- Publisher: Hrmrs Hsr; 1st edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0681949961
- ISBN-13: 978-0681949966
- Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, I don't get the feeling the publishing was completely unbiased, as I would hope for something claiming to be an encyclopedia. The back cover states the it "Features all the most significant and famous firearms." However, after spending 20 minutes with book I already discovered the lack of, among others, the Smith & Wesson Model 27 and Sig P210. Indeed S&W only get a dedicated four pages in the entire handgun section. Who get's a dedicated full seven pages? Para-Ordnance. Huh? No discussion of S&W's flagship revolver or the (arguably) best semi-automatic military sidearm ever made, but each and every clone of the 1911 made by Para-Ordnance gets a photo and full paragraph? Furthermore, regarding the picture of the 1911 on the cover? It's not a Colt, but a Para-Ordnance. Taurus was also apparently more deserving of dedicated space than either Colt or Smith and Wesson.
Now, I have no fundamental problem with a book like this being partly advertisement for the writer's funders, so long as they're honest about it. However, I have yet to find any such disclaimer.
They show a number of Spanish made weapons, explain they were too complex for their own good, were never selected for major contracts, and used only in very limited quantities in the Spanish Civil War, shows specs and picture. I've never seen one before, and probably never will see one again.
But as a test of completeness, I flipped to a few guns from my personal collection.
1. Glock 19 - Mentioned, but not pictured.
2. Beretta 96 - 3 versions of the 92, no mention of a 96
3. Remington 700 - A couple lines that state the M24 was based on a Remington 700BDL, and the only information about the M24 it is its 308 cartridge, and the stock scope it comes with.
4. No mention of shotguns in this book at all.
5. No mention of the Browning hi-power
Now, I could understand skipping a few common civilian models if this was a military only book, but instead of picturing exotics like the Glock 19, they save the space for A Taurus PT940 SSPRL a special edition mother-of-pearl Taurus.
rifles, but handguns and revolvers as well. Of course it does not have everything ever made in the category of "Guns" but it's pretty darn close. I live in Florida, where we have Gun Shows just about every other month. This book has been invaluable to me as a research reference for a particular piece that I've found at a Collector or Modern Weaponry Show. This is a must have book for any of you gun enthusiast/historians out there. Just make sure it looks EXACTLY like the picture of the cover--as that is THE one you want. You will love this book.
This book has it all! It shows all all sorts of guns, the blowback, what country makes them, the caliber, everything you would want to know. It also has a great history in the evolution of guns, which I find incedibly fascinating.
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