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sonnysan
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Does anyone know where this can be purchased at a reasonable price?  I've been looking for several months or longer to no avail:

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Airguns-Allen-Robert-Beeman/dp/1936120895/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=blue+book+of+airguns&qid=1566580411&s=gateway&sr=8-3

 


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marflow
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I would drop Blue Book an email they will get back to you very quickly and tell you when they will be available or the next edition


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sonnysan
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Do you mean beemans.net?  I did email (and no reply).  My expectations are pretty low since the site hasn't been updated in a very long time.


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marflow
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https://www.bluebookofgunvalues.com/#/Special_Offers

I sent them an email

the 12th edition might be out of print and they are getting the next edition ready

if you like you can purchase an online edition and never be without, I like the books but to each his own

https://www.bluebookofgunvalues.com/#/Online_Subscription

hope this helps and I will add any info I get

mike


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sonnysan
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Thank you for the information Mike.  It looks like someone pulled through when they saw this post, and I'll be purchasing a real copy!  I'm truly grateful, as the only references I have on the used airgun market are from 2000.  Subscriptions are nice, but this information is static so in the long run it is a much better option to purchase a softcover.


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marflow
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I need a new one myself and I'm book all the way


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airmojo
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I was looking for one too not long ago without any luck.

I have a few older editions... the 1st, 3rd, and 4th, and thought it would be nice to have a current edition.

If and when the next one comes out, I hope someone will alert us.


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sonnysan
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I'd be really interested to see price deltas on from a previous edition to the latest.  This means I'd have to acquire both the 11th and 12th editions.  Right now I'm happy with a 12th edition paperback. 

Last one I bought was Brett Reno's publication in 2000!  Believe that information came from online ads.  They were asking prices, not what the hardware actually sold for.


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marflow
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got an email back and the next issue will be available sometime in the spring of 2020  and I assume it will be  edition 13


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sonnysan
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Received the blue book of airguns 12th edition today, still in shrink wrap!  Thumbing through it I immediately noticed some large discrepancies between online sales vs. book prices.  Blue book prices on AA S4xx and S500 rifles were way too high, while Theoben rifles as a whole were undervalued.  I suppose the blue book is a reference only to show ballpark figures if you do not know what an airgun is worth.


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willy
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It seems like the more rarer guns go for less then the more popular one's?


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sonnysan
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It all depends.  I also noticed FWB guns were valued way higher than what they are selling for online.

A lot of the rare theoben break barrels where priced at $740 or so in the highest price bracket.   20 years ago you could sell a RA-800, Grand Prix, or Classic for $800 the same day.  It was easy money way back then. 

Even the Beeman rare items such as the tyro and aw models are priced way below market.  The AWs are selling in the $800 range today.  I sold an R1-AW for around $600 several years ago in a matter of hours.  It was beat-up too in two areas.  I mean one area was even painted over by a previous owner on the nickel finish with silver!

 


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Posted by: @sonnysan

Received the blue book of airguns 12th edition today, still in shrink wrap!  Thumbing through it I immediately noticed some large discrepancies between online sales vs. book prices.  Blue book prices on AA S4xx and S500 rifles were way too high, while Theoben rifles as a whole were undervalued.  I suppose the blue book is a reference only to show ballpark figures if you do not know what an airgun is worth.

Where did you purchase your copy?

This is what I came up with from Amazon

Phew!!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Airguns-Allen-Robert-Beeman/dp/1936120895

 

 


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sonnysan
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A generous forum member sold me one of their extra copies.  I appreciate the transaction.

At least the copy on amazon came down from 2.5k to 1.3k, so it's not all that bad.

After seeing such significant discrepancies in the airgun blue book, I can safely say it is not worth more than the asking price of $40.  You are much better off viewing the online trends.  The three airgun classifieds I watch are AA, AGN, and AGW.  If you want top dollar, invest in a chrony before putting your guns on the market.  


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marflow
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well the online trend don't tell you what calibers they came in, when they were made, there weight, length and a whole lot of information and discrepancies really  


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airmojo
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@citizen-k Thanks for the heads-up ! I just ordered mine !


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straitflite
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All that is needed now is a "Blue Book for Air Gun Blue Books" LOL

After registering etc, "unable to complete order"... Guess I'll have to buy the 3k version LOL

EDIT Successfully ordered! Might have been because I selected Fedex shipping method? Dunno

 


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Cruisers
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Do they even make a hard copy of the 13th?


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RedFeather
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As I advised someone recently, you might consider buying both the airgun and firearm latest editions. The owner behind these fine references recently passed away. It was unclear at the time if there was to be a continuance. (This I heard from some members of my gun club who were personally acquainted with him.) Hopefully, the publisher will pick up the ball. Otherwise, expect to pay a premium for used editions.


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Cruisers
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Still, is there a hard copy available?


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Jim in SWMO
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@cruisers

According to the link that Citizen K posted above it would appear that there will be a hard copy, when it's available for shipping. In the link it says:

This book will ship in December 2020. Includes FREE domestic USPS Media Mail shipping.

That sounds like they will be shipping hard copies to me. But I guess only time will tell for sure.


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airmojo
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@jim-in-swmo I assumed that that was for the standard "soft" cover edition, not a "hard" cover... I don't think I have ever seen a hard cover edition for airguns or firearms, but I could very well be wrong.


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Jim in SWMO
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@airmojo

I agree with you. I think it is for a paperback/soft cover copy of the book. I don't recall ever hearing of a hardback version, either. I thought what @cruisers was wanting to know was if there was a "hard copy" (as in printed version) of the book instead of just an electronic version. But maybe I misunderstood what he was wanting to know.


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Cruisers
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I was asking if there will be a hard cover version of the latest one. They always made them as I have two of them the latest one being the 11th Edition.


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Jim in SWMO
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@cruisers

Thanks for the clarification. Interesting on the hardback/hardcover editions. I didn't know they made any of those. All I can recall seeing were the paperback versions.


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Jim Bentley
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Posted by: @sonnysan

Received the blue book of airguns 12th edition today, still in shrink wrap!  Thumbing through it I immediately noticed some large discrepancies between online sales vs. book prices.  Blue book prices on AA S4xx and S500 rifles were way too high, while Theoben rifles as a whole were undervalued.  I suppose the blue book is a reference only to show ballpark figures if you do not know what an airgun is worth.

Has it ever been right? I'd like to see a value book based on real world selling prices, not from opinions.


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