Practical Pistol Foudations with Ben Stoeger
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(Jan 01, 2015)
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There are many schools of thought on how to best approach the fundamentals of quickly and accurately shooting a pistol. When it comes to action shooting sports, it is the norm to fire multiple rounds from various positions in challenging conditions under extreme time constraints. One thing all competitors have in common is that they need a system that works under pressure every time. Watch as four-time USPSA Production Division National Champion Ben Stoeger details the core of his approach. He conveys to the viewer an understanding of the techniques he uses every time he steps up to the firing line. Ben draws from the experience of his own training and competition as well as what he observes from his students across the country and around the globe. This allows him to relate to every shooter striving to improve, and relays to them a proven system for success. Practical Pistol Foundations is a contribution to Ben Stoeger's series of world-class pistol-shooting instructional material. It is designed specifically to help anyone willing to push themselves to achieve their goals in shooting sports. It answers the controversial questions that come up naturally as shooters learn and improve, to which there are always varying and contradictory answers. This is the tool you need to step up your shooting to the next level. Powerful shooters are not superhumans with prodigious natural talent. You have what it takes if you are willing to put in the work. Students who have incorporated these techniques into their practice have seen dramatic results. It's simple physics, power equals work over time. Be powerful. This is a region 1 DVD.
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Ben doesn't skimp or hold back - very detailed explanations repeated with close up camera shots. The production was a notch up from many instructionals.
For someone looking to build their skills look at the "Training to Win with Ben Stoeger" DVD, "Skill and Drill", "Dry-Fire Training" books.
Many training videos go right into advanced techniques, assuming the shooter knows the basics. And many shooters just want to learn advanced techniques before they master the basics. Without a solid understanding and mastery of the basics, you cannot advance into the highest levels of this sport, or any other sport. Sure you can progress for a while, maybe even reach a decent level without mastering the basics, but you will stop somewhere along the way and not progress further until those basics are mastered. But this video is not just about the basics, yes, it does cover what you need to build a solid foundation of skills, but it goes further.
Ben covers various topics like stance, grip, draw, and trigger control. He covers reloading and talks about consistency vs speed, also about high vs low reloads. Transitions come next where Ben talks about your level of sight picture and how to lead with your eyes. There is also a section on stage plans and preparation for running the stage.
The video goes into a forum format where the six or seven other shooters in the video ask questions on different topics. The forum format was a bit distracting because it really made some of the shooters look pretty creepy in comparison to Ben's hot wife who was sitting among them. But I was able to get some good information out of the questions and Ben's replies. One great one was about self-analysis and what should I be practicing? I think Ben covered that well.
Another great section was on shot calling. Ben gave a great way to train for improving your shot calling which I am anxious to try later today.
Overall I think this is another excellent video by Ben Stoeger.
Whether you're interested in IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun, or IDPA... this is the DVD you get you started on the right track. All the fundamentals are covered and explained in a way to allows your skills to be built. Ben Stoeger not only breaks down the individual components, but also explains why he does things the way he does. Remember: Ben is a Grand Master who did not rely on raw and innate talent for his success - rather, hard work and diligent critical analysis were key to his success. This DVD allows you to tap in to his entire learning process and gives you what you need to begin shooting at a competitive level.
If you're already a top-level shooter and are simply looking to fine-tune your technique, this may not be the video for you. Nor would this be the product if you're dead-set in your ways and not willing to experiment and try different things. But for everyone else, this is a fantastic resource to give yourself some new ideas to integrate in to your shooting.