Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures

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Frequenting gun shops and shooting ranges, and devoting particular attention to those whose interest in weaponry extends beyond the casual, Abigail A. Kohn captures in finegrained and often entertaining, yet always humane, detail how gun owners actually think and feel about their guns. Through her conversations-with cowboy action shooters at a regional match, sport shooters, hunters, with shooters of all ages and races-we hear of the savage beauty of a beautifully crafted long gun, of the powerful historical import owners attach to their guns, of the sense of empowerment that comes with shooting skill, and the visceral thrill of discharging a dangerous weapon. Cutting through the cliches that link gun ownership with violent, criminal subcultures and portray shooters as gun nuts or potential terrorists, Kohn provides us with a lively and untainted portrait of American gun enthusiasts.