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 competitorsincluding seasoned military veterans, law enforcement officers, and pro marksmenin 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
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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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 TheFirearmBlog.com.
Table of Contents
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 Problems and Malfunctions 99
Chapter 9 Buying a Pistol 112
Chapter 10 Pistol Activities and Sports 118
Part III Rifles
Chapter 11 Rifle Basics 127
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
Chris Cheng's Guns and Gear 251
Bonus Photos from HISTORY'S Top Shot 256