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Hatcher's Notebook, Revised Edition (Classic Gun Books Series) Diary – January 2, 2008
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I was once weak, and sold my first print copy at a gun show at a high price. But now, I have salved my soul with another copy...this one.
It matters not the binding, the dust cover, or anything else, for Hatcher's WORDS are what count most. Buy it for those words and nothing else.
Every young firearms and ballistics student should study this book. Hatcher expertly explains esoteric topics such as rifle strengths, bolt action steels and heat treatment, headspace, propellants, velocity and barrel length and much, much more. One of the greatest contributions of this book is made on p.577 where he deals with terminal stability in the terminal phase. It is a contribution which have not been picked up by parrot writers in that he indirectly makes mince-meat of the high sectional density concept inbsofar as it relates to the terminal phase.
The b&w illustrations are very informative and mostly surprisingly clear. The page design is practical and easy to read with a comfortable font. My only gripe against this book is that the dust jacket could have been of heavier paper for better durability. The essential book offers excellent, almost unrivalled value for money to the firearm and ballistics student. It also provides the foundation necessary to derive more from all other books on cartridges and ballistics.
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Informative, accurate, far above from the usual jives from all guns magazines ! An absolute must and reference in your technical libraryPublished 1 month ago by Gus Gintzburger
A reference to military history like no other- written by a man who lived it and actually tested the equipment and the questions that he wrote about. Read morePublished 4 months ago by thirdtwin
I first read Hatchers in the early 70's. It's a timeless class of a bygone era.Published 10 months ago by Steve Pegram
This book is a must for any firearms enthusiast and reload er ,it will give you the basics on almost everything.Published 19 months ago by Curt Stiles