Handgun Hunting: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game

Handgun Hunting: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game


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A Go-To Manual for One of the Fastest Growing Shooting Sports, With Invaluable Information for Both Newbies and Seasoned Hunters

Hunting with handguns has seen a huge growth in popularity in recent years, with hunters from all walks of life picking up the sport. In Handgun Hunting, author Kat Ainsworth examines all the game one can hunt in North America, from bears and deer to rabbits and coyotes. In each chapter, she touches upon such topics as:
  • The habits and habitats of each game animal
  • Recommended firearms and cartridges
  • Techniques and tactics
  • Shot placement
  • Game edibility
  • And much more

Aside from analyzing each game animal and the tactics required to take it, Ainsworth gets into skills and drills, care and maintenance of the different platforms, plus the pros and cons of various holsters and scabbards. There is also advice on building your own handguns and creating your own loads; it is easier than many people think! With information useful to beginners and veterans alike, Handgun Hunting sets the new standard for this challenging sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510739284
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,250,434
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kat Ainsworth is a seasoned hunter and somewhat zealous tactician with a penchant for big bores. Her written work can be found both online and in print in a wide variety of industry publications. Prior to her years in the gun industry, she worked in emergency veterinary medicine and even trained as a farrier during her undergraduate work. Kat can be found hunting everything from feral hogs to pheasants but is also regularly at the range honing Mozambique drills and shoot-and-move techniques. She is equally at home talking tactics and trauma triage as she is run-and-gunning turkeys.

Bryce M. Towsley published his first magazine article, about hunting with handguns, in 1982 in the Vermont Sportsman magazine. In the years since he has published thousands of articles and photos in most of the major outdoor and gun magazines and on multiple websites. He has published ten books including Gunsmithing Modern Firearms and Gunsmithing Made Easy, one of the best-selling gunsmithing books ever published. Towsley lives in Vermont with his wife Robin and his dog, Clyde.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Bryce Towsley xi

Chapter 1 Why We Hunt 1

Chapter 2 Safety First 5

Chapter 3 The Unthinkable Happens: First Aid 8

Chapter 4 The Apex Predator: Alligator 13

Chapter 5 The Exotic: Axis 16

Chapter 6 The Bad Attitude: American Badger 19

Chapter 7 The Ursa Major: Bear (Black, Brown) 23

Chapter 8 The Pacific Ghost: Blacktail Deer 29

Chapter 9 The Sly Hunter: Bobcat 33

Chapter 10 The Trickster: Coyote 36

Chapter 11 The Wapiti: Elk 43

Chapter 12 The Drove: Hare and Jackrabbits 47

Chapter 13 The Invasive Species: Feral Hogs 50

Chapter 14 The Looker: Mule Deer 58

Chapter 15 The Colony: Prairie Dogs 61

Chapter 16 The Thumper: Rabbits 65

Chapter 17 The Tree Rats: Squirrels 68

Chapter 18 The Gobbler: Turkeys (Eastern, Merriam's, Rio Grande, Osceola) 71

Chapter 19 The Classic: Whitetail Deer 76

Chapter 20 Firearms History 81

Chapter 21 Actions 89

Chapter 22 1911 History 93

Chapter 23 Revolver History 112

Chapter 24 Derringers 126

Chapter 25 Bolt-Action Pistols 130

Chapter 26 Cartridges 137

Chapter 27 Technique 218

Chapter 28 Self-Defense: Read This Chapter If You Ignore the Rest 233

Chapter 29 Baiting 238

Chapter 30 Gear 241

Chapter 31 Processing Meat 262

Chapter 32 Glossary 269

Index 297

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