American Hunting Rifles II
Several years ago I picked up a copy of American Hunting Rifles by Craig Boddington. I’ve read it several times and consider it to be one of the most authoritative and comprehensive works on cartridges, rifles and related topics ever published. I was thrilled to discover that last year, an updated edition had been released. American Hunting Rifles II is required reading for every rifle enthusiast.
The first incarnation came out in the late 1990s and covered everything there was to cover up to that time. Shortly after, the short magnums were introduced, new bullets continued to be developed and the AR-15 became a fixture in many gun cabinets. There was a lot happening and it wasn’t easy to keep up. We did, of course, have the internet to aid in research, but the internet is a precarious platform when it comes to gun facts. Often those facts are really just opinions in disguise. Fortunately Boddington has a lot of experience and plenty of credentials, having been shooting rifles since his teen years, serving in the military and writing for several publications. He’s taken game all over the world and shot god-only-knows how many different rifles chambered in countless cartridges. To put it succinctly, if you’re into rifles, there’s no good reason to not buy this book.
When you buy this book, do me a favor. Don’t buy it from Amazon. Buy it here from Northshire Bookstore, or at least grab a copy from another local bookstore. There’s lots of reasons to not shop Amazon, but for me it’s more personal. I work at Northshire Bookstore, and would like for us to get the business, not a massive corporation that only cares about convincing people to buy as much as possible, whether they need it or not. If you order from Northshire, you’ll get free USPS priority shipping anywhere in the United States. You’ll also help represent hunters and gun owners as consumers in a retail sector that usually isn’t associated with our ilk. The firearms and hunting sections have generally been shrinking in bookstores. It would be nice to let them know that we’re still here.