Books: Bangs and Whimpers

THE SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL and Other Guns with Which Americans Won the West, Protected Bootleg Franchises, Slew Wildlife, Robbed Countless Banks, Shot Husbands Purposely and by Mistake and Killed Presidents—Together with the Debate over Continuing Same by ROBERT SHERRILL 352 pages. Charterhouse. $8.95.

There might as well be a magazine called Playgun to offer forthright celebration of America's steamy relationship with firearms. Such a publication might eliminate the need to justify all that noisy discharge of lead at tin cans, clay pigeons and passing cars that is so dyed-ih-the-Dacron American. There might even...

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