IMPORTANT DOWNLOADING TIP #1: IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN ACTUAL KINDLE DEVICE, BUY THE PDF VERSION INSTEAD. Occasionally we see people have trouble making a Kindle download work. Invariably they are trying to download it to an Apple device (something that starts with an “i” – iPad, iPhone, etc.) or an Android. The “i” devices are Apple products, and Apple is very proprietary, i.e. they just don’t play well with anything that is not also an Apple product. Kindle is not an Apple product, it’s an Amazon.com product. Apple devices don’t come set up out-of-the-box to work with Kindle. Also, most PCs don’t come with Kindle installed. Theoretically you can deal with this problem by downloading the Kindle app off the ‘net for free to your device. It works for me, on my Windows system. However, it does not seem to work for everyone. The PDF version, by contrast, will be readable on anything. Also this gives you the option of running off paper copies of the pages, which Kindle doesn’t. On the other hand, if your device says “Kindle” in its name (Kindle HD, Kindle Fire, etc.) and you just flat want a Kindle book, you’re golden.
IMPORTANT DOWNLOADING TIP #2: When downloading to a Kindle app, the system will ask you, after the download is complete, whether you want to Save or Open With Kindle. The logical answer is we want to Save, right? WRONG. Save will simply save the file somewhere on your computer, but it won’t download it into your Kindle Library. It’s Open With Kindle that downloads the file into your Kindle Library, and as an added bonus instantly opens it for you. Choose Open With Kindle.
Once you have the Kindle app on your PC/device, and choose Open With Kindle, the book SHOULD download and open fast and easily.
Now, on to the cool stuff…
IDPA Master, former Washington State IDPA Custom Defensive Pistol State Champion, and noted gunwriter Duane Thomas has written Mastering the IDPA Classifier, a book of tips and tricks on how to improve your performance on the IDPA classifier. Lavishly illustrated with 70 full-color photos, this is the first and only time an IDPA Master has written a detailed collection of pointers on how to excel at the most varied and comprehensive test of fast gun handling and defensive marksmanship skills available to the normal, self-defense oriented, citizen shooter. Originally presented in serialized form in Dillon’s Blue Press magazine, this content has now been expanded, revised and collected in book form.
From Mastering the IDPA Classifier’s Introduction, Thomas says, “The purpose of this book is to share with you the little tips and tricks I have developed, over coming up on two decades of shooting the IDPA classifier. These are the things I see shooters, over and over again, get wrong at the lower skill levels. It’s not that they can’t shoot. It’s not that they don’t have the skill set already in place to be scoring in the next rank above where they will actually, finally wind up placing. Most people are actually much better shooters than they realize. It’s that they don’t know the little tricks that can carve huge chunks of time off any particular string. These are the things IDPA Masters know, that maybe you don’t. However, when you’ve finished reading this book, you will know them, too.”