When it comes to value assessment for all kinds of collectable items − from guitars to pool cues to firearms − there's a firm point that's always safe and reliable to address to, and that's the Blue Book Publications guides. In the long decades of their existance, these publications became a true Bible for the discerning collectors, experts, other professionals, and simple enthusiasts alike. The Blue Book Publications company offers a wide array of value guides covering a broad range of collectables, but firearms and all their paraphernalia seem to be their main focus. So to speak, the well-known Blue Book of Gun Values reached its 34th edition this year, and is the firearm industry’s most trusted reference book with over 1.5 million copies in print, and is thoroughly updated year after year for both modern and antique firearms, including the most recentrecent paramilitary style guns and all new domestic and imported makes and models. The Blue Book Publications company also issues value guides for tactical firearms and airguns, as well as for all models of some specific, very important manufacturers of the global arms industry: Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Winchester and Browning/FN to name a few.
Blue Book Publications also has blackpowder enthusiasts and collectors in mind; that's why the Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms reached its 8th edition this year, and is better and more complete than ever before. Created by John B. Allen and edited by S.P. Fjestad, it offers the unparalleled reliability in knowledge and value that's provided by the names of these two globally recognized experts, definitely the two top names in the Blue Book Publications' team and two of the world's all-round most important connoisseurs in their fields altogether. Plus, new for this year, the Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms has been upgraded and expanded, and is now 310-pages long, covering basically every black powder gun − be it a replica or a modern design − manufactured after 1958, although defunct and least-interesting models and makes are periodically expunged from the Blue Book in order to make room for the newest and most important manufacturers and products.
As usual, the eight edition features detailed descriptions, pricing, and images and covers today’s modern inline black powder hunting rifles, including most 2013 models, along with most popular reproductions and replicas including CVA, Cimarron, Colt, Knight’s, Navy Arms, Pedersoli, Remington, and Uberti. Overall, the 8th edition of the Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms includes over 140 manufacturers and trademarks, hundreds of black and white images, and an updated sections on proofmarks and serialization, plus a black powder resources guide.
Published in a hard paper version at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$24.95, the Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms is also available as an online subscription and Blue Book's own 3-Pack CD-ROM, which also includes the Blue Book of Gun Values and the Blue Book of Airguns, thus encompassing the Blue Book Publications' three main value guides on guns and firearms.