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How many of us are members of the NRA's Firearms Classic Library?

http://store.nrahq.org/palladium/default.asp

If you enjoy old firearms books, Samworths in particular this is an extremly good deal. Books by Keith, Crossman, Landis, Whelen etc are in the series. The books are leather bound and feature a new introduction by Jim Casada which reviews the publishing history and gives some biographical history on the author. The books are $30.00 and there is a money back guaranty. As most of us are aware the price on some of the Samworths has risen so high that this is a real bargin. Keith's Rifles for Large Game is one of the offering. This is a rare book and a good collectors copy will bring four times the FCL asking price. With the smaller soft cover Samworths you can do more than $30.00 worth of damage just by reading them.
The FCL is a good deal and helps the NRA.
 

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Thanks Slim, I am going to do some browsing tonight!
 

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:) I've been a subscriber to NRA FCL for some time now and have a cabinet full of them. They are beautifully bound and are full of excellent information, despite their "outdatedness".:D
 

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Hmmmm, tried that link and can't get it to show me a list of what's in the FCL. Thoughts? Anybody have a listing of all the books, and the order you would expect to receive them in?
 

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Mike, I dont know if this will work or not. I have these in a spread sheet. I converted it to Word. I'll try to paste it.
As you can see the majority of the Samworths have been done.
My wife has written to both Dr. Jim Casada and the FCL President Ms. Amanda Adams (her father did the Second Amendment Primer and the Bill of Rights Primer for the NRA) they have both responded personaly to her letters. I think this is a pretty good deal on gun books.


Art of Handgun Shooting
Charles
Askins Jr.
Rifles & Rifle Shooting
Charles
Askins Sr
American Shotgun, The
Charles
Askins Sr.
Modern Gunsmithing
Clyde
Baker
History of the Colt Revolver
Haven &
Beldon
Guns of the Old West
Charles E.
Chapel
Muzzle Loading Rifle,Then & Now, The
H.M.
Cline
Book of the Springfield
E.C.
Crossman
Military & Sporting Rifle Shooting
E.C.
Crossman
Kentucky Rifle, The
J.G.W.
Dillin
Gunsmithing
Roy
Dunlap
Ordinance Went Up Front
Roy
Dunlap
Firearms of the Confederacy
Stuart, Richard D. & C. E.
Fuller
English Guns and Rifles
J.N.
George
English Pistols & Revolvers
J.N.
George
Modern American Pistols & Revolvers
A.C.
Gould
Modern American Rifle, The
A.C.
Gould
Gun & It's Development, The
W.W.
Greener
Hatchers Notebook
Julian S.
Hatcher
Textbook of Firearms Investigation & Evidence
Julian S.
Hatcher
Textbook of Pistols & Revolvers
Julian S.
Hatcher
Big Game Rifles & Cartridges
Elmer
Keith
Rifles For Large Game
Elmer
Keith
Shotguns
Elmer
Keith
Six Gun Cartridges & Loads
Elmer
Keith
.22 Caliber Rifle Shooting
Charles S.
Landis
Bullets Flight, The
Franklin W.
Mann
A Rifleman Went To War
H. M.
McBride
Automatic Pistols
William
Riechenbach
Sixguns & Bullseyes
William
Riechenbach
Muzzle Loading CapLock Rifle, The
Ned
Roberts
Muzzle Loading CapLock Rifle, The
Ned
Roberts
Smith and Wesson Handguns
McHenery &
Roper
FireAarms In American History, Vol. I
Charles Winthrop
Sawyer
Firearms in American History Vol.II Revolvers
Charles Winthrop
Sawyer
Our Rifles
Charles Winthrop
Sawyer
Rifle in America, The
Phil
Sharpe
Mannlicher Rifles & Pistols
W.H.B.
Smith
Mauser Rifles & Pistols
W.H.B.
Smith
NRA Book of Small Arms, The Vol. I
W.H.B.
Smith
NRA Book of Small Arms, The Vol. II
W.H.B.
Smith
Walther Pistols
W.H.B.
Smith
African Rifles & Cartridges
John
Taylor
Hunting Rifle, The
Townsend
Whelen
Small Arms Design & Ballistics Vol. 1
Townsend
Whelen
Small Arms Design & Ballistics Vol.II
Townsend
Whelen
Textbook of Automatic Pistols
R.K.
Wilson
Firearms Curiosa
Lewis
Winant
Pepperbox Firearms
Lewis
Winant
 

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The latest book from the FCL came yesterday. It is Charles Landis Twenty Two Caliber Varmint Rifles, a great book. Landis says in the introduction: "The author has endeavored to make this a book which the rifle crank and the varmint hunter will find of such interest that he will keep it in his shooting library throughout his lifetime - in other words that he will regard it as hits .22 caliber varmint rifle Bible, and hand it down to the next of line in his family as a true record of what was possible with .22 rifles and cartridges during his liftime."
I believe he was succesful. I got my firt copy of this book from a shooting Uncle many years ago.If you have ever been frustrated trying to measure shoulder angles on wildcat cartridges there is a good template on page 196.
This is an interesting and worthwhile book.
 

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And feel good in the lap. The more we read them the better they lie open on the lap. The FCL books are aging well. While the original first editions have more collector interest but I predict many of the FCL books will prove to be a solid investment.
 

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Hello gentlemen. I got a bunch of books from my uncle, and I have the first 23 books from the Firearms Classic Library. They were all published between 1995-99. They are all in great shape and most look as though they have never been opened.

First question, whay do you think they are worth?

Second, is anyone interested in them? I would sell them if anyone is interested.

Thanks much,
Josh
 

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Some of these books are very Special. I you have the Keith book Rifles for Large Game know that only 2,000 were originally printed and many were lost in the warehouse when it flooded. The book has been reprinted once that I am aware of - by the FCL. The originals command a very healthy price.
The two Small Sams by Keith Big Game Rifles and Cartridges and Six-Gun Cartridges and Loads are a combined printing and is a valuable addition to any shooting library.

The Riechenbach books, Automatic Pistol Marksmanship and Sixguns and Bullseyes are again a combined printing of two Small Sams.

The Whelen and Crossman books belong inevery shooters library along with the Landis books.
All I am saying is, if you are a shooter, consider what you have in your hands…
 
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