Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns by Jack O'Connor 1965 Outdoor Life

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When you crack open the "Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns" by Jack O'Connor, you're not just reading—you're stepping into a 1965 hunting lodge, replete with the scent of gun oil and the distant echo of a hunting horn. Published by Outdoor Life, this hardcover volume is a comprehensive guide to the firearms that shaped outdoor sports in the mid-20th century.

Key Features:

The hardcover binding feels like the stock of a well-crafted rifle, solid and dependable. It's a tactile experience that promises durability and countless hours of insightful reading.

As you leaf through the pages, you can almost feel the weight of a shotgun in your hands, hear the click of the safety, and see the mist rising off a morning meadow. The book covers everything from firearm mechanics to hunting strategies, all steeped in the wisdom of the era.

Jack O'Connor wasn't just a writer; he was an authority in the world of hunting and firearms. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, he focused on the timeless traditions of the great outdoors.

This book is a compendium of knowledge, not just from O'Connor but from hunters, gunsmiths, and outdoor enthusiasts of the time. It's a collective legacy captured in ink and paper.

Whether you're a seasoned hunter, a firearm enthusiast, or a history buff, this book offers invaluable insights. It's the perfect companion for a hunting trip or a cozy evening by the fireplace.

The illustrations, the typeface, and even the texture of the pages transport you back to 1965. Each element is a sensory journey, a tactile connection to the past.


  • Title: Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns
  • Publication Date: 1965
  • Publisher: Outdoor Life
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 477
  • Dimensions: 10x7x1
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Note the wear on the dust jacket as shown in the photos.

A Final Word:

This book is more than a guide; it's an invitation to the great outdoors, to the thrill of the hunt, and to the legacy of mid-century firearm craftsmanship. It's not just a part of history; it becomes a part of you the moment you open it.


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