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Firearms Guide - 8th Edition


A new review has been created: Firearms Guide - 8th Edition

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This years updated issue the 8th edition landed on my doormat this week and I have been a busy boy indeed. Its a DVD Rom which is nicely packaged and is compatible with both Windows and Mac, as a windows user I will have to believe the bit about the mac compatibility.

It is a database which is searchable by almost every variable possible but I used the drop down box on the left to view manufacturer first. It boast 67,000 Firearms, Airguns and ammo entries from 1,000 manufacturers and believe me it certainly feels like those figures are spot on. Hi resolution pictures are very good as are the schematics which are detailed enough for part ordering if required. I found the ammunition section to be very helpful listing velocities of ammunition among other useful items. Something really handy when considering matching a hand load to a factory offering. Yup something for the home loader at last.

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An example of the search system and some returns. GPMG... Oooooohhh.

I may pinch a line from the home page: "BETTER THAN GOOGLE: By combining up to 14 search criteria you can perform simple or complex searches that you cannot do with Google and get instant and precise search result every time. For example, if you type in Google "polymer frame pistol in 9mm" your search result is 482,000 web pages. The same search in Firearms Guide will bring up 300 relevant pistols." Not a bad boast and if you are in the USA it offers discounts for buyers!

I must admit that despite my interest in modern sporting rifles my real love is historic military and sporting arms, this does colour my view and I accept that not every database can capture everything but somethings are missing that stand out.

Changes and improvements are there to be seen and in particular I like the ammunition manufacturers which even gives factory ammo performance specifications. It’s a US product so you are unlikely to find small output UK based manufacturers such as HPS but many other UK based companies along with our European friends do appear. This is a very nice touch and seeing the US production does allow you to badger your UK supplier for stuff to be imported.

The printable target section is of the usual high quality and some fun and serious targets are there for use, I doubt the UKNRA would approve but never mind.
Manufacturers of firearms is improved but some historic European ones are missing...
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