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1. Surgical Speed Shooting: How To
2. Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's
3. Tactical Pistol Shooting: Your
4. Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars:
5. Inception: The Shooting Script
6. Practical Shooting : Beyond Fundamentals
7. Shooting the Moon
8. The Hunter's Guide to Accurate
9. T.A.P.S. Tactical Application
10. Trapshooter's Bible - Precision
13. Tactical Pistol Marksmanship:
14. Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and
15. Shooting Kabul (Paula Wiseman
16. Shooting Gallery: An Art Lover's
17. Basics of Pistol Shooting
18. Shooting War
19. Gun Digest Book of Trap &
20. Precision Shooting Reloading Guide

1. Surgical Speed Shooting: How To Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship In A Gunfight
by Andy Stanford
Paperback: 152 Pages (2001-07-01)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$8.83
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Asin: 1581601433
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Learn the secrets of shooting a handgun quickly and accurately under the extreme stress of a gunfight. These cutting-edge techniques for managing recoil in rapid fire, high-speed trigger control and more are used by today's hostage rescue teams and competitive grandmasters. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Iconic

This is the third book I've read recently, but the first by this author. I was really impressed by his attention to detail in the fundamentals of grip, stance, balance and trigger control (special focus on taking up the slack). His arguments for using the isosceles caused me to change my stance. Overall, this additiion to my library resulted in faster shooting,improved accuracy and a better feel to calling the shot. I thought Andy Stanford communicated his thoughts and suggestions in an exceptional manner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good place to start
For the novice shooter this gives a good place to start to gain more confidence and more reliable shooting if you are conceal carry and things go down and you need to be able to place your shots.There are excersises for shooting near the end of the book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book would be great if it actually gave you instructions on how to carry out most of the techniques given.The detail that is given in this book is very basic firearms handling skills.This book is more of a how to shoot for beginners then a how to better your shooting.This book did not cover anything that isn't in every other firearms handling book I have ever read, and the skills it goes over are the very same skills you would learn in a basic firearms class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Read
Other than the constant Weaver bashing that others have commented on its a pretty helpful book. Ive been working on accuracy and speed after finally transitioning to a Modern Isoceles type of stance and so I needed new fundamentals and then some. I got a good bit from this book. Enough that Ive started back reading it again with a highlighter. I think anyone who owns a pistol should buy this book, everyone can get something from it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I am quoting another users comment below which sums up this book exactly:

"At the end you are not much wiser than at the beginning"

Stay away from this book, complete waste of time. ... Read more

2. Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom
by Chris Palmer
Paperback: 272 Pages (2010-05-11)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.97
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Asin: 1578051487
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Wildlife and nature films are a hugely popular entertainment genre: networks such as Animal Planet and Discovery are stars in the cable television universe, viewers flock to IMAX theaters to see jaw-dropping footage from the wild, and the venerable BBC still scores triumphs with series such as Planet Earth. As cinematic technology brings ever more breathtaking images to the screen, and as our direct contact with nature diminishes, an ever-expanding audience craves the indirect experience of wild nature that these films provide.
But this success has a dark side, as Chris Palmer reveals in his authoritative and engrossing report on the wildlife film business. A veteran producer and film educator, Palmer looks past the headlines about TV host Steve Irwin’s death by stingray and filmmaker Timothy Treadwell falling prey to his beloved grizzlies, to uncover a more pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse in wildlife films. He tracks the roots of this trend to the early days of the genre, and he profiles a new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains, and who represent the future that Palmer envisions for the industry he loves.
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2-0 out of 5 stars I really WANTED to like this
Palmer is preaching from a soapbox. As some of the review titles suggest he is trying to create a "movement" or "bearing witness". The book feels exactly like he is on a Bible thumping crusade, but after about 3 chapters his moral righteousness wears thin. At the same time he is castigating everyone from Walt Disney to David Attenborough, he never misses a chance to write about his own purity and all the films he has worked in that promoted conservation and animal rights. His lack of modesty eventually falls into blatantly crass self promotion.

I abhor the idea of creating conflict between animals or having animals tricked or trained to behave unnaturally simply to make an exciting film. If Palmer had stopped here I would have given him another star. Instead, he bashes incredible documentaries like, Life on Earth, Blue Oceans, and Living Planet because each episode doesn't live up to his expectation of creating a call to action to save the planet. Yes, Timothy Treadwell, Steve Irwin, and Marty Stouffer invaded the personal space of wild animals and even manipulated their behavior, yet the good these filmmakers did in bringing animal and wilderness awareness to people who would have never been exposed far outweighs the bad.

Palmer needs to lighten up. He is singing to the PETA vegan choir, but in the process is alienating those of us in the middle ground who bought his book to be inspired and enlightened rather than browbeaten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly insightful & inspiring
Thank you, Chris Palmer, for writing this book!It gives the reader not only inside information about the wildlife film and television industry, but also provides an optimistic plan to help viewers and filmmakers get the most out of the medium.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shooting in the Wild - Bearing witness to the extinction crisis

Chris Palmer's Shooting in the Wild takes readers into the extraordinary world of wildlife and natural history filmmaking. As an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Palmer knows this world first-hand and gives us one of the first histories of this genre of wildlife film making and the ratings-driven television industry that sometimes pushes filmmakers to `stage' and provoke animal behaviors that cross an ethical line.

The poignant stories in Palmer's book provides an inspiring perspective on how these films `bear witness' to the crisis of extinction facing many species of wildlife and the habitats they depend upon for survival.The book and its message could not be more timely, given the latest conservation science field research, which reveals that plant and animal extinction is occurring now at a faster rate than at any time in the Earth's history.A third of the world's amphibians, a quarter of mammals and coniferous trees and entire ecosystems like tropical rainforests and coral reefs are all at risk and now further threatened by the overarching specter of global warming.

There are no lack of urgent and compelling stories to be told by thecurrent generation of wildlife and natural history filmmakers.Palmer's book is essential reading for these filmmakers and for everyone concerned about the fate of the natural world that sustains us all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and powerful
"Shooting in the Wild" is an eye opening account of all facets of wildlife filmmaking, some quite unexpected.It delves into the many techniques used by filmmakers to get the "money shot" which can sometimes be the lynchpin that determines the success of the entire production. The author profiles filmmakers that range from being ethical and causing no harm to those that resort to downright villainous exploitation and cruelty. Interviews and quotes from high profile wildlife filmmakers are very insightful as are their back stories.The author also chronicles the many production challenges of shooting with full crew in remote locations under severe time constraints as well as tackling difficult moral and ethical considerations one doesn't usually think about while watching the programs."Shooting in the Wild" is a thorough and engaging view of the underbelly of natural history filmmaking, warts and all.Plus it's a terrific and compelling read.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than a book, it's a gateway to a movement
To read Chris Palmer's detailed and accurate summary of wildlife filming today is a fabulous introduction to the subject of shooting in the wild.Chris knows virtually everyone involved in this industry and practically all of them are mentioned specifically or referenced in this work. But once you've landed firmly in Chris's camp on the many issues, principles and ethical subjects he brings up you are then charged to do something else....become a force of one to change the sometimes horrific way we represent animals, especially on television. This book is the bible for the movement to treat animals with respect. Filming them as Chris describes is a gift that we should use to help protect them and not exploit them. ... Read more

3. Tactical Pistol Shooting: Your Guide to Tactics & Techniques that Work
by Erik Lawrence, Mike Pannone
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-11-07)
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Asin: 1440204365
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The essential reference for the beginning shooter, Tactical Pistol Shooting, 2nd edition, provides a thorough introduction to the use of tactical pistols. Readers get instruction in defense mindsets, pistol terms, shooting fundamentals and shooting positions, emphasis on important safety precautions and lawful personal defense. Readers will also find advanced techniques, training drills and complicated shooting environments. More than 350 detailed, step-by-step, color photos clearly illustrate the techniques shooters will master to become more adept with a tactical pistol. Appendices include a discussion of shooting standards, equipment supplies listings, progress worksheets and more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good information without being wordy and opinionated.
This is a good overview for both novice and experienced shooters.It is informative without being wordy and opinionated.While a lot of the concepts were not new to me, I did learn something new and useful.In my book, that means it was worth the purchase price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic pistol technique manual
Let me just say at the outset that this book is worth buying if for nothing else it will save you hundreds of dollars in wasted ammo at the range.(As a caveat to revolver shooters, this book focuses on semi-automatic pistols, so you might want to go a different direction if that is your weapon of choice.That said, the techniques discussed are applicable to revolvers with the exception of grip.) I found the sections on stance, grip, sight picture, trigger pull, reloading, and jam clearing to be well worth the purchase.I applied the author's suggestion regarding dry fire drills and immediately figured out my trigger pull issues the next time out to the range.There is also a whole list of drills at the end of the book to do.So from a basic pistol marksmanship standpoint, this is a fine reference and is well photographed.I wouldn't have minded some overhead diagrams on certain techniques (for example, a line like "orient to your dominant eye" is confusing without a diagram, i.e. orient how?), but that is a small quible.

