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Understanding Firearm Ballistics Paperback – March 19, 1999
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From the Publisher
Understanding Firearm Ballistics, by Robert A. Rinker, just received a new review that is very prestigious. The American Rifleman, the main publication of the National Rifle Association, printed a review that said a lot of nice things about the book on page 33 of the October 2000 issue. We already had a lot of great reviews by some of the best magazines that cover firearms, but this is great. The review was short but had nothing but nice things to say about our book. The American Rifleman only prints one or two reviews a month out of the thousands of books that are available, and we are proud to be mentioned in such a fine magazine. Buy a copy of the book and see why they like it so much.
About the Author
Robert Rinker is perfectly suited to author books on the technical details of firearms. His love affair with firearms began at the age of six when his father, a military officer and newspaper man, taught him the manual of arms and gun safety. While attending school, Mr. Rinker was employed as an armed police officer at a major airport. He also worked as a tool and die apprentice during the day while attending college at night. Educated as an industrial engineer, he owned and operated his own tool-die and machine shop where some of the work was on firearms, including guns for the U.S. Navy. He also has been trained and employed as a commercial-instrument-multi-engine aircraft pilot and flight instructor. He taught aeronautics to Naval Aviators during the Vietnam War. He has degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Aviation science.
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This book is saturated with so many facts and so much information, that it is worth reading more than once. It makes a great toilet book. Turn to any page and you will learn something new.
I can't imagine anyone who is interested in guns who wouldn't love this book. I'm an industrial designer, small business owner, competitive shooter, and gunsmith. I thought I knew a lot about ballistics until I read this book. I find myself taking this book off the shelf every month or so. I very highly recommend it.
The other is Rinker has a chip on his shoulder for large portions of the book. Don't get me wrong, the info, explanation and understanding conveyed to the reader are priceless. But the attitude is a detraction. Though I must say he is right for the most part about why he has that chip on his shoulder.
If you only have on book on ballistics, this is the one to get.
Structurally, the book seems to attempt to provide sufficient information for the scientifically educated while remaining understandable for the reader with less than a high school education. It fails on both fronts; the technical information is lacking, and the narrative is often poorly written. "Clear only if known" was a frequent reaction while reading. MInor sections, such as self defense, could have been better presented, redundancies and cross references could be improved, and the savings of space could be used to improve both layout and presentation.
Regarding the dual audience, the narrative could be written for the less sophisticated with complete scientific formulae and explanations set off for the more astute reader. In addition, these sections could even be labeled as to the level of mathematics required for mastery.
Mr. Rinker needs an editor. My experience in engineering and in academia leads me to believe that Mr. Rinker, for whatever reasons, resists, or is denied, collaboration with a competent editor; the book, the author, and the audience deserve better.
Notes from my reading indicated over fifty errors, including at least 9 errors in logic, 7 mathematical errors, and 37 grammatical errors. I assume that these are only representative of what a closer reading would reveal.
I doubt that the book has ever been competently edited; it has simply been reprinted. With current printing technology, this is inexcuseable.
Even so, it is the best source I have found for a comprehensive treatment of firearm ballistics. It is unfortunate that the publisher is unwilling to do better.