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Gun Digest Book of Ruger Revolvers: The Definitive History Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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About the Author
Max Prasac was introduced to revolvers at an early age by his father. That introduction became a lifelong passion. Today, Prasac is a frequent contributing author to publications such as Bear Hunters Online and the NRA's American Hunter. He is also the author of Gun Digest's popular volume Big-Bore Revolvers.
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Thank you Max for a great book,
The text is largely interesting, though it falls a little flat in some areas (the painfully stilted language of the first chapter, where's the discussion of the .480 Ruger, for instance, and do I really need to hear and see so much about Bill Ruger's handbuilt cars in a revolver book?) for my taste. While some sections are a little uneven (with more notably detail being given to some guns than others) and disjointed and some appear to have been adapted without much change from Prasac's earlier Big-Bore Revolvers book (count how many photos are recycled from that one), nevertheless there's some writing here that is just outstanding (the .454 section) and totally worth the price of the book to a gun guy.
Summary is that I like the book - but it could have been better. This feels like the Gun Digest people had a formulaic book in mind, and tried to force the material into their template. How about next time you just turn Prasac loose on writing about neat stuff and print that - it'll be really interesting and THAT will ensure sales of the book. Oh, and don't let the graphics designer just phone it in - use someone who understands what the photo is trying to convey and who is able to place it in an intelligent context on the page.
It follows the manufacturing of these revolvers from the mid 1950's through today and supplements the information with many excellent and applicable photographs.
The author's vast and personal knowledge of the many different revolver models makes this book most interesting and a true reference work. After reading it I have gone back to this book numerous times to obtain additional information on specific models that simply was not available prior to the publication of this book.
The section on custom models made from Ruger revolvers is especially well documented with some gorgeous photographs.
This is a comprehensive and complete history of a great US made handgun. Leave it on your desktop and not in your bookcase because you will be referring to it continuously.
I highly recommend this book. The value far outstrips the modest price.
On a positive note the book is reasonably priced and there is much good information particularly on the single action models. Extensive coverage of custom single actions was appreciated a it's a major interest of mine. The author is a competent writer who definitely knows the subject. Overall I'd say it's worth the price despite the deficiencies I've noted.
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