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Boston's Gun Bible Paperback – April 1, 2002
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I will save you a bit of reading, in case you are in a hurry, and just tell you now to buy this book. If you want to know more before spending $33.00 on improving your shooting, collecting and other gun skills, read on.
This book was written by Boston T. Party, the well known (to Libertarians) author of such titles as You and the Police, Surviving Y2K And Other Disasters, Hologram Of Liberty and a handful of other noteworthy titles. If you want yet another glossy photo gun book, extolling all of the imaginary virtues of every firearm ever made, this is NOT the book for you. If you are after a no holds barred consumer guide to firearms, accessories, and shooting, GET IT.
Boston's Gun Bible goes into great detail about the pros and cons of various defensive weaponry, equipment, and the philosohy behind their appropriate usage. The work is markedly political, obviously pro gun, and has a rather witty ''screw the hoplophobes'' tone that I really enjoyed. The writing is crisp and to the point. Eloquent without being boring. This is a hallmark of Boston's work, and you will not be diappointed in Boston's Gun Bible. At about (850) pages, it can't be considered light reading, but the subject matter is important and needs a lot of covering to get it all through to the reader in its entirety.
Included in the book is information on:
* Selecting rifles, pistols, revolvers
* Gun shows
* ATF Sting operations
* Gun nomenclature
* Sighting in
* Optics and other sights
* Women and guns
* Politics and guns
* How to cache weapons and ammo
* (And everything else you want to know, or so it seems)
I thought that the project would be rather daunting when he undertook it, but the results are well worth the money. What he ended up with is a layman's guide/how to book for buying, selling, choosing, caring for, KEEPING, shooting and enjoying firearms of all types, but especially those that are ''Liberty's Teeth''. Especially valuable is the section detailing the merits and faults of various modern semi auto rifle systems. What you will NOT find in this book is ANY hint of advertising $$$ influence, chicanery, or editorial falderal.
Boston knows his subject, and covers it exhaustively.
Did I mention that you should buy it?
--Kevin (Mad Dog) McClung, knifemaker and gunsmith
Boston's Gun Bible stands alone as the very best all-around reference for firearms owners. Not only does it cover practical rifles, pistols, and shotguns in detail, but it has a wealth of valuable information on related subjects such as optics, practical carry, training, legal issues, and legislative issues. . . . fantastic!
--James W. Rawles, author of best-selling novel Patriots
Boston's Gun Bible simply may increase your level of awareness to help in the personal protection of your family, or it may be helpful in making Americans understand that freedom like ours was won with steel -- not purchased with gold.
--Clint Smith, founder of Thunder Ranch
About the Author
Kenneth W. Royce (founder of Free State Wyoming), is a shooting instructor, speaker, and the author of 13 Boston T. Party books on guns, history, law, politics, privacy, and government. His Boston's Gun Bible is a classic within the shooting community, and his novel Molon Labe! has inspired a recent relocation wave to Wyoming.
One Nation, Under Surveillance was probably the final title from Boston T. Party, as he begins work on other books (under Kenneth W. Royce), projects, and travel.
Look for the next book by Royce, who breaks out in a new direction with this self-help book for the remedial man:
Modules For Manhood: What Every Man Must Know
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Want to know about the controls of every common semi automatic rifle on earth? How accurate an M1 rifle is at long distance with iron sights using military ball vs. match grade ammo? Scopes? Pistols for concealed carry or belt duty for law enforcement? Kinetic energy of every common handgun caliber? It's ALL in here. Seriously. All. Of. It.
This weighty tome is an absolute must for all gun owners. At $28 it isn't cheap, but it is worth every penny. Boston’s observations and conclusions about guns are precisely researched, scientific, and relatively dispassionate. Unlike many other writers in the firearms field, Boston has consistently shown that he is willing to change his mind when presented with logical evidence," says Rawles. Such as his initial recommendation of the AR-10 which he no longer recommends due to reliability issues proven over the years compared to the FAL and the M1A.
This is a book that may very well save the life of yourself or a loved one. It is also a highly influential book that may contribute in the long run to the restoration of our Constitutional Republic and freedom around the world. Boston’s Gun Bible doesn't just whine about the decline of our unalienable God-given Constitutional liberties. Rather, it shows practical solutions that individual Citizens can and must take to insure the liberty of future generations. It is nothing short of a monumental work of non-fiction! Don’t just buy one copy. Buy two! You will soon find that you’ll need an extra copy to lend out to family members and friends. By the way, if you already have the older edition, then I strongly suggest that you buy the latest expanded edition. This has valuable new information, so is well worth getting a new copy. As a published writer, I stand in awe of this important piece of non-fiction. It deserves a place of honor on the bookshelf of every freedom-loving Citizen" said James Wesley Rawles of Survival Blog on his bookshelf page. He gives full permission granted to re-post this in its entirety at other web sites, but only if attribution to SurvivalBlog is left intact. I highly recommend Survival Blog and the writing of Rawles and Boston T. Party / Kenneth Royce / Javelin Press.
