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Practical Guides Shooting Books Now Available for iBooks Readers

Three-book Series Now Part of the Apple iTunes Store

Practical Guides Shooting Books Series

CHARLESTON, SC, November 1, 2017 – Practical Guides is pleased to announce that their series of guns and shooting books are now available to Apple iBooks e-reader customers through the iTunes store.

Whether readers are considering getting a gun, wanting to improve their shooting skills, carrying concealed, or even reloading ammunition, Practical Guides will get them going quickly and with a bit of fun on the side.

The Practical Guide to Guns and Shooting

Using an un-intimidating and delightfully entertaining approach, The Practical Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition helps beginning and intermediate shooters learn safety, handgun operation and related concepts including purchasing, range etiquette, and accessorizing. While a valuable resource for readers who have no experience with guns and shooting, the book is also helpful for beginning and intermediate handgun owners.

The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry

The book aims to help lawfully-armed citizens learn how to carry a concealed weapon safely, effectively, and responsibly while avoiding a dangerous false sense of security.

Now in its third edition, The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry provides an up-close look at over 160 different concealed carry solutions for men and women and leads readers through a dozen different major “styles” of concealed carry methods. Within each category, the book investigates specific holster and gear choices for each, providing readers with valuable review commentary.

The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition

The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition teaches the reloading process in an easy-to-understand and safe manner. It ensures that new ammunition reloaders have a solid grasp of the principles, methods, and equipment required to safely reload their own ammunition. Like other Practical Guides, this book is filled with pictures and illustrations to make topics clear and easy to understand.

About

Tom McHale is a committed learning junkie always seeking a new subject victim. As a lifelong student of whatever grabs his attention on any particular day, he thrives on beating rabbit trails into submission. In between his time as a high-tech marketing executive, restaurant owner, and hamster cosmetology practitioner, he’s published seven books and nearly 1,500 articles. For Tom, learning is only half the fun – the other half is sharing his experiences with readers using his trademark “half-cocked but right on target” style.

 

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The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story Now Available For iBooks Readers

The historically accurate and decidedly entertaining constitutional owner’s manual is now available from the Apple iTunes store.

The Constitution - A Revolutionary Story

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

Charleston, SC (November 28, 2017)The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story, offers readers a historically accurate and decidedly entertaining owner’s manual. It covers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the United States founding documents – but with a healthy dose of political humor. Unlike the original, it won’t put readers into a coma or lead to irritable bunion syndrome. The mission is simple: to make the Constitution so easy to understand that even a career politician can grasp it.

197.23 trillion people have never read the actual Constitution,” observes author Tom McHale. “OK, so maybe that figure is more of an estimate than a carefully researched fact. Regardless, most people arguing about what’s constitutional and what’s not know less about what it says than they do about the chemical composition of spackle.

According to the author, the original text of the founding documents can be daunting. “Digesting the Constitution can be a bit boring, in part because it’s full of strange words like “attainder.” We’re pretty sure that ‘attainder’ has never even been on the Master’s Series of Wheel of Fortune, so how is anyone supposed to know what that is?

That’s exactly why McHale decided to write The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story. It covers the underlying concepts of natural rights and the real purpose of consent-based government. Hint: it’s not to subpoena and investigate each other. The book also clarifies how each of the three primary founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, work together to define the goals, theory, and mechanics of the American system.

The heart of the book is a simplified and enjoyable walk through the contents and meaning of the founding documents. Readers will have a clear understanding of what’s included in the three founding documents and each of the 17 later amendments to the Constitution.

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History
  • A New Type of Government
  • Constitutional What’s and Why’s
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • How the Constitution Came to Be
  • What Does the Constitution Say?
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Later Amendments
  • The Constitution Today
  • The Original Founding Documents

The Constitution –  Revolutionary Story is available now on the iTunes store for just $6.99 and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.

iTunes / iBooks URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-constitution-a-revolutionary-story/id1300286450?mt=11

 

About

Tom McHale is a committed learning junkie always seeking a new subject victim. As a lifelong student of whatever grabs his attention on any particular day, he thrives on beating rabbit trails into submission. In between his time as a high-tech marketing executive, restaurant owner, and hamster cosmetology practitioner, he’s published seven books and nearly 1,500 articles.

For Tom, learning is only half the fun – the other half is sharing his experiences with readers using his trademark “half-cocked but right on target” style.

