As a writer who has been producing materials for gun publications since the 1970s, I have often needed gun schematics and other details on firearms. This has resulted in my accumulating a library full of books, catalogues and magazines. The new Firearms Guide from Impressum Media, Inc., contains a DVD with an enormous amount of easily accessible information that is largely catalogue-derived, which has some immediate advantages.
This was illustrated when I needed to order a gun part. I have been shooting a 7-part video series on percussion revolvers while developing effective deer and hog hunting loads with black-powder substitute powders and bullets. One of the guns I shot was the somewhat uncommon Ruger Old Army, which had to be detailed stripped and cleaned after each shooting event. On one occasion, the mainspring stop went “sprong” and bounced off somewhere not to be seen to this day. (To see the revolver series you can start with Part 1 at http://youtu.be/PB0SYhonsqM .)
I decided that this would be a practical test of the Firearms Guide, and I requested a review copy from Company President Chris Mijic. It arrived, and, sure enough, a schematic for Ruger’s Old Army was there, even though this model has been discontinued. I was able to obtain the factory part number, order a replacement and get the gun back up and shooting. Schematics are not present for every gun, but over 1,500 are included.
Looking through the DVD, I was impressed with the high quality of the illustrations, the amount of information contained about the firearms and the fact that sporting and military rifles, shotguns and pistols were listed – even my favorite muzzleloading replicas. Those who are shopping for firearms will also be gratified to see that prices are included.
I could not resist giving you one more beautiful photo from the guide.