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The Book of Colt Firearms

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I just joined this Forum a few days ago, but I notice that many comments reference "The Book of Colt Firearms" By Wilson. I have the original version of that book (with blue jacket)
which lists the authors (note plural) as Sutherland and Wilson. As a trained scientist who has written many peer reviewed technical papers, I know that one should always refer to the
original seminal publication as opposed to later editions unless the later editions contain specific new information not in the original.
I understand that Sutherland has passed away, but I suspect much of the original research in the original edition was done by him. I hope people in this Forum will not let the record
of his accomplishments be lost.
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I bought a NEW 1st Edition at the Denver Gun Show when they first came out. I thought ,MY CHRIST ,$50.00 for a book? Wow,I wish I had bought a whole case of them! As an aside,I was in a "conversion" with a fellow at a gun show here in Alabama. The subject was, the fake and parts guns he had for sale [1911 & 1911A1s] He said," I guess you know everything ,huh?". I said, "no, but I do know how to read and I just paid $550 dollars for the Bible["Clawsons Big Book"]. He might near swooned and said,"$550 for a book? You must be crazy,I can buy another pistol for that!" My response was simple," That's why you have $10,000 dollars worth of price tags on your table for $1800. worth of junk". I can't post his response here but ,needless to say when I see him at a gunshow I just bypass his table, his attitude,and his dumba$$. Nick
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