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Best coffee table firearm book

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TennJed, Mar 30, 2012.

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  1. TennJed

    TennJed Member

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    First off I hope I posted this in the correct forum.

    I have a itch for a good coffee table (or bathroom if you rather) book on firearms, particulary a historical book. Something with a lot of pictures that is good to browse through. Not a text filled good read, just a simple fun book to keep out for guest to flip through. (BTW I do like to READ, but that is for another thread).

    So anyone got any good suggestions?
     
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    I particularly love The Marlin Firearms book: If you like Levers and the history that surrounds them.

    Marlin Firearms: A History of The Guns and The Company That Made Them
    http://www.amazon.com/Marlin-Firearms-History-Guns-Company/dp/0811708772

    This has been a long time favorite. It is a book with a lot of history!

    Pick it up on Amazon fairly reasonable and some other interesting specimens.

    Another one that comes to mind is More Guns Less Crime 3rd Edition
    http://www.amazon.com/More-Guns-Les...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333163416&sr=1-1

    These are the two keepers I refer to quiet a bit.
     
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    Since I like Colts, I like The Book of Colt Firearms by Sutherland & Wilson.

    You can often find some budget prices general firearms books at places like Books A Million that deal with multiple manufacturers. I buy them when I see them and they look interesting.

    The S&W book is a good choice if you like S&W handguns.

    Gun Digests and Shooters Bibles are good general references. They are updated yearly. I have the Gun Digests back to 1950 which is a bit big for a coffee table.

    The Ruger book by Wilson is a good coffee table book and I see you have a few Rugers.
     
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    Good to see another MSGO member on here haha.
     
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    thanks guys keep them coming
     
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    A have "A Visual History of Firearms" book, its pretty good.
     
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    Jane's Quarterly is pretty neat.
     
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    I have one called Gun----a visual history. small book but packed with photos mostly real old stuff and military
     
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    Gun Digest Book of the Revolver by Grant Cunningham
     
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    Hell, I Was There, by Elmer Keith.

    Lots of pictures, stories, and history of a time that will never be again.

    L.W.
     
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    I have one entitled

    The World's Most Famous handguns or something like that...of course it includes ones like the Luger, SAA, 1911, etc. What is interesting is that this could appeal to non-gun also because it gives history, there are some color photos with each one plus a simple color cutaway diagram showing how each of them work. Great book for having out like the OP would like.
     
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    That right there.
     
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    Safari Rifles by Boddington is one of my faves.

    I don't have Steel Canvas or Packing Iron but they are big coffee table books full of historical guns and leather.
     
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    Colt-An American Legend by R.L. Wilson

    The World of Beretta-An International Legend by R.L. Wilson
     
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    Hatcher`s Notebook................
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // Alot of good pic books listed.

    Winchester an American Legend is great with both pics and info.

    The one book of mine, most folks pick up is Exploded Gun Drawings, a Gun Digest book.
    Everyone wants to see their gun broken down.
     
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    Well, if you want to do a "random walk" I'd suggest simply going to the bargain section of any major bookseller - there are a lot of "gun books" that are loaded with pictures and illustrations.
    To get specific:

    Armed America: Pictures of Gun Owners in their Homes - fascinating book by Kyle Cassidy. Excellent photos that capture the essence of the people he visited. I actually met one of them, a nice fellow named Ry, which only further confirms this.

    Chicks With Guns by Lindsay McCrum. Although there are a handful of truly sublime images, it falls short of Armed America's consistency, but still a great work on its own, if for no other reason than its subject matter and excellent cover photo.
     
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    "Walther: A German Legend" by Manfred Kersten. It's a bit on the pricy side, but the photos are wonderful if you are a Walther fan ... and they are wonderful even if you aren't.
     
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    Janes Infantry Weapons
     
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    "Packing Iron", a great photo history of holsters. Skeeter Skelton"s Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey" or "Hoglegs, Hipshots, & Jalapenos" for short stories.
     
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