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About the Author

A lifelong firearms enthusiast, Dan Shideler is the editor of Standard Catalog of Firearms, Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices, Modern Gun Values, Gun Digest and other Krause Publication titles. He also is a frequent contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and other national firearms publications.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gun Digest
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; sixty-sixth Edition edition (August 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440214476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440214479
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Frayne on September 17, 2011
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I am always happy to see the latest Gun Digest and the 2012 edition is here. I am sorry to hear of the demise of Dan Shideler whose work on the 2010 and the 2011 editions returned the Gun Digest to the title of the "World's Greatest Gun Book". The photography again excels with the 2012 edition. I think the Gun Digest's combination of historical, technical and anecdotal articles provides the variety necessary to appeal to the broad spectrum of gun enthusiasts in America. I found the articles on collecting to be especially interesting. There may be minor errors in the catalog section however with Internet access to any manufacturer's website, printed catalogs are increasingly irrelevant. This 2012 edition is well worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tech Prof on September 6, 2011
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This annual book is the bible on the subject. It generally does not have errors but on occasion will be missing some info from some manufacturers. The listing are very good and the articles are very very good. This is in educational / data book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
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There's a ton of great info and great stories in this edition of Gun Digest, but I would strongly advise you NOT to get the Kindle edition. The illustrations are out of order, and often mislabeled, and it's very difficult to navigate in the catalog section, which makes up almost two-thirds the book. The major sections, like "Center fire pistols", are not indexed within the section. That means If you're interested in a Walther you have to go to the beginning of the section and manually flip through, a page at a time, until you get to the Ws. Very time consuming and very annoying. Until they do a better job of indexing, stick with paper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on March 7, 2012
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I'm about 25 pages into this and it is well written and entertaining. I'm learning about a wide variety of weapons and as a total newbie I find it giving me a decent background to talk to others at the range about things or on forums. Like i said, I have a few other how-to books and have been reading voraciously online, but these stories and editorials are very entertaining and a delight to read. This thing has over 600 pages so I'll be at it till the summer I bet!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shurshot on July 26, 2011
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It is sad that the Editor, a very talented and knowlegable writer himself, was only here for 3 editions, and passed prior to this edition being published. In my opinion, he brought back the classic style of gun articles, like the Gun Digests USED to have back in the day, with tons of fresh in-depth feature articles and great eye catching color photos. His first two GD's were great, but this year, well, it is... PERFECT! Dan (along with some help from his friends, co-workers and other talented writers), created THE BEST edition thus far, and a farewell tribute to the gun culture.

As far as another reviewer complaining about clerical errors in the back catalog section; I have Gun Digests going back to 1946, and every single one has minor mistakes in the catalog section. The errors are put there on purpose, to entertain the real hardcore gun nuts, just like the hidden Bunny on the cover of Playboy. Looking for errors in the catalog section is more fun than a crossword puzzle. Only a TRUE gun crank will spot the mistakes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W J. LANE on June 2, 2012
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Actually I am already gunned up. This is the one best gun reference book you can buy. Keeps you up to date on the latest industry trends. Even us old guys who are not 'trendy' need to know what's going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parli Coach on December 24, 2011
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I purchased the 2012 Gun Digest for my husband. This has been an automatic gift for 20+ years. He finds it helpful in reviewing the latest in "gun" products. He loves the history of weapons and loading/reloading tools.

Amazon.com has been wonderful to deal with; getting prices lower than anywhere else I have found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy on October 28, 2011
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My husband is getting a lot of use of this book. He looks up infoamtion for all his friends. I can't believe how fast it was sent. I ordered it after checking with Barnes & Noble (42.50), the day before his birthday and it arrived on his birthday, and I didn't special order it. You guys are great.
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