Synopses & Reviews
When it comes to rifles and shotguns, Field and Stream
’s Dave Petzal and Phil Bourjaily are the real deal. They love them, study them, collect them, and they’re not afraid to tell you what they think about them—in accessible, sometimes rather colorful, language. Charismatic and always a little offbeat, they’re the guys you’d want with you as you test-fired rifles, stalked a deer, or just finally found out what happens when you blast a watermelon with a shotgun (hint: it’s a lot of fun).
This book covers all the basics: Understanding your gun options, choosing the right gun for every situation, all about ammo, improving your shooting and hunting performance, and much, much more. Lock and load! This is the ultimate hunting gun reference the market has been waiting for.
1. Hunting gun basics
2. Choose your weapon: rifles
3. Choose your weapon: shotguns
4. All about ammo
5. Target-shooting basics
6. Hunting hints
7. Gun safety
8. History of the gun
9. Maintenance and care
10. Seasons—what gun you need each season, plus basic hunting tips.
11. Miscellaneous equipment and gear
When hunters and target-shooters need information on guns, they turn to Field and Stream magazine, the source for outdoor information for over 140 year. When Field and 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 and Wesson), Petzal and Bourjaily know it all, and aren't afraid to tell you their unvarnished opinions are just about everything. 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.
From the most trusted brand in outdoor sports, Field & Stream
, popular F&S bloggers and the hosts of the popular Gun Nuts
show on the Outdoor Channel (sponsored by Smith & Wesson share insider hints, amazing stories, and hands-on guidance for the first-time gun owner and the seasoned veteran alike.
The Ultimate Gun Guide - 335 Essential Shooting Tips and Techniques
Choose the Right Gun The complete guide to figuring out what you really need, and then picking the right shotgun, rifle, handgun, and ammo for whatever sport you want.
Shoot Better Increase your rifle accuracy, boost your shotgun scores, and come home with game instead of excuses.
Hunt Smarter Field-tested tips on how to make tough shots on big game, get more ducks, fool a gobbler, and much, much more.
Stay Safe The plain facts about the best hardware for home defense, and how to use it safely to protect your family, as well as solid advice on shooting safety in the field.
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.
For well over a century, Field & Stream has been synonymous with the sports of hunting and fishing, and has been a leader in the conservation movement as well. The Gun Nuts blog is one of the most popular on the on its website, and has gained a unique reputation for truthfulness, insight, and unvarnished opinions.