Hardcover: 752 pages
Publisher: Colin Gower Enterprises Ltd (2005)
Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 1.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #932,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #39 in Books > History > Military > Weapons & Warfare > Conventional > Firearms #529 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Firearms & Weapons #903 in Books > History > Historical Study & Educational Resources > Reference
This large book features very well photographed firearms in full color throughout. It's a good effort, but seems like a work in progress, and has many gaps in coverage. I believe what the author has done is taken a group of available firearm images, and made a book. The first contributor mentioned at the back of the book is a provider of images at Rock Island Auction Company, and my guess is that most of the firearms pictured were auctioned by that company at some time. If you have purchased something at auction from them, check the book, as it may show your firearm. It would be quite a feat to show every firearm ever produced in one book, especially with the high quality imagery featured in this book. This book advertises itself as covering over 2000 of them, which is quite an undertaking. I think it's a useful book, and I especially like the antique firearm coverage. The firearms are listed by country and manufacturer. To give an example of a significant gap in coverage, I would note that in the "Rifles and Longarms" section, coverage of Swiss rifles does not include the K31 Rifle, the PE57 Rifle, the SIG AMT Rifle, or the SIG 550 series. The Smith and Wesson Revolver section also has very choppy coverage. The Submachine Gun section does not include a Model of 1921 Thompson! (it does include an M1928A1 and M1A1 TSMG) It also does not include a Reising Submachine Gun. One common error I found was on the first page of the "Submachine Guns" section, where a man dressed in a suit holding a gun is shown in "The classic gangster pose with a Thompson Submachine Gun.
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