Beyond the basic shooting aspect of this book I found the sections on "tactics" or "combat mind set" to be lacking.Not because the philosophy wasn't valid, but because most topics were discussed merely in bullet points or lists in simple declarative terms.Perhaps all of those topics are too vast to be compiled in any one book, and this presents itself as a primer or introduction to those ideas, but for a book that purports to be a guide to these techniques, I expected a little more background. For example, threat conditions were discussed, but merely in terms of "definition" and when someone should be at one of those conditions, not in any detail on what one does in those situations, i.e., a "tactic."Another example would be drawing from a concealed holster, the draw technique is discussed but not the finer points of concealment, concealment choices, etc.Also, I expected to see chapters on house/room clearing, and how to index a threat situation.This is another area where declaratively the author states that you must "index your threats" to choose your target, but goes into no greater detail on how one would do that, i.e., a tip, an anecdote or two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent instructional book on fundamentals of tactical shooting
Many books have been written regarding shooting and marksmanship.However, this book covers many important principles for those working towards putting everything together in a clear perspective.There are three important facets of combat that one must concentrate: Marksmanship, Mindset and gunhandling.

Mindset, awareness, principles of survival and self defense serve as the combat handgunner's framework.Every aspect of gun handling from drawing, concealment, shooting from holsters and concealed holsters, shooting techniques, various shooting positions, barriers, and general practice techniques are outlined.A simple to follow program of progression to develop ones's combat skills are outlined.Thus book is heavily concentrated on semiautomatic pistols and features the Glock.

Each step and method are clearly described and full color photographs emphasize the important aspects of techniques.

Excellent for novices and intermediate level shooters
Simple and clear writing style
Full color photographs

Complete emphasis on semiautomatic users
Little coverage on revolvers and backup gun techniques

Overall, this book is a must buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Firearms Instructor? Buy This Book!
in a world full of fake, 5-11clad couch warriors, the author of this book is clearly the Real Deal! he has written a very informative, useful and accurate book on the subject of Tactical Pistol shooting. I am a federal Firearms Instructor and am always on the hunt for new ideas and methods on the subject. I was not disappointed with TPS! Its a great addition to your collection if you are an instructor, a police officer, an operator, or carry a firearm in the course of your life. 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars The only pistol shooting book you need.
Its pretty simple...there is only one pistol shooting book you need and this is it.Hands down the best i have read.Pictures are detailed and excellent quality.The books is written in a clear and concise manner that is easy to follow.Its not filled with "cool" tactical ninja crap.Everything in this book is functional and will make you a better shooter. ... Read more

4. Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks
by Sharon Lovejoy
Paperback: 205 Pages (2010-02-04)
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Asin: 0761150439
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Make leaf rubbings, learn the neighborhood bird songs together, turn an aquarium into a worm hotel, create a firefly lantern. There are garden projects, both for the outdoors—grow a container snacking garden, a pumpkin patch in a pot—and the indoors, i.e., how to use something called "indoor garbage gardens" to grow pineapple tops, sweet potato vines, peanuts, and more. Cooking projects, both in the sunshine—baking in a solar oven—and in the kitchen—what child will ever forget the time the two of you made Potato Volcanoes with Lava? And lots of rainy-day activities for times when nature's in a cranky mood.

Created by Sharon Lovejoy—a grandmother of four and the author of two classic books of garden activities for grown-ups and kids, Sunflower Houses and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & BootsToad Cottages and Shooting Stars is an ecologically inspired guide that combines more than 130 green activities with timeless grandparenting advice. Illustrated with Lovejoy's distinctive, delicate watercolors, it's an inventive resource for grandmother and grandchild to connect with each other through nature. It is the book to make sure an afternoon, a day, or a weekend turns into a memory that lasts forever.
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5-0 out of 5 stars toad cottages and shooting stars
I had it sent to my grandchildren.Their mother said the book was great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mother's like it too!
I can't put this book on the shelf because I keep finding new things to do and make in it's pages.
I own many of Lovejoy's books and even though I'm not a Grandmother yet, as a Mother it's useful
to mee too.I even bought one for my mother-in-law and a good friend for Mother's Day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for grandmothers!
Wonderful book as are all of Sharon Lovejoy's books.Unusual, creative activities to do with children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars:Grandma's Bag of Tricks
This is a great little book for grandmothers, aunts and pre-school teachers for those days when you have the children and want to have an educational activity to maintain their interest and promote learning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book of ideas!
Very nice book with lots of great ideas for things to do with the grandchildren - love the title too!!!! ... Read more

5. Inception: The Shooting Script
by Christopher Nolan
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-08-17)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.49
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Asin: 1608870154
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Inception, writer-director Christopher Nolan’s seventh feature film, joins the epic scope of The Dark Knight with the narrative sophistication of Memento. The story of a group of thieves who specialize in invading the mind through one’s dreams, Inception explores the Nolan’s signature psychological themes of memory, paranoia, and self-doubt as the protagonist, Dom Cobb, is pitted against a hostile subconscious spurred on by personal demons and regrets from the past. In a conversational preface, Nolan discusses with brother and frequent collaborator, Jonah, the genesis of the idea for the film and the decade-long process it took to write it. Detailing the results of Nolan’s efforts, Inception: The Shooting Script includes key storyboard sequences, full-color concept art, and an appendix on the workings of the mysterious Pasiv Device that Cobb and his fellow extractors use to initiate the dream-share. An exclusive exploration of a highly original concept, Inception: The Shooting Script is the record of a writer-director at the height of his craft.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inception Shooting Script Review
This is a brilliant book with lines from every second of the movie. It even has things which weren't in the final screening. There is an interview with Jonathon and Christopher Nolan at the front and plenty of concept art and storyboards. I don't hesitate to give it 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to find out more about the film or (like me) didn't follow it entirely in the cinemas. It is almost a steal at this price too ;)

4-0 out of 5 stars If you liked the movie you will like this book.
I enjoyed the movie, and i wanted to read the book to clear up a few things that I had a hard time understanding in the actual movie.This book will answer all question that a person may have from viewing the movie. I do not feel that a person will enjoy this book if the movie was not viewed first.This book is written as an actual script, not like a novel style.I needed a book to read on a long flight, and this book worked just fine for me.

Flynt from Cleveland

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have if you Loved the Movie
This book is the perfect takeaway if you loved the film like I did. It contains the complete shooting script (there is no novelization), a chapter of concept art, an extensive interview with Nolan about the creative development and themes in the film, storyboards, and a mock operating manual for the PASIV dream device. All in all this is an amazing find for less than $20, and you end up appreciating the film even more. Nolan deserves the Oscar for best screenplay.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome script from a film Student point view
O my god..............
Nolan's writing is incredible, this guy made a masterpiece with this script, and i loved it when i started reading it.

