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The Rookie's Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition - What you need to know to buy, shoot and care for a handgun [Kindle Edition]

Tom McHale
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Book Description

“How do you make that first trip to the range, gun store, or even a friend’s house to check out a gun or two without looking like a total doofus? Like all new things, learning how to handle guns can be intimidating. But how do you take the first step now that Miss Manners’ Sooper Dooper Guide to Shooting Etiquette is out of print?”

Let’s face it. If you’re thinking about buying a gun, are new to shooting, or just haven’t immersed yourself in the gun culture, guns and shooting can be intimidating! Loud noises, armed people and gun stores can be scary. Never fear! This book will make you comfortable, and knowledgeable, in no time. And you’ll have a few laughs in the process.

“Like any new endeavor, the first visit can be fraught with uncertainty and doubt. But never fear, we’re going to tell you exactly what to expect, so you can walk in with confidence and have some serious fun. Fortunately, checking into a shooting range is a lot less stressful than passing through a TSA checkpoint.”

In light-hearted style, it will give you easy-to-understand and insanely practical tips about topics including:

- Types of guns
- Gun safety tips
- Things to consider when choosing a gun
- How to buy a gun
- How to handle a gun
- Getting started: A fistful of shooting tips
- What to expect at the shooting range and what to bring
- What you need to know about ammunition
- How to clean your gun
- Cheat sheet resources to help you find training, ranges and local gun stores

“Hunting with the newly invented firearms was problematic as many animals were reluctant to stand in front of cannons long enough to be converted to SPAM. In response to complaints of supermarket butchers everywhere, the “hand-gonne” was invented. Simply a downsized cannon mounted on a pole, the hand-gonne struggled for popularity mainly because no one knew how to pronounce the word gonne.”

Go to any shooting range and observe what happens when folks show up without knowing the first thing about their new gun. The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition will teach you the basics of visiting ranges and gun stores and help you with basic shooting instruction.

“Water tends to run downhill. Asparagus tends to find it way from kids’ plates to the dog under the table. And Michael Moore’s muffin top tends to hang around his knees. The point is, all things tend to gravitate towards their natural state. And that’s where natural point of aim comes in. Natural point of aim simply means assuming the stance and position where your body naturally wants to point the gun.”

The editors at MyGunCulture.com have painstakingly documented successes and failures we’ve seen over the years. We’ve listened to so many gun show huckster sales pitches that the late Billy Mays would be impressed. And the result? “The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition.”

“Not too long ago, a visit to a local gun store would more than likely involve meeting Clem, Bodean, and Clem’s other brother Clem. Fortunately, those days are mostly behind us. Many gun stores have gone full-auto retail and implemented 20th century customer-centric ideas like hiring helpful sales staff, designing functional and attractive showrooms and running water.”

Loaded with pictures and comedic illustrations, this book will tell you just about everything you need to know to get started with the shooting sports. We also address mysterious gun terminology and those shooting myths that spread like the flu on a budget cruise ship.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Tom McHale was born helpless, hungry and shooting-deprived. He later discovered the joys of collecting and shooting guns, reloading ammunition and writing about his adventures with a healthy dose of fun.

Tom's career has been diverse, bordering on dysfunctional, with most of it spent leading marketing teams for a variety of technology companies including Microsoft and more than a couple of high-tech startups. He's finally seen the light and given up the corporate life to pursue his passion of creating slightly crazy, but educational, content related to guns, shooting, concealed carry and self defense.

