Firearms of the American West, 1866-1894

Firearms of the American West, 1866-1894

by Louis A. Garavaglia, Charles G. Worman
     
 

This is the second volume of a two-part study of firearms in the nineteenth-century American West. It traces the development of the firearm from the close of the Civil War to the beginning of its modern era, marked in 1894 by the initial army issues of a new high-velocity bolt-action rifle designed for smokeless-powder cartridges. The Winchester Model 1894, a

Overview

This is the second volume of a two-part study of firearms in the nineteenth-century American West. It traces the development of the firearm from the close of the Civil War to the beginning of its modern era, marked in 1894 by the initial army issues of a new high-velocity bolt-action rifle designed for smokeless-powder cartridges. The Winchester Model 1894, a civilian arm adapted for smokeless-powder ammunition, also appeared at that time. Within this period, the authors discuss all the important military and civilian firearms used in the settling of the West, as well as the guns favored by Indians. As in the first volume, this study is encyclopedic in its detail on rifles, shotguns, and handguns and draws on advertisements from newspapers, catalogs, and other primary sources as well. Over five hundred photographs illustrate the weapons and the famous and now-forgotten men and women who used them. This lively and thoroughly researched book examines guns as a integral part of the frontier experience in a society where peace officers and judges were few.

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From the Publisher

"Without question the best book ever published on the [subject] . . . clear, precise, and easy to read . . . a masterpiece of simplicity and thoroughness, [and] a book for experts and novices alike."

—True West

"For those with a fascination for firearms, this may represent the ultimate book on the American West."

—American Rifleman

"[A] smashing success. . . . A visual feast of the American West, done with meticulous scholarship, and will be the best work on the subject for many years."

—Historical Society of Southern California

Booknews
This is the second volume of a two-part encyclopedic reference to firearms in the 19th-century American West, offering both technical information and historical narrative. Covering the period from the close of the Civil War to the modern period, it draws on advertisements from newspapers, catalogues, and other primary sources to discuss the military and civilian firearms used in the settling of the West, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, as well as the guns used by the Native Americans. Illustrated with some 500 photographs of the weapons and of the people who used them. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870814662
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

After graduating from Western Michigan University, Louis A. Garavaglia served as an army lieutenant with a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) unit in Vietnam. Later he became an Assistant Technical Editor for the American Rifleman. He is now a mechanical designer in Melbourne, Florida, and on occasion still works as a freelance writer. Charles G. Worman is Fellow and Life Member of the Company of Military Historians and currently is the Curator at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

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