Book Review: SHOOT, by Julie Golob

Whether you enjoy shooting rifles, pistols, or shotguns, or even other weapons like black-powder muskets, chances are there’s a competitive shooting event for you. And, chances are that you can find it within the pages of SHOOT, the new book by professional shooter and Team Smith & Wesson captain Julie Golob.

Within the pages of SHOOT, you’ll get an overview of competitive shooting sports you may already have heard of, such as IPSC/USPSA, IDPA, and the numerous shooting competitions sponsored by the NRA. You’ll get a flavor for dozens of shooting sports – I learned the difference between skeet, trap, and sporting clays – and learn about some you may never have heard of. You’ll also get Julie’s advice on gear, training, and more. The final chapter of Julie’s book, ambitiously titled “From Newbie to Champion”, was especially valuable to me, discussing goal-setting, the mental game of becoming competitive, and more.

It’s hard to think of a woman more qualified to write a book like this than Julie. An accomplished USPSA, IDPA, and Bianchi Cup champion, Julie shot competitively as part of the United States Army’s Action Shooting Team. She’s a 13-time USPSA Ladies National Champion, the holder of 15 World and 24 US National titles, and the captain of the Team Smith & Wesson shooting team.

If there’s any deficiency to Julie’s book for me, it’s that there are so many competitive shooting disciplines included that each one gets only a few pages of attention. Julie manages to give a good overview of the flavor of each, but there were a few I would wished for more information about. Fortunately, the book includes Web links for each discipline, so it’s not hard to find more info. The balance of the book – between equipment and basics, overviews of the various shooting sports, and practical hands-on tips for getting involved and developing your skills – is very even, and Julie’s writing is crisp and engaging. Reading SHOOT is like sitting down for a long conversation with an old friend who’s excited to share her passion, and Julie’s passion practically sparkles up from the pages of the book.

If you’re at all interested in competitive shooting, it would be hard to think of a better investment of $16.95 or so than a copy of SHOOT. Even if you’re an experienced shooter, you’ll probably learn something from Julie’s book, and it’s a heck of a fun read to boot.

“I think there is a shooting sport out there for everyone,” Julie writes on her Web site. “I hope, by sharing my passion, I help inspire someone else to give a shooting sport a try.” I don’t know about everyone else, but after reading SHOOT, I’m certainly inspired to step up my game with the sport I’m already doing (IDPA) and to check out some shooting disciplines I’ve never tried before.

Shoot is available in paperback from Amazon.com and other bookstores, as well as in eBook format for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.

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