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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475097301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475097306
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Leghorn is a graduate of Penn State University currently working in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in New York City and grew up in the area, the son of a rather strict “anti-gun” family. He shot his first gun in the Boy Scouts and was instantly hooked on shooting sports. While attending Penn State, Nick started practicing Olympic smallbore rifle with the Penn State Rifle team. After only a few months of practice he was performing well enough to begin competing against other schools with the team. During his senior year he started branching out into different types of competitions, including USPSA handgun shooting (production division), NRA/CMP High Power Rifle (Service Rifle division), and eventually 3-gun (Tactical Optics division). He also founded and runs his own competition shooting team, consisting of dozens of members in multiple states and countries, who all compete and share tips and information together. Nick is a writer for The Truth About Guns, the most popular firearms blog in the United States, where he publishes regular articles about firearms, ammunition and related equipment. His main areas of interest in shooting are competition sports, long range accuracy, and scientific testing. He really enjoys using his knowledge of statistics and analytical abilities to solve questions and do interesting experiments with firearms. In his free time (what’s left after writing for TTAG, at least) he’s a volunteer firefighter and EMT with a local fire station and enjoys lockpicking.

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Nick Leghorn is a graduate of Penn State University currently working in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in New York City and grew up in the area, the son of a rather strict "anti-gun" family. He shot his first gun in the Boy Scouts and was instantly hooked on shooting sports.

While attending Penn State, Nick started practicing Olympic smallbore rifle with the Penn State Rifle team. After only a few months of practice he was performing well enough to begin competing against other schools with the team. During his senior year he started branching out into different types of competitions, including USPSA handgun shooting (production division), NRA/CMP High Power Rifle (Service Rifle division), and eventually 3-gun (Tactical Optics division). He also founded and runs his own competition shooting team, consisting of dozens of members in multiple states and countries, who all compete and share tips and information together.

Nick is the Testing & Reviews Editor for The Truth About Guns, the most popular firearms blog in the United States, where he publishes regular articles about firearms, ammunition and related equipment. His main areas of interest in shooting are competition sports, long range accuracy, and scientific testing. He really enjoys using his knowledge of statistics and analytical abilities to solve questions and do interesting experiments with firearms.

In his free time (what's left after writing for TTAG, at least) he's a volunteer firefighter and EMT with a local fire station and enjoys lockpicking.

Customer Reviews

The book was an easy read!
Carole Freeman
Overly simplistic, pictures without captions, and overall lack of illustrations with firearm parts ID'd.
James E. Carr
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in firearms but is unsure of where to start.
Delmarva Chip

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BPHeezy on August 13, 2012
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Nick Leghorn did a superb job at compressing the vast knowledge about guns into just a tad over one-hundred pages. My favorite part about Nick's book was taking popular blog posts on a website he works for, The Truth About Guns, and answering them in a non-biased manner. For example:

"Best Rifle for New Long Distance Shooters"

"Self-Defense Shotguns"

"Best AR-15 for First Time Black Rifle Owners".

Those three examples from this book (not all of them, of course) are popular topics that beginners are interested in hearing about. Nick also takes the time to introduce popular terminology and "standard" (the caveat to using this term is that state and local laws differ) laws and safety procedures for operating, storing, and purchasing a firearm.

As a layperson when it comes to operating guns, I think Nick Leghorn did the best that any gun-enthusiast-author could do with one-hundred pages.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By El Chupacabra on January 2, 2013
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This book quickly and concisely covers all the basics of guns. It explains basic terminology, explains what the different calibers and gauges of ammo are, and imparts enough knowledge that somebody like me will feel confident walking into a gun store for the first time. Before reading this, I had never been in a gun store and (I admit) I was kind of intimidated. After reading this, I felt I had enough basic knowledge to go to the store and talk to the clerk and not make a complete fool of myself. I also like that it covers basic etiquette of gun shops and firing ranges, and even has a little section on the end about how to choose a gun and gives a few recommendations. A great first read for anybody thinking about getting into guns for the first time.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark on May 7, 2012
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I picked up this book with the hopes of learning some basics and this book delivered. Its a very easy read and explains things clearly for new shooters. I like how the author included answers to popular questions that were asked him over the years. Some of these were questions I also had which was a great addition to the book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
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This is a great book if you are new to guns or are trying to help someone understand the basics of guns. Nick is a great writer and has very cleanly laid out a good framework to understanding the basics of guns.
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By Mr. B on July 11, 2014
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A good starting guide very informative!
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This book was a very good introduction for me! I now own and comfortably handle a .38 special and a 9mm pistol.
I recently passed 2 NRA courses on pistol safety and handling; also joined the NRA. The book was an easy read!
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This takes you through safe firearms handling and making a choice between an AR15 or AK platform rifle. Though it doesn't say much about other choices, e. g. 7.62 NATO/.308 Win, this is a good start for someone who's decided they want to buy a firearm but don't know much if anything about them. However, many of the principles the author discusses about making a choice between the AK or AR platform are useful for making choices in other guns. Definitely worth the money for a basic primer on firearms.
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This book is short but includes all the knowledge a new or prospective gun owner needs. Not so deep that it becomes unmanageable, not so shallow it glosses over the important stuff. I'm going to recommend it to several friends who are considering their first purchase.
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