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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you in regards to Kent Turnipseed . I have known Kent for 43 years. When I met Kent he was a Fire Fighter and started to work for my father, George Deahl, as a locksmith in 1967. At that point in his life he had already served in the U.S. military and was studying Shotokan Karate under Master Oshima.

Currently I serve as an ambassador and committee chair and I am on the executive board to the Masters Hall of Fame. In 2010 Kent Turnipseed was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame under the category of Silver Lifetime Achievement. You may ask why or how did a world class shooting instructor get inducted into a martial arts hall of fame. Well, I can answer that question in a very simple way. Kent has lived a true warrior's lifestyle. As a student of many martial arts, Kent has become enthralled with martial arts from Japan , China , Brazil , and the Philippines . Martial arts means "the art of war" and by using that definition the martial arts picks up a whole meaning that really isn't thought about. Martial arts is typically thought of as mostly empty hand self defense. What about a weapon whether it be a knife or gun? I don't know of a soldier in today's world that will go to war without being armed with a gun.

Earlier I stated Kent was a world class shooting instructor. I believe this to be true. He is the finest I have ever seen. Never believe that what he is teaching has no martial arts within it. He has taken the physics of the arts and applied it to a whole new realm.

I believe Kent is a true asset to the shooting community and a credit to shooting instruction. Kent has also taught martial arts to top Hollywood celebrities.

Kent is the real deal when it comes to the martial arts and gun instruction. People should feel lucky having Kent give them his knowledge as freely as he does.

Robert E. Deahl

Received on Facebook, June 18, 2010, 1:41pm)


I bought your book and it arrived sometime last week. I've started to go through it with a yellow highlighter. Even though I have not finished reading the book, I went to the range this morning and tried out some of the techniques with my 20 gauge shotgun. I was able to fire off 85 rounds of #7 shot in one session.

Now for me...that was a record breaker. If you look at my Facebook profile picture, I am not a big person. I used to follow Massad Ayoob's technique of leaning forward to get your shoulders forward of your hips, pulling the shotgun tight into your shoulder, and hunching your head forward. Using this method I was in pure agony after firing off 15 rounds of simple birdshot. You can imagine how I felt when it came to using buckshot or slugs.

Thanks for writing the book. It's great for people like me who cannot take one of your live classes.

Sherman Lee

Dear Kent,

Just wanted to write and thank you for the training I received from you and Alan. Having competed in USPSA, SCSA and ICORE for close to 20 years and shooting 12 to 15 thousand rounds each year; I have seen many shooting forms/styles touted by various instructors and they have all fallen short of expectation. Many techniques do not consider how the entire body is required to overcome the effects of recoil and control the weapon as your technique does. The most amazing aspect of your training is its use for both handguns and long guns.

If you remember, my favorite weapon is the revolver. I normally shoot with the trigger pull tuned between 7.5 and 8.25 pounds and compete against shooters with weapons tuned between 2 and 3 pounds. I must have greater control to maintain my sight picture during the trigger press and start my trigger press while coming out of recoil. Using your training, I have reduced my split times on double taps and obtained greater accuracy. When shooting Steel Challenge, target transition has improved and with 6 shots and 5 targets it is not possible to miss and be competitive.

An underlying aspect of the training is learning to move, under control and in balance. USPSA is not a stand and shoot sport, it requires you to move through a course of fire and many scenarios are won based on the shooter's ability to transition, not how fast they shoot once on target. Being conscious of my balance while moving allows me to arrive in position prepared for the shot rather then preparing for the shot after arriving.

Thanks again for opening my eyes to balance and position as opposed to strength alone.

Dean Dudden
Prescott, Arizona

November 9, 2009

Dear Kent Turnipseed ,

I took the Turnipseed Technique Handgun Introduction course out of curiosity. What you and firearms instructor Alan Egusa taught in that two-day class was amazing.

