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Single Action Sixguns [Hardcover]

John Taffin
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Oct. 12 2005
170 Years of the Guns that Tamed the West and Made All Men Equal!

The Peacemaker. The Ol' Thumb-Buster. The Hawg Laig.
No firearm in the world is more immediately recognizable than the 1873 Colt Single Action Army Revolver. Yet Colt's famed six-shooter was only one of hundreds of models of single action revolvers that fought wars, tamed a wild continent and bought the long arm of the law to a new world. Single Action Six Guns is packed with fascinating facts about all makes and models: Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Ruger, Freedom Arms, John Linebaugh, United States Fire Arms, and many more...

  • Hundreds of full-color photos
  • Up-to-the-minute reloading data for today's hottest cowboy action guns

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About the Author

John Taffin has over 40 years of experience in experimenting and firing nearly every model of lever gun and single-action revolver made. He has written several books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sixgun Source April 16 2010
This book on sixguns is truly put together with great articles and photos and full of great history on the transition from early years to modern sixguns. The author John Taffin truly has a passion for the sixgun and he thoroughly shares it in this book. This is a must have for anyone who loves the Old and New West from either collecting, shooting leisure or competition from CFDA, WFDA, to Action Shooting it is all in there. I personally also love the Hollywood collections highlighted, it refreshes my youth from days gone by.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Single action six guns Jan. 9 2011
Good book on history and current single action six guns. Interested to know how he shot his groups, used a machine or by hand? Good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best gun books of 2010 Dec 13 2010
By Broker
You will love this book. The best gun book of 2010 . A must buy for anyone interested in single action handguns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yep . . . you need this one, too! Outstanding! Nov. 14 2005
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I want to apologize for what's going to be a short review, but I want to get back to this terrific book.

I've been a big fan of John Taffin's writing for years now. No other gunwriter carries the banner of classic gunwriting the way he does. I've owned BIG BORE HANDGUNS and BIG BORE SIXGUNS for some time now, and I've had the good fortune to meet Mr. Taffin online at the forums. These two were among my favorite books - I could always pick them up and open them at random and just lose myself in the great writing and photographs. But when this book (SINGLE ACTION SIXGUNS) was announced, I was skeptical - what else could JT even SAY on the subject?

Well, a lot, it turns out. And Mr. Taffin doesn't just repeat himself from the other books or from his Guns/American Handgunner articles. This is new stuff, with new photos (TONS of them - better than ever, and in ALL color). There are 336 pages of great info (and COLOR photos - excellent, sharp photos) on all sorts of things, ranging from old original models to modern single-action sixguns, to mini-SAs, to replicas, customs, grips, tips, hunting, leather and - of course - John's ongoing search for the perfect packing gun. This is John Taffin's best book so far!

Now, please bear in mind that I'm not all that huge a single-action revolver fan. I've owned a few (only have one right now), but I'm MUCH more into double-action revos and even semiautomatics. This book, though, has completely captivated me. I'm so glad I bought it (and, by the way, Amazon has a great price compared to what I've seen at the local bookstore).

If you're a gun guy or you're thinking about buying a gift for one, look no further and BUY THIS GREAT BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half a century of sixguns Nov. 5 2005
By G. E. Fryxell - Published on
John Taffin has been enamored with the single-action revolver for over 50 years. His fascination runs back to the "B" grade westerns of his youth, and he has been shooting, loading for and hunting with single action revolvers since the 1950s. One of the central tenets of his soul is that he is a teacher. The synergy of his love for sixguns and his superb teaching skills (as well as decades of hard work), have led Taffin to become one of today's premier gunwriters. "Single Action Sixguns" is a rich and fertile compilation of the experiences derived from five decades of handling, shooting, customizing, competing with and hunting with single-action revolvers of every imaginable size shape, caliber and configuration. The knowledge captured in these pages is both insightful and entertaining. The extensive color photography is truly spectacular, and any fan of the gun-maker's art will find the significant collection of fine sixguns captured in these pages to be inspirational. It could easily be argued that no other man has put as much time, effort or thought into customizing, collecting or competing with the single-action revolver, and this book is the culmination of half a century of John's passion. Chapters cover the multitude of different makes and models of single-action sixguns, customizing them, exotic grips, fine leather, hunting with the revolver, time-proven loading techniques and tips, and the history of the single-action revolver from the early Colt cap-n-ball revolvers through the thoroughly modern Freedom Arms masterpieces. The writing is in Taffin's clear, entertaining, and knowledgeable style. The firearms enthusiast will find no finer book on sixguns, their history, function and use, than "Single-action Sixguns" by John Taffin. Good teachers are a blessing indeed.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book on single actions, bar none. Dec 18 2005
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I have many, many books about guns, and this is without a doubt the BEST one that I have ever owned. The illustrations are superb, and Mr. Taffin's style of writing makes you think he is talking to you. I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves the single action revolver, but I have to warn you, it will make you want more and more guns!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes up where Elmer Keith left off... Nov. 7 2005
By Barent K. Parslow - Published on
The well-known, knowledgeable Mr. Taffin has stepped up and given us a book that is not only a erudite explanation of all things "sixgun" but a visual feast of fine firearms. Well written, illustrated, and printed, this is a book that every person seeking knowledge of revolvers should have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for newbies but just a recap for most enthusiasts Nov. 9 2007
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Pretty good, but for gun enthusiasts like me who read a lot of gun magazines, especially Taffin's articles, there was no new material. If you've been reading Taffin's articles, there's nothing new for you here.

It wasn't quite as good as "Big Bore Handguns" and not nearly as good as "Big Bore Sixguns" which had much more original information.

It's pretty good eye-candy, but I'd recommend it for people who've ALREADY read the other two, above, books and are just craving for more. Even the photos weren't as good as his last two - more like leftover and staged photos.


If you HAVEN'T read the above two and AREN'T familiar with Taffin's writings and are interested in single-action revolvers, then you'll benefit from this book a LOT.

I hope he, someday, does a "Double-Action Sixguns" book. I'm sure it's just a matter of time.
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