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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621572404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621572404
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you want to know what role guns are likely to play in the United States in this century, you’re certainly not going to get any kind of unbiased or accurate answer from general news sources. Frank Miniter, who has been writing about guns for his entire career, fills the void with his new book. Want to see what’s coming? Here is about as good a look at the future of firearms as you are likely to get.”
—DAVID E. PETZAL, rifles field editor, Field & Stream

“Guns are demonized, idolized, politicized, and mostly misunderstood. With a clear voice, a reporter’s curiosity, and a polemist’s agenda, Frank Miniter explores the technology, politics, and influence of guns in America. His look ahead at the next generation of guns and how they will shape public policy is especially fascinating.”
—ANDREW McKEAN, editor in chief, Outdoor Life

The Future of the Gun is an insightful look into gun politics and policy, written with
Frank’s trademark wit. An important read for every American.”
—CHRIS W. COX, chief lobbyist, National Rifle Association

“I first met Frank at the Supreme Court covering the Heller case. From his work there, I knew he was a top-notch reporter, and he shows his writing chops in The Future of the Gun. He offers an informed, yet highly readable look into our future. And he’s done it all in under three hundred pages.”
—JIM SHEPHERD, editor and publisher, The Outdoor Wire Digital Network, including the Shooting Wire, and founding member of CNN

From the Inside Flap

Freedom's Tool.

Throughout American history, that’s what the gun has been. From the muskets at Lexington and Concord to the semiautomatic rifles and pistols that protect twenty-first-century homes, a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is more than a symbol of liberty. It has been a primary tool of American freedom.

But as bestselling author Frank Miniter points out, there are two main storylines about guns in America today. One is the Big Lie of the mainstream media—guns are a menace, an ever- present danger that needs to be regulated away.

The other storyline is the one that millions of Americans actually live—guns provide safety and security, whether in the hands of our nation’s soldiers or of law enforcement or of private citizens. Growing up with guns is for many Americans a way of life, tied up with hunting, sports, and— most important—personal responsibility. For mainstream Americans, the future of the gun is bound up with the future of freedom.

In The Future of the Gun, you’ll learn:

• Why anti-gun groups often oppose gun safety
features
• How guns—and gun education for young people—cut crime
• How federalism could save your gun rights
• New trends in gun technology that will make guns safer and more effective
• Why most talk about “assault rifles” is bogus
• How military and civilian gun technology have always advanced in tandem—for the benefit of soldiers and private citizens
• What guns will look like in just a few years

Want to know about the future of the gun? There is no better place than to start here.

Customer Reviews

No matter what side of the gun issue you are on, you will learn a lot from this book.
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How gun control laws are being pushed through before anyone has a chance to read the bills should concern anyone who wants reasonable public policy.
John R. Lott Jr.
The author gives his view as a honest, common citizen, while quoting from knowledgeable experts.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"There are two wildly different gun cultures in America--the freedom-loving, gun rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport, and self-defense, and the criminal culture that thrives in spite of, or even because of, government attempts at restricting gun rights. Those two cultures lead to different futures. The path we take will determine the future of the gun and the future of our freedom." - page 9

I have no dog in this particular fight. I have never owned a gun or fired a gun. I have absolutely zero interest in hunting. Over the past several decades I have heard the issue of a citizens' Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms debated ad nauseam on radio and television and in magazines and newspapers. Much to my surprise, after carefully considering the arguments made by both sides, more often than not I found myself siding with the NRA and other Second Amendment advocates. Yet when discussing this issue with friends and relatives in the deep blue state in which I reside I was at a loss to intelligently articulate many of the reasons why I had come to this conclusion. There is so much misinformation out there that needs to be refuted. I really needed to know more. Recently, I came across an intriguing new book that I hoped would assist me in correcting this situation. In "The Future of the Gun" author Frank Miniter offers up a brief history of guns in America, explains the volatile and divisive politics of this issue and speculates on what the future might hold for firearms in this nation. It is an extremely compelling read.

Perhaps the biggest lie being perpetrated by the gun control crowd is the definition of what an "assault weapon" is.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lott Jr. on September 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Did you know that during the American Revolution the colonists had rifles that were accurate up to 300 yards, but that the British troops' rifles were only accurate up to 75 yards? That the Americans used long guns with rifling while the British guns were smoothbore? The British were used to fighting opponents on an open field, but this single advantage allowed American troops to pick off British troops from a long distance while keeping out of harms way. The rifles with rifling took longer to load, but for the tactics that Americans used that disadvantage appears to have been offset by the much greater accuracy from a long distance.

Possibly the most interesting aspect of this point is that the fact that American colonists had these "more advanced" weapons made it possible for them to win the American Revolution.

If you ever wondered about the history of revolvers or semi-automatic handguns or the AR-15 and M16 rifles, this book provides a well done, quick-read resource.

However, the most interesting part of the book is future of guns -- the explosion in technological innovation. For example, if you know how to play a computer game, the latest targeting systems can turn an amateur into a top long distance shooter. The ability of the government to control these technologies is extremely limited. My understanding is that if the right polymer is used and the barrel is kept very short, the plastic 3D printed guns can fire a number of rounds without a problem, though with a short barrel and no rifling accuracy is very poor. 3D metal printers can produce guns that look and function exactly the same as any gun that you can buy from a manufacturer. Still these are minor quibbles with what Miniter has written.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan Peterson on August 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very important entry in the discussion about guns and society. This book takes you where the established media won't go--into the lives of the people who own, use, design, manufacture, and sell guns. You get a look at what people think who actually use guns; LEO's, hunters, target shooters, those who carry guns on a daily basis. It's written in Miniter's typical no-nonsense approach that doesn't waste words or the reader's time. If you want a single source that tells you why guns are so influential and why they are here to stay, this is it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frank Miniter on September 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I’m the author of The Future of the Gun. As a rule I don’t weigh in on my own books, but a review here by Bob Smalser needs to be shown for what it is. He says, “Frank Miniter gets an "F" in basic research, perpetuating some of the worst of the romantic mythology of the Revolution. There were no rifles at Lexington or Concord.”
Smalser is wrong. So wrong that even the link he gives says he’s wrong. The link he gives says rifles (as opposed to smoothbore muskets) were more commonly used in Pennsylvania and farther south. That’s a debatable point, but Smalser says there were “no rifles” at the first battles in the American Revolution. I’ve held in my hands muskets with rifled barrels that were made by gunsmiths in New England prior to 1775. Rifles were certainly used in the battles between militia and British troops. In the book I quote Phil Schreier, the senior curator for the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, on this very topic. He has also promised to weigh in here with more specifics.
Actually, as I note in the book, by “looking at features and designs of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century flintlocks, gun historians today can tell where each rifle was likely made. Like schools of art, different regions of the colonies used various stock designs and other features.” There is a lot of physical evidence (guns) and documentation showing that New England gunsmiths made rifles prior to 1775 and that those rifles were used to snipe British soldiers.
Again, as I note in the book, the “British preferred the smoothbore Brown Bess because it lobbed a big bullet and because it is faster to load than a muzzleloader with a long-rifled barrel—you have to twist a bullet down a rifled barrel, and that takes time.
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