I have been a Sheriff's Deputy for 20 years and throughout my law enforcement career I have attended a variety of firearms classes and schools, including the FBI's SWAT school. You are the first firearms instructor I have met that taught the use of skeletal alignment, muscle relaxation and body indexing to effectively manage recoil from firearms. The shotgun demonstration by one of your advanced students was a testament to the Turnipseed Technique's effectiveness. I was astonished to see how he effortlessly absorbed the shotgun's recoil while standing and on the move and always remained on target.

Unquestionably, the Turnipseed Technique is the cutting-edge in firearms training. The Introduction class was a paradigm shift in my firearms training. I look forward to attending your Intermediate and Advanced firearms training classes to further enhance my defensive shooting skills and to give me that cutting-edge advantage.

Brandon Rio
Sheriff's Detective
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

Kent Turnipseed,

Eight months ago, to me, you were just some guy on an internet video shooting a 12 gauge shotgun while sitting in a wobbly white plastic lawn chair with your feet in the air.

Today you and Alan Egusa are my heroes. Why? Because the two of you have taught me how to do things with semi-automatic shotguns and handguns that eight months ago I could have only dreamed about. Thanks to the Turnipseed Technique, I have learned skills that only a small minority of people possess; and, more importantly, I have the confidence to use those skills to potentially save the lives of my family and myself.

Once you taught me the basic Turnipseed Technique, I had the foundation to do what many might consider to be just a bunch of �shooting tricks.� In reality, these are no �tricks;� they are critical basic skills needed for self defense.

For example, I can now shoot an entire magazine tube of 00 buckshot/magnums/slugs from a semi-automatic shotgun in less than five seconds, with virtually no muzzle rise and with all shots on target. Is that a trick? Maybe it is to some people. To me, however, that is the ability to manage the massive recoil inherent with such ammunition in order to keep the weapon on target, even in a rapid fire self defense scenario. What about doing that same �trick� while moving forwards, backwards, or sideways? Once again, to me, it is no trick. It is the ability to address multiple targets while I am moving in what ever direction necessary to take cover and to avoid becoming the target of perpetrators. Those are precisely the skills needed to successfully defend my family in a home invasion scenario!

I also learned how to quickly draw and accurately shoot a semi-automatic handgun from the hip, even though the weapon is outside of my peripheral vision or field of view. Where is the �trick?�

How about rapidly hitting three different targets dead center; or better yet, how about shooting a 1/4 inch diameter rope in half, all without looking at or sighting the weapon (because it is on my hip)? Is that a trick? Maybe it is to some; but, to me it is vital training for close quarter self

defense. Since assaults and muggings, by definition, occur within touching distances (0 to 6 feet), it is essential to learn to shoot without using the traditional shooting stance of arms fully extended and the weapon gripped with both hands. Instead, you have taught me how to shootone-handed from the hip with the ability and the accuracy to rapidly hit multiple targets dead center - all on the move if necessary! Those are precisely the skills needed to extricate oneself from a deadly assault by a gang of thugs!

Kent and Alan, I thank both of you from the bottom of my heart for the skills you have taught me, your patience to re-teach when I made mistakes, and your tough love that I needed when I was not as good as I thought I was!

Keep up the great work. By the way, when is the next class?

S. Carson
November 2009

April 8, 2008, via email

Hello Alan,

I'm still catching up from being gone for the weekend & then going right back to work, but I find myself stopping in the middle of something and just shaking my head - I can't believe what I did last weekend!  After the lecture & mirror demos, to be able to put the first magazine in the gun and be able to group the shots was encouraging; that afternoon, to put 140 consecutive rounds in a hole that's what, 3 or 4 inches across or so was truly amazing.  Before, I had been so frustrated because of my vision problems, not being able to even see the sights clearly without reading glasses.  I figured that would always limit what I could do with a gun.  Now to realize that I don't even need to worry about it is just so exciting.  If you had told me that I could even come within a FOOT of a 1/4" lath target with the sights taped over, I would have said you were sadly mistaken;  if you'd told me I'd be shooting sections off the lath, I'd have thought you were crazy!  What a wonderful learning experience you guys provided!

