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Blue Book of Gun Values Paperback – April 9, 2012

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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

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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!
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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 (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I was give charge of selling an over/under Rifle/Shotgun for a friend of mine who owed me the money once the gun was sold.Neither he nor I could find any information on the Internet to determine the firearms true value.So I bought S.P.Fjestad's Blue Book.We even made a $20 bet the gun would not be listed.Well guess who won that bet,sold that gun,and got the money the friend owed me?If you need to know the blue book value of that firearm you have,or want to buy...this is the book you've been looking for.I might add forget the rest that are out there too!Just this one.
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"The Bluebook of Gun Values" is a comprehensive reference guide, complete with an excellent grading guideline section that includes color pictures to show how to determine condition, and an alphabetical listing of firearm manufactures, the models, and the value by condition. There is also a very helpful section on "Serialization" that matches a firearm's serial number to the year of manufacture, which is very helpful information to collectors. Navigating through the listings does take some getting used to, but it comes easier with practice.

This has every firearm that I have looked for and is a must have for collectors, private buyers or sellers, and those wanting to know the value of their firearms.

Highly Recommended!

CFH
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This is, I think, my fifth time buying this book. I only buy one every two or three years because of the cost, then I give my old one to my brother. Unless you are looking to buy a brand new gun, all of the info in this book is good for many years, although the prices may lag a little if you do not get the new issue each year. Even so, it gives you a rough idea on value and can be invaluable when deciding whether or not to pay what someone is asking for a firearm that you may not be completely familiar with. I highly recommend this book and look forward to digging around in its many sections to see what new stuff was added this year.
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This is my go to book when it comes to priceing/ valueing a firearm. This book is an indespencable part of my reference library. The only book that comes close is the standard catalog of firearms. It has more firearm history than the blue book, but the pricing models are extremely close. The blue book is updated more often and has more hard to find guns listed than the standard catalog of firearms. I rate this as the number 1 book to have in your reference library. Then get The standard catalog of firearms and the standard catalog of military firearms. you will then have the best reference set avalible.
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