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Blue Book of Gun Values Paperback – April 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Blue Book of Gun Values
  • Paperback: 2432 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Book Publications, Inc.; 33 edition (April 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936120208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936120208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Longevity remains a key characteristic of firearms - they last a long time - which means many of them will change hands. The multi-generational quality of firearms contributes to making them interesting. The question I'm most often asked on Gun Talk is What is my gun worth? For that, I turn to the Blue Book of Gun Values - a trusted and valuable resource that, for many of us, approaches the status of a national treasure. --- Tom Gresham, Host of Tom Gresham's Gun Talk syndicated talk radio show and Gun Talk TV

About the Author

Best-selling author S.P. Fjestad s involvement with firearms started early since he grew up on a dairy farm in west central Minnesota and started duck hunting at age 10. While working in the IRI (Investment Rarities) Firearms Division during the 1980s, he became the author and publisher of the Blue Book of Gun Values, now with over 1.4 million copies in print. It remains the best-selling gun book worldwide. Over the past three decades, S.P. Fjestad has edited and published over 160 books on a wide variety of subjects, including firearms, airguns, black powder reproductions and replicas, automobiles, guitars, engraving, billiards and pool cues, ammunition, and others. One of Blue Book Publication s most recent achievements has been its mobile website, which allows the customer to get his/her information from a mobile device any time, anywhere. Additionally, S.P. Fjestad has written and edited hundreds of articles for various trade publications, and the Blue Book of Gun Values may be the only gun book ever pictured in Time magazine and listed as a reference source in the Wall Street Journal. He has also testified as an authority in many professional and legal situations. Fjestad has also been a guest on such TV programs as American Rifleman, American Guns, Guns & Ammo, and Gun Talk TV. Additionally, he posts the weekly Gun of the Week article on bluebookinc.com, in addition to blogging under the heading S.P. Fjestad s Lethal Blogging. A seasoned veteran of hundreds of trade shows in many countries, the author is now proceeding with caution to determine his next hobby since most of the previous ones have turned into jobs!

Customer Reviews

Very informative and accurate information.
Butch Nebeker
I would highly recommend that anyone considering purchasing a gun reference this book first.
Sportacus
This is the book that most gun dealers use to value used guns and rate there condition.
cyle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David H. Craig on August 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Imagine buying a book to value the DeLorean you had parked in the garage for 30 years and finding that Kelley never heard of it? I purchased the CD version of the "Blue Book" recently, based on the suggestions & reviews of others. It was an immediate disappointment- the book doesn't even mention the existence of "the" firearm I was most interested in valuing. Because it is a rather rare collectable (but not near as rare as many covered in the book) I found that hard to believe, so I called the publisher. The gentleman I spoke to had never heard of it, despite the fact it appears in many other firearms publications (e.g. Flayderman's, which itself appears in the "Reference Sources" section of the CD book ...). I was asked for, and gave, patent & armory information. To no avail. Cordial call overall at least. ADDENDUM: For the naysayers who are dumb enough to have asked me why not include the name of the weapon for the world to see... since it will be leaving my possession shortly, it is a Freeman's Patent, Dec'r 9, 1862 Hoard's Armory, Watertown, NY. Flayderman refers to it as the Freeman Army Model Revolver, and you can check my answers to the comments for details.

On CD, I expected that some direct cross-reference links & "extra" photos would be present. Not so. Aside from the PPGS section, photos are sparse, and it is no handier than a hard copy. In fact probably less so, unless you strap on a laptop. Expect to spend the same amount of time jumping back & forth between the index and dead-end brand/name/model/contractor searches as you would with any unlinked cross-referenced paper index. Once familiar with the book's chosen format its not a concern, but it isn't difficult for the programmer to change the raw text to active links- so why not do it?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sagerat22 on June 1, 2012
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Fjiestad's Blue Book is the only trustworthy source of gun values. There are many imitation products out there; maybe even fancier ones with pictures, but they fall short because their pricing categories are too broad and don't factor in condition like the Blue Book does. In firearms, condition is everything. The Blue Book isn't infallible though, as there is incorrect information in the category of firearms that I collect, so you need to be careful. If in doubt, check with an expert which is much easier with the advent of so many firearms websites. An up-to-date Blue Book should be included in every gun collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Coleman on May 6, 2012
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i have been owning and buying and selling guns for many years...this book is one of the best for finding the value of the guns you may want to sell or buy. highly recommend to purchase it if you are into guns..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WAM on August 17, 2012
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Very complete reference and compilation of the majority of firearms which I use on a regular basis. Just wish that the cover did not have the individual that is on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walt on May 5, 2012
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Thorough evaluation of most modern guns. I would like a clearer separation of shotguns from rifles. Overall well done. Although it would make the book more expensive, more pictures of representative guns and their condition would be most helpful.
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By john selzer on July 15, 2014
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great
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By Kimber Sage on July 12, 2014
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This is a must have for any gun dealer . Best I've had.
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By Daniel D. Huri on July 2, 2014
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Just used the product and was very satisfied, just as advertised. Would recommend this product to others.
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