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Knowledge Is Power. - Sir Francis Bacon, Religious
Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
When I first started getting serious about
collecting firearms I was fortunate to receive advice from a much older
fellow who had been a collector for several decades. Of all the advice
he gave me probably the one that struck home the most and has served me
best was this: “Every
time you buy a gun, buy a book.”
It was his way of telling me that
knowledge was one of the most important things in collecting. Over the
years I have noticed that the more comprehensive and complete a
collection is, the larger the owners library.
Books are not cheap. Good books are
expensive, but so are mistakes. I have books that cost more than some
of the guns I’ve bought. I’ve also used information gleaned from my
books to buy a $250 revolver that I later sold for $6,000. I’ve also
passed on deals that looked good in person while standing in a gun show
aisle but that a few minutes of reading showed me was not a good deal.
My opinions and estimations of a
book are subjective. I prefer certain styles and formats that others
may not. Even if you don't agree with what I value in a book, at least
let my thoughts and comments prod you into looking at it and deciding
Standard Catalog Of Smith & Wesson 3rd Ed.
- Best overall reference going for Smith & Wesson products.
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