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What books do you recommend?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Balog, Sep 26, 2003.

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  1. Balog

    Balog Member

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    I recently came into $45 of spare cash, and decided to invest in some quality firearms related literature. I ordered the "Patriots" and "Boston's Gun Bible" combo from http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/ . Hey, if you can't afford to buy new guns or shoot the one's you have, ya might as well learn right? So I was wondering if ya'll had any recomendations for good books. I'm interested in general weaponry [guns, knives, mines, grenades etc], hunting, trapping, survival, military history [I prefer the "I was there and this happened" style over the dry strategic analysis, but both are good], and anything else you think I might like:D . And if you were wondering, my next purchase is going to be "Unintended Consequences."
     
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    Unintended Concequences is a good choice.
     
  3. ReadyontheRight

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    Unintended Conseqeunces is around on a PDF .. I have a copy i think.

    I think you might also enjoy Stephen A.Camp's latest ....... ''Defensive handguns'' ..... I think he did a good job with this.
     
  5. ReadyontheRight

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    -"The Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns" by Jack O'Connor

    -Anything by Jeff Cooper

    -Anything by Stephen Hunter
     
  6. Razor

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    Enemies Foreign and Domestic is a very good read. I've heard the author is a pretty decent fellow also. :D

    You can read a few sample chapters at:
    www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com
     
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    SixGuns by Keith.
     
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    Stolen Valor by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley

    "How The Viet-Nam Generation Was Robbed Of It's Hero's
    and History"


    Also,

    Honor Bound: American Prisoners Of War In Southeast Asia 1961-1973 by Stuart Rochester and Frederick Kiley


    Both are very good read's, packed with factual information!



    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I was wondering if anyone has read Jeff Head's "Dragon Fury" series. It's supposed to be good, but I've only heard that third hand.
     
  12. Brian Dale

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    John? What's your call on this?

    I'd second those of the above that I've read; also:

    Hunting:

    Peter Hathaway Capstick tells a story very well. He was a NY stockbroker that quit (about 1969?) and went to Africa to work as a Professional Hunter for a few decades. Death in the Long Grass, many others.

    Shotguns and Shooting by Michael McIntosh

    Learning to Gun, written in the early '60s; don't remember the author's name. They have it at my local library. I'll go find the author's name so I can get a copy for myself! I'm sure that it's out of print, so I recommend

    http://www.alibris.com/
    http://www.abebooks.com/
    http://www.addall.com/

    Marines in the South Pacific during WWII (full disclosure: I'm not a veteran): E.B. Sledge; With the Old Breed.

    Shooting and LE stories: No Second Place Winner and Tales of the Rio Grande by Bill Jordan. His technique's dated; the man's character is timeless.
     
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    "Wild At Heart" - John Eldredge.

    Not really something "us gunnies" would pick up for tips on shootin', etc., but can't hurt.

    'Bout 1/2 way through & has some aspects that many haven't even considered regards a bit of the "warrior class."

    UC for its "possibilities."

    Read everything, consider every possibility & understand the probable consequeneces.

    Act accordingly.

    But just do it.

    It will never happen without your taking an active part to make it happen.
     
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    I read the first two volumes of Dragon's Breath. Bought them from Fred. Going back for Vol III now that it's out. Very interesting ideas and probably more truth in it then any one would want to admit to.
     
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    Ditto on "Wild at Heart"

    Sniper about Carlos Hathcock
    The Fifth Profession


    Starship Troopers Anti political war (vietnam) Pro-military

    Tunnel in the sky Heinlein
    glory road



    Foxfire books on living off the land in Applachia
     
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    I'll chime in on Unintended Consequences . Go ahead and spring for the book on www.amazon.com and it'll only cost something around $20. If your order is $25 or more, shipping's free.

    Not only will you be supporting one of our own, you'll have it available for handy reference.

    R-Tex
     
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    Cartridges of the World


    Smith's Small Arms of the World
     
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    I'd recommend the Sierra Reloading Handbook, even if you don't reload. The sections on exterior ballistics are the best of any I've seen, and answer many of the questions that are often asked here at THR.

    You can compare performance among a wide range of pistol and rifle cartridges, and compare relative performance of difference shapes and weights of bullets in the various calibers.

    Excellent treatment of such things as uphill/downhill shooting and windage.

    Art
     
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    Heinlein - Red Planet

    The unedited version has a few paragraphs about RKBA that were cut by his editor in the original version.
     
  20. Ed Straker

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    Recommended authors (just a start):
    Jeff Cooper, Stephen Hunter, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Leckie.
     
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    Another vote for W. H. B. Smith's Small Arms of the World. It is the "must-have" manual for gunowners or enthusiasts of small arms.

    As for the fiction, try the library. Save your $ for books that aren't found at the library.
     
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    Just out of curiousity, how do you figure this? I really can't see how the two compare at all.
     
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    I'm reading Cold Zero by Chris Whitcomb...so far it's very, very good.
     
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    From the "Gates of Fire":

    "In 480 BC the forces of the Persian Empire (note map where the Persian Empire existed) under King Xerxes, numbering according to Herodotus two million men, bridged the Hellespoint and marched in their myrids to invade and enslave Greece...

    ...The Spartans and their Thespian allies died to the last man, but the standard of valor they set by their sacrifice inspired the Greeks to rally and, in that fall and spring, defeat the Persians at Salamis and Plataea and preserve the beginnings of Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle..."

    Before the battle of Thermopyle, Ptammitechus (an Egyptian Marine) shows a map similar to the one above to a group of Spartans at Rhodes. Pointing out how large the Persian empire is and how small Greece is in comparison. "...Listen to me brothers. The race of Egyptians is an ancient one...We have ruled and been ruled. Even now we are technically a conquered people, we serve the Persians. Yet regard my station friends. Do I look poor? Is my demeanor dishonored? Peer here within my purse. WIth all respect, brothers, I could buy and sell you and all you own with only that which I bear upon my person....His Majesty will honor you Spartans no less than us Egyptians, or any other great warrior people, should you see wisdom and enlist yourselves voluntarily beneath his banner. In the East we have learned that which you Greeks have not. The wheel turns, and man must turn with it. To resist is not mere folly, but madness."

    "You have never tasted freedom, friend," Dienekes (a Spartan) spoke, "or you would know it is purchased not with gold, but steel...And as for the wheel you speak of, like every other, it turns both ways."


    It seems to me that we're still fighting that fight against those who don't accept or understand liberty and who want to destroy Western culture.
     
  25. jercamp45

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    Books? Aaarrgh! So many so little cash, so little time!!

    Principle's of personal defense...Jeff Cooper AND Any other book by Col Cooper!!!!
    The Complete Book Of Combat Handgunnery...Chuck Taylor or Massad Ayood edition(or both, each has a different flavor but the info is good!)
    Another vote for Small Arms of the World.
    If you are into 1911's, Sweeney's book The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 is excellant.
    ANY books by Robert Heinlein! A scifi grandmaster!!
    Leroy Thompson puts out some excellant books of Executive Protection and guns of elite forces.
    A very simple classic on bayonet, stick, knife and hand to hand is Steyrs Cold Steel, a USMC manual through paladin press.
    Death In The Long Grass, by Peter Hathaway Capstick is informative and HILARIOUS in some places!! He was a great writer!! So any of his books are good.
    Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Rex Applegate, Jack O' Conner, etc ARE classic's!!
    And you'll find many other's!!
    Good reading!
    Jercamp45
     
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