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Knowledge Is Power. - Sir Francis Bacon, Religious
Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Ed.
Jim Supica & Rick Nahaus
Gun Digest Books
This is the third
edition of what is widely accepted to be the definitive reference book
on the subject of Smith & Wesson firearms. While there re other
books that may focus on one specific model of S&W with greater
depth and focus, this is the best and most comprehensive book that
covers the entire range of S&W firearms.
The authors present the individual
guns and their variations in a clear and accessible format that
benefits both the layman and the serious researcher. Market prices,
always a bugaboo in any book of this sort, are as can be expected; good
for the exact moment the book was sent to the printers, but subject to
regional variations and dated by the time the book leaves the
publisher. This is not a criticism, as a sharp reader can use these
figures as a starting point and then factor in relevant variables and
make an educated estimate of value.
A welcome addition to the third
edition has been the inclusion of small 'chapters' by knowledgable
collectors that shed more light on specific aspects of S&W that
might not otherwise be known. These small (and some not so small)
chapters deal with grips and boxes as well as special variations.
The quality, quantity and variety of
the images exceed the first two editions handily. In fact the third
edition is easily twice as long as the now scarce first edition. The
wide variety of images, even within a single variation of one model,
show that as the books effects on the S&W collecting fraternity are
felt, it has become a feather in the cap of serious collectors to have
one of their prized pieces appear in this book.
In addition to the specifics on
different models, the book also has an excellent series of serial
number tables, a guide to S&W belt buckles and knives and a chapter
dealing with S&W publications.
Absolutely required reading for anyone with an
interest in anything by Smith & Wesson.
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