Guns of Outlaws: Weapons of the American Bad Man

Guns of Outlaws: Weapons of the American Bad Man

by Gerry Souter, Janet Souter

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Guns of Outlaws: Weapons of the American Bad Man by Gerry Souter, Janet Souter

When gunslingers chose their weapons and took their chances.

From colonial-era rifles carried on the "Owlhoot Trail" to John Dillinger's Colt pistols, the history of the American outlaw is told in guns—weapons that became each man's personal signature. Authors Gerry and Janet Souter peer into these criminals' choices of derringers, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, machine guns, and curious hybrids, giving us a glimpse into the minds behind the trigger fingers. With over 200 illustrations, Guns of Outlaws gives a unique look at the lives and the hardware of the most infamous outlaws in American history, and of the law enforcement officers who hunted them.

As settlers moved further west, away from authority and soft city life into the Great Plains, the push for survival through the endless prairies and jagged isolating mountain ranges bred ruthless men. Most outlaws were technology freaks who seized upon the latest weapon innovations developed in the industrious East to provide an edge in the life-and-death cosmosof the Wild West. Outlaws tinkered with their guns, creating unique hardware that became their calling cards. Attempts by lawmen to take control sparked a weapons race, pitting gunmen and bandit gangs against home-grown lawmen and vigilante "posses." By the late 1930s and early 1940s, outlaws on horseback had given way to marauding bank robbers. Using fast cars and faster guns, they became folk heroes of the Great Depression, even as the law was hard on their tails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760346457
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gerry Souter attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. He has worked as an art teacher, photographer, a security guard, a rifle instructor, and a seaman in the Merchant Marine. He and his wife, Janet Souter, have authored or coauthored more than forty nonfiction books in the areas of history, biography, young adult, art, military history, business, and the Internet. They live near Chicago.Gerry’s personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gerry.souter (51 friends)Joint website: http://www.avril1.comLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gerrysouter (60 connections) Janet Souter, has authored or coauthored more than forty nonfiction books in the areas of history, biography, young adult, art, military history, business, and the Internet. They live near Chicago.Gerry’s personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gerry.souter (51 friends)Joint website: http://www.avril1.comLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gerrysouter (60 connections)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 The Outlaws Arrive: Choose Your Weapons 11

Chapter 2 Outlaws of the Natchez Trace 21

The Horrible Harpes 21

Joseph Thompson Hare 24

Chapter 3 Manifest Destiny: Never Steal Anything Small 26

Tiburcio Vásquez- Vaquero with a Grudge 27

Chapter 4 The Outlaw Incubator 34

Residue of War-The Raiders 36

The Reno Gang 40

The Northfield Raid: The Youngers, Jesse and Frank James 43

Coffeyville, Kansas, and the Dalton Boys 55

Chapter 5 A Pair of Legends: Hiclcok and Doolin 61

William Butler Hickok Sets the Pistolero Mold 63

Bill Doolin and the Long Riders 70

Chapter 6 Crossing the Line: The Johnson County War 76

Bill Cook-Indian Territory Crook 82

Chapter 7 Black American Cowboys 90

Bass Reeves-Black Man Behind a Silver Badge 90

Ned Huddleston, a.k.a. Isom Dart 94

Chapter 8 The Crazies: Longley, the Kid, and Hardin 98

William Preston ("Wild Bill") Longley 99

Henry McCarty, or William Bonney, or William ("Kid") Antrim-a.k.a. Billy the Kid 102

John Wesley Hardin 109

Chapter 9 The Good (Bad) Men: Henry Plummer, Henry Newton Brown, Tom Horn, and Wyatt Earp 112

A Tale of Two Henrys 113

Tom Horn 117

Wyatt Earp 122

Chapter 10 Bandits into the Twentieth Century: Butch and Sundance 131

Chapter 11 Outlaws Ride Toward a Bloody Sunset 134

Chapter 12 Al Jennings: Two-Gun Outlaw and Movie Star 139

Chapter 13 The Great War (1914-1918): Quantum Leap for Weapons Tech 146

Chapter 14 Bad Girls: Outlaw Women 151

Belle Star: "Lady Desperado" 151

Pearl Hart: From Stage Coach Robber to Vaudeville 152

Little Britches and Cattle Annie 153

Bonnie Parker: Poet and Killer 155

"Mommie Dearest" and the Barker Boys 157

Behind Every Man 160

Chapter 15 It's Always Been about Firepower 162

The Thompson Submachine Gun-An Unlikely Icon 174

Chapter 16 The Shelton and Birger Gangs: Rural Roughnecks 178

Chapter 17 Hyman Lebman: Gun Maker to the Stars 192

Chapter 18 The Great Depression and the Outlaws' Last Hurrah 201

Chapter 19 The Tawdry Team of Bonnie and Clyde 207

Chapter 20 Sagebrush Robin Hood: Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd 221

Chapter 21 Short, Lethal Outlaw: George "Baby Face" Nelson 233

Chapter 22 The Last of John Dillinger 254

Endnotes 264

Index 268

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BillKay60004 More than 1 year ago
When I starteed reading this book, I found that I could not stop.  Very well written, very entertaining and informative.   If you like history this is a great read.   These two authors have a way with words that keeps you interested, laughing and learning more about this time in history.  Enjoy this great read.