- Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: KP Books; Auflage: 3 (3. Januar 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 089689293X
- ISBN-13: 978-0896892934
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 3,3 x 27,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 110.560 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. Januar 2007
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Smith and Wesson outfitted some of the biggest and boldest gunfighters, both actual and fictional, including Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill and Dirty Harry, whose exploits are still legendary. Today a renewed Smith and Wesson corporation is back in the front of the pack. "Standard Catalog of[registered] Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition" combines full color photos with details collectors need to identify and better appreciate all Smith and Wesson firearms. For fans of Smith and Wesson firearms, this book is a must-have, with its: expert authors who have unique, exclusive access to Smith and Wesson archival material. This work provides easy-to-locate listings organized by model and year of manufacture to quickly and accurately identify firearms. With more than 775 models of Smith and Wesson guns and variations, including many models not found in other firearm-pricing guides, this is the one book for any Smith and Wesson gun-toting fan.
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I wish that all such books were as good as this one-- including mine! Everything is laid out logically, with good pictures, so that it is very easy to quickly find your piece without knowing much more than "its an S&W". All the stats are there plus a lot of minutia, which might bore the average reader, but if you happen to have one of those things, you just can't get enough of it. Also, the irreverant writing style goes a long way towards offsetting the dry nature of a reference.
The authors did an excellent job of identifying factors unique to S&W in value determination, including how S&W collectors might differ from others. Section One, as an example, covers S&W frame sizes and side plate screw counts, pinned and unpinned barrels and hand ejector models as they relate to model identification. Engraving is organized by artist, by time period and by source. NRA condition classifications are extended further into finish and factory refinish, modifications, serial number integrity and grips. I did not realize there was such a big market for S&W stocks. Not only are stocks addressed, but so are manuals and boxes.
The organization is good. Not appearing strictly in model number order or date of production, S&W revolvers are broken into groups such as "Tip Up", "Top Break", "Single Shot", "Early Hand Ejector", "Modern Hand Ejector", "Semi-Auto....". It really isn't so difficult for even a novice to navigate and there is a good solid model number index at the back of the book. Covered firearms are all S&W handguns through the S&W 460 and S&W 500 chambers, long guns, boxes, cases, and even AR 15 types of current production. Individual model entries are not sketchy. As an example, just one line listings of Model 10 specials and variations went on for two full pages. Model descriptions are very full, unique characteristics in product or packaging indicated, dates of production and production counts are present in each case. To some extend, branded general merchandise is also covered; knives, belt buckles, etc.
The book is an excellent value.
I hope there are future versions of this book. It would be fantastic if the authors continued to fill in the voids and issued a new version every couple of years.