Most useless book in all of firearms.


March 22, 2008, 01:31 AM
What, in your opinion, is the most useless book relating to firearms in the world?

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Evil Monkey
March 22, 2008, 01:40 AM
The instructions that came with my wasr 10

lol It's so vague. I had to go on the internet to figure some stuff out.

March 22, 2008, 02:14 AM
The weapons of the Italian Army. The shortest book is Italian War Heroes.

March 22, 2008, 02:19 AM
The worthless and completely fictitious "Blue Book of Gun Values"

I've gotten to the point that when wheelin and dealin if the other guy reaches for a copy I just walk away

Rifleman 173
March 22, 2008, 09:37 AM
And I would have thought that it was A Democrat's Guide to Politically Correct Guns.:banghead:

March 22, 2008, 10:14 AM
Take your pick. They are all pretty bad. Must say I have not read most of them and know you should not judge a book by it's cover and all but still... am I right or am I right?

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Although out of the lot my personal choice for worst ever is:

Clear and Present Danger: National Security Experts Warn About the Danger of Unrestricted Sales of 50 Caliber Anti-Armor Sniper Rifles to Civilians

March 22, 2008, 10:24 AM
The most useless book pertaining to firearms?

Who could pass up Federal Code 922?

March 22, 2008, 01:35 PM
MOM... that's a really good point...

March 22, 2008, 05:01 PM
I think the granddaddy of all useless books on guns is:

Michael A. Bellesiles, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture (Alfred A. Knopf: 2000).

The author's (somewhat incredible) thesis was that firearm ownership in America prior to the Civil War was rare, and that it was government subsidization of the firearms industry that created reliable firearms available in mass quantities that the "gun culture" of America.

The author was a tenured history professor at Emory University, and the book won him the Bancroft prize for History....

...then all sorts of questions were raised about the scholarship that went into the work. Someone questioned him on the source of his data....which Bellesiles claimed that he couldn't find (claiming his notes had all been destroyed in a flood).

Then Emory itself launched an investigation into him, and the panel basically went nuclear on him, saying they were "deeply disturbed" (academic speak for: "***?") He resigned as soon as the report was announced. Columbia University itself rescinded his Bancroft prize as well. Then his publisher stopped printing the book.

He started fulminating about being the victim of an intellectual lynching, but anyone with half a brain could tell you that Columbia University and Emory's academic review board are hardly shock troops in the "vast right-wing conspiracy". He did bad work (presumably to make a political point,) and got called on it, that's all.

Anyway, the stupidest gun pr0n magazine has more intellectual weight than that book.

March 22, 2008, 05:33 PM
I second the AK-47 one, because...let's be honest: you don't need to clean or take it apart. Take some oil and a shoe lace for the barrel and you have the best AK cleaning kit around. :p

also, that gun is so common that it would probably be easier and more fun just taking ten minutes to figure it out yourself

The Deer Hunter
March 22, 2008, 06:47 PM
The manual that came with those French WW2 guns...


March 22, 2008, 08:55 PM
Well, Die Italian Waffensystem 1891 was a superb book, and my MAS-49/56 manual's extremely well written and illustrated, so I guess I gotta go with Blue Book Of Gun Values as worst book ever.

Art Eatman
March 22, 2008, 10:30 PM
This may not be the most useless thread in the history of the Rifle Country forum, but...

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