Firearms: An Illustrated History

Firearms: An Illustrated

Published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Firearms: An Illustrated History charts the evolution of the gun, from the pistol and rifle, to the machine gun and revolver. Detailed catalogs profile more than 300 firearms spanning over 700 years. With virtual tours detailing the most intricate details of key weaponry and photographic features on the world's iconic gun makers, including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Maxim, and Kalashnikov, Firearms: An Illustrated History is the perfect gift for gun, weapon, and military history enthusiasts.

  • Brand: DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley
  • ASIN: 1465416056
  • UPC: 790778016050

Civil War Firearms: Their Historical Background and Tactical Use

Civil War Firearms: Their Historical Background and Tactical

Combines technical data on each American Civil War firearm and details of its actual use on the battlefield--with a guide to collecting and firing surviving relics and modern reproductionsThe popular Civil War News columnist has written a unique work, combining technical data on each Civil War firearm, an often surprising treatment of their actual use on the battlefield, and a guide to collecting and firing surviving relics and modern reproductions.

  • ASIN: 0306814595

Burnside Breechloading Carbines and Rifles: A Collectors Guide to The Firearms and Cartridges Invented by The Famous Civil War General, Ambrose E. Burnside

Burnside Breechloading Carbines and Rifles: A Collectors Guide

Ambrose Everett Burnside made his mark in history as a famous battlefield commander during the American Civil War. Today, collectors of antique firearms better remember him for the handy cavalry carbine that he invented and had manufactured, a carbine that played a large part in arming Federal cavalrymen during that war. Getting the first 300 of those carbines fabricated drove Burnside into bankruptcy in 1857, and he then changed careers. The demand for good arms with the coming of the war quickly changed penury to profit: nearly 59,000 of the carbines of his design were ultimately produced, garnering over $2 million dollars for the two companies which made them. This book is the story of the design and production of the five different variations of the Burnside carbine, and the cartridges, tools and accouterments furnished with them. "Noted arms historian Ed Hull has produced his latest 'Collector's Guide to Firearms,' and it is a most compelling and complete study of Civil War era Burnside Carbines and Rifles. This author has studied these unique breechloading firearms for many decades now, and this 173-page book covers all prototypes and production models, related Burnside ammunition and associated accoutrements. Students and collectors of Civil War weaponry will appreciate ho...

  • ASIN: 1519526075

Guns of the Civil War

Guns of the Civil

Guns of the Civil War traces the evolution of gun making in the war torn South as well as those manufactured by established makers in the Civil War era. This book examines the guns developed by Colt's, Smith & Wesson, E. Remington & Sons, Whitney, Rogers & Spencer, Manhattan, Savage, and countless others that have become little more than obscure footnotes to our nation's greatest arms race. It takes you through the development of America's most legendary 19th century handguns and rifles and the roles they played in our nation's history. As the Civil War erupts, the author follows the politics of a country divided and how the North and South chose to arm their soldiers. In the tales of this great conflagration, Adler takes you step by step through the evolution of loose powder cap and ball revolvers and rifles in use, as well as the early development of the self contained metallic cartridge that was to play a monumental role in arming both the Union and Confederacy as the war continued, and the sweeping changes in firearms design that resulted in the aftermath. This is a sprawling history of a country built on the sweat and ambition of inventors, adventurers, and industrialists who, divided by differing cultures and thrust into a conflict that nearly tore our nation apart, brought...

  • ASIN: 0785832297

Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms

Standard Catalog of Civil War

Readers will appreciate the value of Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms because it combines historical, identification, and pricing information in one handy volume.A great deal of advancement in metallurgy and weapons design occurred during the Civil War as people on both sides of the conflict struggled to find better ways to bring a swift end to the war. These new designs are the basis of our modern weapons and spark the interest of historians and collectors. Unlike other Civil War collecting guides that deal with firearms only incidentally (if at all), Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms focuses on firearms only. The reader is told how to identify a particular model and what its approximate current value is. In addition, each firearm is given a '1 to 5 rarity index' rating that will guide the reader's buying decision when he or she is contemplating a purchase.No other firearms price guide offer this unique blend of features.

