Field & Stream ''The Total Gun Manual'' by David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
Best Gun Book.
This is a great gun book for beginners or people that have experience with guns. This book walks you through every type of gun, gun history, and shooting tips/techniques. All of the information is explained in a simple fashion but doesn't seem to be talking down to you. This is one of my all time favorite gun books!
April 3, 2013
Best Gift idea ever!
After reading The Total Gun Manual, I’ve decided to rename it. It should be “Required Reading For All Gun Owners.” At 27 years old, I’ve owned a gun for more than 20 years. Albeit, it started out as a Daisy Red Rider, but I quickly advanced. I thought I knew rifles, shotguns and even pistols. But, after reading this book I can say I knew little. The authors and gun editors David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily from Field & Stream have a combined experience of a small army of gunsmiths and shooters and are far better at relaying the info in an understanding and entertaining tone than any gunsmith I’ve ever known.
The book goes over a quick history of firearms, then a little bit longer section on firearm basics covering safety and gun purchases to home defense skills. Next up Petzal covers skills 12 to 164 about rifles and handguns. You’ll learn the basic anatomy of a rifle, bullet and even optics. How they work is taught, but you’ll obviously have to put it to practice to become proficient. Tip 69: Shoot more, Shoot better, pretty much covers that. From which calibers to shoot at what animal to how to calculate wind drift, you’ll find it all.
Bourjaily handles the shotgunning tips like a pro, probably because he is one. He even wrote Field & Stream’s Turkey Hunting Handbook single-handily. He begins on the anatomy of the shotgun and the shell and then moves into how to shoot a moving target. If you thought you knew about chokes and target loads, this guy knows more. But, the good news is: You can too after reading this book. From target shooting Bourjaily moves on to turkey hunting, wingshooting and even deer hunting with a shotgun. My favorite quote of his is “They say you should write about what you know, and one thing I know is way too much about is missing wild turkeys.” He can laugh about it because he’s probably killed more than most of us have seen in Thanksgiving commercials.
The formula here is simple. Add two great writers who know their stuff, photography from the most-premier hunting photographers in the world and well-drawn diagrams that make the most complicated things seem like grade school, and you’ve got 256 pages of the best-dang Christmas present you’re Dad didn’t know he wanted. Make sure you read the whole thing before you wrap it for Dad, you don’t want him knowing anything you don’t. You won’t regret the purchase of The Total Gun Manual, I promise.
August 29, 2012