Instinct Combat Shooting: Defensive Handgunning for Police, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Instinct Combat Shooting

Defensive Handgunning for Police, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition

By Chuck Klein

CRC Press

104 pages | 97 B/W Illus.

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While much has been written about instinct shooting with long guns, very little had been published on doing so with a handgun until this publication. Written by a pioneering author of the concept, Instinct Combat Shooting: Defensive Handgunning for Police, now in its fourth edition, is not about winning target shooting competitions, but purports surviving real-life firefights by examining testimonies of shootout survivors and carefully analyzing firefights that prove shooting instinctively is not only crucially fast, but also equally accurate.

The book defines instinctive combat shooting as: "The act of operating a handgun by focusing on the target, as opposed to the sights, and instinctively coordinating the hand and mind to cause the handgun to discharge at a time and point that ensures interception of the projectile with the target."

The concepts behind instinct combat shooting discussed in this bookare now being integrated into some of the most progressive police academies in the United States and around the world. New chapters provide valuable material dispelling myths on indexing, laser sights, and other trick-shooting methods. Intended to help officers survive close-quarter combat conditions, Instinct Combat Shootingis an essential tool for police looking to improve their close-range shooting skills and enhance their firefight survival.

Table of Contents

Historical Background

Instinct Shooting

The Inventors


Weapon Choice


Handgun Stocks


Safety Measures/Lead Poisoning

Common Sense


Lead Poisoning

Lead Sources

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Suggested Preventive Measures

Suggested Range Rules and Procedures

Corrective Measures

Refresher on Firearm Handling and Basics

Weapon Extraction

Trigger Control

Physical Positions


Mental Acuity

Use of Deadly Force

A Matter of Semantics

Types of Officers

The Main Issue

Mental Bravery

Chapter Summary

Instinct Combat Shooting





Conditions for Effective Practice

The True Grit—Instinct Combat Shooting

In Other Words

The Tricks



Low Light

Edged Weapon Attack

Laser Sights

Moving Targets


Aerial Targets

Personal Experience

Course of Fire

Course of Fire

Dispelling Myths

Myth #1: Flash Sight Picture

Myth #2: Look at the Front Sight Only

Myth #3: Proper Sight Alignment Yields

Greater Accuracy

Myth #4: Indexing

Myth #5: Finger Pointing

Trouble Shooting



About the Author

Chuck Klein, in addition to duties as a full-time certified police officer for Woodlawn and Terrance Park, Ohio, has served with the Switzerland County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office, and has taught police photography for the Police Academy in Norwood, Ohio, and as a staff instructor for the Tactical Defense Institute ( He holds a bachelor of law degree from the Blackstone School of Law, and is an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He has published in many national magazines, including Law and Order, P.I. Magazine, Police Magazine, Law Officer Magazine, Gun Week, Guns & Ammo, and American Police Beat. Contact and additional information can be found on his website,

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science