I would love for this book to be on Audible.com along with all of the other Boston T. Party / Royce books and have told Audible so via their online request link. The reason I want any audio version is since it is a book you will want to read over several times since it is so dense with useful firearms info and libertarian insights.
For the best "broad-spectrum" book on prepping to supplement the above Boston's Gun Bible strong recommendations, I would suggest James Wesley Rawles book titled How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times - get it both in print and in Audible.com audio format. I would also recommend Boston T. Party's timeless book Boston on Surviving Y2K and Other Lovely Disasters despite it's seemingly anachronistic title. Also to grow food for your survival retreat, read Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition by Toby Hemenway; and for the medicine for your survival retreat, read The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way Paperback by Joseph and Amy Alton.
Inextricably connected with what I learned in Boston's Gun Bible is the need to live in a low-crime and politically safe area of the country (a "Redoubt" -- Survival Retreat area) during these difficult times -- and that means low population density and "firearms freedom" rather than big metropolis with Nanny State / Police State left-wing anti-rights anti-freedom values. Thus, for the important details on "voting with your feet" to an area of greater liberty and self-reliance, I would rely on reading Rawles on Retreats and Relocation by James Wesley Rawles, along with Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition by Joel M. Skousen. I would combine these two with the amazingly in-depth and useful How To Be A Dirt-Smart Buyer of Country Property by Curtis Seltzer. Look particularly in Skousen or Rawles Relocation books and at Molon Labe! by Boston T. Party (Free State Wyoming) to see why to migrate to the American Redoubt libertarian - conservative - liberty-oriented low-population density state's of Idaho - Montana - Wyoming - Eastern Washington - Eastern Oregon. Alternatively look at what M.D. Creekmore refers to as the Cumberland Redoubt or Tennessee-Kentucky Redoubt - the Redoubt of the East. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation will give you plenty of details on the American Redoubt's specific recommended area that you will not find on his Survival Blog. Then to help find specific locations in the American Redoubt or elsewhere in the USA, research the information resources of Survival Retreat Consulting by Todd Savage and Survival Realty by James Wesley Rawles for updated specific locations.
Even though I prefer the works of Royce, Rawles and Skousen, the Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man's Solution by M.D. Creekmore is what I recommend you start with before Rawles for a short and sweet guide to creating a low cost prepper retreat. I bought Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: book to support and thank M.D. Creekmore for his wonderful down-to-earth preparedness blog, although I do prefer the more detailed James Wesley Rawles' SurvivalBlog combined with Jack Spirko's TheSurvivalPodcast. Wish Creekmore's book had a bit more detail - it is simple and straight to the point, but lacking in details. Read it for your introduction; I still recommend it. But use Rawles-Skousen-Seltzer books for the details needed to make the best relocation choice to a "Free State" to help retain some semblance of firearms freedom and your unalienable rights.
With these recommendations you will have all of the resources needed to learn about the basics of prepping your "Beans-Bullets-Bandaids-Bullion-Batteries" and you have a complete basic prepper's library. Molan Labe! Keep your powder dry! God speed!
Where to start? OK...This book has both quality AND quantity. Great bang for the buck in these times of everything costing more, and books costing even more than that.
Boston's books all have a sense of urgency that would turn into ranting in many writers' hands. But this is avoided by Boston's keen sense of organization (both on the page and out in the world, he *is* the FSW founder), combined with pretty damn good proofreading, editing and page layout, especially compared with most small press fare.
And the man can *write*. While he obviously thinks a mile a second, he still manages to get it all down in a polished way.
Being that I am a recovering liberal who used to be afraid of guns, I found this book quite an eye opener. It's not just about guns, though the gun stuff is covered and then some. (If you just want books about guns, period, there are plenty of good gun books, Massad Ayoob has written many.)
Boston's Gun Bible is very short on shotgun info (though the line about "condo beehivers and drywall" was hilarious), and not too heavy on revolvers, but Boston likes rifles and semi-autos. This is probably the best rifle book extant. And Boston doesn't cover much on shotguns and revolvers because he "writes what he knows", and he knows what he loves. He loves rifles.
If you want a shotgun book, I recommend "Modern Shotgunning" by Dave Henderson. It's detailed and sweet. Sort of feels like a knowledgeable grandpa passing on his life experience with hunting. Boston's Gun Bible feels more like it's written by your crazy uncle, who it turns out isn't crazy after all. Maybe the crazy uncle is really the only sane guy in the family, because he really understands how the world really works.
Reading this book is a direct pineal download (yes, you'll lose sleep) to the true spirit of the men who created America, men who spoke their constitution with arms. Arms not as symbols, but as actual TOOLS.
In these exponentially turbulent times where America is becoming a welfare state and a foreign country (and that includes many who call themselves "true Americans"), Boston's Gun Bible will help keep your "aim true."
When I bought this book, I was just looking for a book on target shooting and home defense. I got so much more.
Guns, as with any defensive tools, are owned and practiced so hopefully we never have to use them. But an unwillingness to push back when dragged off isn't what this country was based on. And even that has become an unpopular opinion with many of the shiny happy sheeple.
Reading Boston's Gun Bible, I'm reminded of this quote from Charles A. Beard:
"It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."