Guns of the American West

Guns of the American West

by Dennis Adler

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Dennis Adler, award-winning author and photographer, and contributing editor to Guns of the Old West magazine, has woven together enthralling tales of the guns and gunmen who made the Wild West wild. Beginning with the early western expansion and the California Gold Rush, Guns of the American West takes you through the development of America's most legendary handguns, rifles, and shotguns and the roles they played in our nation's history. As the Civil War erupts, the author follows the politics of a country divided and how North and South chose to arm their soldiers. In the aftermath of this great conflagration, Adler takes you step-by-step through the evolution of loose powder cap-and-ball revolvers, rifles, and shotguns to the conversion to self-contained metallic cartridges and the sweeping changes that resulted in firearms design. With a nation intent on its belief in Manifest Destiny, the author follows legendary lawmen, soldiers, and outlaws as America moves west in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510709232
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 952,505
File size: 180 MB
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About the Author

Dennis Adler: Dennis Adler is the editor in chief of Car Collector magazine and the author of more than twenty books on automotive history and vintage firearms. He has written award-winning books on Packard, Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz. In addition to his works on automobiles, Adler is one of America’s most published historians on western guns and collectible firearms. Author and photographer for more than three dozen books and thousands of magazine articles, Dennis has published work in such publications as American Rifleman, Guns of the Old West, and The Robb Report. He lives in western Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iii

Chapter 1 Guns of the Early 1800s From the Gold Rush to the Civil War 1849-1865 1

Chapter 2 The Western Expansion Begins Cartridge Conversions and Early Metallic Cartridge Models 1869-1880 37

Chapter 3 The Great Equalizers Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Merwin, Hulbert & Co. 85

Chapter 4 Double Action Cartridge Revolvers The Dawn of a New Era - Colt, Smith & Wesson, Merwin, Hulbert & Co. 137

Chapter 5 Packing Pocket Pistols, Derringers, and Things That Go Bump in Your Hand Remington, Colt, and Other Small Caliber Revolvers and Pistols 187

Chapter 6 Rifles and Shotguns The Long Shot and the Sure Shot 215

Chapter 7 Modern Guns of the Old West 20th Century Western Guns 281

Bibliography 325

Index 326

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