I need good scripts, to study my writing. And this book was the best choice.

It was worth waiting that Amazon had it in stock again.

100% satisfied.
Thx Amazon

5-0 out of 5 stars Dreams
It would help a lot to understand the movie. An excellent interview as an introduction to the script. ... Read more

6. Practical Shooting : Beyond Fundamentals
by Brian Enos
Paperback: 201 Pages (1990-07)
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Asin: 0962692506
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This isn't just another "how to fire a gun" book. This one talks about shooting....The keys to consistent, high-speed shooting are within you right now. This book will show you ways to bring them out. Through Brian's advice, you'll learn how to recognize and break down the barriers that are limiting your performance-you may begin to look at shooting in an entirely different way. You'll learn to pressure-proof your match performance, how different types of shooting require different focal points, and you'll see how to develop an attitude that will let you reach beyond what you thought was your potential.You'll find a comprehensive set of exercises that will develop and sharpen your skills. You'll see how it's possible to drive the gun to wherever your eye can look. You'll discover that everything you need to know about your technique is told by the gun, if you know how to listen to it. And all the challenges and advanced techniques of practical shooting are covered too: prone, barricade, single-hand shooting, multiple targets, reloading, shooting on the move, and much more. You'll also get inside tips on IPSC strategies, steel shooting, shootoff tactics, Bianchi, and more.This book will give you all the fundamentals of practical pistol shooting, but then it will show you ways you can take yourself far, far beyond them...Ya follow? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars From beginner to pro, this book can help any shooter excel, or just get over that pesky hump.
Well written, current, and insightfull.This book not only helps you understand the fundamentals of shooting,you will learn a lot about yourself in the process.A classic.No matter your disipline, this book is a must have.

4-0 out of 5 stars IPSC Training
The title of the book is accurate. It is for the advanced shooter who needs to understand the mental side of shooting to improve.I am far to inexpert shooter to comment on this book. What he takes for granted is beyond my ability.

5-0 out of 5 stars book review
I ordered the book, it came in the mail. It's what I ordered and it got here on time. What else can I say?

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I had got a copy years ago and misplaced it, I decided to get another one recently. I have learned and developed my shooting to a higher level and this book was the basis for it. I dont think there is one book I could recommend more to someone at any level of shooting. All the reviews should tell anyone to not pass it up. Thank you Mr Enos.

5-0 out of 5 stars Only If You Want To Shoot Your Absolute Best !
After going to Brian Enos' website and checking out the Amazon reviews, I have to agree; This is undoubtedly the best shooting book available! Chapters two and three alone are worth the price of any shooting materials thet you're apt to find.
Mind you, I have no desire to enter competition shooting at this time but if I did, this would be the book that I would want to learn from. I thought that I was doing pretty good at the range but Practical Shooting Beyond Fundamentals is taking me even further.
Because I have been granted a concealed handgun permit in my state, I thought that I had better learn to handle my weapon to near perfection. I began with Tactical Pistol Shooting by Erik Lawrence for situational drills, moved on to the Practical Shooting Handgun Techniques DVDs Vol 1-3 (which has an interview with Brian Enos btw) and then bought this book as a third stage to compliment the two other purchases. None were disappointing but Practical Shooting Beyond Fundamentals is the cream of the crop. I can feel myself getting better with each practice session.
If you want to continually increase your shooting skills then this is the book for you. If you own a handgun for home or personal protection I still highly recommend this book.
Brian will also autograph the book if you request it! ... Read more

7. Shooting the Moon
by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-12-29)
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Asin: 1416979867
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When twelve-year-old Jamie Dexter's brother joins the Army and is sent toVietnam, Jamie is plum thrilled. She can't wait to get letters from thefront lines describing the excitement of real-life combat: the sound of helicopters, the smell of gunpowder, the exhilaration of being right in thethick of it. After all, they've both dreamed of following in the footstepsof their father, the Colonel.

But TJ's first letter isn't a letter at all. It's a roll of undevelopedfilm, the first of many. What Jamie sees when she develops TJ's photographsreveals a whole new side of the war. Slowly the shine begins to fade off ofArmy life - and the Colonel. How can someone she's worshipped her entirelife be just as helpless to save her brother as she is?

From the author of the Edgar Award-winning Dovey Coe comes a novel,both timely and timeless, about the sacrifices we make for what we believeand the people we love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A sensory gift and a compelling read
Frances O'Roark Dowell's "Shooting the Moon" is written for a tween audience, but the writing is carefully crafted and the story, mature enough for a reader of any age.

The book starts with a strong first sentence, one that pulls you in:"The day after my brother left for Vietnam , me and Private Hollister played thirty-seven hands of gin rummy, and I won twenty-one." From there, we learn that our main character, 12-year-old Jamie Dexter is an army brat and a card shark, and has been combat-ready since she could walk and talk.When her older brother TJ enlists to go to Vietnam, she is mad that she is too young to go and confused by her parents' lack of support for TJ's decision.With her dad as a full-bird colonel and her brother as third generation to join the Army, Jamie's just itching to be a soldier in the heart of combat.

Through her friendship with Private Hollister (who could easily be played by Scott Grimes, if I was the casting director for the movie), Jamie finds a friend who helps her to gain perspective on this war.It is Private Hollister who suggests Jamie learn something new, like developing film, to help the soldiers who are coming in with questions regarding the dark room.Developing film is the last thing on Jamie's radar, until TJ sends her a roll from Vietnam.

At first the images are not very exciting.There are shots of huts and people smiling and even the moon.As roll by roll comes in, though, the imagery changes.Since TJ joined up to be a combat medic, the images take on an eerie quality.There are haunted expressions on the faces of these young men, barely out of high school.There are pained expressions on the faces of the soldiers who are being treated by the medics.

Then there is the opportunity for Jamie to help, to really be of help, based on the images she's seen and the stories she has heard.She is inspired to develop the photographs of people who cannot put into words what they have experienced, but what they have caught on film.

When a family emergency arises, it is Jamie who shows the greatest strength and the greatest of lessons learned.It is Jamie who waves her own personal flag for her brother.It is Jamie who "shoots the moon."Readers of all ages will not be disappointed in this compelling story.The grace in which the subject matter is written pays homage to the soldiers who fight for us every day.
Dowell's writing is a sensory gift and you won't want to miss this compelling read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Learning the Gritty Reality of War
This book was published in 2008, long after Vietnam, but its messages are timely for family, friends and others who are only too aware of what soldiers face now during wartime.I read this book to my 8-year-old and had to edit it slightly (it tells the truth about Santa Claus, there is a "d*mn" and there are references to cigarette smoking and beer drinking as an emotional release).The main character Jamie, daughter of an Army colonel, has grown up hearing the positive, patriotic messages of duty, honor, sacrifice.She learns the bitter reality of a real war:people are injured and die and they could be related and/or loved by YOU.Excellent story, well told by the narrator, Jamie, in an honest, straightforward way.

3-0 out of 5 stars I'll be the dissenter
I guess I'll be the dissenter here.

I thought the book was good, very readable, with good chronological order, which helps young readers make more sense of what they read.I could identify with the main character, Jamie.I was a girl during the Vietnam war, I had a father who had been in the military and who thought the war was just.I idolized my father like Jamie idolizes hers.The premise of the book was okay--how a young girl feels about the war her brother is fighting in. Overall, it wasn't bad.

However...(you knew that was coming)...the story falls a little flat because of poor character development, lack of depth in the story development and a hugely unsatisfying ending.It ends so abruptly that I had to look up the author's bio to see if she died before she finished the book.It was the only explanation I could think of to end the book on such an odd place.