Thanks again to both you & Kent!

Cheers, Karrol

To Kent and Alan,

This letter is to express my appreciation for the lessons my family and I have received during the last 2 years. Over the years I have taken many classes, and attended 2 large well known shooting schools. I met Kent at a gun show in Phoenix , AZ and started talking with him about different shooting styles and schools, thinking I wouldn't need to start at the beginning level. He assured me that's where I would start like everyone else. After 1 class I understood why and that the position of the body, arms and hands leads to almost no felt recoil. Whichever weapon is shot, pistol, rifle, or shotgun, the ability to keep the weapon on target and produce very quick and accurate follow-up shots with little recoil is greatly improved. This also improves the ability to shoot while moving with unbelievable accuracy and speed. I also had Kent and Alan teach the same skills to my wife and son, which we continue to practice on a regular basis.

In my mind, there is no greater honor to give than trusting the defense and life safety of my family and myself to these 2 men who took the time needed to instruct us. They will always be my friends.
John A Goodall
Capt. Phoenix Fire Dept,

I began plinking cans with my dad at age 7.  I had always struggled with consist accuracy until I took my first Turnipseed class at age 30.  Prior to my knowledge of the Turnipseed Technique, I spent lots of money attending other shooting instructor's courses and yet never improved in consistent accuracy.  I was once told by a well known shooting instructor that I would be a great shot if I could just hit the broad side of a barn, and he was right.

After taking the Intro Turnipseed Technique class I realized I could easily replicate on demand Kent 's shooting constants and know with confidence I would hit my target.  Thanks Turnipseed Technique for giving me real tools to dramatically eliminate my accuracy struggles.

Also, I had only fired about five rounds from my lightweight Smith and Wesson .44 magnum Mountain gun prior to taking the Turnipseed Class.  The stinging and recoil it caused were very uncomfortable.  After taking an Introductory class and with a few pointers from Kent, the .44 Magnum is completely manageable and is as much fun as shooting a 9 mm.

Thanks Turnipseed Technique.

Mario Meccia

Good Morning Sensei,

I'm glad you asked, and I'm happy to report that I did. 

On 31 Oct 2006 I reported to the range.  After a few minutes of being brought up to date on the happenings of my former department, I asked one of the range officers if I could warm up by shooting a couple of mags.  He asked if I could hit that target approximately 7 yards from the shooting line.  I said yes and asked how many rounds he wanted me to shoot.  He observed that I had several (5) .45 mags and responded with, "Why don't you start by shooting a couple of mags?"  I said OK and asked if I could turn the target 45 degrees.  He asked what for and I replied that I was used to shooting at a smaller target.  After turning the target, I walked back to the shooting line and went through my Turnipseed checklist of the eight constants.  I shot 7 rounds rapid-fire center mass chest, reloaded and fired 7 rounds rapid-fire center mass head.  The chest area is 12 x 18 inches and the head is 4 x 4 inches.  All shots were hits except for one head shot.  That took all of 10 seconds.  I asked what I needed to do next. What followed was secret police stuff that I will not put in writing, but I could tell you verbally sometime once you released some of the pressure of your hands around my throat.  I thanked the officers and handed each one your business card.  One of the officers asked why I had tape over my sights.  I looked at the Kimber, looked back at the officer and said, "They're night sights."  Kent, can you believe I'd forgotten to take the tape off that Alan put on at the class???  I never noticed!!!


November 18, 2004

Dear IDPA Members:

After reading about the Turnipseed Technique in the spring issue of Tactical Journal; my son and I went to Phoenix in October and spent two days in Kent Turnipseed's Introductory Handgun course.   I was mightily impressed.   

