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Surgical Speed Shooting: How to Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship in a Gunfight Paperback – July 1, 2001
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In this book Stanford takes high-speed gun handling and marksmanship techniques that saw their genesis in IPSC (the International Practical Shooting Confederation, simulated gunfighting competition) and uses them as the basis for his recommended self-defense shooting methods. Kind of the best of both worlds there. High-speed, precision gun handling is the serious IPSC shooter's forte. It only makes sense, if you want the best techniques available to shoot fast and straight in a real-world emergency, you apply methods developed, and used, by the best practical pistol shooters.
Stanford's recommended techniques are built around the Modern Isosceles stance. In a clever play on Jeff Cooper's Weaver-centric "Modern Technique of the Pistol," Stanford refers to the Modern Isosceles as the "Post-Modern Technique of the Pistol." Also recommended are the straight-thumbs method of gripping a handgun, so identified with IPSC that many people call it "the IPSC grip." Stanford understands things about the subtleties of this grip technique I've never seen discussed in a book before. I only knew them myself by piecing together things I've learned during years of reading on the topic, and personal instruction from some of the best firearms trainers on Earth.
Particularly impressive is Stanford's instruction on trigger control.Read more ›
I especially like the author's attitude: He tells his opinions on the correct techniques, then gives his justifications, but he doesn't force his opinions to the reader. For example, he is an Isosceles man, but still recommends a reader to attend different instructor's courses; even to those who teach Weaver, and tells everyone to find out what technique works best for him.
The reason this book is worth 5 stars is that it doesn't try to cover every aspect of combat, but rather focuses on shooting techniques, and does exellent work at that. I much rather read few exellent books on different aspects of combat, than several mediocre books that try to cover it all.
Just about only downside to this book it it's name. I almost didn't buy the book, because the name indicates that the book is about competitive combat shooting, not real life combat.
In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I enrolled in his class of the same title. EVERYTHING became even more lucid. He's highly intellectual (and it shows in this book), witty, full of energy and extremely precise. The result? I'm easily twice the shooter I was prior to taking his instruction.
If you only read one book of this type in your life I cannot recommend this book any higher. Same for his Surgical Speed Shooting class. They are both simply outstanding.
Thank you, Andy!
The second half of the book is really full of gems. I particularly liked Stanford's treatment of one-handed shooting. He points out that a very likely reason you'd have to shoot one handed is because you're fending off blows, wrestling, or fighting with the other hand. He give that topic a good treatment. The photos in that chapter tell a lot too.
Stanford is part of a current new wave of firearms instructors. This wave is taking a realistic approach to shooting as a fighting skill. They acknowledge that you're likely to be scared, shaky, and uncoordinated when you actually have to use a pistol to defend your life. Stanford and these other new instructors are teaching simple techniques that you can use when you're gasping for air and at wits end.
Gunhandling (administrative and tactical) skills are discussed with the focus on the self-loader (Glock is the predominant pistol pictured), while wheelgun skills are, happily, not left out. Presentation and ready positions are also described well. I found it interesting that he has a entire chapter devoted to one-handed shooting technique -- a valid topic since we're talking about combat pistol shooting.
I had been to school, been indoctrinated, espoused Weaver, and thought anybody who shot Isosceles was an unwashed heathen. Then, after opening my mind a little, a whole new world opened up with this book. Stanford describes his own journey from Gunsite-trained Weaver shooter to Modern Isosceles proponent and argues effectively for Iso's more advanced techniques. This book is an eye-opener and I recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good book, bought another for my pal.
good reading, I wish it was more extended in details and explanations
Very nicely presented and the key elements discussed. I especially like his approach setting up the goals and objectives early on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr J
This book is nicely done but it simply didn't work real well for me. It might just be me and not the book. Worth reading in any case.Published 7 months ago by Randy B
Although marred by poor editing (e.g. a number of missed spelling and grammatical errors, etc) this little book has merit as a primer for both the self-taught pistol shooter, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fedogan
Great book with outstanding information for anyone that carries a weapon.Published 8 months ago by Jason K. Burnett