Recommended Shooting Books

NASSA has prepared a list of Recommended Shooting Books for your review. If you are a new Silhouette shooter, many of these books can help you improve your scores through teaching critical basic fundamentals and help prevent beginner mistakes. If your desire is to make Master Class in Silhouette, many of these books can help refine your fundamentals and bring structure to your training regimen to get you there. If your goal is to reach the top of our Silhouette sport and win championships, absorbing the knowledge of these champion authors to formulate and refine your own path to success is critical!

We are fortunate these days that many new and great books on sports motivation, mental training, the physical aspects of shooting, rifles, ammunition, ballistics, wind doping, etc., are now being published everyday and many are included here for your review.

Bill Pullum, appointed in 1962 as Head Coach of the newly formed US Army Marksmanship Training Unit (USAMTU), was a pioneer in developing modern coaching techniques. Bill Pullum and Frank T. Hanenkrat, a USAMTU shooter and fellow instructor, would write a ground breaking book entitled Position Rifle Shooting that would set the bar for capturing championship coaching fundamentals used by shooters such as Lones Wigger to great achievements. Two later books by Bill and Frank are included on our recommended reading list as must reading.

Our other authors of Recommended Shooting Books also have strong and diverse shooting backgrounds in complementary shooting sports such as ISSF Prone/3-P/Air Rifle, NRA High Power/Service Rifle, Long Distance Shooting or Shooting Sports Psychology. Their knowledge is directly applicable to our Silhouette sport or it would not have been included!

We have labeled the type of content found in each book included , using the same subject matter categories used for our NASSA Blogs, i.e., Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game, Rifles and Sights, Ammo & Ballistics and At The Range. Many books cover multiple topics and a few only cover one topic such as wind doping, ammunition reloading, etc.

Over time, we will write more detailed reviews of each one of these books (see links under each book) and a few of the most important books may be written up as a blog within our NASSA Blog links. So enjoy your journey, build your library carefully over time and remember that Knowledge Empowers You!

Do you have some addition book suggestions for our Recommended Shooting Books Library? CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW and tell us!


Title: Air Rifle Training & Competition

Authors: Heinz Reinkemeier & Gaby Bühlmann

Publisher: MEC GmbH, 1st Edition, Drensteinfurt, Germany, 2015

Availability: www.mec-shot.de

Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game, Rifles & Sights, Ammo & Ballistics

While this book is geared towards ISSF 3-P Air Rifle Competition, the material on mental preparation, the shot sequence, rifle set-up and the physical mechanics of optimizing the standing position is excellent and very applicable for Silhouette shooting.

This book, together with Sports Psychology and Competition – The Psyche of the Shot, are written by Heinz Reinkemeier and Gaby Bühlmann who are well renowned as Sports Psychologists and World-Class Rifle Coaches. Published by MEC, the high tech shooting equipment company out of Germany.


Title: A Shot At History

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Title: Attainment

Author: Troy Bassham

Publisher: Mental Management® Systems, Flower Mound, Texas, 2012

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Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game

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Troy Bassham, son of Olympic Champion Lanny Bassham, is a 12 time USA National Champion in the International rifle discipline, setting 4 national records and won the CISM World Championship. He is a senior Master Instructor and Director of Junior Development at Mental Management® Systems. Troy used these techniques to become an elite champion.


Title: Berger Bullets Reloading Manual

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Title: Bullseye Mind

Author: Raymond Prior, PhD

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Title: Competitive Shooting

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Title: Freedom Flight – The Origins of Mental Power

Author: Lanny Bassham

Publisher: Mental Management® Systems, Flower Mound, Texas, 2008

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Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game

This inspirational story tells of Lanny Bassham’s mental struggles after a “disappointing” silver medal performance at the 1972 Olympics. A long discussion on a flight to the World Military Championships (Cairo) with Team Coach Jack Sands would change everything. Jack’s experiences as a POW in captivity for over 6 years would give Lanny a whole new mental perspective and set him “free” on a path that would win him the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal that had eluded him in 1972. This short story is inspirational to the shooter who wants to excel and needs a strong mental approach to achieving their goals. Lessons from this book have been incorporated into Lanny’s Mental Management® System.

