Pistol & Handgun Surgical Speed Shooting Tips, Drills & Techniques For Accurate Marksmanship




Surgical Speed Shooting: How to Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship in a Gunfight Paperback

Surgical Speed Shooting: How to Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship in a Gunfight


Learn the secrets of how to shoot a handgun quickly and accurately under the extreme stress of a gunfight. These cutting-edge techniques for managing recoil in rapid fire, high-speed trigger control and more are used by today's hostage rescue teams and competitive grandmasters.  

Why you might need it

Learn how to achieve high speed accuracy with your pistol. This book is essential for anyone that wishes to learn how to shoot for survival in a gunfight.  Surgical Speed Shooting: How to Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship in a Gunfight is the next best thing to live instruction for anyone looking to transition from target shooting to gunfight training. This book breaks down shooting into fundamental components and what it means to balance speed and accuracy. Some of the topics that are covered in detail include pistol grip, stance, aiming, trigger control, follow through, one handed shooting and shooting and moving. This book discusses detailed aspects of pistol shooting in a very effective and detailed manner and makes you think about things that should be intuitively obvious, yet most people do not think about it. Using the tips, drills, and techniques taught in this book, you will learn how to decide when to shoot fast and when to sacrifice speed for accuracy. 

Be prepared to rethink everything you know about how to shoot a handgun quickly and accurately under the extreme stress of a gunfight.  In Surgical Speed Shooting, world-class firearms instructor Andy Stanford provides tips and drills in current state-of-the-art in combat pistol techniques.  Just some of the topics covered include:
  • Truly advanced concepts and tips for grip, stance, aiming, and follow-through
  • How to manage pistol recoil in rapid fire rather than fight it
  • Secrets of high-speed trigger control, the key to marksmanship
  • Shooting a handgun with one and two hands while stationary and on the move
  • A radically simple and highly effective system of tactical gun handling
Teaching the cutting edge techniques and drills used by today's hostage rescue teams and top competitive grandmasters, Surgical Speed Shooting represents nothing less than a revolution in combat handgun techniques.  Whether you are an advocate of sighted fire or point shooting, whether you shoot from the Weaver or the modern isosceles stance, you will come away with new insights into practical pistol prowess.


Editorial Reviews

Surgical Speed Shooting should be essential reading for any serious student of the combative pistol.  Andy Stanford's fresh perspective and clear presentation make this book a must-have addition to the fighting man's library --Gabe Suarez, Suarez International, Inc.

An all-encompassing treatise on how to shoot a handgun fast and accurately, Surgical Speed Shooting describes the best, most efficient techniques in an easy-to-understand, well illustrated manner. --Cameron Hopkins, Editor-in-Chief, American Handgunner.


About the Author

Andy Stanford's training resume includes every major combat shooting instructor and/or school in the country, plus an extensive background in both street oriented martial arts and police defensive tactics and techniques. A noted author of both books and magazine articles and IDPA Master Class shooter, he was the Shootist (1st overall) at the 1994 National Tactical Invitational and 2nd overall in 1998. He is the director of OPS (Options for Personal Security) in Sebring, Florida.

Sample Amazon Feedback

"Superb Book, Superb Instructor.  This is the most informative (and at the same time practical) book on performing what the title suggests: surgical speed shooting. Andy has obviously applied a monumental amount of thought and effort into this work. The astounding thing is that he has put the theories and techniques in a direct, concise manner that will greatly assist the reader. I've purchased several copies for like-minded/like-hobbied friends and they, too, have improved tremendously upon studying this material.  In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I enrolled in his class of the same title. EVERYTHING became even more lucid. He's highly intellectual (and it shows in this book), witty, full of energy and extremely precise. The result? I'm easily twice the shooter I was prior to taking his instruction.  If you only read one book of this type in your life I cannot recommend this book any higher. Same for his Surgical Speed Shooting class. They are both simply outstanding."

