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Shoot to Win: Training for the New Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Shooter

Shoot to Win: Training for the New Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Shooter


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A surprising journey from tech support to professional marksman in front of the cameras.

Chris Cheng won the title of “Top Shot,” a $100,000 cash prize, and a professional marksman contract with the show sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. How did a tech support guy who didn't shoot a lot of guns beat out seventeen other competitors–including seasoned military veterans, law enforcement officers, and pro marksmen–in History Channel's Top Shot season 4?

An excellent guide for beginning shooters, Cheng focuses on the basics and ammunition of pistols, rifles, and shotguns, marksmanship fundamentals, and buying a firearm. Other chapters include:

Dry Fire Practice
Firearm Accessories
Safely Storing Your Firearm
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Guns
And much more!

Additionally, Cheng covers his approach to staying calm under pressure, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. These traits contributed to his coming out on top and staying above the fray.

With a foreword written by Top Shot season 3 champion Dustin Ellermann and an afterword written by the original Top Shot champion Iain Harrison, Shoot to Win is sure to please shooters of all stripes, but especially fans of History Channel's program Top Shot.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510730595
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 679,388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chris Cheng worked as a technical support specialist and manager at Google for five years before winning Top Shot Season 4 and becoming a full time professional shooter for Bass Pro Shops. He now travels the country for competitions, celebrity appearances, and public speeches. Cheng is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and is an NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor. He also writes technical gun and gear reviews for
Katie Pavlich is a New York Times bestselling author and Gunsite grad. She is the editor of and a National Review Washington Fellow. She lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword Katie Pavlich xi

Preface to the Second Edition xiv

Introduction xvi

Part I Shoot to Win-In Life and Beyond

Chapter 1 Setting Yourself Up for Success 3

Chapter 2 The Four Rules of Firearms Safety 16

Chapter 3 Safely Storing Your Firearm 26

Chapter 4 Why Learn to Shoot? 30

Part II Pistols

Chapter 5 Pistol Basics 47

Chapter 6 Pistol Ammunition 69

Chapter 7 Pistol Marksmanship Fundamentals 75

Chapter 8 Diagnosing Pistol Accuracy Problem and Malfunctions 99

Chapter 9 Buying a Pistol 112

Chapter 10 Pistol Activities and Sports 118

Part III Rifles

Chapter 11 Rifle Basics 125

Chapter 12 Rifle Ammunition and Sights 149

Chapter 13 Rifle Marksmanship Fundamentals 157

Chapter 14 Buying a Rifle 167

Chapter 15 Rifle Activities and Sports 170

Part IV Shotguns

Chapter 16 Shotgun Basics 175

Chapter 17 Shotgun Ammunition 187

Chapter 18 Shotgun Marksmanship Fundamentals 191

Chapter 19 Buying a Shotgun 199

Chapter 20 Shotgun Activities and Sports 201

Part V Putting It All Together

Chapter 21 Practice Makes Perfect 207

Chapter 22 Dry-Fire Practice 215

Chapter 23 Cleaning and Maintaining Your Guns 218

Chapter 24 Accessories 223

Chapter 25 Next Steps, Beyond the Basics 227

Chapter 26 Conclusion 236

Afterword Iain Harrison 240

Acknowledgments 243

Glossary 245

Chirs Cheng's Guns and Gear 250

Contributors 252

Bonus Photos from HISTORY's Top Shot 255

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