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  • Series: Standard Catalog
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; Third Edition edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089689293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896892934
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good book of information.
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This book is a must for Smith & Wesson collectors.
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Great color photos, history and descriptions.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joe D on May 31, 2007
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The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson has proven to be a useful tool, offering better illustration of models and expanded listing of models and details over the more general guides. By comparison, the Standard Catalog provides 70 pages of Smith & Wesson listings, while the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson provides 432. The authors, Jim Supica and Richard Nahas are recognized as long standing experts in Smith and Wesson firearms, in both model identification and value.

The authors did an excellent job of identifying factors unique to S&W in value determination, including how S&W collectors might differ from others. Section One, as an example, covers S&W frame sizes and side plate screw counts, pinned and unpinned barrels and hand ejector models as they relate to model identification. Engraving is organized by artist, by time period and by source. NRA condition classifications are extended further into finish and factory refinish, modifications, serial number integrity and grips. I did not realize there was such a big market for S&W stocks. Not only are stocks addressed, but so are manuals and boxes.

The organization is good. Not appearing strictly in model number order or date of production, S&W revolvers are broken into groups such as "Tip Up", "Top Break", "Single Shot", "Early Hand Ejector", "Modern Hand Ejector", "Semi-Auto....". It really isn't so difficult for even a novice to navigate and there is a good solid model number index at the back of the book. Covered firearms are all S&W handguns through the S&W 460 and S&W 500 chambers, long guns, boxes, cases, and even AR 15 types of current production. Individual model entries are not sketchy. As an example, just one line listings of Model 10 specials and variations went on for two full pages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BookLuvr39 on February 1, 2007
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I had the previous 2nd edition of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson and used it extensively for research and information on S&W firearms. When the new 3nd edition was released I thought I'd better buy it to stay up to date and because it includes newly researched information on newly released S&W firearms. The new 3nd edition is infinitly superior to previous editions. It is printed on a high-quality grade of paper and bound in a heavy hardbound binding with an attractive dustcover that really sets it off. The book includes all color photographs and detailed and extensive information on all Smith & Wesson firearms and products to date. Information on history, description, serialization, condition, and production is all contained in this book. It is a MUST book for any serious collector or firearms enthusiast. My hat is off to the authors for this fine addition to their excellent line of books on Smith & Wesson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JES on January 23, 2007
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While you may not be able to fix the exact date of manufacture, you can get close enough and use this edition to identify any of the "Smiths" that you own. Also gives info on the many or possible variations within a given model during its various manufacturing periods. Very pleased with the quality and content of the this 3rd edition and it is hard bound and not as originally advertised on Amazon web site as paperback. Pre-ordered it with one other title before it came out and received it about a month ago (just before Christmas). Worth the wait and certainly cheaper than the price you'd pay at any of the gun shows.

Bonus was that I even got a reply to a comment/query that I sent to one of the authors. Very helpful and will take a fair amount of time to get through from cover to cover, but that is time that will be enjoyed while passing this winter. Then to have for a great reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Tse on December 24, 2009
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I bought this book primarily for its detailed information on the Pre-Model 29 revolvers. It, of course, did not disappoint me as there are not any other references like this one that fully capture ALL the variations of the four-screw and five-screw models. I appreciated the serial number to dates of manufacture linkages, and valuation guides as well. This IS the "one book" as far as Smith & Wesson handgun references go. Later, I needed information to corroborate the attributes of a rare S&W Model 39 pistol in the steel frame & steel slide variation. I cracked open this standard catalog and, bingo, all the details I needed were there (inside). Now that Jim Supica is directing the National Firearms Museum, I hope he doesn't become too busy to continue updates to this nearly iconic reference. For those who are needing to know, this one, the 3rd Edition, is the most current version with coverage of the most recent S&W production guns such as the X-frame Model 500 and Model 460 "hand cannons."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Kemker on May 12, 2007
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All the revolvers/automatics that made Smith & Wesson famous along with the boxes/accessories that made them "complete" are shown in excellent detail. Serial/model numbers are listed with amazing accuracy along with information about the engineering changes and reason for them. A "must have" for anyone interested in these legendary firearms.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Long Ranger on May 7, 2007
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I have the previous edition too. A fellow S&W collector told me about the newest edition and this one is the best so far. You cannot seriously evaluate a Smith and Wesson without the information in these catalogs. Model numbers, model names, correct markings, screw placement, correct grips. If any of these mean anything to you buy this book.
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