Good Gun Books

Are for more than just good reading

Personally, one of the great joys of being a firearms enthusiast is the existence of a vast quantity of fine books concerning every facet of the subject. They range from reloading manuals to firearms disassembly and maintenance guides to full-fledged collectors’ reference books. My office is jammed with books, all shelves are full and every flat surface supports books to one degree or the other. I have stacks of books so tall Yvonne fears one of the cats or dogs will knock them over and get killed in the process. She isn’t joking either.

Back at the turn of 2009/2010 I was confined to a hospital for 10 days. Although my condition was very serious, my mind was clear. So several people offered me the loan of their laptop computers. They all said, “Then you can continue writing while you’re there.” Although grateful for their concern, I had to turn them down. To one and all I replied, “You don’t understand what I do. I’m not writing fiction that just springs from my mind. I need my books. Articles about historical firearms can’t be written without reference books.”

In these pages in recent years I’ve stressed I’m putting together a shooting collection of World War II firearms. That has given me perfect rationale for adding dozens more books to my assortment of Old West gun books. At the same gun show at which I bought a Luger, I purchased a book about them. It was Standard Catalog Of Luger by Aarron Davis. Probably like many of you, I was surprised to learn that some Lugers had been made in England of all places.

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