They both sound terrific, I envy you my friend.
This is a discussion on "Jelly Bean" Bryce; One of the greats within the Defensive Books, Video & References forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; "...thing must weigh 6 pounds [it's 12 1/4" x 9 1/4" x 2 1/2"]." You're clever too, getting a workout while reading. I keep several ...
"...thing must weigh 6 pounds [it's 12 1/4" x 9 1/4" x 2 1/2"]."
You're clever too, getting a workout while reading.
I keep several books going at once. The main one is a reread of Barbara Tuchman's "The Proud Tower." Read it 30 years ago and am just now getting around to reading it again. In light of the direction our nation and the world has taken it is startling in the comparisons that may be made. It is a narrative of world events beginning about 1890 and leading up to World War I. Sobering stuff and the old adage of history repeating itself is probably holding true. This time I'm not sure Western civilization will weather an upheaval. We've just about given our advantages away.
Also reading a book picked up on a trip to England, "On the Sublime" by Longinus. This volume is 240 years old, being published in 1780 and is a translation of a classical Greek work from around the 1st century A.D.
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They both sound terrific, I envy you my friend.
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Just wanted to share the news that we have released a new novel based on the life and times of D.A. "Jelly" Bryce that members of this forum may like to read.
The author, Mike Conti, did a lot of research into the man and his times and the reviews have been strong so far!
Jelly Bryce: The Legend Begins: Mike Conti: 9780977265978: Amazon.com: Books
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There is a newly-released novel inspired by the life and times of Jelly Bryce available on amazon, JELLY BRYCE: The Legend Begins, by Mike Conti. It is the first of a trilogy. Reviews so far have been favorable! http://www.amazon.com/Jelly-Bryce-Th.../dp/0977265978
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Not sure, but probably still true today
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As a result of this thread, I purchased and now have read both the Owens & Conti books on Bryce. I have a few thoughts.
1. Both books were well written and easy to follow.
2. Both books cannot be right. Conti reports certain stories that Owen appears to debunk as apocryphal. There are a few other "facts" that differ between the books.
3. Owens appears to have done much more research back to source documents in his book and, as a result, his book reads more like a text book on Bryce.
4. The Conti book would make a better movie, but being part of a trilogy, we only have the story up to the FBI days so far.
5. Both books were fun to read. Owens gives, I suspect, a more complete picture of Bryce's good points as well as his faults. Conti's book seems to focus more on the good points and gloss over the faults when it mentions them at all. It will be interesting to see how the next two installments deal with Bryce's faults.
All in all, Bryce seems like an interesting character and a truly gifted gunslinger. From the read, it seems that he and Miculek might compare similarly, except Bryce's targets were returning fire and he was using full loads, not target loads. He would have been an interesting guy to meet - as long as you were not a BG.
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To be fair, the Conti book is a novel. I enjoyed reading it. I wouldn't use it as a reference, any more than I would use Louis L'Amour's The First Fast Draw as a reference about the historical Cullen Baker.
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Haven't heard that name in many moons Glockman. I've read about some of his deeds, and you are correct, he would make an interesting subject for/in a film. Didn't he have an interesting set of grips? Something like a steer head on one side and a number 13 on the other? Or I am thinking of someone else?
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I think anyone who is interested in "real" gunfighters will pretty quickly run across Bryce's name. The "real" outlaws have never had much longevity (neither have the lawmen, with a few exceptions).
I have to say, that lacking formal training outside the military I have pretty much modeled by own training/practice regimin after Bryce's. I practice exactly like he did.
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Add me to the list who have read the Jelly Bryce book. It is a fun read. If half the things in the book really happened he was an extraordinary lawman indeed.
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Not to mention a few others.
Hey Dave--can you re post some of the lessons you learned from Mr. Bryce over here??
I think old Gabe deleted all the good stuff from his forum.
I'd like to see a shoot off between Ed McGivern and Jelly Bryce. Then pit them against Jerry Miculek and Bob Munden.
If it were possible, that, would be the ticket of the century.
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