So what good is a 35 year old gun guide? Oh, it's tremendously interesting. To me. A couple Christmases ago I got The New official gun book: 1954-55. By Charles R. Jacobs. So what good is a 55 year old and a 35 year old guide?
It shows the historical progression. It's what gunnies were into, back then. Before the internet and gun blogs and websites THESE books were the only way to spread information among enthusiasts.
Plus the Shooter's Bible has prices. Lessee... Here we are. An all steel Colt Commander .45 costs the same as a Government Model. Series 70. $159. Yes, I'll take 2.
A box of .45 ammo cost $10 back then. That's a lot higher than I'd figure and makes it seem that ammo prices have beaten inflation in the intervening 3+ decades. 16 boxes of ammo was worth one gun in 1975. For a $800 pistol you'd have to have 26 boxes of .45 at $30 a box in 2010.
There are no price lists in the 1955 book. I probably don't want to know how cheap stuff was back then when my father was in high school. It'll just make me waste more cycles on getting that time machine up and running.
It'll take some time to pour through this tome. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Oh look! Llama pistols.
If I find intersting bits I'll report back to the blog.