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.

Gun Review: S&W 317 AirLite

When Dan Shideler first saw the Smith & Wesson Model 317 AirLite .22 Snubbie, his reaction was, "You gotta be kidding."

From Mexico, With Love

Obviously, there could be no practical use for a BB gun that used a .22 blank cartridge as a propellant; which meant, of course, Dan Shideler just had to have one.

Nobody Wants This Colt

Colt's Police Positive languishes in the shadow of its prettier offspring. But the collectibility of those descendants prove what a sound design the original was.

Is That a Colt in Your Pocket?

My favorite snubnose revolver? The Colt Pocket Positive, manufactured from 1905 to 1940. It has one critical attribute that characterizes so many Colt revolvers: Style.