by J. Henry FitzGerald; forewords by Timothy J. Mullin and Kevin Williams


456 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"

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John Henry ("Fitz") FitzGerald worked for Colt from 1918 till 1944. Shooting, originally published in 1930, was the culmination of Fitz's work in the firearms field. In it he discusses his work with law enforcement and the courts, his theories and practices about practical shooting of the "one hand gun" and his thoughts about target and exhibition shooting, hunting and home defense. This was the only book FitzGerald ever wrote, but his life was clearly dedicated to all aspects of handgun shooting. While his written work might be unfamiliar to some of you, those who are reading this work for the first time should be very familiar with the writings of Elmer Keith, Charles Askins Jr., Ashley Haines and Chauncey Thomas. All these men were friends of FitzGerald and thought highly of his methods and approach. After reading this book, you will feel the same way.

Paladin is pleased to add this long-out-of-print volume by one of America's most renowned and colorful shooters to its Combat Classics library. The new forewords by FitzGerald scholars Timothy J. Mullin and Kevin Williams, as well as the addition of a number of never-before published photos, shed new light on FitzGerald the man and the shooter.
John Henry ("Fitz") FitzGerald worked in Colt's firearms testing department, and in this position he fired 1,000 shots or more every day for 10 years. By the mid-1930s, he was traveling 30,000 miles each year to give exhibitions, train police departments, hunt big game and appear as an expert witness in forensic ballistics, eventually testifying in more than 400 trials. For the premier shooting competitions of the era, especially the National Matches held at Camp Perry, Fitz was in charge of the Colt tent, where shooters came to see the latest offerings from Colt, have their handguns fixed and hear Fitz regale them with stories.

Timothy J. Mullin is a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army and deputy U.S. marshall. He is a life-long gun lover and fervent defender of the Second Amendment. His well-regarded series on combat weapons also includes volumes on handguns and rifles.
1) Revolvers, Pistols, and Their Uses
2) Target Shooting
3) Position for Target Shooting
4) Trigger Squeeze
5) Flinching
6) The Revolver Grip
7) Shooting in the Wind
8) Match Shooting
9) Don'ts For Target Shooting
10) Dry Shooting
11) Eyes and Eyesight
12) Left-Handed Shooting and Average
13) Holding The Breath
14) Testing Revolvers and Pistols for the Trade
15) Adjustable and Stationary Sights
16) Grip Material and Checking
17) The Automatic Pistol
18) Shooting History
19) The Revolver Club
20) Ranges and Targets
21) Question Department
22) Misfires
23) The Two-Inch Revolver Barrel
24) Obstruction in the Barrel
25) Care and Cleaning
26) Being You Own Repairman
27) Past Masters and Present
28) Special Arms for Quick-Draw Work
29) Quick Draw
30) Trick and Fancy Shooting
31) Hunting with the Hand Gun
32) Comparing Various Bullets as Man Stoppers
33) Single and Double Action Shooting
34) The Shooter's Section
35) Evidence and Expert Testimony
36) How to Become a Firearms Expert
37) Practical Police and Defense Shooting
38) The Magic of Knowing That you can Shoot Quick and Straight
39) Police Revolvers
40) Inspection of Police Revolvers
41) Match Shooting and Police Work
42) The Colt's Silhouette Target
43) The New York State Police Revolver Course in Shooting
44) The Instructor
45) Outguessing the Criminal
46) Double-Action Revolver Versus Automatic
47) Prone Shooting
48) Carrying a Revolver When Running
49) Stop When Firing
50) Two-Hand Shooting
51) Night Shooting
52) Right and Left Hand Shooting
53) Using Two Revolvers
54) Drawing from the Side of Front Pocket
55) Fitz Trick Holds and Persuaders
56) Shooting form Motorcycle or Horse
57) Shooting from a Motor Car
58) The Science of Using a Revolver as a Club
59) Badges and Protective Police Coat
60) Telegraph Matches for Police and Banks
61) Bank Protection-The Instructor
62) The Armored Car, Passenger Car and Guards
63) My Dad and I
64) Our Friendly Talk