Definitive, scrupulously researched work not only tells the dramatic story of shoulder arms, hand guns, percussion and cartridge weapons but also describes the hunters, settlers, peace officers, soldiers, range detectives, rustlers, and outlaws who used them. An invaluable guide for collectors, dealers, enthusiasts, and students. 499 black-and-white illustrations. Bibliography. Index.
Dramatic story of shoulder arms, hand guns, and other weapons also describes the men who used them. Detailed descriptions and illustrations of the Kentucky and Sharps rifle, Colt revolver, and much more. 499 black-and-white illustrations.
Table of contents:
I How Guns Began
II The Kentucky Rifle and Pistol Head West
III Flintlock Pistols on the Frontier
IV "Musket, Rifle and Carbine: American Martial Shoulder Arms"
V Pepperboxes: Percussion and Cartridge
VI Pocket-sized Death: Development of the Famous Deringer
VII "The Voice of the Derringer: Imitations, Counterfeits, and Competitors of Deringer's Pocket Pistol"
VIII Twilight of the Derringer: Breech-loading Cartridge Types; the Derringer in Transition
IX Captain Walker's Gun-Hunt: Early Colt Revolvers
X Martial Percussion Hand Guns on the Frontier: U.S. Martial and Secondary Martial Pistols and American Martial Revolovers
XI Johnny Kept His Gun: Confederate Firearms in the West
XII Revolving Shoulder Arms and Related Weapons
XIII "When the Colt Was King: The Immortal '72 Model Peacemaker, and Others"
XIV Gunsmoke over Powder River: The Winchester Rifle
XV The Indian Campaigns: U. S. Martial Arms of the Post-Civil War Era
XVI Buffalo Guns and Hunters
XVII The Shotgun Guards the Stage
XVIII The Guns of Teddy Roosevelt