"Beginner, intermediate, or advanced shooter, you can benefit from reading this book. This book isn't as complex as the title might suggest. Stanford applies a keep it simple approach. Ultimately, his key to high speed marksmanship is a sound focus on the fundamentals. That's an easy thing to lose grasp of when you're trying hard to build skill and get better.  The second half of the book is really full of gems. I particularly liked Stanford's treatment of one-handed shooting. He points out that a very likely reason you'd have to shoot one handed is because you're fending off blows, wrestling, or fighting with the other hand. He give that topic a good treatment. The photos in that chapter tell a lot too.  Stanford is part of a current new wave of firearms instructors. This wave is taking a realistic approach to shooting as a fighting skill. They acknowledge that you're likely to be scared, shaky, and uncoordinated when you actually have to use a pistol to defend your life. Stanford and these other new instructors are teaching simple techniques that you can use when you're gasping for air and at wits end."

"Excellent book on handling your handgun.  Coming to this discipline as a shooter, but one who was completely untrained I had no idea how much there was to learn. This book starts you at the beginning and will help you progress. It has clear pictures and illustrations and I would recommend it to anybody. If you are an inexperienced shooter you would not be overwhelmed by this book because it starts with the grip and progresses from there. Very Helpful."

"The Best Handgun Shooting Techniques, All in One Slim Volume.   In this book Stanford takes high-speed gun handling and marksmanship techniques that saw their genesis in IPSC (the International Practical Shooting Confederation, simulated gun fighting competition) and uses them as the basis for his recommended self-defense shooting methods. Kind of the best of both worlds there. High-speed, precision gun handling is the serious IPSC shooter's forte. It only makes sense, if you want the best techniques available to shoot fast and straight in a real-world emergency, you apply methods developed, and used, by the best practical pistol shooters.

Stanford's recommended techniques are built around the Modern Isosceles stance. In a clever play on Jeff Cooper's Weaver-centric "Modern Technique of the Pistol," Stanford refers to the Modern Isosceles as the "Post-Modern Technique of the Pistol." Also recommended are the straight-thumbs method of gripping a handgun, so identified with IPSC that many people call it "the IPSC grip." Stanford understands things about the subtleties of this grip technique I've never seen discussed in a book before. I only knew them myself by piecing together things I've learned during years of reading on the topic, and personal instruction from some of the best firearms trainers on Earth.

Particularly impressive is Stanford's instruction on trigger control. The method he recommends, of taking up the slack, prepping the trigger, firing the shot, hitting the trigger reset and re-prepping the trigger while the gun is still in recoil, is one of two techniques used by advanced-level shooters (the other being "trigger slapping"). In my experience, trigger control is the area of marksmanship in which the serious student is least likely to find competent instruction...because most firearms instructors don't really understand the concept, and can't execute it themselves. That's not the case with Andy Stanford..."

"Got this book and read through it once, then went back and really read it. Having been taught the classic U.S. Army pistol shooting method, this was a pleasent surprise. It all makes sense. The Weaver stance while having it's advantages, isn't much help in a real world life and death firefight. This book makes sense in that teaches a system that is more in line with what your body will do naturally.  Good advice about trigger squeeze and aiming. Without being preachy about it. Good exercises for learning about these important topics. Overall glad I bought it. Tried some of the methods and found I was shooting a bit better and sure with practice I'll get even better."

YouTube Videos

The following YouTube video demonstrates a great tactical drill to improve your pistol shooting accuracy.

Pistol Shooting Drill to Improve Accuracy - Shooting Tips from SIG SAUER Academy


The following very long YouTube video is an exceptional demonstration of home defense tactical pistol shooting.

Intro to combat shooting and home defense


The following YouTube video demonstrates a tactical shooting position to reduce exposing yourself to gun fire in a gun fight.

Is It Possible To Shoot Without Exposing Yourself?!


The following YouTube video demonstrates how to defeat enemies in front and behind you using a pistol.

Advanced Pistol Tactics


The following YouTube video demonstrates how to shoot a handgun with both eyes open to increase your depth and field of vision.

How to Shoot with Both Eyes Open