Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Gun Digest Books (November 10, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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First, I will say I am a female shooter. But, my husband has also reviewed this book and totally agrees with my review. Although I have been around guns my entire life, my dad was in law enforcement, and he and I've done a lot of hunting, my knowledge on guns has always been a little superficial. I can operate them, I understand gun safety, and I can do simple cleaning. For Christmas this year, my desire was to add something new to my collection, which is mainly rifles/shotguns with one semi-automatic pistol,,,,I wanted and got a snub nose Ruger .357 revolver. It is such a beautiful little thing, with its satin stainless steel finish. "It" made me want to understand it better, to know how to use it to it's full potential, keep it in best working order. With that, I started looking for reading material. There are so many books and magazines out there, it was a daunting task. I needed something that was suitable for the novice, yet comprehensive for the more savy, which I hope I will be with practice. This book totally fits the bill! It will satisfy the needs of a newbie and not insult the well seasoned gun owner. I've only spent a couple of hours with it so far, but can't wait to read it from cover to cover. It goes over the basics of cleaing and handling, but also discusses special needs loading (ie: one handed loading), marksmanship with the different length barrels, and how to compensate when one's eyesight is no longer 20/20 (I need this) and positioning for accuracy. I love that it talks about ammo. I do not have a good knowledge base on ammo, ie: weights and velocity. For instanace, I did not know what the "acp" in 45acp meant. Now I do! I now understand why I can use .38's in my revolver, and why you can't use .357's in a 38 special.
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