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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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My copy was given me by my friend's widow, his book collection, some 30 years ago for appraising his gun collection after he passed. Taking me into his office saying, take anything you want because the rest is going out on the curb. Wishing since i'd been smarter I just collected up a few books about Colt or S&W. Probably missed a lot of good stuff because he had been curator of several major museums before he retired. At the time I was into real old guns back to the wheellock period, with little interest in anything later than about 1800.

Another case of too soon old & too late smart. I'm 89 now, expecting 'smart' to kick in at any time.
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