- Hardcover: 97 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873649311
- ISBN-13: 978-0873649315
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of the Rifle Hardcover – July, 1997
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About the Author
Jeff Cooper's accomplishments in the field of firearms are almost too numerous to list. They include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor-at-large of Guns & Ammo magazine, rangemaster emeritus of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, and Outstanding American Handgunner
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Top customer reviews
The book is so much more enjoyable if you HAVE a rifle, a good rifle, that you can practice with as you read through the book to develop many of the little skills that Cooper covers. Little .223 carbines, or 7.62 by 39 AK's are probably not the type of firearm to covet because this book will do little for you. This book is about rifles. M-14's. Garands. Lee Enfields. Mausers. Something with power, punch, and the ability to go way out there.
But if that's your interest, this book won't let you down.
Our nation owes its very existence to a citizenry armed with rifles, allowing colonial America to throw off the tyrannical yolk of 18th Century Great Britain to become the United States of America. Much is owed to the citizen soldiers, past and present and the firearms that fed their families and supported their government as well as the safe handling of those weapons.
As Jeff Cooper points out, firearms have no morality, that responsibility inevitably falls upon the person whose hands hold that device.
The biggest flaw I saw was some erroneous info on physics - if you have studied physics you will fall out of your chair when you read the part about recoil of smooth bore vs rifled barrels. The author not only gets it wrong but he off starts by ripping on the lack of physics know how among shooters.