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Welcome to the world of guns and ammo
on October 7, 2012
Being a non-gun person myself, but with a growing interest in firearms and the sport of hunting, I can't believe how much this book opened my eyes, and welcomed me in, to the world of guns and ammunition.
The book was written by a couple crusty gun experts who've been messing with firearms for, well, forever. They shoot from the hip, so to speak, in a PC-free, BS-free manner. After laying down a brief history of firearms, they proceed in a logical progression to cover such topics as gun safety and basic gun etiquette. They break down how firearms actually work, describe the different types of rifles and shotguns and outline the best uses for each. They also describe the different types of ammunition, and how each load is best-used. There are sections on how to shoot, from body position to how to use gun sights, as well as tips on how to buy used guns--what to watch for as well as what to avoid--and then once you've got one, they tell you how to take care of it.
Reading this book was like sitting in the backyard under a shade tree with a couple uncles taking turns schooling me on guns and shooting, while throwing in a few jokes and some good-natured ribbing. The book is broken down into short easy-to-read chunks supported by photos and really cool color illustrations. Because each section builds on the section that came before it, a neophyte can begin to build a knowledge base, and because the info is presented in such a down-to-earth writing style, the book is really fun to read.
My only gripe with the book is that, while it covers all the bases for rifles and shotguns, it's really light on info for handguns. I hope these two guys plan on writing the same kind of manual for handguns. If they do, put me down for a copy.