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• M I K E “ d U K E ” v E N t U r I N O • P h O t O S : Y v O N N E v E N t U r I N O • ersonally, one of the great joys of being a firearms P enthusiast is the existence of a vast quantity of fine books concerning every facet of the subject. They range Are for more than just good reading. GOOd GUN bOOKS from reloading manuals to firearms disassembly and maintenance guides to full-fledged collectors’ reference books. My office is jammed with books, all shelves are full and every flat surface supports books to one degree or the other. I have stacks of books so tall yvonne fears one of the cats or dogs will knock them over and get killed in the process. She isn’t joking either. Back at the turn of 2009/2010 I was confined to a hospital for 10 days. Although my condition was very serious, my mind was clear. So several people offered me the loan of their laptop computers. They all said, “Then you can continue writing while you’re there.” Although grateful for their concern, I had to turn them down. To one and all I replied, “You don’t understand what I do. I’m not writing fiction that just springs from my mind. I need my books. Articles about historical firearms can’t be One of Duke’s favorite books is Packing Iron about Old West gun leather. written without reference books.” In these pages in recent years I’ve stressed I’m putting together a shooting collection of World War II firearms. That has given me perfect rationale for adding dozens more books to my assortment of Old West gun books. At the same gun show at which I bought a Luger, I purchased a book about them. It was Standard Catalog Of Luger by Aarron Davis. Probably like many of you, I was surprised to learn that some Lugers had been made in England of all places. Knowing how much Duke treasures his books, his Shelty named Teddy is guarding those kept closely by his desk. Gun books can be small. The InglisBrowning Hi-Power Pistol by R. Blacke Stevens is a mere 28 pages. Yet it has been invaluable to me in discerning exactly what the story was on these Canadian-made Inglis-Brownings. I learned one of my Inglis-Brownings had been made for China and the other for Great Britain. Other books are medium sized; The M1 Garand: Owner’s Manual by Scott A. Duff is 126 pages. But those pages are stuffed with details on assembly, disassembly, and information on general welfare of M1 Garands. From it I learned that the Garand’s action should be lightly greased instead of oiled. Sometimes a firearm requires multiple volumes by a single author to be covered to their satisfaction. For instance Larry L. Ruth wrote War Baby! The US Caliber .30 Carbine. It was 495 pages. Then War Baby Comes Home: Volume II starts at page 496 and runs to page 846. From it I learned such things as M1 .30 Carbines were being cloned for civilian sales as early as 1962. Some fine and helpful books are complied of tidbits of useful information. One that has helped me lately is Standard Catalog Of Military Firearms, 3rd Edition by Ned Schwing. It contains brief descriptions of hundreds or perhaps thousands of 22 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JULY 2011

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