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About the author:

Tom McHale was born helpless, hungry and shooting-deprived. He later discovered the joys of collecting and shooting guns, reloading ammunition and writing about his adventures with a healthy dose of fun.

Tom's career has been diverse, bordering on dysfunctional, with most of it spent leading marketing teams for a variety of technology companies including Microsoft and more than a couple of high-tech startups. He's finally seen the light and given up the corporate life to pursue his passion of creating slightly crazy, but educational, content related to guns, shooting, concealed carry and self defense.

Tom runs a somewhat irreverent website focusing on the shooting industry, products, interesting people and shooting tips at His most recent project is publishing a series of informative books under the Insanely Practical Guides brand. You can learn more at

The Rookie's Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition

What you need to know to buy, shoot and care for a handgun

Authored by Tom McHale

“How do you make that first trip to the range or gun store without looking like a total doofus? Like all new things, learning how to handle guns can be intimidating. But how do you take the first step now that Miss Manners’ Sooper Dooper Guide to Shooting Etiquette is out of print?”

If you’re thinking about buying a gun, are new to shooting, or just haven’t immersed yourself in the gun culture, guns and shooting can be intimidating! Loud noises, armed people and gun stores can be scary. Never fear! This book will make you comfortable in no time. And you’ll have a few laughs in the process.

“The first visit can be fraught with uncertainty and doubt. Never fear,! We’re going to tell you exactly what to expect, so you can walk in with confidence and have some serious fun. Fortunately, checking into a shooting range is a lot less stressful than passing through a TSA checkpoint.”

In light-hearted style, it will give you easy-to-understand and insanely practical tips about:

- Types of guns

- 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 you need to know about ammunition

- How to clean your gun

- Cheat sheet resources to help you find training, ranges and local gun stores

“Hunting with the newly invented firearms was problematic 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 will teach you the basics of visiting ranges and gun stores and help you with basic shooting instruction.

“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 your body naturally wants to point the gun.”

The editors at have painstakingly documented successes and failures we’ve seen over the years. We’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 tell you just about everything you need to know to get started with the shooting sports. We also address mysterious gun terminology and those shooting myths that spread like the flu on a budget cruise ship.

Publication Date:
0989065235 / 9780989065238
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Shooting

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