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Firearms Guide 5th Edition


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Firearms Guide 5th Edition

was asked again by Bad CO if I would review the Firearms Guide 5th Edition on DVD which he’d been offered by the publisher. The blurb states that it presents over 59,000 models of Firearms, airguns and ammo from 705 manufacturers worldwide which makes it pretty comprehensive. Using the capacity provided by the DVD format, it also includes 27,000 high resolution images with up to 12 per model. The ammo database has 5800 rounds in the database It works on XP, Vista and Windows 7 so still not good news for you Mac and Linux users out there!

First impressions are a well laid out and easy to use guide. That’s the plus side, the only downside I can see so far is a lack of exploded diagrams for some of my more favourite classic rifles and revolvers. The program opens with a front page showing 5 options, the main header bar being a firearms, airgun and ammo guide.

The schematics section is possibly where you will start but I still find it irritating that they manage to miss some serious contenders from the obvious manufacturers, but the schematics for the Imbel more than make up for the lack of the L1A1 “That Rifle” unless you are Verticalgyro!
That said you really need to open the calibre page, click on a round, click on the show me the ammo button and go from there. You then most definitely get to see all of the weapons on the disc by manufacturer.

The producers of this certainly seem to have taken to heart previous comments about historical classics and every historic rivet counting anorak can be as satisfied as the modern AR style buff. Pleasing to me especially was the Brugger and Thommett offering as I use their excellent sound moderators for work although they aren’t shown!

Dropping back to the home page offers you the options to see the schematics, the FFL Guide, the EU/US calibre guide and the printable targets section which is full of fun to shoot and some useful zeroing and bench rest type targets.

The calibre guide is really an imperial/metric one but has some useful information and lots of little gems and has a list of currently available brands and bullet weights in each calibre. Again mostly aimed at the US and Canadian market but there are good images and a great level of data such as bullet weight, primer type, powder composition etc. I did find very helpful the published performance data as this really helps hand loaders. The guide does now include the sub .22 rim fire cartridges and a good spread there is too.

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