Although Jamie, the main character, spends a lot of time with several of the side characters, we find out little about them.Yes, soldiers are trained to be stoic, but the story would have been much better if the author would have let us have the tiniest peek behind the stoicism to see honest emotions.What did her best friend feel when his brother was killed?What emotions were below the surface when he discovered he was about to be shipped to the war?What did the other soldiers really think about Jamie's enthusiasm for war in general?Why didn't the Colonel try harder to prevent his son from enlisting?Just leaving hints about going to college instead of going to war really seems out of character for a hard-driven man who is used to being obeyed.

The mom almost doesn't exist at all.She seems to be in the novel simply to give Jamie a two-parent family.We know nothing about how she felt about her only son enlisting during a time of war.I know several mothers whose sons have done just that in the last couple years and I can tell you that even the "army wives" don't just go on with business as usual, as Jamie's mother seems to do.I would have been nice to experience some of the angst she must have felt at the prospect of her only son potentially being killed.

The motif of the moon is totally lost in the story.There doesn't seem to be any reason at all for TJ to photograph the moon so much. If only we would know WHY the moon is important in this story...

I can guess that Ms. Dowell intends this book to be semiautobiographical?If only she would have shown us the honest emotions this book begs for, it would have been a supremely wonderful read.As it is, I have to wonder what the point of the story is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will draw you in with its simplicity and astound you with its powerful story
Sticking to your convictions often takes courage and willpower. But sometimes, questioning what you believe and allowing room for doubt can take even more determination and requires a different kind of courage. How far are you willing to go to stand up for what you believe? And how much does it take before you're able to change your stance? This is the dilemma presented in SHOOTING THE MOON, a touching coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, by critically-acclaimed author Frances O'Roark Dowell.

SHOOTING THE MOON is the story of 12-year-old Jamie Dexter, an Army brat who couldn't be prouder when her older brother TJ signs up for the armed forces and gets shipped off to Vietnam. As she waits for news from the front, she volunteers at the base's recreation center and befriends Private Hollister, a young soldier who helps her pass the time with games of gin rummy. Her father, whom she calls the Colonel, has brought the family up to believe that a life in the military is the key to living a life of success. Jamie wholly believes in the Colonel's philosophy until TJ begins sending her rolls of film from Vietnam.

As she develops the photographs, a different picture of military life begins to emerge for her. Faced with the brutality of the war, Jamie comes to the conclusion that she needs to intervene when she learns that Private Hollister is about to be reassigned to Vietnam. Steeling her courage, Jamie prepares to confront her father, the one man she thinks stands between her new friend and the horrors her brother has revealed.

In Jamie, Dowell has created a strong, believable young girl who shows both remarkable insight into the world around her and an almost melancholy naivety. It's almost heartbreaking to watch as Jamie, steadfast in her beliefs at the beginning of the book, slowly begins to see her opinions change and realize there is "more in heaven and earth."

When someone else challenges our beliefs, it's hard enough. But when the questions are from within, it can be world-changing. At the same time, though, it's fulfilling to see her make the journey from taking everything as read to raising some serious questions about the war and the military. Her relationship with Hollister is sweet and provides a nice counterpoint to the turmoil she begins to feel at home. Although the very end feels a little too neat, it offers a beautiful coda to Jamie's journey and will leave readers satisfied.

SHOOTING THE MOON will draw you in with its simplicity and astound you with its powerful story. Frances O'Roark Dowell's seemingly quiet book will make a memorable imprint on all who indulge.

--- Reviewed by Brian Farrey

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Shooting the Moon
"Shooting the Moon" is middle grade fiction at its best: a setting that draws you in, a story that makes you think, characters that make you care, and a pace that keeps things interesting. One of the best books I've read in aught 8.

The Vietnam war is in full swing and the Dexters are an army family through and through. Instead of "dad", the kids call their father "The Colonial". Like I said, through and through. 12 year old Jamie and her older brother TJ have been preparing for war their whole lives, waging strategic battle with army men for years. TJ, a recent high school graduate, decides to enlist. The strange thing is, The Colonial is not pleased. In fact, he is outright vocal in his opposition. When TJ is shipped overseas, he sends letters home for his parents and rolls of film for Jamie. What's contained in those photographs forces the youngest Dexter to rethink her gung-ho view of war.

This one makes quick work of drawing you in and holding your interest. Dowell ("The Secret Language of Girls", "Chicken Boy", the "Phineas L. MacGuire" books) seamlessly mixes in flashbacks to tell the story from the perspective of Jamie. Her point of view changes over the course of the book, but the transition doesn't feel forced. A gradual and natural changing of opinion is a good thing to see in children's lit.

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8. The Hunter's Guide to Accurate Shooting: How to Hit What You're Aiming at in Any Situation
by Wayne van Zwoll
Paperback: 352 Pages (2004-10-01)
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In THE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO ACCURATE SHOOTING, firearms and ballistics expert Wayne van Zwoll tells you how become a better shot, both on the range and in the field. His clear, readable, and entertaining descriptions of rifles, cartridges, sights, and shooting techniques make this book a page-turner for any rifle enthusiast or hunter.

Dr. van Zwoll has made guns and shooting his vocation for thirty-five years, and he brings in the advice of other renowned marksmen, from extraordinary hunters and trick shooters to Olympic competitors.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Rifle shooting
Good reading book. It has a lot of detailed rifle shooting info. A great reference for the new rifle shooter. The book refreshes several shooting tips picked up over the years. Enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great book by van Zwoll
If you like reading about guns and like hunting you can't beat this author for entertaining writing. How to shoot accurately is not that hard a subject.The things that you need to do are fairly straightforward.So a little side story about how archers who poached were spared from hanging to fight for the King with spectacular results are the kind of thing that make a winter's evening reading a delight.I recommend this book and anything else by this author.

3-0 out of 5 stars This glass is 1/4 full.
"Books about guns abound. Books about shooting do not. ... This book is mainly for hunters who want to shoot better."

So opens Mr. Van Zwoll's 2002 attempt to rectify this situation.

Though few seem to realize it, the gun and hunting world desperately needs decent material on marksmanship. Competition shooters have it wired but these active and talented represent less than one percent of the gun industry.

This book addresses a good part of that unattended 99 percent and makes me optimistic, thus I see this glass as full. However, it's only a quarter, not half, full.

Wayne Van Zwoll has the credentials with solid shooting experience and a track record respectable enough to be considered for an Olympic team many years ago. He's also a good writer and active in the gun industry as a regular contributor to the gun press.

This guy should know better.

After railing against "gun books" and their lack of shooting material in the preface, Van Zwoll spends the majority of the first 200 pages of this 322 page tome discussing exactly the same thing as every other gun book, starting with a condensed history of gun development (A Shooter's Slice of History) and continuing with an overview of what equipment you should buy (Equipped for the Shot, Aiming.)

This is all interesting, but not on topic. The title promised to help teach us how to hit what we're aiming at, remember? There are a handful of interesting morsels.


Page 135 discusses that the shooting standard for Civil War era Berdan's Sharpshooters was a 10 shot group at 200 yards with a radius from the bullseye no more than 5 inches.

Page 142-143 discusses why over-magnification is unnecessary and that iron sights can be shot just as accurately as optics:
"In prone competition, iron sight scores commonly come close to matching those shot with scopes. It's no trick to shoot groups under half an inch at 50 meters, and in favorable weather the better shooters punch quarter-inch one-holers. So it seems odd to me that hunters insist on setting variables at 8x to 10x to shoot animals the size of a Honda Gold Wing."

The chapter on zeroing was useful, but this is rather elementary. Van Zwoll also betrays his air of experience somewhat by showing how long he's been out of the game

p. 144, "If National Match shooters can lob .30-06 bullets into the V-ring at 600 yards ..."

High Power switched to the decimal target decades ago and High Power shooters are mostly using .223 (Service Rifle) and 6mm or 6.5mm (Match Rifle) cartridges. A few folks still shoot .308 but the only people shooting .30-06 are those shooting the John C. Garand match and that is done at 200 yards.

