Firearms Guide 4th Edition Review by Bob Shell

Obsolete Arms and Ammo
By Bob Shell

Firearms Guide 4th Edition Screen Shot
Firearms Guide 4th Edition Screen Shot
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Apache Junction, AZ –-( I recently had an opportunity to review the 4th edition of the Firearms Guide. ( )

If you want info on guns and ammo this DVD guide is for you.

There are a lot of listing for gun makers and models. You can go in and in various ways look up a gun and caliber, models, finishes and other pertinent info regarding that gun. It shows pictures and prices where available.

The gun section is broken down to types such as drillings or bolt actions and further broken down to each maker. You can go into a specific maker and see what they offer. One feature I love is they are getting into antique and military guns going back to the Civil War. There are some machine and Gatling guns listed as well, I would buy the guide just for that.

In fact, they are soliciting pictures of old guns that are not there in order to have more info for future issues. I am going through my collection to see if I have something, they need in order to make it more complete. Like all good publications they are looking for various ways to make a real good book even better. There are no articles on guns or ammo but that would be out of the scope of this DVD.

The best way to look at this publication is it is a super list of the things described in this piece.

Ammo is broken down to caliber and further to manufacturer. You can pick a specific caliber and see who is making it and what loads are offered. Pictures are also given along with prices and ballistics where available. Bullet weights and some illustrations are also shown. Every ammo maker is listed worldwide as well as the US. There are calibers that most folks never heard of that is listed so if you need something odd there is a chance that you can find it here.

There are well over 4,000 schematics from about 360 makers from every country that makes firearms. The pictures have good definition but those from other countries are in that language. It is a big help if you have a gun with missing parts or need something for a particular part. In some instances, you can see what the part looks like and possibly have one made for you. Air guns are included as well. For those of us who like offbeat guns such as drillings they have a nice list of them.

Looking for a gunshop in your area? With this guide, you are in luck. They have a complete listing in every area and show all types of sales. They list paws shops and class 3 dealers as well. In other words it is a complete list. I tried it in my area and found shops that I didn’t know existed. Addresses and phone numbers are included.

Firearms Guide 4th Edition
Firearms Guide 4th Edition

Another neat feature is they have printable targets of all kinds which will save you money from buying targets. Like every other aspect of this DVD the target selection is extensive. Since I am a writer I have an idea as to what effort is utilized in producing such a DVD. I am here to tell you that an enormous amount of work went into this product.

It is very evident that a lot of work went into producing this DVD. Once you learn how to navigate around it is easy to find what you are looking for. There are various ways to find the desired info and they have a help section for non-technical folks like me. It shows us how to find info easily. It is available for windows and mac systems.

Also the 3rd edition is available for $29.95 in case you want it. The list price is $39.95 and I am here to tell you that it is worth every penny you pay for it. Thumbs Up!

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About Bob Shell
A Custom Reloader of Obsolete and Antique Ammo, Bob Shell, writes about the subject of Guns, Ammo, Shooting and Related Subjects. Visit:

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Dan Sinkler
Dan Sinkler
6 years ago

Am looking for a schematic for a Franchi I-12

8 years ago

This is a DVD and not a book (as mentioned). The DVD offers a simply staggering amount of information on nearly every kind of firearm you can imagine. And the 4,000 schematics are unreal. Even if you only own a few firearms, this guide is fun to have just to look at what is out there–I love mine which my wife bought for me last Christmas–saved the marriage.