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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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The only writing Bob Sutherland did was to sign the checks. Larry Wilson did the rest.
And made a handsome profit on some of the guns he "appraised" for Sutherland to buy. It was that kind of breach of fiduciary duty that got Wilson some prison time a few years ago.
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I am curious to know what constitutes the 10% difference between the First, Second and Third Editions. I cannot find any, other than the cover, jacket, title page and added serial number charts in the Third Edition. The errors in the First Edition are repeated in the Second and Third.

The gun book publishing business is not governed by the ethics of academia. From what we know of Mr. Wilson, he is not governed by any kind of ethics.
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