Reading List

Blog reader Bob R. asked for a list of books I recommend reading – here are a few.

Shooting to Live by Fairbairn/Sykes
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
A Rifleman Went To War by Herbert McBride
Ordnance Went Up Front by Roy Dunlap
The Bullet’s Flight From Powder to Target by Mann
Infantry Attacks by Rommel
Seamanship and Small Boat Handling by Chapman
The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (except for the ones where Aubrey is on shore because they’re boring and even harder to read)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Heinlein
The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley

20 thoughts on “Reading List”

  1. I would HIGHLY recommend “On Combat” and “Warrior Mindset” by Lt. Col Grossman and others. Both go into the psychology and physiology of the military and law enforcement and violence. Covers: During a firefight you can literally pee or poop in your pants, how to handle the stress of the fight, how to prevent and handle PTSD, and mental toughness and training for the fight.

  2. Andrew, My Name is Robert Miller and I am the CEO of a company called Teludyne Tech Industries. Is it possible you and I can talk about the possibility of you evaluating on of our guns? I just finished reviewing your blog and I like the attention to detail and objective assessments with no sugar coatings. Breath of fresh air. My email is RMiller@Teludyne and my mobile is 864-200-0227. Please feel free to call anytime. I was also a medical guy is the service. Thnaks in advance and keep up the awesome work brother. V/R Rob Miller

    1. Atlas Shrugged SHOULD be required reading for every patriot, but unfortunately not everyone will be able to finish the book. It took me six months, and I’m an avid reader, just because working through her writing style took so much out of me, and I’d have to stop for a few days. It was definitely worth it, though…

      1. Haven’t read “Atlas shrugged” and won’t do. But everyone who hails this book should know that Alissa Sinowjewna Rosenbaum (Ayn Rand) who preached capitalism without restrictions, self dependancy and ethical egoism got her free education in sowjet russia, and wasn’t shy getting her lung surgery paid by medicare after decades of heavy smoking.

        Thats what I call a hypocrite.

          1. You seem unable to take part in anything requiring logical progression. Your quip merely shows a capacity for critical thinking that is sadly impaired. Actions make the person and nothing truly worthwhile to mankind can proceed from the intellect of any self-righteous and self-absorbed hack – regardless of topic chosen or nom de plume used.

  3. I threw away my copy of Atlas Shrugged, hated it.
    Page Smith’s People’s History of The United States
    Daniel Boorstin’s The Discoverers
    Neil Stephenson’s The Baroque Cycle
    Swinton’s The Defense of Duffer’s Drift
    Max Velocity’s Contact!
    U.S. Army Ranger Handbook
    Chris Cocks’ Fireforce
    Philip Dray’s There Is Power In A Union
    Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop

    1. What exactly did you hate about it? Yes, it’s a big book, and yet, her writing style is very hard to read, but it’s still eye opening…

  4. Hi, I was wondering if you could answer this question. I built a 16″ mid length upper with syrac ord adjustable gas block. I tested it with a R GUN and SPIKE BCG. I tuned the gas low enough to lock back with TULA .223 ammo. When i switched the bolt with a fail zero bolt. the rifle stopped locking back and would sometimes short stroke. When I put the R GUN and Spike Bolt back in the carrier, it functioned again. How can a bolt affect how a rifle locks back??? the bolt of the only thing that was changed.

    1. Think of the AR15/M16 gas system as a “stationary” piston (the bolt) and a moving gas cylinder (the carrier). Since you have adjusted the gas pressure to a minimal amount to function and lock back the action, any slight variation in the parts that contain and utilize the gas pressure will affect the function.
      The bolt, with it’s gas rings, or whatever equivalent is installed in their place, can have slight variances
      in gas sealing ability, dimensions, actual mass, etc. In your case, possibly, more gas may be blowing by the rings and into the vents of the carrier. Extractor tension, actual bolt lug engagement angle, headspace,
      etc. all figure into it. That’s why, for example, in adjusting a FAL pattern gas system, the adjustment is “two clicks” more closed, i.e. more pressure, than the minimum needed to lock the bolt carrier back. Hope this is helpful.

  5. I read and like the report you did on muzzle brakes. For more than seven years, I been looking for testing on flash levels of muzzle brakes. I would like to send you one to add to your testing, but you do not need to add it to your report. Just would like you to see and try it.

  6. Thanks for the suggestions Andrew. I’ll look into them as soon as I finish (and I highly recommend) 1776 by David McCullough. Hope they’re all available on Kindle, I only buy the “dead tree” versions after I read them and determine their worthiness. Weird, I know, but bookshelf space is limited.

  7. “Col. Hal Moore” became Lt.Gen.Moore BTW,,,

    As a former PILOT: I recommend the “Rolling Thunder” series by Lt. Col.(ret.) Mark Benret, an my friend Mike Durant’s Books, Esp. “In the Company of Heroes”

    Army Aviation Branch/Special Operations Command 1979-1991


  8. Good list. I read through half of it already. The next one on my personal list will probably be “The Bullet’s Flight”. So handy that they offer an ebook version as well.

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