“GREAT WESTERN ARMS COMPANY: Revolvers & Derringers Manufactured from 1954 to 1964 "

 Authored by John C. Dougan & Jim Hoobler


Book Review by Bill Hamm

December 13th, 2011




The “Single Action” Revolver holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many folks who have an affection for the old West and firearm designs of that era.  This also encompasses audiences of the great old “B” Western & Cowboy Movies and TV Western series from the 1950’s into the 1970’s.

The Single Action Revolvers and Derringers made by “Great Western Arms Company” during the highlight of this “Cowboy” era are certainly deserving of recognition.  Many of the good guys and bad guys portrayed in those movies and TV shows carried Great Westerns!   Great Westerns were used by James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon in the iconic television series Gunsmoke, and by John Wayne, in his last movie The Shootist. This book is the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of information accumulated and known about the company which was only in existence for a mere 10 years.  The combined research and related material presented by the two Authors provide an insight into Great Western Arms Company, its multiple owners and operations that has been previously unpublished.

John Dougan is known for his outstanding books on collectible Ruger Firearms.  His archives of Great Western Arms brochures, advertisements and correspondence with former employees and associates revealed in this book are simply intriguing.  Jim Hoobler’s never before published amazing array of color photographs of his Great Western Arms Collection is nothing short breathtaking. There are also multiple black & white and color photographs that demonstrate the various models, variations, internal parts, finish, grips and decoration.  Lists of available calibers and estimates of serial number ranges by years will provide invaluable information to collectors and those interested in such firearms.

I highly recommend this very interesting and enjoyable read for all who have a love for Great Western Arms firearms, single action revolvers, derringers, firearms in general, the old West, old Western Movies or all of the above.

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Bill Hamm


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