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Modern guns - identification and values.

* Probably one of the most thankless jobs in arms publishing is putting out a gun price guide. Due to regional differences and economic fluctuations, values of used guns are constantly in a state of flux. Add to this the lead time involved in bringing out such a listing, and you have a sure recipe for reader grumbles and dissatisfaction.

Therefore, authors Russell and Steve Quetermous are to be commended for their efforts in producing Modern Guns/Identification & Values, 5th Edition. This 448-page, soft-cover book essays a classification, identification and valuation of sporting and military arms from the late black powder era to the current day. There are sections for rifles, shotguns and handguns, with the arms being further broken down by the manufacturer or country.

While the list is far from complete (it would be impossible to undertake an evaluation of all modern guns in less than several volumes), at least the major manufacturers are represented. As might be expected, some prices are spot-on, while others, particularly in the foreign military rifle section, are woefully out of date. Still, as a handy reference guide, Modern Guns has much to recommend it. Illustrations are plentiful (there are over 1,800), and each gun is described in some detail, giving dates of manufacture, special features, barrel lengths, etc.

We did manage to find an Enfield Royal Irish Constabulary Carbine identified as a Mark I Long Lee-Enfield, but such lapses are few. Modern Guns is at least as complete as other books of its ilk, and one which offers a fresh look at many arms not covered in other guides. As such it can be recommended. Modern Guns/Identification & Values, 5th Edition, sells for $11.95 and is available from Collector Books, Dept. GA, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42001.
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Author:James, Garry
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1985
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