Author Archives: Editor Dan Shideler

About Editor Dan Shideler

The late Dan Shideler was a senior editor for Gun Digest Books from 2004 until 2011, best known for his entertaining prose and knowledge and insight into firearms history, trends and pricing. He served as editor of two of the industry's most respected annuals: Standard Catalog of Firearms and Gun Digest. Dan passed away in April 2011.

Guns to Love: Shideler Reveals His Top Picks

The able Contributing Editors of Gun Digest will perhaps forgive me if I take a moment and comment on just a few guns and gadgets that tripped my personal trigger during the past year. Some of these are doubtless discussed elsewhere in this volume, but what can I say? I was here first.

Firearms Curiosa

Must Read Books for Gun Collectors

Gun collecting had existed before World War II, but it was the second world war that pumped new life into the hobby, both in the form of vintage guns as well as gun-conscious hobbyists, many of whom had just returned from service abroad. And while many couldn't afford to buy guns, most could afford...

The S&W .38 Single Action

Smith & Wesson marketed a perfectly good line of self-defense revolvers as early as 1876 and produced nearly 160,000 of them before dropping the design in 1911.

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Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get That Pieper?

Never heard of the Pieper Volley Gun, have you? Neither had I until I stumbled across it in the LaPorte museum. If the LaPorte museum's W. A. Jones Collection of Antique Firearms contains the damndest stuff you've ever seen, then their Pieper Volley Gun has got to be the double-damndest.

Gun Review: Taurus PT 1911

I've never had much use for semi-auto pistols. Compared to revolvers, they've always seemed to me to be clunky, awkward things. As for their supposed tactical superiority, well, I can't argue that; but the thought of my actually being involved in anything even remotely tactical is just absurd.