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Instinct Combat Shooting
Defensive Handgunning for Police, Fourth Edition

ISBN 9781138321106
Published September 12, 2018 by Routledge
104 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 book are 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 Shooting is 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



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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,