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German Handguns: The Complete Book of the Pistols and Revolvers of Germany, 1869 to the Present Hardcover – 2001
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About the Author
Ian V. Hogg, a former editor of Jane's, is a respected authority on all aspects of weaponry and is the author of numerous books including German Artillery of World War II, German Secret Weapons of the Second World War and The Greenhill Military Small Arms Data Book.
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Top customer reviews
The photography is historical, so the quality is uneven at best. It is more than satisfactory for the intended purpose of identification. The entire book, other than a very nice color jacket, is black and white - print graphics and photography. It is always nice to see some color plates for the very rare or very popular firearms. The only glaring omission is the lack of a table of contents or a well organized and cross referenced index. The firearms appear in alpha order by manufacturer. however, someone not knowing to look under Parabellum might wonder why Lugers were not included.
Overall, I think this is a useful book that could use a little organization to make it a real gem.
Update (Oct 17, 2009)
I guess I had high expectations of the book when I first wrote the review. Since then I have found myself picking the book up quite frequently a reference guide. Still could have had more depth but having all German manufacturers in one volume does prove quite handy. Had I waited longer before writing the review I would have given it at least three stars maybe four due to the fact that I use it quite often.
Each piece is listed with a photograph, a brief history of its development, a description of assembly and disassembly, and then a table with all of the essential statistics.
While I have no idea if this book is comprehensive, it is certainly a great resource for collectors and students of history.
In all, this book is overpriced by half for what you get.