Firearms: An Illustrated History

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Firearms] is one of the best visual overviews available of the historical development of firearms, with brilliant photography and an emphasis on artistic as well as technological achievements." – Library Journal

"Firearms is a coffee-table book guaranteed to provide several evenings' worth of entertaining reading to any gun or history enthusiast in search of a general overview of firearms development." – The Armchair General magazine

"Beginning historical novelists who don't know much about firearms in their chosen era will find an excellent introduction in this book. It offers worldwide coverage, not just Western arms, and true to DK's tradition, provides excellent and detailed color photographs of examples of weapons over the centuries." – Historical Novel Society

"[A] complete historical overview illustrated with excellent photography." – American Gunsmith

Library Journal
05/01/2014
This historic overview exhibits superb photography, with a selection of specimens from leading museums of the world. Firearms curators providing the necessary expertise include Graeme Rimer and Peter Smithhurst (Royal Armouries Museum, London), Herbert G. Houze (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art), David D. Miller III (National Museum of American History), and Richard Colton (Springfield Armory). The folio size of the book allows for intelligent display of the arms, informative captions, and more examples of the staggering variety of guns than has been permitted in other DK publications, such as Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor (2006). Nearly half of the work is devoted to an assortment of early international muzzle-loading weapons. Technological and industrial advances from the 19th century forward mostly record European and American designs and improvements. The accompanying text is brief and concise, with the captions containing most of the detailed information. VERDICT This is one of the best visual overviews available of the historical development of firearms, with brilliant photography and an emphasis on artistic as well as technological achievements. The material will be appreciated by readers interested in the history of technology as well as basic firearms enthusiasts.—Nathan Bender, Albany Cty. P.L., Laramie, WY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781465416056
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 3/17/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 197,685
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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