The Total Gun Manual

The Total Gun Manual
The Total Gun Manual

San Francisco, CA –-(  When it comes to rifles and shotguns, Field & Stream’s Dave Petzal and Phil Boujaily are the real deal.

They love them, study them, collect them, and they’re not afraid to tell you what they think about them.

Stars of the Outdoor Channel’s popular TV series, The Gun Nuts presented by Smith & Wesson, Petzal and Bourjaily bring you the ultimate gun guide that will get you locked and loaded for your next adventure.

With over 12.5 million active hunters and 300 million collectively owned firearms in America, it’s high time for The Total Gun Manual from two guys who know guns inside and out.

Authors Petzal and Bourjaily offer field-tested how-to advice on the latest techniques and equipment, helping readers choose the right gun, shoot better, hunt smarter and stay safe.

Readers will figure out what sport’s for them and what they really need to hunt small game, varmints, and big game well.


The Total Gun Manual’s chapters include:

  • Gun Basics –  Don’t be that guy, how to walk like an animal, and the do’s and don’ts of using a shotgun for defense
  • Rifles & Handguns – Size matters, iconic handguns including James Bond’s own favorite the Walther PPK and Dirty Harry’s S&W .44 Model 29, how to cure a sick trigger, knowing your ammo, perfect the upside down carry
  • Shotguns –  Learn the anatomy of a shotgun (hint: understand barrel length), how to hit from the hip, and bagging that squirrel

Don’t come in from another hunting trip armed with excuses but no game. Don’t wait until you’ve got a situation on your hands to educate your kids about guns. Do pick up a copy of the Total Gun Manual for yourself and your fellow hunting buds to pore over on the way to the field.

About the Authors

David E. Petzal
Field & Stream’s Field Editor, specializing in rifles, has been with the magazine since 1972. He shoots competitively, and has hunted big game all over the world. Petzal co-authors the Gun Nuts blog and co-hosts the Gun Nuts show on the Outdoor Channel.

Phil Bourjaily
Field & Stream’s Shotguns columnist, co-host of the Fun Nuts show on the Outdoor Channel, and co-author of the Gun Nuts blog on Field & Stream’s website. Bourjaily has written about wingshooting for the magazine since 1985.

About Weldon Owen
Weldon Owen creates visually splendid, mind-expanding books that nurture a wide range of readers' passions, be they practical, creative, adventurous, or all-out fun. We illustrate great ideas, break down complex skills so anyone can learn them, and entertain and inspire along the way. Most of all, we love to create beautiful books that make you want to pick them up and are tough to put down.

Weldon Owen is part of the Bonnier Corporation, the U.S. division of Bonnier AB, a family-owned multichannel media company founded in 1804 and based in Sweden. This makes us the sister company to over 50 leading magazines devoted to connecting people to their passions, including Field & Stream, Parenting, Popular Science, Outdoor Life, Saveur, Popular Photography, and Working Mother (to name just a few).

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