Your favorite gun book


jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 02:09 AM
Cartridges of the world,by Frank Branes for me. Bought my first copy when I was 11,in 1969. It was cool that I knew what a 44-77 sharps was,or the difference between a 470 nitro express and a 475 NE.

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March 6, 2009, 02:15 AM
"Sixguns", by Keith. Bought a copy in the Book Cache in Anchorage, 1964. Dated, but not really dated where it matters. A good book then, a good book now.

Kind of Blued
March 6, 2009, 02:20 AM
I've had enough deja vu experiences recently to realize that I had a J.P. Enterprises catalog when I was young (not too long ago), as in 12-13. It wasn't a "book" per se, but I can relate to your idea of a nerdy kid who was in tune with the finer side of things which he wasn't yet capable of fully-enjoying.

I have Supica & Nahas' Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson ( on order with which I think I can safely forecast countless hours of overtime in "the office".

March 6, 2009, 09:05 AM
As odd as this may sound, I have fond memories of a vintage 1914 Sears Roebuck Catalog that I probably still own somewhere. It carried a full line of Smith & Wesson and Colt revolvers, along with a couple of autoloaders, as I recall. Also full of shotguns and rifles. Not really a gun book, but it was my first exposure and what really got me interested. Been hooked ever since!

March 6, 2009, 06:26 PM
The Hunting Rifle by Jack O'Connor. Informative and well-written.

jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 06:46 PM
ANYTHING by Jack O'Connor is good. I think his outdoor life columns are the reason I moved to Alaska.

March 6, 2009, 06:53 PM
My favorite is "Why not Load your own" by Colonel Townsend Whelen. Copyright 1957. I have older books and newer ones but this is the bible.

March 6, 2009, 11:01 PM
For a few weeks, I've been enjoying The Benchrest Shooting Primer edited by Dave Brennan of Precision Shooting Magazine. It is a large book of short articles and letters to the editor. It has a good table of contents listing the articles by subject. I'll be trying to absorb this knowledge for quite a while.

March 7, 2009, 12:09 AM
Your favorite gun book

AK-47 Manual ;)

March 7, 2009, 12:17 AM
A sand county almanc by Aldo Leupold or
Rifle in hand by Jim Pozwitz

March 7, 2009, 12:50 AM
I have enough gun books to open a store. I believe in buying at least one or more books for every gun I buy.

I'd have to agree with Jim in Anchorage; ANYTHING by Jack O'Connor gets my vote. One of my favorites is "The Last Book" published only after his death. Reading it quickly makes it apparent why it was published when it was. :)

March 7, 2009, 01:15 AM
just bought a new addition of Cartridges of the World;it is almost essential.

i find Jacks' successor, Jim Carmichel,to have penned useful volumes.

March 7, 2009, 01:51 AM
Unintended Consequences by John Ross. Cartridges of the world.

March 7, 2009, 02:05 AM
Among many, the award goes to:

Shotgunning: The Art and the Science by Bobby Brister.

Great advice on instinctive and point shooting, and humorously told. Great read.

March 7, 2009, 02:05 AM
Tie, Small Arms of the World and Book of the Springfield.

Testing the War Weapons in the upper ranks, even if I disagree with Mullins on some issues.

March 7, 2009, 03:37 AM
+1 for anything written by Jack O'Connor

March 7, 2009, 04:39 AM
Cartridges of the World.

Art Eatman
March 7, 2009, 02:04 PM
Phil Sharpe's "Complete Guide To Handloading". I have the 3rd Edition, 1949. I found it when I first began handloading in 1950.

jim in Anchorage
March 7, 2009, 04:56 PM
I also have that Sharpe 3nd.Edition. fascinating reading.

March 7, 2009, 05:20 PM
"Misfire" by William H. Hallahan. History of America's small arms from the Revoluntionary War until Viet Nam. Great combo of rifle & U.S. history.

March 7, 2009, 09:59 PM
Any of the books by Jim Corbett, the tiger hunter of the early 1900's (Man Eaters of Kumoan, Temple Tiger).

The Rifle Book by O'Connor.

"Hell, I Was There", Elmer Kieth's autobiography.

March 10, 2009, 05:46 PM
Small Arms of the World is indeed another essential firearms reference.

March 10, 2009, 11:25 PM
Every Gun Digest, for awhile, until there's another...

Hostile Amish
March 10, 2009, 11:30 PM
The Encyclopedia of Handguns, Pistols, and Revolvers: A-Z.

March 10, 2009, 11:35 PM
I guess I'm the first to mention 'The Art of the Rifle' by Jeff Cooper. I also get a kick out of W.H.B. Smith's Book of Pistols and Revolvers, and Keith's 'Sixguns'.

March 11, 2009, 12:07 AM
John Ross-Unintended Consequences

March 11, 2009, 12:09 AM
Stever Boelters, ' the riflemans' guide to rimfire ammunition''

March 11, 2009, 01:03 AM
Safari Rifles by Craig Boddington. Really great boo on the subject, lots of photos, not a 'dry' read at all.

March 11, 2009, 06:19 PM
Another book that I read as a kid and lots of times since is "The Art of Handgun Shooting" by (then) Captain Charles Askins, Jr.

March 11, 2009, 07:32 PM
Shooter's Bible, any edition. "Book of Guns and Gunsmiths", Anthony North & Ian V. Hogg.

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