This is the life story of the revered single action Coltthe first cartridge revolver adopted by the US Army and a favorite of frontiersmen and cowboys. Widely used from the Cheyenne War to the Battle of Britain, the Colt, or the Peacemaker as it was originally called in the trade, had many rivals, but it was a leader among weapons of its kind.
John E. Parsons, an expert firearms historian, extensively researches the metallic cartridge revolver, giving readers a rare and remarkably insightful glimpse into the evolution, use, accuracy, importation, and availability of the gun. Full of facts but easily readable, The Peacemaker and Its Rivals includes chapters on:
Adoption of the Model “P”
Serial numbers and sales
Variations and target types
Patents and pirates
Volume of productions by calibers
Parsons extensively compares and contrasts the Peacemaker to the Schofield Smith & Wesson and the Remington and other rivals and illustrates its significance in American history. With original photographs of many rare revolvers and guns, this is a must-have for firearms enthusiasts.
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Table of Contents
I Antecedent Revolvers 3
II Evolution of the Peacemaker 17
III The Schofield Smith & Wesson 28
IV The Remington Model of 1875 36
V Contemporary Opinions 46
VI Multiball Cartridges 56
VII Other Rivals 64
VIII Adoption of the Double Action 73
IX Popularity of the Model "P" 84
X Variations and Target Types 100
XI Serial Numbers and Sales 111
XII Volume of Production by Calibres 121
XIII Patents and Pirates 128
XIV Significance of the Revolver 136
Appendix: The Thuer Conversion 141
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is NOT for those who want the latest and greatest. By that I mean this book was published in 1950 !!!!!! But, I still recommend the book because it is written in oldschool style and is still relevant today. You dont need the history of the Peacemaker to be current up to 2015, because there is no history. The Peacemaker stopped making history in World War 2 !!!! After that, the Colt SAA became a collectable and nothing more. However, I still highly recommend this book because it gives an excellent history of our beloved cowboy gun. Even the typesetting is old school and adds to the charm of the story, This is a great book, well written, and is fun to read.