By David E. Petzal
While pondering what the Rockwell hardness of the ice on my driveway might be, I was smitten by a blinding flash of insight—I will write two book reviews for Gun Nuts. (My best guess about the ice is Rc 70-72, and if any of you are concerned about the connection between ice hardness and book reviews, save it.)
Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting, by Wayne van Zwoll
You may be so sick of long range by now that you’d like to hurl on my Mac keyboard, but the fact remains that if you hunt enough you’ll eventually be faced with the choice of making a long shot or going home to eat your own spleen. There are books and Internet articles in profusion on this subject, but the ones I’ve seen are oriented toward competitive and tactical riflemen, and not toward hunters, and the authors almost immediately get into Heavy Math, which is about as comprehensible to most people as the workings of a cyclotron.
Dr. van Zwoll has written for hunters and made the subject comprehensible to the math-challenged and his approach is anecdotal. (I find it very interesting that he calls his book the art of long-range shooting rather than the science because when all is said and done it still is an art.) Wayne’s attitude is worth commenting on. In talking to me about the book he said, “I can shoot at long range but I prefer to get close. I’m a hunter.”