  • ASIN: B005FN688U

Texas Civil War Artifacts: A Photographic Guide to the Physical Culture of Texas Civil War Soldiers

Texas Civil War Artifacts: A Photographic Guide to

One of the most popular literary subjects worldwide is the American Civil War. In addition to an enormous number of history buffs, there are tens of thousands of collectors of Civil War artifacts. In the last fifty years, several books have been written concerning the equipment associated with soldiers of specific Confederate states, but no book until now has ever chronicled the military equipment used by Texas soldiers. Texas Civil War Artifacts is the first comprehensive guide to the physical culture of Texas Civil War soldiers.Texas military equipment differs in a number of ways from the equipment produced for the eastern Confederate states. Most of the Texas-produced equipment was blacksmithed, or local-artisan made, and in many cases featured the Lone Star as a symbol of Texas. Contemporary Civil War literature frequently mentions that most soldiers of Texas displayed the Lone Star somewhere on their uniform or equipment. In this groundbreaking volume, Richard Mather Ahlstrom has photographed and described more than five hundred Texas-related artifacts. He shows the diverse use of the Lone Star on hat pins, waist-belt plates, buckles, horse equipment, side knives, buttons, and canteens. In addition, the weapons that Texans used in the Civil War are featured in chapters on th...

  • Brand: Brand: University of North Texas Press
  • ASIN: 1574412515

American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards: A Comprehensive Illustrated History of Socket Bayonets, Scabbards and Frogs in America from the Colonial Through to the Post-Civil War Period

American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards: A Comprehensive Illustrated

One of the most useful books about bayonets is finally back in print! By the late Robert M. Reilly, a comprehensive illustrated guide to U.S. socket bayonets from the Colonial era to the post-Civil War time period. This standard reference work allows for easy identification by collectors, historians and curators. Enthusiasts everywhere will be glad to see it available once more, this time in a handy softcover format. The detailed research behind this work, combined with the technical accuracy of its countless illustrative drawings, will prove invaluable to the novice as well as the advanced student of both bayonets and the scabbards that sheathed them. 100+ black and white illustrations. Softcover reprint, third edition. 8.5" x 11". 221 pages.

  • ASIN: 1500833169

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War: Colt, Sharps, Spencer, and Whitworth (Weapon Book 56)

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War: Colt,

At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute – more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket or the .56-56-caliber Spencer Repeating Rifle.Conversely, the Confederacy favoured the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters and also imported from Britain the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.


The Historic Henry Rifle: Oliver Winchester's Famous Civil War Repeater

The Historic Henry Rifle: Oliver Winchester's Famous Civil

It was perhaps the most important firearm of its era. Tested and proved in the fiery crucible of the Civil War, the Henry Rifle became the forerunner of the famous line of Winchester Repeating Rifles that "Won the West." To the amazed muzzleloader-armed Confederates who had to face this deadly "sixteen shooter," it was "that damned Yankee rifle that was loaded on Sunday and fired all week." Here is the fascinating story of this rifle and its battle history, all illustrated with wonderful photographs, including a large color section.

  • ASIN: 1931464014

Lindner Carbines and Rifles: A Collectors Guide to The Rarest Civil War Breech Loading Firearms

Lindner Carbines and Rifles: A Collectors Guide to

The various Civil War era firearms produced under the patents of Edward Lindner encompass some of the rarest of American breech loading arms. These include muzzle loading rifles and carbines converted to his breech loader design as well as altered Hall Patent rifles and new made carbines. There has been a scarcity of correct information about their history and use. This book provides collectors and arms historians with a more complete and correct historical record of the manufacture and issue to combat troops of both new made carbines as well as conversions of obsolete rifles and carbines to Lindner’s breech loading system. Using countries included not only the U.S. but also Argentina, Brazil and France. The book consists of 116 pages, 45 black & white illustrations and full color covers. "...cast(s) far more light on Lindner's production than has ever been published before...this study will prove to be an indispensable reference and, therefore, it is highly recommended." Herbert G. Houze, book review in MAN-AT-ARMS MAGAZINE; August, 2014. “Ed Hull is a meticulous researcher with an amazing ability to ferret out long-forgotten documentation. His new work on the Lindner Carbines provides new and important information on these extremely scarce breech-loaders of the American Civ...

  • ASIN: 1496035488
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