by J.B.L. Noel
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
foreword by Timothy J. Mullin
Find out why the automatic pistol has been the overwhelmingly preferred choice of practical handgun shooters for close to 100 years. This hard-to-find classic book, written by one of the great adventurers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, is one of the earliest tutorials ever published on the semiauto pistol’s effective use on the battlefield and for self-defense.
In this faithful reprint of The Automatic Pistol originally published in 1919, J.B.L. Noel draws upon his experience as a veteran of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in World War I and his service as a small arms shooting instructor for the British military to pass on battle-honed techniques for shooting an automatic pistol quickly and accurately in combat. His instruction specifically covers some of the greatest handguns of all time, including the .45 Colt Automatic Government Model, .455 Webley-Scott and 9mm Luger Parabellum, providing lessons on the vital importance of good trigger control, snapshooting at moving targets with and without the sights, shooting at close range and in the dark, and rapid fire under combat conditions. He even gives detailed plans for the construction of lifelike moving targets to simulate the actions of enemy combatants.
In his foreword, noted firearms author T.J. Mullin calls Noel one of the greatest practitioners of the effective use of the modern handgun, making this book as timely today as when it first appeared in 1919. Noel’s remarkable book reflects the thoughts, theories and experiences of a man who had used his methods in the no-man’s-land of France and seen his teachings used by thousands more. Now available in an exclusive reprint edition, this book belongs in the library of every pistol shooter and historian. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, illus., 128 pp. Price: $14.00
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