Is this great reference still available here. Also, is the one for the GP100 the same thing, as I think I found that one elsewhere in cyberspace.
Hairtrigger ... You couldn't be more wrong with your assessment as the IBOKS and subsequent "Gun Guides" were NEVER a for profit endeavor. The following is a brief synopsis of what happened directly from Iowegan!The old ones were freely available then it changed from the love of guns to being all about money
..... Sorry, IBOKs and Ruger Gun Guides are no longer available.
When this forum first started, we had a hard time recruiting new members so I wrote several 15~20 page booklets on specific Ruger guns called "Iowegan's Book of Knowledge (IBOK for short). At first I was emailing the IBOKs to people upon request providing they joined the forum. This got to be a very time consuming chore so thanks to Keith Smith, the former forum owner, we started a Library on the forum where the IBOKs could be downloaded free by members with 10 or more posts. This worked well and recruited a lot of new members for a couple years, however I had to pull them off the forum in November of 2009 due to copyright issues. I then rewrote the IBOKs, added a bunch of information, photos, etc and consolidated like models (all DA models, all SA models, and Mk Series) and published "Ruger Gun Guides" that were about 50 pages each. These were copyrighted, printed in hardcopy, and sold on the forum (non profit) to again encourage forum membership.
Although it was a lot of work on my part, this went pretty well for about a year and gave this old fart something to do in his spare time. Printing costs went up, postage went up, and sales went down. I also got a couple hundred dollars worth of bad checks. Additionally, I got stuck with more than $1500 worth of Gun Guides so I made a command decision to cut my losses and quit selling them. I got rid of the existing stock at local gun shows. That was just over 2 years ago and I haven't had any more printed since then. I'd like to think the IBOKs and Gun Guides had a little something to do with forum growth ... but now that forum membership is growing by leaps and bounds, I don't think they would still serve the intended purpose.
BTW, the Forum Library is still going strong and is located at the top within the "NCO CLUB". Members need 10 or more posts to access it ... in fact if you have less than 10 posts, the Library is not even visible. I have posted more than a dozen articles plus several charts and references, as have other forum members. These are all a free download and because they are not copyrighted, they can be shared with others.