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The Rifle

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good one

The book is supposed to be read with detail. The details are what make it. To understan the book you have to understand the very 'intricate' details about the rifle. Can most people in that era build the perfect rifle. I don't think so. It's all about imagination and ho...
The book is supposed to be read with detail. The details are what make it. To understan the book you have to understand the very 'intricate' details about the rifle. Can most people in that era build the perfect rifle. I don't think so. It's all about imagination and how well you use it. That's considering you are not self absorbed or egotistic.

posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2007

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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The American Longrifle is recognised as the first completely 'American' art form. Nothing like it had ever existed before. It grew out of the unique needs of the new world. It is doubtful that America would exist today if the longrifle had not been developed. This book ...
The American Longrifle is recognised as the first completely 'American' art form. Nothing like it had ever existed before. It grew out of the unique needs of the new world. It is doubtful that America would exist today if the longrifle had not been developed. This book is nothing more than a shameful attempt to brainwash young readers. Read 'Thoughts On The Kentucky Longrifle In Its Golden Age' by Joe Kindig or 'Rifles Of Colonial America' 2 volumes by George Shumway.

posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    never read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had to read this book for school. This book was one of the most boring things I ever read! This book was horrible. My hate towards this book burns with the fury of a thousand suns!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    ANTI-GUN PROPAGANDA

    This book gives an extremely narrow minded look into the world of firearms, where apparently everyone who owns a gun is a beer guzzling, government hating, overweight, conservative christian. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING GARY PAULSEN??? This book is an insult to anyone who has more than two brain cells to rub together. The views given are so slanderous and bigoted that I would equate them with racism and sexism; all gun owners are placed into a despicable stereotype and kicked around throughout the entire book. The ending is about as probable as getting struck by lightning while reading this review. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, IT IS AN INSULTING WASTE OF TIME!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    I felt betrayed

    The story pulls you in with a wonderful description of the making of the rifle, how it helped win American independence, only to let you down with a far-fetched, bleeding heart ending. Moral of the story: guns are bad. They kill innocent people who could have saved the world. They had their day, but it's passed. At least it's a short book, so I didn't waste too much time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Shameless

    The American Longrifle is recognised as the first completely 'American' art form. Nothing like it had ever existed before. It grew out of the unique needs of the new world. It is doubtful that America would exist today if the longrifle had not been developed. This book is nothing more than a shameful attempt to brainwash young readers. Read 'Thoughts On The Kentucky Longrifle In Its Golden Age' by Joe Kindig or 'Rifles Of Colonial America' 2 volumes by George Shumway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    What a Bore!

    I was sssssssssssoooooooooo bored reading things! Wake me up when your done. I mean yeah sure Gary Paulsen's books are good but this one had no point

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2009

    Bad

    It was so boring for the first 40 pages all it talked about was how the gun was made, then how it went down between people and then a boy get shot. Worst book I've even read. The only good thing was that it was 112 pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

    GUN-HATING PROPAGANDA, ALSO IMPLAUSIBLE AND POORLY WRITTEN

    This book starts as a sucker play describing the creation, beauty and accuracy of this superb rifle before the Revolution. Then it gets lost in an attic for 217 years. Then somehow these rudely caricaturized gun enthusiasts are idiots and must have never seen an episode of Anitques Roadshow and because they ignore its value while owning black velvet Elvis paintings. The gun goes off in a freak accident and kills a boy who, oh by the way, was going to grow up and cure heart disease. Because people don't kill people, guns kill people. Then we are left in suspense while this beautiful antique waits to kill someone else. Total crap!<BR/>p.s. Not that I am a drinker, but it also incorrectly links stomach cancer to beer.

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