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Good Source for Learning the History of S&W?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kind of Blued, Aug 31, 2008.

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  1. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Member

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    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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    ...Besides XavierBreath's stickied thread which is a brainful in itself (continuing it now).
     
  3. Old Fuff

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    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. ;)
     
  4. rcmodel

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    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
     
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    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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