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    Read any good books lately?

    Of course, nothing beats practicing at the range to gain skill, confidence and knowledge of your weapons...wanted to get that out of the way before anyone questioned me about it!

    Now, with that out of the way, do you have a favorite book(s) about weapons?

    For Christmas, 2010, I purchased 2 copies of "The Gun & Its Development", by W. W. Greener, from the NRA Classics Library for my husband and oldest son. I'm certain that they will both enjoy owning it.

    A brief description: "First published in Great Britain in 1881 and subsequently revised nine times between that date and 1910, The Gun and Its Development traces the fascinating history of weaponry from the obscure, ancient origins of the slingshot and the bow and continuing on to the invention of the crossbow, possibly around 1000 a.d.; the introduction of gunpowder into Europe in the 14th century; the development of sporting and military guns over the centuries thereafter; and the rise of modern, factory-mass-produced firearms in the early 20th century. Individual chapters cover early to modern handguns; gunpowder ignition methods from fuses and flintlocks to percussion fulminates; shotguns; hammerless guns; ejector guns; the history of the firearms industry; manufacturing methods and their development in Britain, America, and elsewhere; how to use and handle different types of guns; ballistics; the development of rifling and smokeless powder; and much more.Copiously illustrated with photographs and marvelous engravings, The Gun and Its Development is the classic, authoritative reference work on the subject, certain to be of great interest to marksmen, hunters, gun collectors, and anyone interested in military or industrial history. (6 x 9, 846 pages, illustrations, charts)William Wellington Greener (1834-1921) was a world-renowned expert on the history of guns, and a pioneer in both the development of modern firearms-especially choke barrels for shotguns-and in the metallurgy and machining processes used in their manufacture."
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    "Effective Handgun Defense" was on my reading list earlier this year. Frank James discusses the choices of caliber, revolver/semi-auto, mouse guns, the various 1911s, methods of carrying concealed, and ATTITUDE. Great book.

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    Gun related: Kalashnikov Rifles and their variations by Joe Poyer
    I am in the market for an AK & know dreadfully little about them. I got this book to correct that deficiency. It arrived from Amazon 2 days ago & I have already learned a great deal from this book! IMO it is a great primer on AK's. It touches on many topics from arsenal markings to accessories.
    I would recommend it for the layman interested in learning more about AKs. The author does a good job sticking to facts without offering opinion.
    Truth be told it wasn't what I was looking for. Knowledgeable opinon is what I was looking for

    Non Gun: Patriots by James Rawles.
    This is a survivalists handbook done in prose form. It is an interesting story but Mr Rawles writing style leaves something to be desired. Parts of the book that should be riveting are done in a bit of a monotone that consequently fails to grab you.

    That said it is a great reference/idea book for the survivalist. In one part of the book the author was explaining the emergency DC power system of his retreat. The idea really grabbed me & I did some research. Sure as shootin it is viable & I am now in the process of retrofitting my own homes power with backup DC power.

    The book starts with the collapse of the American dollar & subsequent chaos. I believe he did a great job of illustrating how things would come apart.
    I don't know that I would recommend it. I have been working on this book for about 3mo (I usually finish a book in under a week or two) so it really doesn't grab you but it is a compelling story of the collapse & subsequent rebuilding of America. If only a better author would of written it
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    Boomer, I have to agree with your assessment of Mr. Rawles' book. It almost seemed that he listed equipment for various events in his scenario, and then wrote a story to string that equipment together.

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    Lights Out is a SHTF story about the aftermath of an EMP attack. This book can be downloaded from this link. Good Story and worth reading. Lots of action.

    Lights Out - SHTF fiction | Prepare!
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    Bigslick, Lights Out is downloaded and has been on my To Read list for a little while now. Will have to move it closer to the top of the list.

    I've already mentioned my last gun related book. The open books on my desk or PDA are The Art of War by Sun Tzu, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Arabian Nights: 1001 Tales, and How to Survive The End of The World as we Know It by James Wesley, Rawles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSlick View Post
    Lights Out is a SHTF story about the aftermath of an EMP attack. This book can be downloaded from this link. Good Story and worth reading. Lots of action.

    Lights Out - SHTF fiction | Prepare!
    I just accessed the above link only to find out that Lights Out has been accepted by a publisher and is no longer available as a free download. All of you guys that have it are very lucky! No word yet on a publishing date for the book. Oh, yes, it appears that it's also going to be made into a movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSlick View Post
    Lights Out is a SHTF story about the aftermath of an EMP attack. This book can be downloaded from this link. Good Story and worth reading. Lots of action.

    Lights Out - SHTF fiction | Prepare!
    They pulled the link to download the story because he was allegedly going to get it published. Any idea on this guys name? I would like to track down the book & buy it if possible.

    Thanks
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    My copy says copyright David Crawford

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    They pulled the link to download the story because he was allegedly going to get it published. Any idea on this guys name? I would like to track down the book & buy it if possible.

    Thanks
    PM me with your e-mail address and I will send you the pdf. Since I downloaded the file when it was offered to the public domain I would think I could share it with you without any copyright infringements.
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