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The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly Part I - Automatic Pistols (Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part 1 Automatic Pistols) (Pt. 1) Paperback


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  • Series: Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part 1 Automatic Pistols
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 2 edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873417836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873417839
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dan S. on February 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent guide for disassembly. It is worthless as a guide for reassembly. There are no step-by-step instructions for reassembling a firearm. At best, the book assumes that reassembly is the reversal of the steps involved in disassembly. This is not necessarily so. I would not recommend this book to a hobbyist.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on November 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you cannot field strip a weapon you really have no business owning it. I bought the volume on automatic pistols and I was not disappointed. For most of my life I was a revolver man and I stayed away from automatics because I didn't understand them- and I was convinved that they were unreliable. When I bought my first Model 1911 (which has NEVER jammed on me) it didn't have a field manual, so I bought this book. It didn't take long before I was field stripping and reassembling blind-folded. I feel confident that I could do the same with any automatic even loosely based on John Browning's designs. I might have trouble with German designs like the Luger or Broom handle Mauser, but after studying this book I feel sure that I could eventually master them too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry B. Carr on December 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Someone has already pointed out that reassembly is a little short. Sometimes, reassembly requires a little more, but that's not my complaint. The book is great, but I keep waiting on his second edition of each Part, as not all guns are covered and I need information on some of the ones that are not. Such as the S&W 39 series.

As far as Amazon and other sellers go, they need to publish the index page so you know what guns are covered in a particular Part. No fun to buy the book only to find out the gun you need to know about is not included.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G. Davis on September 17, 2008
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I have a small collection and was asked by my neighbor, to clean his Colt 1903 32cal automatic. Well, it's take down is not like more recent weapons and the the step by step illustrations were a great help in getting that puppy cleaned and rearing to go.

Andy Davis
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Format: Paperback
I purchased the book mostly for the Sig P220 information. When I couldn't remove the locking block from the frame I opened the book at p.128 (the P220 figures under Browning BDA 45) and followed the instructions. It was hopeless, the part would still refuse to come out. Surprisingly, the manufacturer's representative didn't know much either, but advised me to look on the internet, which I did. I was lucky to find there the instruction that was overlooked in the book.
It was very simple; you had to decock the hammer before trying to extract the part.
The book has 8 pages and 23 poor quality pictures about the P220 but when I needed it, it didn't help me at all.
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By Xeno on November 19, 2013
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This has almost all automatic pistols made, but the photos are in black and white. The Kindle edition is better, because a 1.5 pound book now weighs what my Kindle does.
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By Larry Evans on June 5, 2013
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OK, so I was looking for the .45 complete owners manual and thought this would do it plus a lot of others. It gets real close but there are better, easier to understand books out there for my feeble brain. Good Luck!
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