Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: The BrickGun Book: Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO(R) Handguns

The BrickGun Book by Jeff Boen is precisely what it claims to be:  an instruction manual that will show you how to "Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO(R) Handguns".  Published in 2013 by No Starch Press, The BrickGun Book contains 222 clearly illustrated pages that will show you how to put together five of the most popular models from Boen's company,  The models included in the book are the BG22 with Magazine, 92FS, 1911, Desert Eagle and MAC-11 Rubber Band Shooter.

I am more of a fan of LEGO(R) than of guns, but I was interested to see how these models are made with functioning parts, and the MAC-11 Rubber Band Shooter can actually shoot up to 5 rubber bands semi-automatically.  The book is well-designed, with very clear instructions to make it easy to replicate the five different models.  The parts lists for each model come in two different formats, one written and one illustrated, so that you can more easily understand which pieces are needed for each model. 

The book's introduction tells a bit about the models and the history of how the BrickGun Company came to be.  It also explains some about how to interpret the instructions and how to acquire the parts you need ( is the way to go).  There are also hints about how to construct the models, and they are all very clearly illustrated with helpful photos. 

The BrickGun Book has a very specific audience in mind.  It is for people who want to build LEGO(R) replicas of five different real gun models (one of which shoots actual rubber bands).  If that is what you are looking for, then this book would be a great choice for you.   

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