- Paperback: 458 pages
- Publisher: Janus Press; 1st edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0916172007
- ISBN-13: 978-0916172008
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Survival guns: A guide to the selection, modification, and use of firearms and related devices for defense, food gathering, predator and pest control, under conditions of long term survival Paperback – 1977
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If you are a novice interested in getting started in shooting, or an expert shooter interested in broadening your knowledge of different types of firearms, it is well recommended and an entertaining book to read
But it's still a place to start to learn about firearms and ammunition. It has a good bibliography section.
As others have mentioned, much of the specific information is now, three decades later, dated. Even at the time, there was much opinion with which thoughtful people could disagree, but far and away the book's greatest strength was it's ability to push the reader to think through various issues. That remains today.
It doesn't matter if one comes to conclusions different from Tappan's: the thinking involved in differing with him is invaluable.
The book also needs to be read with an eye on the context of the time in which it was written: the late 1970s was a period of severely disruptive inflation, rising unemployment, an aggresive Soviet Union, Islamist revolution in Iran, and a federal government which appeared to many to be making things far worse rather than better.
People like Tappan extrapolated those trends and foresaw the possibility of calamitous social and economic breakdown. They set out to be prepared for the worst case. This book was one of the results, getting people thinking about the possible personal consequences of the sort of economic collapse we have been seeing in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe, but in the US.
If "Survival Guns" provokes the reader to define in general just what scenarios are possible- and which are likely- and then to think about what sort of response would likely be the most productive, it will have served much of it's purpose. Not all scenarios require armed response, but some do. This is for the latter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has excellent information but a lot has changed in 40 years. IE: Tappan's dismissal of the 9mm as a survival caliber was made prior to it becoming the standard issue for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by james s teffertiller
I find this, the original edition superior to the follow on published after the authors death. A true example of an authors work before its time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Andrew Maggard
I DID NOT buy this book as a reference. I bought it because I once had several copies of it when it was new and have lost all of them. I got it for nostalgia's sake. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by RetiredNSmilin308
Mel Tappan does a good job of laying out some principle uses of firearms in various circumstances. This promotes spending more money on guns. Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by Tom