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Origins of Pistolcraft: The Development of the 'Modern Technique'

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

Handgunning in the 1920s: The Techniques of W.E. Fairbairn

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article, Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police.

Compressed Surprise Break: The Secret of Fast and Accurate Shooting

Mastering this basic skill is key to you becoming and staying a good shot.

Whatever Happened to the Double Tap?

During the time that he was developing the Modern Technique of the Pistol, Col. Jeff Cooper incorporated the “Double Tap” into his defensive program.

Modern Technique Origins

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

Throwback Thursday: Pistol Shooting

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article from The American Rifleman, March 1927—one of the primary documents of combat pistolcraft—Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police. Lessons he learned on the mean streets of Shanghai were taught to British Commandoe and SOE operatives, as well as Americans in the Office of Strategic Services—including Col. Rex Applegate.

Fairbairn of Shanghai

One of the lesser known figures in the world of combat handgunning was William Ewart Fairbairn. Born in 1885, this slender Englishman was in the British service by 1901 and the Shanghai Municipal Police by 1907.

The Art of the Double Tap

This self-defense staple is easily understood, but harder to master.

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