Parker Otto Ackley left a pile of blown up rifles in his wake and wealth of firearms knowledge. The eminent gunsmith, ballistician, barrel maker and writer perhaps had more influence on modern shooting and firearms than any other one man. And now his life and works have been painstakingly detailed in P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith.
Writer and gunsmith Fred Zeglin gives a never-before-seen look at the humble man whose research thrust the firearms industry forward. From pushing rifle chambers to their limits to developing superior barrels to designing red-hot cartridges, readers will walk away with a new appreciation for Ackley’s exploration and ideas. And his concepts on reloading, rifle accuracy, safety, cartridge choice, and wildcat use are just as relevant for today’s “gun cranks” as they were in Ackley’s heyday.
Zeglin also delivers the most complete collection of accurate dimensions, loading data and history for the lifetime of cartridges created by P.O. Ackley, the most influential gunsmith in American history. Most shooters today know him because of his “Ackley Improved” cartridge designs. But those cartridges are only the tip of the iceberg. P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith is the whole story.
Get your PhD in rifle-smithing, reloading and shooting with P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith.
Bonus: Full-color photo section and an exclusive never-before-printed article by P.O. Ackley.
How this book will raise your firearms IQ:
- Wildcat and standard cartridge history
- Accurate technical information
- Colorful Ackley quotes and entertaining Ackleyisms
- Descriptions and reloading data for Ackley Improved cartridges
About the Author
Fred Zeglin has been building custom hunting rifles for over thirty years. Zeglin has taught classes for the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing program at three separate colleges and is the Coordinator/Instructor for the Firearms Technology program at FVCC. He has published two books, Hawk Cartridges Manual and Wildcat Cartridges, Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design.
What people are saying about P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith
“P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith” is so extensive and so well done, I am at a loss to adequately describe it!”
By Dennis “Mike” Bellm
“The book is great, I am very happy with it. I’ve told everyone who would be interested in it to get it. Thanks so much for honoring Grandpa with such a great book.”
P.O. Ackley’s Grandson