65 Years of Gun Digest: Historic 3-DVD Set Released

The 3-DVD Set containing all 65 years of Gun Digest book are now available! 

The Gun Digest 3-DVD Set contains all 65 editions from 1944-2009 in PDF format.

In writing of his early interest in Gun Digest, Dan Shideler — the publication's newest editor — reflects:

“Gun Digest literally needs no introduction,” writing in his article A book for All Ages: Gun Digest. “In the long-gone Indiana of the 1960s, my brother and I eagerly awaited the day when our father would bring home the new edition of Gun Digest. When it came, we read it for weeks on end, eventually reducing it to coverless tatters. Dad called it ‘the greatest bathroom book of all time.' My brother and I called it pure gold. Think of it — where else could you find articles on virtually any firearms-related topic, all written by the greatest gunwriters who ever put pen to paper?”

Now Gun Digest is proud to introduce the Six-Decade Digital Collection — a 3-DVD set containing all 65 years, 1944 through 2009 — in fully-searchable PDF format. The 3-DVD set contains a digital menu, allowing you to navigate by year to the edition you want to open. And each issue contains a linked Table of Contents and bookmarks that allow you to browse easily to articles or the vast reference sections of the book.

Featured on these three DVDs is firearms content from all 65 annual editions of Gun Digest –– from the rare 1944 1st edition to the 2009 edition. From the great gunwriters of the past such as Elmer Keith and Jack O’Connor to today’s leading authorities.

Gun Digest DVD menu allows easy navigation to all years
Each disc on the Gun Digest DVD contains a digital menu, allowing you to click to the edition you want to read.

Nearly all of these editions are out of print and are very rare and difficult to find. For the first time ever they are available through this exclusive DVD set.

Product Snapshot:

– Thousands of articles and gun reviews, reports from the field and practical how-to instructions for serious shooters.

– Information from the nation’s top dealers, manufacturers and firearms distributors dating back to 1944.

– Access a rich repository — your own digital gun book library — of gun and accessory information and technical data on guns, including ballistics charts.

– An easy-to-use format that lets you find what you’re looking for — fast.

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Bonus Interview with Gun Digest Editor Dan Shideler

Q: You're the new editor of Gun Digest, and have written that your interest in the book goes back to your youth. What's your reaction — as a life-long fan of Gun Digest — about the release of this historic 3-DVD set, containing all 65 editions?

Shideler: This groundbreaking DVD set is our response to the thousands of Gun Digest readers who have requested back copies and reprints over the years.

Gun Digest Editor Dan Shideler
Gun Digest Editor Dan Shideler

Unlike many of its competitors who have come and gone, Gun Digest is much more than an illustrated gun catalog: it's the shooter's first, best source of gun-related history, scholarship, information and entertainment.

Like MGM Studios, Gun Digest can boast “More Stars Than There Are in the Heavens.” Since 1944, Gun Digest has been the home of the greatest gunwriters of all time, such as Elmer Keith, Jack O'Connor, Chas. Askins, Lucian Cary, George Nonte, John Taffin, and countless others. We're particularly proud of the fact that Larry Sterret and J. B. Wood — both of whom wrote for Gun Digest when it was edited by our “patron saint,” John T. Amber — are still writing for Gun Digest today.

In these days when so much gun-related writing is no more than thinly-veiled advertising for this or that new product, Gun Digest was, and is, a truly independent voice, a resource that shooters have trusted for more than six decades.

For everyone who remembers Gun Digest as the shooter's greatest “Wish Book,” this three-DVD set is an absolute must.

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Stay on top of what's happening in the ever-changing world of firearms. Gun Digest 2010 is your #1 source for:

– Test-fire reports from the field
– Illustrated firearms catalog with current arms & accessories
– New product reports and feature articles
– Arms trade directory – find dealers quickly and easily
– BONUS DVD included giving you a “sneak peek” into the dealers-only annual SHOT Show

Gun Digest 2010 brings together into one easy-to-use resource the details found in many manufacturers' catalogs, product reviews from the top gun writers and authoritative articles from leading industry experts. This is what has made it “the world's greatest gun book” for 65 years strong.

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