In discussing slings, he's aware of the useful CW sling (p. 227), but not it's improvement, the Ching. Eric Ching improved the CW while on the Gunsite staff and made it a production item and managed several reviews internationally by 1991, a full 11 years before this book went to print.

Is this information too hard to find? Entering "scout rifle" into Google seven of the first ten pages of the search, including the very first four sites listed, include detailed "5 W's" information on the design, including manufacturers. Eric Ching built a web site describing his invention before 1996. And gun writers criticize the media for sloppy reporting . . .

Still, Mr. Van Zwoll is one of the gun writers truly skillful enough to write such a book. And the shooting advice given was good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly a history book.
There was some good info here, but I was disappointed to find so much of the book (maybe half) is about rifle and cartridge history. I wanted more of a how-to book, not a history book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great choice for hunters
If you like hunting and are interested in improving your shooting skills, this is the right book for you. A few more pictures would help understand better some of the advice given, but in general it's a great book and any hunter will enjoy reading it. ... Read more

9. T.A.P.S. Tactical Application of Practical Shooting: Recognize the void in your tactical training
by Patrick McNamara
Paperback: 168 Pages (2008-12-18)
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Recognize the void in your tactical training Train like you fight Maintain safety at all times Choose targets that force accountability Develop a series of standards Patrick McNamara spent twenty-two years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier special missions unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, U.S. Secret Service agents and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger. His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards. TAPS: Tactical Application of Practical Shooting: Recognize the void in your tactical training will increase the confidence and efficiency in your shooting by providing training tips and courses of fire to help you significantly improve your marksmanship. Utilize his tips and techniques and reap the benefits as you shoot. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Are you a Firearms Instructor?
If so, this is a fantastic little book that is sure to give you new and interesting information on the art of putting together firearms training courses for one student or a class. Its a great addition to my many books on the subject of firearms instructing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, but understand the scope before ordering
Apparently I'm the only guy writing a review on this page that doesn't personally know the Author, I wish I did!He is a person with an impressive resume in tactical shooting.This is a great book but you need to understand the scope before you order it.This is not a "how to shoot" book.There are a couple of decent tidbits in here about how to shoot but, this book assumes that you already understand the fundamentals of not only basic shooting, but of practical shooting.For example, there are no pictures or description of all the shooting positions. This is a "how to teach other people to shoot" book.In that respect it is a great resource.The book is basically in two parts.First there are a lot of great insights on training people to shoot.I love the author's style of commentary and how it is arranged as "tidbits" of knowledge instead of being forced into a traditional format.I found myself pleasantly surprised that I had come to some of the same conclusions as the author.It made me feel vindicated, and where I didn't It gave me reason to rethink some of my own views on practical shooting.After this there is a collection of "courses of fire" that will aid in running a competition or a training program.If you need a book on the basics of shooting, I would recommend Kyle Lamb's "Green Eyes Black Rifles."But, if you run a training program, shooting competition, or have hit a wall in the development of your own skills, you should have this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take it to the range with you
this is a great book for some ideas on drills you can do at the range. its an quick and easy read with some great practical drills to improve your shooting ability. I highly recommend it to all shooters rifle or pistol.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bad to the bone, Bah-goezsh!
Mac gave the people exactly what they were looking for: a no-nonsense publication on the ground truth of the principals of accurate and effective shooting. It is obvious that this book is a result of popular demand from the thousands of students Mac has instructed over the years; walking away from one of his training sessions, students clearly pined the days away wanting for a better account of the instruction they received in his course; something beyond just the notes they may have scribbled down during the course. This book reads the way Mac talks. Packed with motivational one-liners and myriads of little jewels of knowledge Mac has developed over years of some of the most intense combat rifle and pistol training a body can endure.
Mac's philosophy on dealing with the GWOT is spot on, and I would highly recommend to take note of his sobering insight on world politics and the modern day terrorist threat. If you are looking to better your shooting skills, or thinking about learning from the ground up, this should be your first choice in supplemental text for your program. Get him to sign it if ever you get the opportunity; this guys is easily one of the up-and-coming world greats in effective fire arms instruction.
Get some, Mac!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Serious applicants only
I know Mac personally and as soon as I heard that he had authored a book on tactical training, I ordered it on line. He is as intense a person as I know, and since receiving training from him with a few other fortunate men, I have come to very much appreciate the knowledge he has accumulated over his years of service to our country. I devoured the book and appreciated the practical language that he used. Short and to the point with illustrations as needed. I look forward to my next round of training as well as his next book. Mac needs to hold a book signing for his next venture so that more future practical shooting tacticians may meet "Mr. Intense" in person. ... Read more

10. Trapshooter's Bible - Precision Shooting
by James Russell
Paperback: 198 Pages (1998-03-01)
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Here's the ultimate shooting coach right by your side tohelp you fine tune your trapshooting straight from the author of "TrapShooting Secrets" James Russell. "Precision Shooting" tells youexactly what to do when practicing step-by-step. To use gun and eyehold points to break more targets, identify and resolve once and forall the insidious slow and fast pulls that destroys setup and timing,seeing targets brighter and in slow-motion, in-depth secretsprofessional trapshooters use to build repeatable consistentprecision. Back-sighting techniques to hone precise sight pictures,learn how to adjust timing and zones on various trap conditions,recovering from mistakes in competition, intensify concentration andvisual focus, one and two-eye shooting methods, high and low gunformulas. Twelve chapters with more than 80 illustrations so learningprofessional trapshooting techniques is easier than ever before, butthere is so much more. And, here's a first, over 225 answers given toquestions all trapshooters ask with in-depth explanations of how toresolve specific shooting problems; from missing targets, breaking outof a slump, flinching, to learning the inside secrets to consistentlydustball targets, etc. Like Trap Shooting Secrets, Precision Shootingreaches worldwide acclaim.= It's a must read for any trap shooter,especially the handicap yardage shooters where the big money iswon. No other trapshooting book explainssuch in-depth "professional"shooting details. Softbound 8x11 format, 160 pages, 12 chapters, over80 illustrations.Amazon.com Review
"Trapshooting," stresses James Russell in this comprehensiveinstructional for the sport, "can be summed up as vivid images andfeel, not complex technicalities." Despite that essential sensorialcaveat, his Bible is filled with exactly the kind of technical tipsand practice drills necessary for improving a shooter's skills,concentration, and focus.Though Precision Shooting emphasizesthe importance of the basics--set-up, point of impact, timing,visualization, and gun fit--it is no simple primer. Aimed at theadvanced trapshooter and those who aspire to that status, it is densewith details, drills, specifications, and 315 exhaustive answers to315 FAQ that are made even denser by their presentation, which isdreary at best. Heavy on abnormally large blocks of text, PrecisionShooting inexplicably consigns its substantial grouping of helpfulillustrations and diagrams to a single section in the rear instead ofintegrating them throughout. Still, if your target is ratcheting upyour shooting skills, the Bible offers chapter andverse. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading for All Trap Shooters
Alright, so let's just get the typical garbage about Russell's books out of the way.Yes they are self edited books with a number of spelling and grammar errors.Yes his books are filled with many repetitive issues and yes this book does have about 100 pages more than it should.None the less both his trap shooting books are filled with a wealth of knowledge and information.This particular book goes into concepts beyond a beginning shooter (and Russell states so in the front of the book) but also may run into resistance with many "experienced" shooters.Of course that may be a good thing, easier competition for you.

The reader must understand his trap shooting books are not written so as one reads through them, applies all the information, then becomes this uber shooter.They are written so as the reader can pick and choose the concepts, incorporate them into their style and hopefully make improvements.Again, Russell states this in the book but still seems to get a bad rap because the book(s) didn't make the reader a trap god.

