BOOK REVIEW: 'Gun Trader's Guide': The Best Reference Book for Gun Collectors Continues Stoeger Tradition in New Skyhorse Edition

Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
BOOK REVIEW: 'Gun Trader's Guide':  The Best Reference Book for Gun Collectors Continues Stoeger Tradition in New Skyhorse Edition
When Stoeger Publishing Co. was discontinued a few years ago by Stoeger Arms's new Italian owners, Skyhorse Publishing of New York City decided to step in and continue the tradition with "Shooter's Bible" and "Gun Trader's Guide."


Gun owners and collectors should support Skyhorse and buy their books to reward them for continuing a glorious tradition.

I recently reviewed the 102nd edition of "Shooter's Bible" (Link: http://www.chronwatch-america.com/articles/8002/1/Book-Review--quotShooters-Biblequot/Page1.html) ; and I'm happy to report that the 32nd edition of "Gun Trader's Guide" (Skyhorse, 606 pages, color and black and white photos,  $29.95) is as good or better as it was when Stoeger published it. I found all my guns in it and I'd be hard-pressed to fault it in any way. Together, "Shooter's Bible" and "Gun Trader's Guide" belong on your bookshelf or next to your gun case.


This  is the original reference guide for gun values. For more than half a century, this book -- of which more than 2 million copies have been sold -- has been the standard reference for collectors, curators, dealers, shooters, and gun enthusiasts. It is the definitive source for making informed decisions on firearms purchases. Included are extensive listings for handguns, shotguns, and rifles from some of the most popular brands, such as Remington, Colt, Browning, Winchester, Beretta, Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Glock, and many more foreign and domestic brands, including brands of the past like Harrington & Richardson, Iver Johnson and High Standard (H&R and High Standard have been resurrected following their ceasing operations in the 1980s).


I found my Plainfield Machine Co.  M-1 carbine in the book, as well as several guns I no longer own (but wish I did!).  Judging by what  the M-1 cost me, I paid a bit too much, but it's such a sweet shooting rifle I don't care. There's no comparison with "Gun Trader's Guide" and the annual gun guides you see on magazine racks in stores.


To make it easy to use, this fully updated edition are a complete index and a guide on how to properly and effectively use this book in order to find the perfect firearm type and model. No matter what kind of firearm you choose to shoot, whether you are a hunter or a collector, whether you have a lifetime of experience with firearms or are just being introduced to collecting, this is THE BOOK.

Publisher's website: www.skyhorsepublishing.com
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