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New Book: The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition from Insanely Practical Guides

New Book: The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition from Insanely Practical Guides


The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition helps new shooters become confident and safe by educating in a fun and humorous way. It’s available free from Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th.


“How does one make that first trip to the range, gun store, or even a friend’s house to check out a gun or two without looking like a total doofus? Like all new things, learning how to handle guns can be intimidating. How do new shooters take the first step now that Miss Manners’ Super Duper Guide to Shooting Etiquette is out of print?”


Let’s face it. If people are new to shooting, or just haven’t immersed themselves in the gun culture, guns and shooting can be intimidating. Loud noises, armed people and gun stores can be scary. Never fear! The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition will make new shooters comfortable, knowledgeable and safe in no time. And readers will have a few laughs in the process.


In light-hearted style, The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition offers easy-to-understand and insanely practical tips about topics including:


  • Types of guns

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  • Gun safety tips
  • Things to consider when choosing a gun
  • How to buy a gun
  • How to handle a gun
  • Getting started: A fistful of shooting tips
  • What to expect at the shooting range and what to bring
  • What are the important things to know about ammunition
  • How to clean guns
  • A fun and informative understanding of the Second Amendment
  • An even more fun look at the history of guns
  • Cheat sheet resources to help find training, ranges and local gun stores


“Hunting with the newly invented firearms was problematic as many animals were reluctant to stand in front of cannons long enough to be converted to SPAM. In response to complaints of supermarket butchers everywhere, the ‘hand-gonne’ was invented. Simply a downsized cannon mounted on a pole, the hand-gonne struggled for popularity mainly because no one knew how to pronounce the word gonne.”


Go to any shooting range and observe what happens when folks show up without knowing the first thing         about their new gun. The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition teaches the basics of visiting ranges and gun stores and helps with introductory shooting instruction.


If you watch shooting shows on TV, you might hear someone mention a teacup grip. Just to be clear, this is not a compliment or indicator of social refinement. It’s an observation of poor shooting form.


“Water tends to run downhill. Asparagus tends to find it way from kids’ plates to the dog under the table. And Michael Moore’s muffin top tends to hang around his knees. The point is, all things tend to gravitate towards their natural state. And that’s where natural point of aim comes in. Natural point of aim simply means assuming the stance and position where the body naturally wants to point the gun.”


The editors at have painstakingly documented successes and failures observed over the years. They’ve listened to so many gun show huckster sales pitches that the late Billy Mays would be impressed. And the result? The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition.


“Not too long ago, a visit to a local gun store would more than likely involve meeting Clem, Bodean, and Clem’s other brother Clem. Fortunately, those days are mostly behind us. Many gun stores have gone full-auto retail and implemented 20th century customer-centric ideas like hiring helpful sales staff, designing functional and attractive showrooms and running water.”


Loaded with pictures and comedic illustrations, this book will tells just about everything one needs to know to get started with the shooting sports. It also addresses mysterious gun terminology and those shooting myths that spread like the flu on a budget cruise ship.


“If someone talks about the knockdown power of a given cartridge, immediately run to the nearest library and ask to borrow a copy of Physics For Dummies. In it, you might find mention of a guy named Isaac Newton. While his brother Wayne was busy developing a fine singing career in Las Vegas, Isaac focused on important issues related to motion of objects. For example, if you buy the biggest gangsta pistol on the market, will it knock you over backwards when you fire it?”


The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition is available now at


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