The book is worth the money and is a "should" read for any savvy trap shooter.Although I have to admit, I applied more of the principals out of his first trap shooting book "Trap Shooting Secrets" than this one.I'm sure I'll discover more in this book (one needs to read them more than once).Having said that, because of this book the quality of my target breaks has increased two fold.No more chipping, chunking, or cutting in half.They now are smoked or obliterated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shooters bible
This second book is a must follow up of the first book "Trap shooting secrets". It gives you a fantastic insight into the secret information that more advanced shooters are not willing to share, because who wants to give away their winning tips to their competitors! No one. This book will give you that insight in full. It's something that should be owned and read by every trap shooter on this planet. A fantastice book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Information, rough draft writing
I am what I refer to as an average shooter.I had typically shot very consistently in the 18-22 range for a few years.I am now on my 6th season trap shooting.I had shot sporting clays exclusively for the 5 or 6 years before that.So, trap was a new experience.I think it took my 3 years to finally break a 25 straight.Last year, I bought a new Citori XT with the hopes of increasing my scores.My average crept up a little, but the gun wasn't the big problem.The gun fit was much better and gave me the platform with which to hit higher scores, but the scores weren't changing.I bought both of James' books about two weeks after buying the gun and read them like I read any text book...I searched for what I thought was important information and read that.I did not and still have not read either book cover-to-cover, but I still refer to many sections as a refresher.

About 3 years ago, I started shooting some of the local ATA events and would usually shoot singles in the high 80's and handicap in the low to mid 80's.After buying the XT and applying some of the techniques I read in the books, my scores started getting higher.Up until last year, I had only shot 25 straight a total of 3 times.After getting the gun and using the info in the books to fugure out how to shoot it, I shot 25 straight 8 times in the last half of the season.I now know exactly what I do wrong on 99% of my misses and I have started out great this season as well.I have shot 25 straight 2 times this year already and have shot a lot of 24's.I shot a 95x100 at the ATA zone shoot and barely missed the shoot-off #2 birds#. Some may claim that it just took me some time to get used to the gun.Well, that's true, but I changed enough about my technique as well and that can't be ignored.The biggest thing I got out of the book was changing my stance to a "side-on" style.That one thing is responsible for an immediate increase in my scores... and I mean immediate.I have since modified that stance to make hard left angles more consistent to hit, but Iam still using that same stance.Could I have learned all of these little things on my own?Probably, but it would have taken a lot longer.Are the books a little disjointed and hard to read once in a while?Yes, but I'm sure this review is as well.I was able to look past those problems with the books and focus on the hard information.Although I would have expected a more methodical approach to writing AND editing from a self-proclaimed engineer.Were the books worth the price tag?To me they were.The things I have learned in these books also helped me to win my class in a singles event la

5-0 out of 5 stars Trapshooter's Bible
What a wonderful and informative book.I am a new shooter and actually purchased both of this author's books.
I am applying some of his techniques each time I go and shoot.I highly recommend this book.Easy read and lots of advice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well written with a lot of information
A very comprehensive book for the advanced trap shooter. I could find a lot of useful tips and techniques even if my skil is below proffesional trap shooting. I could not rate it with 5 stars because of the two main tesis, the mental and visualisation issues. I simply do not believe that visualisation is an universal thruth which can be applied by everyone and this should also be valid for the mental part. By definition, since we all are individuals there are no standard solutions but the book is however worth buying!

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13. Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How to Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
by Gabriel Suarez, Gabe Suarez
Paperback: 208 Pages (2001-11)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Best-selling author Gabe Suarez provides a graduate-level course in shooting with lightning speed and dead on target during the intensity of an actual gun battle. In Tactical Pistol Marksmanship, Suarez revisits some of the topics in the classic book The Tactical Pistol and presents even more gun-handling techniques, different twists on basic skills and unique tricks to help fine-tune how you aim and fire a gun under stress. Just some of the topics he covers are the primary requirements for the ideal service pistol according to combat vets; the rule of thumb for choosing a serious combat caliber; the 4 most important fundamentals of combat marksmanship; secrets to shooting in extremely low light situations when even tritium sights are of no use; the solutions to emergency failure-to-stop situations; and practical drills you can perform safely at home. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
While nothing beats more range time and practice.This book instructs or reminds you that you must practice correctly. It has valuable information for novice through expert.It's a very straight forward, instructional aid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tactical Pistol Marksmenship
This is an excellent book with many good tips.
I liked the book so much that I ordered Gabriel Suarez's The Tactical Advantage.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frightened Rabbit
I recommend that you learn these tactics elsewhere.The author of this book is so worried about hippies and long-haired villains trying to get him that I question his ability to decide or teach when to use lethal force.

5-0 out of 5 stars Techniques, Mentality and Methods to Save Your Life in a Gunfight
Written for law enforcement officers (and civilians who carry concealed lawful weapons), this book gets into the history of handguns, the proper training and preparation for a real gunfight, and tried and true methods for staying alive.The author illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of widely taught stances, close combat situations, dealing with multiple assailants methods of protecting yourself in the dark, and methods of drawing your weapon.Many of the techniques are easy to understand.

One of the major limitations is the paucity of clear photographs to illustrate the author's point.This is not a book for beginners or novices since this book does not cover basic techniques that are necessary to fire a weapon.

This is a great primer for intermediate and advanced marksmen.It also serves a reader to consider many aspects of weapons tactics, if he or she chooses to have a gun for home defense or concealed carry.

This should be required reading for every single legal gun owner.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you want to increas your pistolcraft, buy this
If you want to be confident in your ability deal with threats while safely operating pistols this is a great buy.It teaches so many skills that I cannot list them all.But for using something to help you be self taught, this is top notch.I truly hope that I will never have to use the skills I learned and practice.I have a concealed carrying permit and have a hidden holster and feel comfortable and safe at all times partially due to this book.Peace to you. ... Read more

14. Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting
by Ed McGivern
Paperback: 496 Pages (2007-10-17)
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Ed McGivern needs no introduction to gun enthusiasts and serious marksmen. For more than 50 years he was revered as one of the top authorities in the field of small firearms. A world champion marksmen who made The Guinness Book of World Records, he trained scores of law enforcement officers and developed a system of teaching that is as effective today as it was when this book was originally published. It resulted from years of experimentation and research conducted by McGivern, who utilized electric timers and other devices to determine the angles and techniques that would produce the fastest, most accurate revolver shooting. Packed with handgun lore and original photographs from the first edition, this much-sought-after classic contains a wealth of facts for marksmen everywhere.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Straight shooter
The author offers much proof of his accoplishments in the field of exhibition shooting.
The instructional advice could be condensed down to 10 or so pages. It is worth it for the insights offered though.
The author is a bit flowery and old fashioned in his language.McGivern also states his opinion about the value of highly trained LE officers in our society.All in all a nice read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Mr. Mcgivern puts into a book what many pro shooters today find difficult to put into a video. Ed obviously loved shooting, and became one of the best pistol shots ever. Louis L'amour recommended this book in an audio interview, and I am recomending it myself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ed McGivernFast and fancy six gun shooting
A very interesting book.I grew up in Lewistown, Montana and often saw Ed shoot at and breakie 6 dinner plates, shoot through washers thrown in the air etc etc.He was a sign painter and had a shop in Lewistown.He fascinated me with his revolver prowess.I was 13 years old at the time and now 80 plus.

For those of you interested in shooting pistols I recommend reading this book Bob Hudson

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of shooting history
As stated by other reviewers the writing is dated.Plus Mr. McGivern did not have a college degree in English so he tends to have a wandering style of composition. I rather doubt Mr. McGivern had much more then an eight grade formal education. He was born in 1874 and standards of education were different.Try not to judge him by 21st Century standards.

Much of what McGivern put in his book is still applicable for today's shooter. Advice on trigger control, proper grip, sights, ammunition, holsters and more still work. Yes shooters now use some techniques that McGivern wouldn't have though of back in the 1930's (the Weaver stance and the Isocoles Stance for example). Yes much of the technology that he spends so much time on (electric timer etc.) is obsolete. Much of what is in the book is basic,but all shooters can stand to review the basics. I was also surprised to see that some of his techniques are not only still being used but have actually been brought back into vogue by the current crop of "tactical" handgun shooters.