I'm an old-timer and over the years I've learned bits and pieces from many friendly and effective handgun instructors around the country.  Kent, and his colleague Alan Egusa, were friendly, wonderful instructors, and have a lot to offer. We learned the rudiments of better stance and balance, and through that more rapid and accurate shot placement, and a lot less reliance on sights. My gut feeling is that every handgun shooter will eventually use the Turnipseed Technique. 

Probably it will catch on most rapidly amongst women, people with lighter frames, and us old-timers, since the stance absorbs most of the handgun recoil and keeps you on target faster, without requiring a lot of muscle or a whole lot of practice.  The other people who'll adopt it are those who have to be confident they can hit what they want to. Fast.

Yours truly,
Gene Durbin
IDPA   AO8896

September 7, 2004

Dear Kent,

Sorry to take so long to get back to you, and thank you for the time and effort you took out of your schedule to train me before my deployment overseas.

I have been �shooting� in one form or another, at one time or another, for over 40 years.  During that time I've received instruction from �experts� as well as through personal experimentation and just plain old OJT.

My shooting experiences have varied from plain old plinking at cans in the woods as a child to rifle, pistol, and SMG qualification courses in the Marines.  This also included training called �Quick Kill� (before Political Correctness became a part of our everyday lexicon) using BB guns to shoot ping-pong balls tossed into the air.  This training was specifically geared towards the �new� M-16 rifle that was being issued to the military at the time.

For the next couple of decades after getting out of the Marine Corps, in order to maintain/improve my shooting skills I would read �expert� advice in books and magazines, and watch and try to emulate top competitive shooters using full blown �race guns.�  I experimented with the FBI Crouch, the Isosceles, the Weaver, Modified Weaver, hip shooting, participated in DCM matches, etc.

Depending on the amount of practice that I had in any given time period, my performance would vary from having trouble hitting the side of the proverbial barn to punching a single ragged hole in the target.  My problem has always seemed to be one of consistency and repeatability over time and across weapons systems.

You and I had shot together some fifteen years or so ago before making contact again this summer.  A mutual friend of ours in NYC had shown me one of your demo tapes and it piqued my curiosity to find out more.  When I had the opportunity to fly back out to Los Angeles from Washington DC for one of your Beginner classes, I asked myself �what do I have to lose?�  Two days of shooting with you and Alan Egusa convinced me that you really had something unique in the Turnipseed Technique (TT).  I made my mind up then and there to take enough leave during my pre-deployment period to invest in some serious extra-curricula training.

After a week together; shooting in the days until the mid-day Arizona heat would reach over 110 degrees, spending the afternoons and evenings practicing dry firing, drawing, and ground work, I have to tell you that your demo tape does not even begin to show the potential of what TT holds for anyone interested in learning to not just survive, but to dominate and win in a �serious� social confrontation.

The operative word in TT is Technique.  Webster's Dictionary defines technique as �the systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished� and �the degree of skill or command of fundamentals exhibited in a performance.�  TT does this to a very high level in a very short period of time.  It provides for the very consistency and repeatability of skill level over time and across weapons systems that had eluded me for years.  The most difficult part of learning TT was de-training myself of 40 years of bad habits and just plain wrong �expert� advice. 

At the end our training period, at 0-3 meters I was consistently drawing from under t-shirts & coats and hitting rope (from 1� manila to ¼� sash cord) from the hip while bobbing and weaving like a boxer, moving side to side, in and out like a broken-field runner.  I called it my �dance.�  At 3-7 meters, all rounds were in a 4� vertical stripe on a silhouette target, again from the hip (or as you call it in TT, �Quick Shoot�).  �Aimed� shots using both hands would tear a ragged hole after dumping a full magazine as fast as I could pull the trigger. 

