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Can anyone tell me where I can go to read up on the ins and outs of guns and learn everything an intelligent person in the gun realm should know?
 

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Start with Massad Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme" and "Principles of Personal Defense" by Col. Jeff Cooper.
 

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Thank you. And that will teach me about firearms mechanics, terminology, and caliber difference?
 

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Thank you. And that will teach me about firearms mechanics, terminology, and caliber difference?
No, it will teach you the significance and responsibility of owning a handgun.
 

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Start with Massad Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme" and "Principles of Personal Defense" by Col. Jeff Cooper.
These are great but likely more advanced then what you're looking for.
 

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A good reloading manual will familiarize you with most of the

popular calibers, and many of the guns used with them.

As to the rest, perhaps Gun Digest, and Google.


Sorry, there's no real substitute for years of owning and shooting guns,

and many people who are proficient in one area know next to nothing

about other types. Case in point:

See many of my posts in the AR section?

That's because I know less about ARs than B.O.

knows about morals and ethics...
 

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NRA's Basic Pistol Shooting. It is also the "text" of the Basic class of the same name. Both are a great start to get the, well, basics down. However, I would add this:

shooting of any kind is a journey, not a destination. It may take hours to learn what you seek now but an enjoyable lifetime, if not lifestyle, to master. As you peel each layer of the onion you'll find there are more, richer, and different experiences.

Enjoy, and be safe.
 

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This 6 set DVD titled "Cold Steel: Never Unarmed" was gifted to me by a very kind and generous member here. I recommend it highly. It covers very small pocket guns to large guns.......step by step. It is very informative and very good for a beginner to guns. I found this very helpful.

http://blog.coldsteel.com/2011/09/never-unarmed-review.html
 

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However, I would add this:

shooting of any kind is a journey, not a destination. It may take hours to learn what you seek now but an enjoyable lifetime, if not lifestyle, to master. As you peel each layer of the onion you'll find there are more, richer, and different experiences.

Enjoy, and be safe.
Well said.

Case in point, I spent a couple of weeks shooting targets, going for

accuracy, improving groups, and techniques. I found that by the time

I got to the range, dragged out all my gear, got set up, loaded, and ready,

I was an agitated, out-of-breath, nervous wreck. I stopped, took a break,

calmed down, and relaxed. THEN my rifles really started showing me what

they could do.

A few days later I was shooting with a group of noobs, who never even

bothered changing the targets, even though they had shot ragged 6"

holes in the bulls-eyes! They were just enjoying the sheer fun of

"bringing it" with their new rifles. And it was also fun to join in...
 
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