Yet, what I really like about the book is in regards to it's historical worth. The book was written in the late thirties and is a wealth of old photographs, information and is rich in it's overall atmospheric feeling that it invokes of the Depression era and the shooting culture as it existed during that time. It's great. There are also photos that are a real hoot. The Montana State Trooper standing behind a pane of bulletproof glass while McGivern shoots the glass with a .357 magnum or the photo of McGivern's assistant holding clay pigeons in his hands while McGivern shoots them. The caption to the photograph states that adding the Human element to target shooting can really spice things up. That stuff is terrific and hilarious.

So in closing the practical value that one will obtain from the book is still there, but it will require patience on the part of the modern reader. However as a historical artifact it's worth is tremendous. If you are a proud member of the American (and international) "Gun Culture" and are curious about those who came before you give Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting a look. You might enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ed McGivern's Book of Fast And Fancy
This book is full of great information. Even though this book was written along time ago. The info can still be related to today. I would definitly recommend this book to anyone interested in not only revolvers, but handgun shooting in general. ... Read more

15. Shooting Kabul (Paula Wiseman Books)
by N. H. Senzai
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2010-06-22)
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Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California,thousands of miles away from home in Kabul.  But, here he was, half aworld apart from his missing six year old sister who'd been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the UnitedStates isn't easy for Fadi's family and as the events of September 11thunfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seemslim -- impossible. Desperate, Fadi tries every hare-brained scheme hecan think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grandprize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return toAfghanistan and find his sister.  But can one photo really bring Mariamhome?
Based in part on Ms. Senzai's husband's experience fleeing Sovietcontrolled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story ofhope, love, and perseverance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shooting Kabul
You can't help but love Fadi and cheer on his wonderful family. They've escaped from the tyranny of the Taliban, but lost someone so dear and so young that each of them is gripped by constant worry for little Mariam who is still somewhere in Afghanistan, alone. I loved the way Ms. Senzai wove the history of Afghanistan into her tale of a family's struggle to find a place in a different culture and under the circumstances of 911. She's written a wonderful story that anyone can read, relate to, and appreciate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grabs interest and empathy
A family of five escapes from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the dark of night. They throw themselves aboard a truck along with numbers of other desperate people, just minutes ahead of the patrolling Taliban. They are on their way to America. Only something unbearably horrible has happened: the youngest, six-year-old Mariam, did not make it aboard the truck--and there is no going back to get her.

Many stories start with an event that drives the rest of the story with its cry for resolution. This event, in the first pages of SHOOTING KABUL, grips the rest of the story with a barely containable wail for resolution. Yet Sensai manages to pace the everpresent anguish with the reality of any immigrant family adjusting to life in America in a very realistic and non-maudlin way.

The narrator of this story is Mariam's 11 year-old brother Fadi. Fadi let go of Mariam's hand as they were jumping in the truck and thus bears a heightened burden of guilt. His struggle to deal with his guilt as he tries to fit into his new life makes up the bulk of the story. The resolution is satisfying, evolving out of his strengths rather than his vulnerabilities..

This is a perfect book for middle school readers who like to read about people caught up in real, historically significant events, who are driven to understand more about their wider world. The tragedy that Fadi experiences will grab their interest and their empathy.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book!!!
This is a gripping, eye glueing book. i read and finished it in three hours strait today. i got it at books inc near hobees in palo alto ca. it was even autographed by the author!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
I could not put this powerful and emotional book.This would be a great book to read and discuss with your child.

5-0 out of 5 stars A moving, lovely, tension-packed story
How wonderful to have a book for children about a 12-year-old Afghan boy who leads an ordinary life in California! He worries about bullies at school and yearns to join the photography club. The boy in this book, Fadi, also has a deeper concern: his little sister, Mariam, who was lost when his family fled the Taliban. Filled with guilt about her loss, he searches for a way to go back and find her. A moving, lovely, tension-filled story, Shooting Kabul is a rare combination: a book that American kids can relate to but also one that conveys the complexities and nuances of Afghanistan before and after 9-11. ... Read more

16. Shooting Gallery: An Art Lover's Mystery
by Hailey Lind
Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-10-03)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$30.00
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Asin: 0451219732
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Modernism isn't Annie's thing, but even she is surprised to discover that the "sculpture" in a prestigious gallery's grisly new exhibition is an all-too-real corpse-the artist's. Meanwhile, a Chagall painting is stolen from the Brock Museum, and Annie's old friend Bryan is accused of being in on the fix. To track down the missing Chagall, she'll need the dubious assistance of a certain sexy art thief.And if Michael-or whatever his real name may be-isn't distraction enough, Annie's mother shows up in town, acting strangely.Annie's got to solve these mysteries, and fast-because art is long, but life can be very, very short. ... Read more

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As you probably gather from the review-summaries, this is another in the now overflowing drawer of stories about bright young unmarried female leads with assorted girl-buddies and eager boy-sex objects, who is making her own way in the world, often self-employed, while looking for the right guy and being attracted to more than a few wrong ones. Somewhere in the mix, she, a member of her family, a she-buddy, or a guy-buddy are involved in a mystery, crime, or other shenanigans, out of which, through know-how or accident, she extricates them. While another of the type, this book is light, pleasant reading, written with professional competence, and probably a reasonable choice for the air/train/bus trip, waiting in the doctors office, or other setting in which one does not want heavy involvement but something sufficiently engaging to pass the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining
I have read all three adventures of Annie Kincaid and they are fantastic.
Waiting for more in these series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Fast Paced Romp with Annie
Modern art isn't Annie's thing, but she figures the showing will be a good place to get new clients for her faux finishing business.And it works in a round about way when Annie is hired by a woman to convince a sculptor to return the statue they've had for years.

But the evening turns interesting when Annie makes a horrid discovery.What everyone thought was a sculpture of a man hanging from a tree is really a dead body, the artist whose work they are all viewing.Meanwhile, the Brock Museum next door is being robbed of a painting, and Annie's friend Bryan is the prime suspect.

Now all Annie has to do is find the painting, talk to the reclusive sculptor, and solve a murder.Which would be easy if her mother hadn't shown up unexpectedly, telling Annie to drop the whole thing.Why does her mother care?And where will this all lead?

Where this all leads for the read is fun.Like the first book, this is another fast paced romp with plenty of laughs along the way.In fact, this book has one of the funniest stakeout scenes I have ever read.With everything going on, one plot is always moving forward.Yet everything feels balanced.And the characters, from Annie and her friends to her two potential love interests, are wonderfully real.I love spending time with them.

If you are looking for a light, fun caper type cozy, this is the perfect book for you.I'm looking forward to moving on to book three soon myself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dredful. Save Your Money
Shooting Gallery is a plotless, characterless mish mosh of stolen ideas from other best selling mysteries. Hailey Lind has thrown them together in a silly, insipid book that goes no where but is only a chain of preposterous events. Don't bother.

4-0 out of 5 stars Shooting Gallery
Interesting for those who love art, and a better read than the first novel in the series (Feint of Art.) ... Read more

17. Basics of Pistol Shooting
by National Rifle Association
Paperback: 123 Pages (2000-01)
list price: US$6.00 -- used & new: US$9.99
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Asin: 0935998004
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but take the class.
Being new to handguns / firearms I wanted to learn from the experts, the NRA.This book is basic and fundamental, as you would expect by the title.I bought mine, then took the NRA class by the same name and they gave me this book.The best idea, therefore, is to take the NRA class.That was an excellent experience.Now I have the book knowledge and the practical skills to boot.Do you want an basic orientation to pistols?This is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Basic Pistol Book!
This is a great book for learning pistol shooting fundamentals.I recommend it to all my friends that want to start pistol shooting.In fact, I have read it myself and wished I had this book years ago when I first started.

