Recommended Reading


January 15, 2011, 10:18 PM
I am hoping to get started in competitive shooting (IDPA) very soon. What would be your recommended reading?

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January 15, 2011, 11:02 PM
Besides the IDPA rulebook?

I like to read books with more of a mental aspect, since I think that the shooting sports are 80% or more mental. So here are my recommendations of books that have really helped me improve my USPSA shooting. I've never shot IDPA, but once you get past the rule differences, its just shooting.

Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals by Brian Enos

Anything from Larry Basham (With Winning In Mind, Freedom Flight, etc.)

Thinking Practical Shooting by Saul Kirsch

They all can be bought here

Jim Watson
January 16, 2011, 12:34 AM
Those are good references on shooting.

For shooting IDPA you need to go in with some idea of rules and procedures.
I always say it is tough to learn the rules one procedural penalty at a time. The rule book can be a little hazy on first exposure... or twentyfirst.
I like the Georgia introduction:

January 16, 2011, 07:31 AM
All good suggestions, especially the rule book. Jim's links are good, too.

If you're interested in actually buying a book, check out Walt Rauch's Practically Speaking ( Some of the rules have been updated (e.g., there are now 2 revolver categories), but it's a good into to IDPA, nonetheless.

January 16, 2011, 12:00 PM
It's a Bullseye site, but there are tons of good links and reading here-

Hk Dan
January 16, 2011, 09:03 PM
I'd get Matt Burkett's videos RIGHT NOW, lessons 1-4.

Enos' book is good, but the title says it all--"Beyond Fundamentals". You ain't there yet, and it's going to read like a bad episode of "Kung Fu" until you hit middle "B" Class. You absolutely have to have experienced psychetracche before it makes any sense (the apparent slowing of time). Until that point, it's just a bunch of zen crap. After that, it makes perfect sense and you recognize him as a genius (seriously).

Andy Staffor'd "Surgical Speed Shooting" will backup Burkett's videos nicely.

Burkett's videos are invaluable, and I will second Saul Kirsch' book.


January 17, 2011, 06:00 PM
I definitely disagree with that. Brian's book might not be great for a complete novice, but anyone beyond that level can benefit from it.

Plus it's interesting.

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