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Book Review: 365 Guns You Must Shoot

Book By T.J. Mullin

I was recently asked to review a book on guns.  Kind of a no brainer since I already enjoy reading about, studying, and shooting guns. 

The book is very well made and the soft cover is one of the best I have ever seen.  The quality of each page was incredible.  The photos and everything about the book was great.  The quality of the book made me look forward to reading more of it every evening.  This is worth the cover price; it is by far the best quality book I have seen in years.  It is one that will be in my library for reference for a long time to come.

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Glock 18 

Caliber: 9mm Parabellum Manufacturer: Glock Typical Use: Military and self-defense 

The Glock 18 is a true machine pistol. It is a selective-fire version of the Glock 17 9x19mm pistol. The Glock 18 is capable of firing full auto or standard semi-auto fire. It was designed to be used without a stock, although after-market units are available. What looks like a slide-mounted safety is actually a selector switch. When put in the down position, the weapon fires in fully automatic mode. The polymer frame of the Glock helps absorb the recoil of the weapon when fired on full auto. I have found that I can place a five-shot burst on a playing card at five yards using a good Weaver stance. Because of the high volume of fire and good controllability, I believe the Glock 18 is the single most effective handheld weapon available at five yards or less in the world. The speed and accuracy in burstfire mode is astounding. I got perhaps 300 rpm on semi-auto, and close to 1,100 rpm on full auto with the G18. You hit the target with a shotgun-like effect only with 9mm projectiles of 115 grains, rather than lightweight buckshot. Such target saturation can be truly devastating in a close-range confrontation. The G18 should be carried with the selector on the full-auto mode, and changed to semi-auto if a long-range shot is indicated. The Glock 18 is an excellent weapon and it is regrettable that in the United States, only law enforcement agencies can purchase this weapon.  

On to the book.  As I said before, the picture quality was very good and I was able to understand some of the gun description in the text by looking at the great photos.  Each gun was accompanied by a paragraph or so of words that got quite to the point and gave the authors thoughts in a short and precise manner.  If he liked the gun, you knew in short order.  If he did not like something about the gun, again quickly written down in front of you.  There was just enough info on the gun to give you a great overview of the weapon and not bore you with 2000 or more words of opinion.  I found myself interested in more than a few of the guns listed and later found myself looking them up on the internet to get even more information about them.  Overall, this is a wealth of information on some fantastic guns as well as some I had never even heard of.

Thompson Contender 

Caliber: Multiple Chamberings, tested in .22RF Manufacturer: Thompson/Center Arms Typical Use: Sporting 

The Thompson Contender was the first new single shot pistol in quite a while. Unlike most single shots, the Contender had a useful feature; multiple numbers of easily replaceable barrels. This allowed you to shoot rimfire and center fire ammo in it, as well as a wide variety of cartridges. The Contender is highly accurate due to a good lock-up and trigger system. You can easily install a scope to aid ammo testing and improve its performance in the hunting field. The Contender gave credibility to handgun hunting. In areas with restrictions on guns, a single-shot pistol seemed innocuous, and once you owned a Contender, you had a wide variety of barrels and cartridges to use. While the Thompson Contender has little history in military or police use, its popularity due to its versatility and accuracy jus tify its inclusion here.  

The book is fantastic quality and well written.  If I had one critique, it needs to be proofread again as I found a few typos and misspellings.  These are things that I am sure will be addressed before the second printing.

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Ruger .475 Linebaugh 

Caliber: .475/500 Linebaugh Manufacturer: John Linebaugh, Cody, Wyoming modified Ruger Bisley Typical Use: Protection from dangerous wild animals and hunting 

John Linebaugh developed the .475 and .500 Linebaugh cartridges and the Magnum version of both loads. While the .44 Magnum properly loaded has killed every big game animal on the planet, it is still a bit light for some game and circumstances. Handgun hunters who recognize this tend to use large, single-shot handguns firing rifle length cartridges to overcome the issue. John Linebaugh believes your handgun should be accessible 24/7. He developed his loads knowing that penetration is essential, so basing power on weight and size will get you greater power on target consistently. A .475 Linebaugh with its 375-grain bullet at 1,200 fps is far superior to a .44 Magnum round with a 250 grain .429 bullet at the same velocity. This extra power generates strong recoil, but using the Bisley grip frame will moderate it. The cartridges are bigger than a .44 Magnum, so the cylinder now will contain only five rounds but that should be sufficient for most confrontations. A Ruger Bisley revolver rechambered for the .475 Linebaugh cartridge is not a beginner’s weapon. Nor is it intended for target shooting or self-defense. The Ruger Bisley is meant to be worn on the belt for weeks on end as you hunt large game.  

Would I recommend it?  I believe I would.  I enjoyed the writer’s style and “get to the point” attitude.  I will also look for more titles from this author as well as more books published by Zenith Press.

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Review by Woods Monkey Staff

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