This book covers firearm safety, pistol types, pistol components (including ammunition), pistol operation, and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.There are a lot of well illustrated pictures that help you see what is being taught.The book teaches only a few common shooting stances, from sitting to standing.At the end of every chapter there is a short review quiz to help you judge what you have learned.At the end of the book there is also a nice section that helps diagnose and fix common accuracy problems. There is no heavy handed pro-gun message; this is a great no-nonsense guide to the basics of pistol shooting.

3-0 out of 5 stars New NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting May 2009
There is a new book published in May 2009 'NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting'.The book shown in this review is the OLDER VERSION.
Please contact a NRA Basic Pistol Instructor for the new version (ISBN): 978-0-935998-05-4.It involves a 10 hour class. The phone number to the NRA training division is: 703-267-1500.

5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional BASICS...from the NRA.
This is the student handbook for the NRA Basic Pistol Course. When a friend or relative wants to learn to shoot a handgun, I buy them this book...it lets the beginner study at home, BEFORE that 1st big day at the range. The 1st two chapters give them some confidence about how revolvers and semi-automatics work, what the different parts are called, and the most common ammunition types. The next two chapters cover safe handling and operating. Having an idea of gun safety is a big stress reducer...for both of us. All chapters have a review section. It's very well indexed with glossary.

Handguns CAN be intimidating, but if you're the proverbial friend or relative who's "knowledgeable about firearms"...remember: SO CAN YOU! This book makes me a much better teacher. I find a beginner much easier to teach when they have some dignity about what they've learned so far, and, when I stick to the basics (instead of trying to remember and include everything I know), they can actually learn something! It also covers holds for different shooting positions, basic cleaning, sight picture, and how to improve.

This is the book to teach or learn the basics. It's from the NRA, and it's the best.

4-0 out of 5 stars precise instruction for every handguner
This book allows both the begining and experienced shooter to understand the basics of firearm operations, correct methods of shooting and most importantly firearms safety.A very good refresher for any avid firearmsuser, a must read for todays enthusiast! ... Read more

18. Shooting War
by Anthony Lappe, Dan Goldman
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-09-09)
list price: US$13.99 -- used & new: US$5.60
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Asin: B0041T4PWK
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The global war on terror is raging out of control.The president is popping Prozac.And the #1 selling videogame in 2011 America is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. On the streets of gentrified Brooklyn, videoblogger Jimmy Burns' latest anti-corporate rant is cut short by a terrorist bombing of a Starbucks...but his live feed isn't. When his dramatic footage is uploaded by Global News ("Your home for 24-hour terror coverage") and rebroadcast across the planet, the obscure blogger is transformed into an overnight media sensation.The next thing he knows he's on a Black Hawk helicopter inbound for Baghdad, working for the same mainstream media monster he once loathed.Burns soon finds that everyone from his ratings-ravenous network overlords to Special Ops troops with messianic complexes to a charismatic band of tech-savvy jihadists all want to make him their pawn. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The book was brand new and in awesome condition.Great seller and even better product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shooting War
The story focuses on Jimmy Burns a video-blogger who happens to "be where people are going to die."When he posts live footage of a Starbucks bombing to his site that is later aired by Global(the all terror network), he soon finds himself in Baghdad covering the war.This book not only gives us a glimpse of the near future but is packed with laughs, action and a fantastic portrayal of Dan Rather.This is was one of the best graphic novels I have read since Y: The Last Man.Check it out. Like yesterday.

5-0 out of 5 stars graphic novel-political indictment-action thriller
Shooting war combines dialog, political observation, photography, technology, a great eye and raging story-line to make one hell-of-a-great graphic novel.
Shocking. Brutal. Frighteningly accurate.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Disgrace to the Comic Industry
It mystifies me that a book such as this, regardless of writing quality, ever received so much as a blink of attention let alone the glowing recognitions from reputable sources through out the entertainment industry. Considering the comic and graphic novel to be, fundamentally a visual medium, it appalls me to realize that the work of Dan Goldman was ever even nominated for an Eisner Award. This book should not even have been considered. Even a casual glance at any page in the book reveals the very basic level (or lack thereof) of any artistic knowledge Goldman employs to barely communicate with his work. Further investigation uncovers a plethora of technical disasters including basic drawing ability and staggering array of uninformed and unintelligent shortcutting techniques; which Goldman feebly attempts to disguise as a kind of "experimental" visual style. These are mistakes that even an art student of minimal training could bring to light. The absolute lack of knowledge regarding such elementary foundational visual elements such as perspective, value control and composition make Shooting War an absolute mockery of modern illustration and the comic industry. It saddens me to think that with books like this as the forerunners of what is considered great comic art by the industry's critics, the future of comic illustration is crammed full of nothing but senseless reviews and deficient artists.

4-0 out of 5 stars Left me hanging
It was definitely a good read more for the fact that some of my thesis on the way the war is heading us into but my only complaint is that the ending left me wanting more. Like will it end and how? Were does the author view this going in the book? ... Read more

19. Gun Digest Book of Trap & Skeet Shooting
by Rick Sapp
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-11-17)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$9.82
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Asin: 1440203881
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Gun Digest Book of Trap & Skeet Shooting, 5th Ed., covers every facet of trap and skeet shooting and provides valuable insight on how to improve and win at clay-busting sports.

  • Choose the right shotgun, and fit the gun to your needs.

  • Understand the hows and whys of chokes ? in plain language!

  • Get the most current data on shells, loads, and reloading.

From the latest rules and regulations to the hottest new guns and gear, the Gun Digest Book of Trap & Skeet Shooting, 5th Ed., is a must-read for shooters, from novice to tournament competitor.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Clay Target Shooting
Trap & Skeet Shooting is a well thought out description of the sport as well as full of helpful advise.I particularly liked the section on shooting Sporting Clays and the way he related it to other shooting sports. It is very readable and should be a good addition to any clay shooters library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very easy read
This book was a very informative book on all clay shooting sports. The book was mainly split up to 3 sections, trap / sporting clays / skeet. It is very detailed explaining how all the sports originated and how they are shot. Being a newer publication book it went over a lot of newer products which was nice. A lot of nice pictures showing how to shoot each clay sport. It was a nice well written book. ... Read more

20. Precision Shooting Reloading Guide
Spiral-bound: 284 Pages (1998-12-01)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$17.95
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Asin: 1931220123
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Precision Shooting Reloading Guide is not a reloading manual with loads and dimensions. Rather it is a guide to reloading for the various disciplines concerned with "extreme rifle accuracy". There is an overview chapter by Fred Sinclair and Bill Gravatt, followed by chapters on Highpower (bolt gun), Highpower (gas gun), Benchrest, Magnums, Wildcats, Cast bullets and Working Up an Accuracy Load. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I'd recommend this book to any serious reloader that is interested in making long range rifle loads; either semi-auto, service rifle, bolt action, or single shot.I've known of some of the techniques mentioned in the book before but it was good to see various opinions on all of them.

2-0 out of 5 stars If you are not a beginner in reloading, it's not worth reading.
If you have been shooting and reloading for awhile there is nothing in this book you don't already know. However, if you are just getting into reloading it may help you.

4-0 out of 5 stars alot of good info
Good info for anyone wanting to learn more about reloading your own and equipment needed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I am new to reloading, and bought precision reloading guide to help with my processes for reloading.After having reloaded several hundred metallic rifle cases, I needed some more information (why's and what is the impact of) and this book answered almost all of my questions.Missing:determining bullet stability (rotational balance) and determining volume for once fired cases (I am reloading military once fired Lake City Brass).

5-0 out of 5 stars GOTTA HAVE for any hand loader!
This book is equally great for the novice looking to get better or the experienced looking for the edge. The author covers what he calls PGA pretty good accuracy and DGA d**n good accuracy, and goes to great lenghts to explain the similarities and differences. I found this very useful information for me to sort out what is necessary to improve my shooting myself. ... Read more

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