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What's the deal with Charles W. Clawson's book?

Collector's guide to Colt .45 service pistols : models of 1911 and 1911A1 : from 1911 to the end of production in 1945 : complete military identification, including all contractors

Amazon.com says they can gladly find me a used copy for $500!!

When was the last publish date? Who's the publisher? What's the deal??

(Don't tell me Schumer, Feinstein and Boxer are now in charge of books, too!)
 

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Chuck only paid to have a small number printed. He's well into his 80's now and not in much mood to spend more money reprinting it, even though he can likely sell a tn of copies. The books go for that price because of demand. It may sound like much, but if $500 for a book keeps you from making a $500 mistake on a gun it's worth it. Obviously not for buying only one GI .45, but for getting into building up a collection.

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Here's a pretty good book locator:

http://collectbooks.about.com/library/blsearchform2.htm


Another good way is simply to run the title or author in good search engine (like dogpile.com). Sometimes, because of the different ways the author is listed it pays just to use the last name plus the book title - like "Clawson+Collector's_guide_to_Colt_.45_service_pistols", or even simplified to "Clawson+Colt".

I have found a few good books this way, and saved a few bucks as well.
 
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$500, I paid the $29.95 plus shipping to Charles with his autograph in it. And your saying its worth up to $500. WOW! Maybe mines worth more it's the Enlarged & Revised Edition book number 206. I now know I have something worth holding on to.
 

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Your edition is the revised one, but not the big one. I also have the revised edition and I paid the same amount. Those are now going for about $75. The $500 unit is the old one released in 1992, which has a ton of large color spreads in it. I don't have one of those yet, simply because I can't bring myself to pay $500 for a book.

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