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Book Giveaway: Classic Combat Handguns

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.

To enter a random drawing to win a copy of Gun Digest Book of Classic Combat Handguns, post a comment below telling us about your favorite combat/tactical handgun. Or, just say you like to win a copy of the book, and you’re in.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday (Sep. 18), and we’ll announce the winner on Monday (Sep. 19).

Good luck!

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THE RULES
One entry per person, please.
Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Sunday, Sep. 18, 2011.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, Sep. 19, 2011.

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36 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Classic Combat Handguns

  1. knrama

    we don’t have much ready access to quality firearm reading materials like this where i come from. so, given the chance to own one, no matter how remote, i have to jump in.

    though it is not the gun i carry daily owing to its size, weight and my body structure, my favorite combat/tactical firearm will forever be the 1911.

    the one i have i built from a Colt Gold Cup frame, a Caspian slide and a Nowlin barrel. born, raised and continuing to live in the philippines, i’m blessed to have access to gunsmiths who’ve made entire careers on the 1911; they help me keep this firearm in tip-top shape.

  2. bikesrususa

    Sounds like another must read. Since I don’t have any combat training, my chose of a weapon would be minimal. I do have a 45acp model 1911 Kimber that I would give a nod to however. This book would be a great addition to the bookshelve.

  3. noahjuan

    My favorite would have to be the Smith and Wesson M&P .45, as it is the only one I have. It fits my hand the best of all I I have tried, with the exception of the Sig 357 (which I could not afford).

  4. chet

    For sentimental reasons I love my Mauser 1910-34 auto-loading pistol my grandfather brought back from Germany after WWII (he was a POW and traded a guard two packs of cigarettes for it when they heard the Russians were coming).

    But recently I got to shoot a CZ 75 and fell in love. What a great pistol!

  5. jimmyrick

    My Browning Hi-Power in .40 S&W is the perfect combat gun for me. I’ve never found another handgun that fits my hand as well and it has the perfect balance between stopping power and recoil. It’s also been dead reliable.

  6. Ange

    I’m a fan of Wilson-Combat guns. In particular the CQB Light-Rail Lightweight Professional. Fantastic workmanship on this hand gun. In fact all their weapons are of superior quality and design.

  7. Geo

    My favorite would be the Auto Ordinance 1911 I got as part of aulti-gun purchase. Assembled from a 1911 “kit” it looked pretty rag-assed and bottom of the barrel when I got it. With the help of a GREAT gunsmith and parts from Novak, Eagle Grips, Wilson Combat, Briley, etc. it is now the best looking and shooting handgun I own. My friend with a Gold Cup can’t believe my trigger pull is better than his Colt.

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