Small Caliber Book Reviews: Shoot To Win, by Chris Cheng

As in all of my Small Caliber Book Reviews, I will be covering the book’s area of relevance, its strengths and weaknesses, and whether it is more introductory or advanced.

Shoot To Win is the first book by Top Shot Winner and TFB Writer Chris Cheng, and is intended as an introductory volume for novice shooters. At 256 pages of relatively large print, it is short enough for the quick reader to finish in a couple of hours, and is very accessibly written. The book covers the absolute basics of firearms and shooting, with its three body chapters offering introductions to pistols, rifles, and shotguns, respectively, and peppered with examples taken from Chris’s experiences on Top Shot.

The book, however, does not offer the intermediate or advanced level shooter much; it is definitely geared towards the novice – ideally someone who has never held a gun before in their life. In the spirit of this, it is written without any political or ideological bent, and without using the sort of gun nerd jargon that might confuse a new shooter. Chris alludes to some aspects of gun culture (e.g., caliber wars) in the book, but does not spend much time on these things.

Shoot To Win reads like a gun manual with a broader scope – it is a handbook covering the necessary basics for entering the shooting sports, but not reaching past them. As a bridge between non-shooters and the shooting community, I think it accomplishes its goal: To provide a non-threatening, up-to-date, introduction to the shooting sports as a whole (including “scary” tactical rifles and action shooting sports, which are treated as being just another aspect of the gun world by the author). I would recommend Shoot To Win as a gift for potential new shooters, or as a handbook for the novice who feels a bit overwhelmed.

Chris is currently running a big giveaway to promote the book called #ShootToWin on his Facebook page to promote the book. Head over there to enter and win prizes.

Chris has also offered to give 10 copies away to TFB readers. Fill out the form below and I will pick ten random entries and pass on the details to Chris. Standard Disclaimer: no information will be shared with anyone other than the ten winners’ entries that will be passed onto Chris. All submissions will be deleted after the competition ends.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


  • Richard

    Whats up with these adverts on TFB???
    Makes me not want to visit this site anymore and I can’t be the only one…

  • Chase Buchanan

    A book by the one and only Chris Cheng is highly relevant to my interests.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Going by Nathaniel F’s comments — and I trust that they are reasonably ojective and accurate —

    • He has had a really positive impact. I am proud of him, and please TFB has been a small part in his rise to become a mainstream commentator.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Thanks for the reply, Steve. I think it’s fair to say that you speak for many of us concerning Chris. I am definitely going to recommend his book to firearms neophytes, and probably also even some more experienced shooters ( who might be quite surprised at what they can still learn from it ).

        • Thanks Steve and DiverEngrSL17K – my journey has been incredibly fun and educational, and it’s my hope to inspire others to be students for life, and not be afraid of learning new things. I sincerely appreciate your support!

          There are so many people who fear guns, and once they learn how to shoot them they understand that it’s not guns we should fear, but rather the bad people who decide to do bad things.

          I’m hoping #ShootToWin will give new shooters the tools they need to use guns in a safe, responsible manner.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            You’re welcome, Chris, and I sincerely hope that you will achieve your goals. As always, wishing you the best of luck in your endeavours!

  • Andy

    I was hoping when I saw the article that Chris Cheng was going to review his own book.

    And get rid of these take-over ads.

    • Writers don’t review their own work ever. It’s not an ad nobody is trying to sell you his book and frankly it doesn’t apply to the majority of readers. That said new shooters or potential new shooters come here a lot and this book could possibly help them.

      • Andy

        By “take-over ad” I wasn’t referring to Chris’ book, I was referring to the window that pops up and tells me I can’t continue to the article for a few seconds.

        I’d like to read Chris’ book. I just thought it would be humorous since he writes here if he had reviewed his own book. It was a joke.

        • Dan

          What kind of ad is it?

          • Andy

            It’s a large white page that pops over my entire screen. There’s a banner up top that says “Advertisement” and “continue in x seconds.” I have adblockplus, so the ad itself is blank.

          • I can’t get it to come up on my computer?

          • Phil Hsueh

            I’ve been getting it at work all day today. I’m using a Mac running Chrome. Near as I could tell the ads I was getting was for that smart rifle, tracking point(?). It was always the same as for me all the time. I’m glad that it wasn’t from you guys because it was pretty annoying having it pop up every time o tried reading an article.

          • Hum I never saw anything but the blank page that one time for a few seconds. You run the same thing I do.

          • Kevin Harron

            I’ve been getting the blank full page adds occasionally using Firefox. Kinda annoying.

          • ghost

            Have got that also. Was only for a few days, has not reappeared. I have ad block, this and that, and still got it. I was also running in virtual browser mode. No idea. I suspect, from other posts, it is random. Anything that pops up like that is a reason for caution.

        • Grindstone50k

          AdBlock, bro

          • Andy

            Have it.

        • Ok I’m not sure what it is but it’s not something we did. I’ll try another browser and see if I can get it.

          • claymore

            I got it yesterday using Firefox with adblock and adblock plus.

        • I tried other browsers but can’t get the page to come up.
          We never ever put crap like that up.

  • Sulaco

    Sorry, Chris who? Oh, the staged TV show he won….ya that makes him an expert I guess….snark off.

    • Uncalled for comment there Sulaco.

      • Sulaco

        Nothing untword about it. Just an opinion which apparently you don’t like. If its not alright to critic self promoters with no real claim to fame, well I didn’t know this was a promotional site.

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  • USMC03Vet

    What a shit eating grin, Chris Cheng.

    What did you just do prior to that picture?