Reading List

Blog reader Bob R. asked for a list of books I recommend reading – here are a few.

- Shooting to Live by Fairbairn/Sykes
- The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
- A Rifleman Went To War by Herbert McBride
- Ordnance Went Up Front by Roy Dunlap
- The Bullet’s Flight From Powder to Target by Mann
- Infantry Attacks by Rommel
- Seamanship and Small Boat Handling by Chapman
- The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (except for the ones where Aubrey is on shore because they’re boring and even harder to read)
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
- Starship Troopers by Heinlein

11 Responses

  1. Kevin Cullis
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    I would HIGHLY recommend “On Combat” http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Psychology-Physiology-Deadly-Conflict/dp/0964920549 and “Warrior Mindset” http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Mindset-Dr-Michael-Asken/dp/0964920557 by Lt. Col Grossman and others. Both go into the psychology and physiology of the military and law enforcement and violence. Covers: During a firefight you can literally pee or poop in your pants, how to handle the stress of the fight, how to prevent and handle PTSD, and mental toughness and training for the fight.

  2. Robert Miller
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    Andrew, My Name is Robert Miller and I am the CEO of a company called Teludyne Tech Industries. Is it possible you and I can talk about the possibility of you evaluating on of our guns? I just finished reviewing your blog and I like the attention to detail and objective assessments with no sugar coatings. Breath of fresh air. My email is RMiller@Teludyne tech.com and my mobile is 864-200-0227. Please feel free to call anytime. I was also a medical guy is the service. Thnaks in advance and keep up the awesome work brother. V/R Rob Miller

  3. PistoleroJesse
    PistoleroJesse at · Reply

    Atlas Shrugged
    Fidler’s Gun and Fidler’s Green
    Johny Tremain
    English Creek

    1. Rofocowboy
      Rofocowboy at · Reply

      Atlas Shrugged SHOULD be required reading for every patriot, but unfortunately not everyone will be able to finish the book. It took me six months, and I’m an avid reader, just because working through her writing style took so much out of me, and I’d have to stop for a few days. It was definitely worth it, though…

  4. Chris Whiteowl
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    I threw away my copy of Atlas Shrugged, hated it.
    Page Smith’s People’s History of The United States
    Daniel Boorstin’s The Discoverers
    Neil Stephenson’s The Baroque Cycle
    Swinton’s The Defense of Duffer’s Drift
    Max Velocity’s Contact!
    U.S. Army Ranger Handbook
    Chris Cocks’ Fireforce
    Philip Dray’s There Is Power In A Union
    Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop

    1. Rofocowboy
      Rofocowboy at · Reply

      What exactly did you hate about it? Yes, it’s a big book, and yet, her writing style is very hard to read, but it’s still eye opening…

  5. Tony
    Tony at · Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if you could answer this question. I built a 16″ mid length upper with syrac ord adjustable gas block. I tested it with a R GUN and SPIKE BCG. I tuned the gas low enough to lock back with TULA .223 ammo. When i switched the bolt with a fail zero bolt. the rifle stopped locking back and would sometimes short stroke. When I put the R GUN and Spike Bolt back in the carrier, it functioned again. How can a bolt affect how a rifle locks back??? the bolt of the only thing that was changed.

    1. Patrick Lozito
      Patrick Lozito at · Reply

      Think of the AR15/M16 gas system as a “stationary” piston (the bolt) and a moving gas cylinder (the carrier). Since you have adjusted the gas pressure to a minimal amount to function and lock back the action, any slight variation in the parts that contain and utilize the gas pressure will affect the function.
      The bolt, with it’s gas rings, or whatever equivalent is installed in their place, can have slight variances
      in gas sealing ability, dimensions, actual mass, etc. In your case, possibly, more gas may be blowing by the rings and into the vents of the carrier. Extractor tension, actual bolt lug engagement angle, headspace,
      etc. all figure into it. That’s why, for example, in adjusting a FAL pattern gas system, the adjustment is “two clicks” more closed, i.e. more pressure, than the minimum needed to lock the bolt carrier back. Hope this is helpful.

  6. Gordon
    Gordon at · Reply

    For leisure,

    Fields of Fire
    Chickenhawk

  7. Russell S.
    Russell S. at · Reply

    I read and like the report you did on muzzle brakes. For more than seven years, I been looking for testing on flash levels of muzzle brakes. I would like to send you one to add to your testing, but you do not need to add it to your report. Just would like you to see and try it.

  8. Gaston
    Gaston at · Reply

    Add:

    Blackhawk Down and Thunder Run

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