Building a Better Gunfighter

Improving Marksmanship, Mechanics, and Mindset

by Richard E. Fairburn; foreword by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


208 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"

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"Dick Fairburn just might have written the definitive work on gunfighting. Not just about fighting, mind you, but on how to create a gunfighter. It's all here: mindset, tactics, and techniques . . . everything but the individual willingness to training and practice."

Dave Spaulding, 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year, and author of Handgun Combatives and Defensive Living

"I strongly recommend that you not just read but study and apply this excellent book."

Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and On Combat

It is not enough to just have a gun—it is also vital to be trained in the proper use of that weapon. That is what this book is all about. A veteran law enforcement officer and firearms trainer for more than 30 years, Richard Fairburn trained under the legendary Col. Jeff Cooper at Gunsite and Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch, and has all available NRA instructor certifications. In Building a Better Gunfighter, Fairburn has turned his remarkable skills toward teaching you to properly employ a firearm in combat.

Fairburn's three-part training model is based on the three "Ms:" marksmanship, mechanics, and mindset. While this in itself is not unique, the cyclic system of training through all three Ms at a low level of competence before starting all over again with shorter time frames, tougher targets, and more realistic force-on-force scenarios is. The result is one of the finest gunfighter training resources available.

The principles taught in this book apply equally to police officers, soldiers, and citizens alike. If you are a concerned citizen who chooses to go armed, for reasons of personal protection or as a part of your chosen profession, this book is for you. For if you choose to go armed, you must also choose to be competent in the use of your weapons, as well as being physically and mentally prepared for the rigors of personal combat. This book will assist you in that training.

Richard Fairburn started his professional public service career as a full-time firefighter and part-time police office, but soon switched to full-time law enforcement. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1982 with a degree in law enforcement administration and in 1983 from the Illinois State Police Academy's Basic Peace Officer course. During his police career, he has served as a patrol officer, deputy sheriff, investigator, chief deputy sheriff, chief of police, and criminal intelligence analyst. In 1978, Fairburn attended the Illinois Police Training Institute's Police Firearms Instructor School, obtaining NRA instructor certifications in pistol, rifle, shotgun, and police firearms. Since 1999, he has served as a full-time police trainer and program manager at a state police academy in the Midwest.
Building a Better Gunfighter
1) My Philosophy on Training
2) Climbing the Circular Staircase
3) Coaching Forward
4) The M Factor : Marksmanship
5) The M Factor : Mechanics
6) The M Factor : Mindset
7) Gunfight Tactics
8) Team Tactics
9) Scenario – Based Training
10) Outside Training
11) Training Program Design
12) Scoring and Record Keeping
13) Stopping Power
14) Long Guns and Heavy Handguns
Being a Gunfighter
15)Skill Maintenance
16) In – Service Programs
17) Vehicle and Home Tactics
18) Practical Competition
19) Fight for Your Rights
Surviving a Gunfight
20) Post – Incident : Physical
21) Post – Incident Survival : Mental
22) Post – Incident Survival : Legal Issues