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Your favorite gun book

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jim in Anchorage, Mar 6, 2009.

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  1. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Member

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    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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    "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.
     
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    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".
     
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    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!
     
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    The Hunting Rifle by Jack O'Connor. Informative and well-written.
     
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    ANYTHING by Jack O'Connor is good. I think his outdoor life columns are the reason I moved to Alaska.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    AK-47 Manual ;)
     
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    A sand county almanc by Aldo Leupold or
    Rifle in hand by Jim Pozwitz
     
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    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. :)
     
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    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.
     
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    Unintended Consequences by John Ross. Cartridges of the world.
     
  14. Oro

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    +1 for anything written by Jack O'Connor
     
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    Cartridges of the World.
     
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    Phil Sharpe's "Complete Guide To Handloading". I have the 3rd Edition, 1949. I found it when I first began handloading in 1950.
     
  19. jim in Anchorage

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    I also have that Sharpe 3nd.Edition. fascinating reading.
     
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    "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.
     
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    Best book

    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.
     
  22. slzy

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    Small Arms of the World is indeed another essential firearms reference.
     
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    Every Gun Digest, for awhile, until there's another...
     
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    The Encyclopedia of Handguns, Pistols, and Revolvers: A-Z.
     
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    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'.
     
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