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Re: New Book
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, at 11:54 a.m., in response to Re: New Book, posted by jay call on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
An interesting question, and one for which I do not have a ready answer, but I'll give you some history.
The major works were done in the 1980s, but they were expensive and meant for experts. Joe Poyer (North Cape) put out a 'quick and dirty' book on the common trapdoors (now in its' 5th edition and greatly improved) but I felt (in 1992) that it had some serious shortcomings, mainly the omission of all the rare versions. He basically said "OK smartass, if you write a book on them, I'll publish it."
I started work on the ms, but immediately realized that the early period, starting with the M1865, not only hadn't been done well, it hadn't been done at all, so, with his blessing I changed focus, leading to the release of a "new" (not the one commissioned) book in 2006. That left me with the balance, which I dawdled over for more than ten years, picking up guns and info as I went. Finally, about two months ago, I decided that if I didn't get my act together NOW, I never would, and that would be a lot of time, effort and expense down the drain. A low spot was the word in 2015 that North Cape was cutting back and would not do my second book. I don't blame Joe, but it almost killed the project.
To partially answer your question - I was never concerned with the hundreds of thousands of like guns - nothing quite as boring as a bog-standard rifle in the 200-300K range - but, that is not the whole story. The latest book contains some REALLY rare stuff, to wit: a LH-rifled(!) carbine, one of the two "pattern" Hotchkiss Army rifles, a Lee vertical, two SA (not commercial) sporting rifles, a .30 caliber (which is not mine), an M84XRRB issued to a distant cousin, and much, much more.
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