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Old March 4, 2014, 06:26 AM   #1
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Books?

looking for a good book to read on pistol shooting for uspsa and idpa. instructional book for practicing,etc...

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Old March 4, 2014, 08:30 AM   #2
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Enos' book is the gold standard:
http://www.brianenos.com/pages/reviews.html#be

Mike Seeklander's book isn't so much about shooting the match itself, but more about training for the matches:
http://www.amazon.com/Your-Competiti...ike+seeklander

Steve Anderson's dry fire books are excellent:
http://www.brianenos.com/pages/reviews.html#steve


Having a strong mental game is important if you want to excel in any competition. To that end, I highly recommend Lanny Bassham's book:
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Mind-3...=lanny+bassham


10-Minute Toughness is also very good:
http://www.amazon.com/10-Minute-Toug...nute+toughness


As far as IDPA specifically, here's a decent intro book, but some of the rules are dated. Good discussion of the general principles, though:
http://www.amazon.com/Practically-Sp...&keywords=idpa
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Old March 4, 2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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Ben Stoeger's book is pretty good.
I've started on Enos' book at least twice, and just "didn't get it". A buddy read the whole thing three or four times, and finally did get it. Maybe that's why he made Master, and I never did?
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Old March 4, 2014, 02:25 PM   #4
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Saul Kirsch's books:
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...sl_dwfzzosa6_e

Matt Burkett books:
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...sl_bk1nzvsdi_e
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Old March 7, 2014, 06:49 AM   #5
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If you had to pick one between Ben stoegers and steve andersons as far as new training and dry firing which one is the best to understand.

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Old March 8, 2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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Old May 6, 2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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If you had to pick one between Ben stoegers and steve andersons as far as new training and dry firing which one is the best to understand.
In terms of dry-fire practice, I've worked with Steve's book for over a year now, and Ben's first dryfire books (Champion Shooting) for about 4 months, and Ben's 2nd dryfire book (Dry-fire Training) for about a month.

"which one is the best to understand" is a hard question, because I don't know what's best for you. I find them all easy to understand. If I could only have one, I think Ben's latest book is the best single book, overall:

http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Fire-Train...cm_rdp_product

It has the various dry-fire drills you want, but adds in sample training programs so you're not completely lost in the wilderness as far as the scheduling and quantity go.

For live-fire practice, the Matt Burkett videos are important to watch and very helpful, but don't give you any idea of an effective program to go out and practice the great lessons Matt teaches. So again, I'd recommend complementing Matt's videos with Ben's live fire book "Skills and Drills: For the Practical Pistol Shooter".

After some significant number of months with any single author's work, I think it's helpful to get a fresh perspective as well as add variety to your drills, so I think over time it's to your benefit to continue to add new material, rather than treat one author's book as the Bible or something. So eventually I think you'll want to own virtually all of the books mentioned in this thread. In my experience, I seemed to pick up something new from each one. Sometimes it's a concept you learned in a previous book, but hearing it explained in a different way leads you to a new insight or breakthrough, or adds a nuance to deepen your understanding in some area.
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Old May 28, 2014, 06:10 PM   #8
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practical shooting books

The Shooter's Approach to Practice by Sam Conway

Champion Shooting: A proven process for success at any level by Ben Stoeger and Jay Hirshberg

Champion Shooting: Guaranteed results in 15 minutes a day by Ben Stoeger and Jay Hirshberg

Practical Pistol: Fundamental Techniques and competition skills by Ben Stoeger

Skills and Drills for the practical pistol shooter by Ben Stoeger
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