This nearly encyclopedic gathering of gun knowledge deals with the world of shotguns in two distinct sections. The first, qAmerica's Best, q looks at each of the finest guns made in the United States during the Golden Age of gunmaking. Names such as Parker, A.H. Fox, L.C. SMith, Ithaca, Lefever, and others once were more than simply names on old guns; they were people and companies, inventively vying for a share of a growing gun market. Their efforts created guns of lasting value and fame. In the second section, qToday's Best, q McIntosh explores the world of fine guns as it exists today, country by country, commenting on guns whose intrinsic merit qualifies them as qbestq guns. He looks at the gunmaking centers of England, Italy, France, Belgium, and Spain and talks of the names that warm the hearts of those who appreciate the workmanship, dynamics, and qfeelq of a fine gunanames such as Purdey, Holland a Holland, Granger, Fabbri, Piotti, Arrizabalaga, and others. McIntosh offers advice on buying and shooting older gunsawhat to look for and what to look out for. As interest in fine double guns reaches a new high in this country, Best Guns serves both as a guide for the uninitiated and as a standard reference for the experienced collector and shooter.It also has been suggested that the GE Grades were numbered in this block, which begins with serial number 450000. ... sparetire locks, and auto lamps to signaling devices, as well as such other goodies as electrical switches, circuit breakers, and toy guns with springloaded cartridges. ... The SuperFox appears in every Savage Fox catalogue, but not many actually were built during the Depression.
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