To my pleasant surprise, TT allowed me to duplicate the above results with both an auto-loading 12 gauge shooting slugs and a semi-auto rifle in 5.56mm.  I only wish that we had a full-auto available for testing as well.  After a week of shooting 500 - 800 rounds of full power factory ammo a day in the above firearms you might expect to be black and blue in a few spots.  Not at all.  Except for being very tired each day after shooting (TT does take some physical work and you will be tired until you body settles in to it), and a little �slide bite� on my strong side hand, no soreness from recoil.  If properly executed, TT makes recoil management almost trivial.

We covered going to the ground, rolling out, shooting while on the ground with 360-degree coverage as well as overhead and up a stairwell.  35 years ago I used to shoot pistol strong side as a southpaw until an injury convinced me to switch to my right.  As it is in my nature, towards the end of the training I just had to start pushing the envelope a little (to your �mild� disapproval). Using TT and Quick Shoot on my now �weak� side, I was almost able to duplicate my strong side performance!  I could not help see you out of the corner of my eye trying to suppress a smile of satisfaction at my success.

I know that you deny being a martial arts instructor and in all modesty claim not to have �invented� anything new but only to have melded publicly available knowledge on kinesiology, proper body alignment, and sound shooting techniques together to arrive at TT.  If you prefer, I will use the term �discovered� instead (see Mr. Webster again for the difference).  Your openness and willingness to share your knowledge was refreshing in a field where some teachers hide the �good stuff� from all but their most devoted supplicants.

TT is in my opinion a true martial art that can be learned and effectively applied by a novice in a relatively short period of time.  It is also one that someone can grow old with as with passing years the prospect of hand to hand combat becomes less and less of an option.  I highly recommend your courses to anyone looking to learn how to use a firearm quickly, efficiently, and safely in a life-threatening situation.  Prospective students should be aware however that you only teach in depth one leg of the tripod of Tactics, Conditioning, and Skill. Although some overlap is unavoidable, TT is primarily a Skill.  Emptor Caveat!  All of the perils of using deadly force still apply and is the responsibility of the student to safely navigate them in the real world after acquiring TT.  Let there be no misunderstanding, the bottom line is: TT is pure and simple GUNFIGHTING.  If one is not prepared to accept this fact and the consequences of their actions (or lack of), they should not own a firearm for self-defense much less try to learn to use one at this level.

Again, thank you for helping me acquire this level of skill.  All I need now to maintain TT in a relatively high degree of tune is a mirror and a string.  I hope to never have to apply it in the real world, but to paraphrase an old adage, �it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!�  I look forward to training with you again upon my return from overseas and see what refinements you have made in TT.


Peter Urbach � PMI, CISSP, CPP/PSP
Department of State
Security Engineering Officer
ESC - New Delhi , India

PS.  Raise your rates, you're dirt-cheap!

08 Jul 2004 17:04:18 +0000

I have been a student of Kent Turnipseed since 1986. Prior to that I was Marine Force Recon in Viet Nam , Special Forces Airborne in the Army and a sworn officer with the Cook County Sheriff's Department, so I had had prior firearms training. My classes and instruction from Kent from '86 through '91 saved my life in shootouts in Latin America during the ten year period that I functioned as an undercover operator. I truly owe Kent my life for his shooting instruction.

In 2003 I underwent a simple operation that went bad and resulted in my being in a coma for 53 days and destroyed every major system in my body. Later that same year I had to undergo a complete hip replacement with additional removal of parts of my femur. God blessed me with a second (or third) chance and I leave this week for deployment to Iraq as a contractor shooter.

I returned to my shooting instructor, Kent Turnipseed, for shooting upgrades just this month prior to my deployment and as a disabled student. The Turnipseed Technique with its QUICK SHOOT, among other evolutionary and revolutionary changes is something that NO ONE ELSE HAS. I was amazed that even though I, as a somewhat disabled fellow, could increase by NINETY PER CENT my shooting ability! For the housewife who wants to learn basic shooting all the way up to and through operators who are "Gunfighters," the Turnipseed Technique WILL advance and improve your shooting ability. It did for me, and I stake my life on it!

