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Like the title says, I picked up Patrick's "Book of the 1911" Thursday, and finished it yesterday. Just wanted to let y'all know that it was an excellent read. Hardcover, slick paper, enough photographs to keep you busy for a couple of weeks, and a most comprehensive explanation of the political and social history, politics, science, physics, military history, marketing...sheesh, I had college texts that weren't this in depth...and all about the 1911. Well, he touches on other handguns, but only as they relate to the forces which brought about the only handgun that has been in continuous production and use, and still ranked among the best of it's kind, for a full century.

Kudos, Patrick. Oh, and I picked up your book on AK's and SKS's. Wish those photos were color... :thumbsup:
 

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That's the one. Unfortunately, I bought it at Books-a-Million. :cry:

Oh, well. It was worth the cover price. :wink:
 

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"Wish those photos were color..."--IrishCop
See if your grandson will let you borrow his colors! :lol:
 

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Heck, Pete I can't stay in between the lines. :D
 

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Way to go! Never tell him it was great! Now, he'll be impossible to deal with!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
 

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Sorry, Sarge. But ya gotta admit, hubris is easier to deal with on-line than in person! :wink:
 

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Heck, Pete I can't stay in between the lines. :D
Let the grandson try, then :wink: It will do wonders for his gun savvy! :thumbsup:
 

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Hubris? I'll have to look that up.

Since the book came out, I've had a whole slew of other guns offered as photo fodder. So, the plan is to include then in the 2nd Edition, whenever that happens. Things like a Singer, in pretty near pristine condition. And one even rarer than that, in its pasteboard box, complete with test-fire target.

Oh, and when i turned int he manuscript, I'd mis-remembered the contract requirements. I turned it in with twice as much text as you've read, explaining the context, times and use of the 1911. My Editor said he was crying as he was cutting stuff.
 

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hubris - "Excessive pride or self confidence" And I was just being a smartass, Patrick. :D

I really enjoyed your book. It was full of so much information, and not just about guns. I really found your explanations of the social, political, economic and manufacturing forces in play during the design, testing and use of what can arguably be called the most famous child of JMB fascinating. :thumbsup:

I'm sorry there was so much of your original manuscript edited out. I promise you if there's a volume two, I'll be adding that to my home library. Uhhh, I'll probably be getting it through Amazon this time, though. I am soemthing of a cheapskate. :D

I wish my time management skills were as well developed as yours must be. I just don't see how anyone with a full time job and the typical family obligations can take on a task like that and do such an admirable job.
 

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Young Patrick, I know not how your dead media contract stands, but you might look into Kindle publishing. There is a real good ROI at a price point of $0.99 and an incredible one at $2.99. Of course you have to buy your own editing and cover art. Kindles do not do photos very well.

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

Geoff
Who has read two books and a bit of other stuff on his Kindle, came with a disc in a hardcover book.
 

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Charlie Petty said:
How about a progress report on the home front. power? mobility?
Everything's perking along real well, Charlie. Power was back on Sunday, May 1st. Actually, it came back on Saturday...my wife found out when she shlepped a generator we found at a Florence, AL Lowes to our house. She and my oldest daughter pulled into the driveway, and wondered what the TV was doing on. (sigh...)

Had my second session of rehab that Friday. I was stronger than they expected. Saw one surgeon and my infectious disease doctor today. My surgeon, after reading my X-Rays, checking my bloodwork and talking to me about standing up (I demonstrated...just for a few seconds, but I stood up) was grinning bigger than me. He said he was "...cautiously optimistic". He said he really was worried that he was going to have to take my foot. Not out of the woods yet, but he feels better about it, and boy, so do I.

Bloodwork is clean, no signs of infection, been off the antibiotics for 4 weeks now. Back to rehab tomorrow and Friday. No pain, no gain... :thumbsup:
 

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That's all great news! :)

Keep that generator! With it around, your power will probably never fail again. Let it go, though... :shock:
 

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I've never had the level of injury you do, but I have some experience with physical terrorists... and if it ain't hurtin you ain't healin...persevere :thumbsup:

great news

I guess generators are like umbrellas it never rains when you have one...
 

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That's all great news! :)

Keep that generator! With it around, your power will probably never fail again. Let it go, though... :shock:
Thanks, Pete. From what I understand, our power situation here is rather tenuous. I've heard that even a small storm will probably lead to a blackout again. So, I'm hangin' on to it.
Oh, and holler at me next time your up this way. :D

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I've never had the level of injury you do, but I have some experience with physical terrorists... and if it ain't hurtin you ain't healin...persevere :thumbsup:

great news

I guess generators are like umbrellas it never rains when you have one...
Thanks, Charlie. I will. I've heard people cuss about their therapists, but I've never felt that way. I've never had one push me further than I could go. And I never had anybody promise me it wouldn't hurt. :D
 

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Glad to hear you're doing better and things are okay on the home front.

You generator thing reminds me of the lady who Called the cable company during a mass blackout after a storm. The cable co. tried to explain that the power was out and she replied,"Well..just what am I supposed to do until the power comes back on?"
 
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