It might have been quite a job for editor Dan Shideler to select the chapters for Gun Digest Book of Classic Combat Handguns, but it was also a labor of love. Dan, who passed away April 3, 2011, probably savored every moment he spent combing through his collection of Gun Digest annuals dating all the way back to the inaugural 1944 edition. According to Dan, he was raised on Gun Digest, and being editor of the book was a dream come true.
The literature Dan chose to represent classic combat handguns is testament to great guns and great writers. The content in this book spans 1949 to 1999, and topics range from the obvious (Model 1911, Luger, Glock) to instructional (“Rating Handgun Power”) to historical (“Early Rivals of the 1911”) to just plain old food for thought (“Too Many 45s?”). Writers represented in this volume include the greats: Jeff Cooper, Frank Barnes, John Malloy, Larry Sterett and many more.
Once available only to those few collectors who owned a complete set of Gun Digest, Gun Digest Book of Classic Combat Handguns represents the cream of the crop from the most enduring gun annual of all time. We hope you enjoy reading this compilation as much as Dan enjoyed putting it together.
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