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Champion Shooting: A Proven Process for Success at Any Level (Volume 1) Paperback – November 5, 2012
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About the Author
Ben Stoeger has been shooting competitively since 2005. He has constantly worked towards mastery of the pistol for years. Ben has been competing at the USPSA Nationals since 2007 and was a member of the United States Production World Team at the World Championships in Rhodes, Greece. He has been teaching formal competition classes since 2008 and continues to improve his curriculum and methods. As of this writing, he is the 2 time and reigning U.S. Production National Champion. Jay Hirshberg founded several companies during his professional career in business. He is the co-author of several software patents and is an experienced CEO and former Management Consultant. He has academic degrees from Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is a frequent lecturer.
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The book focuses on a pragmatic approach to building skills for practical shooting, targeting an audience of USPSA and IPDA competitors. Make no bones about it, this is primarily oriented towards USPSA competitors, but many of the drills and insights ventured would serve others well.
The pragmatic approach presented avoids almost all discussion of technique, except for triggering, and focuses on diagnostic drills and exercises that, when approached diligently, are projected to yield the most benefit for the time involved. The summary of why these drills are important avoids a lot of the rich philosophical discussion that Enos' books contains (which, personally, I like) and focuses on a plain language presentation of why these skills are most important.
Further, the book presents a simplified training regimen (far simpler than, say Seeklanders approach) encapsulating the drills and exercises presented and is a sure blueprint for taking some diligent folks to the top levels...
I teach an Intro to Practical Shooting class each Friday night, and this book will now be what I give students that express interest in rapid improvement. And that is a good caveat... they don't cover shooting or movement techniques, except a bit on trigger / shot release (the most important activity in the game). So pair this book up with a class or two from a competent instructor that is teaching the game. You will go far.
I know each of the authors, and can attest for their competitive success, but I also know the back story of how they got so good, and now you do as well - the book is what they did and what they do - now you can too!
Well, you know I got to that point and decided I needed a plan to improve. I mainly shoot IDPA, the sport with the photographer's vest (I don't fish). So I wondered if this book would make sense for me. Let me say without any hesitation...YES! I have read other shooting books, watched some videos and sorted through all the forums. It was this book that I feel put me on the right track to improving.
Now just buying the book and reading it won't make a difference, you got to practice, practice and practice. Common sense right? But if you don't practice the right things and know what that practice will improve, you are just working yourself into a circle. This is where this book will do you right in developing your own plan.
It gives you straight forward advice on putting together a thought process and a course of action. No tactical head turning or end of the world stuff, this book is about getting you better, more efficient and more competitive. If you're more an IDPA guy than a USPSA guy, don't worry you WILL get a lot from this book, even though I do see myself doing some more USPSA next year. This book came at a great time of year as the season has started to wind down here on the East Coast. Now it is time to practice up. If you have a genuine interest in getting better I would say start here. This is the next best thing to having Jay and Ben come down to the range with you to shoot.