Hand Gun Story

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The Handgun Story traces the fascinating history of the 'one hand gun' from its crude fourteenth-century origins to the sophisticated products of today. As technology has progressed, handguns have got smaller and deadlier, to be carried in holsters, pockets and even lady’s mufflers. Today they are the weapons of choice for undercover agents and would - be assassins; ideally suited for both attack and self-defense.

The earliest pistols had a tendency to misfire, but this was ...

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The Hand Gun Story: A Complete Illustrated History

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Overview

The Handgun Story traces the fascinating history of the 'one hand gun' from its crude fourteenth-century origins to the sophisticated products of today. As technology has progressed, handguns have got smaller and deadlier, to be carried in holsters, pockets and even lady’s mufflers. Today they are the weapons of choice for undercover agents and would - be assassins; ideally suited for both attack and self-defense.

The earliest pistols had a tendency to misfire, but this was cured by the cap-lock. Cap-lock revolvers proved a massive success in the American Civil War with hundreds of thousands used on each side. Self-contained metal-case cartridges were to bring a fundamental change to handgun design: not only by allowing the introduction of revolvers that ejected automatically or were easily reloaded, but also by paving the way for the automatic pistol. World War I provided the handgun with a proving ground. At the end of the hostilities, with so much surplus weaponry, work on the handgun could have ceased; instead, a new developmental phase was begun by the nations that had emerged from the crumbling Imperial empires. During World War II the efficiency of well-established designs was confirmed and new designs, such as the Walther P. 38, showed their potential. The emergence of the submachine-gun in 1945 reduced the status of the handgun – but only temporarily. The need for efficient self-defense shows no signs of lessening; and the rise in shooting for sport, particularly with the revolver, has sharpened the quest for efficiency.

The never ending search for advanced production techniques shows that the handgun has as much a future in the twenty-first century as it had in the heyday of the Wild West, or in the trenches of Passchendaele.

REVIEWS

“…packed with diagrams, history and black and white photos; a key guide for anyone interested in handguns.”
The Midwest Book Review, 03/2009

“…takes readers on a tour of the history of the development, adaptation, and uses of handguns...provides numerous renderings of the mechanisms of a variety of guns… will interests both gun and history enthusiasts”.
Book News, 04/2009

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The Midwest Book Review
. . . packed with diagrams, history and black and white photos; a key guide for anyone interested in handguns.
Book News
. . . takes readers on a tour of the history of the development, adaptation, and uses of handguns...provides numerous renderings of the mechanisms of a variety of guns . . . will interests both gun and history enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848325005
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 9/21/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 942,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vi
Preface and Acknowledgements     xi
From a Burning Brand to the Cap-Lock     1
The First Multi-Shot Guns     7
The Metallic Cartridge     24
The Pre-1900 Automatic Pistols     71
The Perfected Automatic Pistol, 1900-14     108
The First World War     140
Between the Wars     163
The Second World War     196
The Modern Era     210
Bibliography     236
Index     239
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