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Recommended reading/viewing for a noob?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Sid Nitzerglobin, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin

    Oct 30, 2012
    I shot a bit in my youth, but always w/ friends' guns or at summer camp. Before this past weekend it had been ~20 years since I had fired a gun so aside from basic safety I'm pretty much starting from ground zero. Issues w/ my hardware notwithstanding, I've really enjoyed shooting again and plan to shoot as much as I can afford but am a bit worried about reinforcing bad habits in technique I might have or develop on my own through repetition.

    I was planning to hit up a basic handgun technique class prior to purchasing my own but that didn't work out (the one at the local public range is booked up for another month and sounds like it might be REALLY basic). I'm planning to hit up a two day CCW class towards the end of November. There are several advanced technique classes and tactical training options in the area that sound like they could be really interesting down the road.

    In the meantime, does anyone have any recommended instructional reading or viewing for a beginner?
  2. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003

    If you own a hand-gun, the manual for starters. :)
    Know the general rules for safe gun handling.

    Outside of that, if you have a handgun a forum like this is a good place to start to get thoroughly confused about that gun. :cool:

    There is a wide range of material out there. If you can get your hands on the materials for your class, read that too.
    If you are in a spending mood, the Magpul Dynamics series of videos is pretty good viewing.

    - G

  3. FNFAN


    Apr 20, 2006
    There are some good articles at this site:

    Pay attention to what your class instructor and the various articles say about holster selection and weapon retention.

    A good test for holsters is to unload your gun, put it in the holster, turn it upside down and shake it twice vigorously. If it comes out you shouldn't wear that holster anywhere except at the range or when you star in a movie.
  4. FrankZ


    Sep 4, 2012
    I have this happen to me all the time... :cool:
  5. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    As suugested the manual can be alot of help and as long as one is willing to sort through some stuff there is actually a lot of knowleddge and information here on GT and most questions are answered quickly, if not always gently.
  6. JBS


    Apr 4, 2012
  7. plouffedaddy


    Apr 1, 2011

    Grip (2 different styles, both work just fine):




    [ame=""]Todd Jarrett on pistol shooting. - YouTube[/ame]

    Reacting to a threat/movement:


    Those should encompass the basics in addition to the safety aspect already brought up.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  8. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin

    Oct 30, 2012
    Wow, great stuff guys! Thanks a bunch for the suggestions.

    I have definitely read the manual for my Glock (and several other pistols I was looking at purchasing :) ) and have the safety basics pretty well ingrained (actually a little bit OCD on the safety front) but it never hurts to reinforce stuff w/ re-reading.

    The technique vids look like they are exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for.

    Thanks again!
  9. If you're anywhere near Chesterland, you should swing by and visit the fine folks at Top Gun Supply. They will take great care of you and be able to help you find what you're looking for. :cool:
  10. skew12


    Sep 13, 2012
    good video's. thanks.
  11. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    Personally, I know of only one or two other Pistol Instructors who are this man's equal, and none who are better.

    [ame=""]Evolution of Combat Pistol Technique by D.R. Middlebrooks - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=""]Proper Pistol Grip with D. R. Middlebrooks - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=""]Surgical Point Shooting 1 of 4 - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=""]Why Point Shoot.wmv - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=""]Integrating Point Shooting with Sighted Fire.wmv - YouTube[/ame]

    I honestly believe that, 'Fist-Fire' is the combat pistol technique of the future. (It's made a better pistol shooter out of me; and I was already more than decent with a handgun to begin with!) ;)
  12. FNFAN


    Apr 20, 2006
    Thanks for that! Mr. Middlebrook surely has the "competitive chops" to know what he's talking about.
  13. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    You're welcome; but quite frankly, I haven't said anything about Middlebrooks that he's not 100% entitled to. It's the old story: I've used pistols for more than 40 years; I thought I was pretty good with one; and there was nobody out there who was going to teach me anything new that I hadn't already tried, at least, 10 times over; and, then, along comes Middlebrooks; and I suddenly discovered that - ohh, ohh - I still had more to learn.

    I suspect I'll now use the Fist-Fire pistol presentation system for the rest of my life. It's just a better way to control the muzzle and point a pistol at the target. It's so logical and so compensatory for the common mistakes every pistol shooter sooner or later begins to make that I'm a little annoyed I didn't think of any of these things all by myself! :supergrin:
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012
  14. poodleplumber


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