Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures

Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures

by Abigail A. Kohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195306449

ISBN-13: 9780195306446

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195306446
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Part I: The Anthropology of Gun Enthusiasm
1. Introduction: Guns in America
2. The World of Gun Enthusiasm
3. Cowboy Action Shooting
Part II: The Meaning of Guns
4. Citizen Soldiers
5. Cowboy Lawmen
6. Tough Americans
7. Conclusions
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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