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Arthur Corbin Gould
was an avid shooter
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and member of the Massachusetts Rifle Association
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. He published "The Rifle" [Riling 1160] in 1885. "The Rifle" was the forerunner to the official publication of the National Rifle Association
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"The Rifleman", later "American Rifleman". Mr. Gould later authored "The Modern American Pistol and Revolver, including a description of modern pistols and revolvers of American make; ammunition
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used in these arms; results accomplished; and shooting rules followed by American
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marksmen" as well as "Modern American Rifles". The former was the first English-language book devoted to pistol shooting.