Tom runs a somewhat irreverent website focusing on the shooting industry, products, interesting people and shooting tips at MyGunCulture.com. His most recent project is publishing a series of informative books under the Insanely Practical Guides brand. You can learn more at InsanelyPracticalGuides.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 19126 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Insanely Practical Guides (June 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely easy to read and funny! July 9, 2013
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It isn't often that you read a guide to anything that makes you laugh. I bought this for my wife since she is still new to shooting. I started reading it with the intention of skimming through before handing it off to my better half. I found myself tearing through it quickly and reading every word. I am almost finished and have re-learned some things I knew, picked up a TON of knowledge I didn't. Keep in mind I have been shooting for over 25 years and have attending 5 day training academies, shot (poorly) competitively and have subscriptions to several firearm magazines! Rock on Mr. McHale my wife is actually READING IT! I have given here several of these types of books and this is the first one I see her laughing/smiling, but most importantly reading! She is about 1/4 way through. I recommend this book strongly to beginners and veterans to shooting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Guide before you buy your first gun August 7, 2013
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A guide, yes, but chocked full of practical detail. Great as a gift to first-time gun owner. Starts at the beginning: if you know nothing at all about guns, well, Tom doesn't leave you behind with terminology. The basics are covered. Lots of solid info in there, too, for longer-time owners. Bewildered by all of the accessories from sights to lights? Covered. Tom means it with the "practical" description in his title. For example, everybody learns about hearing protection, but not everybody knows that sometimes you need the ear-plugs in first, with ear-muff protectors on top--indoors, at a machine gun shoot maybe, or next to that lucky guy with the .44 magnum. Tom lets you know about that. Wondering how it would work to buy a gun online? Tom lists the steps. Excellent section on the right grip, complete with photos. First day at the range, and wondering about all of the rules, customs, and protocols? Tom covers the dreaded "Newbie at the range" experience. And, all with hilarity, including comics. The tips go beyond the rank basics. Lots of illustrations and photos to make it all clear. I highly recommend Tom's guides in general, and he has hit the mark again with the "Handgun Edition."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential for novices and intermediates July 7, 2013
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An easy read that creates or reinforces safe and effective habits. The sections on ammo and range safety were particularly valuable to me A must read for anyone who owns a gun or is contemplating a purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is worth your time August 9, 2013
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Even though I'm no rookie, I found the book to be useful and entertaining. This along with the authors book dealing with holsters are very informative and useful regardless of your skill level. So like the header indicates, It is worth your time to get and READ these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information for the rookie - brief October 17, 2014
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Excellent source of information for the rookie - brief, right-to the point, clear, and so fun to read! Gives you all the necessary basics and not-so-basics about your first steps in the realm of arms. Very well illustrated, too. Bottom line: extremely helpful book. I'm going to purchase all the other books of Tom McHale on the subject. Would, most certainly, recommend it to my friends and family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but helpful April 4, 2014
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I'm a relatively new shooter familiar with basic safety and shooting techniques. This book covered some things I already knew and expanded on areas I didn't know (like cleaning handguns). Overall it was a good read, I just wish it had more content for the price I paid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of info, humorously presented. March 11, 2014
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Loved it. KEPT me reading AND laughing. Lot's of information for beginners in a Keep-Coming-Back format. MANY USEFUL LINKS. GOOD READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN GUNS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information for novices especially February 17, 2014
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As an NRA certified instructor, I was interested in the book as a teaching tool and will definitely use it in that capacity. I will be using excerpts in my lessons and recommending the book to students.
The author goes off on some amusing tangents that I'm not sure of the value of in relation to the subject. I think he's trying to make the material less tedious. I have not read any of his other works, and assume this is just his writing style.
There is a wealth of good advice and information in the book for novices or any shooter who want's to learn the basic nuts and bolts of responsibly owning and shooting handguns.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase.
Published 19 days ago by JOSE M GARRIDO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good text, no photos, great books made poor.
Lengthy and somewhat dry but informative. I am VERY upset with the total lack of photos. This is UNACCEPTABLE in this market where photos are not just a convenience but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to have in your how to firearms arsenal of knowledge
have not read it yet but brushing thru it I can see it answers more questions than I had when I bought the book! Very complete for all shooters of all levels for sure
Published 4 months ago by Canman
4.0 out of 5 stars Family loves it
Perfect. Now the family has something to read that I have been saying all the time and I don't always need to be bugged with questions while I am shooting or busy.
Published 8 months ago by Mr DX
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Basic Information and Resources
Written for the beginner and hits the target. Humor is awful, but at least he tried. Solid list of on-line resources--would have never thought of trying to buy ammo on-line, and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by azcat
4.0 out of 5 stars It is worth the money
This is a pretty good book . I learned a lot from this book.. I think it is helpful tool in gun training .
Published 10 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Entertaining style and good humor helps to make a dry subject more readable. This would be a good book to give to someone who is considering taking a firearms class. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MamaLiberty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
This was actually a pretty good book. I had been away from guns for years and just getting started. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert D
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it claims to be.
This book covers the basics for beginners. It is short and practical. I wish it had covered how to tell if the grip is the right size for your hand.
Published 11 months ago by John Scogin
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More About the Author

Hello, my name is Tom McHale. I'm the creator and primary author of the Insanely Practical Guides series of how-to books. You can find them all right here on Amazon and more information about what's in them at www.insanelypracticalguides.com.

I also write lot's of articles for various shooting related magazines and websites. You'll find my work at BerettaUSA.com, OutdoorHub.com, GunsAmerica.com, BearingArms.com, AmmoLand.com, GrandViewOutdoors.com, and Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine.

I help explain complicated things to people in a fun and easy-to-understand way. I believe that life is a bowl of fruit loops and that things don't have to be so complicated, although I suppose excessive techno-jargon keeps lots of well-intentioned lawyers in business.

There's no need to feel ignorant or shy when you're embarking on something new. We'll help you feel comfortable and acclimated in no time at all.

If you want to learn about the world of guns, shooting and the American way, check out some of my books. Have a laugh or two. Life is too short for boring books.

My personal website, MyGunCulture.com, is a half-cocked but right on target look at the world of shooting and all things related. If you want to learn with a laugh about guns, shooting products, personal defense, competition, industry news and the occasional Second Amendment issue, visit me there!


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