This is a TECHNIQUE, not TACTICS! In the real world you need the technique to develop or determine your tactics. Kent's instructors are better than ANY I have observed in my 30-plus year period in security consulting because their position is that there are no bad students only inferior teachers. If I were a CEO of a "major" security contracting corporation, (and actually I was in LATAM), I would seriously review the proposals of THE TURNIPSEED TECHNIQUE's team of experts and then do whatever I had to to get their product to my shooters! If I were planning for my grandson, daughter, or wife to learn first-time how to shoot...I would MANDATE that they begin their foundation with Kent .

Thank you Kent!

Strength and Honor. Semper Fi!
Roy A. Petersen

25th November 2003

To Whom It May Concern:

My first meeting with Mr. Kent Turnipseed was a turning point in my life as a firearms practitioner as well as a "warrior" and, in fact, my whole person.

If there is something out there like a "Holy Grail" of combat shooting, then Kent has certainly lifted it. Never in my career did I make such a gigantic step forward and in such a short period of time than with the passionate help of my friend (I am proud to say) Kent.

I have instructed in firearms for about 30 years and have worked as an Instructor to International Anti-Terrorist Units for nearly 10 years. I feel sorry and ashamed when I recall how many of my students received my inferior classes.

The abilities which can be gained by learning from Kent are surprising but real. Any Firearms Instructor who has heard about Kent's Turnipseed Technique and does not at least try to seek to train with him or his Instructors should be avoided.

Col. Thomas Bovet
Airborne Special Forces 911
"Team One" (1st Anti-Terrorist Unit) Chief Instructor
Kombol Angsnoul, Kandal, Cambodia

I was exposed to the Turnipseed Technique about six months ago. Kent invited me to do “some shooting" with him at a range in Casa Grande, south of where we live. I was excited and honored with this offer in spite of the winter chill that day. Kent has an excellent reputation in firearms training and has instructed some "big name" people.

At the end of that remarkable day, I was running and shooting and hitting my targets with outstanding accuracy. The price I paid for this incredible ability was to discard everything I'd been taught about shooting in the U.S. Marine Corps, numerous gun magazine articles, and lessons and shooting techniques I had learned in the past.

As a bonus, I felt none of the physical trauma that I had always had, to some degree, after a session at the range. We had fired over 400 rounds of pistol, rifle and shotgun ammunition in six hours. I was overwhelmed by the way the transfer of recoil energy was virtually neutralized by body posture whether firing magnum shotgun loads, .308 Win. (7.62 NATO) or .45 caliber auto. And Kent mentioned many times that "it has nothing to do with size, strength or gender.”

All of my previous firearms training had a way of making me feel off balance and static. Kent taught me how simple body mechanics was the secret to balance and enabled me to reach the highest level of accuracy I have ever experienced. Some of this was with my sights taped over with black tape. And best of all, I had learned how to move rapidly and still execute firing with deadly accuracy.

I experienced another bonus that day. My vision had gone south several years ago leaving me near-sighted. My sight picture was always fuzzy and focusing on my sights, not the target, was difficult with resulting poor groupings. With Kent's Technique my eye-sight problem was minimized, and my accuracy was greatly improved.

On a personal note, I had retained my Marine Corps. firearms training faithfully over the years ("once a Marine, always a Marine"). But after the experience with Kent, I realized that it was time for a change. Would you go back to a typewriter after having experienced word processing on a modern computer?

If you will allow yourself to be open-minded and not be locked into the past, amazing things become possible. Without progress we would still be using stone tools and living in caves. Nearly everyone today talks about body mechanics, but the Turnipseed Technique truly uses simple body mechanics that work beyond anything I would have thought possible. Once you actually “feel” the technique you will know that there is no other way to shoot. An old dog really can learn new tricks.