Lanny Bassham won the 1976 Smallbore 3-Position Olympic Gold Medal, multiple World Championships and is a Distinguished Member of the US Army Marksmanship Unit. This is Lanny Bassham’s second book written after Lanny Bassham’s book With Winning in Mind. Both books form the foundation for his Mental Management® System that has been training world-class athletes for years on optimizing mental control under pressure.


Title: Highpower Rifle

Author: G. David Tubb

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Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game, Rifle & Sights, At the Range

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Title: Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading

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Title: Mental Training In Shooting

Authors: Anne Grethe Jeppesen & Anne Marte Pensgaard

Publisher: 1st Edition Printed in Germany 2006

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Title: Metallic Silhouette Shooting

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Title: Metallic Silhouette Shooting – 2nd Edition

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Title: Prone and Long-Range Rifle Shooting

Author: Nancy Tompkins

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Title: Reading the Wind and Other Coaching Techniques

Author: M/Sgt Jim Owens USMC (Ret.)

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Title: Rifle Steps To Success

Author: Launi Meili

Publisher: Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, 2009

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Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game, Rifles & Sights, At the Range

This book focuses on attaining success in the ISSF 3-P Air Rifle discipline. As with The Ways of the Rifle (both published in 2009), the prone and kneeling positions are not relevant to silhouette. The section on the standing position is and can help to ensure your biomechanics are optimized. Other relevant information such as mental and physical training, preparation for match competition, optimum shot sequence and taking the shot are worth reading to help develop your own program.

Launi Meili won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympic Games and broke 3 Olympic Records. She was an assistant coach on the U.S. National Team, helped develop the International Coach Certification Program and was Head Coach of the University of Nebraska Women’s Rifle Team.


Title: Sierra Rifle & Handgun Reloading Data

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Title: Sports Psychology and Competition – The Psyche of the Shot

Authors: Heinz Reinkemeier & Gaby Bühlmann

Publisher: MEC GmbH, 1st English Edition, Dortmund, Germany, 2013

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Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game

A highly recommended and inspirational book on the mental and physical aspects of competitive shooting and what it takes to win. While this book is geared towards ISSF 3-P Rifle Competition, content is directly applicable to Silhouette shooting.

This book, together with Air Rifle Training & Competition, are written by Heinz Reinkemeier and Gaby Bühlmann who are well renowned as Sports Psychologists and World-Class Rifle Coaches. Published by MEC, the high tech shooting equipment company out of Germany.


Title: Successful Shooting

Authors: Bill Pullum & Frank T. Hanenkrat

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Title: The New Position Rifle Shooting

Authors: Bill Pullum & Frank Hanekrat

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Title: The Rifle Shooter

Author: G. David Tubb

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Title: The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters

Authors: Linda K. Miller & Capt. Keith A. Cunningham

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Title: Ways of the Rifle 2009

Authors: Gaby Bühlmann, Heinz Reinkemeier, Maik Eckhardt, Bill Murray & Abhinav Bindra

Publisher: MEC GmbH, 1st English Edition , Drensteinfurt, Germany, 2008

Availablility: www.mec-shot.de

Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game, The Physical Game, Rifles & Sights, Ammo & Ballistics

When released in 2009, this was a groundbreaking and comprehensive book on the ISSF .22 3-Position (3-P) discipline. While chapters on the prone and kneeling positions are not relevant to silhouette, the extensive chapter on the standing position is and can help to ensure your biomechanics are optimized.

The authors are a mix of world-class shooters, ex-Olympians, and Sports Psychologists who have come together to produce a wonderfully illustrated work.


Title: With Winning In Mind

Author: Lanny Bassham

Publisher: Mental Management® Systems, 3rd Edition 2011

Availability: www.mentalmanagement.com

Subject Matter: Inspiration, The Mental Game

With Winning In Mind is one of the best selling books on motivation and optimizing your mental shooting game. The techniques taught in the book are used by many successful elite shooters and highly recommended to Silhouette shooters to shape your own customized mental training program! Many valuable sections include such topics as understanding and using match pressure as your ally, mentally rehearsing you shots, setting the correct goals to both develop/win and learning to be decisive.

Lanny Bassham won the 1976 Smallbore 3-Position Olympic Gold Medal, multiple World Championships and is a Distinguished Member of the US Army Marksmanship Unit. Lanny Bassham’s book With Winning in Mind formed the foundation for his Mental Management® System that has been training world-class athletes for years on optimizing mental control under pressure.