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Shooters

Abigail A. Kohn

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.001.0001
Shooters

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Frequenting gun shops and shooting ranges, and devoting particular attention to those whose interest in weaponry extends beyond the casual, this book captures in detail how gun owners actually think and feel about their guns. Through 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 clichés that link gun ownership with violent, criminal subcultures and portray shooters as “gun nuts” or potential terrorists, the book provides us with a lively and untainted portrait of American gun enthusiasts.

Keywords: weaponry; gun owners; savage beauty; historical import; empowerment; visceral thrill; gun nuts; enthusiasts

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Sociology

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