• The Total Gun Manual
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the total gun manual

335 essential shooting skills
7¾ by 9¾ inches; 256 pages
september 2012
ISBN 9781616282196
category: how-to, outdoors
about this book

The Gun Nuts have a code. 

The best smell in the world is smoke curling out of a just-fired paper hull. You never criticize another hunter's dog, even if the owner is a good friend. You can make fun of his gun, though. You wonder why women outshoot you. If you are a woman, it's perfectly obvious why you outshoot men. Guns can't love you back. On the other hand, they don't die.

When hunters and target-shooters need information on guns, they turn to Field & Stream magazine, the source for outdoor information for over 140 years. When Field & Stream needs expertise, they turn to Dave Petzal and Phil Bourjaily, better known as The Gun Nuts. Beloved F&S bloggers and the hosts of the popular Gun Nuts show on the Outdoor Channel (sponsored by Smith & Wesson), Petzal and Bourjaily know it all, and aren't afraid to tell you their unvarnished opinions on just about anything related to guns. In this book they share insider hints, amazing stories from the range and field, and hands-on guidance for the first-time gun owner and the seasoned veteran alike. Learn how to choose the right gun, shoot better, hunt smarter, and stay safe. 


about the author

David E. Petzal, the rifles field editor of Field & Stream, has been with the publication since 1972. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1969, and he began writing about rifles and rifle shooting during his service in 1964. He is a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association and a Life Member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. He has hunted all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. Petzal wrote The .22 Rifle and edited The Encyclopedia of Sporting Firearms. In 2002, he was awarded the Leupold Jack Slack Writer of the Year Award, and in 2005 he received the Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year Award, making him the first person to win both.

Phil Bourjaily sold his first outdoor story—on snipe hunting—to Field & Stream in 1985. Today, he is the magazine's Shotguns columnist and co-writer, with David Petzal, of the "The Gun Nut" blog on Fieldandstream.com. He is the author of the Field & Stream Turkey Hunting Handbook and, as a turkey hunter, has renounced early mornings in favor of sleeping in and killing spring gobblers between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. He makes his home, with his wife and two sons, in his birthplace of Iowa City, Iowa. Last spring he co-founded a trapshooting team at his son’s high school and serves as one of the coaches. He has traveled widely in pursuit of upland birds, waterfowl, and turkeys, but his favorite hunts are for pheasants close to home with his English setter, Ike, and his German shorthaired pointer, Jed.

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