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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781581601435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581601435
  • ASIN: 1581601433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Stanford's training resume includes every major combat shooting instructor and/or school in the country, plus an extensive background in both street oriented martial arts and police defensive tactics. A noted author of both books and magazine articles and IDPA Master Class shooter, he was the Shootist (1st overall) at the 1994 National Tactical Invitational and 2nd overall in 1998. He is the director of OPS (Options for Personal Security) in Sebring, Florida.

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Yet, the book is very well written and does have useful material.
Montana
If you are shooter or even if you are just starting this book is a great presentation of shooting basics which will help you regardless of your ability level.
Bert
This book does a good job of teaching the other aspects of shooting such as grip, aiming, trigger control, etc.
Darrell D. Mcmillan

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136 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Duane Thomas on August 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Andy Stanford's name is well-known to people heavily involved in the firearms training community. His main claim to fame is as the winner of the fourth National Tactical Invitationals. A Master class IDPA shooter, he also runs a training school called Options for Personal Security (OPS).

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.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Seppo Vesala on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I don't give a book 5 stars for nothing, but this time I had to do it. This book covers just about every aspect of shooting a handgun in combat, and it does it in detail. Stanford devotes a whole chapter on every aspect of shooting; grip, stance, trigger control, and so on.
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.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "Chui" on November 1, 2005
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This is the most informative (and at the same time practical) book on performing what the title suggests: surgical speed shooting. Andy has obviously applied a monumental amount of thought and effort into this work. The astounding thing is that he has put the theories and techniques in a direct, concise manner that will greatly assist the reader. I've purchased several copies for like-minded/like-hobbied friends and they, too, have improved tremendously upon studying this material.

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!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. J Rives on August 4, 2003
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Beginner, intermediate, or advanced shooter, you can benefit from reading this book. This book isn't as complex as the title might suggest. Stanford applies a keep it simple approach. Ultimately, his key to high speed marksmanship is a sound focus on the fundamentals. That's an easy thing to lose grasp of when you're trying hard to build skill and get better.
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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Le on March 15, 2002
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Andy Stanford concisely and comprehensively gives the reader the tools to understand and adopt Modern Isosceles shooting technique. Instructions are clear and very detailed regarding grip, stance, aiming, trigger control, and follow through (all of these topics justifiably warranting their own chapters). Stanford provides a comparison of Weaver and Modern Iso.
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.
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