• Ken Kraushaar

"out dated info"

I recently saw a comment on amazon for the book "Hatcher's notebook." in the comment, the commenter stated that the info found in Hatcher's notebook was outdated, but if "if you are a reloader, military arms enthusiast, gunsmith or firearms collector, this book should be in your collection. "

I do have to take issue with this, because all information, regardless of how old, regarding firearms history, mathmatics, recoil theory, etc. is important. To say that it is outdated gives the impression that it is somehow no longer useful, even though the end of the comment gives contradictory input, in that if you fall into the category of any of the 4 stated, that it is good to have in your library and is, in fact, important to know.

What this commenter (potentially) doesn't know is that this book, as well as several other books which could be considered "outdated" were used in the creation of tests such as the one used for certification by the The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners; not only that, they are listed in the study guide for the certification test used by the AFTE, meaning that you should be familiar with the material when preparing for the test.

the firearms portion of the study guide, verbatim, looks like this:

"Barnes, Frank C. Cartridges of the World, 7th edition, 1993.

DiMaio, Vincent. Gunshot Wounds, 1st edition, 1985.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gunpowder and Primer Residue Manual, 1984.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. General Rifling Characteristics File, 1998.

Frost, George E. Ammunition Making, 1st edition, 1990.

Gunther and Gunther. The Identification of Firearms, 1st edition, 1935.

Haag, Lucien. Forensic Firearms Evidence, 1st edition, 1992.

Hatcher, Julian S. Textbook of Firearms Identification, 5th edition, 1946,

Hatcher, Julian S. Hatcher's Notebook, 3rd edition, 1966.

Heard, Brian. Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics, 1st edition, 1997.

Hornady. Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 4th edition, 1991.

Krcma, Vaczav. The identification of Firearms, 1st edition, 1971.

Lyman Reloading Handbook, 47th edition, 1997.

Mathews, J. Howard. Firearms Identification, Vol. 2, 1973.

Matunas, Edward. American Ammunition and Ballistics, 1st edition, 1979.

National Rifle Association. NRA Firearms and Ammunition Fact Book, 3rd edition, 1989.

Nonte, George Jr. Firearms Encyclopedia, 2nd edition, 1980"

Note how many books are from the 1930s, 40s, even 70s and 80s, and 90s.

Keep in mind, also, that one of the more sought after firearm design books, "principles of firearms" by Charles E Balleisen is at least 70 years old, and is recommended reading in firearms design.

The info in Hatcher's notebook falls into several categories: Firearms history (it talks about the 1903 springfield, as well as the M1 garand, Ballistics (it talks about mathematical formulas to figure out the recoil of a firearm,) firearms technical terms (it gives a really good and basic explanation of headspacing and the problems excessive headspace can cause,) and it has other math formulas which have to do with firearms. this information isn't outdated. in fact, the only things that are somewhat outdated are the ballistics info for the military ammunition they use as examples, all of which can be recalculated and made current using the math formulas given in the book. other than advancements from G1 to G7 in terms of ballistic coefficient, the book is still really useful from an educational standpoint.

just because something is old, doesn't mean it's irrelevant. if you are interested, read the book- it's still valuable for anyone wanting to learn more about firearms.


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