Good Source for Learning the History of S&W?


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Kind of Blued
August 31, 2008, 06:42 AM
I'm blown away by the knowledge some of you have on Smith & Wesson's products over the years, specifically on pre-this, pre-that eras of when certain models acquired a certain attribute.

As I linger around this forum, I'm discovering that I'm highly-likely to pass up a good deal on a used S&W wheel gun due to sheer ignorance. I'm also finding that S&W has discontinued some guns that I really wish they hadn't. :banghead:

Anyway, how did you all gain such a thorough understanding of their many models? I'm sure there are some gems I've never heard about, and I'm sure I may be getting myself into a financial suicide, but I'd like to know what I'm looking at the next time I see a bunch of used wheelguns sitting idly in a shop, waiting for someone to give them a good home. :)

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Kind of Blued
August 31, 2008, 07:31 AM
...Besides XavierBreath's stickied thread which is a brainful in itself (continuing it now).

Old Fuff
August 31, 2008, 10:16 AM
Well lets see...

1. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd. Ed. - by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas. (Also visit Jim's website at: www.armchairgunshow.com).

2. History of Smith & Wesson - by Roy G. Jinks. The book is available directly from the author at the Smith & Wesson Co.

There are other books on Smith & Wesson firearms, but they are usually model-specific. In other words a lot of information about a single model.

It has been my experience that the above mentioned books have made me a lot more money then they cost. Because of the information contained therein I was able to buy several "sleepers" for very attractive prices - or avoid a "dog" as the case might be. ;)

rcmodel
August 31, 2008, 02:23 PM
+1
On #1. and #2!

But if you can only get one book, the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd. Ed. is the "Bible".

Hours of interesting reading, and tons of excellent color photo's!

rcmodel

jaholder1971
August 31, 2008, 03:28 PM
+100

Jim and Roy have forgotten more S&W history than the current S&W management team remembers.

Get the book from Barnes and Noble, Jim's web site or the next auction in Topeka!

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