the book is where Julie covers the basic topics such as safety (and that's the first chapter as you might expect) as well as beginning to impart her love for the sport and why the reader should consider getting involved. She has an entire chapter devoted to women and shooting and also provides an excellent introduction and overview of firearms and their related terminology.

The second portion of the book is a welcomed overview of the current state of international shooting sports.
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