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After lurking on this forum for about a year, I finally was
bitten by the bug and decided that I had to get a Colt.
I picked up a 1963 nickel Detective Special and it seems to
be a pretty nifty shooter. Now I need a book; one that
describes the various revolvers that Colt has made. Several
folks here have mentioned R.L. Wilson's book. In looking
at his web site, I see about half a dozen Colt books.
Is "Colt - An American Legend" the one I would want to get?
 

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"An American Legend" is excellent.

It pictures EVERY firearm Colt made from 1836 to the publishing date in 1985.
Most of the guns shown are fully engraved and inlaid "show" versions, and the pictures will absolutely blow you away.

More importantly, in the back is a complete serial number reference listing all known serial numbers by year.

One word of caution: Apparently RL Wilson is in heavy-duty legal trouble over what appears to be a gun scam of some kind.
For this reason you might have a problem with quick shipping, so you might want to look t buying a copy off Amazon or even used off Ebay.
 

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That sounds exactly like what I want. Thanks.
 

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The American Legend book is definitely the one to start with as it is just about the least expensive (usually $20-$30 each). The standard reference for all of Colts is "The Book of Colt Firearms" otherwise known as the colt bible. There are two editions. First edition has a blue dust jacket and the second edition has a green dust jacket. Pricing of both of those tends to be $150 up. Available on ebay usually. I don't have the 2nd edition, but have two copies of the first.
 

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$150 is a little stiff, at least at this point. I've already ordered "An American Legend", so I'll see if it sates my appetite. I notice that the "Book of Colt Firearms" was printed much later. Is it mostly an update of Colts from where American Legend leaves off, or does it have new info on older Colts as well?
 

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The BOCFA was originally published in 1971. It has info on all Colts until then. The second edition was printed later but appears to contain no additional data. As with everything, each book has its benefits and drawbacks, I guess. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
 

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"Apparently RL Wilson is in heavy-duty legal trouble over what appears to be a gun scam of some kind."

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Indeed. R.L. Wilson has been convicted and is looking at some significant Federal prison time. Looks like he'll have plenty of time to work on the third edition.

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I doubt he'll do much, if any, actual prison time - he pled to a Bill of Information, which means he worked out a deal ahead of time (no grand jury indictment). Assuming he has no criminal history, a single mail or wire fraud count will probably earn him an order of restitution to the aggrieved party, a hefty fine, and a few years of supervision. He may get a few months, but unless its a very high profile thing, judges are reluctant to send 66 year old guys with no criminal history to the pen. Federal sentencing guidelines are funny things - I had a guy plead straight up to a second degree murder and get 120 months, and another guy pled to trading kiddy porn with an undercover agent and got rocked with 136 months. Go figure.
 

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Another good general reference is "Colt Firearms, From 1836" by James E. Serven. The orginal book was published in 1954. There have been newer editions, and the newer editions contain a little more information. Book has really nice drawings and I find it useful. Serven was considered a serious authority on Colts. My first book was the Legends book, like you.
 
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