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There is a lot written about Colt Peacemakers and blackpowder, but is there a good book that discusses modern era Colt revolvers? I want to learn the details behind the various models. I have a good S&W book that got me thinking of one for Colts. Surely there is a good detailed source of information that includes plenty of pictures.Thanks for your help.
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The "bible" for Colt collectors has long been"The Book of Colt Firearms by R.L. Wilson. Its pricey,over $100,and INMO,not strong on the post 1960s models. There is nothing in the Colt arena as comprehensive & e-z to use like Suprica & Nahas have for S&Ws.Plenty of 1911 books. There is a great paperback(&cheap!)on the New Service,that has proved invaluable to me. Bud
 

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Did you ask this question on another board?

If not, the two best available books are:
"Colt: An American Legend" by R.L. Wilson
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"Colt Firearms: 1836 to 1940" by Haven and Beldan.

The Wilson book is considered by the Colt factory to be the "official" history of Colt firearms, and includes all known production date and serial number info on ALL Colt guns.

The Haven and Beldan book gives excellent coverage to the old pre-war Colts.
 

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Stonecove; Wilsons book was first published in 1971 by R.Q.Sutherland. The 1940 book you saw,had to be Haven & Beldens,History of the Colt Revolver! The "minimum" you shold have is Wilsons,"The Colt Heritage",but its not as detailed as the "Book of Colt Firearms" that is more comprehensive on the "early models",than the swing out cylinder revolvers that are mostly discussed here. Good Luck in your quest,and hope you find "a well used,non first edition"that is priced for "users"not book collectors! Bud
 

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Hi Guys, Thanks for your input. I was at a gun show yesterday and found a copy of The Book of Colt Firearms by R.L. Wilson. The man wanted $100.00 and is probably worth it for overall Colt Collectors, but I'm just trying to break into Colt collecting, and can't afford or don't want to spend the big bucks on the older Colts shown in this book. It was written in 1940, so has none of the newer Double action, which is where I want to start collecting. I've never seen the Serven's Colt firearms 1836-1960, book but will keep my eye out.
It sure looks like there is an opportunity for a book of this type to cover Colt from 1940 to today. Any budding authors listening out there? Thanks for your input!
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A "Book of Colt Firearms" for $100 was a steal, especially if not the reprint. While not "strong" on Post-1960 models, it is still about the best on such models.
 

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All the books mentioned above are good ones to have. Any reprint copy of Wilson's "The Book of Colt Firearms", will go for $125.00, in my neck of the woods, sometimes more, with first editions $250.00, and up....usually up! The reprints took a brief dip to as low as $75.00, about five years ago, and have been climbing since. A new book, just out, is "Colt and it's Collectors", put together by the Buffalo Bill historical Center, and The Colt Collectors Association. It's a good mix of Colt history and great color photographs. I just received mine, and I love it.
 

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Thanks for the info. guys! This Colt book thing is about as expensive as the guns!
I have a copy of The Colt Heritage bt RL Wilson, and it is fantastic gun porn, but hard to get a lot out of it from a modern revolver standpoint.
Lonewolf, you are right, the book I saw for $100.00 was Haven & Beldens,History of the Colt Revolver. That's a great looking book, but still not helpful with later revolvers.I've looked around for a copy of Wilson's Book of Colt Firearms. I can get a used first edition for under $200.00 and a new 1993 edition reprint for $200.00. Are these prices such that I shouldn't pass them up of should I continue shopping?
Ohiobuckeye, you mentioned the new book Colt and it's Collectors", by the Buffalo Bill historical Center, and The Colt Collectors Association. Does this hit the later revolvers in detail?
BFoster you mentioned Serven's Colt firearms 1836-1960. This sounds like it should cover the revolvers, what do you think?
If I was only going to buy 1 book( for now) what would you all recommend considering my modern revolver interest?
Thanks for putting up with all my questions!
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Stonecove,

In post WWII revolvers Severn covers the OMS, Border Patrol, Courier, Cobra, Agent, Trooper, 357 Magnum, and Python. While you probably will eventually want to acquire a copy of this book, Wilson's Book of Colt Firearms may be a bit more in line with what you want.

Other sources:

Colt factory sales literature can often be found priced rather inexpensively.

Jerry Kuhnhausen's books The Colt Double Action Revolver, volumes I & II, though intended for gunsmiths may be of considerable value to you as a collector.

Bob
 

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Stonecove asked:

"Ohiobuckeye, you mentioned the new book Colt and it's Collectors", by the Buffalo Bill historical Center, and The Colt Collectors Association. Does this hit the later revolvers in detail?"

"Colt and its Collectors" covers the modern guns up to, and including, current production. Although, it doesn't have as greatly detailed text, as the older Wilson book, it has a magnificent assortment of full color photographs to make up for it. It greatly complements the Wilson book, by filling a few of the voids. It's, also, a limited printing, and is a little pricey at $125.00 per copy, but when these are all sold, the prices will soon skyrocket, as did the Wilson Books.

[This message has been edited by ohiobuckeye (edited 01-25-2004).]
 

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just ran across a supplier that is selling the book Colt-An American Legend by RL wilson in Hardcover $30.00. Does this have DA info in it? serial numbers?
 

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just got back from NGD in louisville and ran across wilsons book, first edition signed by the author $750 did not buy it
 
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