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How to Understand the Constitution Without Really Trying

Ben Franklin US Constitution quote

Here’s an excerpt from our new book, The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

A constitution is a contract. It’s also a rule book. One could also describe it as an etiquette guide in which bad manners are answered with real consequences. In short, it outlines the expected behaviors of all parties involved in the consent-based government we discussed in the previous chapter.

The easy way to think about a constitution of a consent-based government system is to compare it to a lawn mowing service contract with little Jimmy Husqvarna down the street. Yes, I chose an analogy where the role of our government is played by a 12-year old on purpose. It’s in everyone’s best interest for your lawn to get cut on a regular basis. It’s in your best interest to do important stuff like arranging the food in your pantry alphabetically rather than laboring behind a lawnmower. It’s in your neighborhood association’s best interest for your lawn to be maintained, so they don’t have to send nasty letters. And last, but not least, it’s in your 12-year old neighbor’s best interest to make 25 bucks so he can hurry up and buy the latest edition of Grand Theft Auto.

So, if we want to model modern little league soccer and make everyone a winner, we must establish a contract. While it may not be written down, it’s still an agreement. The kid agrees to mow the lawn. You agree to pay him. The neighborhood home owner’s association becomes depressed because they have no reason to send you nasty letters. Almost everyone is happy because all parties are voluntarily consenting to this mutually beneficial arrangement.

But what happens if your adolescent horticulturist fails? Maybe he’s stuck on level 19 of Assassin’s Creed and can’t get away from the X-Box, or maybe he finally left the basement and discovered girls. Whatever the cause, since you have a consent-based contract, it’s your prerogative to find another teenage lawn hand. You voluntarily agreed to hire that little weasel who only edges every other week so you can voluntarily agree to un-hire him too.

The Constitution is basically a voluntary consent contract between the people and the government. The people agree to be governed because it makes sense, but the government has to behave because the people are only voluntarily agreeing to be governed as long as the government doesn’t act like a weenie. That sounds like circular logic, and in a sense, it is. That’s OK, however, because the circle can be broken for cause.

As to the rulebook concept, the Constitution sets forth exactly how the government will operate. Not only does it define the structure of the government, but it also clarifies the limits of power granted by the people to the government. Getting back to little Jimmy Husqvarna, it’s analogous to our lawn mowing agreement specifying that he’ll edge and trim every week, use only a Fisher-Price approved lawnmower and promise not to dump the grass clippings on the neighbors’ lawns.

In fact, the Constitution is largely written in such a way that all authority is assumed to belong to the people except that which is expressly granted to the government by the language in the Constitution. Technically speaking, if the Constitution doesn’t establish government authority, then it doesn’t exist. That’s in theory, of course, because we all know how much government’s role and authority has bloated over the past 200 years.

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Matter of Fact…

James Madison was a seriously busy guy during the Constitutional Convention. Not only did he do the summer reading and come prepared with an outline, but he also took copious notes during the entire proceedings. After his death, the government purchased his journal for the sum of $30,000. That was a lot of coin back in 1837. Often going to the level of detail of who said what when, it makes for fascinating reading.

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon.

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When the Boys Took George Washington Out to Party

When the arguing was done, and copies of the Constitution were being prepared for signing, the boys took George Washington out to celebrate at the nearby City Tavern. Apparently, it was quite a party, and we know this because someone saved the actual bar tab – seriously!

Just some of the items on the bill for “55 Gentlemans” are the following:

  • 54 Bottles of Madera
  • 60 of Claret ditto
  • 8 ditto of Old Stock
  • 22 Bottles of Porter ditto
  • 8 of Cyder ditto
  • 12 ditto Beer
  • 7 Large Bowels of Punch

The bill also includes line items for broken glasses and decanters. Oh, and that list doesn’t include the booze for the musicians — that was itemized separately. Sounds like quite a celebration!

Hope you enjoyed this short excerpt from The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story. It’s full of historically accurate yet entertaining knowledge about the process leading up to the Constitution and the meaning of that old parchment.

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The Great $5 Bill of Rights Robbery

The Constitution - A Revolutionary Story cover

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

Here’s an excerpt you might enjoy from our new book, The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

There were fourteen original copies of the Bill of Rights, one for the federal government and one for each of the 13 original colonies. Only eight states still have their copies: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. One of those only recently reclaimed theirs. At the end of the Civil War, one of Sherman’s soldiers broke into the Capitol Building and stole the North Carolina copy. He took it home to Ohio and later sold it to a local grain salesman for five dollars. In 2003, the FBI recovered the copy in a sting operation when a collector tried to sell it to the National Constitution Center for the sum of four million dollars. By 2007, after some fancy legal maneuvers, it was returned to North Carolina.