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THE HOMESCHOOLED SHOOTIST: TRAINING TO FIGHT WITH A CARBINE
This book is an instruction guide for intermediate to advanced shooters. It addresses fighting with shoulder-fired weapons at ranges 0 through 600 meters. The book assumes the reader has mastered basic remedial techniques and is fully versed in firearm safety.
The Home Schooled Shootist is divided into three basic sections:
1. How to create and execute eleven different drills that sharpen skills necessary to survive violent encounters
2. How to evaluate the results of these exercises
3. How to improve the operator’s capabilities
Covering topics ranging from sight pictures, on-range and off-range training techniques, and even rifle specific weight training, Shootist is intended for those who want to train at their own pace, using their own facilities. The drills are creative, unique and can be challenging. Detailed instructions are included on how to construct the various training tools and courses. In addition, a bonus section covering nutrition and its impact on shooting skills is included. Written by Mike Adams – The Health Ranger, it addresses the seldom-discussed topic of how physical health can impact fighting skills.
"The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a carbine" is a good starting point for those wanting to do more than static target shooting with their carbine (M4, AR15, AK47, a magazine adapted SKS, etc) and pistol. To that point, this book also covers some pistol training and drills that are quite worthwhile, but optional.
While I highly recommended professional training when available (I am, after all, a certified firearms instructor), it just isn't always practical to take off work or financially feasible for everyone. This book provides some very good training drills that will sharpen your skills and reduce reaction time, all at a fraction of the cost of professional training. The two biggest requirements, besides owning a carbine, are the drive to learn (which is likely why you are considering this book) and place to shoot (a public range will not likely allow this type of training).
Right from the start, the author stress the need to train, measure, and train some more. The goal is to constantly improve your accuracy, speed, and knowledge of both your and your carbine's capabilities. While some of the drills seem simplistic at first, these will indeed help you develop those basic skills you will need to build on to be more proficient. Many of the drills will require additional people, especially the remote controlled targets, and extreme caution should be taken to minimize the danger to your assistants. That being said, the remote control targets is about as much fun as I have ever had training, period.
The only part of the book that was not overly interesting to me was the "Bonus Section, The Nutritional Advantage". I am not a believer in many of the ideas on diet and medicine that the guest author subscribes to and choose to discount most of what is written in this chapter. Fortunately the rest of the book holds up without this section.
Lastly, this book contains some of most concise and easy to understand descriptions of "Mil-Dot" range finding and Minute of Angle (MoA) that I have seen in any source.
Recommended, with the caveat above."
- C Hill, Amazon Review