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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: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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Great information in this book, along with a lot of humor!
Jim Noland
I think even old timers might relearn something from a quick review of this book.
Jeff
Everyone from rookie to veteran gun owners should read this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Phoundoulakis on 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 By M. J. Mollenhour on 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 By Michael Mchale on 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 By deprived on 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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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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By Colin O'Dell on 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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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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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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