Captain Bob Hicks, USMC
June 9, 2003

"After having completed advanced training in the Turnipseed Technique I had the opportunity to train with and complete the S.C.A.R.S. Institute of Combat Sciences 40-Hour Spec-Op/SEAL Platoon Work-up Course in hand-to-hand combat. While in the course, we were exposed to a firearms disarmament section and participated in a number of scenarios with the instructors. During one such scenario, I demonstrated the Turnipseed Technique close quarters stance in my role as the 'officer.' While virtually every other technique employed was capable of being overcome by the S.C.A.R.S. instructors in their role as the 'bad guy' they agreed that the technique I employed could not be defeated unless the assailant was capable of surviving a magazine discharged into his chest cavity at point-blank range. I have learned to no longer be surprised when the efficiency and practicality of the Turnipseed Technique consistently demonstrates its validity under the most rigorous conditions and tests. Thank you."

Andrew K. Proctor

(Comment by Kent Turnipseed: The preceding is, indeed, a wonderful testimonial to our technique. What makes it even more admirable is that this student, Andy Proctor, had had only 50 hours of training in the Turnipseed Technique at the time of his participation in the S.C.A.R.S. Institute of Combat Sciences. He not only participated alongside other techniques, but he competed against instructors who had had thousands of hours of training in their preferred arts, thousands of hours (years) against 50 hours for Andy. Also, please note that Andy was static. The experienced hand-to-hand combat instructors that he faced in the disarm scenario would not even attempt to disarm him when he was static. By employing movement, Andy would have been significantly more difficult to disarm (but, the scenario never got that far, so he never had to move). Turnipseed Retention has never been defeated. Note: S.C.A.R.S. is a hand-to-hand combat method that has been taught to the US Navy Seals.)

To whom it may concern:

I just completed a 2 day beginners course in the Turnipseed Technique, a practical shooting method. What an amazing course! I had seen videos of the technique in action, including accurate shooting from the hip, on the move, with handguns, shotguns and rifles. It was all very impressive and I hoped to be able to learn how to do just a little of this myself, but I wasn’t sure that it could be picked up by someone like me who fired a gun for the first time only 3 years ago.

First of all, the course was fun. It was safe at all times, but fun. There is nothing like loading up 5 high capacity magazines and waiting for the instruction to “Dump it!” I have had a little instruction in shooting and it usually involved lots of waiting, “Front sight, squeeze… Front sight, squeeze.” In 2 days with Kent I got through 1300 rounds of ammo, and due to the relaxed, natural posture that is taught, my hands didn’t hurt at all.

We began shooting from sitting, then moved on to standing. By the second afternoon, we practiced shooting whilst moving. This was all done without the use of sights. Kent covered all of the sights with black electrical tape. When it was my turn to shoot on the move, I was fairly confident that I could hit all the targets, and I did so. But then Kent told me to go for head shots, on the move, with no sights. I was a little apprehensive, but thought the least I could do was give it a try. Much to my surprise, I made all 5 head shots. I am still amazed at what I learned to do in just 2 days.

I can only say that I believe the Turnipseed Technique to be the best, most natural and practical method of shooting that I have seen, and Kent is a joy to work with. I look forward to doing the advanced course as soon as I can.

