The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns: Pistols and Revolvers of the World from 1870 to Present.


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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns is a fantastic reference for the avid gun and militaria collector. It is a vast compendium of sketches and illustrations of thousands of handguns from around the world and accross time. It is organized by country of manufacture and includes a brief treatise on the companies referenced. The great value of this book lies in its use as tool to determine the origin of obscure, cryptically marked handguns and rare variations of better known models. The weakness of the book lies in its organization. This tome could benefit from a good cross-referenced index. Nonetheless, it is a work that all serious collectors of this genre should own.
 
(304 pages softback)
 
Customer Review 1.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns is a fantastic reference for the avid gun and militaria collector. It is a vast compendium of sketches and illustrations of thousands of handguns from around the world and accross time. It is organized by country of manufacture and includes a brief treatise on the companies referenced. The great value of this book lies in its use as tool to determine the origin of obscure, cryptically marked handguns and rare variations of better known models. The weakness of the book lies in its organization. This tome could benefit from a good cross-referenced index. Nonetheless, it is a work that all serious collectors of this genre should own.
 
Customer Review 2.
This is the best book on searching for any model of Handgun for the period mentioned.
It is indispensable for any collector of handguns or for someone having interest in the subject.
Only has the necessary drawings of each of the handguns with their respective descriptive/distinctive markings and none of that wasting/filling up of space with huge photos of a same items again and again.
Good for any price available.
 
Customer Review 3.
Comprehensive research tool. Have very rarely failed to identify a gun.
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