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Firearms in American History: A Guide for Writers, Curators, and General Readers Hardcover – July 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160448
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles G. Worman is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians and co-author of Firearms of the American West; Saddle Leather - Firearms in the Nineteenth Century American West; and has appeared on episodes of the TV series The Real West and Tales of the Gun.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Hatfield on October 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm an American history buff and I bought a copy of this book after reading the author's "Gunsmoke and Saddle Leather" which had thoroughly satisfied my curiosity about firearms used in the 19th century west of the Mississippi. In this new book, Mr. Worman provided a general survey of firearms development and use not just in the west but from coast to coast from colonization in the early 1600s to the end of the 19th century, guns in the hands of civilians, the military, and Native Americans. In the process, he corrected some misconceptions I'd had about firearms use including the role of the Kentucky rifle (he suggests that Pennsylvania rifle is a more appropriate term) in the Revolutionary War. I was pleased with the wide range of topics covered and I found information on U. S. Navy small arms particularly useful since I'd seen little on that subject in print before. Some topics I found interesting included guns commonly used in duels, target shooting describing the exploits of Annie Oakley and other exhibition shooters, pocket pistols by Deringer and other makers, the popularity of pepperboxes, a discussion of cane guns and other odd firearms, and the great variety of guns used in the Civil War. A detailed index, an extensive bibliography, and a listing of museums throughout the country where antique firearms are on display are useful additions. I recommend this book highly not only to those who collect antique guns but to the general reader with an interest in American history who may be curious about the role firearms played.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book which those people with a general interest in antique firearms have needed for decades. If your interest is concentrated on a particular field such as Winchesters or Civil War guns or muzzle loading target rifles, you can find excellent books devoted to such specific topics. But in this volume the author presents a general overview of three centuries of firearms history in this country and it's obvious he knows what he's talking about. It's well illustrated, obviously carefully researched, and written in a style that's uncomplicated when he explains how a particular type gun functions. I found it informative and enjoyable reading. Even long time collectors can benefit by learning something about some aspect of firearms history unrelated to their field of specialization.
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