The Illustrated History of Firearms: In Association with the National Firearms Museum Hardcover – September 25, 2011
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About the Author
Prior to taking on oversight of the National Firearms Museum and NRA Gun Collector Programs, Jim Supica was an antique gun dealer, peddling old iron through his mail order catalog, website and auction business. He holds Juris Doctorate and Bachelor degrees from the University of Kansas. Jim is author or co-author of six books on firearms. He's written numerous articles on gun collecting, including regular columns for American Rifleman and Shotgun News; is a contributing editor for the major firearms price guides; and appears on television, radio and webcasts.
Doug Wicklund has been called the “Gun Whisperer” for his insightful examinations of antique arms across the nation and, after more than 24 years in NRA employ, this senior curator for the National Firearms Museum has watched the galleries grow out of the old NRA Headquarters in Washington, DC to the new facility in Fairfax, Virginia. Doug is an assistant technical editor for American Rifleman magazine who also serves as editor for the “NRA Firearms Fact Book” during this tenure.
Phil has been at the National Firearms Museum for more than 21 years. In his capacity as Senior Curator, he spends quite a bit of time on the road and on air, bringing the museum’s programs and exhibits to a national audience - whether it be at local venues such as Cabela’s or at national gun shows. Phil appears regularly on NRA News, American Rifleman television, the History Channel, A&E and a host of other cable shows with firearms related programming. He also has written dozens of articles on firearms and militaryrelated themes for American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, Wild West, Shooters Bible and numerous other titles.
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Please don't get me wrong -- as I said, I enjoy the book overall, and would still buy it. I'm not trying to nitpick, but the aforementioned errors (and many more that I didn't mention) are so amateurish and careless that they just detract from the overall quality of the book.
Update 4/16/12: Yet another serious error. I'm no gun expert, but they have a gun listed on page 232, number 3, as a Bren Ten 10mm semi-auto pistol, but the image for it is in fact the Webley Fosbery Automatic Revolver; same exact image as on page 224, where it is correctly labeled as the Webley Fosbery!
C'mon guys. You can do better than that. I hope that you can fix all of these errors, and others that I haven't discovered, since I'm not actively looking for them, in a second edition.