- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (December 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087364297X
- ISBN-13: 978-0873642972
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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The Fighting Rifle: A Complete Study of the Rifle in Combat
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Some of the areas were a bit thin, providing only a series of photos demonstrating technique with NO text descriptions describing the process but the topic coverage is fairly comprehensive. I was especially pleased with the coverage on Automatic Rifles. It's shocking how many military personnel have no concept of the differences between the roles of machine guns vs. automatic rifles. Taylor not only wisely chose to cover ARs but offered a good set of drills to train on them!
This book, its reviews and countless other places criticize certain forms of competitive shooting as straying from its original purpose. There is a bit of truth there. Not even an "ideal" competitive format can cover every aspect of training so organized shooting can not be a lone solution.
The problem is the detractors of organized shooting use these facts as an excuse to cover their lack of skill. This is what separates Chuck Taylor from the bleating fray. Rather than merely complain about the competitive shooting format, he offers a set of tough but realistic drills to test your skills against instead. Ignore competition shooting if you like and aspire to shoot Mr. Taylor's drills at the Advanced level. If you can't, your low competition scores are due to low skills. If you can, you'll make a good showing at any practical rifle tournament. Turns out "fundamental" skills are fundamental everywhere.
The author makes his preferences on the subject of combat longarms clear, but doesn't belabor the point and definitely allows that other weapons may work better for other people in different situations. I particularly liked his focus on what combat really is: trying to kill another person before he kills you. That's a point too often neglected. On this same line, I liked the fact that the author spent more time on tactics than on formal shooting positions. I also appreciated that he devoted a chapter to the bayonet, which never really went obsolete (I believe Marines in Fallujah used them quite recently.)
My only complaints have to do with packaging. I think this book could be significantly improved with better-quality, color photos, as the pics in this edition are b/w and sometimes hard to decipher in detail. Jeff Cooper's excellent ART OF THE RIFLE benefitted from this (see the color version and compare to the original.) This book could likewise benefit from a facelift.