Series: Blue Book of Gun Values
Paperback: 2500 pages
Publisher: Blue Book Publications, Inc.; 35th Anniversary Edition edition (April 18, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
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I was disappointed this time, after relying on four previous revisions of this tome. Seeking info on the Colt reproductions of their percussion revolvers I was informed that I should buy a different volume published to address this area. Not acceptable in such an expensive and purportedly complete treatment of firearms. These are common and clearly documented Colt guns, and I can only assume that an exclusivity agreement kept the author/publisher from informing the readers who bought this book of the common knowledge they possessed.There is no reference to Finnish military rifles although the text does tell the reader at one point I found to see such a section by direct reference. I was frustrated by finding these two failings in my first 20 minutes of attempted use as I sought to update my understanding of values of guns I was thinking of selling. The book failed in two significant ways in my initial attempt to rely upon it, and I was reduced to searching on-line gun sales sites for completed auction information to meet my needs. I suspect the editing of this volume is not up to prior volumes' standards.
The 35th edition does not cover some manufacturers at all. For example, no Norinco items are listed at all in the 35th edition though Norinco was covered in prior editions. Readers are referred to [...] in the 35th edition. When you go to the website you must pay additional fees for access. Rather disappointing. The book is challenging to use due to a poor indexing system. I suggest getting the online subscription or the cd version if you want to establish values on items such as the Norinco NDM-86. These venues are easier to search as well. Overall the book is disappointing, but better than nothing.
i own some guns and i also buy and sell some of them, and this book is required for getting information on the prices and values of firearms. it also has much more informatiion, such as gun company information and serial number information.
Acquired an old edition some years ago from a friend and was curious to see how the data on an updated edition would realistically compare to the real-world used gun market. Forget this book - don't waste your money. The only people who love to use this book are the gun shops who buy/sell used guns. They like the prices because they are much, much lower, than what they really are in the current market; they buy cheap (based on the book) and sell the guns at the going rate based on demand.
Great book, as it is every year! But thank goodness for , I saw this book listed at more than a few places for double what I paid! Although this book is primarily sold to estimate current firearm values, in my opinion this is still the best source of pertinent information like years of manufacture, variety of models and their differentials, and guidelines for evaluating condition.
As a firearms collector and target shooter of long standing, I continue to purchase the latest edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values year after year as this is the source reputable dealers, traders, and collectors use. The book is the true standard of gun values and has proven to be accurate over the years in that it accurately reflects true market gun values year after year. There are gun value books, then there is THE gun value book; The Blue Book of Gun Values.To date S.P. Fjestad has faithfully produced this standard of excellence that is recognized worldwide.
I bought this for my husband because his previous copy was 5 years old. He has a large collection. (How large? I'll let you guess.) This is an important resource for anyone contemplating gun purchases; it will also save the collector's heirs from getting cheated if, like me, you have trouble telling a Colt from a Smith & Wesson. Suggestion: have the collector tag each piece with little hang tags listing make and model and possible year of manufacture. It'll save newbies hours of research.
I guess I didn't do my research and thought the book would include a picture of each gun. It didn't. also it is a little difficult to find the right model gun you are researching.
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