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Building Shooters
Applying Neuroscience Research to Tactical Training System Design and Training Delivery
Softcover, 192 Pages, Psychology/Education and Training
Published March 12, 2016
ISBN-10: 0692621784
ISBN-13: 978-0692621783
List Price: $24.99

Every serious shooter, firearms instructor, and trainer or supervisor of armed professionals should read this truly ground-breaking book that trainer Ken Murray, co-founder of Simunition and author of Training at the Speed of Life calls,

"One of the more important books of our time..."

Mike Seeklander, former senior instructor at FLETC, World Champion competitive shooter, and author of The Art of Instruction, calls it,

"Critical to the development of anyone who really wants to learn how to shoot well."

Building Shooters is the first book to apply  the principles of modern brain-science to the problems of learning, teaching, and applying firearms and other tactical skills. Unlike other books that focus on areas such as skill performance and development or tactics, this book is about training.

Skill performace is critically important, but it's not enough. Physical skills must also be accompanied by the information processing, thinking, and decision-making abilities that lead to positive operational outcomes. The brain, and how it works, matter.

Developed through extensive scientific literature review and decades of real-world experience in both training and operations, this book is a game-changer for the profession of arms.

Building Shooters' neural-network-model-based method of training system design is shown here through the medium of firearms and tactical skills, but also has the potential to revolutionize vocational training in any field that requires decision-making and skill application in dynamic environments. 

A must read.

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Editorial Reviews of Building Shooters

"An incredibly logical and analytical look at firearms training. This book should have been written years ago, as understanding the material in it is critical to the development of anyone who wants to really learn how to shoot well. Building Shooters is an eye opening look at the problems and solution facing trainers and trainees in the area of firearms skill development. The breakdown of neural network types and the procedural memory system is worth the price of admission. Absolutely brilliant material."
- Mike Seeklander
  Owner, Shooting Performance and The American Warrior Society
  USPSA Grandmaster and Steel Challenge World Champion
  Host of  The American Warrior Show and Co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel
  Author of The Art of Instruction

"The first book of its kind, Building Shooters details how to effectively and efficiently teach the art of shooting by evaluating what is understood about the brain. This book is written as a literature review which begins to connect the dots between how we train, using what is known about the fundamentals of brain function. Dustin Salomon has distilled the teaching of defensive shooting to its core elements, as he looks at alternatives to current paradigms, explaining why they may not produce optimal results, while offering alternatives that will. Given an environment of budgetary pressure on such training programs, this book answers the call to look outside the box. He seeks to maximize consolidation of procedural and declarative memory, in the most efficient way possible, using a minimum amount of resources."
- Jeremy Sword
  Ph.D., Neuroscience

"As a long time trainer, this is my first opportunity to consider how the human brain receives, retains, and categorizes information. The importance is critical for how we design training. I note that Building Shooters' advocacy for using "live" weapons for role player training is innovative and has benefits. Challenging traditional notions is how we improve training delivery, content and success on the street."
- Allen Garber
  US Army Ranger Captain and Combat Veteran
  FBI Supervisory Special Agent and SWAT Team Leader (Ret.)
  Police Chief, Champlin, Minnesota 1993-1999
  Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 1999-2002
  U.S. Marshall, District of Minnesota 2002-2006

"With the goal of improving training implementation and delivery of firearm and tactical skills, Dustin Salomon presents a reasoned and science based foundation for his training system. The science of human performance is well explained and practical suggestions are made with a focus on developing better shooters who perform at higher levels and retain their skills longer. We employ many of his recommendations in our academy and improvements in our firearms program are measurable in terms of shooter success. This is essential reading for academy staff, curriculum developers and the firearms instructor."
- Art Aplan
  Advanced Training Coordinator, Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota

"Mr. Salomon's application of neuroscience, coupled with known training techniques, can be the next breakthrough in developing a training regimen that engages physical, mental, and psychological attributes to obtain a better end product."
- Jim H.
  Professional Firearms Instructor

"Science applied to the training of the next generation of law enforcement...Building Shooters outlines a method of instruction that utilizes the way our brain processes information so they have the tools to survive."
- Brad Leach
  Captain, Burnsville, Minnesota Police Department (Ret.) and former SWAT Team Leader
  Former Instructor, Center for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, St. Paul, Minnesota
  Current Firearms Instructor for Retired Officers and Responsible Citizens

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