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Old 11-02-2010, 01:25 AM   #11
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And hit the local library- 623.4 is the section for firearms. They have a surfeit of books- and can get you most on an interlibrary loan for a buck or less. (notice how I worked surfeit in there? )
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... and if not, why not?
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No one knows the Dewey System C3.
He says to the walking, talking encyclopedia........
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I can personally recommend the books by Patrick Sweeney (I believe they are availabel from Brownell's):
Gunsmithing: Shotguns
Gunsmithing: Rifles
They are aimed at the beginner and medium experience type of guy. Best of luck with all of your future projects

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I know I've not been posting many responses here but I am checking in regularly and tracking down your suggestions. I appreciate all of them and I'm finding lots of good things.

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Hey Redrover, how goes your quest for knowledge?

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I would suggest videos, the show you part you can physically see them move and interact with each other, the r you tube put on by midway and some mini AGI videos to. you can also purchase AGI videos. something to think about

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It is probably really hard to interest a Publisher in starting such a line from scratch. Then there is the issue of holding the writer's interest to the project. What we see is individual books on specific guns written by different authors from various publishers.

For the second half of the 20th century to the present for US military weapons there exist Field Manuals (FMs) and Technical Manuals (TMs). The FMs are intended for users, while the TMs are intended for repairmen (i.e., ordnance techs in this instance). Many of the FMs and TMs are available either as used books, or PDF downloads.

There are also firearms that have ignited enough collector interest so that individual authors have written multiple tomes about them. Lugers and Colt Single Action Army revolvers or the Thompson SMG are a great example of that. Collectors of such arcane things love to get the books and then argue about whether or not this or that author made an error on page 115 or was the other author correct. Some even forget about the gun but instead write new books (or lengthy blogs) about which author should be ignored.

Other guns with smaller audiences get only one or two books about them. The .35 Remington or the pocket Colts or the Ingram 10 comes to mind.

Regarding the general thrust of your question, a series of books, all by the same author, the gunsmithing series by Kuhnhausen is the only one that I can offhand think of. I am sure there are other comparative works, but I have missed seeing them. If you own one of the guns Kuhnhausen has written about, by all means get that book (or two if one of the guns he has two books about).

Some guns get 20 or more books but only one or two are must reads. Clawson and Goddard and Kuhnhausen, when dealing with the 1911 come to mind as must haves in my opinion.

When reading about guns there are some must reads. Which one is appropriate is partially determined by where your interest lies. I put Hatcher's Notebook in my must reads list, So too is Smith's Small Arms of the World. Note, you are going to have to hunt on Amazon for some of the out of print books, but it is worth your time.

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Try AGI they have a video library on what you want to do. Since you are a truck driver don't know how much time you would have to watch a video. americangunsmith.com

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