This is the first of what I hope to make a regular feature on Carteach0; Book reviews for shooting enthusiasts. With a little good fortune, I hope to post one every few weeks and share a little of the Fat Man's love of good books.
To begin the series, only one book would do. When gunnies the world over are discussing firearms and cartridge design, the simple mention of a reference in this book ends all arguments. Representing the thoughts, personal journals, and technical work of one of the greatest firearms minds of the 20th century, Hatcher's Notebook is the reining king of firearms reference books.
Published by Stackpole Books, Hatcher's Notebook is available on Amazon (Hatcher's Notebook, Revised Edition (Classic Gun Books Series)) as this is written for only $27 with free shipping. For a devoted shooting enthusiast, there is no good excuse not to own this book.... which is why after so many years in the wilderness, Carteach has finally acquired his own copy.
General Hatcher lived through some of the most exciting and dramatic times the United States has known in terms of firearms development, and he was in the heart of it all. Working for the military, he had his hand in training, design, and development of just about every ballistic endeavor imaginable. Through it all.... he took notes. Hatcher's Notebook is a collection of those notes and thoughts, including personal stories from the time.
Replete with technical tidbits and mathematical solutions to problems in ballistics, the book is also heavily endowed with General Julian Hatcher's thoughts and ability to teach. As such, it serves as a window into time, opening up the lives of the folks who built the rifles we collect and shoot to this day.
With over 600 pages of stories, technical descriptions, images, tables, charts, and essays Hatcher's notebook is a reference and resource worth far, far more than the few dollars it costs.
Carteach rates this book as: Indispensable.
Hatcher's Notebook, Revised Edition (Classic Gun Books Series)