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Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills Paperback – November, 2001
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About the Author
Gabe Suarez is a veteran of Southern California law enforcement, where he has served for many years. His extensive field experience includes single officer patrol, gang enforcement, special operations and tactical training. He was one of the founding members of his department's Special Weapons and Tactical Precision Rifle teams.
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I strongly disagree with the author on his disparaging and limited coverage of non-sight, "push" shooting. This is a technic that is critical to learn and practical in many tactical shooting scenarios.
The book has a fairly law enforcement oriented take on tactical shooting and limits itself in that sense. Not a complete treatise or coverage on tactical shooting.
Good basics book. Kudos to the author for a solid work.
Suarez starts with a brief history of combat handguns and combat handgunning. Then he proceeds to weapon and ammo selection, and he also touches the subjets of accessories. These chapters are short however, and you just can't make a selection on proper defensive ammunition, for example, by just reading three pages. Suarez gives a few valuable pointers on what to take into consideration when choosing proper gear, however.
Next Suarez addresses the basics of handgun shooting: the grip, stance, loading and unloading the gun, proper sight picture, and safety rules. After the basics he advances to ready positions, tactical and speed reloads and so on. Interestingly, he is not as strict in his opinions as he used to be. These chapters contain some ideas that are very interesting and were new to me.
The next few chapters are what sets this book apart from most: Suarez gives detailed training program to improve your accuracy and speed. He also advises that you don't have to spend vast amount of money on trainig ammo, as majority of training can be conducted as dry practise. Besides, quality beats quantity anyway. This section is worth the price of the book alone.
At the end Suarez tells "the truth about point shooting", and answers to some frequently asked questions. The question of point shooting seems to be a hard one, as Suarez defends aimed fire by giving what seems to be almost the same rationale as point shoters use when defending their point of view.
In the end, I would give this book 4 ½ stars, if it were possible. Full five stars is reserved for special occasions, so I give this book "only" four.
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
There are numerous illustrations, a list of resources and practice drills (both live fire and dry fire).
Overall a well written book that covers a lot of ground. Suarez advocates perfect practice and dry fire training. He says..."the more you shoot, the worse shot you will become." From a personal perspective, my skills began to increase significantly after I decreased my live fire practice sessions and focused more on dry fire at home. Although it took me a while to believe in the concept; perfect practice at a slow to moderate pace WILL make you smooth and that smoothness is what makes you fast (i.e. slow is smooth and smooth is fast).