“…today, accurate rifles are as easy to acquire as a tattoo and less interesting.”
“…rifles, religion and pickup trucks are normally chosen because of family tradition more than anything else.”
It’s the insightful and dry comedic lines like these that have made John Barsness‘ writing on guns the most entertaining in print. Not only is Barsness’ writing entertaining, its educational. Partly because John does not just repeat stuff he has read or heard, he actually tests and investigates various theories and claims to learn the truth for himself. And, partly because he has the ability to take what he has discovered and present it to readers in a easy to absorb fashion that relates to the real world application of rifles, hunting or the proper technique for bragging about both.
I’ve read almost every book Barsness has written and can tell you that Life of the Hunt is the best collection of hunting stories that I have ever read. Some say this book makes you feel like you were there, I say it makes you deeply wish you had been.
Barsness’ Optics for the Hunter book is considered by many to be the bible of information on riflescopes and binoculars. You cannot read this book without learning something on optics…I don’t care how many times you read it.
His new book, Obsessions of a Rifle Loony, is a collection of essays on rifle related topics ranging from the serious chapter on Efficient Cartridges to the somewhat comical, My Cartridge is Better than Yours. I’m sort of a nostalgic kind of guy and my favorite chapter was the last; Tools for the Badlands.
But there is more than just moody narratives and comical satire. There are chapters on cartridges by caliber from .224 to .30 and even a complete chapter on the .416 Rigby; all based on Barsness’ experiences in the field and from the bench with each. The book also contains chapters on bedding a stock, mounting a scope, recoil proof scopes and even shooting in open country.
Obsessions of a Rifle Loony is 328 pages of education and entertainment. You can spend hundreds of dollars trying to learn every thing in this book on your own or have it shipped to your door for $ 23.50. You can enjoy the read, impress all your shooting buddies with your rifle knowledge and let the dog-eared copy occupy a place on your bookshelf right beside Life of the Hunt and Optics for the Hunter. Oh, you don’t have those books either? Shame on you, because you’re not a REAL rifle RIFLE LOONY.