Collectors, shooters and handloaders look to "Cartridges of the World" to further firearm performance and expand their own designs. In its 11th edition, this definitive guide to cartridges delivers the latest in commercial, military, international and wildcat cartridge development. This book includes: expert descriptions of cartridges from collectibles to genius hot-rod modified models; ballistics and load data to aid shooters in modifying and identifying cartridges; and additional full colour articles and more than 500 photos for assessing shot-shell collections.
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I have read most of the reviews here on this publication and two things strike me as odd. First are the reviews that complain about everything in this book and end up saying that it is basically trash. Second are the ones that bow to it as if it is the holy grail and praise it as the best thing since sliced bread. What is the truth?? Well, let me say this about that. We need to be aware (constantly aware..) that these reviews are opinion pieces. They are highly subjective in nature and as such must be read and assimilated with an open (and reasonable..) mind. If you are to have faith in a review it must be credible, and still allow for the possibility that another opinion may be different. As a writer and an editor, my mantra has always been "a reasoned response from a reasonable mind." And you, the reader, should take what is written and use it....along with your own reasoned thoughts....to form your own opinion. So,....the truth?? The truth is that both sides of this argument have...
I'm sure the older editions of this book contained some unsubstantiated opinions here and there, but at least they were readable and reasonably well organized. This latest edition is screwy both for what has been changed, and for what hasn't been updated. As others have noted, some of the pages are out of order, and possibly missing. The handgun cartridges are now divided into "current" and "obsolete" sections, OK, but the "current" section lists such popular numbers as 8mm Rast-Gasser, 8mm Lebel and .455 Webley Automatic while the "obsolete" section has the ancient .221 Fireball and .357 Maximum.
I noted a few of the cartridge illustrations were wrong. Most astonishing was the .378 Weatherby Magnum photo heading up the .38-40 info.
It seems to me that some cartridges that were in my older edition are missing now... the Finnish 6.3mm rimmed sporting cartridge being one. I want MORE information, not LESS.
I think the time has come to honor Frank Barnes...
artridges of the World, authored by Frank C. Barnes and edited by Stan Skinner, is always a fun read and generally a good reference book, however, I believe the franchise publishers may be getting a little impatient in releases. The 11th edition was released only 10 months after the 10th edition, while the 10th edition was released almost 3 years after the 9th edition and with more appropriate timing based on new cartridge releases. In short, there wasn't much new included that shouldn't have easily made the 10th edition.
In general, I noticed no particular attempt by the author to update or correct entries that appeared in earlier editions. The 357 SIG is still listed as a new cartridge , with the suggestion that time will tell if it will succeed. The 357 SIG is chambered in almost every performance non 1911 autoloader and in heavy use with Federal agencies including air marshals and the FBI. The 376 Steyr carries an association with the Scout rifle which has not been...
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