The gas trap Garand Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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The book contains interesting pictures and associated artifacts about the National Match (for example, Colt letters and advertisements). However it is not a collector's guide -- it does not show detailed information about the markings and what to look for to authenticate if the pistol is original. For this type of information the reference work would be Charles Clawson's "Colt .45 Government Models (Commercial Series)"
The information and text itself is well written, although there are some strange formatting issues with the book. For some reason the author or editor decided to use a two column format in the main body. But rather than read the entire left column before starting at the top on the right, the text is formatted so that you read maybe 1/3 of the page on the left column, then move to the right column to finish the section, before starting again midway down the page on the left column. It's odd but readable.
Overall the book is quite short, but that is understandable given the narrow topic at hand. Specifically this book is about Colt's National Match pistols that were manufactured in the period after WW1 but before WW2. It does not go into National Match pistols manufactured after WW2 (specifically the now "famous" Colt's Gold Cup National Match). In the appendix of the book is a list of serial numbers compiled by the author -- useful to see if the specimen you are considering has been inspected by the author before. however, these are only serials that the author has seen and should not be considered a authorative list.
In conclusion an interesting book but not something I would consider a "must have" for a gun collector's library. Buy it if you want something in print to go along with a pre-war National Match this is the only book available. Alternatively most of the information is readily available on internet sites dedidicated to 1911s.
A very scarce book. Lots of detail, pretty much a must have for M1 Garand afficianados. The gas trap was a very early production version before it was changed to the type.
It is very difficult to read as the notes for the pictures are almost the same typeface and font size as the written paragraphs, and the columns are hard to follow.
The info is quite good though.