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Smith & Wesson Book

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by smovlov, Jul 12, 2014.

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  1. smovlov

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    If you wanted to get a book about smith and wesson revolvers which would you get? I'd like to have one that explains a little bit about each model and what configurations each model comes in, what years produced, production numbers, and general information.
     
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    Supica & Nahas is the reference I use for the DOB thread.

    Charles Pate's work has been recommended for WWII variants:
    http://www.manatarmsbooks.com/patebook.html

    Smith & Wesson Handguns by McHenry & Roper is another that has been recommended to me, but the Amazon description suggests its more of a coffee table book:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/16...eASIN=1620877155&linkCode=as2&tag=vifrthpo-20

    Roy Jinks is the S&W factory historian, so any of his works will be interesting background.

    The S&W Collectors Association have internal publications that go into great detail.

    Finally, www.smith-wessonforum.com is an excellent resource.
     
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    The classic, but now very outdated, work is Smith & Wesson - 1857-1945, by Neal and Jinks. Excellent authoritative coverage of S&W handguns within the time frame. Also X-ray photos of S&W's showing the lockwork and its changes. I know of no other source for that information.

    Jim
     
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    Very good reference book. I own it and it supplies a lot of information including years a model was produced and what engineering changes were made for the dash numbers. It includes descriptions of the guns and picture s too. Good book...
     
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    Thank you gentlemen.
     
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    Roy Jinks.....

    I'm not sure if HD wrote any guides or books but Id look for Roy Jinks. He was the official S&W historian for many years.

    EDIT; Jinks is the author of The History of Smith & Wesson. This covers the company & designs up to approx 1977.
     
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    The Standard Catalog of S&W is the best book out there on the subject. It covers more than you asked for, it discusses EVERYTHING that S&W ever made, all the way back to the Volcanic Lever guns. It covers semi-autos too. It is the best bang for the money.

    Roy still is the official S&W Historian.
     
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