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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440214328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440214325
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Sweeney is a certified master gunsmith, film consultant, certified armorer instructor for police departments nationwide, author of many of Gun Digest Books' best-selling titles, and Handguns Editor for America's largest general-circulation shooting magazine, Guns & Ammo.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phram Philter on January 9, 2012
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Don't get me wrong-- I love Patrick Sweeney's writing, and this is some of his best, but the book as a whole is unfocused. What is it about? What is the POINT of reading it? If you enjoy Sweeney's writing as much as I do, then it's a great pleasure to get your hands on a few more pages of his prose, but the book is a little light on useful information.

Lots of different rifles are covered, but none in any great depth. AR-15's are notably absent, as Sweeney notes (quite rightly) that he has covered them extensively in his other books. If you are trying to choose a tactical rifle, and especially if you don't care for the AR, then this book is a good guide to what is available and useful. But for most readers there isn't much to recommend the book.

There are the usual numerous typos and other errors in the text. I can't wait till Sweeney gets a decent editor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken325 on July 7, 2011
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I was looking for a book that would discuss all the options for accessorizing and maintaining an AR. This is a book that describes many weapons platforms that are alternatives to the AR. The cover shows an AR so I felt this was misleading. The author states that he has written other books on ARs so he will not cover them in this book. I guess that I screwed up when I bought this book based on the misleading photo and description.

The description is the following.

The Tactical Rifle the reader will learn how to choose, shoot and maintain the tactical rifle, whether it be a semiauto or a bolt-action rifle. He or she will also learn about the wide range of accessories available for such rifles--from optics to bipods and slings to compensators and magazines--and how to buy them wisely, install them, and use them to maximum effect.

Very little info on shooting, maintaining, or accessories for a assault rifle. This is a terrible description for this book. The book is interesting and entertaining just not what I wanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By use2windsurf on April 24, 2012
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first of all I really agree with the other comments regarding the poor publishing and editing of this book. secondly I find Mr. Sweeney's writing technique leaves a lot to be desired. I wish somebody would write a decent AR15 book without trying to be cute. too much fluff and not enough substance....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Zimmermann on September 18, 2011
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Just pitiful with the author inserting himself into almost every photo in the book so we can see his collection of hats and various forms of facial hair.
A study in narcissism, it glosses over the subject and neglects to mention some of the most important weapon systems in this genre.

If you like looking in another's mirror, this is for you. If you are interested in tactical rifles, skip this one.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Dragon on May 26, 2011
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This had some good history and background of a wide variety of tactical rifles and related ammunition. Not being very knowledgeable in this area, it was good from me.

Wish the pictures were labeled and/or better labeled as to what rifle was in the picture. Also, the pictures were ot always with the text that discussed them - would have been better if pictures of all the rifles talked about were included.
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