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Rifles: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

Rifles: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

by David Westwood


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From the musket to the M-16, rifles have played a major role in battle—sometimes tilting the scales in a pivotal moment of war. Yet all too often, poor decisions and ill-conceived "innovations" resulted in putting inappropriate weapons into ill-trained hands, with disastrous consequences.

Ranging primarily from the late 18th century to the present, this richly illustrated volume tells the fascinating, sometimes problematic, history of rifled weapons and ammunition for military use. Battle to battle, readers will see how faster-loading, more accurate rifles changed the battlefield. Readers will also encounter many instances where decisionmakers chose to issue rifles ill-suited for the task at hand when better options were available.

Author David Westwood has handled every weapon he describes, from muskets to breechloaders, from repeaters and bolt-action rifles to semiautomatics and self-loaders. His exhaustive research reveals new insights into both the successes and failures of rifled weapons. The result is a fresh look at a common weapon's most uncommon story.

  • Primary documents including examples from original pamphlets describing the handling and use of specific weapons
  • Photographs from the finest and most comprehensive collections of rifles in the world

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851094011
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: Weapons and Warfare
Pages: 470
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Westwood, Ph.D., is a freelance military historian concentrating on the German Army from 1933 to 1945.

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