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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 Paperback – June 23, 2013

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: IPG (June 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989065235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989065238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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Although I have been a handgun shooter for 60+ years, I found this book to be very entertaining and informative. I purchased this book for a young friend and started leafing through it before giving it away. I read the whole book! I love the thorough but not condescending way the author explains various procedures and safety practices. I also enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek stories. While the title may imply this book is for "Dummies", I found it to be very enjoyable!
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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 absolutely necessary from a safety standpoint. There is NO reason for leaving even simple line drawings out. It would be 5 stars but just lazy.
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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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Some good information along with some humor. Not to bad for reading. Give you some good information along with some joking to make it not to serious.
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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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