Michael M. Petkovic
June 17, 2002

Dear Kent,

This letter is to express my appreciation for the lessons learned in the recent class in gun handling at Westside Gun Club. I had an opportunity to unlearn how my improper stance, gun holding and body positions I had built up over the past 50 years of shooting and hunting were hampering effective shooting -and personal comfort, most of all! In a very short time, you taught me why doing it the way I had always done these things was not only inefficient, but that my whole body was absorbing all the recoil and that by doing so, I was punishing myself -unnecessarily. With your instruction, I was soon shooting my shotgun rapid fire and frankly, I was amazed that at the end of the session, my shoulder had no idea I had just shot a large number of warm loads, accurately, safely and best of all, comfortably… The instruction I received on how to position my body, my arms and the gun itself let me experience a new and enjoyable method of shooting heavy-recoiling guns. If anyone had told me a couple of weeks ago that a few simple-to-apply rules of holding your gun and your body would virtually eliminate felt recoil, I simply would not have believed them. To say I was impressed at how simple your methods are, once learned, is the most surprising part of it all. I look forward to taking more lessons from you on handgun control and improving my gun handling and shooting techniques. I've shot all manner of guns in competition, hunting and target shooting for well over 45 years, and only now am learning how to do it correctly and more fully enjoy it! You did indeed teach an old dog some new "tricks!"

Keith Whaley
Whaley's Gunsmithing
Mar Vista, CA
December 7, 1997

I was in your basic pistol class on 18 October and 25 October, and would like to take this opportunity to drop you a line and express my thanks. My officers and I agree that your class is excellent and the basic principles you teach are directly transferable to the street. I would also like to commend your staff. Their skills are definitely an asset to your course. I am looking forward to shooting with you again! I will be out of the area for you November "repeat" class. Would you please send your calender for the 1998 schedule to my office.

R.Paul Wright, Range Master
PSSA/Special Investigations Bureau
County of Ventura, CA
October 30, 1995

Dear Kent,

I just completed your 16 hour course on pistol…stance and wanted you to know that I learned a great deal, even with years of pistol shooting behind me. I want to expound on your shotgun demonstration. My mouth fell open when I saw you stand on one leg, the other raised from the ground, and shoot a 12 gauge shotgun using Magnum 00 buck loads. You didn't move or lose your balance, not once, but several times (for picture purposes). Each time was the same. No movement or loss of balance. As you continually stressed throughout your course, balance was all important, no matter what firearm was being used. I can hardly wait to take your shotgun course!

Clarence Johnson
El Monte Police Department
October 21, 1995

I am writing this letter in behalf of Mr. Kent Turnipseed regarding the weapons combat system he has developed. I was my pleasure to spend five days with Kent, learning this remarkable system. His system would appear to be modeled after the Weaver Stance, but the similiarity ends there. Kent's method uses skeletal alignment and natural body ergonomics which produces a firing platform I estimate to be at least three to four times stronger than a standard Weaver Stance and probably much more for an Isosceles stance. I have served as an Active Duty Trainer for the Army National Guard for the last ten years. Prior to that I spent seven years as a Light Weapons Sergeant in the U.S. Armuy Special Forces. Before that I was a U.S. Marine. I have trained many men and women both in and out of military service over the last several years with rifle, pistol and shotgun. I mention this because I have been taught other disciplines and have seen several others in practice. I have never seen or studied a system which has such potential for speed, stability, and accuracy as the Turnipseed …Stance. I heartily recommend Mr. Turnipseed and his course to any serious student of Combat Weaponcraft. Take his course, you will be amazed!

Ronald E. Burnes
Nevada City, CA
March 3, 1995

I am writing to express my gratitude regarding my accomplishments in firearms safety and control. Previously, I have taken private lessons from several well-known instructors and still felt that I was inadequate in handling a handgun. I always thought that my inaccuracy and excessive recoil was due to my size (5' 3½" and 102 lbs). When my husband took you classes, he became very enthusiastic and recommended that I do the same, so I did. It was the best class I have ever taken. After just taking one handgun course, I was amazed at myself. My accuracy, self-confidence, and control were improved beyond what I ever expected. I no longer experienced any recoil, even when firing a 44 Magnum. I don't know how to thank you. You have not only improved my shooting technique, but you have made me a modern Annie Oakley. Kent, I can't thank you enough. Your class will save my life and my family someday.

Essie Cha, Director
Arizona International College
September 1, 1994

Turnipseed FirearmsTraining
3298 N Glassford Hill Rd #104-164
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314-1294


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